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What is the cost of selling your home?

There are a number of costs involved when selling your house. We set out what to expect in terms of estate agent fees, legal fees and other costs involved in the sale of your property.

What is the cost of selling a home

More than a quarter of home sellers in a recent survey indicated that the process had cost more than they had budgeted. If you are thinking of moving house, careful consideration of the costs of selling your home are important to plan for.

Estate agent fees

Most people will use an estate agent to sell their home. High street estate agent fees vary between 0.75% and 3.0% of the agreed selling price + VAT depending on the type of contract you choose, with the average commission in 2020 estimated by the Advisory to be 1.2% + VAT for a sole agency agreement on a no sale no fee basis. Given the current average property price in the UK is around £250,000, the fee on such a sale would amount to £3,000 + VAT. Some estate agents will quote a fee excluding VAT costs (currently rated at 20%), so always make sure that the charge is clearly stated.

Remember, you should try to negotiate on fees. We’d always recommend sellers aim for 1%+VAT.

It’s also important to read the contract carefully for any hidden marketing costs. Estate agent contracts can be complicated and may include some clauses you really don’t want to agree too. Before signing anything read our guide on estate agent contracts what to watch for.

Compare and find the best performing estate agents in your area with our free to use EstateAgent4Me tool

Online agents can often be considerably cheaper than their high street counterparts, with fixed fee packages ranging from £0-£999 (more if you live in London). When they first emerged more than 10 years ago the service offered by online estate agents was very hands-off leaving you, the seller, to write up the marketing information and conduct the viewings. But in recent years, in an attempt to win over more customers, the bare-bones online estate agents have added to their packages and offer a more “hybrid” estate agency option including accompanied viewings and, some now even offer no sale no fee packages.

Our online agent comparison table can help you compare agents and figure out the right package for you.

Estate agent fees calculator

Use our estate agent fee calculator to see how much commission you will pay your estate agent.  The calculator is set at the average commission rate including VAT. Use the slider to adjust your expected selling price. If you wish, you can see how this compares to fixed fee agents like Purple Bricks or Yopa. Otherwise, you can set the ‘fixed fee’ to zero to see the total commission you would pay. 

Estate Agent Fee Calculator

Savings made using a fixed-fee estate agent: Compare online estate agents

Results based on a high street estate agent fee (% incl VAT) and an online estate agent fixed-fee of:

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Conveyancing fees

Conveyancing costs when selling are usually linked directly to the value of a property and average between £850 and £1,500. Conveyancing fees can be split into two parts: the legal fees (what the conveyancer or solicitor charges for doing the work), and the disbursements (what third parties charge for certain services like searches).  When you are selling, the main disbursements are for the transfer of ownership and the title deeds copy.

Compare quotes from the cheapest, nearest and best rated conveyancers from our panel of 120 quality assured firms

Early repayment charges

Unless you have paid off your mortgage or you move it to the new property (known as porting, find out more with our guide on moving properties with a mortgage) you may be subject to an early repayment charge.

The amount you pay will differ according to any remaining balance, so always check whether you have such a provision in your mortgage and, if so, the ability to pay it before you put your house on the market. 

Home improvement costs

In addition to any major repairs you may have to undertake, some estate agents will recommend that you consider basic home improvements in order to increase the desirability of a property or to facilitate a speedier sale. Obviously the cost of such improvements will vary according to the work needed. See our guide: How to make your home more valuable and saleable

Find a tradesman to get those jobs done now

Energy performance certificate

You are required by law to have an Energy Performance Certificate for your property before you sell it and Energy Performance Certificate costs are between £60 and £120. The certificate grades houses according to how energy efficient they are (with A being the highest and G the lowest) and suggests ways in which to improve your rating together with associated costs. These can be purchased via your estate agent (usually considered the more expensive option) or by using an independent vendor on the government EPC register.

It’s worth noting that as of April 2018 properties with an EPC rating of G or F will not be allowed to be let out. As such if you’re property has a poor rating when you come to sell you could be limiting the number of buyers as landlords will not be interested.

Get EPC quotes from qualified local energy performance assessors in your area

Removal costs

Removal costs will fluctuate according to how much stuff you need to move and how far. Our removal partners say the average cost of removals for moving up to 10 miles away is:

  • £300 for a 1-2-bedroom house
  • £458 for a 3-bedroom house
  • £682 for a 4-bedroom house
  • £871 for a 5-bedroom house

It’s also worth remembering that some removal companies will offer a decent discount on advance bookings so always compare prices. Find three removals firms and ask them to visit your home and give you a quote. Don’t forget to be explicit if you have a loft or a shed that also needs clearing; if it’s missed at the quote stage you could be in for an unexpected cost and time delay on the day.

Find & compare local removals company quotes today

By booking your removals firm early and for early or mid week (rather than Friday) you may also get a discount. See further advice on removal costs and how to find the right removals company including important questions to ask your removals company.

It’s always a good idea to purge your possessions of clutter before you move and thereby drive the price down. If you’re looking to clear out items, consider using our partner’s household rubbish removal service, AnyJunk, who send two crew members to clear junk or bulky waste from anywhere on your property. They can arrange same day collection in most cities and on average 95% is diverted from landfill. They are the UK’s largest rubbish removals operator and are fully insured and licensed.

Want to know the costs involved with buying a house? Check out our guide


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  1. AckersAckers

    Very helpful with some great links to useful information. Selling for the first time and no clue where to start so thank you very much. Definitely recommend.

  2. Theodora MashimbyeTheodora Mashimbye

    The information is invaluable. Great eye opener indeed. I am thinking of selling, however I did not know where to start.
    Thank you very much

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