If you are selling to somebody you know, there is usually no sense in employing an estate agent.
If you do not have a particular buyer in mind, and you are trying to sell your house or flat without an agent, you will need to:
have a good idea of the real value of your property;
find a buyer; and
make sure the transaction goes through.
1.Valuing your property
Usually, you will be able to look in estate agents' windows/websites to see the prices of similar properties. If prices are increasing you may find that there are few actually on the market. If prices are going down, then sometimes the prices you see are unrealistic and people are taking offers of several thousand pounds less. If your property is unusual for any reason, then it may be more difficult to value because there will be little to compare it with.
You can find out about recent prices for completed transactions at www.nethouseprices.com or at www.ourproperty.co.uk. You need to be aware that these prices would reflect "deals" negotiated 2-3 months previously and therefore will not totally reflect present values.
Even though a Home Information pack is no longer required you will still have to arrange an Energy Performance Certificate. If you contact us for a Conveyancing Quote for the sale of a property in the area around Southampton we can put you in touch with a local Domestic Energy Assessor.
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