Selling your home isn’t easy, and there is a lot of work to do to ensure your property is ready to appeal to buyers. It is likely you are focusing on presenting your home in the right manner, and on the moving process. There is a lot of physical work needing taken care of around the property when you sell your home, but don’t overlook documents relating to administrative and regulatory matters.
There are documents you need when selling your home, and at Williams of Petersfield, we are here to help. We have helped many local homeowners sell their home, and we know how the process works. If you want a company who takes you from start to finish, while making the process easier for you, get in touch with us.
Documents you need include proof of identity
Before you sell your home, you need to show your solicitor identification which proves you are who you claim to be. Documents which provide photographic identification, such as a passport or driving licence, and something which states your address, such as a utility bill, is sufficient.
There are strict anti-money laundering rules in place, which require professionals in the industry to carry out these checks. If you are looking to sell your home, these documents are vital. Having them close to hand will speed up the process.
Basics first: to sell your house, you’ll need to provide your solicitor with some ID to show you are who you say you are. This is usually proof of your current address, such as a recent utility bill, plus photo identification (e.g. passport or driving license). Other documents may be accepted, so check with your solicitor or conveyancer beforehand.
You must provide the title deeds
It stands to reason that if you are looking to sell your home, you must prove you own the property. If you cannot find your title deeds, don’t panic. The solicitor who helped you buy the property should hold a copy, and if they don’t, your current solicitor should be able to obtain the official deeds from Land Registry.
Of course, if you don’t have them to hand, it may take some time to arrange copies or the official document, so this may slow down the sales process.
Freehold or leasehold?
Whether your home is a leasehold or freehold property, you should have documents stating what is appropriate. It will be helpful to have these documents available during the sales performance.
You must offer an Energy Performance Certificate
Vendors are legally required to provide the Energy Performance Certificate, EPC, for the property when selling it. If you don’t have an EPC in place for the property, arrange for the evaluation to be carried out.
At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have helped many local vendors sell their home. If you need assistance taking the stress out of the sales process, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.