CORGI HomePlan recently carried out research that uncovered a shocking lack of safety checks being carried out by 2/3 home buyers. And with 1.2million property transactions taking place in the UK every year, this means 800,000 homes are at risk of a life-threatening gas incident, such as a carbon monoxide leak, or expensive repairs to boilers, fires, radiators and cookers.
The research revealed that, on the whole, we’re all fairly poor at checking the safety of our homes before we move in. Below is an overview of some of the most stand out facts. • Astonishingly, half of those living in the North East of England have carried out their own boiler check rather than hiring a professional. • Scottish home buyers were the least home-safe conscious with 73 per cent of respondents having no gas safety checks carried out before deciding to purchase a home. • Wales was the safest region, with nearly eight in 10 respondents having a Gas Safe registered engineer check out their property before moving in. • Londoners were least safety-conscious, with just 38 per cent from the capital arranging checks with a professional before moving in. • In the East Midlands, 60 per cent didn’t believe it was necessary to have a gas safety engineer check their appliances before moving into a new home. Helpfully CORGI HomePlan have come up with some myth busters to help home buyers decide what checks they need to carry out before they move house (Click here).
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