Selling Process


1Valuation

Pitching the price of your property correctly is a real skill. Too high and you won’t receive any interest, too low and the property sells for less than it is worth. An accurate valuation pulls together information from several resources: the cosmetic, general structural condition and future potential of the property, the prices achieved for similar properties in the area and current applicant levels. This information is reviewed and an appropriate asking price is offered to you.

2Selecting an estate agent

Selecting the right estate agent is most important. Sound local knowledge, well trained highly motivated and honest staff offering clear, fair terms of business, a competitive fee structure and a proven history of selling in the area should be high on your list of priorities. The agent that gives you the highest valuation is not always the best for you. It is a tactic some agents use to get the instruction, but then with little interest suggest price reductions weeks later - this is not good and a strategy we would never undertake.

3Obtain an EPC

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates the energy efficiency of a property and its carbon emissions. As of 6th April 2012, the EPC details should be displayed on all property particulars and it is now a legal requirement to provide an EPC for most properties in England and Wales.

4Instructing a solicitor (conveyancer)

We suggest instructing a solicitor as soon as your property goes on the market. You will have property information forms to complete and return. This ensures no delay once an offer is agreed. It is worth shopping around as fees do vary, but we warn people against low cost conveyancers; they are very often a false economy. We can recommend excellent local solicitors.

5Presenting your property

Ensure your home is tidy and clean. De-clutter, clean thoroughly and pay particular attention to the front of the property. Kerb appeal is very important, especially given that most applicants first sight of the property is online. Also pay attention to the garden, both front and back as this is a great selling feature. We are very happy to advise on how best to present your property.

6Marketing your property

We use professional photography and floorplans as standard and do not charge extra for this. Property portals such as rightmove and Zoopla advertise your property nationally and our excellent photographs ensure your property stands out amongst the competition on these portals. We contact prospective purchasers who are registered with us as soon as we are instructed, firstly by telephone and then email if we cannot reach by phone ensuring a personal approach and not mass irrelevant mailouts. Social media platforms are also utilised.

7Accompanied viewings

Flint and Company believe that flexible opening times are essential to maximize viewing opportunities for your home. We know that our customers need to work around their usual daily commitments, resulting in a large number of our clients viewing after work or at weekends. Accompanied viewings allow us to share our expert knowledge on your property to achieve competitive offers. We are available to show seven days a week, Sunday by special arrangement.

8Receiving an offer

All offers will be reported and then checked for their validity and proof of funds will be requested. We will conduct relevant checks under the applicable Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. In the case of multiple offers, we will advise you on the best course of action. We will always try to achieve the best possible price for your home and act in your best interests throughout the transaction.

9Offer agreed

Before an offer is agreed we will check the buyer’s ability to purchase the property and at the point of a sale being agreed, will liaise with both solicitors and prepare the memorandum of sale and write to all parties confirming the details. Your solicitor will request the title deeds from the lender (if appropriate). The solicitor will prepare the draft contract, which details the terms of the sale, and send it to the buyer’s solicitor together with all relevant documents. The buyer’s solicitor will then start the preliminary checks.

10Exchange contracts

At this stage both parties become legally committed to the sale, and if it falls through from this point onwards then the deposit is forfeited. Contracts are signed by both parties and the solicitor requests the buyer’s deposit. A completion date is set and agreed upon by both you and the purchaser. Time to book removals.

11Completion

Completion occurs when all outstanding legalities have been completed and the balance of funds is transferred to your solicitor. The solicitor will let you know when this has happened and will inform us to release the keys.

Property Valuations

Valuing is an inexact science, so our extensive experience in the industry, combined local knowledge and thorough research into previous related sales, ensures we give accurate and honest advice for every property. At present during the pandemic, we follow government guidelines and attend all properties wearing PPE.

Quality Marketing

Achieving the highest price and selling to the strongest buyer is our aim. We believe that utilising exceptional marketing material assists us, so we employ professional photographers and floor planners for every property at no additional charge, ensuring your property is presented in its best form on the property portals and on social media websites.

Property Presentation

An additional service we provide is advice regarding presentation of your property and where best to invest a little money on home improvements if funds are available, or simply how best to present the house as is. This advice can really add significant value to the property and we do not make any additional charge for this service.

Fees

Letting Fee Information

The asking rent does not include letting fees. Our standard administration fee (which covers general administration and preparation of paperwork) is £xxx (£xxx+VAT). A security deposit, usually equivalent to six weeks rent, is also payable.

Depending on your circumstances and the property you select, one or more of the following may also be charged to you upfront;

Fees may be charged on a per person or per property basis, please call us on 01444 627 762