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The Process of Selling with Andrew Louis

Selling property can be far less stressful when you understand the process

Step 1 Accurate Valuation

We visit your property and assess its true value based on comparable evidence and current market conditions. We will also talk through our fee structure and our terms of contract with you so you are aware of your obligations.

Step 2 Appoint an Estate Agent

When choosing an Estate Agent consider their opening hours, when they will be available to conduct viewings, their high street presence and what kind of marketing your property will receive. These are critical to obtaining the maximum exposure and price for your property.
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? Andrew Louis can arrange this for you. You must have commissioned an EPC before your property can be marketed.

Step 3 Instruct 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 recommend you use Home Legal Services who offer competitive pricing, fixed fees, no completion no fee and 24/7 online tracking

Step 4 Marketing your Property

When you instruct Andrew Louis to sell your property you will automatically benefit from our unrivalled, comprehensive marketing package, including: exposure on our award winning website, all the major property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla , local newspapers and property magazine and direct communication to our registered buyers.

Step 5 Accompanied Viewings

Viewings of your property will be accompanied by us. We are trained professionals and experienced in creating the right atmosphere to have the best chance of getting an offer for your property. We provide you with feedback within 24 hours.

Step 6 Receiving an Offer

As soon as an offer is received we will notify you both verbally and in writing. 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.

Step 7 Accepting an Offer

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.

Step 8 Exchange of Contracts

The exchange of contracts is the point where a non-refundable deposit (normally 10% of the purchase price) is transferred over to your conveyancer/solicitor and all the legal work has been carried out, meaning contracts can be signed and exchanged. From this point both parties are legally bound to go through with the transaction. Your completion date will normally be set at this stage, around two weeks after the exchange.

Step 9 Completion and Move in

Completion is when the residual monies (usually 90%) 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!

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