Selling your home: how to navigate the process

Selling your home is a big decision. So here are some helpful steps to consider as you navigate the process.

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Finances

Before you decide to sell your home, examine your finances and consider what type of property and area you wish to move to. Would you have to downsize or raise more capital? And is this a feasible option for you?

Asking price

You can find out the approximate value of your property by comparing it with similar properties for sale in your street or town. Once you have this, you can think about a competitive asking price, but don’t worry too much about this as you can get additional information on selling a house from a property agent, who will have a good idea of the value of your property.

Presentation

Take a critical look at your home from a buyers point of view. Does it look careworn? Then consider refreshing that paintwork and now is the time to start decluttering too, which will be a great help when it comes to packing and moving.

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Instruct an agent

Sellers often instruct an estate agent to market their property as they usually have the latest news on house sales. You can use a high street estate agent, but there are also popular internet-based estate agencies that could offer you a competitive financial package.

Marketing

Now is the time to think about marketing and showing your home off to its best advantage, in photographs or video. Draw attention to your home’s best features and arrange to have photographs taken at the optimum time of day.

Hiring a solicitor or conveyancer

This is a good time to think about finding a solicitor. You can instruct a high street solicitor or use an online conveyancing firm. This option is becoming increasingly popular for the convenience they offer and the financial benefits of using online services.

Exchange and completion

This is the final stage of selling and hopefully you will have arrived at this point without any hitches. It is the day when the house is legally transferred into the hands of the buyer and so it is important that you are ready to move on the agreed date.

Selling your home can seem a daunting prospect, but by following a few steps and getting good independent advice, you will manage the process.