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Our quick guide to selling a house

Our quick guide to selling a house

Our quick guide to selling a house26th February 2016

Selling a house can be one of life's most stressful events, especially if you're also buying a home and you want to sell your house quickly. It may be the first time you've ever tried to sell your house or flat, or maybe it's been years since you last decided to sell your home. Our guide to selling your house will help you to simplify the process step-by-step.
 

1. Preparation

 
Getting your house in peak condition for its eventual sale is crucial for maximising the potential value of the property.  First impressions count for everything when it comes to selling a house, so it’s vital that the proprety looks its best for potential buyers.
 
External – Try and view your property as a potential purchaser would.  People often forget that the first impression of the property is from the outside.                            
 
Inside – When preparing to sell your house, try and make it look as spacious as possible.  De-clutter and try and picture it as already no longer belonging to you.  You want to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer who has no emotional attachment to the property. 
 

2. What Price to Ask

 
Before you market your property with Michael Tuck Estate Agents you will need to decide what price you want to ask for.  Our Valuation Managers are experts in the local housing market and will be able to advise you on how to get the price for your property that will result in a successful sale.  We will also provide you with a Rightmove Best Price Guide, which will show you how much similar properties in your area are being marketed and sold for.
 

3. The Measure Up

 
Once you are ready to go, we will revisit your property to compile all of the information required to create a listing on Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation.  This will normally take about an hour and we will be able to answer any questions that you may have.  
 
We will take plenty of photographs so please make sure that your house is tidy.  We will also take measurements so we can prepare the property brochure, floor plans and YouTube movie.  We aim to have a draft set of details ready for you to check within two working days.
 

4. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

 
All properties that are marketed in England and Wales are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be put onto the market for sale or rent.  If you ask our Valuations Manager, they will be able to check the national database to see whether your property already has one.  If you don’t already have one in place, we will be able to provide this for you for a nominal fee.
 

5. Identification

 
In accordance with the Money Laundering Regulations 2007: Estate Agency Business, we are legally required, where possible, to obtain a copy of current photo ID (Passport or Driving License) and a recent utility bill or document that legally connects private individuals or beneficial owner/s with the property being marketed.  If you have any questions about client verification, please feel free to ask our Valuations Manager as we are unable to market a property without copies of relevant documents.
 

6. Property Viewings

 
As soon as we are instructed to sell your property, our experienced negotiators will get to work immediately to find you a buyer.  Although we use the latest technology to automatically email your property details to our database we still find using the telephone the best way to get people through your door.    We will contact potential purchasers that we feel will be interested in your property.  We will also receive enquiries from Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation and the Michael Tuck website.
 
We will arrange viewings to suit you and will be happy to keep a spare set of keys securely in our office to accompany viewings for you.  All viewing appointments will be confirmed by telephone and email.
 

7. Feedback and Negotiating

 
Within two working days of any viewing we contact the prospective purchaser by both telephone and email to obtain feedback for you.  Our experienced negotiators are on hand to handle any offers that we receive on your property in order to achieve the highest possible price for you.
 

8. The Legal Process

 
We recommend that you instruct a Conveyancing solicitor to act for you sooner rather than later.  In our experience, formally instructing a solicitor prior to agreeing a sale can help ensure contract documentation is sent out to your buyer’s solicitor without delay as soon as the price is agreed.  Our experienced negotiators will keep in full contact with yourself, your buyer and both sets of solicitors to ensure that the sale progresses as quickly as possible and to alleviate any potential hold ups.
 
Please ask for a free quote from one of our exclusive panel of local solicitors.
 

9. The Move

 
“Moving day” can be very stressful so we are on hand to let your buyers know as soon as your solicitor has received the money from your sale.  If required you can drop the keys into our office and we will hand them over to your purchaser, so enabling you to continue with your onward move.  Feel free to use our more detailed house moving guide and our house moving check list.
 
At Michael Tuck Estate Agents we have been selling homes since 1983.  
 
If you require any advice or are considering selling your property please feel free to contact your local Michael Tuck Estate Agency Office in Gloucester, Worcester and Swindon.