First Time Sellers Guide

We often hear about the challenges associated with buying a property for the first-time, but being a first-time seller can represent even greater complexity, hassle and challenge. From knowing those vital hacks to get your property ‘photo shoot’ ready, optimising it’s sale appeal, to choosing the right agent and what to do (or not to do) when you receive your first offer. So if you're thinking of selling your first house, or it’s been a while since you last sold and want to maximise the likelihood of getting the best price as quickly as possible, please read our top advice guide.

1. Preparing your home to sell
When it comes to marketing your home, it's vital that it looks its best, not only for viewings but also for photography. Your home's images will be the first thing a potential buyer sees and you want your property to appeal to as many people as possible. So, before you contemplate placing your house on the market, make sure it's clean, de-cluttered, light, and feels roomy. And, once your home is on the market, it's critical to keep it as clean as possible; after all, you don't want to be frantically cleaning up before a last-minute viewing!

2. Do the maths
Make sure you figure out how much it will cost you to sell your home. Expenses such as estate agency fees, mortgage fees, legal fees, and removals are just a few examples. And that's before you consider the possible expenditures of buying and relocating to your new home.

3. Finding your new home
Is it better to buy before you sell or sell before you buy? Well, before you set your heart on a new property, we would always urge you to place your house on the market and get an offer. If you've previously accepted an offer on your present house, you'll be a much more attractive buyer and have a far better chance of getting your new home's offer approved.

4. Choosing the right agent
To begin, look up local estate agents on property portals to see which agents commonly sell properties comparable to yours. This will help you narrow down your options. Then we recommend inviting at least three estate agents to value your home; you may be tempted to go with the agent who values your property the highest, but be wary; the last thing you want is to put your home on the market for a price that is far too high, so be realistic, taking into account your research and how much similar properties in your area are selling for. Finally, it's all about the person; you'll be working with this person a lot in the next months, so make sure you trust the company and the person you select.

5. Offer stage
This is when things start to get exciting; you've received an offer! But don't get overly excited and think you have to react right away; it's quite natural to think about it for a day or two. And it's not just about the money; make sure you have all the information, such as whether they're cash buyers, if they have specified time restrictions, and so on.

We also propose that you determine the lowest price you would accept for the home before proceeding to the offer stage.

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