SAVA and Simply HIP team up for new venture

Home Information Pack provider Simply HIP and training and assessment centre SAVA are to offer the property industry access to the largest group of home Inspectors and energy inspectors in England and Wales it says.

The joint venture company, to be called the ‘SAVA Business Exchange’, will
be 50% owned by SAVA and 50% owned by Simply HIP, part of the Simply
Conveyancing group.

The new venture fills the gap in the market left by the recent withdrawal of companies such as Rightmove from the industry.

SAVA, which is owned by National Energy Services, already has
over 1,500 candidates training to become Home Inspectors.

These Inspectors will be required for the delivery of the mandatory Energy Performance Certificate and the voluntary Home Condition Report.

Ashley King, managing director of Simply HIP, says: “The HIP industry is
still evolving and new developments have to be addressed. The withdrawal of
Rightmove has left a vacuum in the market and we now expect to generate even more work for Home Inspectors through the SAVA Business Exchange.

“This alliance will create, arguably, the single most comprehensive vehicle for
the provision of Energy Performance Certificates, Home Condition Reports,
and the professionals required to produce them. It is a very exciting and
rapidly shifting time in the property industry and only those companies that
innovate and adapt are likely to succeed.”

Brian Scannell, managing director of SAVA, says: “I believe this new joint
venture with Simply HIP is excellent news for both the industry and Home
Inspectors. It will enable a more integrated approach in the provision of
HIPs.

“Importantly it will restore confidence to Home Inspectors and those
intending to qualify as it creates a huge referral base. We predict that
over 400,000 Energy Performance Certificates and Home Condition Reports a
year will be processed through the company, making it the single largest
provider in England and Wales”.

Adrian Dunne, an independent Home Inspector from Hertfordshire, says “It is good to know that there will be a company that we can become part of that will refer so much business our way.

“It takes much of the marketing headache off our shoulders and will free us
up to do what we have been trained for.”