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How to sell your property

Feeling daunted about the prospect of selling your home? Take a look at our guide to putting your home on the market.

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How to sell your home

Putting your house on the market and getting the price you want for it, is easier said than done. Before you do anything, you might have a few questions. Take a look at our guide to selling your home for some answers.

Why do you want to sell?

Do you need more space? It’s worth comparing the costs of an extension or attic conversion with the costs of moving and buying a bigger property. If you’re in negative equity – when you owe your mortgage company more than your house is actually worth – it makes financial sense to stay put. But if you have equity in your home and you need somewhere bigger, maybe it’s time to look at buying a new place.
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What can I afford to buy?

If you haven’t done so already, do some research to establish a best guess for your sale price. Then work out how much of that belongs to you and how much is owed to your mortgage provider. Bear in mind there may be admin costs for transferring your existing mortgage or switching to a different lender. Also, if you’re thinking of moving to a cheaper location a long way away, it’s worth remembering that the further away you move, the higher your removal costs will be. 

Do I really need an estate agent? 

You could save a lot of money by selling your house yourself, but estate agents do your homework to figure out the pros and cons. If you’re still determined to do it yourself, this article from Money Observer offers some good advice.  Bear in mind, if you’re planning to buy a new Taylor Wimpey home, we can help you sell your existing property. 
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How do I set my selling price?

This is the job of your estate agent, but you can get a good idea of what you can expect from searching online property sites, looking at local papers and seeing what’s for sale in nearby estate agents’ windows. But remember, these are asking prices, not selling prices. Get a few valuations from estate agents and calculate the average. If you go too high, you risk putting potential buyers off.

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What legal help will I need?

You’ll need to instruct a solicitor or a conveyancer to handle the legal side of buying and selling. Conveyancers are cheaper but if your purchase is complicated, you might prefer to use a more qualified solicitor. Word of mouth is usually the best way of finding someone good. Ask friends and neighbours as well as your estate agent and mortgage lender for recommendations.
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What offers am I prepared to accept?

The chances are, buyers will want to negotiate on your asking price so it’s worth thinking how low you’re prepared to go and what compromises you’re willing to make.

A good estate agent will be able to advise based on their experience, and their job is to help you reach a satisfactory conclusion. If you get several offers, “cash buyers” and first time buyers are preferable as they don’t have properties to sell and are therefore less likely to cause hold ups.

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