Selling a house
The cost of selling a house
By Joe Elvin
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The cost of selling a house
From estate agent fees to EPCs, learn about some of the key costs you'll need to budget for when selling your home.
When we surveyed almost 2,000 recent home movers in 2015, more than a quarter of them told us that moving house cost more than they'd expected. Use our list of house-selling costs below to prepare yourself as well as possible.
- If you're likely to need a bigger mortgage for your new home, call Which? Mortgage Advisers on 0808 252 7987 for unbiased, personal advice on the best deal for you.
How much does it cost to sell a house?
These are the main services you'll have to pay for. Scroll down to find out more about each cost.
Find out more: the cost of buying a house - a full rundown of the costs associated with buying a property.
Estate agent fees
Although it is possible to go it alone and sell your home privately, most people choose to use the services of an estate agent. Charges vary between agents and will differ depending on the kind of contract you have, but the average high-street estate agent fee is currently around 1.2% + VAT. Visit our guide to estate agent fees to find out more.
Online estate agents are usually much cheaper than high-street agents, normally charging fixed fees of between £400 and £1,000. Some online agents will offer a full level of service, but with others you might just pay for the advertising, meaning you'll arrange and conduct viewings yourself. To understand the pros and cons and how it all works, check out our guide to online estate agents.
Energy performance certificates (EPCs)
Anyone selling a home has to provide potential buyers with an energy performance certificate (EPC) for the property. An EPC gives information about the energy efficiency of a property from A to G - A being the most efficient, G the least efficient.
EPCs are conducted by accredited domestic energy assessors. You can arrange for an EPC to be done through your estate agent - although you can usually get it done more cheaply if you arrange one independently. You can expect to pay somewhere between £50 and £120 for an EPC.
You'll need to hire a solicitor or licensed conveyancer to deal with the legal aspects of selling your property. This is known as conveyancing. They either charge you a flat fee or a percentage of the value of the property.
You can expect to pay anywhere between £500 and £1,500 for sales conveyancing, depending on how complex the transaction is. If you’re also buying a property, the same solicitor can usually deal with that transaction as well, in which case you can negotiate fees accordingly.
- Which? has teamed up with a conveyancing partner to offer a no-move, no-fee service. Find out about Which? Conveyancing.
- Last updated: July 2016
- Updated by: Stephen Maunder