PUBLISHED: 12:45 02 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 20 February 2013
Preparing for a sale... Simon Barker, MRICS reports
Although it may be some time before the first daffodils herald the arrival of spring, one of the traditional selling periods in the housing market, it is never too early to prepare your Dorset home for a sale. For both the owners and their agents, there is much preparatory work to be done if their property is going to stand the best possible chance of success when it is launched onto the market. For the owner there will be some preparatory work to be undertaken before the house can be shown off in the best possible light. This may involve no more than a general tidy up both inside and outside the house, but it could also be more extensive, with repairs required or some internal decoration.
But how do you select your agent? For the majority, the sale or purchase of their home is the single largest and most important financial transaction that they will ever make. It is therefore essential to appoint the right agent for the job. Agents come in all shapes and sizes, from the one-man operator to the multi-national firm. It is very important at the preparatory stage of the sale, let alone during the sale itself, for the owner and agent to work closely together. They are, after all, working towards a common objective and that is to sell the property to its best advantage.
Knight Frank believes each property requires individual attention to detail and planning. After all the details have been taken we will need to prepare the sale particulars, organise the photography, prepare the advertising campaign and arrange the printing of brochures. There is clearly much to agree with the owner before the marketing campaign gets underway and this may involve discussions regarding the description contained in the sale particulars, which photographs to select, the advertisements and brochures, what style of brochure to use and which papers to advertise in. The owner's solicitor will also need to be fully briefed, as the title deeds will be required so that the description and indeed boundaries of the property can be checked accurately. There is also the need for a HIP to be in place prior to the start of marketing. This preparatory work can avoid all sorts of problems at a later date.
At Knight Frank, service and presentation of your property is paramount and we are recognised as being the leading UK residential estate agent in the country market. At the Sherborne office we deal with the whole of Dorset and work closely with our London office, other regional and international offices within a global network. With over 200 offices in over 30 countries on five continents, we are one of the few truly international firms of estate agents and are able to find purchasers from all over the world for the properties we sell. It can, of course, happen that we finally end up selling a house to a next-door neighbour after an extensive marketing campaign, but the vendor will be aware that the house has been marketed on a far greater basis than just locally and the best market price achieved.