Gas and electrical certificate checks.
Building regulations certificates.
Council tax, utility, buildings and contents insurance bills – so potential buyers can estimate running costs.
Service charges and ground rent bills (for flats).
In addition, you could ask your agent if it’s worth going one better and giving potential buyers other information (which could also speed up the conveyancing process) such as:
Environmental Searches. These provide useful information such as the flood risk, radon levels or if there are local mines in the area
A Home Condition Report – provides more information about the condition of your property, although your buyer will probably still need to get their own survey done.
Consult your local estate agent who can offer expert advice to help you determine a realistic asking price.
Use the House Price section on Rightmove to check out average sold house prices in your area.
Get an accurate picture of trends in your area, as well as national changes from the Rightmove House Price Index . Produced monthly, it analyses asking prices of properties that have just come on the market, breaking them down into regional averages.
Search for similar properties for sale in your area and see what they are currently being marketed for.
DID YOU KNOW..?
Rightmove member estate agents can provide you with a personalised Best Price Guide for your property. This is the most comprehensive market appraisal and price comparable tool available anywhere, combining access to over 10 million Rightmove, Land Registry and Registers of Scotland current and historic prices. Find your local estate agent now.
You will be responsible for:
Setting the price
Negotiating the offers
Progressing the sale through solicitors and conveyancers.
Private sale websites are usually only popular with one type of person – other sellers. There is not usually enough property stock on these websites to lure serious buyers and keep them there. In order to give buyers and sellers the best possible protection and service, Rightmove does not accept property advertisements from private sellers or private landlords. All the property featured on our site must comply with the requirements of the Property We recommend using an agent registered on Rightmove who can apply their expertise, local knowledge and marketing power to add real value to your sale.
The advantages of using an estate agent
Estate agents spend all day, every day selling property and as a result have built up a vast knowledge and expertise in the whole buying and selling process. They will conduct a valuation on your property, handle viewings and negotiations on your behalf and make sure your property is marketed property. They will strive to achieve the best possible price for your property and the best buyer, thereby avoiding disappointment and stress from less serious potential buyers. On top of this a good estate agent will also be able to offer you plenty of advice along the way. This includes guidance on conveyancing and financial services.
How to choose the right agent
Make sure your estate agent comes with a glowing reference. Ask your family, colleagues, friends and neighbours about their recent selling experiences. Use the find an estate agent facility on Rightmove, which is a simple way of short listing potential estate agents in your local area. Pick an estate agent with a proven track record in selling – a quick look around your local area looking for ‘Sold’ boards is a great indicator for this. Search for your selected estate agents on Rightmove to see if they have experience in selling your kind of property.
Our top tips for choosing an estate agent so you know what to look for.
Once you have chosen your three agents, they will visit your property and recommend an asking price. Ask them how they plan on marketing your property. A good estate agent will invest in marketing on behalf of the seller, take photos of your property and compile the description; so be very wary of those that ask you to do this yourself. Finally, check the small print. Once you have selected your agent, make sure that you check the terms of appointment. It is your responsibility to know what you have agreed to before signing anything legally binding..
Consider its “kerb appeal”; the first thing potential buyers will see before they even get past the front door. Here are some things to look out for:
Does the front of your house need smartening up?
Could the front garden be tidier?
Would the front door look better with a fresh lick of paint?
Could the front windows do with a clean?
Look at the inside with a critical eye too:
Keep it clean and tidy. De-clutter and use sensible storage. Potential buyers will want to visualise how they can fill the space
Undertake any minor repairs that need doing so buyers will need to really try hard to find any negatives
If you want to re-decorate, go for neutral tones, which will appeal to a wider audience
Make your house comfortable, cool on hot sunny days and warm if it’s winter
Banish smoke or pet odours. Open the windows, brew some fresh coffee and add finishing touches such as fresh flowers, to brighten the place up
Bring out the best features such as fireplaces and use mirrors to increase the sense of space.
Our advice for handling viewings to make the best of the opportunity to sell your home.
Once you have received an offer, be prepared to negotiate. But remember, you don’t have to sell to the highest bidder. A lower bidder might be better if they:
Are paying cash (so don’t have to wait for mortgage approval)
Already have a mortgage “agreed in principle”
Don’t have to sell a property first (they could be first-time buyers or investors) or are in a short chain
Can fit in with your timescales better than other buyers
If you are buying from a developer, see if they will offer a part exchange to buy your property from you.
