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Step By Step Guide To Selling a House

Accurate valuation
Step 1 - Accurate valuation

Your aim should be to sell your property at the best possible price in the shortest possible time. Our expert valuers have excellent knowledge of property values in your area.

Call us on 02890 450 550 or complete the property valuation request form

Selecting an estate agent
Step 2 - Selecting an estate agent

When choosing an estate agent, consider their opening hours, when they will be available to conduct viewings and what kind of marketing your property will receive. These are critical to obtaining the maximum exposure and price for your property. Michael Chandler Estate Agents are available 24/7.

You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself? Michael Chandler Estate Agents can arrange this for you. You must have commissioned an EPC before your property can be marketed.

Instructing a solicitor
Step 3 - Instructing a solicitor

The successful sale of your property can be reliant on the instruction of an efficient and experienced solicitor. It is a good idea to do some research and make a decision before you put your property on the market as this will help to avoid delays.

We can offer recommendations if required.

Presenting your property
Step 4 - Presenting your property

First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful sale.

Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, add a fresh coat of paint where necessary and try to de-clutter to make rooms appear larger.

Michael Chandler Estate Agents have a highly qualified team of professional tradesmen on hand, ready to ensure that your home is in premium condition to maximise its marketing potential.

Marketing your property
Step 5 - Marketing your property

To find your perfect buyer you need to give your property maximum exposure across the internet.

When you instruct Michael Chandler Estate Agents to sell your property you will automatically benefit from our comprehensive marketing package, including: exposure on our website along with, and

Michael Chandler Estate Agents will then take photographs and measurements and write a comprehensive property description, all in just one visit.

Accompanied viewings
Step 6 - Accompanied viewings

Our longer hours are essential to maximise viewing opportunities for your property. Most of our viewings are carried out after work and at weekends. Accompanied viewings also mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property.

Receiving an offer
Step 7 - Receiving an offer

As soon as an offer is received we will notify you.

Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will check the buyer's ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer.

Offer agreed
Step 8 - Offer agreed

Once you accept an offer we will do the following:

  • Prepare a memorandum of sale
  • Write to all parties to confirm the agreed price
  • Ask you to confirm your solicitor's details
  • Your solicitor will send out a draft contract to the buyer's solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries. At this stage you will also be able to agree on dates for the survey on your property, exchange of contracts and proposed date for completion.

We will advise you and negotiate on your behalf throughout this process, keeping you informed every step of the way.

There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

Exchange of contracts
Step 9 - Exchange of contracts

Exchange of contracts occurs when the following have been confirmed and agreed:

  • Preliminary enquiries following receipt of draft contract
  • Evidence of a good title
  • Specific issues highlighted in the Lease, if applicable
  • Local search queries
  • Fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
  • The buyer's mortgage offer
  • The completion date is then set by mutual agreement.
Step 10 - Completion

Completion is when the purchase monies are transferred from the buyer's solicitor to your solicitor's account.

Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account and will inform us to release the keys.

Congratulations, your property is now sold!

Want more information? Contact us on 02890 450 550