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Guide to Selling Your First Home

Buying your first home can be quite a scary thing to do, and selling your first home can be almost as bad. But, with the right kind of planning and organisation, a good conveyancing solicitor and the assistance of a friendly and experienced estate agent, it needn’t be too stressful.

Remember, though, that it always takes longer than you think it’s going to – the usual advice is 12 weeks from when you agree the price to completion, although this will be longer for leasehold properties where there is the added complication of the third-party (i.e. the freeholder).

And there are so many different processes that need to be completed that unexpected delays are possible at almost any stage. On the other hand, sometimes things take less time to sort out than you think they’re going to as well!

Being aware of everything you need to do before you start means that you should be prepared for much of what is to follow. This handy guide will provide most of the information you need, but every sale is different and can throw up its own issues. For that reason, it’s important that you listen to any advice you get from the professionals you engage to help you.

Prepare your paperwork

As the sale progresses, your solicitor will need you to provide your prospective buyers and their solicitor with a number of documents that will give important information about your property. It’s worth getting as many of these ready at the outset as you can, so that when the time comes, you can forward them on immediately rather than holding up the process.

Among the documents you’ll need to provide are:

  • Proof of your identity (this will usually be your passport and/or driving licence)
  • An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) showing the energy-efficiency of your home
  • Any guarantees or warranties relating to work carried out at your home – this could include any damp proofing, building work, replacement windows, etc.
  • Planning permission documents if you’ve had any major work carried out
  • Gas safety checks and record of boiler servicing
  • Electrical checks
  • Consent for works carried out if it is a listed building or in a conservation area
  • If the property is leasehold, you might also need to get together any paperwork relating to accounts and correspondence with the freeholder

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Research your estate agent

While you could sell your home privately, using an experienced estate agent is very strongly recommended. Not only will they know what needs to be done when, so that the sale has the best chance of progressing smoothly, but they’ll also have access to the best marketing tools that will ensure that your home is seen by more serious house hunters.

You should ideally look for an estate agent who has plenty of experience working in your local area and knows the housing market there well. They should have a creative, proactive and comprehensive approach to marketing and selling their properties. That should include high quality pictures and virtual tours, floorplans, listings on all the main property sites (such as Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket), use of social media sites, and traditional techniques like window displays and ‘For Sale’ boards outside the property in question.

One of the best things you can do is read verified reviews to find out what previous customers thought of the service they received. At Robert Ellis, we’re currently rating at 4.9 out of 5 stars based on over 2,500 reviews.

Finally, be careful about online-only estate agents, who are unlikely to know your area and will usually ask for their fees in advance, meaning that they have little incentive to do everything they can to sell your home once they’ve got your money.

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Set your price

Your chosen estate agent should be able to give you a free valuation as to what they think your home can reasonably achieve. That figure will be based on a number of factors, including the location and condition of your home, whether the area is popular with families (for example, if it’s in the catchment area of a good local school), and recent local sales. It’s also important that you take a long-term view of the district to see if there are any planned developments, such as improved transport infrastructure, that could make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Of course, you don’t need to take their advice. For example, you might want to set the price a little higher if you want to achieve the highest possible price and allow a little room for negotiation, or a little lower if a quick sale is important to you.

Make sure you discuss with your estate agent what is important to you and they will use their experience and their local knowledge to help you come up with the most realistic price based on your priorities.

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Make your home look presentable

Just like when you attend a job interview, you always want to make a good first impression with any potential buyers. The better condition your home is in, the more viewers you’re likely to attract and the higher the price you can expect to achieve. That means that – outside and inside – you’ll want to put some effort into making your home as appealing as possible.

The difficult balance you need to find is between spending money on doing your home up to the right kind of standard and not going over the top and spending more than you need to. After all, any decorating you do might not be to a buyer’s taste and they might just change it again as soon as they’re in.

Rooms that are looking tired and out of date can be transformed with a coat of paint – in a light, neutral colour – for relatively little time or money. It’s also worth patching up any marks that are obvious and getting your garden into good order, especially at the front for maximum kerb appeal. Your estate agent will be able to advise you on any cosmetic work that they think will help, so make sure you take advantage of their experience and knowledge.

Giving your home a thorough clean and tidy for when the estate agent photographer comes round is a must. Hide any clutter and fully open any curtains and blinds so that each room is getting the maximum amount of natural light and looks as spacious as possible. You might also want to avoid having personal items such as family photos on display.

