Step 1 - Preparing to sell
People have different reasons for selling, from disposing of an investment property to simply moving home.
Once you have decided to sell up, think about what you want to include in the sale. Normally, fixtures and fittings such as fitted storage heaters are included in the price but other moveable things can be up for negotiation.
If you are getting rid of items you no longer need, do it before you start marketing your property as the less clutter you have the faster your house will sell. Many councils take large items away, sometimes for free.
Give your agent other useful documents and facts about your property, which they can mention to potential buyers, such as:
- Gas and electrical certificate checks.
- Building regulations certificates.
- Council tax, utility, buildings and contents insurance bills - so potential buyers can estimate running costs.
- Service charges and ground rent bills (for flats).
The advantages of using an estate agent
Estate agents spend all day, every day selling property and as a result have built up a vast knowledge and expertise in the whole buying and selling process. They will conduct a valuation on your property, handle viewings and negotiations on your behalf and make sure your property is marketed properly. They will strive to achieve the best possible price for your property and the best buyer, thereby avoiding disappointment and stress from less serious potential buyers.
On top of this a good estate agent will also be able to offer you plenty of advice along the way. This includes guidance on conveyancing and financial services.
It is possible to sell your property privately, but there are significant risks attached. For most people, selling a home is the biggest and most important transaction they will ever make. Using professionals for each part of the process provides you with expert knowledge and legal protection. Besides, selling on your own can be expensive and time consuming.
You will be responsible for:
- Setting the price
- Arranging viewings
- Negotiating the offers
- Progressing the sale through solicitors and conveyancers.
Private sale websites are usually only popular with one type of person - other sellers. There is not usually enough property stock on these websites to lure serious buyers and keep them there.
So why should I use Paul Simon Residential to sell my home?
Despite having to pay agents a fee, good ones can be worth their weight in gold. So, what do Paul Simon Residential offer you if you are looking to sell your home?
Knowledge of the local market
Our knowledge of the local area, the type of properties for sale within it and the potential demand will allow us to calculate your property's value accurately and realistically for sale. We are able to substantiate why your home will sell, the kind of buyers that might be interested in it and how best to present and promote the property to that target market.
Paul Simon Residential have a database full of potential buyers
Paul Simon Residential will already be in contact with a substantial number of potential buyers on our database, buyers who have listed their criteria with us and who are searching for property, ready to start viewing homes for sale immediately.
Marketing expertise and power
It is unlikely that any other organisation will be able to market your property like Paul Simon can. In today's market, we invest heavily in maximising the potential reach of our audience to give them, and you, the best possible chance of finding the right buyer for your property at the best possible sale price. Your property will be advertised through a number of channels:
- On the Internet, via this website and major property portals like PrimeLocation, Rightmove & Zoopla et al
- 'For sale' board at your property (unless you do not want one!).
- At our local branch
- Through the post
- Mobile phone alerts
- In local or national newspapers and magazines
In short, Paul Simon Residential have the capacity to make sure your property is seen by the right buyers, wherever they might be.
We will manage and conduct all viewings
Paul Simon Residential will liaise between the potential buyers and you to arrange viewings of your property. An experienced member of our team will also be present at the viewings to sell your home to interested parties, as well as being on hand to answer questions that may arise. After a viewing has taken place, we will contact you with an update of how the viewing went and give you any useful feedback.
Advice and guidance
Should any difficulties or problems arise throughout the selling process, Paul Simon will provide you with advice for the best course of action and guidance to overcome any obstacles that may be blocking a quick sale of your property.
Managing the sales process
Once we have successfully negotiated a sale on your property, Paul Simon will regularly check up and down the property chain, and with the solicitors, to make sure everything is running smoothly for the sale of your property. By instructing us to sell your home, you are employing a company to manage as much of the process as you are comfortable with, taking away many of the stresses and strains of the task. A Director of Paul Simon will personally oversee your sale until completion & will be on hand to deal with any issues that may arise, using our experience to overcome any such problems.
Negotiating with the buyer
One particular advantage of using Paul Simon (as opposed to selling privately) is that you don't have to negotiate directly with the buyers, which may cause embarrassment and awkwardness for the more faint hearted and may weaken your bargaining position. Paul Simon will are well equipped to manage the negotiation on your behalf and will make sure you get the best deal possible. Between us, the Directors of Paul Simon Residential Sales have over 40 years experience selling properties and it is this experience that will not only get you moving, but will get you moving stress free.