A realistic assessment of the value of your property is an important first step to ensure you understand how you will finance your home move.
Whilst local property newspapers and websites can be used to provide an indication of what your property might be worth, you will need the experience of a professional estate agent to get more accurate and realistic assessment of its real value.
We will be happy to provide you with free of any fees and obligations property appraisal.
We can meet you at your property in a suitable for you time. Our appointment will typically take between 30-60 minutes, and it would include detailed inspection of your property. We will then discuss with you your specific needs, market forces and current demand, previous transactions on your street and activity levels of other properties similar to your own.
This information will help us advise you on:
Any questions or concerns can also be addressed at this meeting.
To book your free valuation, please submit a request here.
Having established the value of your property and decided to go onto the market, you will need to choose an agent to act for you.
When considering which agent to use, watch out for those suggesting inflated values as this can leave you languishing on the market while those around you sell. Also, be aware of knock down commissions.
A successful agency will have comprehensive marketing strategy and methods, professionally qualified and courteous staff, and realistic expectations of what the market can achieve. With us, you only pay a commission when we successfully sell your property.
Not only you will always have access to a specialist team dedicated to sales, but beyond that, we provide a significantly higher level of service than you would typically expect from a traditional estate agency.
Contact us to find out more about what we could offer you.
An energy performance certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement. With our HIP partners, we can arrange to have an EPC produced for you quickly and without fuss- all on a very competitive rate.
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The majority of buyers now use internet property portals to search for a home. Therefore, the visual imagery used with these listings are the first taste of your home a potential purchaser is likely to experience. This will hugely influence whether they contact us to arrange a viewing.
Preparing your home for photography and other visuals we develop, such as videos is one of the most important actions you can take to maximise your chances of attracting interest. This could also involve moving of furniture and basic de-cluttering. With us, you don't have to- as we can do all this for you as part of the instruction process. Our consultant will take enough time to work through your property on a room- by- room basis. It allows us to carefully consider the best layout of furnishings, removal of personal items and the best aspects to capture. Room dimensions and details will be recorded, and a plan of the property will also be drawn.
Estate agents commit huge amounts of time and money towards marketing properties to prospective purchasers with the prime aim of encouraging them to view the property. We will discuss with you the best time of the day & week to present your property and make our best to steer appointments around these times. Many considerations need to be made. This includes your normal weekly patterns, parking availability and traffic levels, children and pets, light levels and garden aspects.
Any offer received will be put forward to you verbally at the first available opportunity, and in written form within 24 hours. You will need to make a response to any offer. If the initial offer is rejected and the purchaser decides to increase their offer, the process will simply be repeated.
We will make all best endeavours to qualify purchasers in advance of any viewings- but at the very latest at offer time. By “qualify” we mean that we will formally check their status and ability to proceed with any offer they make. In order for us to do this, we will ask for contact details of their broker of mortgage lender and any estate agent dealing with their current property sale.
You will need to instruct solicitor/ conveyancer to act for you in the sale. It is only when this information has been provided and we have contacted the necessary parties for verifications of your purchaser's situation that we will consider whether it will be pertinent to stop showing property to other perspective purchasers.
It is at this stage that we will try to make you aware of any chain implications and the likely timescale of an agreed transaction. Due to nature of the buying process, it is important to note and understand that any information provided by us concerning the transaction chain is not guaranteed and could change at any time. However, regular liaison will be made with legal parties acting on both, you, and your buyer's behalf to ensure we can keep you abreast of progress on a timely basis.
Once you have accepted an offer, the legal process starts to arrange for contracts to be drawn up and agreed. This is followed by payment confirmation made for your property as well with confirmation for legal title transferred to your buyer. To support these activities, you and your buyer will need to instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to act on your behalf. The choice of who will act for you is entirely at your discretion. To help with this matter though, we promote a range of different and very competitive conveyancing options. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
In summary, the overall legal process to exchange and complete contracts with your buyer generally takes the following steps:
The time it takes to progress through this stage is dependant on various factors. Generally, the entire process could take at least 6-8 weeks. However, to speed up the process from your end, we recommend you instruct legal representation prior to finding a buyer as there are range of activities that they can do well in advance, hence save time later. This includes calling for your title deeds office copy entries and various other documents, all of which can take some time to get hold of. It is worth completing some of the papers in advance. Such as the “Sellers Property Information Form” and “Fixture Fittings and Contents declaration” as these will also help speed up the process later.
In parallel to the legal process, one of more surveys may be commissioned to your property. If the Buyer requires a mortgage their Lender will make arrangements for a very basic survey, known as valuation. This is to provide assurance that it is worth the price being offered for it. In addition to this, the Buyer may also commission a more comprehensive survey which will assess in more detail the condition of the property and make appropriate recommendations if required.
Please contact us for any further information, advice or help you may need to support you with buying your next home.