When moving home, it is always good practice to know exactly what documentation you require as part of your home exchange process so we have put together top tips on what you will need.
Certificate of Compliance – The certificate demonstrates that the installation complies with the relevant Building Regulations. In England & Wales, it is used to notify your Local Authority Building Control Department (LABC) of the work undertaken.
Original appliance instructions manual.
Latest chimney sweeping safety record.
The above information can also be required to validate your home insurance.
Please keep these records in a safe place for future reference and ask for these records when purchasing a new property with a solid fuel heating system.
Certificate of Compliance
The certificate demonstrates that the installation complies with the relevant Building Regulations and in England & Wales, it is used to notify your Local Authority Building Control Department (LABC) of the work undertaken. It has been a legal requirement to notify these installations since 2005.
Copies of HETAS certificates of compliance can be ordered through our online search. Enter your postcode of property to find the relevant certificate. Replacements cost £24 plus VAT and following payment, you will receive an email with your certificate and an invoice.
This is handed over to the new homeowners so they will know when the chimney was last swept.
We encourage having your chimney swept at least twice a year when burning wood and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels.
The best times to have your chimney swept are just before the start of the heating season and after your stove has not been used over a prolonged period.If sweeping twice a year, the second time should be after the peak of the main heating season.
We recommend using a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep – your local approved chimney sweep can be found on our website using a postcode search.
All solid fuel appliances require continued maintenance and servicing, to ensure they operate efficiently and safely. A routine service should be carried out at least once a year and must meet the appliance manufacturers’ requirements given in any maintenance instructions.
After servicing by a HETAS Approved Servicing Technician, a servicing & safety record sheet is presented to you as the homeowner.This confirms any remedial work required and what checks/tests have been carried out during the service.
When moving home, it would be advisable to leave a copy of your latest Servicing Record so that the new homeowners have confirmation of the last service and details of the appliance.This will also aid future servicing technicians with having a history of appliance servicing.