Choosing a Private Sales Website to Sell your Home


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Decide whether you want to sell your property through a company who has an independent third party complaints procedure and a formal redress scheme such as the Property Ombudsman.
Work out whether you just want to advertise your property for sale locally and do all the rest of your work yourself or have the help of a professional agent, albeit a primarily on-line service.
  Work out what services you want to ‘buy in’ and what you are happy to do yourself,
for example:
  • For Sale Board
  • Number of photos (no less than 10)
  • Property valuation
  Would you prefer to pay upfront, monthly or on completion?
  You will need by law certain services, for example, an Energy Performance Certificate to advertise your property, compare costs – they can vary by 100%!
  How long can you advertise your property for? Three months? Six months? or until sold?
Check whether their costs include VAT or not so you compare costs like for like.
Check there is a telephone number which works and someone is there to answer any of your queries.
See how often the site is being updated. One which hasn’t had any updates for a month or more may be in trouble or been abandoned by the owner.
If offered other services, such as conveyancing or finance, check the costs as they can charge more than other available services.


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