Sellers Guide

Step 1

What happens first?

Your first step to a successful sale is booking your FREE, No-Obligation property valuation with one of our experienced valuers.

Step 2

Valuations

Our exceptional knowledge of the local property market ensures that we provide you with an honest, accurate and achievable market value. Setting the right asking price will help you sell your property in the right timescale for your goals. Too high and you may be stuck on the market for too long. Too low and you will sell too quickly and could miss out financially.

To help you achieve your goal price or above, we can offer hints and tips on preparing your property for market and advice you on how to make your property more appealing to buyers. An accurate market appraisal will also help you plan for your next home and make it easier for you to organise your finances and arrange your next mortgage ‘in principle’, if required.

Step 3

Preparation

Before marketing your property, you will need to obtain a current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). All properties must have an EPC before marketing so potential buyers can assess the cost of running you property. EPC’s are valid for 10 years so you may already have one. If not, we can help you arrange one.

Step 4

Photographs

Once you have prepared your property for marketing, we will visit you and take lots of great photographs. Good quality full colour images will help your property attract more buyers so we take plenty of care over them.

Step 5

Floorplans

We will also take accurate measurements of your property and produce high quality colour floorplans to add to your property details.

Step 6

Marketing

Once we have prepared all of your details, we will post them to our website and upload them directly to Rightmove and Zoopla. We will also email them to our registered buyers.

Step 7

'For Sale' Boards

Having a board or not is a personal choice. We do however recommend them as they can help attract local or passing buyers to your property.

Step 8

Viewings

When a potential buyer expresses an interest in viewing your property, we will liaise with you to arrange a mutually agreeable time to visit.

We are happy to conduct accompanied viewing and this can be outside of our normal office hours as we always try to accommodate all parties as much as possible.

When it’s not possible for you to be at home for viewings, we are happy to conduct them without you present. Quite often, potential buyers prefer this and it can save you a lot of time, effort and stress.

We also verify all of our buyers before we bring them to your property for both yours and our security.

Step 9

Communication

Selling your home is a big deal and we know you want to know what’s happening so we keep you well informed at all times. We provide you with full and honest feedback on all viewings as quickly as possible and let you know as soon as an offer comes in. We also promise to pass on all offers and never withhold ones that are less favourable to us.

Step 10

Negotiations

Acting on your behalf, we will negotiate with your potential buyers to help you achieve the best possible deal. We won’t steamroller you into a sale you’re not happy with and will always endeavour to help you achieve your ideal sales price.

At this stage, we will also find out details of your potential buyers mortgage situation or how they will be financing the purchase. This also includes anti-money laundering checks.

Step 11

You’ve Accepted an Offer!

Once you have agreed on offer, we will send you and your buyer a letter confirming that your property is 'sold subject to contract'.

Step 12

Appointing a Conveyancing Solicitor

You will now need to appoint a conveyancing solicitor. If you haven’t already got a solicitor, we can recommend some good local ones who we have worked with on many sales with great results.

Step 13

Contracts

Your solicitor will firstly draw up a draft sales agreement (contract) which will be passed on to your buyer’s solicitor. Once this contract has been agreed by all parties, contracts can be ‘exchanged’ and your buyer will pay their deposit to your solicitor.

A 'completion' date will also be set at this point.

There may be some time delays during this period as your buyer’s solicitor will have many searches and checks to do, as may yours if you are also buying. This is often a frustrating time for both vendors and buyers, especially when there is a long chain involved but be patient as these formalities are there to protect your interests.

We can however help keep the process moving and will chase your buyer’s solicitor for you.

Step 14

Moving Day!

On moving day, one of your most important jobs will be to sign your sales contract at your solicitor’s office. Once this has been done and your solicitor verifies that your buyer’s money has been paid, you can drop your keys off with us so we can hand them over to your buyer as you’ve now 'completed'!

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