Cut out the middle man when you sell your home

Selling your home through an estate agent can be quite expensive, but if you are prepared to do the work required, it is possible to find a buyer without their help.

The first step when selling your home is to obtain a valuation. It is often possible to find an estate agent which is willing to provide a free valuation without obligation. You can also search online sites like Zoopla to look at prices of similar properties in the same area.

It is necessary to hold an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) prior to placing your home on the market, which can be obtained with the help of a registered energy assessor. The EPC register website will have a list.

Advertising a property can be done in a number of ways. There are some websites which will permit you to list your property free of charge, so that you reach a much wider audience. Some sites will charge a fee but will include photos and may even place a ‘For Sale’ sign for free. You can advertise for free on some supermarket notice boards, and for a small fee you can advertise in the local paper.

You will have to arrange viewings yourself, but this can be done at your convenience. Calculate a minimum price which you are willing to accept, and don’t be tempted to go below this amount. A solicitor will be required to complete the sale.

Although professionals are often required during the buying and selling process, like a CeMAP qualified mortgage adviser, it is possible to tackle some aspects yourself to save money.


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