You may not need to maintain that level of cleanliness and tidiness throughout the viewing process – after all, you still need to live your life and you might be getting lots of viewers. Nevertheless, you should still make an effort to stay on top of any mess so that it’s a quick job to get your home to an acceptable standard ahead of any viewing. In particular, you should avoid leaving personal or private documents around for anyone to see.

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Discuss and negotiate any offers

Getting your first offer is always an exciting moment, but don’t get carried away, because there could be a long way to go! Don’t be afraid to reject it if you feel the offer doesn’t meet your expectations. This will especially be the case if your home hasn’t been on the market long and is attracting plenty of interest.

You can always negotiate if you think the buyer is serious – you may well have set an asking price a little higher than what you are prepared to sell at on the expectation that people will offer you less.

Even once the price has been agreed, there may well be further negotiation and compromise to follow. Your buyer will almost certainly have a survey carried out that might reveal problems and issues that were not visible or obvious at the time of viewing – such as signs of damp, poor insulation, and the state of guttering.

As a result, they may ask for a reduction in the selling price to allow for sorting out such problems after completion. Of course, you don’t have to agree if you’ve already allowed for such work when setting the price in the first place.

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Post-sale responsibilities

Once a completion date has been agreed between you and your buyer, you need to make sure that your house is fully emptied in time for them to move in. You also need to advise any service providers that you are no longer responsible for the property. This is likely to include:

  • Gas and electricity
  • Water
  • Broadband
  • TV licence
  • Council tax

You also need to advise other service providers of your new address. You can make sure you get your mail by arranging for it to be forwarded on to your new home – keeping this in place for 12 months means that you should cover bills and correspondence from everyone important.

Here at Robert Ellis Estate Agents, we’ve been trusted estate agents for homeowners across west and north Nottingham for decades. With branches in Beeston, Arnold, Stapleford and Long Eaton and a team of experienced valuers and professionals to call on, we can provide the kind of expert help and advice you need to ensure a smooth and satisfactory sale.

Want to know more about how we can help sell your home? Then pop into your local branch, give us a call or fill in our online form to ask for a free valuation.

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Arnold Sales & Lettings

78 Front Street,

Arnold,

Nottingham

NG5 7EJ

0115 6485 485 Find Out More

Beeston Estate Agents

12 High Road,

Beeston,

Nottingham

NG9 2JP

0115 922 0888 Find Out More

Beeston Lettings

130 High Road,

Beeston,

Nottingham

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Long Eaton Estate Agents

5 Derby Road,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LU

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11 Derby Road,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

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30 – 32 Derby Road,

Stapleford,

Nottingham

NG9 7AA

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Stapleford Sales

30 – 32 Derby Road,

Stapleford,

Nottingham

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The Mortgage Company

50 – 52 Market Place,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LT

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Arnold Sales & Lettings

Beeston Estate Agents

Beeston Lettings

Long Eaton Estate Agents

Long Eaton Lettings

Stapleford Lettings

Stapleford Sales

The Mortgage Company

Find Your Nearest Robert Ellis Branch

Our happy, experienced team can lighten your workload and brighten up your day

Arnold Sales & Lettings

Arnold Sales & Lettings

78 Front Street,

Arnold,

Nottingham

NG5 7EJ

0115 6485 485 Find Out More
Beeston Estate Agents

Beeston Estate Agents

12 High Road,

Beeston,

Nottingham

NG9 2JP

0115 922 0888 Find Out More
Beeston Lettings

Beeston Lettings

130 High Road,

Beeston,

Nottingham

NG9 2LN

0115 922 9090 Find Out More
Long Eaton Estate Agents

Long Eaton Estate Agents

5 Derby Road,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LU

0115 946 1818 Find Out More
Long Eaton Lettings

Long Eaton Lettings

11 Derby Road,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LU

0115 946 6946 Find Out More
Stapleford Lettings

Stapleford Lettings

30 – 32 Derby Road,

Stapleford,

Nottingham

NG9 7AA

0115 949 6740 Find Out More
Stapleford Sales

Stapleford Sales

30 – 32 Derby Road,

Stapleford,

Nottingham

NG9 7AA

0115 949 0044 Find Out More
The Mortgage Company

The Mortgage Company

50 – 52 Market Place,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LT

0115 951 8898 Find Out More

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  • Alice

    The branch completed a challenging house move for us. There was a double transaction with us buyer the neighbours land at the same time as the house....Mark was very understanding and patient with the complications and we are very happy with the service we received. Thank you.

