Edinburgh Estate Agents: Your Brief Guide to Selling Your Home in Scotland’s Capital

Edinburgh Estate Agents: Your Brief Guide to Selling Your Home in Scotland’s Capital


Selling your home in the capital? Finding the right Edinburgh estate agents is step one, but there are other costs and considerations, too. 

This short post will share everything you need to know about putting your Edinburgh home on the market.

First, Hire Your Edinburgh Estate Agents 

Choosing the right Edinburgh estate agent can make all the difference to how quickly (and for how much) you can sell your property.

Ideally, you’ll want someone with local knowledge, experience, and a track record of success in your area. Someone like Cairn.

Here’s how we can help you sell your property in Edinburgh:

  • It all starts with the valuation: We give you an honest, realistic valuation based on assessing relevant market data and industry experience.
  • Next comes the legal stuff: We’ll recommend you a choice of industry professionals (with favourable rates) to help with your home report and conveyancing. We can also advise you on how to tackle any of the works suggested by the home report.
  • Putting eyeballs on your home: We take a proactive and in-depth approach to marketing your property. This includes:
      • Placing a “FOR SALE” board on or as near to your property as possible
      • Designing hard copy and PDF brochures with professional quality photography and descriptions to highlight the key and best features of your property
      • Generating an accurate floor plan
      • Creating digital marketing
      • Posting property details on all key online residential property portals, including Rightmove & Zoopla
      • Presenting your property on our own website with a downloadable PDF brochure
      • Featuring your property on social media
      • Circulating our property listing to Cairn’s active purchaser database weekly
      • Displaying a window card in our office
  • Preparing for and conducting viewings: Before showing your property to prospective buyers, we can provide home staging advice linked to target markets and budgets. We then host open or accompanied viewings, follow up on queries, and regularly report on progress.
  • Negotiation and sale: Finally, we liaise with purchasers on your behalf in an open negotiation to get you the best possible price for your home.


Interested in getting started? Arrange a valuation here.

Other Important Considerations + Costs When Selling

Beyond the services we provide above, there are a few more costs and considerations when selling your Edinburgh home. These include:

  • The home report: This is a compulsory part of putting your home on the market in Scotland. The home report provides all the essential information a potential buyer will need to make an informed decision about making an offer. We can help you arrange this, or you can find a provider yourself. The price will vary depending on the size of your home but usually costs somewhere in the region of £250 to £750.
  • Conveyancing fees: Once you’ve accepted an offer on your home, “conveyancing” can begin. This is the legal term for the transfer of ownership from you to the buyer. If you’re working with a separate conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor, you should expect fees to cost around £1,500.
  • Removal costs: An often overlooked cost, removal (and storage) is vital, especially when you’re working to a tight deadline, or there’s a gap between moving out of your old home and into your new one. Costs will vary depending on your needs. You may wish to hire a van and do it yourself, or you might need a professional removals company to help you pack and transport everything. Expect to spend anywhere from £400 to £1,200, and sometimes more.

Cairn: Your Edinburgh Estate Agents

As one of Edinburgh’s leading local estate agents, we can help you sell your home without any fuss or drama. Get in touch to learn more.