Frequent Asked Questions

A number of questions that we get asked are quite common. Therefore, we have put together our best answers for those questions. If you have a question that we haven’t answered, please don’t hesitate to ask us on 01924 729292 or hello@rutleyclark.co.uk.

Marketing your home in a unique way takes time – typically around 21 days. Like a good wine it takes time to get it right, but the end result is better if you spend the time on it now.

Utilising the best experts we have found, to create beautiful bespoke brochures for your home, means you stand out from the crowd. It takes a little time but then puts you ahead of the rest. Likewise getting photographs right from the beginning can attract the right buyers from the start, saving time in the long run.

We carry out all viewings for you. This helps the buyer feel more comfortable asking questions and removes the hassle for you. We will provide valuable feedback shortly after each viewing, so you are always in a position of knowledge and if necessary, you can apply any improvements quickly. You can attend second viewings if you want to, but you don’t have to, we are here to take all that stress away.
Our fees are simple, 1.5% inc VAT. There are no extra charges for our marketing, which typically costs £1,000. We stand this cost as we believe it shows our commitment to getting you the sale you desire.
We can guide you through this once we have done the initial Home Moving Consultation but there are four main categories of cost to consider. There are our fees, legal/conveyancing fees, necessary checks such as Energy Performance Certificates and then moving costs such as removal firms. You need to ensure you have all of these included in your budget.

Not really. It is best to ensure you pick the right dedicated team to support you in this new chapter. If they provide the right personal service, you should only need one. Having two agents can be confusing fr buyers and may give the impression you are desperate to sell and therefore attract low offers.

We create beautiful For Sale boards, each one unique to the house it is accompanying, with carefully chosen photographs to highlight key aspects of your home allowing buyers to glimpse what lays beyond and we believe they add an additional facet to our marketing ensuring your property gets noticed for all the right reasons. But it is a personal choice and if you decide not to have one that’s fine too.
Once the sale has been agreed and checks carried out, including any necessary surveys your legal team will work on exchanging contracts. It typically takes 4 to 12 weeks between offer and exchange but it depends upon each circumstance and other parties in the chain. We will be with you every step of the way, making sure each process is followed up and providing guidance on your role.

Now is a great time to buy a house, as until 31 March 2021, you will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax when purchasing your main property, which can have a value up to £500,000. Second homes will still incur Stamp Duty on properties over £40,000.

Property or lease premium or transfer valueSDLT rate
Up to £500,000Zero
The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000)5%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)10%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)12%

On the 1 April 2021 the reduced rates shown in the above tables will revert to the rates of SDLT that were in place prior to 8 July 2020.

If you’re buying an additional property for £40,000 or more, such as a second home or certain buy-to-let properties, you’ll still have to pay an extra 3% in Stamp Duty on top of the revised rates. However, it doesn’t apply to caravans, mobile homes or houseboats.

Minimum property purchase priceMaximum property purchase priceStamp Duty rate (only applies to the part of the property price falling within each band)
£925,001£1.5 million13%
Over £1.5 million 15%

You have to complete a Stamp Duty Land Tax Return within 14 days of completion, but your property and legal team will advise you on what to do.

This is normally only the case if you are selling a second home, but again we can advise you about this after the Home Moving Consultation and also refer you to a tax specialist if needed.

This will depend on who you choose as your legal partner. Prices vary and so does service. We would be happy to make recommendations to you of firms we have found we work well with and who hold similar values, to ensure that once we find you a buyer, the sale completes in a timescale that suits you.

Yes. Anyone selling a house or renting, must purchase an EPC. As your estate agent, we have to include the EPC in your marketing literature, as well as sharing this with your legal team.
The best thing to do is to book a Rental Advice Meeting. We can then look at all the options for you both renting and selling.