    2 days ago

  • Clint Elliott

    Friendly staff with a professional attitude, did very well at selling the property with minimal hassle in a currently turbulent market.

    1 week ago

  • Adam Watters

    Lorraine and the team was very helpful and informative, always keeping me upto date on purchase.

    1 week ago

  • Robert Day

    Would like to thank everyone who has helped me and Emma sell 30 Wood avenue, keeping me updated. THANK YOU 😊.

    1 week ago

  • David

    We have received excellent service from your Long Eaton Office especially from Caroline who has been extremely helpful & a calming & knowledgeable inf...luence especially with our purchase of a new build property. We have not dealt with your estate agency before & although very stressful at times for ourselves, as our first prospective purchaser pulled out, Caroline was very helpful & approachable & contacted us regularly to keep us updated on progress. I can't recommend her highly enough. Many thanks again Caroline Best regards Liz & David

    1 week ago

  • Adrian

    Even in a fairly difficult house sale , the staff at Robert Ellis were very knowledgeable and supportive . I'd also like to give a special thanks to J...oely who was particularly helpful in the whole process . Thanks to all the team , and I would certainly recommend Robert Ellis to anyone else . Thanks , Adrian Bowley

    1 week ago

  • Rachael

    Harry Hackett and Joely Golding at the Long Eaton branch were wonderful! They were so helpful and would come at the drop of a hat to let us into the p...roperty to view, measure up and get quotes ahead of the completion date. They even offered advice on options for inside the property, which we have taken on. Everything was super efficient and we would highly recommend them! 😊

    1 week ago

  • Yulan

    Caroline has been very helpful, always friendly during our process of selling our house.

    2 weeks ago

  • Pam

    Wonderful staff, especially Holly, nothing too much trouble. Kept informed of progress throughout the sale. Helped all the way.

    2 weeks ago

  • David Green

    Thank you to Holly Who was all ways able and willing to offer advise And always available . Dealt with my enquires straight away and always return...my calls. I Never felt that anything was to much trouble for her. Excellent service.

    2 weeks ago

  • Emma Thrall

    It hasn't been an easy journey but Holly Torr at long eaton has kept us up to date and sane throughout the process thanks Holly!

    2 weeks ago

  • Rae Murphy

    Absolutely recommend purchasing through Robert Ellis Stapleford - especially happy with Beth at the branch. She was amazing from start to finish!

    2 weeks ago

  • Sally-Ann Roberts

    Brilliant service, was notified every step of the sale and a really friendly team .

    2 weeks ago

  • Mark

    Dawn was wonderful, helping me to sell my home and find a new one that I had not considered. She kept me informaed throughout and was always available...to help. Thank you Dawn.

    2 weeks ago

  • Frankie

    I would like to thank Joely at the Long Eaton office for her kind help and quick responses throughout the home buying process. Highly recommended...for her service. Wish to give her a 10* rating if I could!

    3 weeks ago

  • Gayle

    What a long journey this house sale has been - lots of ups and downs (due to 2 failed sales - not due to Robert Ellis) ....so lots of stress. This jou...rney has defintely been made much more tolerable by the lovely relationship we have established with Joely and Holly. They have kept us well informed and always been available to update us with honest, reliable information. Joely, in the later stages of negotiations even responded, on what I know, were days off work. I have so appreciated being able to speak to the team when required.. always caring and respectful and had empathy and understanding. We have received and very professional but personal service I feel. Highly recommend.

    3 weeks ago

  • Lynne

    Excellent service, our sale went through smoothly and we were kept up to date on progress by Holly Torr at every stage. Very professional and will be...more than happy to recommend.

    3 weeks ago

  • Kathryn

    Joely was fantastic during our first house purchase. She was professional and worked hard to push things along, and was always lovely to interact with...if we had questions or wanted updates. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robert Ellis based on our experience with Joely!

    3 weeks ago

  • Sue

    Joely is absolutely amazing. She looked after us from start to finish with the sale of our property!

    3 weeks ago

  • Toni

    Dawn Stokes at Robert Ellis has done an amazing job in helping me to sell my family home - more like 10 stars not 5 :) so efficient and always on the...ball - Thanks Dawn xx

    3 weeks ago