First time seller guide

Getting your house on the market

So, you've decided to sell, but what do you need to do to get your house on the market? All is explained in our handy guide below.

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Choosing an estate agent

Once you have decided to sell your property, inviting an estate agent to value your home will give you a clear idea of what you can sell it for in the current local property market and help you decide which agent you want to work with.

Questions To Ask Your Agent

  • What are your fees? - this is usually a percentage of the asking price.
  • How will you market my home? Are there additional costs for different marketing packages?
  • Do they have a list of buyers already interested in property like yours?

Property particulars

Once you have instructed an estate agent, they will need to put together the property particulars. This will involve:

  • Taking detailed measurements of each room in order to create a floorplan.
  • Making notes of each room for the description.
  • Photographing the exterior and interior of your property. In most cases they will arrange for a professional photographer to visit your house. Many estate agents now offer video tours for potential buyers to see round your property and get an idea if they are genuinely interested before viewing your home in person.  

You will be asked to approve the property particulars before your property is marketed. Don’t be afraid to ask for changes/additions if they have missed something in the description that you feel will entice potential buyers, or if you aren’t happy with one or more of the photographs.  

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