When selling your property or home, there is no substitute for the knowledge and expertise that a local agent can provide. We understand that your property is your most valuable asset and we are dedicated to providing a premium, hassle-free service at a competitive rate. We will do everything we can to ensure that your sale progresses smoothly and that you achieve the best possible price. Acting on a fixed fee basis, we attend to the details so you don’t have to.
What is my property worth?
If you're thinking of selling (or letting) your property, your chief concern is likely to be its value. Our in-depth knowledge of the market will enable us to provide a realistic valuation. To find out what your property is worth, simply complete the form on the right and we will be in touch a soon as possible to arrange an appointment.
Below you will find our brief guide to the selling process. Naturally, we are able to provide more detailed information if required.
The Selling Process
One of our sales team will visit your property to determine its market value, discuss a marketing strategy, and explain our fees and terms of business.
Prepare your property for viewings
Presenting your property at its best will assist greatly in achieving a speedy sale at the right price. You never get a second chance to make a great first impression! Further down this page we provide some useful guidance and tips on preparing and presenting your property to maximise its appeal.
Marketing the property
Once we have obtained relevant details and taken pictures of your property, we will prepare marketing material and request your approval. We would usually then market your property on our website, on property portal sites and in the local press. We will also call and write to any potential buyers currently registered with us.
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Before marketing a property for sale, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be commissioned. Please see below for more information.
Ordinarily, a member of our sales team would meet prospective purchasers at your property and show them around. However, you may prefer to undertake the viewings yourself – the choice is yours.
All offers received will be notified to you both by telephone and in writing. As part of our service, we will, if necessary, negotiate between yourself and the purchaser to arrive at a mutually agreed sale price.
Instruct a solicitor
It is at this point that you should instruct your solicitor or conveyancer to act for you and to liaise with the purchaser's solicitor.
We will prepare a memorandum of sale and will send this to all relevant parties. Upon receipt, your solicitor will prepare a draft contract and send it to the purchaser's solicitor, who will then make preliminary enquiries and conduct local and land registry searches. Once all enquiries are complete, they will approve the draft contract.
Progressing the sale
As part of our service, during these processes, we will keep in regular contact with all parties, ensure that any queries are ironed out. We will work hard to keep the wheels turning towards a smooth completion.
Exchange of Contracts
Once the legal preliminaries are completed, the paperwork has been prepared and the purchaser has obtained the necessary offer of finance, contracts of sale are signed and exchanged and a deposit (usually 10% of the sale price) is paid by the purchaser. At this point, a date for completion will be agreed.
Completion of sale
Completion takes place when the balance of the purchase price is received and ownership of the property is transferred. Keys will be handed in to our office and then passed on the happy purchaser.
Energy Performance Certificates For Sale Properties (EPCs)
Before marketing a property for sale, you must commission an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC tells you and the prospective buyer how energy efficient your property is together with the impact the property has on the environment. The report includes recommendations on ways to improve the property's energy efficiency. You can start marketing your property before the EPC is ready, but it must be made available and added to all marketing material within 28 days. It normally takes two to three days for an EPC to be delivered once you've placed the order. EPCs can only be produced by accredited Domestic Energy Assessors.
Preparing your property for market
First impressions are very important. Stand at the front of your property and view it with a fresh eye. If you have a front garden or driveway, make sure the grass is cut, any rubbish or bins are removed, borders are weed free, shrubs are trimmed, and the porch is cobweb free. If the driveway is small, consider parking your car elsewhere to create the impression of more space. If it's spring or summer and you have no flowers planted, it may be worth buying and planting a few to provide a splash of colour.
If you are moving, it would rarely make sense to spend much money on improving your property just to sell it. Better to save it for your new home. But it is sensible to carry out any small repairs that may be required to give the impression that the property has been well-maintained. If any rooms need decorating, choose a light and neutral shade which would appeal to the widest range of purchasers.
For viewings, all rooms should be tidy, clean and uncluttered. Bathrooms and kitchens should be spotlessly clean. A spray of scent or fragrance in the bathroom shortly before a viewing can make it seem more attractive. In the kitchen, the aroma of percolating coffee is guaranteed to enhance the general impression of homeliness.
Have your carpets and curtains cleaned if necessary. If you are a dog owner, remember that not everyone is a pet lover, so have someone take Offenbark for a walk during viewings and ensure that his odour doesn’t linger around the house.
Create a feeling of space in your property by removing any unnecessary furniture if at all possible. This can be stored elsewhere until you move. Put away personal items such as ornaments, souvenirs, and family photos. Although special to you, they are not to the viewer. Clear shelves and uncluttered spaces can improve the overall feel of the property whilst enabling prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there.
Make sure your property is warm and well-lit when you are expecting viewers as this will make it feel more homely. If carrying out the viewings yourself, always take your time and don't rush the process. It is important to remember that there is no need to talk all the time. Give your viewers time to think and to get the feel of the place. For the majority of purchasers, a property must fulfill their needs but must also feel right.
Take notice of any post-viewing feedback we may provide and act accordingly. If several viewers have made the same comments, it makes sense to address the issues they have raised.