Selling your home with Sample Mills

If you are looking to sell your home, Sample Mills combine motivated, experienced staff with great local knowledge and the latest marketing tools to make it happen. We work tirelessly, using the most effective methods to find you a buyer. Our aim is to get you the best price from the buyer in the strongest position in the timeframe to suit you.

Sample Mills property valuers’ have extensive experience of the local market in Newton Abbot and surrounding areas. and benefit from ongoing training to ensure we provide up to date property appraisals, helping you understand what your property is worth in the current market. We think it’s essential to set the right price at the start of the sales process, when the property is fresh to the market.

To find out more about how we can get you moving, call us now on 01626 367018 or fill in our online form for a free valuation.

Great Marketing with Sample Mills

Your property is unique and therefore deserves its own tailor-made sales and marketing plan. At Sample Mills we combine our years of experience in the local marketplace with everything online marketing has to offer to ensure you will get the best possible price and maximum exposure.

By selecting the best award-winning portals to promote your property - Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location - we gain interest with nationwide coverage, and our social media marketing covers Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so we can be reactive to market demand and opportunities.

With such extensive online presence, it is essential your property is shown in the best possible light. Our experienced professional photographer will provide a portfolio of shots that Sample Mills can use across all media and will help show the potential of your property with its usage in email marketing, local media publications and brochures.

To find out more about how we can get you moving, call us now on 01626 367018 or fill in our online form for a free valuation.

Open Houses, Auctions and Bids

In recent years we have found a growing interest in 'open house' viewings with buyers. They are a great way of showing off property and fuelling interest.

Opening up your house for a marketed viewing over an hour or two can be of great advantage, ensuring most of your viewings are out of the way in a short space of time.

Sample Mills also have years of experience with property auctions and sealed bids in the Newton Abbot, Teignbridge and Torbay areas. We can guide you through the processes to ensure you clearly understand what happens and feel confident with our administration skills during the transaction.

To find out more about how we can get you moving, call us now on 01626 367018 or fill in our online form for a free valuation.

Sellers' Tips

Our guide to help you navigate the complex world of selling property.

Even before you start the process of selling your property, you need to notify your mortgage lender you are planning to sell and find out what your outstanding mortgage balance is and if you will incur early redemption penalties. Then get a valuation from an estate agent. This will help you establish what you can afford with regards to your next property purchase - deposit, mortgage, stamp duty, removals and potential renovation money. It is a good idea to speak with a financial adviser at this point and discuss how much you will be able to borrow.

Engaging an estate agent that you have a rapport with is important. Find an agent that you are confident with in the way they communicate and market your property. Ask questions about how they will go about finding a buyer, agree a fee and ensure the contract between the two parties is agreeable.

All those little jobs you have put off need to be done. Filling holes in walls, clearing the gutters, and fixing squeaky floorboards will help to sell your home. Getting rid of any problems that potential buyers might be put off by is a good idea. Also, a coat of paint will freshen and brighten up your home. Neutral colours are the most appealing, so don’t go opening up a tin of bright blue paint!

Trying to keep a house clean and tidy, especially with a young family, can be hard work but ultimately worth it to attract a buyer. Dirty or cluttered rooms can be a turn off for some buyers so take some time to have a spring clean, especially in high impact rooms like the kitchen and bathroom. Too much furniture or too many nick-nacks can also make a room feel smaller or distract the potential buyer so have a declutter and keep things simple. A clean, fresh smelling house will be appealing.

Your solicitor, or conveyancer, will guide you through the legalities and timings of the selling process from property questionnaires and surveys through to exchange to completion. Communication is key throughout this period of buying so choose a solicitor you can work with.

Once the estate agent receives an offer on your property, they will present it to you having obtained all the necessary information required to make an informed decision. Be prepared to negotiate. Remember that the buyer who makes you the highest offer is not necessarily always the best person to proceed with. Take into consideration if they have a property to sell, how long a chain they are in, if they require a mortgage, or if they are purchasing with cash in the bank, or a first-time buyer. Your estate agent will guide you through the negotiating process in order to proceed with the best buyer at the time of agreeing the sale.

Once a sale has been agreed, the estate agent will submit a Memorandum of Sale to each party, including Solicitors. A draft contract will then be drawn up which will include fixture and fittings details – items to be included and those to be purchased by your buyer. In England you do not need to arrange a property survey, but it is likely that the buyer will. A surveyor will arrange an appointment to visit your home, and will be looking for problems with utilities, damp, cracking, roof problems and timber defects. If your buyer requires a mortgage, their lender will organise a mortgage valuation to confirm the property is worth the money being lent. Any survey issues will be highlighted at this point and dealt with. This will then lead to exchange and completion.

We hope this has covered any questions you might have.

To find out more about how we can get you moving, call us now on 01626 367018 or fill in our online form for a free valuation.

Sellers' FAQs

Our guide to help you navigate the complex world of selling property.

We recommend that you arrange an up to date Property Valuation as early as possible. Once you have an accurate figure of how much your property is worth, you can start making plans, whether it is looking into re-mortgaging or starting to look for your next property within the right price bracket.

Sample Mills' Property Valuations are completely free of charge.

No! We accompany all our viewings, having taken the time to get to know your home, the improvements you’ve made and the little idiosyncrasies that make it special. You can get on with your day. And because we get to know what potential buyers like and don’t like by accompanying them to viewings, we find this speeds up the sales process.

Sample Mills will provide viewing feedback after every appointment. We will endeavour to respond to you promptly, so you aren’t left in the dark.

Estate Agent Fees will either be a set fee or a percentage of the purchase price. Before putting your property up for sale with an estate agent, ensure that you understand the fee being charged and the services included. The majority of properties are legally required to have a current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place before they can be sold. This outlines the energy efficiency rating of your property.

‘Conveyancing’ means the legal transfer of your property to the buyer. You will need to employ a solicitor or conveyancer to make this happen. Prices will vary depending on your circumstances.

It all depends on your property chain. On average, from offer being accepted to exchange can take between 8 and 12 weeks. However, this is completely dependent on how many properties are in the chain. Once exchange of contracts has taken place, completion can happen fairly quickly, sometimes on the same day if all parties are in agreement.

No, the buyer is responsible for paying Stamp Duty.

Sample Mills are members of The Property Ombudsman Ltd. More Information can be found at The link to our 'Complaints Procedure' can be found at the bottom of our website.

We hope this has covered any questions you might have.

To find out more about how we can get you moving, call us now on 01626 367018 or fill in our online form for a free valuation.

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