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Step by Step Guide to Selling Your Property

Thu 11 Sep 2014

Selling your home can often feel like an overwhelming and complex project, but it doesn’t need to be. These simple steps should help you have a smooth and straightforward sales process:

Get Your Home Valued

An accurate valuation is key when it comes to selling your house, as you want to make sure that you get the best possible price for it. It is a good idea to get more than one valuation so you can decide on the best possible price.

The majority of estate agents offer valuations and you can also look on sites such as Zoopla to see how much similar local properties have recently sold for. It is important to remember that the price your property sells for may not be as much as the original asking price.

Present Your Property

First impressions really count. That’s not to say you need to totally refurbish your entire home, but the presentation of your home can make all the difference when it comes to making that sale.

If there any outstanding DIY jobs you have planned on doing, then now is the time to get them done. Give any walls a fresh coat of paint where needed, and tidy away any clutter to make your home feel clean and spacious.

Market Well

To give your property the best chance of success when it comes to viewings, it needs to be marketed well. Make sure all photographs taken are professionally done and have a clear floor plan drawn up of the different levels in your home.

Online and offline brochures with high quality pictures and lots of information should be ready as soon as the property is put on the market, as buyers will want to see the most realistic idea of what they will be viewing.

Encourage Viewings

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to view a house but finding out the time doesn’t suit the vendors. Try and accommodate as many viewings as possible, so that your property is visible to those interested.

Consider holding an open day, as this is a great way for many potential buyers to view your house all at one time, and boosts the chances of it being snapped up at the asking value.

Wait for Offers

Once an offer has been made on your property, your estate agent will let you know. You will hear every offer that has been made; even if it is for an amount you are unlikely to accept.

Your estate agent will give you advice on whether the offer made is a good one when both the valuation and asking price are taken into consideration, but at the end of the day, the final decision is yours.

Solicitors

Once you have accepted an offer, your estate agent will contact both solicitors and request that a draft contract is drawn up. You do not legally have to take the property off the market during the process but the buyer may ask you to.

Your solicitor should then deal with all the legal work and will release details of the deeds to the buyer’s solicitor and finalise the contract and a completion date with the other party.

Completion

Once the house survey has been done and the final details have been agreed, you will exchange contracts with the buyer, so that the sale becomes legally binding between you both. Following this, a completion date for the funds will be agreed.

Once you have exchanged contracts and completed, the only thing left to do is move out. If you don’t have a new house lined up, then try and rent one in between, as this will take the pressure of you as you house hunt.

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