Are you thinking of selling your property?
…then look no further!
Everyone wants a simple, quick house sale. No stress, no hassle. The reality can be very different. The journey we embark on with our clients when selling their home is a partnership and being fully in control of our business allows us to be flexible in tailoring a package to suit individual’s needs. It’s key to select an agent you feel you can work with and who you feel understands both your property and your needs. At Seven Estates our experienced and qualified staff are specialists in the area in which they operate. Branches work together, sharing information and ideas using the strengths of the entire company in order to obtain the best result for our clients and their properties.
Seven Estates have been selling houses in the Leicestershire area for many years and in that period, we have seen the market change in many ways. We are committed to getting you the best deal with the least amount of stress and hassle.
The Seven Estates SALES service includes:
- Free and honest no obligation market appraisals
- Knowledgeable and dedicated team to follow the transaction through to completion
- Prominent and accessible office locations
- Memorable and attractive ‘For Sale’ boards to capture local interest
- Comprehensive listings on property portals and extensive newspaper advertising
- Mail and text service to our extensive database of prospective buyers
- Networked offices, each carrying your particulars to increase exposure of your property
- High quality colour sales particulars
- Accompanied viewings and prompt viewing feedback
- Arrangement of EPC’s – required by law for the sale of any property in the UK
- Unique and Extremely competitive Sale Fee
- No Sale – No Fee – Guarantee
Quick Guide – Preparing Your Home For Sale
First impressions really do count; trust us when we say that this is key. To sell your home in today’s marketplace follow these few simple tips:
Yourself from with your home and look it as a product to be sold. Let go the emotional attachment with the ‘home’ and treat it as a ‘house’. Prepare yourself to say your goodbyes to the home to ease the process.
Take a look at your home from the front. Does it look good as you approach? ‘Kerb appeal’ is an important factor in creating a good first impression. Tidy the drive, clean the window sills, mow the lawn, sweep the path, paint the front door.
Remove unnecessary items from your house. Clutter makes a space feel small and makes it look like the property lacks storage. Removing personal items will help potential buyers imagine living there.
MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS
Repair leaky taps, cracked wall and floors, squeaking doors, holes in ceiling and walls, replace faulty bulbs which all create negative impressions on the buyers.
CLEAN THE HOUSE
Make it sparkle with a fresh coat of paint, washed windows, vacuumed interior, waxed floors and fresh inviting fragrance. Give it a welcoming feel.
Are you thinking of letting a property in Leicester?
We at Seven Estates can help. Keeping your rented property occupied at all times is crucial in maximising the return on your investment. At Seven Estates that is our number one priority.
With our extensive knowledge of the lettings market, our dedication to customer service and our friendly, personal approach, we are ideally placed to make owning a rental property both stress free and profitable. We have a large database of quality tenants actively seeking short and long term lets.
The Seven Estates LETTINGS service includes:
- Free and honest no obligation rental valuation
- Knowledgeable and dedicated team to advise on legal requirements for rental properties
- Prominent and accessible office locations
- Memorable and attractive ‘To Let’ boards to capture local interest
- Mail and text service to our extensive database of prospective tenants
- Networked offices to increase exposure of your property
- Marketing your property on our website and other property portals
- Vetting prospective applicants
- Conducting viewings
- Preparation of an Assured Short hold Tenancy Agreement or Lease
- Organising pre-tenancy works – we can arrange statutory requirements such as the Energy Performance Certificate and Landlords Gas Safety Certificate
- Collecting the first month’s rent and dilapidation deposit prior to occupation.
Full Property Management
This service includes all the benefits from the let only service but also includes:
- The inventory prepared and updated at regular intervals throughout the tenancy when changes to the property are made
- Regular visits to the property to check everything is in order and a report sent to you at your request
- Reporting any problems and supervising maintenance works in relation to property repairs, breakdown of equipment and interruption of services
- Collection and payment of rent on a monthly basis
- Inform the local authority and basic utility services of the change of occupancy (excludes telephonic services)
- Refund the tenants deposit on expiry of tenancy, less dilapidation deductions of applicable.
Contact us if you are a Landlord looking for assistance by calling us on 0116 2548888 / 224 6608, alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LANDLORD ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
Before a property can be let, there are several matters which the owner will need to deal with to ensure that the tenancy runs smoothly, and complies with the law.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
From 1 October 2008, landlords have a legal obligation to provide prospective tenants with a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Energy Performances Certificates tell owners, potential buyers and tenants about the energy efficiency of a home and how it can be improved. An EPC comes with a recommendation report which includes advice and suggestions on improvements you could make to save money and energy. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and recommendation report must be made available free of charge by a landlord to a prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity.
We at Seven Estates can help get your EPC sorted out quickly and at a competitive price.
If your property is mortgaged, you should obtain your mortgagee’s written consent to the letting. They may require additional clauses in the tenancy agreement of which you must inform us.
If you are a leaseholder, you should check the terms of your lease, and obtain the necessary written consent before letting.
