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How To Sell Your House Fast

Selling your house can sometimes seem a bit confusing, especially if you’re not using a traditional estate agent.

Are you looking to sell your house fast? Well, we're looking to buy it. We're a leading cash buying company who can purchase your home in a matter of days, take all the hassle out of selling your home and if that isn't enough, we can also cover all the fees!

Everything you need to know about selling your house quickly

  1. How selling your house fast compares to the open market
  2. What are the different ways to sell my house?
  3. How to sell my house quickly for cash
  4. Useful tips to sell your house quickly
  5. Pros & Cons of a quick house sale
  6. Reasons to sell your house quickly
  7. Frequently Asked Questions

How a fast house sale compared to the open market

If you're looking to sell your house fast then the first question you may ask is around how much you can receive for your property in comparison to going through traditional methods such as the open market.

Do you know how much this may have cost you? Think about everything you have to pay for on a monthly basis from your building & contents insurance to the council tax, taking all this into account is how we compare to a typical open market sale:

Sale Process Estate Agent (9 Months) Our Service (7 Days)
Market value (Advertised Price) £100,000 £80,000
Offer accepted (Typical 5% Discount) £95,000 £80,000
Post survey negotiation £92,500 £80,000
Estate agent (£92,500 at 2% + VAT) £90,280 £80,000
Solicitor fees (£1000 + VAT = £1200) £89,080 £80,000
Mortgage payments (£75K repayment at 5% PA = £563 pcm or £5067 for 9 Months) £84,017 £80,000
Utility bills and Council Tax (£375 x 9 months) £80,642 £80,000
Property clearance (skip & deep clean at £750) £79,892 £80,000
Final Price
Final Price
Figures shown are based on a typical advertised property price of £100,000 which has come back with a RICS valuation of no less than £100,000 and the legal work and searches have shown that there are no issues in relation to the property or its title. We would be able to pay up to 80% of the valuation if the property is in ‘grade A’ condition, of standard construction and is located in an area with average or above market conditions.


Using an estate agent is the most common method of selling your home, but what most vendors experience is that their properties will be listed at a price too high to get any interest and this leads to a long and painfully slow process of price reductions, multiple viewings and eventual sale. Further to this, the cost is not cheap.

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

What Are The Different Ways To Sell My House?

Using an estate agent to sell your house has generally been the preferred method for many years, however, there are now other options cropping up that mean you don’t have to go down the traditional route. Which one is right for you though?

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  • Private Sale
    Often called ‘the open market’, this is when a property is advertised with an estate agent and a buyer will submit an offer for the vendor to consider. Once the offer is accepted, a contract of sale is drawn up and both the vendor and buyer must instruct solicitors to make sure everything is legally sound in order to get these contracts to completion. The estate agent will receive commission on the sale and this will either be a percentage of the asking price or a fixed fee.

  • Auction
    Selling your house at auction can be really useful, especially if you have a problem property you want to get rid of quickly. This could be anything from the property being structurally damaged through to the property being tenanted. Properties sold at auction will always be priced quite a bit under the normal market value, but if a bidding war occurs then this could work in the vendor’s favour. At a traditional auction, a buyer will have 28 days to pay 90% of the agreed price in order to consider the transaction ‘complete’. At a modern auction the buyer will pay a non-refundable reservation fee and will then have 28 days to exchange contracts plus an additional 28 days to complete the purchase.

  • Part Exchange
    Some property developers will offer to buy your current property off you if you buy one of their new builds in return. They will value your property and take into consideration any defects. Their offer will usually be around 65-70% of the market value, but they take on the responsibility of selling your old home which removes some of the hassle for you. You’re usually restricted as to which property you can have because they tend to offer the slightly smaller homes via the part-exchange scheme.

  • Home equity release schemes
    If you’re aged 55 - 65 and have invested quite a lot into your mortgage over the years, but don’t really have much in the way of additional funds, then you may be eligible to release some of that money from your property without having to sell it. Maybe you want to release some cash to pay for a holiday home or maybe you just need a bit of extra money to fund your retirement. Whatever your reason, equity release schemes should only be seriously considered after you’ve received specialist advice and weighed up the risks. There are two types:
    • Life-time mortgage – you’ll receive a lump sum from your provider which is secured against your property. You can pay this off or roll up the interest so that should you die the costs would be taken from the property sale.
    • Home reversion - a reversion provider buys all or part of your property and you can live there, rent-free, until you die and the provider can’t sell the property until that point. The lump sum you’ll receive is usually no more than 60% of the market value of the property.

  • Raffles
    This has been covered in the press a lot recently and is a more unusual way to sell a house. If a home owner wants to sell their property they can sell raffle tickets, with the main prize being their property.

  • Quick cash sale companies
    There are now a lot of companies that are able to buy your property quickly because they have a cash facility. Although they will offer you below the market value, they should generally offer you a fair price. These companies offer a service for those who need to sell their property quickly – usually due to a chain break, relationship break-down or emigration. It’s important to do your research before choosing this route because there are a lot of companies who add charges on at the end of the process which can cause unnecessary anxiety.

