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Vendor guide

p>Establish the value of your current property

A realistic assessment of the value of your property is an important first step to ensure you understand how you will finance your home move.

Whilst local property newspapers and websites can be used to provide a reasonable indication of what your property might be worth, you will likely need the experience of a professional estate agent to get a more accurate and realistic assessment of its true value.

We will be happy to provide you a free, no-obligation, property appraisal. (Valuation)

We can meet you at your property a time that best suit you. Our appointment with you would typically take between 40-60 minutes and would include a detailed inspection of your property. At our meeting, we will discuss the specific needs relevant to your own situation, market conditions, current demand, previous transactions within your locality and activity levels with other properties similar to your own. This information will help us advise you on:

• The potential value applicable to your property
• Anything you could do to enhance this value
• A recommended marketing strategy that suits your particular objectives.

To book a free valuation, please submit a request here.

Selecting an estate agent

When considering which agent to use there are many things to consider. Watch out for those who are suggesting inflated values & much higher commission rates, especially if they have not provided you with any comparable evidence or a comprehensive marketing strategy to back up their claim.

As a successful local agency we combine traditional and modern methods, employ professionally qualified & courteous staff and offer a realistic expectation of what can be achieved. We have exceptional local knowledge and are members of the NAEA (The National Association of Estate Agents)

With Bryan & Keegan you only pay commission when we successfully sell your property and you'll always have access to a specialist team dedicated to sales. Beyond that, we provide a significantly higher level of service than you would typically expect.

Contact us to find out more about what we offer you.

Arranging an EPC Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a property is a legal requirement. With our HIP partners, we can arrange to have an EPC produced for you, quickly and without fuss – and at a very competitive rate!

Preparing your property 

For the majority of buyers the internet will often be their first port of call. The visual imagery and information used with these listings are the first taste of your home a potential purchaser is likely to experience and this will hugely influence whether they contact us to arrange a viewing.

Preparing your home for photography and other visuals we develop (such as videos) is therefore one of the most important actions you can take to maximise your chances of attracting interest. This could involve some moving of furniture and basic de-cluttering.

With us, you don't have to – as we can do all this for you as part of the instruction process. Our consultant will allow enough time to work through your property on a room-by-room basis to carefully consider the best layout of furnishings, removal of personal items and the best aspects to capture. Room dimensions and details will be recorded and a floor plan of the property will also be produced.

Bryan & Keegan use wide angle, high resolution photography to maximize the visual aspect of your home, ensuring your property will always stand out from the competition and ensure you maximise the value of your home.

On selected properties we are also able to produce 3D floor plans, virtual tours, a featured property slot on our website and enhanced listings. Our brochures are professionally produced and typically between 2-4 pages.

Conducting viewings

Bryan & Keegan commit vast amounts of time and money towards marketing properties to prospective purchasers - with the prime aim of encouraging them to view the property.

We will discuss with you the best times of the day & week to present your property and do our best to steer appointments around these times. Many considerations need to be made, including your normal weekly patterns, parking availability, traffic levels, children and pets, light levels and garden aspects. Our well organised open days are a fantastic way for us to showcase your home, whilst minimising disruption to your daily life. All viewings would be accompanied by a member of staff

Negotiating an offer

Any offer received will be put forward to you verbally at the first available opportunity, and in writing within twenty-four hours. You will need to make a response to any offer. If the initial offer is rejected and the purchaser decides to increase their offer, the process will simply be repeated.

We will make all best endeavours to qualify purchasers in advance of any viewings - By "qualify" we mean that we will formally check their status and ability to proceed with any offer they make. In order for us to do this, we will ask for contact details of their broker or mortgage lender, proof of funds and any estate agent dealing with their current property sale. 

Once we have agreed your offer you will need instruct a solicitor to act for you in the sale. It is only when this information has been provided and we have same from your potential purchasers that we would consider removing the property from the market.

At this stage we will try to make you aware of any chain implications and the likely timescale of any agreed transaction. Due to the nature of the buying process, it is important to understand that any information provided by us concerning the transaction chain is not guaranteed and could change at any time. However, regular liaison will be made with yourselves, your buyers and the solicitors acting on both your and your buyer’s behalf to ensure we can keep you regularly updated of progress.

Progressing your sale

Once you have accepted an offer the legal process starts to arrange for contracts to be drawn up and agreed, to confirm payment is made for your property, and that legal title is properly transferred to your buyer.

The time it takes to progress through this stage is dependent on various factors – Typically the entire process could take as little as 4 weeks or up to 8 weeks. The process can sometimes longer depending on the circumstances of the chain.

To speed up the process from your end, we recommend you instruct legal representation prior to finding a buyer as there are various things they can do well in advance, and hence save time later. This includes calling for your title deeds office copy entries and various other documents – all of which can take some time to get hold of. It’s worth completing various documents in advance – such as the “Sellers Property Information Form” and “Fixture Fittings and Contents” declaration – as these will also help speed up things later.

In addition to the legal process, one or more surveys may be commissioned on your property by your purchasers. If the buyer requires a mortgage their lender will make arrangements for a basic survey (known as a Valuation) to provide assurances on its value and the condition of the property. The Buyer may also commission a more comprehensive survey (homebuyers or full structural). This will assess in more detail the condition of the property and make appropriate recommendations to the buyer.