Home Sellers Checklist: What You Need To Sell Your Home
1 Jul 2018
Does your house give potential buyers a great impression? Selling your home can seem a daunting task, but if you sit down and make a property selling checklist you’ll keep everything under control for a hassle-free move.
1. Put your finances in order
Is moving financially viable or should you stay put and extend or improve your property? If moving is the best option for you, get your finances in place before you put your home on the market.
- Contact your mortgage lender so you can calculate your budget for the move
- Budget for all moving costs including conveyancing and removal costs
2. Find an estate agent
Will you use a bricks and mortar agent or sell online? This is the biggest decision on your selling your home checklist so you need an agent with a proven track record and expertise in selling property in your area. Do your research thoroughly before deciding on the right agent for you, then fill in any relevant paperwork as quickly as possible to kick-start the process of getting your house on the market.
- Look for an agent who sets an achievable price for your property
- Look for an agent who is at the heart of the high street
- Find an agent who can advertise locally and nationally
3. Stage your home
The more effectively you stage your home the more successful you’re likely to be in achieving a quick sale at the top end of your valuation. Make sure your house is uncluttered, clean and tidy with a neutral decor. Fix any minor problems then light a fire, make a pot of coffee and don’t forget to boost your kerb appeal with a fresh coat of paint on the front door.
4. Hire a solicitor or conveyancer
The conveyancing process is the point where ownership of your home is legally transferred to your buyer. Whether you choose a solicitor or conveyancer you’ll need to see a full breakdown of fees and other costs so you can compare quotes like for like.
- Negotiate a no move no fee agreement
- Complete paperwork including the TA6 (general questionnaire), TA7 (leasehold property), TA10 (fixtures and fittings) and TA13 (completion) forms
5. Accept an offer
Hopefully, you’ll agree an offer at the full asking price as quickly as possible. If you’re not happy with your offer, then ask your agent to negotiate on your behalf. Once you’ve accepted, you can begin the conveyancing process.
- Once you exchange contracts you’ve legally sold your property
- Try and arrange exchange and completion on the same day so you can move immediately