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Buying or selling a house

Sellers Guide

Selling is a huge decision and can be an emotional rollercoaster at times. Our aim is to make this process as straightforward as possible for the seller. This starts with presenting your home in the most attractive way we can, gathering as much detail about the property as we can, and keeping a constant flow of communication with yourself as a seller, and potential buyers.

Our goal is to identify a good buyer for your home, verify their financial position, and to come to an agreement on the best price possible for your property. In order to do this, there are certain steps we require our sellers to take so we can work together to make a great sale:

1: Property Presentation

It's really important to present your property to its full potential to ensure that it appeals to potential purchasers. A property needs to be clean and presentable when viewings are being undertaken to make it attractive to buyers.

Detail: For us to find the most suitable buyers, Bests residential sales staff will need to know as much as possible about the property. It is important that any unique selling points that may not be immediately obvious are highlighted, such as additional storage not immediately visible, a boiler fitted recently, recent building upgrades. Further tips are listed below.

It is also essential to make a full disclosure of any potential issues which may interrupt a smooth transaction once a property has been agreed for sale.

2: Viewing arrangements

The more flexible a seller can be with viewing arrangements, the better. We try and work around the seller's schedule as much as possible, however the right buyer could be the one who requests the time outside of this, so we like to provide flexibility where possible.

3: Allocating a solicitor

To make the Sales process smoother, we'd recommend you have a solicitor in place to carry out the conveyancing so they can act promptly when a bid is agreed. We suggest that you make contact with a solicitor at the same time that you place the property on the market. It is important that your solicitor can provide the purchasers solicitor with all relevant documentation as soon as possible in order to facilitate with a smooth, efficient sale.

It is better to address any potential issues at this stage rather than waiting for the sale to be agreed.

4: Adjustments

Throughout the marketing process of your property Best Property Sales Negotiators may provide you with suggestions and feedback to maximise the saleability of the property.

5: Sale Agreed

Once a sale has been agreed with a purchaser, it is important to keep in regular contact with your solicitor to ensure you can provide any further information that is required as soon as possible and also to ensure the completion of sale within a satisfactory timescale. Best Property Services will keep each vendor fully informed of sale progression.

Top Tips


Try to tailor your space to show the property to appeal to the target buyers. So if you feel a professional couple would be ideal, then turn the junk room into an office space, or furnish it as a bedroom if you are hoping to appeal to families with young children.


  • Potential buyers need to imagine themselves living in your house, so get rid of ornaments and photos and declutter. Put things you don't really use on a daily basis in the attic or storage. Large pieces of furniture should also go into storage to make rooms feel more spacious.
  • Focus on the main entrance and hallway areas and - clear away coats/clutter;
  • In the bathroom - hide all your products out of sight;
  • and the kitchen - clear the bench surfaces of appliances and make sure the rooms are clean and presentable for viewings.

Freshen Up

  • A fresh coat of neutral paint, new tiling or lino, can do wonders to a tired looking property.
  • If your budget can't stretch to re-tiling the bathroom, try regrouting to improve the look.
  • Replace any broken light bulbs;
  • A vase of fresh cut flowers in the living room and kitchen areas can brighten up spaces and make them look more appealing.
  • The garden is often an important feature so be sure to make your garden feel like a great space for entertaining and relaxing by adding a cushion to a bench, some potted plots etc.

How a property is valued

There are a few factors that our sales negotiators evaluate when considering the sale value of a property including:

  • Comparable evidence of other similar properties which have recently sold (based on our extensive database of records and comparison with other agencies)
  • Market knowledge of other similar properties which are currently on the market (this is useful if another property similar has been on the market for a long period at a realistic figure)
  • Age and condition of the property, it would be important to determine if there are any issues which may affect a sale proceeding i.e. structural/title issues.
  • Square footage of property, particularly if it is a fairly unique type of property of which there are no similar sales/houses on the market.
  • Location of the property