Selling your Property with Kristian Allan
Selling a house is probably considered by many to be one of the most traumatic experiences in life, but with our vast experience of wealth and knowledge, we will always endeavour to make the whole process of selling your home as easy as possible, making the transaction run smoothly and professionally from initial instruction through to final completion, ensuring we keep you informed of the progress every step of the way.
We will happily arrange for one of our valuers to call at your property to offer you a FREE market appraisal, there is no obligation to this appointment and ‘hard sell’ is definitely not our game. We will take details of your property, which together with modern technology, our wealth of experience and prevailing market conditions will help us assess a true market value for your property. We will also advise on presenting your property, to generate as much interest as possible. Remember: First impressions do count.
Once you are ready to instruct us in the sale of your property we will arrange to have photographs and measurements taken, so that we can prepare relevant marketing materials which will all include detailed free of charge floor plans, and as many professionally produced photographs as deemed necessary. At this stage we also need to arrange an energy performance certificate for your property (this is a legal requirement and must be provided within the first seven days of marketing your property).
After we have created the marketing materials for your property we will ask you to check them over to ensure they are not mis-leading and more importantly, you are satisfied with them and they are totally reflective of your property. Once you are happy with them we will make your property live across our own website and all the property portals we use.
All viewing arrangements are made to suit your individual circumstances, they are all confirmed at the time of making the appointment and also on the day of the appointment, by email and telephone. We will happily accompany any viewings, but as no-one knows your property better than yourself, perhaps you may be the best person to do this. We will arrange all viewings to suit you. It is part and parcel of our service to obtain feedback after every viewing, which we will always relay back to you, so that you are aware of your viewers thoughts.
Any offers that are received to purchase your property will be put to you within 24 hours of receipt, we will always qualify the potential buyer to the best of our ability and will only consider moving forward with the applicant if they are in a ‘position to proceed’ to an unconditional exchange of contracts.
Once we are happy with an applicants ability to proceed, we will request details of both solicitors, so that we can forward a memorandum of sale to all parties, this is a document confirming what has been agreed i.e. price and any special conditions, together with details of vendors, purchasers and both solicitors, on receipt of this documentation, the solicitors can start the conveyancing process.
People constantly ask how long will the conveyancing take, the answer unfortunately is a little like ‘How long is a piece of string?’ As the norm we would normally suggest about 13 weeks, but from hereon its all very much down to your solicitors, but to ensure you know exactly what is happening throughout the whole transaction, we will ring all parties involved on a weekly basis and will always ensure that both you and your purchaser are always fully aware of exactly what the situation is.
As we near the end of the conveyancing process we will arrive at a date to ‘exchange contracts’, at this stage both solicitors will agree and ‘set in stone’ a completion date, this is a date agreeable by all parties where the property legally changes hands, the owner moves out and the purchaser moves in. There is no specific time for this to happen, it is usually down to circumstances, but it is generally before 3pm. The vendors solicitor will usually inform ourselves that completion has taken place and then we will inform all parties accordingly.
On completion the vendors solicitor will pay our agreed commission.
Energy Performance Certificates
What is an energy performance certificate?
An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC, is a guide for potential buyers and tenants when viewing a property, that shows them how energy efficient the property is. It comes with an outline of the cost of heating the property and also offers recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of the property.
The survey should be carried out by an accredited domestic energy assessor. Kristian Allan, as a sales, lettings and management agent can arrange this for you at minimal cost, or you are free to arrange your own, but it must be available within 7 days of your property being placed on the market.
An Energy Performance Certificate is required every time a property is put up for sale or offered to let. The EPC report includes energy efficiency rating, which uses a grading scheme, with A being the most efficient through to G being the least efficient. Also, as stated above, estimated costs of running the property will give an indication of heat and power usage. Finally, the report provides a summary of energy performance related features. This is useful if you want to undertake work to improve a home’s efficiency.
There are a small selection of buildings which do not need an EPC, but chances are you will need one. These include places of worship and holiday accommodation, but you should carry out thorough checks before deciding whether you need one or not.