Request a valuation
The first task is to find out what your home is worth and you may consider asking several local estate agents to give you a market valuation figure.
Remember this figure is the initial asking price recommended for marketing and there is no guarantee that it will sell for this price.
Your estate agent should discuss local market conditions with you and a realistic selling price which they should be able to back up with factual comparable sales evidence.
How to choose an Estate Agent
We help explain why we believe you should choose us as the top selling Agent in our area and why we feel that it is important to assess the service you are getting for your fee. We are confident in advising our clients to obtain more than one valuation, as we stand by the level of service that we offer, by achieving the best price for your property, from the agreed sale through to completion. Click here
Energy Performance Certificate
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required for all domestic and commercial buildings in the UK which are made available to let or buy as well as new build properties (Note: the only current exception being Listed properties). We can organise the EPC to be carried out for you with an experienced, trusted assessor (the certificate will be yours to use and is valid for 10 years). An EPC contains information about the property’s energy use and typical energy costs and rates the property from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Government guidelines...
How to prepare your home for sale
Our experience of selling homes has enabled us to produce the helpful attached guide for owners, on how to prepare their property for sale, taking the stress out of preparation worries. Before coming to the market, our highly experienced team will provide you with comprehensive advice on how to present your property to achieve the very best selling price. Click here
Instruct a Solicitor
Once a sale is agreed on your property, instructing a solicitor becomes the next stage in the legal process. It is advisable to work with an efficient and trusted solicitor whom has good local knowledge of the area and one you feel will keep you informed. We work closely with a number of reputable solicitors within well-established firms, who we are happy to recommend to you to help reduce your stresses during the critical weeks before exchange of contracts. Our experience suggests choosing service delivery over price is always advisable.
Some agents feel that once the sale is agreed, their job is done – we know that this is only the beginning. We help to navigate buyers and sellers through the legal process, anticipating issues and co-ordinating all parties, towards the all-important exchange of contracts. Nationally almost a third of home sales in the UK fall through before exchange of contracts. At D&G we manage 90% of our property transactions successfully through to completion and this is simply down to this dedicated service. We are here to help make this process as stress-free as possible.
Moving home timeline
We have created the attached Moving Home Timeline, to help you organise all matters outside of the selling process, relating to your move (ie changes of address). We even remind you to pack the kettle and teabags last…. Read more
"I would just like to say a huge thank you to the Lettings Team at Douglas and Simmons. When I needed to rent a property at very short notice they found a lovely house almost immediately and I was able to move in within two weeks. When the inevitable teething problems crept in, they were always on hand to resolve them, even coming round to the property to check everything was ok. Iâ€™ve always found each of them to be friendly, approachable, efficient and very competent and I would have absolutely no hesitation in thoroughly recommending them to anybody thinking of renting in the area."