Moving home regarding solar panels

Moving home is an exciting and somewhat stressful experience, and there are several things to think about whether you are selling a property with solar panels, or buying a property with solar panels. In this article, we are going to run through the different options regarding solar, and what you should be conscious of as a buyer and a seller when having solar in your home.

Buying a house that has solar panels

When you are looking to purchase a house that has solar panels, it is not considered a separate entity from the property, in fact, it is as simple as finding out the feed-in tariff from the seller or your real estate agent, and getting yourself set up once moving into the property. The only thing you will have to consider is switching providers or alerting the provider from your old home the change in energy supply, and from there assess your options. It is a fairly simple process to get set up. We also recommend getting the surveyor to check the panels to ensure they are not damaged as well as finding out when they were installed in the home, as you will need to pay to have them maintained.

Buying a house that has solar panels, but the seller is taking them with them

This is a rarity, but it does happen. We recommend that if this is happening, then the seller needs to pay for repairs to be done to the roof, as solar panels from the installation can leave holes in the roof as well as discoloration, which may not be desirable from the buyer. If this is happening to a property you are buying, speak with your real estate agent to find out what the seller is doing if they are taking the solar panels with them.

Selling a house that has solar panels

If you are selling your property with solar panels, we recommend calculating before selling the property whether you have made your money back on the solar panels you had installed. With most properties solar panels will bump up the overall price, but you still want to be sure that you have been able to save money from having solar in your property. Please note that if you choose to not take the solar panels with you, that you are checking in your new property what the process is with installing solar, as you may want to reinvest in this renewable energy source once settled in your new home.

Taking solar panels to your new property

This is an option but can be quite costly when you consider the amount of planning that has to go into it. Removing solar panels take time and cost money, and is not a ‘DIY’ job. You will also need to pay for any damage the solar panels have incurred to the property, as it will lower the cost of your house. Solar panels leave small holes in the roof and can also discolor them, so make sure that you have had the house surveyed and the overall price calculated before you consider transporting your solar panels to your new property.

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of News and Energy Team.