Selling your property - Frequently asked questions
Do Slades charge to visit my property to provide a sales appraisal?
This service is entirely free. We will also, if required, offer advice relating to your particular plan together with ideas to best present your property and garden.
What types of property do Slades sell?
We sell all types of property, ranging from small studios to large family homes throughout BH1, BH8,BH5, BH6, BH7 and BH23. We also work alongside our sister branch of Fine & Country Christchurch who are experts in marketing and selling premium property, often well in-excess of £3,000,000.
How long will it take to sell my property?
If the price is realistically set, a buyer should be found within the first two months. It can take only a few days if a property is a type in demand. When a sale has been agreed, the average time to completion is eight to ten weeks. In short, if a property is properly priced and all goes smoothly, the process can be contained within a six to twelve week time span from start to finish.
When is the best time to sell?
March to September are typically seen as the best timeS to sell, however, Southbourne and Christchurch have a busy year round market except the weeks immediatly before and after Christmas.
How much do we charge?
Our fees are competitive in each and every case. We could not provide a high quality service if we were the cheapest but we are nowhere near the most expensive. Before you ask us to proceed, we’ll offer you a quotation based on the type and price of the property you wish to sell and the extent of the service we’ll provide.
How do Slades set the price of a property?
By making comparisons with the prices recently achieved for similar property types and by accounting for supply and demand. Location, condition and extra features all play a part, as do the timescale and needs and wishes of the seller.
How can I best prepare my property for sale?
As the people at Tesco say, ‘Every little helps!’ Top of the list is to clean and de-clutter. Look at each room in turn and make the best you can of it. Leave lamps on, keep pets at bay, arrange some flowers and yes, the aroma of coffee in the pot helps! First impressions are vital – Does your front door need a coat of paint? Do the windows need a clean? Does the lawn need mowing and the edges trimmed? If in doubt, ask an honest friend or neighbour to inspect and comment.
Should i have a for sale board?
No. But they don’t half help! They’re ‘on site’ advertising 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we know many of our sales are encouraged by their presence.
Who will conduct the viewings?
It’s up to you. If you’d like us to do them, we’ll do them. Some sellers insist on doing them, others ask us to do them or to show buyers round when they’re not available. It shouldn’t make too much difference who does the viewings. In most cases, if the house fits the bill the buyer will buy it. But please, don’t do your own negotiating! That’s what you’re paying us for. We’ll have more information and, the chances are, we’ll do better.
How long do Slades take to market my property once I invite you to proceed?
On average three-four days. Once instructed to proceed we don’t hang about. The only delay can be caused by the absence of blue sky for the photos. If you’re not in a rush, we’ll go at your speed. If you are – we’ll go at top speed!
Where will Slades advertise my property?
We have four offices, in Southbourne, Christchurch, Highcliffe and Bransgore. Your property will be in the window of your nearest office, and is accessible from all offices.
Your property will also be marketed online on a number of high profile property portals including our own site, On the Market and Rightmove, as well as social media.
Will i have a floorplan for my property?
YES. Buyers love them! We also include the gross interior floor space on our brochures.
Will You ask me to sign an agency contract for a lengthy period?
No. Many agents will expect you to sign an agreement ‘tying’ you in with them for periods of 16, 20 weeks or more. We want you to stay with us because you’re happy with our service, not because you’re locked into a long contract.