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A guide on how to sell your house privately

Need to find out more about how you would go about selling your house without an estate agent? Here is all the information you need.

Since the recession in 2008, privately selling property has become a more common strategy. Many of us are choosing to sell through this method either by selling to family or friends, or to avoid paying the expenses of high street agents. Anyone can choose to sell their home privately, however there is a lot of leg work that must be completed by the seller.

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What Is A Private House Sale?

A private house sale is when you sell a property without an estate agent. This means you are responsible for each step of the way. This includes getting an energy performance certificate, advertising, viewings, handling negotiations and so on. The only part of the selling process where you will need to employ someone to help is when you receive a provisional offer. From there you will need a solicitor to sort the legalities. To summarise, privately selling your home means:

  • The seller is not using an estate agent
  • The seller will be responsible for each stage on the selling process
  • Anyone can use this process to sell

How Does Selling With No Estate Agent Work?

There are around six steps to take to prepare selling without an estate agent.

  • Make your home worth buying – a pivotal start would be to make your home aesthetically pleasing inside and out. You don’t need to build an extension to increase the value. To begin, fix the areas of your home that may be overlooked such as a leaky tap or a hole in a wall.
  • Write a description and set a price – research into how others have described their property. This doesn’t need to be pages, just a few enticing sentences will do. To go with the description, make sure you get some professional photos taken. You will also need to research into how much others are selling similar properties for.
  • Listing – find the correct website to list your property on. Think about other ways of marketing your home such as social media and local papers.
  • Arranging viewings – every time your home is being viewed, make sure you are prepared by having your home clean and being ready to answer questions. First impressions always count and any viewer could be a potential buyer.
  • Negotiating and Accepting offers – when negotiating, keep a clear head and decide beforehand what you are willing to accept. With any offers made, make sure you are courteous, especially if you are turning down an offer. Accepting an offer is usually done through verbal communication. But remember, this is not legally binding until contracts have been signed.
  • Discussions with your solicitor – your solicitor will help with the legal side to selling. Choose a solicitor that has good reviews or has been recommended to you. Once chosen, your solicitor will help complete the final part of the sale.

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Why Sell Your Property Privately?

With more of us deciding to sell privately, what are the real benefits to using this technique? Firstly, the main reason for selling privately is the cost implications. Estate agents can charge anywhere between 0.75-3% (plus VAT) of the agreed sale price of your property. For example, say your home sold for £100,000, if an estate agent charged between 0.75-3% this would could cost you around £750 -3000 (plus the added VAT).

Another reason for selling your property privately is you may want to sell your home to someone you already know. Many use this method when they are selling to a friend or family member. If this is your scenario, it's is an easier way of selling as you can do negotiations with your potential buyer and avoid losing thousands on solicitor’s fees.

However, before you decide to take the plunge and sell through this method, there are questions you can ask yourself to see whether privately selling is right for you.

  • What are the current trends within the housing market?
  • Do you know anyone who is already interested in buying your home?
  • Do you have enough time to privately sell?
  • Are you selling a home with a leasehold arrangement?

General Tips To Sell Your Property Quickly

So, you have decided to sell your property, but you want to sell as quickly as possible. Here are a few of our tips to selling your property quickly:

  • First impressions, they really do count! Make sure your exterior and interior is appealing. Outside, clear your garden by mowing the lawn or weeding. Inside, make sure you clean and declutter.
  • Have your walls seen better days? Add a lick of paint, it’s a cheaper alternative to other methods of sprucing up your home.
  • Become handy by fixing cracks, holes or areas within your home that are needing to be mended. Even the smallest fix can make a difference
  • Check that everything is in working order, whether it's bits of plumbing or electrics.
  • Make sure you get your EPC done as soon as possible.

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How Long Should A Private House Sale Take?

Selling a property is never an easy task, and there is a lot of uncertainty around how long the process may take. According to Gov.UK, selling your home on average takes two to three months. However, they also state that the process could take longer if you are within a chain of other sellers and buyers. Although, this isn’t always the case. Some houses sell in a matter of days/weeks, others stay on the market for a while.

The length of a sale can be down to many factors such as:

  • The area
  • Local facilities – schools, public transport etc.
  • The country’s economy
  • Property size and condition
  • The price you are seeking

What Are My Other Selling Options?

Maybe you have decided that the open market isn’t right for your property. Another selling option is to sell your home to us. The Property Buying Company are a cash buying facility that can buy your home quickly. We provide ourselves on:

  • Buying your home in as little as 2-3 weeks (although we have been known to buy homes in under a week)
  • Buy properties in any condition, location and circumstance
  • Covering all legal fees for our customers
  • Offering a fair cash sum
  • Over fifty years of buying experience in England and Wales
  • Working to a timescale that suits you
  • Providing the highest levels of customer service

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  • We cover all your fees, including the solicitors costs, so there's no need to worry about extra unexpected outgoings.
  • We're true cash buyers, we have our own cash reserves that mean we can buy your home quickly.
  • The condition of your house doesn't matter, we'll buy it in any condition.

No longer interested in selling privately? We have the perfect solution for you, a quick house sale. Call us for further information:

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    Receive an offer from us within 24 hours

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    We’ll instruct solicitors and pay all fees

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Morgan Whysall

Abbie wills was absolutely amazing! Throughout a journey of ups and downs she has been the one to be chasing both sides of solicitors making sure we had a quick sale. Customer service Abbie has provided has been absolutely outstanding. Would recommend highly.

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Would highly recommend The Property Buying company if your looking for a quick sale hassle free. My property is complex because it only holds a short lease & because of this it wouldn't sell for the market value & only to a cash buyer. The property Buying Company have helped to change my world by purchasing it from me at obviously a much lower price than it would be if the lease had been longer but now I am able to purchase another property and move on. Elie has gone the extra mile in my opionion... he has worked so very hard to help me not only with the sale of my property but even with negotiating with the seller's of the property I am now hoping to buy! That's what I call great customer service!! Big thank you to Daniel and Charlotte too for their professional friendly customer service.

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Nicola Walker

Abbie has been extremely supportive and professional through our house sale process. We Would highly recommend Abbie and the Property Buying Company! Due to complete very shortly, Thank you for excellent service😊

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Philip Coley

Marc has been a joy to talk too over the past few weeks, no pushy sales like other companies I contacted. Looking forward to meeting Patrick once I’m back to full health. Philip Coley (Birmingham)

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Malcolm Walker

Never heard of this company before but l have to say that the professionalism was superb from start to finish. Initially Jessica was my first port of call and again she was very helpful indeed. Our main contact after Jessica was Abbie Wills who was both extremely helpful,understanding and gave fantastic customer service deserves a pay rise.What a lovely lady.

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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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Properties bought by us for cash in
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Of our own money spent buying
property for cash

2-3 weeks

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to completion