1 May 2021

Selling with Beal’s

Our step-by-step guide to successfully selling your property

1. Getting a valuation

Selling your home is never an easy decision. You’ve probably spent hours considering the pros and cons, but now you’ve reached the stage of getting a valuation. 

Our dedicated professionals value hundreds of homes across Hampshire every week, so if anyone can give you clear guidance, we can. Our knowledge, skill, and passion are just a few reasons why we are renowned for achieving the asking price across a vast range of our client’s properties. 

2. Why choose Beal’s?

How do you choose the right estate agent? What should you be looking for? What is it that sets one agent apart from another? 

Beal’s has been delivering for almost 3 decades. Thirty years of successfully matching buyers to homes. 30 years of delivering on our promises. There is no substitute for experience. You can’t buy it, gift it, or fake it. 

It only comes from 30 years of living and breathing property sales.

 We have the longest opening hours of any other agent on the high street. On average, our branches are open an hour longer each day, which means across the week, you literally get an extra day’s worth of marketing. 

We have professional photographers, interactive floor plans, drone videos for a bird’s eye view of your plot, glossy, highly detailed brochures, exposure in the biggest shop windows like Rightmove and Zoopla, and so much more. 

There is nothing we cannot deliver when it comes to selling your home. So, what else do we do?

  • Arrange Energy Performance Certificate.
  • Out-of-hours viewings.
  • Weekends and bank holidays covered.
  • Dedicated sales chasers and regular updates. 
  • Next-day feedback on all viewings.

3. Choosing a solicitor

You might think instructing a solicitor is not necessary when placing your property on the market. It might be how every other agent works, but we promised we were different, and this is one of the ways we can demonstrate it. 

We believe you should be legally prepared because to be prepared means you are in control. Nothing is left to chance. We can cater to all eventualities. 

Possible scenario

Seller A places their property on the market and waits until they find a buyer before instructing a solicitor. It takes a week to organise, and then the legal pack needs to be prepared. This takes another few weeks before it is ready to send to the buyer’s solicitor. 

The buyer’s solicitor has nothing to work with until the legal pack is received. Seller A risks adding a 4-week delay to this process, slowing down the property sale.

The average sale time in England and Wales takes a minimum of 12 weeks, so why risk delaying it further? Get the legal paperwork done in the early stages before a buyer is found. The minute a sale is agreed, your solicitor has a legal pack ready to send to the buyer’s solicitor, and you save 4 weeks on the sale process. 

But how is this possible?

Our recommended solicitors operate on a no-sale, no-fee basis, so if your sale fails to reach a legal exchange of contracts, you don’t pay any legal fees. Zero. Nothing. Not a penny!

Our solicitors are dedicated, professional, friendly, approachable, and above all, effective and efficient. No other estate agent can match this service. No other estate agent champions getting legally prepared like us. 

It’s another reason why we are so unique. 

4. It’s all about the presentation

Our presentation is second to none. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and when it comes to presenting your home for sale, we ask that you do the same. Before placing it on the market, our property experts can advise you on the best ways to maximise your presentation. 

We then work our magic with professional photographers, interactive floor plans, glossy property brochures with the highest level of detail, property tours, and drone footage. 

5. It’s all about the advertising

When we started 30 years ago, selling property was vastly different. Today, everything is instant, available 24/7, and nothing seems to stand still. Luckily, we have moved with the times.

It’s all about exposure across as many media platforms as possible. Rightmove, Zoopla, our dedicated property website, social media, text alerts, emails, you name it, and we cover it. 

From the moment you instruct Beal’s to market your property, we tailor a marketing strategy to make the process as easy, pain-free, and swift as possible. From day one, we are on a mission to achieve the best price with the best buyer. 

Success is the result of planning, hard work, and persistence, not luck.

And we never lose sight of the fact that you are our number one priority. Keeping you happy throughout the process is the single most important factor.

6. When you get an offer

When we get an offer, we will inform you right away, both verbally and in writing. We also let you know if there are any special conditions attached to the offer. Sometimes buyers ask for specific items to be included in the sale. 

At this stage, we won’t ask you to make a decision. We still have to establish the buyer’s ability to proceed and their financial situation. 

Only once this is complete will we ask you to decide. 

7. Sale agreed

After you accept the offer, there is still plenty to do before we can start toasting your success. So, what is left to do?

  • Prepare a memorandum of sale.
  • Write to all interested parties to confirm the accepted price.
  • Verify your solicitor details.

What happens next?

Once your solicitor receives confirmation that the sale is agreed, they will send out a draft contract to the buyer’s solicitor so that they can prepare their enquiries. 

You should also get a date for the survey and a preliminary exchange and completion date, so you have a focus to work towards. 

Our work doesn’t end with an agreed offer. We continue to support and advise you, negotiating the path to completion. We are your point of contact, keeping you in the picture every step of the way. 

Our target is to liaise between the solicitors, resolving problems, and keeping the sale moving, because until the exchange of contracts happens, nothing legally binding. 

8. You’ve done it!

Once the contracts have been signed by both parties and the 10% deposit has been paid, by banker’s draft or telegraphic transfer, the completion date is set. Here is a brief rundown of how we got to this point: 

  • All questions settled following a draft contract.
  • Proof of good title has been established.
  • If leasehold, any problems outlined and settled.
  • Local searches are satisfactory.
  • Fixtures and fittings are established.
  • The purchaser has a mortgage offer.

So, you’ve exchanged contracts! All the questions and queries are settled, and both solicitors are happy.

9. It’s moving day

Completion only happens when the seller’s solicitor receives the remaining funds (typically 90%). They get confirmation that funds have cleared, and they contact the seller to confirm the release of the keys. 

They also call the estate agent, who then contacts the buyer, informing them to collect the keys. 

Congratulations! You’ve done it.

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