Selling

Our services include

  • No Sale – No Fee
  • Free Valuation
  • EPC Arranged
  • Free Local Press Advertising
  • Extensive Mailing List
  • Modernised & well located Office
  • Combined Conveyancing Package
  • Independent Mortgage Advice
  • Professional Highly Trained Staff
  • Superb Easy Use Website
  • Listed on rightmove.co.uk
  • Listed on nethouseprices.co.uk
  • Accompanied Viewing on Request
  • Regular Progress Reports
  • Free Eye Catching For Sale Board
  • Detailed Full Colour Brochure

Selling Guide

How much is your home worth?

One of the first and most important tasks when selling your home is to obtain an accurate valuation. This is not just a case of settling for the highest valuation, it is about trusting your Estate Agent to understand the trend of the local property market to deliver an accurate valuation which will ensure your home is sold for the best price possible and in a time scale that suits you.

Choosing the right Estate Agent

Even though it is possible to sell your home privately, the task of setting the price, marketing the property, arranging viewings, negotiating offers and progressing the sale through solicitors, can be an overwhelming undertaking. Most sellers choose to engage an estate agent who acts on your behalf to find you the right buyer at the right price. Recent research has shown that 88% of sellers do not decide their choice of estate agent on price alone but also reflect on factors such as local reputation, success in selling property similar to yours, the experience and training of the team, the location and presentation of the local office, specialised or innovative marketing techniques, coverage, support services, membership of regulatory bodies.

BM Estates have over 20 years of estate agency experience and over this time we have learnt that both buyers and sellers really value an estate agent with in-depth local knowledge, as this ensures they will have an instant understanding of the appeal of your property to local buyers and will therefore get you the best price. In addition to finding buyers, selling through BM Estates other benefits to ease the stress associated with selling your home. We help you arrange a legally required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), market your property, accompany viewings if required, conduct negotiations for the sale and facilitate the whole sales process using our dedicated point of contact.

Promoting your Property

There are many methods that can be used to drum up interest in your property. Before deciding on an agent, find out how they market their properties. Do they use photography that will represent your property in the best light? Do they advertise in local newspapers? Visit their website and see how their properties are advertised online. At BM Estates we use the following to advertise homes our client's properties:

Window displays in branch

Telephoning buyers from our database that we think would be interested in your property, especially those we know will work well with your price expectations and timescales
Coloured Brochures for issuing in branch, at viewings and via the post which will contain true floor plans, dimensions and professional photography Internet promotion on both BM Estates website and portals such as Zoopla and Prime Location.

'For Sale' signs ( never underestimate the power of traditional for sale signs as many homes sell as a result of a friend or neighbour spotting the board and spreading the word. Visit your estate agent's branch and website and question whether the branch is a welcoming environment with friendly staff. Is the website easy to navigate?

Viewings on your Property

If you choose to host the viewing yourself remember first impressions really count when potential buyers view your property. Highlight all the good points that are not immediately obvious like friendly neighbours, south facing gardens and storage space. BM Estates can take buyers on viewings for you or if you prefer, you can guide buyers around your own home for a personal touch.

Negotiating Offers on your Property

BM Estates will handle negotiations between you and the buyer. It is important that you need to consider how much you would be prepared to accept if a buyer offers a price different from the asking price. The buyer's situation may impact your decision. Thought should be given to the position and ability of the buyer along with the price being offered and how they fit in with your requirements, are they paying cash, do they already have a mortgage "agreed in principle", are they first time buyers, are they in a short chain, or can they work to your timescales better than other buyers?

Whatever happens, you should never feel pressured into accepting an offer you are not happy with - estate agents are acting on your behalf, not the buyers, so we will work with you to get the best price possible. Your estate agent will be able to advise you as they will be taking into account the reaction to the marketing so far, interest from any other parties and any recent comparable sales.

Accepting an Offer on your Property

Once negotiations have reached a constructive conclusion and you are happy to accept an offer, you will need to instruct a property solicitor / conveyancer if you haven't already done so. BM Estates will then issue a memorandum of sale detailing the specifics of the sale and circulate it to all parties. Keeping you informed of the selling process; via email or text.

Exchange of Contracts

The exchange of contracts is the point where a non-refundable deposit (normally 10% of the purchase price) is transferred over to your conveyancer/solicitor and all the legal work has been carried out, meaning contracts can be signed and exchanged. From this point both parties are legally bound to go through with the transaction. Your completion date will normally be set at this stage, around two weeks after the exchange.

Completion and Moving in

On completion day your money will be transferred and your buyer will be able to move in to their new home. If you want to eliminate an element of stress from the day contact BM Estates and ask for their recommended removal company.

Before you leave remember to take meter readings and re-direct your post. We recommend you leave some notes for the new owner to explain how things work and where to find the essentials such as the boiler switch etc, they are sure to be appreciative (which may be helpful in redirecting any of your post!)

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