Handling the sale

There are a few steps involved in handling the sale of your house and this is the bit where it can get a little tricky.

Arrange viewings

The first thing you need to do in handling the sale of your house is to arrange viewings. The more viewings you hold and the better availability you have, the more likely you are to sell your house. For tips on how to make your house more appealing and other helpful tips please see our guide Preparing for the valuation.


Once an offer has been made on your house, it’s time for the negotiations. It’s important to remember that going with the highest bidder isn’t always the best option. If somebody has offered a slightly lower amount but has a mortgage agreement in place, the money up-front and doesn’t require a mortgage or isn’t part of a chain, they will be more reliable buyers.

The more reliable the buyer, the less hiccups will be involved in selling your property. Selling your property feels like a bit of a gamble as you will never know how much or how little you could have sold for. When you are negotiating the best thing to make sure of is that you sell your house for the amount it’s worth so that you receive the money you require to make your next move.

If you would like some help with your negotiations please call one of our Move Planners for free advice and support.

The legals

Once you have accepted an offer on your houses, it’s more than likely you will take it off the market. At this point you have sold your house subject to contract. Subject to contract means that your house needs to meet certain criteria. The person buying your house will have a Home Buyer’s survey carried out on your house by a qualified surveyor. If the survey reveals hidden damage such as damp, or a leaking roof the buyer may want you to reduce the price of the house to compensate for this. At this stage of the moving game, either party can pull out of the sale.