Guide to sell your property in Warwickshire and WestMidlands

Sell a property in Warwickshire and West Midlands with an award-winning Estate Agency – Allsopp & Allsopp.

We will offer you our 10-years’ worth of knowledge and expertise and be by your side throughout the entire sales process.

We have created a simple step by step guide to selling a property in Warwickshire and West Midlands for the first time to ease the process and put your mind at rest.

Step 1 - Accurate Valuation

We aim to sell your property for the best possible price in the shortest possible time.

When deciding to sell your property it is important to obtain an up to date accurate valuation, our expert valuers carry out an extensive number of valuations each month giving us an indepth and unparalleled knowledge of property values in your area.

Step 2 - Choosing an Estate Agent

When choosing your estate agent it is important to consider opening hours and availability to conduct viewings, high street presence, local reputation, success in selling property similar to yours, the experience and training of the team, the location and presentation of the local office, specialized or innovative marketing techniques, membership of regulatory bodies and any professional awards.

You should check with your estate agent that they would assist you obtaining a legally required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), something which must be in place before you market your property.

Step 3 - Presentation of Your Home

You can't make a first impression twice, particularly when it comes to buyers viewing your property making the presentation of your property critical to a successful sale.

Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, add a fresh coat of paint where necessary and try to declutter to make rooms appear larger. Our teams have been trained in making a property look the very best and to its potential. A picture says a thousand words.

Step 4 - Marketing Your Property

There are many methods that can be used to attract buyers. Before choosing an estate agent, find out how they market their properties. Visit their website and see how their properties are advertised online.

Here are a few things that we do to ensure as many people get so see your property:

  • Window and wall display in branch
  • Telephoning buyers we think would be interested in your
  • Brochures at viewings and via the post. These will contain accurate floor plans, dimensions and professional photography
  • Internet promotion on the Allsopp & Allsopp website and portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.
  • For Sale signs. Never underestimate the power of traditional for sale signs as many homes sell because of a friend or neighbour spotting the board and spreading the word.

Put yourself in a buyer's shoes, visit your estate agent's branch and website and question whether the branch is a welcoming environment and is the website easy to navigate?

Step 5 - Viewings

Allsopp & Allsopp prefer to accompany buyers on viewings for you, but should you prefer, you can guide buyers around your own home for a personal touch.

Listening to feedback from viewings can be helpful to determine how to make your property more attractive to buyers. It is important to be prepared for potential buyer's questions such as; which fixtures and fittings are included? What are the neighbours like? What are your reasons for moving?

Step 6 - Negotiation

As soon as we receive an offer we will notify you both verbally and in writing. Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will check the buyer's ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer.

As your estate agent, we will handle any negotiations between you and the buyer. It is important that you consider how much you would be prepared to accept if a buyer offers a price different from the asking price.

The buyer's position may impact your decision. Consideration 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. Consider the following; 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?

It is important to remember that as your estate agent we act on your behalf, so we will work with you to get the best price. We will advise you before you make a decision on the response to marketing including; interest from other parties and advise on comparable sales ensuring you have peace of mind in making a decision. A survey may reveal repairs are needed on your property, which could affect the price a buyer is willing to pay.

Step 7 - Accepting an Offer

Once negotiations have reached a positive 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. Your estate agent will then issue a memorandum of sale detailing the specifics of the sale and circulate it to all parties.

Step 8 - Arrange Conveyancing

Conveyancing is the process by which the legal transfer of property from one person to another is made. The buyer or their solicitor/conveyancer examines the legal documentation for the property and raises questions in order to approve the contract of the sale.

Step 9 - Sale Progression

The Allsopp & Allsopp in-house sales progression team will be with you every step of the way to ease you through the sale process and make it as seamless as possible. They coordinate between you the seller, the buyer, conveyancers and other estate agents in the chain. With all the experience sales pogressors have gathered over the years they are extremely proactive and know the process inside out.

