Sales/Buying

At MSL Estates LTD, we realise that buying or selling a property can be stressful as well as an exciting experience. That is why our devoted and professional workforce is serious about making sure your move, whether you are looking to buy or sell, runs as smooth and stress-free as possible.

What is required?

Energy performance check (EPC)

An Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for any house being advertised for sale or rent in the UK. It is commonly referred to as an EPC and you need to get one within 28 days of putting your property on the market.

How do I obtain an EPC?

Speak to us! Here at MSL Estates LTD we use the latest technology and will be able to order the EPC extremely quickly, so you can commence marketing, and then track progress until it has been completed by the qualified Energy Assessor. We can then arrange for any potential buyer or tenant to have access to the EPC, if requested by them.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), based on the fabric of the building and its services, (heating, ventilation and lighting) that buyers can use to make comparisons with other properties. The EPC report includes recommendations on how to reduce the energy use of the property as well as an indication of the payback period.

Additionally, the EPC informs homeowners on how to decrease the environmental impact of their homes and informs prospective buyers about the energy performance of the property they’re interested in. This means they can consider energy efficiency (carbon emissions and fuel bills) when making their decision to buy a new home.

How long is the Energy Performance Certificate valid for?

An EPC is valid for 10 years. However, if a newer EPC has been produced, the newer EPC must be used. Once you have ordered the Energy Performance Certificate from MSL Estates LTD then we can market your home as soon as possible.

Process of Buying and Selling your property

Conveyance

MSL Estates LTD understands that moving home can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. However, we promise to make sure your home move is as quick, straightforward and stress-free as possible. The way we will do this is by providing you with an:

  • Internet, email, telephone and post based service.
  • Clear and independent professional advice
  • There are no surprises we will provide you with the costs up front.
  • No move, no legal fee If your move doesn’t go ahead you won’t have to pay any legal fees.

Once the offer is accepted

The seller is responsible for drawing up a legal contract to transfer ownership.

The contract contains details about:

  • The sale price
  • The property boundaries
  • Which fixtures and fittings (like carpets and kitchen units) are included
  • Any legal restrictions or rights, like public footpaths or rules about using the property
  • Any planning restrictions
  • Services to the property, like drainage and gas
  • When the sale will complete

If the seller has hired a solicitor or conveyancer, they will:

  • Draft the initial contract
  • Answer questions from the buyer’s solicitor or conveyancer (with the seller’s help)
  • Negotiate the details of the contract if necessary

Exchanging contracts

When the buyer and seller are happy with the contract, both sides sign final copies and send them to each other.

The agreement to sell and buy is legally binding once this happens.

Usually, neither party can pull out without paying compensation.

Completion

Once the contracts have been exchanged:

  • The money is transferred from the buyer to the seller.
  • The legal documents needed to transfer ownership are handed over to the buyer.
  • The seller moves out and leaves the property in the state agreed to the contract.
  • The seller hands over the keys to the buyer.
  • The property now belongs to the buyer.
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