There’s a lot to remember when it comes to selling a home, so don’t worry if certificates aren’t the first thing on your mind.
Luckily, we’ve made a list of all the essential bits and bobs you’ll need to present to your buyer.
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) — An EPC shows how energy efficient your home is, and how expensive it might be to address any inefficiencies. As the seller, you’re legally obliged to provide the buyer with a valid EPC (they’re valid for 10 years, and need to be renewed). Listed buildings do not require an EPC. You can ask your estate agent to recommend a qualified assessor if you don’t have an EPC.
- FENSA certificates — Wait, do you need a FENSA certificate to sell a house? If you’ve had double glazing installed whilst owning your home, then yes, you’ll need to provide the buyer with a FENSA certificate. This proves that your windows are compliant with building regulations, and the job was carried out by a qualified person. Like the EPC, these are valid for 10 years. If you have trouble finding your documentation, you can find and order your FENSA certificate online.
- Electrical certificate — If you’ve carried out electrical works, such as rewiring a house, then you’ll need to provide documentation to the buyer. For example, an EICR — Electrical Installation Condition Report — should be completed by a qualified electrician following work. While this is not a legal requirement for homeowners, it’s certainly recommended and will give the buyer peace of mind.
- Completion certificates — Is a completion certificate required to sell a house? If you’ve done any structural works, such as changing pipes or services, you should present the buyer with a completion certificate which meets building regulations. Failure to do so may deter a buyer, as without a certificate, their ability to get a mortgage on the property, or buildings insurance, may be affected.
There is loads to remember when it comes to selling a property, and certificates are just one piece of the pie.
Read our moving house checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.