The selling process

Step 1) Preparing to sell

Once you’ve decided to sell, you can take some simple steps to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.  Remember first impressions count so tidy up outside and inside, declutter and make your home as light and bright as possible. Learn more here.

Step 2) Pricing your property

You should have a clear idea of what your priorities are and be realistic about pricing your property. We have detailed local knowledge about prices of property in your area and can give you a sensible valuation that aligns with what you want to achieve, not what an agent wants.

Step 3) Promoting your property

At sbliving we work hard to get your property the best exposure. Your property will be on the major property portals, be displayed in our high foot fall office and marketed with a prominent for sale board. We also market to our comprehensive database of prospective buyers. We understand how to blend modern marketing methods with traditional techniques that work on  a local level.

Step 4) Viewings

With sbliving you have the choice of having one of our property experts conduct the viewings for you or you can conduct viewings yourself.

If you choose to manage the viewings yourself, remember to  show your home off to its best potential and point out its key attributes.

You can learn more here.

We will aim to contact you the following day with any relevant feedback or to arrange a follow up viewing.

Step 5) Negotiation

We are happy to handle all negotiations between you and your buyer. As well as obviously considering the offer price, you should take account of whether they are a cash buyer, have a mortgage agreed in principle, a first time buyer and if they are in a lengthy chain.

We will communicate with you clearly and regularly throughout the whole process but particularly during the negotiations.

Step 6) Exchange

Once negotiations are successfully concluded you will need to instruct a solicitor/conveyancer, if you haven’t already done so.  At sbliving we can refer you to experienced and well priced conveyancers.

The exchange of contracts is the point where a non-refundable deposit (normally 10% of the purchase price) is transferred over to your solicitor/conveyancer and all legal work has been carried out so contracts can be signed and exchanged. Your completion date will normally be set at this stage.

Step 7) Completion

On the day of completion your money will be transferred and your buyer will be able to move in to your property.

Before you leave remember to take meter readings and re-direct your post. We also recommend that you leave some clear notes for your buyer to explain how things work and where to find essentials such as  stop cocks for the water and boiler switches etc.

Step 8) Moving

This can be a stressful day so it will be a lot easier if you are organised…and don’t try and do too much when you move in to your new place!

You can read our moving guide here, but the one thing to remember is to keep a couple of boxes of the most important items in a couple of very clearly marked boxes.