JARGON BUSTER: GAZUMPING & GAZUNDERING
A term used to denote a situation where the seller has accepted an offer but subsequently accepts a higher offer from another purchaser. This is legal and ensuring the property is taken off the market is one way of reducing this risk. Gazumping happens most frequently in a seller’s market. Gazundering is the term for when a buyer reduces their offer just before the contracts are exchanged in the hope of forcing the seller to accept less for the property. Again this is considered legal.
Once you have accepted an offer you will probably be asked to take it off the market. It’s your decision, but if you do, tell your agent that if the sale has not progressed after two weeks you’ll want it back on the market.
If it’s not selling…
Ask your agent why they think it’s not selling. What’s the feedback from viewings?
Can your estate agent ‘freshen up’ your property details on Rightmove with better photos and a more engaging description?
Was the exterior photo clearly taken a long time ago in a different season? If so, ask the agent to take a new one
Do you need to reduce the price?
If a survey revealed a problem that led a buyer to renegotiate or pull out, consider getting repairs done.
DID YOU KNOW..?
Your local estate agent can increase the attraction of your property on Rightmove by up to 10 times! Ask for details ofPremium Listing or Featured Property advertising.
The process of transferring the legal ownership of property or land from one person to another.
Conveyancing is very time consuming and complex, so you will need to employ either a solicitor or a licensed conveyancer to do it for you. Here are our top tips on choosing and using a conveyancer…
Get at least three conveyancers’ quotes. Ask friends, family and your estate agent for recommendations
Tell your conveyancer if you want answers to any specific questions in advance
Let them know when you would like to exchange contracts and complete. Tell them you will require regular updates of how the sale is progressing
Try to negotiate a no sale – no fee deal, so if the deal falls through you don’t pay anything
Check and compare quotes carefully making sure they are like for like.
Once you have appointed a conveyancer, you will need to…
Give them some basic information to get started such as your mortgage roll number – so they can check you own the property and proof of your ID
Complete a detailed questionnaire on the property, covering things like who owns the boundaries and whether you have had any disputes with neighbours. It is a legal requirement to answer truthfully
Complete a form showing what fixtures and fittings are included in the sale
Answer conveyancing queries as soon as you can. Use registered post or deliver documents by hand.
Exchange of Contracts
In England and Wales, Exchange of Contracts is the last stage of the legal process after which a buyer cannot pull out (without losing their deposit).
JARGON BUSTER – EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS
When copies of signed contracts are exchanged between the buyer’s conveyancer and the seller’s conveyancer.
A date for completion is usually set for at least two weeks after the exchange date, giving you time to arrange removals. Your conveyancer will call your agent to tell them when the buyer’s money has arrived so they can give the keys to the new owner. Check the conveyancer’s completion statement carefully – it should reflect the original quotation.
Selling in Scotland
In Scotland, the legal process is slightly different and buyers are committed at an earlier stage. Here, the seller usually sets a guide price and interested buyers put in bids and suggested completion dates. Once the seller accepts their preferred bid, there is a compensation penalty to be paid if one of the parties changes their minds. For this reason, buyers need to have arranged a mortgage before they put in a bid. Unlike in England and Wales, many conveyancing solicitors in Scotland also have an estate agency part to their business.
Our moving guides to help you work out what to do and when – what you need to prepare as soon as possible, things to do one week before you move and our handy Moving Day checklist. Use Rightmove’s removal quotes service to get quotes from professional removal companies
Here are some tips to make the day you move out as painless as possible:
Ask your friends to recommend a professional removal firm – your belongings are precious so ask for references, membership of the British Association of Removers and get removal quotes from Rightmove.
Think about moving out and in on separate days so you don’t have to squeeze everything into the same day.
Leaving a few days before moving in will free up time to get essential work to your new home completed without needing to work around piles of boxes. It’s a great time for carpet cleaning, decorating or any DIY projects that might be dusty like sanding woodwork or floorboards, replastering etc.
If you can, avoid moving on a Monday or Friday: they are the busiest days for moving as well as for traffic on the roads.
Remember to take meter readings on both properties on the day(s) of the move.
Set up your post to be redirected a few weeks before you move with the Royal Mail – a good precaution against identity theft.
While you still have an internet connection (it could be a few weeks before your new property is connected), download any instruction manuals from the manufacturer’s website for your new appliances.
Prepare a note for the new owners explaining how things work and where they can find useful items such as the boiler switches, aerial sockets and alarm codes. A few kind thoughts will go a long way when it comes to mail redirection and injects some humanity into the whole process.