Before placing your property on the market, Stewart, Balfour & Sutherland will provide you with an appraisal of its current market value based on our in-depth local knowledge of the local market and our extensive database of recently sold properties. We will also advise you on the best strategy for selling your home taking into account current market conditions.
INSTRUCTION TO SELL
It is a legal requirement that a Home Report must be obtained before a property can be marketed. Once you have instructed us to act as your estate agents, we can advise regarding the cost of the Home Report and arrange for its preparation.
At the same time, we shall prepare, and submit to you for approval, a detailed brochure of your property which will include colour photographs and a floor plan.
We will also provide you with a detailed quotation covering our estate agency commission and outlays. Many of our clients find it beneficial to have the whole selling process dealt with under one roof. Therefore, if you wish, we will also provide you with a quotation for carrying out your conveyancing on your behalf.
The Home Report, which is prepared by a chartered surveyor, comprises a Property Questionnaire, Energy Report and Single Survey.
The Property Questionnaire is completed by the seller and includes useful information for potential purchasers including details of the Council Tax banding, relevant local authority notices, alterations made to your home and any factoring arrangements.
The Energy Report assesses the efficiency rating and environmental impact of your home in terms of carbon emissions and helps buyers to compare energy costs. It may also recommend ways of improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions.
The Single Survey contains detailed information regarding the condition of your home including a valuation and an accessibility audit.
Once you have seen and approved both the sales brochure and Home Report, we will be in a position to start marketing your house for sale.
The marketing strategy, which will have been agreed with you in advance, will include the following:
- Your home will be displayed at our Property Shops at Campbeltown or Lochgilphead.
- 'For Sale’ board. This is a simple and effective marketing tool.
- Brochures will be circulated to all potentially interested parties on our extensive mailing list.
- As well as free inclusion on our own website, we can also feature your home on the Rightmove and On The Market websites for a small fee.
- We are also happy to discuss newspaper advertising with you and the costs involved.
You will now be in a position to welcome prospective buyers.
To show your home in the best possible light, try to ensure everywhere is tidy, the windows are clean, and that the kitchen and bathroom ‘sparkle’. Vases of flowers and fresh coffee are a good idea, and always make sure you end the viewing in the best room of the house.
At Stewart Balfour & Sutherland, we pride ourselves on being a proactive and conscientious sales team. We aim to keep you regularly appraised with feedback and developments until such time as your home goes ‘Under Offer’ and your solicitor takes over.
NOTIFICATION OF INTEREST & CLOSING DATES
When two or more parties have formally expressed their interest in your home, we would discuss setting a ‘Closing Date’ with you.
On this date, all interested parties will be invited to submit their best offers in formal legal terms through their solicitor.