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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. 

In this article
How much does it cost to sell a house? Mortgage fees and remortgaging Estate agent fees Energy performance certificates (EPCs)
Conveyancing fees Removals fees Compare high-street agents in your area

Moving home can be an expensive business, with lots of different fees to factor in at various stages of the process. Use our list of house-selling costs below to prepare yourself as well as possible.

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.

Average costs of selling a house
Type of cost How much?
Remortgaging £1,500-£3,000
Estate agent fee 1.3% of selling price
Conveyancing fee £500 - £1,500 (more if you're buying a property too)
EPC £50 - £120
Removals £400 - £1,200

Mortgage fees and remortgaging

Most mortgages are portable, meaning that you can transfer them from the property that you originally borrowed against to the home you're moving into.

 

But moving house is often an opportunity to see if you can save money by remortgaging. 

 

This will often involve early repayment charges on your existing loan, plus an arrangement fee and product fee for your new deal. It's worth taking expert advice to work out the cheapest option for your situation.

 

 

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up your mortgage repayments.

 

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 1.3% inc 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 conduct viewings and even negotiations yourself. To understand the pros and cons and how it all works, check out our guide to online estate agents.

  • You can compare the cost of local agents in your area using our GetAgent tool below.

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 - but they're valid for 10 years, so if you bought your home less than a decade ago you may be able to use the existing one and save yourself some cash.

Conveyancing fees

You'll need to hire a solicitor or licensed conveyancer to deal with the legal aspects of selling your property. They'll 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.

Removals fees

Unless you live in a very small property, it's worth hiring a professional removals company to help you move.

You can expect to pay between £400 and £1,200 depending on the size of your property.

Get quotes from a few removals companies before hiring one. See our guide on choosing the best removals company to ensure you use a firm you can trust.

Compare high-street agents in your area

We’ve teamed up with estate agent comparison service GetAgent to provide sellers with a way to find the best high-street estate agents, based on past performance. Use their tool for free by providing a few details about your property or read more about how it works. Use of the service is governed by the terms and conditions of GetAgent, which will process your details in accordance with its privacy policy.

 

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