The selling process

Firstly, we will be very happy to drop in to discuss your plans and the value of your home at any time to suit you. You can arrange this through our website, email, phone call or by popping in to your local branch.

Our expert team will talk to you about the best price for your property, given local and national market information - which will include comparable sold properties and local selling statistics.

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1. Agree the guide price of your home

Lauristons will discuss with you the options for price positioning in the current market so that we agree a marketing plan for your home. In addition, we will note down all of the major selling features of your home and arrange for our professional photographers and floorplanners to visit to help us make attractive sales and marketing material for your property. We can also talk to you about our conveyancing service and arrange for you to meet our financial advisors.

2. We will help to get you legally and financially prepared

At Lauristons we work with Embrace Financial Services who are part of the same parent company and as such they are an integral part of our team in all of our branches. EMS have a comprehensive panel of mortgage providers and they will work with you to tailor their service to suit your personal circumstance whether you are an investor, first time buyer, an experienced mover or looking to remortgage*

3. Work together to prepare your home for sale

With your help, we will launch your property onto the market as quickly and efficiently as we can.  At Lauristons we use both Rightmove and Zoopla property portals to present your property to the maximum number of potential buyers.  We aim to prepare property details and launch your home on our website and all portals within one working day - seeking approval and sign off from you on all materials, pictures and wording.

4. Launch your home onto the market

The initial two or three weeks that your house is on the market are critical, so we will make the most of launching your home to the market and ensure we get you the best price for your home and attract a number of potential buyers.

5. Matching your home to the right person

When we launch your property on to the market we immediately undertake a matching process with our comprehensive and qualified database of buyers.  Our network of offices have a database of 1000's of interested buyers and we will contact anyone whose criteria match your home. 

6. Showing your home

We can help you to prepare your home by offering guidance or access to approved maintenance contractors.  We are very happy to accompany everyone who wants to view your home.

To give the best first impression to buyers we suggest clearing clutter, tidying and cleaning your home and try and look at it through a ‘strangers’ eyes, so hide away anything you don’t want people to see.

7. Keeping in touch

After every viewing of your home we will call the prospective buyer and ask for feedback on their visit and find out their level of interest.  We will call you to let you know as soon as we have got this information to let you know what we think and any next steps.

8. Interested Buyer

Once we have found someone who is interested in buying your home it is really important that we keep in close contact with you and them. Where possible we will appoint one Sales Negotiator to your property to keep things moving effortlessly.

9. Reaching an agreement

Our sales negotiators will be the liaison between you and your buyer to make sure that we get you the best price for your home, in the time scale that you are looking for and with any extra considerations that you feel are necessary to ensure a smooth move into your next home.

10. The Legal Bits

There are two people who will be in constant contact with you during this part of your house move our Sales team and your conveyancer.  Your conveyancer is appointed by you to undertake all the legal paperwork for your sale.  We can help you find a conveyancer or you can find your own.

So that our team can ensure you get a smooth start to your purchase, make sure that in the first 10 days after having an offer accepted the following are completed:

•Solicitors have been fully instructed i.e. all forms are filled in and returned to your solicitor including payment on account for searches.

•Full Mortgage application has been submitted or a date when this will take place has been arranged.

The mortgage applications will be processed and your seller's conveyancer/solicitor will prepare draft contracts.

11. Keeping things moving

Our Sales team will contact you regularly to keep you updated on what is happening and they will be close contact with your buyer and their conveyancer to keep everything moving and reduce any chance of anything going wrong.

Your conveyancer will send the other party's conveyancer, draft contracts and on receipt of these they will apply for searches and raise enquiries. When all searches and enquiries are satisfactory and your buyer's mortgage offer has been received your conveyancer will be ready to report to you with the contract ready for signature.

12. Agree when you will be happy to move

The very nature of buying and selling homes makes it very hard to dictate time scales however we will do everything we can to try and make sure that we keep to any deadlines or target move dates that you have given us.  The more we know about your plans and your aspirations the easier it is for us to try and help you achieve them so please tell us as much as possible as early as possible.

13. Prepare for the big day

Now would be a good time to arrange quotes from removal companies - look for the BAR symbol which is the British Association of Removers as members are verified with them so you have recourse if something goes wrong.

You should now get quotes for buildings and contents insurance. You will receive a call from our sister company to give you a quote but we recommend you get a number of quotes.  You will need the insurance to be effective from exchange of contracts.

14. Sign and exchange contracts

Once the contracts are signed, the buyer's deposit (normally 5 - 10% of the property price) is sent to the seller's conveyancer, along with the signed contract. This is known as exchange of contracts. You are now legally bound to the sale/purchase and cannot withdraw without suffering a loss.

Once the contracts have been exchanged it is time to continue organising to be ready to move.  Let the removers know the date!