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What is a FENSA certificate?

Whether you’ve recently had new windows or doors fitted, or they were replaced several years ago, there are a number of reasons why you need a FENSA certificate.

Let’s take a look at what a FENSA certificate is, why you need one, and how you can make sure you have the necessary documents to sell a house.

What is FENSA?

The Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA) oversees and regulates the replacement of windows and doors in residential properties. It was initially established by the government in 2002, when they amended the building regulations for double-glazing.

By selecting an authorised double-glazing installer from FENSA's register, homeowners can be sure that the work they have done complies with all applicable building regulations and is covered by an insurance-backed guarantee.

What is a FENSA certificate?

A FENSA certificate is required to certify that the work performed by the installers of your windows and doors complies with certain energy efficiency and safety regulations.

This document acts as proof that the installation has been carried out by a FENSA registered company and that the products used meet the necessary building regulations.

Why do you need a FENSA certificate?

The main reason a FENSA certificate is so important is because having one demonstrates that your installation adheres to the necessary building regulations. This is essential when it comes to selling your property, as potential buyers will often request proof of compliance.

A FENSA certificate also ensures that the windows and doors installed in your home meet the required energy efficiency standards, which can help to regulate the temperature inside your home and reduce your energy bills.

Also, when it comes to selling your property, buyers might ask for FENSA certification so they can be reassured that their windows and doors comply with building regulations.

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How to obtain a FENSA certificate

When you hire a FENSA registered window installer, they will handle the process of obtaining a FENSA certificate for your installation. Once the work is completed, the installer will notify FENSA, who will then carry out an inspection to ensure compliance with building regulations.

A FENSA-registered installer should not charge you any additional fees for your certificate. If the installation is deemed satisfactory, you will receive your FENSA certificate, typically within four weeks of completion.

How to verify a FENSA certificate

If you wish to double-check the validity of your certificate, the FENSA website has a search function where you can simply enter the certificate number provided and confirm the details of the installation.

If you have any doubts or concerns regarding your FENSA certificate, you can contact the installer directly to provide additional information and address any queries you may have.

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What if I don’t have a FENSA certificate?

Not having a FENSA certificate can have several consequences, including struggling to sell your property, not being accepted by insurance providers, and potentially breaching building regulations.

If you find yourself in this situation, you should contact the FENSA-approved installer to request a retroactive certificate. They will have to inspect the installation to make sure it meets the necessary standards before they can issue you with the certificate.

If your installation was not carried out by a FENSA-approved installer, you can apply for Building Control approval by contacting your local authority's Building Control department, who will assess the installation and issue a certificate of compliance if it meets the required standards.

If you have simply lost your FENSA certificate, a replacement can be ordered for around £25.

Our team of expert agents here at Whitegates can help you understand what documentation you need to progress with a sale.

For more advice, contact your local Whitegates branch today

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