Selling Guide

At Westmount Estates we understand that your property is likely to be one of, if not the, largest asset you own. Our services never lose sight of this and are designed to make a sale as smooth and straightforward as possible.

Every seller has a personal agent appointed who will take responsibility for their transaction and act as the primary point of contact at all times.

We take a modern and innovative approach to marketing, yet combine the latest technology with a traditional and personal approach to customer care, being 'hands on' seven days a week.

We have invested in the latest innovative software and telephone systems and we are able to contact all of our potential purchasers immediately a property comes to the market. We pride ourselves on providing prompt feedback to clients and discussing all comments, whether positive or negative in order that, where necessary, we can agree and adjust your specific marketing plan quickly and efficiently in order to maximise the potential of your property.

Our internet coverage is so huge that properties listed with us are reaching hundreds of potential buyers, who visit our carefully selected choice of websites, every minute of every day.

We regularly promote and hold open house viewings on client properties in order to maximise the chances of a sale. These events are extensively promoted and highly organised in order to create urgency and commitment from prospective purchasers.

We also maintain a distinctive advertising profile locally and combining this with our experienced personnel, our large constantly updated database, our distinctive For Sale boards and prime office location ensures we explore every opportunity to achieve a sale at the best possible price and within the timescale that suits you.

As members of The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPOS) we abide by their strict codes of conduct and, in the unlikely event of you being unhappy with any aspect of our service, they are able to provide independent adjudication and redress.

Our service offering at a glance:

  • Professional service from highly experienced and trained staff
  • We are your local agent
  • We offer a professional, educated and friendly service
  • Every seller has a personal agent appointed who acts as the primary point of contact
  • We not only value your property, we value your custom
  • Our valuation will reflect the property and current market conditions
  • Full colour property brochures with floor-plans
  • Our offices are open long hours, seven days a week
  • All viewings are accompanied by our trained negotiators, where possible
  • Open house viewings organised and managed where appropriate
  • Innovative and distinctive local advertising
  • Prime office location with extensive window display
  • Huge internet coverage on the major property websites
  • Free mortgage and financial services advice
  • Access to conveyancing services
  • Members of the Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPOS)

Steps for successfully selling your home

  1. Obtain an accurate valuation - Your aim should be to sell your property at the best possible price in the time frame that suits you. Our experienced valuers have an unparalleled knowledge of property values in your area.

    You can arrange a valuation by calling our office or completing our online valuation booking form.

  2. Selecting your estate agent - When choosing an estate agent, consider their presence locally and what kind of marketing your property will receive. These are critical to obtaining the maximum exposure and price for your property.

    You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself? We can arrange this for you. You must have commissioned an EPC before your property can be marketed.

  3. Instructing a legal representative - It is important to instruct an efficient and experienced legal representative. It is a good idea to do some research and make a decision before you put your property on the market as this will help to avoid delays.

    We will be happy to recommend a legal representative if required.

  4. Presenting your property - First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful sale.

    Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, adding a fresh coat of paint where necessary, de-clutter to make rooms appear larger and de-personalise so that prospective purchasers can more readily visualise themselves living in the property.

  5. Marketing your property - To find your perfect buyer you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media.

    When you instruct Westmount Estates to sell your property you will automatically benefit from our comprehensive marketing package, including: huge exposure via our website and the major propertyportals, full colour property details, display in our well sited branch office and access to our large database of prospective buyers.

  6. Accompanied viewings - Accompanied viewings mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property. Our trained staff are available across long hours to ensure that no opportunity to show your property is lost.

  7. Receiving an offer - As soon as an offer is received we will notify you both verbally and in writing.

    Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will check the buyer's ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer.

  8. Offer agreed - Once you accept an offer we will do the following:

    • Prepare a memorandum of sale
    • Write to all parties to confirm the agreed price
    • Ask you to confirm your legal respresentative's details

    Your legal representative will send out a draft contract to the buyer's legal representative who will then carry out enquiries before contract.

    We will proactively manage the progress of your sale, advising you and negotiating on your behalf throughout the process.

    There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

  9. Exchange of contracts - Exchange of contracts occurs when the following have been confirmed andagreed:

    • Purchasers enquiries before contract following receipt of draft contract
    • Evidence of a good title
    • Specific issues highlighted in a Lease (if applicable)
    • Local and other searches
    • Any fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
    • The buyer's mortgage offer (if required)

    Once the contract has been signed by both parties the deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) will be transferred electronically or paid by banker's draft by the buyer's legal representative to your legal representative. The completion date is then set by mutual agreement.

  10. Completion - Completion is when the residual monies (usually 90%) are transferred from the buyer's legal representative to your legal representative's account.

    Once the money has cleared in your legal representative’s account we will be able to release the keys to your purchaser

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