Selling your property? Here’s what you need to do

 

If you’re thinking about putting your property on the market, you’ll most likely be faced with a long to-do list. From getting the right estate agent for marketing it to finding a surveyor who can give you an honest assessment of your property’s potential, there are plenty of things to think about. This article will help you to focus on the main requirements you now face – and how to go about each task.

The valuation

For some people, the first port of call when it comes to getting a valuation completed is an estate agent. The advantage of going to an estate agent for this is that it allows you to take advantage of their local knowledge. But estate agents aren’t always on your side, and they won’t necessarily give you an honest appraisal. In some circumstances, they’ll tell you your property is worth more than it actually is in order to achieve a high commission, but this could leave it languishing on the market for longer. In other circumstances, they may undervalue it in order to secure a quicker sale – and a quicker commission.


A better move is to speak to an independent surveyor. This is helpful to all sellers, but especially so if you’re a buy to let landlord. RVA Surveyors offers a valuation service specifically designed to help landlords with rent reviews. A surveyor’s only material interest is in providing you with a good service, so you know their advice will be accurate.

Marketing and advertising

While estate agents may not be the best port of call for the valuation part of the process, it’s wise to use one when it comes to selling your property. They will probably give you a valuation estimate of their own, but you’ll be able to use your surveyor’s recommendation to compare and decide at what level you would like to offer your home to the market.

The main reason why using an estate agent to sell is a smart move is because they have access to a wide range of marketing channels, which potential buyers are all keenly watching. They will often, for example, have access to a column in the local newspaper, and they will often also have relationships with major property vendor websites, such as Rightmove. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that you’ll need to put up with potential buyers coming to look around your home as it goes through the sale process, but it’s something that will pay off in the long run.


It can be a tough market out there when it comes to selling a property, but one of the hardest aspects is getting through all of the administrative tasks associated with the move. From getting a valuation to organising an estate agent who can show potential buyers around the property, there’s so much to do that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. With a good surveyor and a local estate agent on your side, though, it can become much easier to handle.

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