How much is your property worth?

The first step to selling your home is to get an up to date property appraisal. Philip Evans Estates provides a free, no obligation market appraisal.

Get your property ready for the market

In order to give your property the best chance possible, you should aim to present your property in the best possible way and fix anything that could put off any potential buyers. A fresh lick of paint, some new soft furnishings, plus a tidy up of the garden should help. These are small jobs but can greatly improve your chance of receiving an offer.

Choose your Estate Agents

When choosing your Estate Agent you should consider if they have plenty of experience, how much local insight they have, if they are able to effectively and proactively market your property, if they are affiliated to any professional or regulatory bodies.

Choose your Solicitors

It is always worth asking friends and family about their experiences and who they would recommend.

Marketing the property

We put all our knowledge and experience to good use to create a marketing plan thats right for you. This will include taking photographs highlighting the best features of the property, taking measurements, preparing a sale brochure and advertising the property online on various property portals. At this stage, you will also need to supply an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property. These are valid for ten years, so if you had one commissioned in the past, you will need to double check that it is still valid. We also advise that a floorpan is prepared, this will provide any potential purchasers with a true idea of the layout of the property.

Prepare for viewings

Once your property is on the market, you’ll need to keep on top of cleanliness and clutter every day in case of any unexpected viewings. Dust and dirt can dull a surface and give viewers the impression that work needs to be done, but a quick clean can instantly refresh a property’s appearance. Scented candles and open windows can help keep the property fresh. Keep things minimal, these small but noticeable acts can help buyer’s picture themselves living in your property, making them more likely to place an offer.

Receiving offers

This is the aim. On occasion, there may be more than one interested party, your agent will keep you up to date with competing offers. You don’t have to choose the highest offer and should take into account how this affects your aims. If you want to move quickly, a chain free first time buyer or someone who has already sold their property may be the best option.

Accepting an offer

Once an offer has been accepted, your estate agent will then contact your solicitor who will then set the wheels in motion for the sale to progress. If a mortgage is involved, the buyer will also instruct their lender to value the property so they can formalise the mortgage offer. They may also commission a survey or homebuyer report at this point.

Exchange and completion

This is left in the capable hands of the Solicitors. It is at this point that the sale of your home becomes legally binding and once the contracts have exchanged, you can be fairly certain that the sale of your home will go through. A completion date will be set and this is when the property will be transferred to the new owners. You must leave the property on this date and need to arrange for all of your belongings to be removed from the property, ready for the new owners to arrive the same date, once contracts have been duly executed and the final monies have been received.

Time to celebrate

Completion day can be stressful for all concerned, especially if you’re part of a chain, but as the final step in selling your property, it means that the worst is over and you can take time to celebrate.

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