Selling Your Home
Owning a property is one of the most expensive assets you will ever have therefore, when it comes to selling, Archer & Partners will guide you through each stage from preparing to list your property through to your moving day.
The first step is to obtain a market appraisal of your property. This is where we will provide you with an approximate guide price range and let you choose the different ways as to how you can advertise your asking price. We base our pricing advice on comparable properties recently sold or for sale, as well as taking into consideration the current market conditions. We will also inform you of our sale fees, our Terms and Conditions, and if you wish, we are more than delighted to discuss the other approximate costs for moving, which includes solicitors, Energy Performance Certificate etc.
Once you are in a position to place your property on the market, we can start to prepare our sales brochure, which includes quality photographs, floorplan and we can also do a video tour. As soon as the advertising brochure has been checked through, you can choose to have one of our colourful sign boards and the property is displayed in our illuminated front window display at our office. The property is also showcased on this newly designed website as well as Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation and our social media outlets. We will be able to make contact with our registered buyers on the database system.
We do offer to accompany all viewings however, some of our sellers prefer to carry out the viewings themselves. Again, it is your choice and we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the marketing process.
Feedback from viewers is always important and we will let you know as soon as we have the applicants comments and forward any offers received for your consideration.
When we receive an offer, we will need to verify the applicants position to purchase. The types of buyers do vary from first time buyers to cash buyers. Anyone who requires finance to purchase, for example a mortgage, we will require a copy of their mortgage certificate/agreement in principle. If they are buying with cash funds, and have no related sale, we do insist on seeing proof of funds or a formal document confirming they are in receipt of such. Many applicants would have agreed a sale on their own property, and at this point we will need to verify with their selling agent or solicitor, the full details of the related chain at time of making an offer.
If you are satisfied with the potential buyers position to purchase and in agreement with the selling price, we can then formerly put in hand the sale and take it to the next stage of progression.
On agreeing a sale, it is at this stage that you will need to instruct your solicitor/legal conveyancer to continue with the sale process. Interestingly, many sellers and buyers think this is where the job of the estate agent is finished. In fact, this is the most important time to have your estate agent working for you. We can assist with all aspects of the sales progression and keep you updated on the process. We do ask both seller and buyer not to target a moving timescale as it depends on how quickly the legal work can be processed. However, an average sale normally takes around three months from accepting an offer through to completion.
We can assist you with completing any of the property forms and answering any of the questions raised. There will be many and you will be asked to find various documents relating to the property.
Throughout the sale process, we will keep you informed as to how each stage is progressing and do our best to achieve a smooth transaction, all the way through to your moving day.
To find out more details about the buying process, please go to our buying a property section.
The sale has hopefully progressed to a stage where all parties involved are in a position to exchange contracts. This is the point where your solicitor/legal advisor will confirm that you still wish to proceed and agree a moving date, or otherwise known as completion, to coincide with your buyers.
On completion day, your solicitor/legal advisor will inform you to be vacated from your home as soon as possible in readiness for your buyer to move in. This is only confirmed once your solicitor/legal advisor has received all the funds from your buyers solicitor/legal advisor. Normally, you would leave keys with ourselves and your solicitor/legal advisor will let us know when to release the keys.
This is a very basic outline as to how the selling process works and in most cases, it is more involved, and that is why Archer & Partners are here to assist you.