Selling a home in Scotland

Choosing an estate agent


Once you have decided to sell your home, most people will find an estate agent to help them find a buyer. In Scotland, solicitors can also act as estate agents as well as carrying out Conveyancing.

The role of the solicitor or estate agent is to:

  • Act on your behalf as a selling agent
  • Advise you on setting an asking price
  • Discuss any issues that may prevent you from selling your home
  • Prepare the Home Report for your property
  • Market your property on websites such as s1homes and local newspapers
  • Contact prospective buyers
  • Prepare publicity materials such as schedules
  • Arrange viewings for interested buyers.

You can search our estate agent directory for agents in your area. It's also a good idea to ask friends and family for recommendations and remember to shop around to find the right agent for you.

Estate agents work on a fee basis or a commission basis (normally between 1% and 4% of the selling price). Always make sure you find out about all costs up front so that you don't get a shock when you receive the bill!

The Property Ombudsman has published a guide to important matters to be made aware of when entering into an agreement with an estate agent to sell a property. You can download this here.