If you’ve never sold a property before the whole process can seem extremely daunting. It was complicated enough when you bought the place, but now you’re moving on there’s a whole new list of problems to consider. It’s easy to assume that because you’ve been through the buying process then selling should be easy, right? Naturally the whole procedure is considerably different.
First things first, get in touch with an estate agent you know, like and trust. Being able to have a friendly chat with an agent who is patient and actually listens is a huge advantage. If you don’t know where to start visit the Guild of Property Professionals here and they’ll be able to point you in the direction of a reputable and considerate agency near you.
Here are a few tips and pieces of advice that will help you on your way!
- Once you have chosen your agent it's a good idea to discuss precisely what you want from your sale. Are you looking simply for the best possible price or a quick sale? Regardless, your agent will be able to advise the best strategy for success, from the initial valuation to the correct marketing of the property and onto negotiating and securing the sale.
- Being a first-time seller you are likely to be in a strong position. As you bought your property as a first-time buyer your home is likely to be sought after by the large ‘pool’ of buyers trying to get their first step on the property ladder. First time buyers are looking out for properties that they can move straight into, which will work with their busy schedules. It’s important to present your home it at its best. If you’ve not decorated in a few years, then give it a fresh lick of paint. De-cluttering is very important, and you should consider moving your furniture into symmetrical positions. A simple and classic look is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
- A good idea is to try to remember what attracted you to your home in the first place. What made up your mind that the property was ideal as your first home? Once you’ve identified these strengths make the most out of them with decoration or ‘staging’ – plants, ornaments etc. If you do this before any professional photographs are taken it will ensure your property looks at its best on your estate agent’s website and search portals.
- When it comes to viewings, using an estate agent is obviously of real benefit. Viewings can be carried out when you are at work or busy with other commitments – and you can guarantee that potential buyers will want to view at the most inopportune times. Handing this task over to the estate agent also encourages buyers to give an honest opinion of how they perceive your home. Your agent can then discuss this feedback with you, which is obviously beneficial.
- Before you instruct an agent, do your homework and find out about all the costs involved.Conveyancing fees should also be factored into your calculations. Once you have a buyer in place, shop around for the right conveyancer and/or solicitor to handle your sale. Their knowledge is the key to finalising a sale and they will manage the final proceedings, taking the stress out of your hands.
- Sellers (and landlords) are required by law to provide an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). Properties are rated from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). They are valid for 10 years. An EPC must be in place before an estate agent markets your property for you. For more information, take a look at the gov.uk site. This will help the agent to tailor their service to your specific needs and achieve the desired results for your home.
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