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Selling your home

How do you go about finding a buyer for your home? Do you need to go through a solicitor or estate agent or can you do it yourself? What does the selling process involve and how much will it cost? Find out here.

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  • Putting your home on the market

    Find out all you need to know about selling your home.

  • The selling process

    Once your home is on the market, you should start to receive notes of interest from potential buyers. You can then set a closing date and start the selling process.

  • Finding a buyer

    When looking for a buyer, you can use a selling agent or sell the property yourself. Find out more about selling agents and tips for finding a buyer yourself.

  • Solicitors

    You'll need a solicitor to carry out legal work for selling your home. Find a solicitor using our tips and check what to ask them about.

  • Estate agents

    If you want to use an estate agent to sell your property in Scotland, find out how to find one, what they do and what to do if you're unhappy.

  • Setting a price

    Before you sell your home, you need to work out how much it is worth and how much money you hope to get for it. Check how to do this.

  • Costs of selling

    This page outlines the costs involved when you sell your home and explains what you can do if you buy a new home before the sale of your old home is completed.

  • Home reports

    If you're selling a property in Scotland you'll need to provide a home report. This is a pack that provides more information about the property for potential buyers.

  • Selling at auction

    If you want to sell your home quickly, you could consider selling it at auction. This page explains the selling process.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

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0808 800 4444*
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

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