How it Works: The Process
- Organise a market appraisal
- Appoint Henry Wiltshire
- Instruct a solicitor
- Ensure your property is presentable
- Property marketing gets under way
- Agent conducts viewings
- Offers received and negotiated
- Offer agreed
- Legal/conveyancing process starts
- Exchange of contracts
- Completion/moving in day
Top tips to help you achieve the top price for your property:
Make sure your home is presentable
You want to make the best possible impression on all potential buyers which means finishing any DIY jobs or building work. Often a quick paint touch-up can make a huge difference to a property’s presentation too. Professionally cleaning the carpets and making sure the property, garden and entrances are well maintained and tidy are also beneficial things to do. First impressions are vital.
Get your paperwork in order
You’re going to be asked a lot of questions about your property. Our agents will assist and manage all this for you, but it’s helpful to have any guarantees or warranties for your home and any building work you’ve had done to hand. If you’re in an apartment, information about service charges, ground rent, lease and insurance details from the managing agent will be required.
Instruct a solicitor early
It can take up to two weeks for your solicitor to apply for title deeds so once you’ve decided to sell your home we advise you to speak to your lawyer as soon as the marketing preparations get under way. Your solicitor should discuss with you all the information you’ll need to sell your home to make sure the transactional protocol runs as smoothly as possible. This is information that all potential buyers will require. If you are unsure of appointing a solicitor then Henry Wiltshire work with a range of established law firms and your agent will be able to provide a number of recommendations.
Make your home easy to view
It goes without saying that you should try to keep your home as tidy and clutter-free as you can for viewings. If you have a lot of furniture it may be helpful to put some of it in storage to maximise floor space and present the property in its best possible light. Clean kitchen surfaces never fail to make a good impression and make sure all light bulbs are working. You may also want to make yourself scarce during viewings to give potential buyers the space to have a good look around.
Try to be flexible about moving dates
More often than not, selling your home may involve a chain. Preserve your sanity by adopting a flexible approach to moving dates and if you haven’t got your next home lined up then you may want to consider renting so that you can move as quickly as possible on any offers on your property. Being in this position can be very advantageous when buying in the London market as you’ll be viewed as a chain-free purchaser. That said, we will always do our best to find a buyer who matches your time frame.