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Sales Guide



A guide to selling your property

Step by step guide of useful information for selling your property with Astley&Co.

Market Valuation


Astley & co will visit your home to assess its value, discuss marketing strategy, fees, and terms of business.

Mortgage


Before starting your search, we advise you speak to a mortgage advisor. We would recommend, Martyn our in-house advisor. He will assess your financial circumstances and commitments and suggest the most suitable mortgage options. You will then know your budget and can then obtain a mortgage agreement in principle to start your property search.

Going on the Market 


You will need to agree on the marketing price of your property and sign our agency agreement. We will then take photos and measurements of your property ready to begin marketing. An Energy performance certificate (EPC) is a certificate that shows in detail the energy performance of a building and it is a legal requirement if you are selling or letting your home to have an EPC.

Marketing


Astley & co will advertise your property extensively. As soon as the details are put on the system, we will match them to prospective buyers on our database and generate viewings. Marketing includes your property being advertised on the major property portals and our own website www.astleyandco.com. The ‘For Sale’ Board will be erected, and your property will be displayed in our illuminated office window displays.

Solicitors 


We can make recommendations for local solicitors, but we do advise instructing a solicitor as early as possible so that when you accept an offer everything is in place, speeding up the whole process.

Viewings 


Prospective buyers will view your property by appointment only through Astley & co. Ensure your home is presentable before every viewing. We call it ‘viewing ready’. First impressions really do count, with most buyers forming an opinion within the first 15 seconds on entering a property.

Receiving Offers


We will communicate all offers made by telephone and in writing. We will work to negotiate between you and the buyer to arrive at a sale price that you both agree to.

Confirmation of Sale  


Once an offer is agreed we will prepare a Memorandum of Sale which provides details of the property, agreed sale price, name and address of yourself and the buyer and your solicitors. This is then sent to everyone concerned.

Legal Work


On receipt of the Memorandum of Sale a draft contract will be prepared by your solicitor and sent to the buyer's solicitor who will make preliminary enquiries and conduct local and land registry searches. If no further enquiries are needed the buyer's solicitor will approve the contract. We will manage sales progression in our office, making regular contact with all parties so that queries are dealt with quickly and customers are kept fully up to date.

Exchange of Contracts & Completion


When all the legal paperwork is prepared, and a formal mortgage offer has been received the contract is signed by both buyer and seller and a deposit is paid. This is a formal binding contract committing you to buy the property. At this stage, a date for completion will be agreed.

Congratulations – Your sale is complete, and the keys are handed over.