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Philip Jarvis Estate Agent – Top Tips for Sellers page:

1.    Have a plan.

Understand your reasons for moving and what you want or need to achieve from selling your home.  Communication with your agent is essential and share your plans so they can help you as effectively as possible.

2.    Do your research.

Ensure you use a local agent who knows what they are talking about.  Knowledge and experience of the local market are essential.  As the leading local agent we have a comprehensive database of sales data and our experience of the area ensures our valuations are honest, realistic and correct.  Our aim is to sell your home at the best possible price in the appropriate timescale to the right buyer.  Ensure your agent has evidence to justify their valuation.  Ask for comparable evidence.

3.    Choose the estate agent that is right for you.

Sellers often make the mistake of thinking that all estate agents are the same.  This is not the case.  You should consider how effective the agents marketing is, how they present your home and what sort of coverage do they have?  How accessible are they?  At Philip Jarvis Estate Agent our phone lines are open into the evening, seven days a week.  We have a prominent office found in Lenham Square.  Our staff are professionally trained and we are one of the very few licensed estate agents in the area.  You need to use an agent you can trust and feel comfortable with.

4.    Understand the costs of moving.

All the costs of moving need to be factored in before moving.  Costs can be high and so need to be carefully considered.  There are agent and solicitor fees, stamp duty and mortgage fees.  At Philip Jarvis Estate Agent we can talk you through these costs so that there are no nasty surprises later on in the moving process.

5.    Presenting your home for sale.

It is very true when they say first impressions count.  Many buyers start their search online so look at the photos first.  Other buyers will drive past first and look from the front of the property.  It is imperative the property passes the ‘pavement test’.  A tidy garden or newly painted and cleaned front door can really help.  Bathrooms and kitchens should always be clean.  Decluttering makes rooms look bigger and tidier.  At Philip Jarvis Estate Agent we take time with our new vendors to walk around their home giving objective advice on how best to present their homes.

6.    Preparing for viewings.

The first few weeks of marketing a property are the most critical.  It is essential to fully maximise any opportunities that exist from viewings.  At Philip Jarvis Estate Agent we are professionally trained estate agents so have the necessary selling skills to get the most from the viewing.  Often prospective buyers feel more comfortable with us showing them around.  However, you may want to do it yourself.  That is also fine but take our guidance and tips.  Be prepared for an early viewing and have a quick hoover and clean.  If you have pets perhaps take them out as some people are not that confident around animals.

7.    The offer.

When someone wants to buy your property they will make an offer.  At Philip Jarvis Estate Agent we thoroughly qualify the offer and undertake many background checks.  We will financially qualify the buyer and check their chain with their estate agent to make sure that their buyer is secure.  Check your buyer’s timescale.  If the offer is a little lower than you expected it might be worth checking with the estate agent where you want to buy to see if they will reduce by the same amount