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Edinburgh: 0131 500 0277

Midlothian: 0131 500 0272

Solicitors and Estate Agents

How to sell a house in Scotland

Only your solicitor can handle all aspects of a property sale. Contact one of our sales offices at Bruntsfield or Penicuik for an initial free introductory appointment.

This is a brief summary of the selling process which we will follow on your behalf:

  1. First steps
    After explaining our terms and conditions of business and providing a detailed written quotation of fees and outlays, we arrange for an evaluation of your house to establish a realistic selling price in the current market.
  2. Preparation of sales details
    We will arrange a visit to your house by the Property Manager to prepare sales details.
  3. Title deeds
    We obtain the title deeds to your house from your lender.
  4. Warrants, letters, guarantees and planning permissions
    We check availability of any relevant Building Warrants, Letters of Comfort, Guarantees and Planning Permissions.
  5. The sales process
    We advise on closing dates, offers, dates of entry and negotiate on your behalf with the buyers solicitors until the missives have been concluded.
  6. Searches
    We will obtain property enquiry certificates, property searches together with coal mining reports if appropriate.
  7. Conclusion of the sale
    Finally, we bring sale to a conclusion, hand over the keys and repay the existing loan.

Independent reviews from

Rated 4.94 based on 326 reviews

  • We found Rhona very helpful and very friendly, always double-checking that we had received the correct information and always followed up on our questions. She goes beyond the call of duty. Delighted she was our solicitor!
    Owen and Kirsty, 20 May 2019
  • We had a tight deadline to meet, and Lauren was superb in terms of liaising (and chasing) the various counterparties. Throughout, I felt very well advised and looked after. Any time again.
    JUH, 15 May 2019
  • From the word Go, I have been highly impressed with the way Andrea and the team have worked ever so hard and kept me up to date with all the enquiries, via email or phone call. I would most definitely would recommend and use this company again. Thanks for everything guys 🙂
    Clarkie76, 14 May 2019
  • Very happy with the service provided by Rhona and the rest of the team at MM. Throughout every stage of purchasing my first home, Rhona was always on hand to address any questions and talked my through all legal jargon very effectively. Quick turnaround and smooth process throughout, can't recommend highly enough. Many thanks, DM
    DM, 13 May 2019
  • We used McDougall McQueen to buy a property in Edinburgh. We were coming from down south and hence unfamiliar with the Scottish system. Mary, Lauren, Julia and the team were extremely helpful in guiding us through the process and were patient and pragmatic in dealing with our (somewhat detailed!) questions. The transaction was ultimately executed very smoothly.
    Simon & Claire, 12 May 2019
  • I have been dealing with Julie and laterly Julia for some time and they are wonderful. Helpful, professional and always courteous. I am very impatient and have a need to know everything as soon as it happens and they are never phased by my hounding! They never let me down and even have a calming influence when I get stressed. They are certainly a credit to McDougall McQueen.
    Shirley Black, 6 May 2019
  • Donald was an excellent solicitor and would highly recommend. Quick to reply to all queries and very 'on the ball'.
    Tim, 3 May 2019
  • Andrea was superb to deal with over the sale of my late parents house. She advised me with her expertise all the way throughout the sale. Very professional and also with warmth in her manner.
    Nikki Oneill, 1 May 2019
  • Highly recommend. Excellent communication throughout the sale of my home from initial meeting to put my home on the market, with viewings + feedback, advice + guidance given. Carol + colleagues professional + friendly. My queries have been responded to immediately + knowledgeably. Carol + colleagues have made the sale of my home a smooth operation. Many thanks!
    Stefanie Stoddart, 30 April 2019
  • As all the employees in McDougall McQueen, Donald was very friendly and helpful when I was dealing with him when purchasing of the flat He was quick to respond to all of my queries, and was very professional at completing the purchase and following up on any issues with the seller.
    Deniss, 27 April 2019
  • A professional, friendly and highly efficient performance from the Penicuik Team from start to finish. As sellers, we were kept fully informed and involved at every stage of the selling process and had confidence in the McDougall McQueen staff throughout.
    Three brothers, 15 April 2019
  • I used McDougall McQueen for my house sale and associated conveyancing after being recommended Robyn. The transaction was for a new build property and I am pleased to report that the purchase went through smoothly and was settled before 9AM on the date of purchase. I found Robyn to be very responsive and knowledgeable whenever I had any queries either by telephone or email.
    DH, 15 April 2019
  • I didn't have e mail facility which was easily managed by Kim as she kept me informed every step of the way. Sold my house very quickly. Very informative about the process of selling the property and would definitely recommend to others.
    Mr Jim Stein, 9 April 2019
  • We found Robyn very helpful in selling our house and purchasing our new home, explained everything in detail that we could understand,
    Bill Mac, 3 April 2019
  • We were dealing with Rhona from start to finish in the purchase of a flat. Rhona could not have been more helpful and friendly. She put us at ease about the whole process and our documents were made clear and produced in good time. Well done Rhona, you were an absolute pleasure to deal with and are a credit to your company.
    Paul Hunter, 2 April 2019
  • Very, very satisfied I was very impressed with the knowledge and the help they gave us during our first transaction In Scotland
    Andrew, 1 April 2019
  • We have been very impressed with the service from McDougall McQueen. From our initial consultation with Angela Laird to the marketing and selling with Wendy Rowat. We were kept well informed at each stage and from going on the market to closing date 2 weeks later, all has gone smoothly. Our thanks to all.
    H Rundle, 29 March 2019
