Looking to sell your property in St Albans? Below we answer some of the most commonly asked question by sellers. If you need any further information, please contact our expert sales team today who’ll be happy to help.
Firstly, we’ll carry out a free valuation of your property. If you decide to work with us, we’ll market your home, then arrange and conduct viewings on your behalf. During the sale, we’ll also liaise with solicitors and surveyors, and ensure the process runs smoothly, right through to completion.
Before you put your house on the market, you’ll need to get a valuation. This is carried out by an estate agent, who will give you an honest opinion of what price your home should be marketed at. This figure is based on several different factors, including the property’s size, condition, location, and the current market.
We’re very proactive in our marketing approach. Firstly, we ensure your home is presented in the best possible light, with professional photographs and floor-plans. Then, we distribute the details to our extensive database and advertise the property on Rightmove, Zoopla and On The Market. This usually generates plenty of interest and numerous viewings.
There are several things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers. For example, tidying the front garden helps to make a good first impression, and a thorough clean and ‘declutter’ can also make a big difference. Consider carrying out repairs before your property goes on the market too – things like dripping taps and cracked paintwork can put buyers off.
We manage all viewing requests, and will always check that you’re okay with us showing someone around. The viewing itself will be carried out by one of our team, who will highlight all the great features of your house, and answer any questions that might arise. We’ll then contact the prospective buyer after the viewing, to find out if they’d like to make an offer.
You’ll need to provide: Proof of identity, property title deeds, an Energy Performance Certificate (we can organise this), plus various other legal documents. Don’t worry – most of this will be handled by your solicitor.
When you sell your home, it’s a legal requirement to have an accompanying EPC. This provides buyers with important information about the property’s average energy costs, and energy usage.
You only pay stamp duty when you’re purchasing a property, not when you’re selling. So, you’ll only have to factor this cost in if you’re buying another home, as well as selling your existing one.
Once we receive an offer, we’ll be in touch to let you know. You can then decide if you’d like to accept the offer, make a counter-offer, or hold out for another buyer. We’re here to provide advice, and will never pressurise you to accept an offer that you’re not 100% happy with.
The length of time it takes to complete a sale depends on several things. For example, if the survey reveals issues with the home, the resulting negotiations can make the process take longer. The same is true if there are several buyers / sellers involved in the chain. On average, most sales are completed within six to 12 weeks.
Once the sale is completed, all outstanding monies are passed to your solicitor, who will deduct all the outstanding fees, then send over the remaining balance to you. This is also the day you’ll be expected to vacate the property.
The title deeds to the property are passed on to your buyer upon completion of the sale.