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Making sure the price is right
Some agents will give you a selling price they feel you want to hear, others will give you a figure to gain your instruction and hope to knock you down over the next few months. You know the people who have been sucked in by this tactic; these are the houses that have been on the market for months, slowly reducing their asking price to a more realistic level. We will give you a figure that means you can actually sell your home in a timely manner. Our figures are based on excellent local knowledge, your own circumstances and the condition of your home, and we will back them up with the data to prove that they are correct.
Getting your house in order
We don’t just mean having a tidy up, although the way you present your home is critical to how long it will take to sell, and more importantly, how much it will fetch. Just as important is knowing how much you can afford to borrow for your next home and how much all the fees will be. As a client of House + Co we will give you access to our own in-house adviser. They will be able to get your next mortgage agreed in principle and advise you on our preferred conveyancing packages. Knowledge is power, and you need to know everything is in place before taking the next step.
Marketing your home
As soon as you instruct us to sell your home, our large team starts working on your behalf. House + Co have the largest branch network of any independent agent in east Bristol. Each branch is connected in real time via a sophisticated computer network, which means that every member of staff in each branch knows about your house. Every potential buyer walking through our door, regardless of branch location, will be shown your house. Like most things in life, its not rocket science. The more people who get to see it, the better chance of someone buying it. As you would expect from a company that embraces technology as we do, we also advertise on every major property portal in the UK; Rightmove, Zoopla, Fish4, Google Property, Findaproperty...we are on them all and many, many, more...
Dealing with offers
We will tell you verbally, and in writing, about any offer we receive on your home. Negotiating an offer can be tricky. Our expert staff will guide you through the process, providing you with all the information you need to make the right decision on whether to accept or not. This will include ensuring they are able to secure a mortgage for your property, and whether they are dependant on the sale of another property to be in a position to purchase yours. No offer is binding until the exchange of contracts, and either party has the opportunity to renegotiate up until this point.
Once you have accepted an offer, we will instruct your solicitor and get the ball rolling.
Instructing a solicitor
Choosing the wrong solicitor to act for you can turn what should be a straightforward transaction into a long and drawn out slog. We will always provide you with a quote from one of our trusted conveyancing partners. They might not be the cheapest, but will certainly pay for themselves in time and hassle saved. Making the wrong choice at this stage could turn into a nightmare.
Depending on which service level you have opted for, our dedicated sales progression team will keep you informed throughout the course of your sale or purchase. We will give you weekly updates via text or email and ensure your sale proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Once all the legal work has been completed your solicitor will call you in to sign the contract. Your purchaser will do the same thing with their solicitor. These contracts will then be exchanged and a completion date will be set. You are now legally bound to buy or sell the respective property. You will receive confirmation of exchange of contracts from our sales progression team.
In between exchange and completion, your solicitor will be busy tying up the loose ends; calling down mortgage funds from your lender and preparing your completion statement. This statement will show you in detail where your money has been allocated and will include the solicitor’s fees and ‘disbursements’ such as search fees, stamp duty, the figure for paying off your existing mortgage and our fee, if applicable. Once your solicitor has confirmed they have received the purchase money for your home, they will instruct us to release the keys to your buyer. The keys to your new home will be released to you in a similar fashion.