During a long trading history spanning over 30 years we have been trusted with selling some of the area’s most prestigious homes. Our first class marketing and exceptional attention to detail ensures that we consistently achieve the very best results for our clients, whether they are selling a small studio or a large country estate.
If you are thinking of selling your home and want to know exactly how it works from start to finish, then take a look at our step by step guide below which will help begin your journey to a successful sale.
Step by Step Guide
Step 1: The Valuation
Perhaps the single most important element when looking to sell a property is an accurate valuation. Whether you’re looking to move immediately or sometime in the future the first step is to find out the market value of your home.
To arrange a free market appraisal of your home, call Radlett on 01923 852434 or Elstree on 0203 764 2222 or alternatively click here and complete our valuation form.
Step 2: Choosing the right agent
It all starts with choosing the right estate agent. If you’re reading this, then it already looks like you’re halfway there!
At Village Estates the client is always put first and we aim to make the sales process as simple and stress free for you as possible. We’re sure you take fantastic care of your home and you should take the same level of care when you choose an estate agent to market it. We recommend considering the below factors when choosing your agent:
Are they experienced?
Do they know the local area?
Do they have a proven track record?
Are they able to market your property in a way that suits you?
Will they invest in your property? (At Village Estates we carry our professional photographs, floor plans etc. all at our own expense).
Step 3: The Marketing Plan
Once you have chosen your agent you should tell them about any special requirements you have for the marketing of the property and ask them to come up with a plan that suits your needs.
At Village we recognise a strong marketing plan is essential to gaining your property the exposure it deserves and ultimately achieving a fantastic result. At Village we prepare your property for exposure by taking professional photographs, drawing up a floor plan, designing brochures, and scripting a property write up. We ensure your property is shown on all the key property portals most notably Rightmove and Zoopla. We also publish properties on our own website, in our own magazines and often in the local press.
Perhaps the conventional marketing methods are not for you and you require a more discreet marketing approach. Rest assured we are prepared for every type of marketing strategy and our discreet marketing service is a very powerful option for those of a more private disposition.
Step 4: Viewings
When it comes to viewings the first stage is to get your home ready because first impressions really do count. We will advise you on how to present your home to show it off in all its glory. Of course keep the place clean and tidy but the extra tips and suggestions we have to offer can maximise the chance of a successful viewing. We accompany every viewing unless you specify otherwise and being open 7 days a week means we never miss the opportunity to conduct a viewing unlike other agents.
Step 5: Offers and Negotiation
Once we receive an offer we qualify the buyer’s ability to proceed and then make contact with yourself to notify you of both the offer and buyers position. Once consulting with yourself we use our skills in negotiation to ensure you receive the best possible price from every potential buyer who offers on your property.
Step 6: The Legal Process
Once an offer has been accepted you will need to instruct a solicitor. We have solicitors we can recommend that meet the same high standards of service we expect you to receive at Village Estates.
Once you have accepted an offer we will prepare a Memorandum of Sale which confirms the sale price and any agreed terms/conditions. This is sent to all parties involved and most notably introduces the both parties’ solicitors which in turn gets the legal process started. It’s at this stage you can also expect the buyer to carry out surveys whether it be a home buyers survey or mortgage survey.
Your solicitor then prepares and sends out a draft contract to the buyer's solicitor who then commences the required checks and searches. Unlike some agents Village Estates are not of the view that our hard work stops once the deal is in lawyer’s hands. We work with all parties to push the deal to exchange keeping you fully informed every step of the way.
Step 7: Exchanging contracts
Once exchanged, there is a legally binding contract between seller and buyer for the sale and purchase of a property. One of the terms of the contract will be the completion date.
Step 8: Completion
On the date agreed at exchange monies are transferred between the solicitors and completion takes place. You will then be able to collect the keys for your new home and begin your next chapter. Congratulations!
Please note: You must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in order to sell your property.