Sellers Guide

If you are considering selling a property, our expert team of trained professionals are here to guide you through every step of the process. Below is our nine step guide to successfully selling.

Of course, if you are selling your property in order to buy another, this transaction will need to run simultaneously with your sale (see our buyers page).

Step One Sellers Guide

Arrange an accurate valuation

Your aim should be to sell your property at the best possible price in the time frame that suits you. Our experienced valuers have an unparalleled knowledge of property values in your area and a track record of achieving great results for our clients.

You can arrange a valuation by calling our offices or completing our valuation booking form

When instructing Langhams we will agree the marketing your property will receive. This is critical to obtaining the maximum exposure and price for your property.

As an independent estate agent our success depends on achieving great results for our clients and we always go the extra mile to ensure that our client’s best interests are at the centre of everything we do.

You should also check if your agent will organise the required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself? We can arrange this for you. You must have commissioned an EPC before your property can be marketed.

Step Two Sellers Guide

Instructing a legal representative

It is important to instruct an efficient and experienced legal representative. It is a good idea to do some research before you put your property on the market as this will help to avoid delays.

We will be happy to recommend a legal representative if required.

Step Three Sellers Guide

Presenting your property

First impressions count and presenting your property correctly will help lead to a successful sale.

Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, adding a fresh coat of paint where necessary, de-clutter to make rooms appear larger and de-personalise so that prospective purchasers can more readily visualise themselves living in the property.

Step Four Sellers Guide

Marketing your property

To find your perfect buyer you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media.

When you instruct Langhams to sell your property you will automatically benefit from our comprehensive marketing package, including: huge exposure via our website plus all of the major property portals, full colour photographs and property details, floorplans, display in our well sited High Street office and access to our large database of prospective buyers.

Step Five Sellers Guide

Accompanied viewings

Accompanied viewings mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property. Our dedicated sales team are available across all hours to ensure that no opportunity to show your property is lost. We work with our sellers to ensure flexibility with access times, so we can accommodate viewings with potential buyers.

Step Six Sellers Guide

Receiving an offer

As soon as an offer is received we will notify you both verbally and in writing.

Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will check the buyer's ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer.

Step Seven Sellers Guide

Offer agreed

Once you accept an offer we will do the following:

  • Prepare a memorandum of sale
  • Write to all parties to confirm the agreed price
  • Ask you to confirm your legal representative’s details

Your legal representative will send out a draft contract to the buyer's legal representative who will then carry out enquiries before contract.

We will proactively manage the progress of your sale, advising you and negotiating on your behalf throughout the process.

There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

Step Eight Sellers Guide

Exchange of contracts

Exchange of contracts occurs when the following have been confirmed and agreed and any issues arising, resolved:

  • Purchasers enquiries before contract following receipt of draft contract
  • Evidence of a good title
  • Specific issues highlighted in a lease (if applicable)
  • Local and other searches
  • Any fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
  • The buyer's mortgage offer (if required)

Once the contract has been signed by both parties the deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) will be transferred electronically or paid by banker's draft by the buyer's legal representative to your legal representative. The completion date is then set by mutual agreement.

Step Nine Sellers Guide

Completion

Completion is when the residual monies (usually 90%) are transferred from the buyer's legal representative to your legal representative’s account.

Once the money has cleared in your legal representative’s account we will be able to release the keys to your purchaser.

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