We work with you to achieve the right advertisement, with so many properties available to view over the internet we know how important it is that your home stands out. We will talk you though each step and send you an advertisement proof before going 'live' on the open market. We advertise in all key areas, to name but a few: Rightmove, Zoopla, Find a Property, Prime Location, Globrix, Property Today, Facebook, Twitter, Our own optimised website with automatic mailing list, Prominent 'For Sale' board(s) etc
Upon receiving an offer, the first offer you receive is unlikely to be the one you accept. It is normal practice to haggle over the asking price, and very few buyers will offer you the asking price unless the housing market is booming or you are offering something highly bespoke. In a slower market, you and your buyer will invariably have to reach a compromise on the final price.
You may be asked to take your property off the market by your buyer. We would advise that you only do this if they can prove that they are in an excellent position to move forward; they are cash buyers, for instance, or the sale of their home is assured and progressing well. If not, you would be well advised to keep showing your home to other prospective buyers while your buyer gets into a better bargaining position.
Step 4: Appointing A Solicitor
Once you have negotiated on an offer and accepted it, the legal process begins.
You will need a solicitor. Make sure you choose a legal professional with whom you are happy to work with and make sure you ask for a breakdown of their fees before appointing them, it is important that you trust them to do a good job as well as giving you a good deal.
If you are also buying a property, make sure you are making progress with this purchase with the survey completed, and the legal process on track. You don't want your buyer to get impatient and walk away.
Your solicitor will help you organise local searches, a sale statement, evidence of title, and additional information for leasehold sales. They will then prepare the draft contract.
You must assist your solicitor in preparing the property information form or answering the preliminary enquiries. You should also provide a list of what fixtures, fittings and contents you have agreed to leave; ensure you do leave those items, as you could be sued by the buyer for their reinstatement after completion.
Step 5: Having A Survey Done
The buyer's lender will require that he or she has the property valued prior to exchange of contracts. This is to satisfy the lender that the property is worth the purchase price or close to it.
This valuation will not will not investigate the underlying structural condition of the property so your buyer may well ask for an independent surveyor to carry out a more detailed homebuyer's report or full-on structural report.
Consider what a surveyor will be looking out for when he or she evaluates your property and attempt to sort out any known problem areas before the surveyor arrives.
Step 6: Appoint A Removals Firm
Whilst you are involved in the legal process of selling your home, you should also be planning your move.
Choose whether to appoint a removals firm, or to hire a van and get packing cases to do it yourself. If you do want to use a removals firm, it's a good idea to get estimates from more than one company, since prices can vary greatly.
The company's estimator should visit and inspect all rooms in the house as well as the garage, garden shed and attic. Point out any items which are being left for the new occupants. Find out on what basis you're being charged and what hours are covered by the normal hourly rate and what is charged outside that period. Let the removals firm know how much you want them to do.
Check your existing home contents insurer to see if your possessions are covered during the move.
Step 7: Change All Your Details
Once you exchange contracts, you should inform various bodies and make arrangements to transfer existing services or open new accounts.
Online move planner www.moveme.com will inform your bank, credit card provider, DVLA, TV Licensing, etc of your change of address. And remember to redirect your post. Prices start from £8.00 for one month's redirection. Find out more from Royal Mail.
Before completion, make a list of useful information to pass onto the new occupants, such as which keys fit which locks, rubbish collection days, and operating instructions for the central heating, house alarm and oven. On the day of the move, remember to read your electricity and gas meters.