Selling a property
Selling a house can be a stressful time for everyone involved, but there are many things that can make the process easier. Choosing the right agent is one of them. Estate agents may all appear the same but there are vast differences. Did you know that you do not have to be qualified to be an estate agent or even own an estate agency? This will come as a shock to some as in every other area of your life, you would not entrust someone to carry out a task for you if the individual was not qualified, let alone handle the sale of your most valuable asset. With Bychoice you are dealing with professionals. The company boasts a large number of qualified individuals as well as having a qualified chartered surveyor as one director and a member of the National Association of Estate Agents as the other. Below is an overview of how we believe you can make your sale as stress free as possible whilst achieving the optimum price for your home in the timescale required.
Getting the price right is possibly the most important part of selling your home. Under pricing your home could cost thousands where as marketing your property at an over inflated price can lead to huge delays in the sale and could equally cost you thousands as the longer the house is on the market the less likely you are to achieve the optimum price.
Most clients will have an idea of what they would like to achieve for their home but check around and make sure this is realistic. check the local papers and search the internet for similar properties that have sold.
During this appointment, if you are happy to market, we can go through all the related costs involved in moving home.
Seek out financial advice
Once you have a guide as to how much you are likely to achieve, depending on your financial needs, the next step will be to look into your finances for any onward purchase. How much mortgage will I need? How much will it cost me monthly? Any forward purchase will depend on the outcome of these first 2 steps, so it is vitally important to collate all the facts before marketing your home.
Prepare to market
Now you have all the information you need to bring the property to the market. Whilst your preparation for marketing is taking place, Bychoice can be preparing the property particulars, ordering the energy performance certificate, creating the floor plans and the virtual tour.
For you as the seller, showing your home as best you can is important. If you have any small jobs you wish to finish before marketing, get them done. Prepare your home for viewings as best you can, first impressions do count.
Are you happy?
Sounds like an odd question maybe, but we at Bychoice are very keen to make sure you are happy at all stages as we are both working towards the same thing, selling your home. Are you happy with the photos? Is there anything you would like us to re-word in the description for your house? Make sure that it you have any concerns you let us know, any questions, give us a call, we will happily go through as much or as little as you want us to.
Listen to the agent
As agents, we are constantly looking to provide you with honest feedback, not just from viewers, but from the market as a whole. With the internet playing a vital tool in the sale of homes, we can accurately track how many people are looking at your property, how the interest in your property compares to other properties we have on our books and what needs to be done to improve the number of buyers coming through your door, if necessary. Sometimes even just adjusting the order of the photos has resulted in a sale.
Accepting an offer
The best offer on your home can come in the first week of marketing or after a number of weeks. The important thing to do is take time to consider your options. is this an offer I am happy with? Can I make this offer work to achieve the property I am looking to buy?
Bychoice will always offer advice to you at point of receiving an offer, but the decision is ultimately yours to make. If you are still to find an onward purchase, buyers are often accepting of this and will offer you reasonable time to find.
After accepting an offer, The next step is to find a solicitor or conveyancing firm to handle the legal process on your behalf. Legal representatives, like estate agents will vary considerably on cost and effectiveness at progressing your sale through to completion. Take time to pick the right company, ask friends or relatives for recommendations. Bychoice will offer guidance as to who we believe will be able to offer the service you require for your particular circumstances.
At Bychoice we offer a complimentary sales progressions service to help assist the process through to completion. This service by no means replaces solicitors but is there for advice and to liaise between parties to bring the transaction to a swift conclusion
Point of exchange
Often the most stressful part of moving home. Agreeing a moving date with all parties, arranging removals, packing etc. try in advance to suggest a couple of target moving dates. If everyone does this, hopefully there will be a date that everyone can agree on with the minimum of fuss. Please remember that although you may agree, nothing is formerly agreed until exchange has taken place and if there is a delay it could affect the completion date. Best advice is to not book any removals until exchange has taken place.
Legal completion can take place at any time of the date agreed to move, from 9.30am to 5pm. Make sure that you are ready to move for the earlier time, again this will avoid any undue stress in the final leg of your move.