For some, deciding to sell your property is a tricky decision, with many people put off by the hassle and uncertainty that they expect to follow when they put their house up for sale. At Bluestone we don’t want this to put you off. Get started to selling your property.
Our step by step guide to selling your property breaks down the process into simple steps.
You might have a rough idea of how much you want to get for your property, however, getting an estate agent to carry out a valuation is always a good idea. This way you can be sure that you are not undercutting yourselves and that your asking price is realistic for the type of property and area that you live in.
At Bluestone, our sales team has years of experience valuing many properties particularly across the Newport and South Wales area.
If you would like to arrange your free house valuation call us on 01633 841 805 or submit your details on our online form found here.
Preparing your property for viewings
You want to make sure that your property gives off the best impression when your estate agent comes over to take professional photos and when prospective buyers come to view your home. Although your house might be perfect to you, there are certain things that you can do to make your house more attractive to a wider audience. De-cluttering your home, ensuring enough natural light is coming into the property, using neutral décor are just some factors that improve your property’s appearance.
For more in depth advice on preparing your property view our top tips here.
Instructing an Estate Agent
By now you have hopefully decided on a suitable sale price and prepared your property sale so the next thing to do is instruct an estate agent to get your house up for sale. You want to make sure that you choose the right estate agent that will work well with you and your property to ensure that your property gets sold in as little time as possible for the best price.
Before your property can legally be marketed you need to have an Energy Performance Certificate, so if you don’t have one choosing an estate agent who can help you obtain one is always a great start.
These are the questions you need to be asking your prospective estate agent to ensure that your property has the best potential of being sold efficiently.
– How will they ensure your property stands out
– What methods will they use to market your property
– Do they offer accompanied viewings
– Are they flexible and offer viewings outside of the standard 9-5
– Will they keep you up to date with feedback and sales progression.
You want your estate agent to understand your aims and objectives and work with you on a personal level to sell your property. Why should you choose Bluestone?
Bluestone recognise the importance of getting your property on the market as soon as possible, therefore, all properties are marketed within 24 hours of your instruction. You can find out more about how we market your property for maximum exposure here.
Instructing a solicitor
Transferring the ownership of the property including the property deeds falls under the term conveyancing. This is a legally binding action that must be carried out by a solicitor. It is a good idea to research local solicitors and have a solicitor ready for when you have accepted an offer on your property. Although you won’t need a solicitor until you accept a proposed offer, having one ready can be a great way of speeding up the sales process.
Remember, your solicitor is an important figure in the success of your property sale, therefore, ensuring that your solicitor is experienced, efficient and reliable is absolutely crucial.
At Bluestone we work closely with the following reputable local solicitors:
Receiving, negotiating and accepting an offer
Marketing you property should bring in lots of prospective buyers. Sometimes you may receive an offer that is below the asking price, and you may have to be prepared to negotiate slightly. At Bluestone, as soon as a prospective buyer gets in touch with us to make an offer, we will contact you straight away. We will then negotiate and communicate with both parties until a price is agreed and an offer is accepted.
Once you have accepted your offer you can now move into the sales progression aspect of the sale and it is time for your solicitor to get involved and draft a contract detailing exact specifications of the move, exchanging contracts and proposing a date for completion. You can expect the prospective buyer to send a surveyor to your home, you might also be asked a variety of questions and asked to list fixtures and fittings that will be a part of the sale. Once this has been agreed and confirmed contracts can be signed and exchanged. It is worth noting that the sale only becomes legally binding when contracts are signed and exchanged.
Bluestone will keep you informed throughout the sales progression stage keeping you up to date with any developments that are made by solicitors and so on.
Organise your move
Now that your sale is close to completion it is important that you start to plan your moving day so that it is not a massive rush as the day creeps closer. There are plenty of things that you will need to organise so definitely don’t leave this to the last minute.
Take a look at our advice on some of the things that you need to do to ensure that you are prepared for your moving day. See here…………………………
That all important date has arrived, the monies have been transferred and the keys can be released to the new property owner, it’s time for you to move out and say goodbye!