Buying and selling your home are known to be among some of the most stressful things you will do in your adult life. We aim to remove some of that burdens from our clients by giving them a property conveyancing service they know they can trust.
In recent years telephone and internet-based ‘bulk conveyancers’ have become an 'easy' option, however, there are real risks associated with this impersonal approach.
At Churchers our lawyers in our conveyancing team are on hand to give you a personal, easy-to-understand service. You can even meet with us in one of our local offices.
Churchers' team of experienced property solicitors can advise you on;
If you are considering equity release then we have written about all the things to consider before releasing equity from your home
Contact us about or Buy-to-Let services, or find out more about the team and contact them direct by looking at the profiles below.
If you are thinking of selling your home and are not sure what to do next, the information below may help...........
How to sell your house
Buying a home is not the only big part of being on the property ladder - selling is another big step!
Our Buying and Selling your Home team gave us these top tips:
Check your finances
Can you afford to sell? If you are within a mortgage term, are you in a position to pay off the mortgage early and will there be any early redemption fees etc. Make sure you have all of your finances worked out before making the decision to sell.
Make your home look its best
The key to selling a home is to make it look clean, tidy and clutter free to maximise the space. Make the most of the space you have in your house and think about how other home buyers might want to use the space. Social media platforms such as Instagram or Pinterest can help with finding inspiration.
Get your property valued
Ask for too much and you risk putting people off and ask for too little and risk not getting as much as you could have..
Get a few estate agents in and do your research on local house prices. Be sure to get examples from estate agents of similar homes that have sold for the amount they are suggesting.
Once you have worked this out then set an asking price that you are comfortable with, agents will advise you but it is your decision in the end.
Instruct an agent and help with the marketing
Your agent will send over a photographer so be sure to make sure the house is in perfect condition. This might mean hiding clutter away or making sure any pets are out of the house.
You could also share the house listing on local social media groups to help drum up more interest.
How will you prepare for the viewings? Will you host them or have the agent do it on your behalf? If you are going to host then think about the order you show the rooms and the main highlights you will talk about. This might be the actual property selling points or things about the local area such as catchment schools and transport connections.
Hire a solicitor
There are lots of legal aspects of selling your home so ensure you have a solicitor to take care of this for you. Look for a solicitor who you can trust and has recommendations from other sellers/buyers.
Consider offers carefully and negotiate if possible. If you have multiple offers then ensure you find out about each bidders situation such as if they are in a chain, are their finances in order or when would they want to move? The best offer may not be from the bidder offering the most money.
Start house hunting
Once you have an offer then is the time to start your own search for a new home. Looking before this time could mean you are deemed less desirable to other buyers further down the chain or you may miss out on a house you love. Read our how to buy a house guide here.
Exchange contracts and Completing
Exchanging of contracts is a big moment as it is the point the deposit is paid and your home is officially sold! Completion date is the day when you will need to move out your house and into your new home if you have purchased one.
For any help and advise in the process please speak to one of our Buying and Selling Your Home Team.
‘A good balance of professionalism, efficiency and friendliness. Beverley’s negotiation skills during the last 48 hours, leading to completion date, saved us from losing our buyer and having to start all over again – a touch of magic! Excellent Service, very impressed’
Trevor Gill - Cosham