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Our brief guide offers some tips we've given others when embarking on their first property sale. Please don't hesitate to call us or fill out the form below to discuss the process or any questions you have in more detail.

Here are all the steps that are helpful to know and prepare for:

1. Get an accurate appraisal of your property

Try asking a couple of agents for an appraisal and search online for similar properties for sale in your area. An online search will let you know what other properties are listed for and how the market is doing. Follow this up with a chat to an experienced local agent. They should also be able to tell you ways to increase the value of your property through quick fixes and touch-ups. 

2. Choose an estate agent
You could consider their experience in the area, their high street presence, opening hours and level of personalised service. Try to get to know your agents beforehand and make sure they're the right ones for the job.

3. Assess how your property looks to buyers
Have a look around your property and try to do all those little works you've meant to do. Buyers will take in the full experience from entry to exit, so ask your estate agent how you can make sure it really appeals to buyers.

4. Put your property on the market
Your estate agent will take photographs, gather all the necessary details, put up a board, and, when you're happy, advertise your property to the masses. If there is a photograph you don't care for or something that should be included in the description, just let them know! They should be happy to work with you on crafting the best possible listing. 

5. Enlist the help of a solicitor
The smooth and efficient sale of a property can in no small part be attributed to an experienced solicitor. We recommend researching this very thoroughly; perhaps some friends can help to point you in the right direction if they have recently moved house. Otherwise, ask your agent for a preferred solicitor that has been nice to work with.

6. Have a few property viewings
During this time, ensure your property presents as well as it can by clearing cluttered spaces and maintaining cleanliness. Help potential buyers 'see' themselves in your property by keeping walls and decor neutral.

7. Review and handle offers
When an offer is received, you will be contacted immediately by phone. Your agent will let you know about any conditions attached to the offer, and the buyer's ability to proceed will be checked before you decide to accept.

8. Agree on an offer
Once you decide to accept an offer, you can expect:
  • A Memorandum of Sale to be prepared
  • Confirmation of the agreed price to be sent in writing to relevant parties
  • To be asked to provide your solicitor's details
9. Exchange contracts
This takes place once the following criteria has been agreed:
  • Any preliminary enquiries following the receipt of the draft contract
  • Evidence of a good title
  • Any fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
  • Specific instructions highlighted in the sale
  • The buyer's mortgage offer
The deposit (normally 10% of the asking price) will now be paid by the buyer's solicitor to the seller's solicitor once both parties have signed the contract.

10. Complete the sale
This occurs when all residual monies (normally between 85% and 90% depending on the size of the deposit) are transferred from the buyer's solicitor to the seller's solicitor. Once the funds have cleared in your account, your solicitor will call you and inform the agent to release the keys.

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