WHAT IS MY HOME WORTH?
The process of selling a house doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. We have helped thousands of property owners successfully sell their property and get on the move, and we can help you too. In our guide to selling your property in Yorkshire, we share the key steps involved with selling property.
Firstly, you need an accurate property valuation. You can do this by instructing one of our expert agents to value your property. Our unparalleled area and market knowledge make us perfectly placed to give you an accurate asking price for your property.
When choosing your agent, make sure you’re confident that they have a strong, recognised local brand. We recommend calling out three to get a valuation of your property when the time is right for you to sell. Ask friends and family for recommendations, explore their reviews online and whether they have a good digital presence, and when the time comes for you to make the final decision, take into consideration all of these factors, but crucially, whether you can put your trust, of your biggest asset, in the individuals and team you’ve had contact with.START MY VALUATION
MARKETING YOUR PROPERTY
This is where our job really starts. You’ve chosen your agent, so now it’s time to launch your property onto the market. The presentation of your property is crucial; with Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket some of the first places buyers look, you need to make sure your property stands out to make people stop scrolling and click into your property. You should aim to appeal to the most prospective buyers, so presenting it in a clean, neutral fashion means viewers can imagine themselves living in it from the first viewing.
In terms of the marketing of the property itself, make sure you have an agent with a tried and tested strategy.
You should give your property maximum exposure, utilising property portals, an agent’s website and social media
Ask about Premium Listings and extra boosted products on the portals to make your property stand out
Ensure you get professional photography, EPC, and floorplan as a minimum, and spend extras on virtual video tours and 3D walk-throughs to give you an edge
Make sure your property gets put in an office window. Unlike online agents, a benefit of a high street branch is more exposure to people daily.
PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY
We all look at our homes and see the cracks in the wall, the paintwork we’ve been “definitely sorting this weekend”, the stains on the carpet that will surely sort themselves out. Well, now you’re coming to the market it’s time to fix those small DIY jobs you’ve been putting off. Your prospective buyer will likely be looking at multiple properties, and when they walk through the front door, they’ll be picturing what it’s like to live there and how much TLC is needed to make it perfect. The more you can do to help them see themselves in your property, the better chance of an offer, and importantly, a good offer.
First impressions don’t just start in the property though; improve your “kerb appeal”, make sure any front garden is cleaned up and freshly mowed, your front door looks tidy and doesn’t have rust or paint that has cracked, and clear the driveway if relevant to make it feel as big as possible.
Before viewings, make sure it’s clean and tidy, with no clutter left lying about, and remember to ask your agent for tips on staging the rooms, making them look bigger, and ask for any feedback on what buyers thought after the viewings.
NEGOTIATING AND SELLING
Whether you’re selling with a fixed price or taking offers, when your property is on the market, your agent will conduct viewings, which may result in offers. Your agent will communicate these offers with you, and you can choose to accept or reject them. If you accept the offer, we will prepare a memorandum of sale and confirm the agreed price and your solicitor's details. Your solicitor will send contract drafts to the buyer's solicitor and decide on dates for carrying out surveys. Your agent will negotiate on your behalf throughout this process and keep you updated.
When the money from your property sale (less the deposit) is transferred from the buyer's solicitor's account to your solicitor's account, the sale is complete. When the money has cleared, the agent will release the keys.