Guide to selling your home
Valuing Your Property
Having decided to sell your home, the aim should be to sell it at the best possible price in the shortest possible time. For 25 years, Family Homes have maintained focus on Sittingbourne, Faversham and the surrounding Kent landscape, giving us knowledge and experience of property values in the area. If you would like to arrange a free valuation of your property with no obligation, simply call us on 01795 473434.
Instructing an Estate Agent
The next phase will see you appoint the Estate Agent that you feel can ensure the right buyer is found for you. That Estate Agent should be able to ensure that every stage of the sale from initial appraisal of your property to the eventual move runs as smoothly as possible. It is important to consider…
How your property will be made available to any potential purchaser
How well will the agent present your property?
What is the quality of information given to potential buyers?
Who will be showing prospective purchasers around your property?
Does the agent present themselves in such a way as to give the prospective buyer confidence that they will deal promptly with problems that may arise?
Presenting Your Property
On instruction, Family Homes will make an appointment to visit your property in order to take professional photos and create good quality sales particulars. For every potential buyer, first impressions count! To achieve that quick, successful sale you may need to spend a few hours making your property look at its very best.
Marketing Your Property
With your sales particulars complete, Family Homes will promote your property through maximum exposure across a wide range of media. Indeed our agents will also telephone and email prospective buyers on a regular basis. Additionally we work hard to ensure our website is decidedly comprehensive and informative in the local market; and in fact upload properties to 26 national property portals too, including:
As a significant advertiser in the local press, we really do ensure that every avenue to potential buyers is fully explored.
It is critical that the person conducting the viewing understands why the buyer might want to buy the property. After all what one buyer sees in a property might be completely different to another. Advance information about a buyer’s requirements can prove invaluable. At Family Homes we ensure we understand a buyer’s requirements such as to carefully match a property’s features with those that each particular buyer is looking for. We are very happy to conduct all viewings for our clients and in so doing we are able to give our vendors prompt feedback about the viewing after it has taken place.
Receiving an Offer
With an interested buyer in place keen to proceed with the purchase of your property, we will contact you with their offer. Any special conditions of the offer will be discussed and presented to you in writing and we will always check the buyers’ ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer or not. With you we will discuss the following:
• How much the buyers are offering to pay
• If the buyer is in a chain, waiting for somebody to purchase their property
• Your position – when the property will be vacant etc
• If you should accept the offer.
Agree to an Offer
On agreement to an offer made, we will:
• Prepare a memorandum of sale
• Write to all parties confirming the agreed price
• Ask you to confirm your solicitor’s details
Conveyancing (The legal transfer of the property from you to the buyer)
As part of the conveyancing process your solicitor will send out a draft contract to the buyer’s solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries. During the conveyancing process, you will need to agree dates for the buyer’s mortgage lender to carry out any valuations or surveys on the building. Your solicitor will also discuss dates for exchanging contracts with you and a proposed date for completion.
Exchange of Contracts
After all enquiries have been confirmed and agreed contracts can be exchanged. Both parties sign the contract and the buyer will pay a deposit as agreed with your solicitor. A completion date (usually 2 weeks after exchange) will also be set by mutual agreement. This formal exchange agrees the terms of the sale and makes them legally binding on both you and the buyer. This means that you are legally obliged to sell the property to your chosen buyer and they are legally obliged to buy it from you.
Your solicitor will usually call to tell you when the money has cleared in their account and instruct us to release the keys to the new owner. Congratulations – You’ve sold your property
Simply call us on 01795 473434 to get the ball rolling!