Putting your home up for sale can be a daunting prospect. Here is our step by step guide on how to make the process as smooth and cost-effective as possible.

October 29, 2014

Do your research

We provide free value estimates on any British home. However, they are not formal valuations and cannot be used as such. They will provide you with a useful start point for researching the likely value of a home. We also advise asking three local estate agents to value your property. Agents won't charge for this. Once you have all three quotes, check recent sold house prices and current property valuations on Zoopla.co.uk to get a feel for the market in your area and find out what sold on your street recently, all for free. Using this kind of additional info coupled with estate agent valuations will help you make an informed decision on the best and realistic asking price for your property.

Finding an agent

A good agent is critical to the process and ultimately a smooth sale. After all, they do the selling. A good place to find one is via our 'Find an Agent' section which will help you make contact with your local agents. When choosing an agent make sure you ask what their fees are (they can range from 0.5 per cent to three per cent), whether they have sold homes like yours before, where they will advertise your property (remember over 82 per cent of buyers start their search online) and will they place a board outside? Most estate agents will ask you to sign standard terms and conditions once you agree to appoint them - it's worth taking time to read the small print.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Currently, by law, all homes for sale must have an EPC which will help assess and communicate how energy efficient a property is. This requirement replaces the previous obligation to have a Home Information Pack (HIP) in place. Your agent will be able to help you arrange an EPC quickly.

Prepare the house for viewings

You want to make your house stand out for all the right reasons - both for the initial agent viewings and ultimately prospective buyers! Spend a weekend de-cluttering, remove piles of washing, stacks of books and any kid's toys. Maybe a lick of paint too or perhaps a carpet clean. Don't forget the outside as well - mow the lawn, do that weeding and move any obstacles there maybe - wheel barrows, lawnmowers and so on.

Make it easier to sell

If you're serious about selling, then make it easy for your agent. Make sure they have a set of keys and that you allow them to carry out viewings at short notice. We also recommend vacating the house and letting the agent do their job without you following the prospective buyer into each room. Remember, it just takes one buyer to sell your property, so try not to postpone a viewing as the buyer may question your intention and motivation to sell.

Some information contained herein may have changed since it was first published. Zoopla strongly advises you to seek current legal and/or financial advise from a qualified professional.

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