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previous dealings with estate agents, they really do very little!”
Pritesh Mistry sold her flat privately and moved to a family
”We have a growing family
with one small child and one on the way and we needed more
space. From previous dealings with estate agents, they really do
very little. I did have my reservations about selling privately
as we hadn’t done it before, but we thought we would give it a
We saw the HouseWeb site
mentioned in a TV programme about a year ago and we kept a note
of the details ‘just in case’. We put
the advert together using previous details of flats sold in
our block as well as the original one from when I bought the
place, together with some new pictures. We first compiled the
text in Word, so it was a straight forward cut and paste job.
We chose the top package, the
Platinum one, which included a For Sale Board. My father in law
is a printer, so he made us a second sign, which we put more
detail on and used on the side of the flat, next to the main
I put the flat on the market
around October, and by the end of December we had accepted an
offer and we completed mid March 2008. We’d had a valuation of
£145,000 last year but based on the work we had done to the
flat and all the mod-cons, we put it up for £169,995 and sold
it for £166,000. We saved between and £1660 to £3320 i.e. 1
It was great to be in full
control of the sale and because I had a clear line of
communication with the buyer, we essentially kept each other up
to date with the progress of our solicitors and the sale. I
think anyone can sell privately but especially if you have a
very desirable property in the right location.
There are definitely some tips for a quick and easy sale:-
sure you include plenty of details in the listing and make
sure the photographs are good. We used the picture of our
lounge as the first picture, as all other agents used the
front of the block of flats. This created more interest as
it showed off the great interior.
up a floor plan of the place with all the details and
include information about local amenities, shopping,
transport links, with pictures, so that anyone that does
come to view can take this away to review at their leisure.
Remember, if they have come to view the place that means
there is some interest there. Take time to chat to the buyer
and find out what else they have seen and how yours
anything you do not require in the immediate future and
store it at a friends, or relatives place, or in secure
storage, it makes your home feel more spacious, we found
that the more floor space you could see around the
furniture, the bigger it felt. We also found our low
furniture in a flat helped the illusion of more space.
Don’t delete your advert when you accept an offer. I
kept the flat on HouseWeb and we had several other interested
parties call us, whose numbers we kept, just in case the sale
with this buyer did not go through.”
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