You know how great your home is, but when you sell, you have to convince someone else. We've been selling properties for years and we know what works.
We've got buyers looking for flats and houses for sale right now. We'll show them your property online, in the press and in our office.
The selling process can seem complex, but we'll use all our experience to make sure it runs smoothly. Here's our quick guide to the main steps.
The first step in selling your home is to appoint an estate agent, who'll value your home and show it to potential buyers.
We've got knowledge in local area. We'll help with every stage of your sale, from valuation to marketing and conveyancing.
There are two ways you can appoint an estate agent.
Sole agency is where you give the job of selling your property to a single estate agent for a fixed period of time. The commission rate for a sole agency sale will be lower than that for a multiple agency sale, because that agent has a greater chance of being the one to find you a buyer. Accept an offer via another agent and you might have to pay more than one fee.
Multiple agency is where you instruct several estate agents at the same time, who will all try to sell your property. The commission rate for a multiple agency sale will be higher than for sole agency.
Most of our sales are on a sole agency basis. We are happy to work on the basis of multiple agency and still charge your very competitive rate of commission.
When you first meet your estate agent, they'll give you an estimated value for your home, and a commission rate for both sole agency and multiple agency.
We get so used to the places we live in that it's sometimes hard to see them through others' eyes. But if you want a successful, quick sale , that's exactly what you have to do and first impressions count for a lot.
A few hours spent making your property look its best or even spending a bit of money to clear up some niggling problems could add to the price you get from a buyer. Here's a few tips to get you started:
Making your home more saleable
You're ready for your estate agent to start showing buyers round.
As your estate agent we will start to generate offers from interested buyers . We will present each offer to you and negotiate on your behalf to get the best result.
Here's what information we will discuss with you:
Once you've accepted an offer we'll pass on the good news to your buyer and start drawing up the paperwork .
Your buyer will provide us with their solicitor's details, which we will pass on to your solicitor, so they can get on with drawing up the contracts.
The next stage is where the buyer and their mortgage lender carry out any valuations and surveys on the building and check that everything is as it should be with the paperwork. It's quite normal for a few queries to be raised, so this stage can take a little while.
When this stage is complete, you're ready to exchange contracts and set a completion date, when the money gets transferred, and the property legally changes hands, the conveyancing process will be complete.
Completion is normally two weeks later, but can be earlier. It might even be possible to exchange and complete on the same day if you need to. Leaving a gap gives you time to make arrangements for moving out and tie up any loose ends.
After you've formally exchanged contracts, you're legally obliged to sell the property to your chosen buyer and they're obliged to buy it from you.
You should plan to move out before your completion date. As soon as you have completed the sale the property belongs to your buyer and they can move in immediately.
Completing the sale is usually as simple as getting a phone call from your solicitor telling you that everything has gone smoothly.
This means both parties' mortgages have been paid off and new arrangements put in place, the conveyancers have successfully arranged the legal transfer, and the property officially belongs to your buyer.
You've sold your property - congratulations!