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Selling your home with a “Full Service History”

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When you are selling your car with the benefit of a full service history for potential purchasers there is a premium people are willing to pay for such information. Adopting the same approach to selling your home will net similar results. We endorse such an approach and advise clients in conveyancing transactions to be prepared. 


When selling your property using the services of we will seek certain basic information that will equate to an initial property health check. Having the information ready to hand may also yield benefits to your auctioneers in their marketing of your property.  We will detail certain basic information that should be available before a property is marketed for sale and prior to contracts for sale are issued. Home owners should be aware that in an increasingly tough market buyers (and their solicitors) are getting more and more particular about the information that they receive about your property.




• If you have carried out any development on your property that required planning permission you will be obliged furnish various documents from your architect and the planning authority to any potential purchaser. On obtain planning permission for an extension or loft conversion make sure you keep a copy of the planning permission. The definition of what constitutes a Development is very wide. If a development has been completed on the property then appropriate planning permissions may need to be applied for or the necessary certificates from your Architect or Engineer will need to be obtained.

What is a Development for the purposes of the planning legislation? In the Planning and Development Act, 2000 Section 3 (1) sets the following definition of what constitutes a Development. The section states as follows:  In this act “development” means, except where the context otherwise requires, the carrying out of any works on, in over or under land or the making of any material change in the use of any structures or other land”

• Have a copy of any planning permissions that were applied for in relation to the property together with evidence of the discharge of any financial conditions readily available.

• Have you Building Energy Regulations certificate available.

• Have all the records for the installation of any heating systems and the service records made available.

• If you have had any electrical works completed in recent times you must have the RECI certificate available for inspection by any prospective purchasers.

At the moment, having this documentation to hand to give to your solicitor will without doubt speed up the sale of your property. Each property is unique in its own way and we always strongly advise that you engage us as your solicitors immediately that you decide to sell your property so that we can ensure that all the planning and title documentation is in order and ready for the issuance of contracts for sale when you do go sale agreed on your property.

In instructing Property Law Solicitors to deal with the conveyancing of your house sale not only do you have the peace of mind in knowing that we will seek to have all the requisite information from you in relation to the Property Sale but you will also know that you will get the benefit of a cheap low cost conveyancing service at a fixed fee. For further information in relation to the sale of your property for a fixed low cost fee please contact us in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01 2300022.  

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