New research by the Gas Safe Register has found that for 27 per cent of people, redecorating is the single most important priority after buying a new home. Next on the list is fitting a new kitchen or bathroom (21 per cent) and a mere 12 per cent said they’d fit a new boiler.
Interestingly, almost three in 10 UK home buyers have had to replace their boiler earlier than anticipated due to it being faulty or old. This might be because not all homeowners have their boilers serviced! In fact, 24 per cent of Brits admit they have either have never had their boiler serviced or haven’t had it serviced once a year as recommended.
Perhaps if new home owners were aware of these figures they’d be more inclined to have a boiler check done as a priority?
Another interesting statistic is that almost a fifth of buyers (18 per cent) say they have regretted not getting a more comprehensive survey when buying a home in the past. The more comprehensive the survey, the more likely it is that observations about the general condition of the boiler or gas appliances might be made and then used by the buyer to reduce the seller’s price.
It’s not a legal requirement for a seller to provide a service record for a boiler (although 42 per cent of people thing that it is!), which makes it extremely important to get that have a check done as soon as possible after moving if you are unsure of the condition of your boiler.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: “Gas appliances can be dangerous if they’re not looked after, so it’s important to ensure you know if the boiler in the home you are planning to purchase has been serviced or fixed by someone who is legally registered and qualified to do so.”
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