Step-by-step guide to selling your property

Selling property can be far less stressful when you understand the process.


Step 1. Accurate valuation

Your aim should be to sell your property at the best possible price in the shortest possible time. Our expert valuers carry out tens of valuations every month, giving us intimate and unparalleled knowledge of property values in your area.

This is why we consistently achieve the best price across all our clients' properties.

Call us on 020 7561 8777 or complete the property valuation request form.

Step 2. Selecting an estate agent

When choosing an estate agent, there are lots of factors to consider such as their high street presence, what kind of marketing your property will receive and the individual personnel just to name a few. These are critical to obtaining the maximum rental value for your property.

You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself. You are responsible for making this document available to prospective and future tenants.
Jigsaws can arrange this for you.

Step 3. Instructing a solicitor

The successful sale of your property can be reliant on the instruction of an efficient and experienced solicitor. It is a good idea to do some research and make a decision before you put your property on the market as this will help to avoid delays.

We can offer our recommended solicitor firm if required.


Step 4. Presenting your property

First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful sale.

Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, add a fresh coat of paint where necessary and try to declutter to make rooms appear larger.

Jigsaws team of dedicated professionals will then take photographs, produce a floorplan and write a comprehensive property description, all in just one visit.

Step 5. Marketing your property

To find your perfect buyer you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media.

When you instruct Jigsaws to sell your property you will automatically benefit from our unrivalled, comprehensive marketing package, including exposure on our state of the art website, full colour property brochure and email alerts to our existing database of qualified buyers.

Step 6. Accompanied viewings

Our extended opening hours are essential to maximise viewing opportunities for your property - in fact almost half of our viewings are carried out after work and at weekends. Accompanied viewings also mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property.

Our office is open 8.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.


Step 7. Receiving an offer

As soon as an offer is received we will notify you verbally and in writing.

Any special conditions of the offer will also be stated in writing and we will check the buyer's ability to proceed before you decide whether to accept the offer.

Step 8. Offer agreed

Once you accept an offer we will do the following:

  • Prepare a memorandum of sale
  • Write to all parties to confirm the agreed price
  • Ask you to confirm your solicitor's details
Your solicitor will send out a draft contract to the buyer's solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries. At this stage you will also be able to agree on dates for the survey on your property, exchange of contracts and proposed date for completion.

We will advise you and negotiate on your behalf throughout this process, keeping you informed every step of the way.

There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

Step 9. Exchange of contracts

Exchange of contracts occurs when the following have been confirmed and agreed:

  • Preliminary enquiries following receipt of draft contract
  • Evidence of a good title
  • Specific issues highlighted in the Lease (if applicable)
  • Local search queries
  • Fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale
  • The buyer's mortgage offer
Once the contract has been signed by both parties the deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) will be telegraphically transferred or paid in the form of a banker's draft by the buyer's solicitor to your solicitor. The completion date is then set by mutual agreement.


Step 10. Completion

Completion is when the residual monies (usually 90%) are transferred from the buyer's solicitor to your solicitor's account.

Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account and will inform us to release the keys.

Congratulations, your property is now sold!


Arrange a valuation

Our office is open 8.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.

020 7561 8777