SELLING A PROPERTY GUIDE
As a seller your aim should be to sell your property at the best possible price in the shortest possible time.
When choosing an estate agent, consider the following:
- Opening hours. Do they answer emails in the evening and take calls, conduct viewings in the evening and weekends?
- Which property advertising portals they use, and are they advertising on certain web portals. (We use primelocation.com, zoopla.co.uk, facebook and instagram)
- You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required
Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself? You must have a valid EPC before your property can be marketed.
We at Plush Estate Agency can arrange this for you.
INSTRUCTING A SOLICITOR
The successful sale of your property can be reliant on the instruction of an efficient and experienced solicitor.
It is a good idea to do some research before you put your property on the market as this will help to avoid delays.
We can offer recommendations if required.
PRESENTING YOUR PROPERTY
First impressions count, making the presentation of your property is vital. Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, add a fresh coat of paint where necessary and try to declutter to make rooms appear larger.
MARKETING YOUR PROPERTY
To find your perfect buyer you need to give your property maximum exposure across the internet, social media also helps.
Plush Estate agents will automatically market your property, including: exposure on our website, full colour property details
and key property titles and all of the major property portals.
Our opening hours are tailored to your buyer's needs to maximise viewing opportunities for your property –
Accompanied viewings also mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property.
Our office is open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm Saturdays, and by appointment for any time over the weekend and evening.
RECEIVING AN OFFER
When an offer is received we will notify you both verbally and in writing.
Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will check the buyer’s ability to proceed before you decide whether
to accept the offer.
Once you accept an offer we will do the following:
- Prepare a memorandum of sale
- Write to all parties to confirm the agreed price
- Ask you to confirm your solicitor’s details
A solicitor will send out a draft contract to the buyer’s solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries.
At this stage you will also be able to agree on dates for the survey on your property, exchange of contacts and proposed dates for completion.
We will advise you and negotiate on your behalf throughout this process, keeping you informed every step of the way.
There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.
EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS
Exchange of contracts occurs when the following have been confirmed and agreed:
- Preliminary enquires following receipt of draft contract
- Evidence of a good title
- Specific issues highlighted in the Lease, if applicable
- Local search queries
- Fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
- The buyer’s mortgage offer
Once the contract has been signed by both parties and deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) will be telegraphically transferred
or paid in the form of a banker’s draft by the buyer’s solicitors to your solicitor. The completion date is then set by mutual agreement.
Completion is when the funds are transferred from the buyer’s solicitor to your solicitor's account.
Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account and will inform us to release the keys. Congratulations! your property is now sold!