Step 10 - Exchange of Contracts

The exchange of contracts is the legally binding part of the process. This is when you hand over a deposit - the normal sum or liability is 10% of the purchase price. Contracts are exchanged once you, the buyer and your respective solicitors/conveyancers are satisfied that everything is in order, a date for completion is agreed and from this point both parties are legally bound to go through with the transaction.

Step 11 - Completion

This is the day the balance of the monies are transferred via the banking system and the day on which your buyer will get the keys to the property.

 

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First of all, you need to organise a valuation to find out how much your home is worth. Once this is done you should agree with terms and conditions to instruct an estate agent to find you a buyer. During the valuation, find out about the services the agency offers, the current state of the local market, and the sale price you can hope you achieve. Consider your priorities and timescales and agree with a marketing plan with the agent that meets your needs.

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There are three main costs involved in selling a property:

  • Estate Agent Fees
    Estate Agent Fees will either be a percentage of the purchase price, or a fixed fee. When estate agents visit to value your home, make sure they outline their fees so you can take these into account.
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
    You are legally required to provide an EPC when you market your property for sale. This outlines the energy efficiency rating of your property. Allsopp & Allsopp can organise this for you. Contact your local branch for a quote for how much this will cost.
  • Conveyancing
    ‘Conveyancing’ means the legal transfer of your property to the buyer, and you will need to employ a solicitor to make this happen. Prices will vary depending on your circumstances. Allsopp & Allsopp can introduce you to a solicitor and offer a no sale no fee conveyancing service with a guaranteed fixed price to keep everything easy. Contact your local branch to receive an accurate quote for how much this will cost.

First impressions count so put yourself in a buyer's shoes and consider how you can enhance your properties draw. Consider it’s “kerb appeal”, the first thing a potential buyer will consider before even getting to the front door. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Does the front of your house need smartening up?
  • Could the front garden be tidier?
  • Would the front door look better with a fresh lick of paint?
  • Could the front windows do with a clean?

Look at the inside with a critical eye too:

  • Keep it clean and tidy. De-clutter and use sensible storage. Potential buyers want to visualise how they can fill in space
  • Undertake any minor repairs that need doing so buyers will need to really try hard to find any negatives
  • Bring out the best features such as fireplaces and use mirrors to increase the sense of space
  • Banish smoke and pet odours.  Open the windows, brew some fresh coffee and add finishing touches such as fresh flowers, to brighten up the place
  • If you want to re-decorate, go for neutral tones, which will appeal to a wider audience

Your estate agent should conduct all viewings where possible, but you may decide you would like to conduct them yourself or be present. It’s really up to you?

No. The buyer is responsible for paying stamp duty.

This depends on the conditions of the offer, but ultimately that decision is down to you.

Prior to the exchange of contracts, either party is able to withdraw from the transaction. However, once contracts have been exchanged, remedies for ‘breach of contract’ would be available for the suffering party.

Your Title Deeds is proof that you own the property. They’re held with your bank or building society if you have a mortgage, and your chosen solicitor will obtain the deeds and let your buyer’s solicitor have a copy.

Once the sale has been agreed, your solicitor will draft a contract. The buyers solicitor will then check through the contract, confirm the details of the property and perform searches. At the same time, the buyer’s mortgage lender will conduct a mortgage valuation and send a mortgage offer to the buyer. When all of this is complete, you will be ready to sign the contract and agree the completion date.

You move out on the completion date which will be confirmed by your solicitor.

Our Properties

Allsopp & Allsopp was formed in 2008 when brothers Lewis and Carl Allsopp identified an opportunity to bring a process driven traditional UK estate agency model to the UAE.

With over a decade of experience in UK and an extensive four branch network in Coventry, Nuneaton and Leamington Spa, Allsopp & Allsopp delivers a straight forward customer-focused property service.

Allsopp & Allsopp have stayed consistent, jumped at every opportunity to grow and have invested heavily in technology to keep up with the tech savvy world we live in today.

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