The Probate House Sale Process
There are several things you can do to help speed up the probate house sale.
Secure The Property
If the property is empty, it is important that it is secure. This involves locking any windows and doors, securing any valuable items and documents such as birth certificates.
Value The Property
You will need to determine how much the probate property is worth at the time of death, rather than its selling price. You can do this through your local estate agents or via a surveyor.
Pay Inheritance Tax
Often there is tax to pay on a deceased's estate. How much tax you pay can vary depending on the circumstances. There are many factors that can affect whether you are liable for Inheritance Tax, such as who is due to inherit the property. You must calculate if any tax needs to be paid and if so, how much. There is a threshold of £325,000 and you don’t usually need to pay Inheritance Tax if the estate is worth less than this.
Speak to a probate solicitor or seek legal advice if you are unsure of your inheritance tax liabilities. Alternatively, you can learn more about your inheritance tax form here.
Prepare For A Probate House Sale
You will need to clear the house in preparation for sale. This can take time, especially if there are lots of personal memories tied to the deceased person, their property and objects that are special to you inside the house. You can then consider whether to carry out any home improvements to give the home extra kerb appeal and increase its potential house valuation.
Visit gov.uk for more information on selling a house in special circumstances.
How Long Does It Take To Sell A House Through Probate?
We are often asked 'how long does probate take?'
The probate process can take time. It can take around 6-12 weeks from applying to get the Grant of Probate. During this time, you can put the probate property on sale but if an offer is made, you will have to wait for a Grant of Probate before the sale can be completed. It is good to prepare for a long probate process; delays to the property sale can result in difficulties for both parties.
Take a look at our useful guide for selling an inherited house. It will give you an overview of your options and any tax implications you need to be aware of.
Looking For A Quick And Easy Sale?
There are many reasons why a quick and simple sale can benefit you, especially in a sudden or distressing situation. One of the main reasons people choose to sell with us is because it takes the stress out of what can be a lengthy and emotional process in dealing with a deceased person's estate. Our friendly, expert team are passionate about helping you navigate life’s biggest moments with care.
A quick sale is a great way to free up any assets quickly, allowing you to move on with your life.
- We give you a genuine cash offer within 24 hours
- Happy with your offer? We will exchange contracts that allow us to legally buy your probate property
- You can then arrange to hand over the property at a time and date that suits you
- You’re always in control
- A probate sale with us is much faster than the traditional estate agent route or on the open market
Our team prides ourselves on being open, honest and experienced in the property sector. We know that inheriting a house and selling it can be a busy or stressful time, but we are here to help you every step of the way. Got a question for us? Check out our frequently asked questions.
How Do We Do It?
We always ensure that you get the best price possible for your probate property. You receive 100% of our final offer price and do not contribute to any fees associated with the selling process, unlike the traditional estate agent route.
- Guaranteed offer in 24 hours
- No fees, no chain
- Proven track record in probate property purchasing
- All property types, in any condition
Any home improvements and fees are taken care of so that you can begin to move on from any emotional attachments from the property.