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A guide to part exchanging your home & alternative options

Part-exchange services can be really useful if you’re wanting to sell a house you no longer want quickly in exchange for a house you’d prefer.

Using a traditional estate agent can be a long-drawn-out and expensive process, plus there’s no guarantee that a buyer won’t pull out at the last minute, breaking the chain. However, there are other alternatives to part-exchange, such as quick cash buyers.

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  1. What does part exchange mean?
  2. How does part exchanging your home work?
  3. Is part exchanging a good idea?
  4. Part exchanging vs cash buyers

What Does Part-Exchange On A House Mean?

Buying a part-exchange property means trading in your current property and getting a part-payment towards a new-build property. There are a number of property developers offering this option. They will commission two local estate agents to come and value your property – this will be a selling price and will be around 65% of the market value. Once you accept the offer, a survey will be carried out and, unless any serious issues are revealed, you could complete within around 4 weeks.

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How Does Part Exchanging Your Home Work?

Part-exchange schemes are just like any other property transaction, except that the property developer is your buyer. To be considered for a new-build property, your house must be in a decent condition and worth 65-70% of the new property’s market value. Two independent estate agents will visit your property to value it. They will decide if the property value is enough for it to be sold on.

Most developers state that they will offer you a fair price and many vendors are happy to accept because it means a hassle-free sale and a brand-new home. However, it is worth noting that you’ll be limited as to which new-build property you get. They usually have fewer rooms or smaller gardens. There’s no guarantee that your property will be accepted which is why using a quick cash buyer could be an alternative to consider. We will buy any property, in any condition and will pay up to 80% of the market value of the property. You can then go on to buy any property you like or just use the cash for an alternative project. The choice is yours.

Is Part Exchanging A Good Idea? The Pro's & Con's

✔ No estate agent fees
✖ Sometimes difficult to secure a mortgage against a new-build as they can be considered as depreciating in value fairly quickly
✔ Avoid a property chain
✖ You are limited as to which property you can choose – usually smaller or with less of an outdoor space
✔ Get a brand-new property
✖ No guarantees that your current property will be accepted
✔ Minimal stress process
✖ Building might not be completed in the timescale specified, by which time your current property may have been sold
✔ Certain perks such as custom fixtures and fittings or being exempt from stamp duty
✖ You won’t get near market value for your property

✖ Developer might not be part of The Consumer Code for New Homes, approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute

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Part Exchanging vs Cash Buyers

Although part-exchange schemes offer a seemingly stress-free property sale and a brand-new home, there are other options. If you want to sell your property quickly and aren’t necessarily interested in your onward property being a new build then a quick cash buyer, like us, could be the right choice.

We’ll buy any property, in any condition and will offer up to 80% of the market value, subject to checks. You’ll receive a cash sum that you can use towards a new home or to fund a totally different project. The choice is yours, but all fees are included in the service so what we offer you is what you’ll receive. Plus, we can help you move if you need that additional support. Get a hassle-free service so you can get back to the important stuff. Get in touch with a member of our team today on 0800 024 8444

  • We buy any home, in any condition, of any size & in any location
  • You don't have to pay the typical fees, we cover everything, including solicitors
  • We buy properties with cash, so you're guaranteed a quick sale

Do you want to find out more? We can value your house for FREE, just give us a call on:

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    Check to see if your property is eligible check now

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    Receive an offer from us within 24 hours

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    We’ll visit your property & formalise our offer

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    We’ll instruct solicitors and pay all fees

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    Exchange contracts & complete as usual

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Process and business model explained with no hard sell but helpful guidance and very quick response to my request.

Posted 2 days ago

kate stewart

Shaun has been exceptionally helpful so far. Will come back when I am ready to sell. Thanks K Stewart

Posted 5 days ago


Lee has been amazing and has listened and negotiated in a professional and sympathetic way. I was really put off by other cash for properties companies and their hard sell, but you have been completely different and I am very grateful. Adam you are also fab! Thank you all

Posted 1 week ago

Dave Musson

Excellent service from Mark, but our situation has changed for the time being. Please stay in touch

Posted 2 weeks ago

David Barson

Although we have not gone any further at the moment we can say that we were dealt with very professionally and we will contact Scott again if our situation changes.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Why sell your house to us?

We’re one of the leading buyers of residential/commercial property and land in England and Wales. We buy using our own cash facility meaning we can offer the best prices in our industry and complete the sale quicker than anyone else.

Your options Average sale length Typical cost to you
The Property Buying Company 2-3 weeks £0.00
Other House Buying Companies 2-10 weeks £1000
Property Auction 6-10 weeks £2500-£5000
Online Estate Agents 16-52 weeks £1000(upfront)-£5000
Estate Agents 16-52 weeks £5000

Unlike most of the other options available to you, we are not a broker or middle man, meaning you skip the fees and get a sale quickly and easily.

The Property Buying Company is registered with the Property Ombudsman and is a member of the National Association of Property Buyers

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