Probate Services

For Residential properties across Bedfordshire

The sale of probate properties can vary enormously due to their difference in size, condition and value, and the vast majority need to be resolved, looked after and then sold. This process can be very complex and comes at a time of emotional strain for the family who need to deal with the property before sale and attend to the issues that arise. We employ a sympathetic approach which is sensitive to family needs, professional and responsive.

Recommendation Report

We will provide you with much more than a standard valuation for probate purposes. Alongside this we will include advice on the best method of sale, what might need to be done to the property to prepare if for sale, and any clearance, tidying or improvements that would be beneficial. Our report will be thorough and will include all of the property information required for the executors to consider when making estate planning decisions.

Disposal of unwanted furniture and chattels

We have links with auctioneers who provide an independent valuation of furniture and chattels followed by a cost effective removal and sale of all unwanted items. Prior estimates will be supplied and a full and complete clearance carried out.

House cleaning after clearance and winter drain-down

Empty properties need to be prepared for sale or letting purposes. Our associated property management team can undertake clean up work, deal with security improvements and drain down the plumbing and heating systems.

Method of sale guidance

We will advise on the right method of sale to achieve the best price for the beneficiaries - it could be by 'Auction' if there are opportunities for improvement or by 'Pivate Treaty' if it is modern and in good condition. We occasionally advise 'Informal or Formal Tender' to help achieve the best price in a required time-scale.

Single point of contact

As 'Agent for the executors' we will act as the primary contact for all matters relating to the probate property. We will allocate an individual to be reponsible and available on call.

The rental alternative

On some occasions the Executors may choose to let the property for a period of time before selling. We can recommend a highly successful residential lettings operation who will provide rental advice and offer a management service for the required period.

Meter readings and key holding

We can read the meters and act as key holders throughout the sale process

Production of an EPC

All properties that are to be sold or let will require an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - We will organise this and supply copies and links to the required parties.

Garden tidy plus garden maintenance

Best price will only be achieved if the property presents well, and the gardens need to be smartened up and maintained as part of this process. We have contractors who can undertake any initial tidy up and follow this with regular maintenance.

Assessment of planning options

Probate properties often offer opportunities for extension or redevelopment, on some occasions there could be space for a building plot. Our Chartered Surveyor will consider and advise on the options.

Please contact Ash on 01234 271599 or to discuss your individual requirements.