10 TOP TIPS For First Time Sellers

  1. It is a great idea to get an Estate Agent round as soon as you are thinking of selling. They can give their professional opinion on whether anything needs changing or amending and also how much the property is worth so you know what you have got to spend! Make sure you choose an Estate Agent whose staff are qualified and who is a member of NAEAPropertymark
  2.  How much can you afford? Have you spoken to a mortgage adviser yet? If not then now is the time to do so and even if you have, you can always speak to a few as each advisor has access to different products – you never know you could get a better deal.
  3.  Find the documents that you will need – our checklist offers an overview of what you need to get ready but as a start, a FENSA certificate for any windows or doors that have been replaced, any party wall agreements or information about neighbour disputes.
  4.  Don’t forget the kerb appeal! Think back to being a first time buyer – hide the bins, straighten the garden, touch up the paint. Most of this is free but even if you have to pay a small amount it is worth it for people to not make judgement from the car.
  5.  Spend some time looking at properties that are similar to yours. How does yours compare? What is different? What is better?  You don’t want to price yourself out of the market and you do want to encourage competitive bidding.
  6.  Check the date of your Energy Performance Certificate. They are only valid for 10 years. If you have had any work carried out that has made your property more energy efficient it would be beneficial to pay for another one.  
  7.  Choose your solicitor carefully – local firms will have local knowledge and that is very much worth paying for.
  8.  Viewings – it is often said that first viewings are with the heart and second viewings are with the head. In both circumstances it is advisable to allow the estate agent to accompany any potential purchasers. It allows people to feel at ease having a proper look around your property. Any questions will then come back to you through the estate agent.
  9.  Think about your dates – when do you want to move? When do you need to move – there may be a job offer or a school that needs to be tied in. Your estate agent will help with this, especially as selling and buying often needs to be coordinated. Having a realistic date in mind to start with gives everyone clear guidelines as to what they are working to.
  10.  Evaluate the offer – you don’t have to take the first offer that is made. Your estate agent will negotiate on your behalf because their role is to get you the very best price.

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