Sellers guide

As most people only go through the process of selling their home a few times in their lives, it can seem a daunting task, it is often difficult to know where to start. With Bedebrooke’s handy 10-step guide, we hope to make the process as stress-free as possible.

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step 1 – accurate valuation

With our local knowledge and experienced valuers we are able to provide accurate market valuations for your property, this allows us to achieve the best price possible for our clients within a realistic timescale.

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step 2 – selecting an estate agent

When choosing an estate agent, consider their opening hours and if they operate outside of these, when they will be available to conduct viewings on your behalf and what kind of marketing your property will receive. At Bedebrooke we utilise Rightmove and Zoopla for maximum online exposure and best price for your property.

As a legal requirement before marketing your property you must have an Energy Performance Certificate, you should check to see if your agent will organise this on your behalf or if you will need to organise this yourself. Bedebrooke can organise this for you, at a time and date convenient to yourself.

step 3 – instructing a solicitor

The successful sale of your property can be reliant on the instruction of an experience solicitor, that will keep you updated throught the legal process.

step 4 – presenting your property

You don’t get a second first impression, therefore ensuring you property is presented in the best way possible is vital. Our valuers may recommend works that are needed prior to initial photography being taken, which can be arranged at a time convenient for you.

Adding a fresh coat of paint and de-cluttering room should be considered prior any photography or viewings are undertaken.

Our professional team can then take photographs, create 360° tours, produce floorplans and write comprehensive property descriptions, all in just one visit.

step 5 – marketing your property

To find your perfect buyer you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media.

Bedebrooke place a huge importance on the highest levels of professional standards, marketing your home to its full potential. Digital media is vital in the sale or any property, and we utilise both Rightmove and Zoopla.

We offer a fixed price fee of £900 including VAT to sell your property.

step 6 – accompanied viewings

Our experienced sales team are available to accompany viewings in (and out of) office hours and at weekends; essential for properties which are vacant or clients with a busy lifestyle. Accompanied viewings also mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property.

step 7 – receiving an offer

As soon as an offer is received we will notify you both verbally and in writing.

Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will fully qualify each buyer to ensure they are able to proceed on your sale.

step 8 – offer agreed

Once you accept an offer we will do the following:
1) Prepare a memorandum of sale
2)Write to all parties to confirm the agreed price
3)Ask you to confirm your solicitor’s details
Your solicitor will send out a draft contract to the buyer’s solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries. At this stage you will also be able to agree on dates for the survey on your property, exchange of contracts and proposed date for completion.

Our designated sales progression department will then handle your sale through to exchange and completion, keeping you informed every step of the way. It is imperative in today’s marketplace that you have a committed and experienced sales agent to act on your behalf as we are currently experiencing timescales of 10-12 weeks with a mortgage purchase.

There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

step 9 – exchange of contracts

Exchange of contracts occurs when the following have been confirmed and agreed:
1) Preliminary enquiries following receipt of draft contract
2) Evidence of a good title
3) Specific issues highlighted in the Lease, if applicable
4) Local search queries
5) Fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
6) The buyer’s mortgage offer
Once the contract has been signed by both parties the deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) will be telegraphically transferred or paid in the form of a banker’s draft by the buyer’s solicitor to your solicitor. The completion date is then set by mutual agreement.

step 10 – completion

Completion is when the residual monies (usually 90%) are transferred from the buyer’s solicitor to your solicitor’s account.

Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account and will inform us to release the keys.

Congratulations, you’ve sold your property!