A solicitor will keep you informed throughout the process and will notify you when you are required to sign documentation to avoid delays to your move. Paperwork delays are a common problem in house moving chains and an effective property lawyer will help avoid hold-ups.
Setting a price for your home is a tricky and crucial stage in the selling process. Set your price too high and you’ll price yourself out of the market. Go in too low and you could undercut the value of your home.
Use websites like Zoopla or Rightmove to keep updated on what the market is like in your area. Commit to learning about local ups-and-downs in both price and sale speed and keep topping this knowledge up.
Source different valuations
Your estate agent is there to advise, but it’s you that sets the final asking price. It’s always worth comparing a few valuations from a variety of local estate agents. We would recommend having at least three.
A sign of a good agent is strong local knowledge and a realistic approach to what price is achievable. Research your shortlisted agents and ask them to provide you with stats on their recent sales. These can help you make your decision.
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The chart below shows how important it is to price your property correctly if you want a quick sale. Properties which change price (increase or decrease) take over twice as long to sell. The longer your property sits on the market, the more suspicious potential buyers can get. The best agents can justify their valuation and prove they’re able to reach above average numbers of buyers in your area.
Average time taken for properties to go under offer
Property listings which reduce price take 104 days to go under offer
Property listings which don't change price take 51 days to go under offer
Property listings which increase price take 113 days to go under offer
Should I negotiate once I receive an offer?
As the seller, you are in the stronger position - you own the house that the buyer wants, and you can choose who to sell to.
Your position is further strengthened if there is a lot of interest in your home. The higher the demand, the higher the price you can get for your property.
In any case your agent should advise you. They'll know how much demand there is for the property. Also, let them do the negotiating for you. As sales experts they have a lot of experience getting the most for peoples' homes!
However if your property isn't getting much interest (few viewings and no offers) then dropping price may be the correct course of action. Otherwise you can maintain the same price and wait for the market to catch up - but this can take a long time!
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