We know you must have questions about the process of selling your home. This guide will give an insight but, as your property agent, we will of course be with you every step of the way to explain each stage in detail.
Preparing your home
Preparation is key to maximise the value of your property. Before you call us to provide you with a valuation you need to get your home ready for sale. Take some time to get rid of clutter, undertake those repairs you’ve been putting off, freshen up the décor and give your home a deep clean.
It is also beneficial to make sure each room has a purpose, giving buyers clear ideas about how they can make it their home.
Valuing your home
Once your home is ready you will want to know what it’s worth, An instant valuation will give you a guide, but every property is different, which is why the only way to know its true value is for us to visit your home.
Only then can we appraise the condition of your property and do a full analysis to give you an accurate market valuation.
Marketing your home
We know that to ensure your property grabs the attention of buyers we have to get the marketing right. This is why we create bespoke marketing materials for your property, including high-quality photos and written information.
Your home will be advertised on our website as well as a selection of major property portals, such as Rightmove, Zoopla and On The Market. Depending on your circumstance and the value of your property, you may wish to take advantage of our vendor paid advertising.
Should you wish to keep the sale of your home quiet, you can take advantage of our discreet marketing service.
The viewing process
We hope to have a number of potential buyers within a few days of placing your home on the market. A member of our team will conduct each viewing; not only will they explain your property’s key features and benefits, but they will also be able to answer questions and react to expressions of interest.
Those who like what they see may request a second viewing. Sometimes it could be beneficial for you to be there, in case they have any in-depth questions regarding your home.
Offers and negotiation
We will notify you immediately once an offer has been made on your property. We will undertake negotiations on your behalf to realise the maximum value of your property.
We would always advise that you take all factors into consideration, such as the ability of the buyer to proceed, if there is any chain, and how quickly you want to move.
Every circumstance is different, and only you can make a decision on what is best for you and your family.
Once you have accepted on offer it is time to instruct a solicitor to complete the legal proceedings. It is always worth starting the process of packing for the move sooner rather than later, so you’re not left rushing and stressing as your moving date approaches.
Estimated time scales will be discussed and a suggested completion date agreed. Remember that this date is not set in stone, as often things outside your control can cause delays, such as lenders and solicitors in the chain.
Exchange and Completion
Contracts will be exchanged once the legal sale has been agreed and everything deemed to be in order, making the sale legally binding. Normally a completion date is agreed shortly after, although in some circumstances you can exchange and complete on the same day.
On completion day, when the monies have been sent by the lender and received you will be able to hand over the keys to the new owners of your home. Once agreed, the completion date is non-negotiable and you must completely vacate your property as soon as the money is transferred and the sale completed.
Finding your next home
Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in the sale process we can also help you to find your next home, whether you are moving in the area, further away, upgrading or downsizing. Membership of The Guild gives us access to properties across the country.