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How To Sell My House Quickly For Cash

Want to find out how to sell your house fast? It's easy because we are cash property buyers. This means that we could buy your property in as little as 7 days or within a timescale you specify. All legal fees are included in our service so there are no hidden costs and we’ll always offer you a fair price because we do our research. To buy your house fast for cash we will do the following:

  • Give you an initial valuation based on recent sales in your area and anything else you disclose to us
  • Send out one of our Acquisitions Managers to look at your property in more detail, flag up any issues and get to know you and your situation better
  • Offer you a final valuation which, if you accept it, will then lead to us booking a RICS survey before completion

Sell My House Quickly - Useful Tips

Although you shouldn’t invest a lot of money in your property if you plan to sell it, there are a few simple things you can do to give the best first impression to our Acquisitions Managers and any potential buyers:

  • Cut the lawn and make sure your garden is tidy – this is the first thing that people see so ensure you give a good first impression
  • If you have any superficial cracks in ceilings or walls then make sure they’re filled and painted over
  • Clean your windows and open them up to let air into the property, especially in the warmer months
  • De-clutter – decide what you really need to keep and what can be disposed of. This will open up your space and show off its potential

By making your property more visually appealing and tidying it up, you may get a slightly better price for it because the Acquisitions Managers will be able to see its potential. If there are any major structural issues etc that you’re unable to attend to then you can talk this through with a member of our team. Remember – we buy any property, in any condition so you can rest assured we won’t reject yours.

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Pros & Cons Of A Quick House Sale

✔ Downsize
✖ Make sure you pick a trusted company that doesn’t add fees
✔ Get cash for another project or investment
✖ Some companies are unscrupulous and will try to trick you into accepting a low value
✔ Move elsewhere without having to manage a sale on the open market
✖ Some companies have tie-ins, which means a customer can’t sell their property elsewhere
✔ Get rid of an inherited property

✔ Free up money for retirement

✔ Fix your chain break

✔ Sell due to relationship breakdown

✔ Fast and fair service

✔ All legal fees included

Luckily, we are a regulated company that is transparent about what it does. All legal fees are included and we will always offer a customer a fair price for their property, even though it won’t be the full open market price.

Reasons To Sell Your House Quickly

There are so many reasons why people look for a "sell house quickly" service. The list is pretty endless, however the most common reasons we have encountered are:

  1. Inheritance/probate
  2. Divorce
  3. Downsizing due to retirement or to save money
  4. Chain break
  5. To stop house repossession
  6. Emigration or moving to another part of the country

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that selling your house fast can be quite daunting so our agents are always on-hand to answer any questions. However, we’ve pulled together a few of the more common questions we get asked and answered them below:

  1. Q: Why should I choose to sell my house fast for cash instead of using an estate agent?

    Traditional estate agents can’t guarantee a completion date that fits around your timescales, whereas we can. They also add fees onto their services that can be either a percentage of the final sale price or a fixed fee. With solicitor's fees as well, this can become quite an expensive option.

  2. Q: How do you value my property?

    We use online tools to research the market in your area and offer an initial house valuation. However, as each property is unique, we will need to send out one of our Acquisitions Managers to look at the property, see if there are any issues or amendments that may affect the value and they will submit their recommendation which generates our final offer.

  3. Q: Are there any charges or fees to pay?

    No – all legal fees are included in our service and there are no other charges so the amount we offer you is the amount you will receive.

  4. Q: How quickly can I sell my house fast for cash?

    In as little as 7 days, but the typical sale takes 2-3 weeks.

  5. Q: Will I require a solicitor when using the sell house fast service?

    You’re welcome to use a solicitor of your choice if you prefer, however we have a number of solicitors that we work with and can appoint to act on your behalf.

  • All costs are covered, including the solicitor fees
  • We buy any property, in any location, in any condition
  • We're cash buyers, so we can guarantee a quick sale

Want to find out how much your property is worth & sell your house fast? It's best to give us a call on:

0800 024 8444

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5 simple steps to having your property sold!

Our quick (but thorough) 5 step sale process means we can buy your house fast and at a great price

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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

  • 03.

    We’ll visit your property & formalise our offer

  • 04.

    We’ll instruct solicitors and pay all fees

  • 05.

    Exchange contracts & complete as usual

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Ian Blake

I have found them very helpful particularly Jessica. It is a shame that I have been charged when at this stage I cannot proceed, but I recognise that this is to cover the cost of photographs taken.

Posted 4 days ago


Friendly staff on telephone

Posted 1 week ago

Rosemary Couzens

Mark was very honest and helpful about the process.

Posted 1 week ago

Jill Cooper

The gentleman on phone was Charming unfortunately offer too low

Posted 1 week ago


More than helpful in trying to sort out a deal for my house, have no complaints about the process or time scales in getting back to me with an offer

Posted 1 week 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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Properties bought by us for cash in
the last 2 years


Of our own money spent buying
property for cash

2-3 weeks

Average time taken from initial offer
to completion