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A useful guide to selling your property

Selling a property is often thought to be a long, drawn out and stressful process. However, there are certain things you can do to ensure the process runs as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.

Prior to putting your property up for sale:

  • Be absolutely sure you want to go ahead with selling your property – if you are considering letting as an option, speak to a Lettings Agent so you can make a fully informed decision;
  • If you are also looking to buy a property, and need to sell your own before doing so, put a contingency plan in place in case you manage to sell your property before finding your next home – look into short term lets or speak to friends / family about the possibility of moving in temporarily;
  • Consider carrying out any minor repairs and maintenance matters that might affect how your property is viewed – even replacing the odd light bulb can make a difference to how someone sees your property;
  • Look objectively at your property – consider how others would view your home; if you can present your property in a way that is as neutral as possible, this helps prospective purchasers to visualise how they would make it their home;
  • First impressions count! A neat and tidy front garden and well-presented frontage help!
  • Think about the key features of your property and tell your agent – you can always look at various property websites to get ideas;

Decide whether you would want to conduct viewings yourself or if you prefer an Agent to do so – it is advisable to instruct an Agent to do this on your behalf.

What to consider when choosing an Agent:

  • Location of the Agent relative to your property
  • Whether they operate from a single location or across a number of local branches (this increases visibility of your property to prospective buyers)
  • How good is that Agent’s knowledge of the local area
  • What terms do they usually operate on and are there any fees charged in addition to the standard selling fees?
  • Do they tie you into any contract terms for a specific period of time?
  • How do they market your property? Internet advertising, print, operation of mailing lists? How is this presented?
  • How visible are their ‘For Sale’ boards – do you notice them in your area?
  • Are the staff knowledgeable, friendly and professional when you speak to them? This indicates how they will deal with prospective purchasers on your behalf.
  • Do they offer a ‘key accompanied’ viewing service?
  • Are they easy to contact?

Considering the above will help you to make a decision as to whether the agent you choose will be value for money.

Why choose Brian Holt Estate Agents?

  • The Holt Family have worked in the property industry in the area for over 75 years; Holt is a trusted name throughout Coventry and Warwickshire
  • We take the responsibility as your Agent seriously
  • Integrity is at the heart of everything we do
  • Our teams have many years’ experience and expertise, and possess good local knowledge
  • As an independent company, we listen and ensure we do our best to meet your needs
  • Brian Holt Estate Agents is regulated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), subscribes to The Property Ombudsman (TPOS) for Sales and Lettings, and adheres to their voluntary Code of Practice
  • NAEA and ARLA Licensed Company

What does Brian Holt Brian Holt Estate Agents do?

A brief outline of the services we provide are as follows:

  • FREE market appraisals
  • No sale, no charge
  • No tie in to lengthy contracts
  • Coverage across three branches
  • Individual, high quality property particulars of your home
  • Digital photographs
  • Internal floor plans
  • Prominent advertising in the local press
  • Extensive advertising on property portals
  • Property listing on our website
  • Distinctive ‘For Sale’ boards
  • Marketing of your property to suitable buyers through our mailing list
  • Professional ‘Accompanied Viewing’ service with all prospective buyers
    (unless you prefer to conduct your own viewings)
  • Constructive feedback provided after all viewings of your property
  • Advice and support throughout the process from our knowledgeable and experienced staff
  • Regular sales progression updates from dedicated negotiators
  • Help and advice on access to ancillary service

How do we market your property?

Brian Holt Estate Agents carries out extensive marketing to ensure your property is as visible as possible to prospective purchasers.

Maximum online exposure

  • We have our own dynamic, up-to-the-minute website where prospective purchasers and tenants are able to easily find details of available properties;
  • We feature on major property portals in the UK;
  • We utilise social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to further connect with local communities;
  • Our Facebook page features a unique property search allowing prospective purchasers and tenants to search through all of our properties as soon as they are available, directly through Facebook;
  • We continually review our procedures and our use of technology to ensure we can market your properly to its full potential.

Mailing Lists

We have an extensive database of prospective purchasers, who can sign up to our mailing list directly through our branches, over the phone or through our website. Details of your property are sent to suitable applicants who are on this list.

Extensive print advertising

Brian Holt Estate Agents regularly features in the property pages of the Coventry Telegraph, Warwickshire Telegraph and The Courier (Leamington Spa and Kenilworth).

In addition, we are regularly approached by the local press and radio to comment on property matters. Our profile in the area is therefore maintained as one of the top Coventry and Warwickshire property specialists.

Constructive Feedback

We follow up all viewings carried out at your property to obtain feedback and gain a direct insight into how your property is viewed by prospective purchasers. This feedback is communicated to you in a constructive and timely fashion together with any recommendations we may feel would improve the saleability of your property.

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