When moving home, it is always good practise to know exactly what documentation you require as part of your home exchange process.
Moving home can be stressful enough so we have put together top tips of what you will need if you have an existing solid fuel appliance:
- Certificate of Compliance
- Original appliance instructions manual
- Latest chimney sweeping safety record
- Servicing record
Please keep these records in a safe place for future reference and ask for these records when purchasing a new property that has a solid fuel heating system.
Certificate of Compliance
If you have an existing solid fuel appliance, you must handover the original certificate of compliance to the new homeowners. This is so they will have all of the details of the appliance and installation for safety and operational purposes. It is also proof that the work has been carried out meeting Building Regulations and standards.
If the work has been carried out by a HETAS registered installer, then you can contact us on 01684 278170 to ask for your certificate to be re-issued. There is an administration fee of £18.00 (inclusive of VAT) to re-issue your certificate which can be emailed or sent by post.
Please note; we can only post the certificate to the property address where the installation is registered.
For non HETAS installations, please contact the original installer to ask them for a duplicate certificate. You may be able to contact your Local Authority Building Control Department for support with obtaining a duplicate certificate of compliance.
Original appliance instructions manual
We would encourage you to leave the appliances instruction manual so that the new homeowner will be able to read up on how to use and operate the appliance safely.
If you have lost or misplace the manual, you may be able to obtain a duplicate from your supplier or manufacturer.
The HETAS Product search also contains a large number of appliance instructions. Click here to see if we have the information you require.
Chimney Sweeping Certificate
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 or bituminous housed coal and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels. Click here to search for a suitable fuel for your appliance.
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 sweep can be found on our website using a postcode search.
HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps will also be a member of one of the three following chimney sweeping associations:
- The Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS)
- The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps
- The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS)
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 a servicing by a HETAS Registered Servicing Technician, a servicing & safety record sheet is presented to yourselves 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 the appliance servicing.