How to sell your house

Minimise your selling stress and learn what will happen at each stage with our step-by-step guide to selling your home.

1Organise Your Finances

Before you begin the process of selling your house, it is important that you begin by organising your finances. First of all, you must let your mortgage lender know that you are planning to sell. You will also need to consider what size of mortgage you will need if you plan to buy again - do your research and decide what sort of property you'd like to move to and how much this will cost.

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2Choose an Estate Agent

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Choosing the right estate agent can save a lot of money and stress in the long term. Whether you choose a high-street estate agent, an online agent or decide to sell your house yourself, each method has different benefits. For example, you may save money by choosing to sell your house online or selling privately. Take your time when making a decision on your estate agent - the right agent can get you a great price for your home and make the whole process easier for you.

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3Decide on a Price

Deciding what price to sell your home for is a difficult decision. A great way to start is to use a free property valuation tool - Tepilo's valuation tool uses a range of resources including sold price records, estate agency listings, EPC certificates and floor plans to provide an estimated valuation for your home. If you would prefer a more thorough valuation, then you can book in a free, no obligation home valuation visit here. Once you have decided on a price, it is wise to add up to 10% extra as potential buyers will often make an offer that is lower than the asking price.

4Get Your House Ready for Viewings

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Once you've decided on a price and estate agent, it's time to get your house ready for viewings. Fix up any little blemishes such as chipped paint work and give your home a thorough clean and tidy. These things will make your property more appealing to potential buyers and may even make the selling process quicker.

Read more: How to conduct a sucessful property viewing

5Hire a Solicitor

Solicitors help to handle all the legal processes involved in selling your house. It is important to find a reliable and reputable solicitor before you accept an offer.

6Negotiate a Contract

Once you've received an offer you can decide whether or not to accept it. If you do decide to accept the offer, the estate agent will take your property off the market and you can begin to negotiate a contract with the buyer. The contract will detail; the number of days between exchange and completion, any problems that were brought up in the survey, and what fixtures, fittings or furniture will be included in the sale.

Once you exchange contracts with the seller, both parties are contractually obliged to go ahead with the sale/purchase.

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7Move Out & Complete the Sale

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You may move out at any time before the completion date. However, we would advise moving at least a day or two before hand so you're settled in your new home before you hand over the keys. Note that the buyer or estate agent may also visit in this time to make sure everything is ready.

On the completion day, the property will change ownership and you will hand over the keys to your buyer. The money will also be transferred from one solicitor to the other.

Read more: Our guide to a smooth exchange and completion

8Finalise

After the completion date, you will be sent a summary of the sale and invoices from both the solicitor and estate agent. This is when your final payments will be made and you will have full documentation of the sale.

If you're thinking of selling your house online, you can begin by getting a free instant valuation, booking a valuation visit, or creating an account with Tepilo