What Do We Offer?
Most sellers have an idea of what their home is worth, our experienced valuers will provide you with a free market appraisal taking into account comparable properties which have sold in the area.
If you are ready to sell your property straight away our valuer can take the details of the property, description, photographs etc. and put your home on the market the same day!
We will arrange for a ‘For Sale’ board to be put up, this still remains one of the most effective ways for selling your property, it will also appear here on our website and on property portals such as Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation. We advertise in local and regional newspapers and select properties to be advertised periodically.
Our motivated sales team will contact everyone we have registered on our database who is looking for a property similar to yours.
We will contact you as soon as possible when we obtain an offer to discuss it with you, if the offer is below the asking price we will try to find out why. We will negotiate between the buyer and you to try to get the highest offer possible. We will check to make sure that the buyer does have a mortgage or cash in place and if they are selling a property that there is a complete chain.
Exchange & Completion
When the solicitors are satisfied that everything is in order they will arrange a convenient date for exchange and completion. On exchange of contracts the purchaser is legally obligated to purchase your property and on completion their solicitor will transfer the balance of the purchase price to your solicitors and you will have successfully sold your property, we will call you to let you know when we have ‘key release’ from your solicitors so we can give the keys to the new owner.
Traditionally there used to be a ‘spring bounce’ and other peaks in activity however we find that there is not as much seasonal change now. The best time to sell is when you are ready! Some agents say the winter is a ‘quiet’ time but we often find December is one of our busiest months!
It’s important that when you market your home, that you make it as attractive as possible to prospective purchasers. Having said that it may well be that if you spend a lot of time and effort renovating the property you won’t see a return on this investment as your taste and a buyers may be different.
If you have rooms which are very dark colours / have a very ‘busy’ wallpaper it may be worth redecorating in neutral colours.
Our valuers are experienced and will give you their advice when they carry out a free valuation, it may be a better option to reflect work which needs to be done in the price.
Sole agency is where only one agent will be actively marketing your property, multi agency is where you instruct more than one agent. If you have signed a sole agency contract you will need to check with the estate agent first before instructing another agent as you may find that you are liable to pay two fees!
There are advantages and disadvantages to both, with more than one estate agent trying to sell your home they will be actively pushing to sell the property, however some buyers may think that you are desperate if they see lots of boards outside your home.
How long is a piece of string? It can vary from a few days to a few months or even years! The location, price and condition of a property generally determine how quickly a property will sell.
A house in good condition which is sensibly priced in a popular location will always achieve a sale more quickly than one in poor condition in a less popular area.
Not really, buyers are normally very knowledgeable about the prices of properties in an area if your property has an optimistic price then the chances are they will be put off looking in the first place. It is important that you price your property correctly to ensure that when it is fresh on the market it stands the best chance of selling.
We will financially qualify the people who offer on your property and you will then be able to make a decision as to which offer you think is best. A first time buyer who can proceed straight away might be a more attractive option than a buyer who has to sell their property, but the choice of who to sell to is always yours.
Again this is an impossible question to answer, it depends on the financial position of your buyer if they are a cash buyer it could be days, if they have a house to sell and are in a chain it could be months! Your solicitor will keep you updated as to a likely completion date, but it will also depend if you are buying another property and the situation of the chain above you.
Gazumping is where a new buyer offers a higher price for a property when a sale is already underway to a different buyer. It may be tempting to consider accepting a higher offer but it is always worth considering how close to completion a sale is, as the saying goes ‘ a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’.
Gazundering is a where a buyer reduces their offer at the last minute!