Selling your home? Your questions answered

Published on 11 March 2019

Everyone seems to have a view about the best tactics for getting a quick sale and there are many factors you need to consider.

Don’t worry, we’ve researched the most common questions that people have about selling a home.

Read on to find out more.

Should I have a house lined up to move into before I look at selling my own?

Many people are worried that they could be left without anywhere to move into, though some choose to sell their home and rent for a short period until their dream house becomes available.

Generally speaking, it is better to get your house on the market before you look for somewhere to move to because selling is usually more difficult than buying.

The early interest in your house will give you an indication of what budget you'll have to spend.

How many valuations should I have done?

It is sensible to have several valuations done on your home before deciding on an asking price.

Remember, your agent's valuation is just a suggested price, and the final decision is entirely your own.

Do I even need an estate agent?

A local property professional will know the market in the area inside out, and will be able to provide vital information and advice.

Beyond that, however, it is also the only way you can advertise properties on the major online portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

How should I prepare my house for viewings?

There is plenty of wisdom in leaving your house more or less the way it is with you living there – it gives potential buyers an indication of space and what it will look like with their own furniture inside.

But it goes without saying, any cleaning and repair work you can do is going to make it a more attractive proposition.

Before your agent comes to take photos, you should make your home look its best so that it stands out when listed.

Do I need to be at home for viewings?

No, an estate agent will usually ask for any keys or access codes so that they can conduct a viewing at a time that is convenient for you.

A potential buyer would normally feel more relaxed without the owner present.

Should I accept any offers that are close to my asking price?

It is generally accepted that there will be some movement on the asking price, and that you are willing to bargain.

You do not have to accept any offers that don't meet the asking price, and it is important to remember that once an offer is accepted then the sales progression officially begins.

Is there a good time to sell my house?

Winter is usually a slow time for the housing market, so unless you need to sell straight away, it is worth hanging on until the spring or after the summer holidays.

With fewer people looking to buy, it often means that your house will sell for less. It can also work the other way though – there will be less competition from similar sellers during the quieter periods.

Should I leave the white goods and furniture for the new owners?

A seller can strip the house of any fittings – anything that is just plugged in, or any furniture – but fixtures should remain with the house, for example a dishwasher that is built into a cupboard or a cooker hood that's fixed to the wall.

This is all subject to negotiation of course, and you can discuss with the buyers if they would like to keep anything, but it shouldn't typically cost them any extra.

Before an exchange of contracts, a seller's solicitor will ask them to fill in a "Fittings and Contents" form, which states which items are included in the sale.

Get in touch with us to arrange your valuation.