Please find below our seller’s checklist/guide with approximate timescales
on what you should be doing after agreeing a sale on your property.
Instruct your solicitor to proceed
You should have already received a recommendation from us on a reputable solicitor or have
your own in place. Ideally this should be done prior to selling so that they are ready to issue a
contract package as soon as the sale is agreed. You will need to provide the following:
Fill in the Property Information Questionnaire & Fixtures and Fittings Form
Your solicitor will provide you with this form and other relevant information relating to your sale
this should be filled in as completely as possible and returned to your solicitor at the earliest
opportunity. At this point if you are selling a leasehold property you will need to provide the
details of the managing agents or freeholder and pay any admin fee that is charged for them
to provide information.
This would be a good time to start thinking about a suitable move date and relay this to your
solicitor and us as your agent so we can discuss and agree with your buyer.
Prepare for Survey/Mortgage Valuation
Your buyer will more than likely have commissioned a private survey or mortgage valuation
on your property, please ensure access is easy for us to arrange either by way of providing
a key or being available at the property when the surveyor wishes to attend. Any relevant
paperwork you have copies of relating to extensions or planning should be made available to
the surveyor at the time.
Answer any additional enquiries
After your solicitor has sent over the contract papers to your buyers solicitor, there are
normally additional queries that the buyers solicitor will raise, these will be passed on to you
to answer if your solicitor is not aware of the answers, again these need to be returned to your
solicitor at the earliest opportunity.
Ready to sign contract
At this point subject to your buyers solicitor being happy with contract papers and searches
and being in receipt of a mortgage offer (if required) for your buyers, you should be contacting
your solicitor and booking an appointment to sign your contract.
Always keep in regular contact with your solicitor and us!
The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a charge placed on all property purchases over £125,000 in England. From April 2016 the SDLT payable on the purchase of any second home or buy to let property increased by 3%.
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