Jordan MacKay, Branch Manager at Aberdein Considine, discusses the common questions sellers ask when moving.

How quickly can my house be marketed?

Agents work very closely with home report surveyors and photographers and we will always aim to have your property on the market within five working days.

What do I need to do to prepare my property for marketing?

You have one chance at impressing your potential buyer and most people view a property once and offer on that basis as the market can be fast-moving. Go into each room, take a step back and view the room as if you were the buyer.

Declutter and have clear surfaces, removing items from the kitchen units and wardrobes, etc. Touch up any marks on walls and make sure the front of your property is looking sharp, first impressions really do count.

If I am trying to find a property to buy first, what should I do in the meantime?

We recommend selling before buying but if you end up in this situation then you should be prepared. Some clients are lucky and will get the first property they offer on – for others it can take a while but the key is being prepared to move quickly once you do have an offer accepted.

Most solicitor estate agents, when accepting a subject-to-sale offer, will give a review date which is normally four weeks (this includes the time it takes to market the property). We recommend our clients have their photos done initially which means it is just the Home Report required.

What happens on the day of settlement?

Your solicitors will aim to settle your sale as early as they can on the day of moving, however, there are a number of factors to consider such as whether your sale forms part of a long chain of movers. Each buyer requires funds whether coming from a mortgage lender or a subsequent sale of property.

ESPC magazine

This article appeared in the May 2023 issue of the ESPC magazine. Find out more about the ESPC magazine and read the latest issue online.