The average person moves house eight times in their lifetime, according to research by Bosch, and it’s likely that you’ll be going through the process of selling a home as an adult on even fewer occasions.
So what exactly is the process? While we can’t speak for other estate agencies, we can take you through what to expect if you’re an NFJ Property customer, and what we do to make things as efficient and easy for you as possible.
The first step to selling your property is to have it professionally measured up. Once we’ve done that, we create a 3D floor plan, which is much better than a flat one for giving prospective buyers a good feel for the property and where they can place their furniture.
We take multiple pictures, using an iPad, and you can come round with us while we do so and choose your favourites to illustrate your property. We find this is much more efficient than sending you lots of photographs to pick from, and means we can start marketing your home more quickly. Within 24 hours of the pictures being taken, we can have them on the system.
We also check whether your property has an Energy Performance Certificate (renewable every 10 years), and if not, we arrange this for you.
Marketing your property
We advertise your property online on the UK’s major house selling sites – Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location.
And because NFJ Property is also a traditional estate agent with bricks and mortar offices, we also have shop-window space to display your details.
In the office, we handle all the online and telephone enquiries about your property, and we proactively stay in touch with you every step of the way to keep you up to date with what’s happening.
Part of that is looking at the tracking every week – what people are clicking on and off on the websites – and analysing whether there are any issues with your advertisement and what we can do to get more online and physical views for your property.
This could include the price or the details, and if we think we should look at these again, we’ll come back to you to discuss any changes we think may improve your selling prospects.
Once we’ve secured a buyer for your property, we can recommend solicitors and mortgage advisors that we know and trust for the next step.
We carry out all the sales progression work on your behalf, so if you’re in a chain, we contact everyone else involved on a weekly basis to keep tabs on where each party is. That means you don’t have to chase anyone up – we do that for you and keep you informed of the progress.
Finally, we carry out the key handover and welcome buyers to their new home on your behalf.