Sat 16 Jan 2016
To help you get your house on the market quickly and easily, we’ve created a step by step guide for you:
Go through your finances and mortgage options
Ensure you know exactly how much you can afford to spend, both on moving and all the extras that often get forgotten.
Instead of going directly to your bank for a mortgage, shop around for the best deal. Richard and Paul at APT Financial Management offer a unique combination of mortgage advice supported with independent financial planning. Whether purchasing or re-mortgaging your home, the most appropriate advice is provided.
Do a spot of homework
Check recent sold prices to find out how much properties in your area are selling for and compare them against your own. Put yourself in a buyer’s position when comparing, also ask friends and family for their input too.
Check out the current competition
Keep an eye on the competition, check out the similar properties coming onto the market. Simply set up instant property alerts to be notified as soon as new properties are added to OnTheMarket.com or Rightmove.co.uk. Also sign up to the John German mailing list, we often tell you about properties before they are uploaded onto the Internet.
Get a valuation
To understand exactly how much your property could sell for, arrange a market appraisal with your local estate agents.
Preparing your property for sale
Think about any small investment that could improve the eligibility of your home, such as a lick of paint or new carpets.
If you do any extensive improvement or changes to your property, think about getting it reappraised. Check out our tips on how to add space and value to your home.
Choosing an agent
You should ideally have used up to three agents to value your property, now is the time to pick the right one for you. After all, just like people, not all estate agents are the same. “Why should I use John German to sell my house?” This is a question we get asked all of the time and one we love to answer.
Be legally ready to sell:
Now you made the decision to sell now is the time to ensure you are legally ready to sell:
You are required by law to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when selling a property, which can be obtained via an accredited assessor. The EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. Six ways to improve your EPC rating
Finding a solicitor
Researching a solicitor now gives you time to pick the best one to deal with your sale. Looking for accredited solicitors who are part of a regulatory body such as Solicitors Regulation Authority will give you peace of mind during the transaction.
Getting several quotes will allow to make the best decision as the cheapest is option may not always prove the best option with your biggest purchase. By getting legally prepared will allow the pre-contract to go out soon after the memorandum (agreed offer in writing) which can significantly speed up the entire sales process.
Ask your local John German branch for a solicitors’ recommendation. Remember we deal with solicitors’ day in and day out, we really do get to know the good ones vs the not so good ones!
Adding some finishing touches to help sell your property fast
Now is the time to get your property ready for both the photographer and viewings. One of our biggest tips for giving the best first impression is to de-clutter! Simple tips to get your house ready for a viewing
Make Sure Your Property Photographs are Amazing
With the vast majority of property searches now starting online, getting the photographs of your property is more important than ever before. So like any photoshoot, preparation is required. Top tips for better photography
"After approaching a number of local agents we went with John German based on their professional and insightful approach, as we were dual listed (due to other constraints), we found the direct comparison quite stark particularly the level of communication end to end and above all, the practical and helpful advice. Well done to the Lichfield office, a great team who I would strongly recommend to anybody contemplating the important buying or selling decision."