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All you need to know about HIPS...

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The scaremongers got it wrong on sellers' packs but we're not home and dry yet

They may have launched to a barrage of criticism last August but home information packs are here to stay. And while vendors trying to sell their house this spring may have deeper concerns than compiling a report on their property – not least a lack of buyers – it will still be on their "to do" list because all homeowners in England and Wales now need to apply for a HIP before the "for sale" sign can go up. So what do they need to know?