Moving home is rumored to be the most stressful experience of your life. We say ‘rumoured’ because we firmly believe it doesn’t have to be. In fact we know that choosing the right Estate Agent to handle your sale can make a world of difference. That’s not to say that the sale will always go to plan, a sale without a few hiccups along the way is now few and far between but what’s important, is how their dealt with. The aim of an Estate Agent is not only to get you the best possible price for your sale, it’s also to guide you through the maze of viewings, negotiations, conveyancing and finally moving day!
As the longest established Estate Agents in the South Antrim area, we have been based in Crumlin since our doors first opened in 1979. As a team we offer professional experience, honest advice and have a passion for every house we sell. Selling houses is not just a job, it’s what we do! Building a strong reputation in a market that has seen many changes over the years hasn’t been a walk in the park, however our loyal client base who use our services time and time again are testament to the fact that not only our reputation but our service and commitment are second to none.
We do hope you will consider using our services for the sale of your property, farm or land, at the very least allow us to give you a free* valuation. In the meantime here are a few handy tips to get you started:
The first step in the selling process is getting a proper market appraisal. This should only be carried out by the professionals who know the local market and who can be trusted to give an accurate valuation.
At the first visit we would assess what the property has to offer and it’s current condition. We can advise if there are any improvements that would help prospective purchasers envisage themselves living in your home. IE. decor, tidy the garden, get rid of clutter etc.
We will be delighted to receive your instruction to market your property.
This begins with another visit to measure up and take photographs both externally and internally, a professional photographer may be an option if we feel our own skills won’t do the property justice.
- Keep decor neutral and add colour in the soft furnishings.
- Tidy inside and outside of the property and have rooms presented as you would like to see them if you were a buyer.
- Have the lawns cut and gardens tidy.
Remember: first impressions may sell your home!
Once completed, we will prepare a sales brochure for your approval. This will be added to our window display and be available for anyone calling in to inquire.
We will have our professionally designed “For Sale Board” erected at the property, usually within 24 hours.
We will feature the property to our facebook page – be sure to like and share the post, you never know who it might reach!
We’ll also inform prospective purchasers who have registered on our comprehensive mailing list.
All viewings are arranged through the office where all relevant details are recorded such as the viewer’s status and contact details. (E.g. first time buyer, house to sell). We will follow up the viewing within 24 hours and feedback will be discussed with you. Alternatively if you would prefer for us to carry out the viewings we can do so at no extra cost.
- The property should be easily accessible through the front door.
- Ensure the property is well lit with lights on each room before the viewing if it’s dark.
- Light a scented candle, put some fresh bread in the oven or fresh flowers on a table.
- Try to keep clutter to a minimum but without removing the warmth of family life.
- Keep pets outside, some buyers could have a fear of cats/dogs or even be allergic.
All offers are recorded and vendors notified both by telephone and in writing. We will guide you in respect of the level of the offer and the position of the buyer, the final decision however is yours to make as the property owner.
When a sale is agreed we will notify both firms of solicitors and monitor the sale until completion. We remain in regular contact with your buyer, both firms of solicitors and yourself as the sale progresses. Your solicitor however will be responsible for providing all legal paperwork and maintaining a good relationship with them is vital. If you don’t already have a solicitor please let us know.
Straight forward sales are now taking an average of 3-4 months to complete, complications can cause delays beyond this time scale. Your solicitor will advise when all of the paperwork is in place to allow a completion date to be agreed. Our checks on the paperwork also allows us to keep an eye on the timescale and any perceived delays will be highlighted to you at the earliest opportunity.
From start to finish we do our utmost to ensure a smooth sale and any hiccups are dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. If there’s any aspect of selling your property you’d like to discuss don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll be delighted to hear from you! If you’re also interested in buying a property, take a look at our buying page for some additional information.