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Selling your Home December 16, 2019

Steps you can take to sell your home quickly

Most of our customers come to us wanting to sell their home as quickly as possible and we work hard to make it happen. If you have decided to sell your home and you want to sell it quickly, these are the steps we recommend you take:


Prepare your property for sale

Getting your property fit for sale is a priority if you want to sell quickly. If you need to organise repairs or maintenance, it’s best to get builders, carpet fitters and gardeners booked in for work as soon as you can. Waiting on businesses to carry out works in your home can delay the sale of your property greatly. 

The estate agent will be able to get your property to market quicker if your home is ready to be photographed. We’ve shared our advice in a blog post: ‘How to prepare your home for estate agent photographs’.

Writing your inventory and digging out your gas boiler certificate early on will mean you have two niggly things ticked off on your to-do list. You can even start to pack belongings you don’t need every day, such as things stored in the attic or garage, pictures, books and ornaments.


Choose the right Estate Agent

You may be thinking, “of course an estate agent would say that”, but, it is honest and truthful advice.  Picking the wrong estate agent can not only be costly, it can also mean your home doesn’t sell as quickly as it could, or you may have to change estate agents which will slow everything down.

There are two typical types of estate agent you can choose from; a high-street estate agent or an online estate agent. Which one you choose will come down to the service you expect, the guidance you need and your budget. Online estate agents have risen in popularity within the last couple of years, mostly because of the cheap fees they charge. However, the low-cost packages typically come with minimal support.  According to a survey conducted in 2015, 2 in 3 adults voted moving home as the most stressful ordeal. 

If you would like an estate agent to relieve you of some of the heavy home-selling burdens by guiding you through the process and managing the communication between solicitors, then choose an estate agent which provides this service as a part of their package. 

Do your research when shortlisting estate agents: Find out which ones specialise in properties in your location; look at their reviews on Google and social media; ask friends and family for recommendations and arrange a call or meeting with each estate agent to ask them about their service.

Apply for your new mortgage

Being in a position to move out of your current property quickly will make your home more appealing to buyers. Understandably, most people want to move into their new home as quickly as possible, so ensuring you are in a position to move fast will help the sale of your home.

Even if you haven’t yet found the home you want to buy, getting your Mortgage in Principal upfront will put you in the best position to be able to make an offer on a home. Without it, you don’t know how much you can borrow and wait for it to come through could mean you lose the property to another buyer.

Before you speak to a lender, write down a thorough list of your financial income and outgoings down to the last penny. A spreadsheet created on a computer or tablet is the most efficient way to do this as you can edit it, automate calculations and send it in an email to multiple lenders quickly.

We recommend speaking to your bank and to a Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) advisor. As you will already have a financial history with your bank, they may be able to offer you special deals. However, bear in mind that your bank can only offer you their own branded mortgages. A Mortgage Advice Bureau advisor has access to hundreds of special-rate mortgages as well as all of the high-street and online lenders, meaning they can find the ideal mortgage based on your individual circumstances. Additionally, a MAB advisor can give you impartial advice and explain the different options available to you.



If you live in Pontefract, Darrington, Ackworth, Featherstone, Knottingley or surrounding areas, your local Mortgage Advice Bureau advisor is:

Danielle Middleton

Call: 07900 154932



Start looking for a new home

Looking for your new home is probably the most exciting part of your journey. Some people prefer to wait for their own home to sell before looking; however, you are likely to sell your current property faster if you have a new home lined up.

With your Mortgage in Principle letter under your arm, you are in a strong position to buy, which means vendors are typically more open to accepting your offer. After all, they probably want to sell their home quickly too!


Choose a good solicitor

When you think of solicitors, it may conjure up thoughts of unanswered phone calls, jibberish letters and expensive bills. As well as being frustrating, all of this can slow down the sale of your property.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Our advice is to choose a solicitor that your estate agent already has a good relationship with. We conclude this from having worked this way for many years. We’ve developed strong relationships with specific solicitors that we are confident to recommend to our customers.


Be flexible for viewings

As soon as your property goes on the market, be ready for viewings from potential buyers. The more flexible you can be with viewing times, the better, as buyers will want to see your home as soon as possible. If you sell your home with us, we accompany your potential buyers when they view your property, which means we can show people around even when you are not at home.  



Offering genuine and honest advice is something we consider essential for helping our customers move quickly and make it as stress-free as possible. If you would like to find out more about how we can sell your home, please get in touch with us. Call us on 01977 233124 or email us at