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What certificates and documents do I need to sell my house?

When buying or selling a house, there’s always a lot of paperwork. But what certificates do you need to sell your home? What documents do you need for a mortgage? We’ve got you covered.

One of the reasons that selling your home can feel so overwhelming is the sheer amount of admin attached. It’s normal to feel a little stressed at the prospect — and people have a lot of questions. What documents do I need to get a new mortgage? What certificates do I need to sell my house? What’s an EPC? 

That’s OK. Take a deep breath and remember that if you have a good team on your side, the paperwork should run smoothly. From solicitors to agents to mortgage advisors — it’s their job to take the stress off of you. 

But first things first — it always helps to be prepared, so we’ll talk you through the documents you need when selling a home in the UK. 

What documents and certificates do you need?

When you’re selling your home, you’ll probably see a few things referred to over and over — like floorplans and EPCs. The good news? Your agents and solicitors will guide you through it all. 

First, there are also some general documents you’ll need about yourself and the property: 

  • Proof of ID

  • Title deed

  • Energy Performance Certificate

  • Share of freehold information (if relevant)

  • Property information form (TA6)

Not sure where to start? We'll talk you through each one.

Your proof of ID will normally just be a passport or driver’s licence and your title deed is just proof you own the home — no surprises there. 

An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate and it’s just what it sounds like: it tells you how well your home uses energy. You’re legally required to have one within 30 days of listing your home for sale — but as we said, your agent can sort it for you. In fact, we’ve got more information here if you need it.

Share of freehold information, if it applies to you, would have been given to you when you bought the property and your solicitor can talk you through the TA6 form. See? It’s not as scary as it sounds. Don’t hesitate to reach out — once you see beyond the jargon, it’s all pretty straightforward. 

 Any documents you have to hand could save you weeks of delay, so it's always best to check."

What documents and certificates might you be asked for?

Although an EPC is a legal requirement when you sell your home in the UK, there are other documents which you’re not required to provide but you might be asked for.

So though you don’t have to provide a gas safety certificate or an electric safety certificate if you’re selling (you do if you’re renting it out), you may be asked for it. Similarly, any proof of how old the boiler is, maintenance to the property, or upkeep of the roof can be useful.

If you don’t have these, it probably won’t halt a sale — but they’re handy if you have them. Any documents you have to hand could save you weeks of delay if the buyer has a lot of questions, so it's always good to check.

Some buyers will do an in-depth check of things like electrics and the boiler during a survey, others may be more hands-off — it’s up to the buyer how thorough their survey is.

Documents you need for a mortgage  

Most of us are selling our home in order to buy a new one, so it’s useful to start planning ahead. When you’re getting a mortgage in the UK, there are certain documents that will come up. Most of them, as you might expect, involve how much money you have and how well you handle that money — these documents will help you prequalify for a mortgage so you can get an agreement in principle. 

  • Proof of ID

  • Proof of income (usually 3 months of payslips)

  • Bank statements (normally for the past 3 months)

  • Proof of funds to pay the deposit

  • Any information on your current mortgage

Sound like a lot? Don’t worry. We actually have a guide just for the documents you need to get a mortgage in the UK — and we’re always here to answer any questions.

There’s no denying that there’s a lot of paperwork that can come up when selling a property (and buying a new one). But if you’re overwhelmed at the idea of finding the documents and certificates you need, try not to worry. You’ve got a team behind you — and that’s what we’re here for. 

Documents and certificates when selling FAQ

As we mentioned, you’ll definitely need an Energy Performance Certificate — and your listing will also almost always have photos and a floorplan. You'll also need proof of ID and your title deed for the property (and any share of freehold information, if it applies to you). Your solicitor should help you with a T6 property information form.

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