Selling the Property
Selling the Property
How do I go About Selling my Property?
When you decide to sell your home you need an idea of the value. You should look at local estate agents listings to judge the process of similar properties in your area. You can also visit www.ros.gov.uk for a recent history of prices paid. Most agents offer a free valuation service. Ask two or three in to compare their opinions of the value and their marketing strategy. This is also a good way to obtain a quotation of their charges.
You must commission a Home Report from a surveyor. Your estate agent can arrange this, or if you decide to market yourself search 'home reports' to get an idea of the charges offered. You can expect to pay several hundred pounds for a home report.
How Should I Prepare my Property for Sale?
Nothing puts would be purchasers off than an untidy/dirty house. So at the very least make sure you home is clean, the gardens are tidy and if you have the time carry out DIY tasks such as - freshening up tired paint work or general home repairs.
Can I Market my Property Myself?
Yes! You can put a for-sale sign on your front window or in the garden and also register your home on the internet for free with one of the new internet house matching services. Remember you must commission a Home Report or failure to do can attract a fixed penalty. Check your local paper for property advertising rates and book your house in the property pages for a few weeks.
The papers will give you help with the advert:
keep it brief
indicate the price
specify viewing arrangements
You should also prepare a schedule of particulars including:
the address of the property
the asking price
items like carpets being included
telephone contact for surveyors wishing to value the house
the name and address of your solicitor to whom offers should be sent
Give a copy to everyone who views your home and provide them with online access details to download the Home Report. Keep some hard copies available for viewers who have no internet access.