At Brewers Sales & Lettings, we focus all our energies on getting as many interested buyers to view your property as possible.
We would suggest that there are 4 main tasks for you to action, to help ensure you’re ready to market your property; Figure out your finances, decide your onward plans, prepare your home and choose a solicitor.
1) Figure out your finances
Contact your current mortgage lender. Find out what the balance of your outstanding mortgage is, and if there are any early redemption penalties.
Get a rough idea of how much your house is worth so you can calculate how much money you will be left with after you have paid off the mortgage.
If you are also buying a new home, you should consider what size mortgage you will need. Ask your current lender how much they would be willing to offer you.
Note: At this stage, remember figures will be approximate only – you don’t know how much you will sell your house for. You will only get a precise redemption figure for your mortgage once you have an agreed completion date when you have exchanged contracts.
Shop around, speak to other lenders and see what they can offer you- this may be the perfect time for you to change lender and benefit from a better rate.
Note: We work alongside qualified independent mortgage brokers that would be happy to sit down and go through figures with you. To arrange a free initial meeting, please speak to a member of our Sales team.
2) Prepare your home
If you stage your home well you are more likely to sell your home faster.
Tidy up, get rid of excess clutter; if needed give it a fresh lick of neutral paint; fix those little snagging things; keep it clean.
Gardens can be a real selling feature and often make or break a sale. Ensure that your garden is kept neat, maintained and don’t forget to dress your garden as well as the inside of your home. First impressions are made from when a viewer approaches the outside of your property.
Some buyers might be put off by pets being present at a viewing. Wherever possible, arrange for your pet to be looked after away from the house for the duration of a viewing.
3) Decide what your onward living plans are
If you place yourself in a chain free position, it can make you more of an attractive buyer when you are negotiating on that property that you simply must have!
Renting for a while may not be a suitable option for all but it does reduce the pressure of you feeling you have to find your dream home instantly
4) Choose your solicitor
Most sellers will prefer to instruct a professional solicitor to handle the legal work involved in the sale/purchase of a property.
To reduce the chance of delays, we advise that you line up and provisionally instruct a legal firm to handle this for you at the beginning of the sales process. Once a sale has been agreed, the appropriate letters will be sent out and legal work can officially commence. We are able to recommend reputable solicitor firms that work on a no sale, no fee basis. To arrange a free, no obligation quote, please speak to a member of our Sales team.