Selling your property

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Preparation

When you’re looking to sell your property, the first step you should take is to see your solicitor. If you don’t already have a solicitor, a full list of all aspc member firms is available on this website, in the Property Register, or at the Centre in Chapel Street.

Solicitors’ charges, which are determined individually by each firm, are invariably competitive. They are designed to ensure that the public in the North East of Scotland can obtain the highest possible quality of service consistent with the standards of excellence and integrity that are expected from the legal profession. There are many aspects to consider when selling your property. Your solicitor will have an in-depth knowledge of the current market and will be able to guide and advise you about a number of important aspects.

Your solicitor can:

  • Prepare the Home Report, including Energy Performance Certificates
  • Prepare the schedule of particulars
  • Insert the property into aspc
  • Assist with viewing of the property (if required)
  • Negotiate the best possible price for your property

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Next steps

  • See your solicitor as soon as you’re thinking about moving
  • Discuss your needs and seek guidance from your solicitor on selling and conveyancing
  • Ask your solicitor for details of charges
  • Seek guidance from your solicitor on all other likely costs to be incurred in the process to assist you with budgeting
  • Consider where you plan to move to and what assistance your solicitor can provide in preparation for your search for a new home
  • Consider trying to sell your property yourself. The legal side will always have to be dealt with by a solicitor and by consulting at the outset, your solicitor can guide you through the complexities to ensure that everything is conducted with your best interests in mind

Into the process

  • Take your solicitor’s advice on how best to price your property for sale
  • Be assured that your solicitor understands the current marketplace
  • Be assured that your solicitor will make all necessary legal checks on your property before it is marketed
  • Be assured that your solicitor will guide you carefully when offers are received in terms of any negotiations that may be necessary, through to completion of the sale, including discharging any loan which may be outstanding on your property
  • Hesitate to ask questions! Selling a property is a complex business and your solicitor will be pleased to clarify any points you are unsure about.