The essential extras to prepare properties for market

The essential extras to prepare properties for market

When it comes to the Essential Extras, you can rest assured that the Property Ladder Group (PLG) have got you covered. The initial point of contact is usually when an Attorney, Deputy or Executor notifies us of an owners death or illness. Our first priority then is to make sure that the property is insured and to ascertain if the locks need changing. PLG will charge an admin fee of only £25 + VAT for this service and, unlike other managing agents, will not charge you by the hour.

Most general home insurance policies will become invalid if a home is left unoccupied for more than 30 days. A few companies may honour the cover until the policy ends, but it is rare. Sadly, that means that on death most insurance contracts will become null and void. An empty property can become a costly liability if, for example, a claim is required due to accidental or malicious damage. Our policy runs on a month-to-month basis with no tie in, no need for vacant inspections or drain down. At £50 + VAT, whether you sell via us or not, it really is the best policy available.

Lock changes are a popular essential extra service to ensure adequate security to the property. PLG will be pleased to source a local locksmith who will arrange to install quality locks and ensure security. This is often a request which can lead to un-chargeable time for solicitors, however our friendly and experience team will be pleased to arrange for a locksmith to attend and can arrange for extra keys to be dropped off to a neighbour or executor.

As PLG have national connections with professional service providers to our own business, we can drive prices down, therefore not costing the estate any additional money for our involvement.

Preparing a house to market can be a formidable undertaking for a deputy or executor, especially if it is in poor condition or neglect. The owner may have been unwell and been unable to maintain the property. Regrettably, this may only become evident to an executor or deputy once the owner has passed away or been placed in a care home. A lifetime of cherished contents may need to be removed from the property, it will often require full house clearance, a deep clean and redecoration.

It may be necessary to carry out garden and garage clearance and carry out essential repairs throughout. Our caring team will be pleased to arrange all services, which can extend to regular vacant inspections, drain downs, sale of cars and vehicles, the list is extensive, and if it’s not listed, just ask and we will be pleased to assist.

Our Essential Extra Services are designed to save legal representatives time and money. We will be pleased to obtain quotations and oversee completion of all works. Our sensitive staff appreciate that this may be a stressful and difficult time and will be pleased to assist and answer any questions or queries throughout the whole process. To find out more, give us a call today on 0330 124 7434.

This article was submitted to be published by the Property Ladder Group as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

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The Property Ladder Group are the largest independent service provider to the legal sector in the UK.

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We support law firms and legal professionals across England, Scotland and Wales for all their property requirements relating to Probate, Court of Protection and Trust.

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  • We are the only property service provider to the legal industry endorsed by sector leaders such as Gill Steel for our ability to keep our clients compliant whilst collaborating.
  • Our ethos is simple: we are here to ensure the highest level of service is provided whilst keeping costs to a minimum.
  • Whilst working with Probate, we want beneficiaries to inherit as much as possible and not lose money by paying out of proportion fees.
  • With Court of Protection, PLG provide all the paperwork and evidence you require to present to the courts.
  • We safeguard you by providing impartial advice that is backed up by documentation and comes with the PLG Aftercare Guarantee.
  • For Trust matters, we are the only service provider to offer Care Act Valuation reports.

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Our services include:

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  • HMRC Valuation Reports – Covering Section 160 Inheritance Tax Act 1984 and Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992.
  • Vacant Property Insurance.
  • Property Sales – Offering the UK’s first hybrid sales approach, giving your clients choice ensuring their lifestyle and budget is catered to. So from our Traditional Multi Agent method right through to our Zero Fee Auction, we have you covered.
  • Finance – Inheritance Advance, IHT Loans, Inheritance Dispute Funding & Executor Loans.
  • Mortgages – Offering the best rates on the market with no arrangement fee.
  • Lettings – Our Lettings Team are able to manage inherited investments, whether it be one property or a whole portfolio.
  • Essential Extras – From lock changes to clearance and clean, we can assist with all the additional matters that may need handling, keeping your costs to a minimum.
  • PLG APP – Bringing the power of technology to our clients, meaning full HMRC compliant valuations can be prepared without the need for a surveyor to visit.
  • Sales Progression – Available as a stand alone service, we are able to work with your conveyancers to assist the completion of property sales where a buyer has already been found.

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Martells Barn, Slough Lane, Ardleigh, CO7 7RU

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0330 124 7434

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