  • I would recommend Robyn Lowe at McDougall McQueen. She has vast experience of the Edinburgh market and solves problems quickly without fuss. She is expert in residential conveyancing and all related financial aspects.
    Rod, 28 March 2019
  • Both the staff members that I have dealt with in this Sale have been extremely helpful and very friendly. Every aspect has been dealt with flaulessly and in a professional way as I would expect from an award winning firm. Thanks for all your help and kindness during the sale of my parents home.
    Sneddon, 27 March 2019
  • Lauren was quick to deal with our request kept us informed on the process and was welcoming when we called into the Office in Penicuik.
    JC, 27 March 2019
  • This was my first property purchase and McDougall McQueen made the process as smooth and stress free as possible. The staff were professional and knowledgeable, and I always felt that any issues were well under control. I especially liked that queries and emails were responded to in a timely manner which made me feel that my purchase was in safe hands. All in all, a great experience and I would strongly recommend them!
    Matt, 27 March 2019
  • The sale of our house went through very smoothly, quickly and the asking price was achieved thanks to Robyn's professionalism.
    Gordon McCraith, 21 March 2019
  • My experience with Julie has been very pleasant. She was helpful at all times and when I needed answers Julie was always there. I would definitely recommend Julie to friends and family. Thanks again Julie
    Mohammad, 21 March 2019
  • Caroline Scott and her colleagues were very efficient in dealing with the sale of my property. I was kept up to date at all times and given good advice. I was very pleased with the outcome of my sale.
    Norma Erskine, 21 March 2019
  • Robyn sold two rural properties for us. Everything was done on time and all the complications were sorted without fuss, drama or additional fees. I would highly recommend Robyn Lowe. If only our government could get things done like Robyn.
    Genuine Customer, 21 March 2019
  • Rhona Brown has now completed 2 sales for me and a purchase and I have found her to be professional, efficient, conscientious and helpful. I would certainly recommend her to friends and family.
    Norma Erskine, 21 March 2019
  • Rhona has been nothing short of excellent in both personal and business matters and there is no one I would recommend more due to the professionalism, and excellence in customer service provided. The fact that this has been the common feedback from a multitude of mutual client and not just myself, I will continue to recommend Rhona and McDougall McQueen to future clientele.
    Chris, 20 March 2019
  • This is my first time buying property and Devon has explained everything to me thoroughly and promptly. She has been very patient with me. Devon's manner is cheerful and reassuring. I am very grateful to have\/ have had her assistance.
    Helen, 19 March 2019
  • Susan Oates helped with the purchase of my first property. I was using the LIFT scheme which made things a little less straight forward however Susan was very knowledgeable and dealt with everything quickly. Thank you for all your help making my first property purchase a smooth and stress free experience!
    Leigh-Ann S, 28 February 2019
  • We had an excellent service from all the McDougal McQueen team we dealt with throughout the whole, long process. There were some challenges with this along the way but they were dealt with very well and always in a friendly, helpful manner. There were times when we felt we didn't understand certain things and it seemed hard to get to that understanding but overall we came away thinking McDougal McQueen had done an excellent job for us.
    Kate, 27 February 2019
  • Mary recently completed some legal work on our behalf. I'm pleased to say Mary was professional, efficient and easy to deal with throughout the process. An expert in her field and I would have no hesitation in recommending Mary and the team to others.
    Keith, 21 February 2019
  • McDougall McQueen were really great when it came to selling our house. Andrea and Caroline were our main points of contact and they informed us at every stage of the sale. When our first transaction fell through they could not have been more prompt at helping us find a new buyer. The Conveyancing was handled expertly too! Thank you all. We would definitely recommend McDougall McQueen's services to anyone looking to sell.
    Calum and Fiona, 14 February 2019
  • Kim at the Penicuik branch was a pleasure to deal with. She was so friendly whilst providing a very efficient service from start to finish.
    Martin, 24 January 2019
  • From start to finish, Mary's communications were excellent, which is the key to eliminating stress, delays, and risk of mistakes. Very pleased with the process and the outcome.
    Executor, 20 December 2018
  • We went from first agreeing to engage McDougall McQueen to act as sales agents to getting the property on the market, getting a closing date and having a choice of offers in 6 weeks ... and all this just before Christmas when the market is far from peak. Andrea was very quick and responsive to all lour queries and the whole process was a breeze. Very happy with the service.
    Jason, 20 December 2018
  • From the outset, Angela at McDougall McQueen was highly professional, very knowledgeable, efficient as well as understanding of the various issues (executry sale). I knew that I could rely on her to bring things back on track when challenges arose. It was reassuring to have her look after the sale of our family's property. An obvious recommendation.
    JAR, 20 December 2018
  • Exceedingly easy to deal with; it's great to get a sense of informal friendly support during an otherwise stressful event (house sale)
    grr150, 11 December 2018
  • It was a pleasure to deal with Mary and her team who acted in a pleasant and professional manner from start of the process to the end. Mary and her team demonstrated great understanding of the Edinburgh property market and also guided me through some of the legal intricacies (e.g. additional dwelling supplement). This was the second time that I have used the services of McDougall McQueen and will not hesitate to use them again.
    Scott, 30 November 2018
  • This is the third time we have used Dorothy and she has always been excellent. This time a complicated family transaction was dealt with efficiently, also grateful for Dot Mullallys input and help. Highly recommended conveyancing team.
    A W Rowat, 22 November 2018

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