Selling Guide

Step 1 – Valuation

Selling your property in the shortest time, achieving the best rent, from quality buyers, should be your aim. From the moment your property is marketed, it is vital that your property is priced correctly as first impressions count. A vast amount of valuations are carried out every month, by our expert valuers giving us accurate and unrivalled knowledge of all property values in your region.

This is why, for all our clients’ properties we are consistently achieving the asking price.

Step 2 - Presentation of Your Property

The presentation of your property is critical in order to make a good first impression and successful sale. Address any DIY jobs that need attention, also where essential add a fresh coat of paint. It’s very helpful to declutter rooms to make them appear bigger. In just one visit our professional Photographer will take pictures to produce 360° tours, create floorplans and prepare comprehensive property descriptions.

The First Impression

High presentation maximises the interest and value of your property

bigmove take pride to ensure your property is presented in the best possible way. One of our professional photographers visit every property we are entrusted with in order to create the perfect picture to make your property stand out from the crowd.

Our unique marketing includes showcasing your property in our very own BMlife celebrity property and lifestyle magazine and prominent window display. Photographs, virtual tours, colour floorplans and a location map are created for your property which will be marketed online with bigmove.uk.com, rightmove.co.uk and OnTheMarket.com.

Space and Lighting

Keep windows bare to let in as much light as possible and clean inside and out, also remove any net curtains or pull to the side and lift up any blinds.

We recommend positioning the sofa against the wall, as this allows the size of the room to be emphasised, producing a better and attractive photo. It is important to ensure any doors are not prevented from opening from furniture or items stored behind. This gives the photographer space to stand with the door wide open, which allows him to capture more of the room.

For the 360’ virtual tours, it is mainly important that the two most attractive rooms are well organised.

Present Your Home In The Best Way

Appling these rules will dramatically increase the sale of your home.

​Inside Property

- Keep all washing up and washing up equipment out of sight, including: kitchen towels, oven mittens, toothbrushes, shampoos etc. Clear all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

- All toys, catalogues, magazines, laundry, carrier bags, tissue boxes etc. should be removed out of sight.

- All items with strongly coloured packaging including: food products and items with easily recognisable logos should be removed out of sight.

- Ensure all light bulbs work, especially all spot lights, chandeliers and above the cooker. Hide away all cables and wires, except for lamps, if essential disconnect all appliances.

- Ensure all bed linen is neat and not creased and chose a light neutral colour.

- Fresh flowers, vegetables and fruit are always beneficial.

- Remove any dead plants.

Outside Areas

- Ensure the outdoor seating area is kept prepared at all times.

- Take away any washing lines and loose covers.

- Trim the lawn and clear up leaves.

- Place outdoor rubbish and recycling bins out of sight

Step 3 – Appointing a Solicitor

Instructing a strong efficient solicitor will result in a swift successful sale, hence we highly advise that you research which solicitor will act on your behalf, as this will help to avoid delays because you will have your solicitor ready when you put your property on the market.

We work with recommended solicitors whose details we can forward to you in order to help your house sale move along swiftly, bigmove have created strong relationships with all of our recommended solicitors to allow us to work together efficiently and smoothly preventing any delays. 

Step 4 -Unique Marketing  

Remember to make a first impression as you only get one chance.  This is why our state of the art marketing campaigns ensure maximum exposure for your property. Your property will be featured and showcased in our monthly BM life property, celebrity and lifestyle magazine, with a current online circulation of 28,000 +.

Capturing quality professional photography and uniquely enhancing images of your property online and with printed media encourages more buyers to view, often resulting in a higher sale price.

Step 5 - Accompanied Viewings

In order to maximise viewing opportunities for your property we have longer office opening times so that viewings can be arranged for after work and at weekends. In relation to the market conditions our valuers will advise you on the best marketing method for your specific property. To maximise interest we may also suggest an open day or a block viewing as we use our expertise to help sell your property and have accompanied viewings.

Our offices are open from 9am-7pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-6pm on Fridays and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.  In addition, our phone lines are open from 8am-10pm, 7 days a week and we also offer accompanied viewings 7 days a week when required. 

Step 6 – Receiving Offers

We will inform you both in writing and verbally as soon as an offer is received.

We will check the tenant's ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer and any conditions of the offer will also be forwarded to you in writing.

Step 7 – Offer Accepted  

Once your offer is accepted, we will continue to be of assistance by;

- Preparing a sale memorandum which will be sent to all parties

- Confirm the agreed price and any special conditions in writing to all parties

- Take details of your solicitors and mortgage.

All legal aspects of your sale will be managed by your chosen solicitor and he will send over a draft contract to the buyer’s solicitor, who will carry out initial enquiries. At this point you can agree on dates for the survey on your property, exchange of contracts and proposed date for completion.   

To ensure your moving process goes swiftly and easy as possible, our highly trained sales Progressors will monitor your sale as well as monitoring any chain you are involved in. Be aware there are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

Step 8 - Exchange of Contracts

When the following has been agreed and confirmed Exchange of contracts will take place:

- Upon receiving a draft contract of the initial enquiries received.

- Proof of a good title

- Queries for local searches

- Confirmation of Fixtures and Fittings to be included in the sale

- If applies, any highlighted specific issues in the Lease

- Mortgage offer from buyer

Once both parties have signed the contract, the buyer's solicitor will telegraphically transfer or pay in the form of a banker's draft, the deposit (normally 10% of the sale price) to your solicitor. At this stage the completion date is set by mutual agreement.

Step 9 – Completion of Your Sale

Upon your solicitor receiving the remaining balance monies (normally 90%) by the buyer’s solicitor, this is when completion has taken place.

We will release the keys upon receiving confirmation form your solicitor that the funds have been cleared in your account.

Your property has successfully been sold! Congratulations!