New gas safety certificate to sell?

New gas safety certificate to sell?

6:05 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago 10

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My last tenant has vacated my property, which I now plan to sell off as soon as possible.

The Gas Safety Certificate has expired today, and I am wondering if I get a new certificate would it make the property more attractive to any potential buyer and or investor rather than leaving it to the next purchaser to organise and pay for?

It is not apparently legally required as I am no longer renting the property, but would it have more appeal to any potential buyer if in place.

Many thanks


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Nikki Palmer

10:33 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

I would think it more important that the property is clean, tidy and priced correctly.
I'm not quite sure how a £70 certificate is going to make a whole lot of difference

Tony Hodge

10:33 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

A gas cert doesn't cost much and will give any buyer a bit more confidence, so probably worth it.


Tim Rogers

10:46 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

I've found that for the minimal cost, ( in relation to the sale price), having it as part of the "sales package" was a smart move.

Putting together a sales package of as much relevant documentation as possible helps the whole process go smoothly, with a lot less confirmation phone calls

Things like:-
Boiler invoice
Confirm the possession of the user manual etc...
Details of the service engineer
Details of any existing guarantee that can be transferred.
Electrical safety cert
Any invoices and/or guarantees on work done.
(even if not transferable)

Include copies of it all in the response to the solicitors question sheet. Also give a copy to the selling agent.

Leave the originals in the property on completion.


10:54 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

Hi James, for the relatively small cost I would definitely renew it. If your property is vacant and is attractive to young first time buyers, knowing the boiler has been serviced and safety checked could be a deal break for some. Having to replace the boiler when you first buy a new home can be one expense too far, so if they know your boiler has been regularly inspected with a renewed certificate, it could be a huge benefit to both parties.
Good luck with your sale!


16:23 PM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Nikki Palmer at 14/09/2021 - 10:33
I agree that it is best to renew it. It provides an assurance for the buyer and in my experience is sometimes required by the buyer's solicitor, which could delay the process if you don't already have it.

Dennis Forrest

17:11 PM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

I would definitely not renew it. A private purchaser will not need and it is a relatively small cost if a landlord buys it. My last tenant left end of February 2021 just before the electrical 5 year EICR tests were needed on 1st April 2021. I did not pay out around £120 for this test just in case I had a landlord as a buyer. My PRIVATE buyer is due to complete on our property at the end of this month. Pleased I did not waste £120.

Dennis Forrest

17:24 PM, 14th September 2021, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Ashleigh at 14/09/2021 - 10:54A Gas Safety Check is not the same as a service of the boiler. The condensate trap is not checked and neither is the burner assembly removed and cleaned.
On a gas safety check they check for gas leaks. Make sure no leaks around the flue. Check the flame is a nice blue colour and not yellow and that's about all you get.
Its a bit like an MOT on a care - if it passes it is roadworthy and unlikely to kill the driver or other road users. It does not mean there are no faults on the car which might need attention. Bald spare tyre, rear wiper not working etc. faults not important enough to fail an MOT.


7:45 AM, 15th September 2021, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by at 14/09/2021 - 17:24
I know the safety check doesn’t always include a service, but it does offer a level of reassurance that it is in good working order and that if it wasn’t safe, it would either be remedied to ensure it was safe or condemned if it was deemed irreparable.

David Judd

7:55 AM, 18th September 2021, About 2 years ago

Its only £45 for a new one, just get on with it


16:20 PM, 18th September 2021, About 2 years ago

It depends on the property market pertinent to your property.
If a genuine Buyer wants one, then you can stipulate that you will get it done after the exchange of contracts or give him a discount.
Hope this helps.

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