“This was the first time I had sold privately!”
Clive Ketteridge told us about selling a second home which he
had been letting.
“We had been letting the house for five years and when the
last tenant moved out we decided to sell up.
This was the first time I had sold privately but I did buy
and sell our house in 1994 using the absolute minimum of
solicitor and agent input. You have to use a solicitor at the
point where money changes hands other than that I did the
searches and all other work myself.
The agent wanted to charge me over £5,000 which I couldn’t
justify for their work, so I decided to do without them and sell
I searched the web for house advertisers and I thought the
HouseWeb package was good value. I took the top package (Deluxe
Virtual Tour) and bought a For Sale sign.
It was very easy to put the advert together online and the
Virtual Tour and photographs were completed quickly.
It only took three months to sell, but I purposely went with
a high price at first, which probably reduced the interest.
I would advise anyone thinking of using an agent to try
selling privately first. I would definitely sell privately
There are lots of hints or tips which I’d like to pass on to
people who are thinking of selling privately.
Consider supplementing the Web advert with Local Adverts in the
press and buy a FOR SALE sign. HouseWeb provided me with an
individual professional For Sale Board sign for a small
Make sure you put information relevant to the buyer in your
advert. For example, our buyer was a family and having added
local school knowledge turned out to be key to the sale.
Do the House Doctor thing! Spend a few pounds on paint and
neutralise the decor. Give the house a good spring clean. Keep
the garden tidy. The less people have to do when the move in the
better. Don't act like an estate agent when showing people
around, people want information but do not generally like being
If someone asks you to drop the price, ask them to do the
same to speed up the chain.”
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