Guide to Selling Your Home in England, Wales and Northern Island
Should I use an Estate Agent?
If you choose to market your property yourself, you will need to arrange to value it (many Estate agents offer free valuations, or you could value it yourself if you have a good idea of the current market in your area), negotiate a final price with the buyers, market it and show prospective buyers around your home. Advertising it yourself may include:
If you have neither the time nor energy to contemplate the above, then you would be better off using a traditional estate agent. However, you can save thousands of pounds in commission by selling your home yourself.
How can I make my property more saleable?
First impressions can count for a lot when selling a house, so keep in mind the following:
What fixtures are included with the house?
Generally as a rule of thumb, anything that is physically attached to the house is included as part of the house and must not be removed unless specifically excluded in the contract. Such things would include light switches, fitted kitchen appliances, curtain rails and toilet roll holders.
It is adviseable to prepare a list of anything that may be considered a fixture that you are going to remove, to avoid legal problems in the future.
I've decided to use an estate agent. How do I choose one?
Compare things as: their reputation (if possible), whether they are members of the appropriate professional body eg NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) and of course the commission rates. These are generally charged at 1%-2.5% of the final selling price, but they can always be negotiated lower, especially on expensive properties. You will need to check if these fees cover all costs, such as advertising, brochures, for sale board etc.
Pay attention to the contract you will be agreeing with the agent. Are you agreeing to:
Doing your own packing and removals?
You can collect cardboard boxes and packing materials free of charge from many supermarkets, or watch out for deliveries of new computers etc where you work and offer to remove the empty boxes!