You should ensure that you are suitably covered for letting under both your buildings and contents insurance. Failure to inform your insurers may invalidate your policies. We can advise on Landlord’s Legal Protection and Landlord’s Contents insurance if required.
Seven Estates are currently not part of a client money protection scheme.
It is most important that an inventory of contents and schedule of condition be prepared, in order to avoid misunderstanding or dispute at the end of a tenancy. Without such safeguards, it will be impossible for the landlord to prove any loss, damage, or significant deterioration of the property or contents.
When the landlord is resident in the UK, it is entirely his responsibility to inform the Inland Revenue of rental income received, and to pay any tax due. However, where the landlord is resident outside the UK during a tenancy, under new rules effective from 6 April 1996, unless an exemption certificate is held, we as landlord’s agents are obliged to retain and forward to the Inland Revenue on a quarterly basis, an amount equal to the basic rate of income tax from rental received, less certain expenses. An application form for exemption from such deductions is available from this Agency, and further information may be obtained from the Inland Revenue.
The following safety requirements are the responsibility of the owner (the Landlord), and where we are to manage the property, they are also ours as agents. Therefore to protect all interests we ensure full compliance with the appropriate regulations, at the owner’s expense.
Gas Appliances and Equipment
Annual safety check: Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 all gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation must be checked for safety within 12 months of being installed, and thereafter at least every 12 months by a competent engineer (GAS SAFE registered installer).
Maintenance: There is a duty to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and associated pipe work are maintained in a safe condition at all times. Records: Full records must be kept for at least 2 years of the inspections of each appliance and flue, of any defects found and of any remedial action taken. Copies to tenants: A copy of the safety certificate issued by the engineer must be given to each new tenant before their tenancy commences, or to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being carried out.
Electrical Appliances and Equipment
There are several regulations relating to electrical installations, equipment and appliance safety, and these affect landlords and their agents in that they are ‘supplying in the course of business’. They include the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets Regulations 1994, the 2005 Building Regulation – ‘Part P, and British Standard BS1363 relating to plugs and sockets. Although with tenanted property there is currently no specific legal requirement for a qualified electrician to carry out an inspection and issue a safety certificate (as exists in the case of gas appliances), it is now widely accepted in the letting industry that the only safe way to ensure safety, and to avoid the risk of being accused of neglecting your ‘duty of care’, or even of manslaughter is to arrange such an inspection and certificate.
Furniture and Furnishings
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989, 1993 & 1996) provide that specified items supplied in the course of letting property must meet minimum fire resistant standards. The regulations apply to all upholstered furniture, and beds, headboards and mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions, pillows, and non-original covers for furniture. They do not apply to antique furniture or furniture made before 1950, bed clothes including duvets, loose covers for mattresses, pillowcases, curtains, carpets or sleeping bags. Therefore all relevant items as above must be checked for compliance, and non-compliant items removed from the premises. In practice, most (but not all) items which comply must have a suitable permanent label attached. Items purchased since 1.3.90 from a reputable supplier are also likely to comply.
General Product Safety
The General Product Safety Regulations 1994 specify that any product supplied in the course of a commercial activity must be safe. In the case of letting, this would include both the structure of the building and its contents. Recommended action is to check for obvious danger signs – leaning walls, broken glass, sharp edges etc., and also to leave operating manuals or other written instructions about high risk items, such as hot surfaces, electric lawnmowers, etc. for the tenant.
Preparing the property for Letting
We have found from experience that a good relationship with tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy. As Property Managers the relationship part is our job, but it is important that the tenants should feel comfortable in their temporary home, and that they are receiving value for their money. This is your job. Our policy of offering a service of quality and care therefore extends to our tenant applicants too, and we are pleased to recommend properties to rent which conform to certain minimum standards. Quality properties attract quality tenants.
Electrical, gas, plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the landlord’s expense unless misuse can be established.
Similarly, appliances such as washing machine, fridge freezer, cooker, dishwasher etc. should be in usable condition. Repairs and maintenance are at the landlord’s expense unless misuse can be established.
Interior decorations should be in good condition, and preferably plain, light and neutral.
It is recommended that you leave only minimum furnishings, and these should be of reasonable quality. It is preferable that items to be left are in the property during viewings. If you are letting unfurnished, we recommend that the property contains carpets, curtains, and a cooker.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish-free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left the necessary tools. However, few tenants are experienced gardeners, and if you value your garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange maintenance visits by our regular gardener.
At the commencement of a tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and at the end of each tenancy it is the tenant’s responsibility to leave the property in similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning should be arranged at their expense.
We recommend that you make use of the Post Office redirection service. Application forms are available at their counters, and the cost is minimal. It is not the tenant’s responsibility to forward mail.
Information for the Tenant
It is helpful if you leave information for the tenant on operating the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc.
You should provide one set of keys for each tenant. Where we are Managing we will arrange to have duplicates cut as required.
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Seven Estates are part of a client money protection scheme (CMP).