THE SELLING PROCESS
Everyone at Bennett Kaye is trained to listen to your needs, whether you're a buyer or seller. Moving home can be stressful. We understand that. Our approach is to be courteous, honest, alert and responsive, and unfailingly helpful.
STEP ONE - THE VALUATION
Start with a Bennett Kaye Valuation. The year 2016 marks our thirtieth anniversary of serving Shelf and its surrounding areas. We know the area when others simply do not. We will provide you with an accurate and truthful valuation - not one that is inflated in order to deceive you. Be very suspicious of a valuation that is significantly higher than a Bennett Kaye Valuation.
STEP TWO - ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
It is now a mandatory requirement that an Energy Performance Certificate is instructed before marketing can commence. Many agents charge grossly inflated fees to provide a EPC but Bennett Kaye have arrangements in place to obtain it for the most reasonable and economical cost.
STEP THREE - PROCESSING YOUR PROPERTY
Once confirmation of your instruction has been received we will process your property. From just one visit, we will be able to take photographs and measurements. We will always take the time and effort to present your property in the best possible light and place it in the appropriate media quickly, professionally and efficiently.
STEP FOUR - LEGAL MATTERS
A solicitor will be required to handle the legal paperwork involved in transferring ownership of your property to the new buyer (conveyance). It is advisable to instruct your solicitor at the same time as putting your property on the market, to allow for collection of the necessary documentation. Bennett Kaye will be pleased to recommend an independent solicitor who is highly regarded, or you are free to select your own. We strongly advise against using solicitors who are financially connected with the estate agents - there can often be a conflict of interests.
STEP FIVE - ON THE MARKET
When you instruct Bennett Kaye to sell your property you automatically benefit from our unrivalled, comprehensive package of marketing services. These are designed to achieve maximum exposure for your property in order to obtain the best price quickly and efficiently.
STEP SIX - VIEWINGS
Viewings will be arranged at times convenient to you. If your property is unoccupied Bennett Kaye will hold a key and accompany all viewings.
STEP SEVEN - RECEIVING AN OFFER
As soon as an offer is received we will investigate the status of the prospective purchaser and provide our unlimited advice on whether or not the offer should be accepted. No offers will be accepted without your full agreement.
STEP EIGHT - AGREEING TO SELL
Once a price has been agreed between you and the purchaser the following details must be confirmed:
Date for Exchange of Contracts; Date for Completion; Details of any extras included or excluded from the purchase; Bennett Kaye will advise you and negotiate on your behalf throughout this process, keeping you informed every step of the way.
STEP NINE - THE SURVEY
Most buyers require mortgages and if so the lender will require your house is surveyed. The surveyors report and valuation can be troublesome but rest assured that Bennett Kaye will be on hand to deal with any concerns the report reveals.
STEP TEN - DRAFTING CONTRACT
AND SUPPORTING PAPERWORK
Once the transaction is agreed, your solicitor will send out a draft contract to the purchaser's solicitor who in turn carries out preliminary enquiries and orders a Land Registry search.
They will also organise all the supporting paperwork (where applicable) ie: title deeds, copy of Lease, fixtures and fittings list, seller's questionnaire, planning consent, guarantees, copy of building regulations and share of freehold certificate.
STEP ELEVEN - CONTRACT APPROVAL
This occurs when all preliminary enquiries from the draft contract and local search queries have been settled.
STEP TWELVE - EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS
Once the purchaser's mortgage offer has been confirmed, the purchaser is ready to exchange contracts with the seller. The contract is signed by buyer and seller and the deposit, (usually 10% of the purchase price), is either telegraphically transferred or paid in the form of a bankers draft by the buyer's solicitor. The completion date is set at this stage.
STEP THIRTEEN - COMPLETION
This is generally set a few days to a few weeks after exchange of contracts, depending on the personal requirements of the buyer and seller. The residual monies (usually 90%) are transferred from the buyer's solicitor to your solicitor's account.