Moving home and lost certificates…Nightmare…

16 Oct

You know how it is, you put your property up for sale, and then the solicitors get involved. Not only do you seem to do half of their work for them, filling in endless forms, pointing them in the right direction for searches etc, but then you get your buyers solicitors sending you all sorts of requests, most of which revolve around proof of this and that…Including wanting copies of certificates for building regulations, certificates for electrical work carried out, Corgi gas certificates, and remember, certificates for your windows!

New requirements for Competent Person Schemes

Let’s face it, if we have had the work done a while back, it’s more than likely many of these certificates may have been “miss-filed” shall we say (well in my case, maybe, just plainly lost). Well at least there is one less worry.  

When you use a FENSA registered window fitter, FENSA keep a record of all the work carried. So what does this mean for you and I? Well if you ever need that Windows Building Regulations Certificate (which you will when moving home) then FENSA can re-issue a copy of that certificate… Now that’s a life saver, means you can send your buyers solicitor a copy of the certificate and give them one less excuse for trying to knock a further 5 grand off of the asking price….

So remember always use a FENSA registered fitter, not only do you get peace of mind when your windows are being supplied and fitted, you also get peace of mind when you have to produce those window building regulations certificates. Even if you have lost, err I mean “miss-filed” them in the first place…

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2 Responses to “Moving home and lost certificates…Nightmare…”

  1. Roy Yates July 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    In the process of selling our house. The purchaser’s solicitor is asking for the FENSA certificate for the conservatory windows. Is it true that FENSA replacement certificates are not issued for conservatories. Ours was built in 2004. We do have a certificate for other windows replaced in 2007.

    • Admin August 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Roy. You are correct, FENSA Registration does not apply to the installation of Conservatories so there are no FENSA certificates. It has to go through the Local Authority Building control process. Conservatories MUST comply with the glazing requirements of Approved Document N for safety glazing to be installed in critical locations.

      You can find more information about building regulations for conservatories here http://www.fensa.org.uk/local-authorities.aspx

      If you have any other questions, please do ask us.

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