While there are many different tasks to complete throughout the selling process, you will be guided step by step by your solicitor. Your convenience is important to us and we aim to minimise the amount of time you have to spend on the process. We offer video calls to save you from travelling to meet us and you can meet us at times convenient to you. When documents need to be signed we can come to meet you at your home.
When you sell a property, the title or ownership will be transferred from you to the purchaser. There are two ways to sell your house, private treaty or auction. It is important to be guided by an auctioneer as to the best way to sell your particular house. Which method is most suitable will depend on a number of factors including the type of house, the state of the property market and the local area.
Selling Key Steps
The first step is to notify your solicitor of your plans to sell the house so that they may prepare the title documents and the contract for sale. This avoids unnecessary delays in the process. If you have a mortgage, your solicitor must request your title deeds from your lender, it can take between four and eight weeks for the lender to issue them. Therefore, it is better for your solicitor to have them before you go sale agreed to help you complete your sale as soon as possible.
A BER certificate is required if you are advertising a home for sale. It shows how energy efficient your home is and you will need to have this before working with an estate agent, if this is applicable to your situation. Most properties are sold with the help of an estate agent. The estate agent will value your property, arrange any advertising and co-ordinate viewings, as well as being involved in the completion of the sale in conjunction with your solicitor. Once you accept an offer on your home, the property is sale agreed and the purchaser will need to pay a booking deposit to your estate agent.
In preparation for the sale, your solicitor will draw up the contract for sale once they have received all the relevant documentation from you and the lending institution. Your solicitor will make sure that the planning documentation is in order. It is very important that these are in order before the proposed sale. Otherwise, the potential purchaser may pull out of the transaction at a very late stage if discrepancies are discovered. It is also essential to note that if you are selling your family home and are married, the consent of your spouse is required unless you are the joint owners of the house.
You will need to provide proof of payment of household charges and Local Property Tax. Additionally, if this is not your principal private residence, proof of payment of Non Principal Private Residence charge will be required for the years the charge applied.
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Selling Final Steps
Once the contracts have been exchanged between the purchaser’s solicitor and your solicitor and everything is in order, you can complete the final steps of the process. You will need to sign the transfer deed and other documentation that may be required to complete the sale. A final closing date with the buyer’s solicitor will be agreed and on this date, your solicitor will meet the buyers and exchange the keys of the property for the purchase money.
If you have a mortgage, your solicitor is obliged to pay it off from the sale proceeds and any balance is transferred to your account after your solicitor has deducted all the agreed fees relating to the sale.
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