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7 things to think about before listing your house

Research by an online comparison site says families are still looking to sell and buy homes and a fifth of those looking to sell by the end of 2020.

Optimistic they may be, but 62% of home buyers and sellers are using time wisely to spruce-up their home.

Many estate agents are marketing homes by providing virtual tours for buyers, so it’s worth considering what you can do whilst you have the time.

Find a Local Estate Agent

Research local estate agents. Having a reliable agent you is the difference between actually just staying on the market or getting to the point of completion. Ask friends, family and neighbours for recommendations. Whilst the amount of commission is important, working with an agent that will go the extra mile, knows the local area and your property, and forms a good relationship with you, makes all the difference.


Have a spring clean! Show your house in the best possible light.

Use the three pile technique: keep, donate, or bin. Anything to keep goes into storage. Look into the costs of hiring a temporary storage unit for the duration of the sale process. This will give you somewhere to put the additional furniture that you don’t currently need or is making the house look too small, those excess kids’ toys, as well as the ‘junk’ in the garage.


Get the paint brushes out, as a fresh coat of paint will work wonders.

Arrange a Virtual Viewing

Estate agents are more than happy to arrange a virtual viewing of your property to obtain a guide to the market value. This will give you something to work with when looking for your new home.

Form filling

Whilst you have time start completing the forms you will need to sell the house. These include the property information form, fittings and contents for and, if it’s leasehold the leasehold information form so they are ready for the buyer’s solicitor.

Get an online conveyancing quote

Don’t be fooled by artificially low prices. Many firms will lure you in with promises of cheap conveyancing, only to hit you with a big bill for all the ‘extras’. Make sure you really know the cost before deciding on that ‘cheap’ quote.

Additional information for the buyer

Consider other information that may be required;

  • Utility suppliers and meters
  • Any building work carried our since 1 April 2002 for which you will need a FENSA certificate of building regulations approval, you will also need copies of planning permissions and building regulations approvals and completion certificates
  • A copy of the NHBC warranty
  • Any certificates for electrical testing, gas safety, boiler servicing certificates
  • Details of the drainage arrangements if the property is not on mains drainage
  • If the property is leasehold you will also need a copy of the lease, service charge information, correspondence from the landlord or managing agent, copies of receipts for ground rent, landlord’s insurance policy.

Our local Residential Conveyancing team are here to help. Email or call 0800 088 6004 for a no obligation quote.

Naomi Edwards


Naomi Edwards

Marketing Executive

Naomi is an experienced marketing professional with a proven success record within a number of industries. She works closely with the BD & Marketing Director and Marketing Partner to ensure Wilson Browne Solicitors is the firm of choice in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.