Please see the
eight simple steps below that you will need to consider when selling
your home with Dickinson Bowden
The first stage of selling your
home is to get your property valued. Market appraisals are free and
usually take around one hour to carry out. The market appraisal will
be conducted by one of our experienced sales staff who would be very
happy to answer any of your questions and offer advice about how best
to present your home to maximise the asking price that can be
EPC & floor plans
In 2008 it became law for all
homes, marketed for sale or to let in England and Wales, to have an
energy performance certificate (EPC). EPCs tell you how energy
efficient a building is. Each home is given a rating from A (very
efficient) to G (inefficient). We can organise for a qualified third
party assessor to undertake this on your behalf. It is recommended
that this is done at the earliest possible opportunity as it is
required before marketing of your home can commence.
Marketing your home
To market your home effectively we
like to have a good selection of high quality photographs. We are
happy to revisit your home as many times as necessary to ensure we
present your property in the best possible light. We like making
houses stand out from the crowd which is why we believe a
professionally printed marketing brochure with detailed floor plan
can and does make a difference. You will receive a draft of the
details for approval before publication.
Whilst we are waiting for the
approval of brochures we will contact our database of applicants.
Your property will feature in the prominent shop windows of our two
offices in Dorchester and in Wool, in prime local publications such
as Dorset Echo and Dorchester Life magazine and importantly on
numerous websites including Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation as
well as our own.
A For Sale board outside the
property generates a lot of enquiries from passing prospective
purchasers, however the choice of whether to have one is yours.
One of our experienced sales staff
will always accompany prospective buyers on viewings, however if you
wish to undertake your own viewings please do let us know. We would
organise all viewings at a time to suit you and would supply you with
feedback very shortly after they have been carried out.
We are obliged to report all
offers to you. These offers are always accompanied by any relevant
chain information, financial information and whether or not the
applicants are able to proceed. We will make a recommendation at this
stage, if you require, however the final decision is down to you as
to whether to accept it or not.
Solicitors can play a big part in
ensuring the transaction of a house sale is successful. If you
already have a solicitor with whom you have a good working
relationship then appointing them may be your best course of action.
If not we would be very happy to recommend one based on our own local
experience. One of the main causes of failed sales is badly handled
conveyancing so the choice of solicitor is important. We will work
very closely with them to ensure progress is made and deadlines are
Progress of sale
In a recent survey sent to vendors
that we have worked with, 100% of them rated the sales service that
we provided during their sale as excellent. Communication and
customer service is absolutely key, we will endeavour to keep you
regularly informed every step of the way.
Exchange & Completion
Exchange of contracts in the
legally binding process whereby a deposit for the property is paid by
the buyer and a completion date is fixed. Our sales staff will keep
in touch with you throughout the process and will determine at this
point who is going to hand over the key on completion day to your
Once solicitors on both sides of
the sale are satisfied with the answers to all their enquiries, and
mortgage offers have been received, it will be time to exchange
contracts. At this point, the deposit on your current property is
required from the purchasers and a date of completion is agreed.
On the day of completion, the keys
of your home will not be released to your buyer until we have been
notified by your solicitor that the full payment has been safely