Your home is the single largest investment you are likely to make and selling this prime asset can be a stressful and life changing time.
You will need to make clear decisions whilst other important events are taking place in your busy lives and Samuel Dickey Estate Agents can offer you the professional advice you need tailored to your own specific circumstance which will guide you through the process.
Samuel Dickey estate agents are built on practices and principles of hard work and traditional independent estate agency with a focus on the highest level of customer service directly tailored to individual needs.
Each sale is approached differently with emphasis on achieving the highest value possible in the shortest time possible.
There are certain issues may arise during the mortgage valuation and this will be addressed with you before marketing. The client will be made fully aware of the journey they are about to embark upon and with professional guidance there will be no surprises throughout the conveyance.
Advice on selling
All aspects of the sale process will be discussed at your initial valuation and inspection when you are given tips and advice on;
- How to present you home
- Best method of sale – Private treaty – Formal tender – Auction
- Best method of pricing
- Full appraisal on market trends from actual comparable sales and RICS valuations
- Best time to sell
Keys points to remember
Your home has so many cherished memories and now is time to look to the future. It is essential that you start to think that your home must appeal to a new buyer. Your home is now a commodity and the value must be maximised.
Take a look around and see if there is anything which needs a touch of paint or minor repairs that you always meant to get around to do – now is the time to do them before you market your home.
Gather together as much paperwork relevant to the sale as possible, such as building control certificate, rewiring certificates, gas and oil boiler certificates.
Your home will be marketed on the Property news.com and the Samuel Dickey.com websites to offer the widest coverage to the largest selection of buyers. All properties will be displayed with full colour photographs with all relevant information on specification, room sizes and layout together with a download version of the brochure.
The large range of property currently on the market and record low interest rates provide a great opportunity for the discerning buyer. Samuel Dickey can guide you through your purchase and offer advice on matters which may affect value and so that you make the best offer possible in order to secure the sale.
Survey and Valuation
It is important that you know that the property which you buying is safe, sound and overall good value for money. We can advise you on;
- Construction method
- Significant or urgent defects (significant are those issue affecting value) (urgent are those likely to cause damage to the person or property)
- Timber defect, presence of damp, structural movement, electric and plumbing issues – all of which may require further investigation and specialist advice
- Insurance value
There are many reasons to ascertain the value of your home and we can offer valuations for;
- Matrimonial dispute
- Capital gains tax including retrospective values on the date when the property was acquired
- Inheritance tax
- Repossession valuation for solicitors and lending institutions
- Insurance or reinstatement value
Many more people are now renting whilst trying to save for that all important deposit for mortgage or have contractual employment and simply need a home for a defined period of time – whichever is the case for you Samuel Dickey Estate Agent has over sixteen years’ experience in sale and rentals and can offer professional advice to Landlords and Tenants.
Whether you let you property furnished or unfurnished, as a Landlord you want your investment to be a safe, secure and a hassle free experience for both you and the tenant.
Samuel Dickey estate agents take this very seriously and sources tenants who will take care of the property for the full length of the term and treat it as their own home. From the moment of first viewing and application, each tenant is assessed on their suitability for the property.
We understand that every tenant may not uphold the same high standards of care and attention to detail in keeping a home in the same way an owner occupier might and we specialise in minimising the risks.
The specific requirement of each landlord will be considered for each property and their instructions carried out. We believe in finding the right tenant and not just any tenant.
We specialise in a tenant finder’s service or a full management service. In each case the tenant is assessed through references of banks, employers and previous landlords. An inventory of condition is recommended which can be provided by us upon request.
Important Points to remember
- Keep abreast of legislation including Fire & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety)(Amendment) Regulations 1993 and Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
- Retain an inventory (provided by us)
- Pets – you can refuse or accept pets at you discretion. Pets must be kept under proper control in accordance with terms of your lease
- Each viewing is accompanied – no one will ever view a property on their own without the landlords consent
- Managed properties will be visited regularly to assess condition
- Advise your insurers that you are renting out your property to ensure adequate cover
- Repairs to the building are usually the responsibility of the landlord – we have a list of approved contractors to offer a range of maintenance services
Advice to Tenants
As a tenant you are entering into a contract to live in a home owned by someone else. It should be an enjoyable and hassle free time for you to live in a property of your choice. We understand that the rent you pay is a reasonable amount of money and for that you should expect the highest standard of care from your letting agent and your landlord. This means that all repairs are carried out in a timely and efficient manner without worry.
As a tenant you will be referenced which will require you filling in our application form and providing bank details, previous landlord details and employers details. A small fee is chargeable for this service. You cannot move in until these checks have taken place.
Once accepted you will be asked to sign a contract and pay a full months deposit. On the day for your lease to commence you will pay your first month’s rent, sign the inventory and you can enjoy your new home.
At the end of your tenancy term we (or the landlord if we are no managing it) will carry out an inspection to assess for damage and if everything is in order, your deposit monies will be returned to you.
Energy Performance Certificates
Samuel Dickey is a fully qualified domestic energy assessor accredited by Elmhurst Energy to provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) on domestic buildings built before 2008.
If you are selling or renting your home it is a legal requirement to provide and EPC for the purhcaser or tenant. We provide each property listed with an EPC as part of the service.
Request you EPC here