Thinking about selling your home? Part Two of our Guide!

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017

This is the second part of our guide to the selling process, including some common questions you may find yourself think about and some tips to sell you home quickly.

Do I need to do anything to my house?

You will need to get your house ready to help ensure a smooth and quick sale. Spend some time de-cluttering your house and do a good clean, inside and out. This helps potential buyers, and your agent, make better decisions about your home.

You can do this by hiding any piles of washing, magazines or children’s toys and make sure surfaces are relatively clear. This helps your rooms feel bigger and allows people to make their own judgements about the house on their own terms. It’s a cliché, but fresh flowers, light and some nice fragrance really do work wonders!

What happens when we exchange contracts?

If you get an offer you agree to – congratulations! It’s time to exchange contracts. When you do this, you are legally committed to selling the property – and they are legally committed to buying it.

You can have a look at the legal process in more detail in one of our earlier blogs.

A date will be made for completion, and it’s time to get the legal documents sorted out.

Are there a lot of legal documents to fill out?

Current processes need quite a bit of paperwork, including questionnaires and forms about your home and the sale of it. Your solicitor will help you through these, as well as negotiating the contract between you and the seller. This will include the length of time between exchange and completion and what fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are now required by law. All homes for sale must have an EPC, which will help assess how energy efficient a property is. Your estate agent will be able to help you arrange an EPC quickly, and these last for ten years.

What happens on moving day?

On the day of completion, the day that the property stops being yours and starts being the new owners, you will have need to organised removing your of your property from the house and ensure that the property has to be in the condition agreed in the contract, including all the fixtures and fittings.

Your solicitor will control of the transfer of money between buyers and sellers, and register the transfer of ownership with the Land Registry. Once that is complete, the new owners can move in. 

Thinking about selling your house in the Reading or Langley area? Contact the Flatman Partnership to find out more about how we work and the homes we’ve sold in your area. You can also find out more on our website.