Sellers

Valuation

An up to date realistic assessment of the value of your property is the most important first step in this process.

Whilst property portals and 'On line guides' can be used to provide an indication of what your property might be worth, you will need the experience of a professional estate agent to get a more accurate and realistic assessment of its current market value.

First Choice Estate Agents will be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation, property appraisal.

We offer appointments seven days a week at a time that best suits your needs and our appointment with you would typically take between 30-60 mins and would include a detailed walk around inspection of your property.

We will also discuss the specific needs relevant to your own situation, market forces and current demand, previous transactions in your street and activity levels with other properties similar to your own.

This information will help us advise you on:

The potential value range applicable to your property

Anything you could do to enhance this value, and a recommended marketing strategy that suits your particular objectives.

Select an estate agent

Having established the value of your property and decided that now is the time to go onto the market, you will need to choose an Agent to act for you.

When considering which agent to use, watch out for those suggesting inflated values (which can leave you languishing on the market whilst those around you sell).

A successful agency will have a comprehensive marketing strategy and methods, experienced & courteous staff and a realistic expectation of what your property can achieve in the current the market.

We offer you a choice of payment methods to best suit your needs and budgets, however, whichever choice you make, you will always have access to a team dedicated to providing you with a high quality level of service.

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Arranging an EPC Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement for any property on the market. Should you not have a current EPC, we can arrange to have one produced for you, quickly and without fuss – and at a very competitive rate!

Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

All estate agents have a legal obligation to conduct identification checks on their customers in accordance with Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.

This will include proof of ownership which will be established by a Land Registry search or copying Title Deeds where a property is not registered.

In order to verify a your identification you will be required to provide us with a copy of photo and residential address identification.

This could be in the form of a current signed passport, current FULL UK driving licence, current UK or EEA photocard driving licence, original birth certificate, Local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year, a utility bill (gas, electric, satellite television, landline phone bill) issued within the last three months, Bank, Building Society or Credit Union statement or passbook dated within the last three months original mortgage statement from a recognised lender issued for the last full year, photographic registration cards for self-employed individuals in the construction industry -CIS4, Firearms or shotgun certificate Benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency, HMRC self-assessment letters or tax demand dated within the current financial year.

Without this, we are not able to proceed with the transaction.

Preparing your property – to maximise its saleability and/or price.

The vast majority of buyers now use internet property portals to search for a home. Therefore first impressions are vital and the photographs used with your listing is the first taste of your home a potential purchaser is likely to experience and this will be hugely influence whether they contact us to arrange a viewing.

Preparing your home for photography and other visuals we can provide (such as videos or VR360) is therefore one of the most important actions you can take to maximise your chances of attracting interest. This could involve some moving of furniture and basic de-cluttering.

All our sales packages include professional photography and our experienced photographers will allow enough time to work through your property on a room-by-room basis to carefully consider the best layout of furnishings, removal of personal items and the best aspects to capture. Room dimensions and details will be recorded and a floor plan of the property will also be included with all our listings.

Conducting viewings

We will discuss with you the best times of the day & week to present your property and do our best to steer appointments around these times. Many considerations need to be made, including your normal weekly patterns, parking availability and traffic levels, children and pets, light levels and garden aspects.

Following a viewing we will provide you with practical and helpful feedback.

Negotiating the deal

Any offer received will be put forward to you verbally at the first available opportunity, and in writing via your personal property hub within twenty-four hours. You will need to make a response to any offer.

If the initial offer is rejected and the purchaser decides to increase their offer, the process will simply be repeated.

We will make all best endeavours to qualify purchasers in advance of any viewings – but at the very latest, at offer time. By “qualify” we mean that we will formally check their status and ability to proceed with any offer they make. In order for us to do this, we will ask for contact details of their broker or mortgage lender, and any estate agent dealing with their current property sale.

Conveyancing / Legal Process

You will need instruct a solicitor/conveyancer to act for you in the sale. (We can help you with this - The choice of who will act for you is entirely at your discretion. but to help you with this, we promote a range of different and very competitive conveyancing options - Please click on the link to obtain a personalised no obligation quotation) It is only when this information has been provided and we have contacted the necessary parties for verification of your purchasers’ situation that we will consider whether it would be pertinent to stop showing your property to other prospective purchasers.

It is at this stage that we will try to make you aware of any chain implications and the likely timescale of any agreed transaction. Due to the nature of the buying process, it is important to note and understand that any information provided by us concerning the transaction chain is not guaranteed and could change at any time. However, regular liaison will be made with legal parties acting on both your and your buyers behalf to ensure we can keep you abreast of progress on a timely basis.

Completing contracts

Once you have accepted an offer the legal process starts to arrange for contracts to be drawn up and agreed, to confirm payment is made for your property, and that legal title is properly transferred to your buyer.

Summary of the legal process

The overall legal process to exchange and complete contracts with your buyer generally takes the following steps:

Terms are agreed between Seller and Buyer and both parties instruct their conveyancer to work for them.

The Seller’s conveyancer obtains the Seller’s title deed and prepares the draft Contract for the Buyer’s conveyancer to approve.

The Seller’s conveyancer send to the Buyers conveyancer the draft Contract together with rest of the documentation needed to form the overall contractual package.

The Buyer’s conveyancer reviews the detailed terms of the Contract, does the Searches and reviews the results, confirms that there is a Mortgage Offer in place, and also checks the readiness of any dependent sale (in the same chain) to proceed.

Contracts are then signed and exchanged at which time a Completion Date is agreed between both parties.

The Transfer Deed is prepared by the Buyer’s conveyancer and approved by the Seller’s conveyancer, and then signed in readiness for the Completion Date.

The Buyer’s conveyancer obtains the funds for the purchase from the Buyer – either directly, or though the sale of his/her previous property – and the lender (if there is a Mortgage).

On the Completion Date the Buyer’s conveyancer sends the required funds to the Seller’s conveyancer (on behalf of the Seller). When receipt of these funds is confirmed by the Sellers conveyancer, the purchase is deemed compete and the Buyer can take legal occupation. The Buyer’s conveyancer pays any Stamp Duty due, and registers the Buyer as the new owner of the property at the Land Registry.

Our advice: The time it takes to progress through this stage is dependent on various factors – but the entire process could take at least 6-8 weeks. However, to speed up the process from your end, we recommend you instruct legal representation prior to finding a buyer as there are various things they can do well in advance, and hence save time later.

This includes calling for your title deeds office copy entries and various other documents – all of which can take some time to get hold of. Its worth completing various documents in advance – such as the “Sellers Property Information Form” and “Fixture Fittings and Contents” declaration – as these will also help speed up things later.

Surveys / Home Buyers Reports

In parallel to the legal process, one or more surveys may be commissioned on your property. If the Buyer requires a Mortgage their lender will make arrangements for a very basic survey (known as a Valuation) to provide assurances that it’s worth the price being offered for it. In addition to this, the Buyer may also commission a more comprehensive survey – which will assess in more detail the condition of the property and make appropriate recommendations.