house was sold within 8 days of the 'For Sale' board going
Paul Meadows, from Northampton told us about his move to a
bigger house in the country….
was the first time I'd been involved in selling a house, but
as soon as we decided to move I thought of doing it
myself as my parents have never used an estate agent. I had no
reservations at all, especially after coming across HouseWeb. A
colleague at work saw that his neighbour was selling via
HouseWeb and passed on the details to me as I'd said I wanted to
try and sell the house myself.
had three estate agent valuations and
priced the house on the average one. The house was sold
within 8 days of the 'For Sale' board going up! We're very happy
as all the money that was negotiated is ours - we don't owe any
of it to an estate agent. I estimate a £3,000 saving!
would urge anyone thinking of using an agent to think about what
they actually do (read: don't do) for the money. We were shocked
by the amount they charge and what they claim to do for you. Why
pay them thousands of pounds for this when you can do it
yourself for a little time. It
probably took me half a day to take pictures, measure my
rooms and write up the advert. Plus, it
was less stressful than using an agent as I was in
control of the sale of the house and the negotiations that
hints and tips for a successful private sale….
- Get valuations from estate agents as this will
ensure your house is priced to sell.
- Make your house presentable and do a bit of your
own marketing - adverts in local shops and work intranets
(we lived on a cul-de-sac, so put an additional sign on a
lamp post pointing people down our street!).
- Use the HouseWeb contact details on any adverts
so that people get the full impact of your property.
- If you’re selling the house yourself do what we
did; ask people to bring a form of ID and a recent utility
bill as proof of ID. At least then you know who's stood at
customer service and support from HouseWeb is excellent, we
highly recommend them and will use them in future if and when we
decide to sell again.”
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