DIY selling your house - tips?

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by nick smith, May 24, 2005.

  1. nick smith

    nick smith Guest

    Thinking of selling my house, D-I-Y, i.e. without the agent / fees.

    Anyone here done this and have any tips, mainly "where to advertise" ?


    nick smith, May 24, 2005
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    Jeff Guest

    The only exception to the above is when a close neighbours house is for
    sale, you will get viewings off the back of that - our family bought a house
    that way

    Regards Jeff
    Jeff, May 24, 2005
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  3. Someone up the road from us are using these people:

    £89 and it includes a "For Sale" board, from what I can gather.

    I'd also suggest adverts in your local classified paper and if the
    property is particularly unusual, ebay.

    (Don't worry, under ebay terms and conditions, property ads are for
    information only and are not binding. It's also a fixed fee of £35
    regardless of what the property sells for)

    s--p--o--n--i--x, May 24, 2005
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    Al Reynolds Guest

    Or for £129 they will list on all the major websites except RightMove,
    including and, as
    well as several newspapers' website property sections.

    You can't get a private sale property listed on RightMove - they do a
    good job of protecting their members' interests, which I suppose is
    fair enough.

    For me the big turnoff of selling privately is vetting people. How do
    I know that the 'viewers' aren't just burglars coming round to case
    the joint? I'm not sure how much extra vetting estate agents do, but
    it does feel like it's safer.

    I suspect private selling works best in an area where people drive
    past regularly, or where there are people nearby who want relatives
    to move into the area. I live at the top of a cul-de-sac where people
    don't move very often, so I doubt a for sale board would make much
    difference. They say that half of people house-hunting now use the
    Internet as first port of call, but I suspect that's a bit high.

    Al Reynolds, May 24, 2005
  5. All this from having sold a house myself -- in Dublin 15 years ago;
    trouble free. But, like second-hand car sales, it greatly depends on
    the area -- some places, I guess away from major centres of population,
    an estate agent may be essential.

    Find out where (newspapers + ?) the estate agents advertise houses in
    your price range. That's all. If there is no clear cut choice, that may
    again point to the requirement for an estate agent. If you are going to
    be at the phone only for certain times, advertise those times.

    Timing may be important. You have a bit of a window now until a few
    weeks before the school holidays. Then things go quiet until a week
    after the schools open in Sept. Of course all depends on the demand.
    Some houses / streets sell themselves as soon as they go on the market.

    As regards filtering dreamers from real buyers, even with an estate
    agent you'll probably have to do that yourself anyway. You should plan
    some line of conversation to get out of them their current housing and
    financial circumstances.

    Arrange viewing times and write then down (is 20 minutes per viewer

    Important. Have photocopies of a nicely prepared description + photo --
    see estate agents handouts -- ready for everyone. Apart from anything,
    it saves a lot of question answering and follow-up telephone calls.

    Again depending on area, you'll get the odd family whose Sunday
    afternoon hobby is to visit houses for sale. If large families arrive,
    it does to have a second person on the premises.

    You might find the exercise somewhat unpleasant, but my experience was
    vastly preferable to (recent) dealings with estate agents (as I've
    often admitted, I'm now too lazy for any sort of d.i.y).

    (I'm sure this is a faq; and there must be loads of guides on the web?)

    Good luck,

    Jon C.
, May 24, 2005
  6. AFAIK, agents do no vetting of clients.
    s--p--o--n--i--x, May 24, 2005
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    Al Reynolds Guest

    Except that most agents don't want to waste time showing
    people round a property unless they think they have a
    reasonable chance of getting a commission, so they do
    try and get an idea of whether they are serious buyers.

    The estate agents round here will happily send anyone
    details, but won't let you look round houses unless you have
    sold your house and have a decision in principle on any
    mortgage needed. I doubt they check these details of course,
    so it doesn't stop people lying and pretending to be serious

    Al Reynolds, May 24, 2005
  8. If you *say* you have a mortgage.
    Nope, they don't check.

    s--p--o--n--i--x, May 24, 2005
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    Jethro Guest

    For me the big turnoff of selling privately is vetting people. How do
    Estate agents *should* register applicants, and perform a money-laundering
    check *before* proceeding to send details, and arrange viewings. I'll wager
    not a lot do (correction, I *know* not a lot do, as their software won't
    cope), but that's no excuse.

    If you read the industry press, it's something they are waking up to, after
    a few court cases where they have been sued (and lost) because they didn't
    keep appropriate records ... I believe "compliance" is the name of the game.
    Jethro, May 24, 2005
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    John Rumm Guest

    Alas RightMove is the one you really want to be on...
    John Rumm, May 24, 2005
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    Al Reynolds Guest

    True - for about 75% it is the first port of call (according
    to RightMove ;-). Propertyfinder isn't a bad second though,
    and their stuff is listed on Wanadoo property and Yahoo
    property, which I guess a fair number of Internet users will
    pass by chance.


    Al Reynolds, May 24, 2005
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    nick smith Guest

    Thanks for the input / replies - I'll try those first

    nick smith, May 24, 2005
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