Arrange a valuation
The first thing to do is arrange for a valuation of your property. Our considerable experience in this area gives us the expert knowledge needed to value your property accurately. We will provide you with comparable evidence of property values in the area. Our aim is to maximise the value of your property without giving you unrealistic expectations.
Choose an agent
It’s not always a straightforward decision choosing an agent, so here are 3 things to consider:
1. Is the agent’s valuation based on comparable evidence? Ours is
2. Is the agent a member of a professional regulatory body? We are
3. Does the agent advertise on the main property websites? We do
Presentation of your property
Presentation is key to maximising interest in your property. Where necessary, touch up the inside décor, clear any clutter, make sure the kitchen and bathroom are pristine, and make sure your property smells fresh.
We will organise for one of our specialist photographers to come round and full property details will be prepared.
Energy Performance Certificate
It is a legal requirement for a vendor to have an EPC. An EPC is designed to help cut a property’s carbon emissions. An associated report also suggests improvements to make a property more energy efficient. We have several energy assessors who can carry this out for you.
When you instruct Sebastian Roche to market your property you will benefit from our comprehensive marketing package which includes advertising your property on over 18 websites, along with our own, with a minimum of 20 million users, producing full colour property details, and sending out email and text property alerts to buyers.
Receiving an offer
Here’s what information we will discuss with you:
Price: How much are the buyers offering to pay?
The buyers’ finances: Do the buyers have a mortgage agreed in principle and how much is their deposit.
Position of buyers: Are they in a chain? If so, are they under offer?
Your position: Are the buyers able to move in a time frame that suits you?
We will notify you in writing of all offers.
Appoint a solicitor
Once you have had an offer accepted on a property you should appoint a solicitor or conveyancer. We have several we can recommend. They are responsible for carrying out the legal work involved in buying a property. It is a good idea to use a solicitor or conveyancer who knows the local area.
Once you accept an offer we will send out a Memorandum of Sale setting out who the parties to the sale are . Your solicitor will send out a draft contract to the buyer’s solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries.
Your buyer will then arrange for a survey and mortgage valuation to be done, where required. Your buyer’s solicitor will usually raise some queries at this stage.
Exchange of contracts
Once your buyer’s mortgage offer is out, your solicitor has answered any queries, the local searches are back, and evidence of title has been obtained you and your buyer will be ready to sign contracts.Both parties must stick to the terms of the contract or face going to court.
Your buyer will usually pay a deposit of 10% of the house price at this stage.
Completion is when the remainider of the monies are transferred from the buyer’s solicitor to your solicitor’s account with any charges and fees paid. Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account and will inform us to release the keys.
Congratulations, your property is now sold!