Sell your property with Purple

 

Selling your property can be a stressful and difficult time, luckily we can offer expert advice at every stage of the sale of your property. With a local office combined with an online presence, we have the experience and expertise to make your sale as trouble-free as possible.  

We offer a full range of property services to help you at every stage of your transaction and specialise in the growth and acquisition of property portfolios and portfolio planning.

We understand that when selling your property, communication is key to make sure a successful and stress-free transaction goes ahead.

 

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).

 

How much is your property worth?

 

Arrange your free no obligation property valuation with us.

 

Getting the most out of viewings

 

Now you're on the market with us, you need to get your home ready for viewings and give your house the best chance of selling. First impressions count so put yourself in the buyers' shoes and think about how you can enhance your property's draw.

 

Consider its "kerb appeal"; the first thing potential buyers will see before they even get past the front door. Here are some things to look out for:

 

Does the front of your house need smartening up?

Could the front garden be tidier?

Would the front door look better with a fresh lick of paint?

Could the front windows do with a clean?

 

Look at the inside with a critical eye too:

  • Keep it clean and tidy. De-clutter and use sensible storage. Potential buyers will want to visualise how they can fill the space
  • Undertake any minor repairs that need doing so buyers will need to really try hard to find any negatives
  • If you want to re-decorate, go for neutral tones, which will appeal to a wider audience
  • Make your house comfortable, cool on hot sunny days and warm if it's winter
  • Banish smoke or pet odours. Open the windows, brew some fresh coffee and add finishing touches such as fresh flowers, to brighten the place up
  • Bring out the best features such as fireplaces and use mirrors to increase the sense of space.

 

Negotiating offers

 

Once you have received an offer, be prepared to negotiate. But remember, you don't have to sell to the highest bidder. A lower bidder might be better if they:

 

  • Are paying cash (so don't have to wait for mortgage approval)
  • Already have a mortgage "agreed in principle"
  • Don't have to sell a property first (they could be first-time buyers or investors) or are in a short chain
  • Can fit in with your timescales better than other buyers

If you are buying from a developer, see if they will offer a part exchange to buy your property from you.

 

Ensuring the sale goes smoothly

 

Conveyancing is very time consuming and complex, so you will need to employ either a solicitor or a licensed conveyancer to do it for you.

 

Here are our top tips on choosing and using a conveyance:

 

  1. Get at least three conveyancers' quotes. We are more than happy to provide a quote from our panel of experts.
  2. Tell your conveyancer if you want answers to any specific questions in advance
  3. Let them know when you would like to exchange contracts and complete. Tell them you will require regular updates of how the sale is progressing
  4. Try to negotiate a no sale - no fee deal, so if the deal falls through you don't pay anything
  5. Check and compare quotes carefully making sure they are like for like.

Once you have appointed a conveyancer, you will need to:

 

  • Give them some basic information to get started such as your mortgage roll number - so they can check you own the property and proof of your ID.
  • Complete a detailed questionnaire on the property, covering things like who owns the boundaries and whether you have had any disputes with neighbours. It is a legal requirement to answer truthfully.
  • Complete a form showing what fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
  • Answer conveyancing queries as soon as you can. Use registered post or deliver documents by hand.

 

It's moving day!

 

Here are some tips to make the day you move out as painless as possible:

 

  • Get a professional removal company - We can recommend one from our panel of experts.
  • Think about moving out and in on separate days so you don’t have to squeeze everything into the same day.
  • Leaving a few days before moving in will free up time to get essential work to your new home completed without needing to work around piles of boxes. It’s a great time for carpet cleaning, decorating or any DIY projects that might be dusty like sanding woodwork or floorboards, replastering etc.
  • If you can, avoid moving on a Monday or Friday: they are the busiest days for moving as well as for traffic on the roads.
  • Remember to take meter readings on both properties on the day(s) of the move.
  • Set up your post to be redirected a few weeks before you move with the Royal Mail - a good precaution against identity theft.
  • While you still have an internet connection (it could be a few weeks before your new property is connected), download any instruction manuals from the manufacturer’s website for your new appliances.

Prepare a note for the new owners explaining how things work and where they can find useful items such as the boiler switches, aerial sockets and alarm codes. A few kind thoughts will go a long way when it comes to mail redirection and injects some humanity into the whole process.