I want to sell my house, do Ardun Homes offer free market appraisals?
Yes, Ardun Homes would be happy to visit your property to offer you professional and constructive advice on selling or letting your home, completely free of charge and without any obligation whatsoever.
I want to buy a property and I need some advice on the area and type of property I am looking to buy. Can you help?
Yes. Always ask as many questions as you can when you talk to us. Ardun Homes’ reputation for being the region’s most trusted and respected agents is down to our staff having superb local knowledge, experience and comprehensive training of the home buying and selling process.
I’ve had 3 agents value my property, but there is a large difference between all of the valuations. How is this possible?
Firstly, don’t panic! Valuations can often vary, sometimes as little or as much as 5% – 20% of the overall value. It is always important to take on board the advice you have been given, but more important to ask for evidence to support the value and to seek confidence from the agent.
Ask whether the agent visiting is commission based or employed. If they are employed, there is no great incentive to sell your house for the best possible price, in the shortest possible time. They may also over value your home to flatter you in order to persuade you to list with them. You are then in danger of sitting on the market for a long period of time and your home becomes less desirable.
At Ardun Homes, we always offer comparable sales evidence and take time to explain all options regarding timescales and likely sales price. Our staff are all commission paid so it is in their interest as well as yours to achieve the maximum price for your home. They will also tell you how you get over market value in many instances.
If your valuations vary wildly, please let us know. Even if we haven’t seen your property, we would be happy to offer you the advice and support that you need and we will always do it with a smile.
How important are pictures when selling?
We believe that it is very important to sell a property at its best – why wouldn’t you? Spending a little time to present your property in its best light before our photographer visits is time well spent. We often see some agents taking pictures at the wrong time of the day, using bad light or even when it’s raining! We will be happy to advise any property owner on how best to present their home during our appraisal. After all, every single potential buyer will look at the pictures before anything else and in that instance, they decide whether they like it or not.
What’s the best time of year to sell?
A property should generally sell at any time during the year and the seasonal trends such as the ‘Spring’ market are not as strong as they once were, mainly down to the way in which buyers look for property online now. The market can change on a monthly, weekly and sometimes daily basis. As long as the pricing is accurate against market conditions, you should be in a good position to gain interest throughout the year, although winter is traditionally slightly quieter which means less competition when selling your home.
Have you much experience of selling my sort of property?
The directors of Ardun Homes have over 20 years’ experience covering Coventry and surrounding areas and have probably been trusted to sell every type of property imaginable. Our experience is vast, covering rural village properties, luxury waterside homes, town houses, land and suburban family homes.
We are therefore perfectly placed to advise on what does or doesn’t work and are able to tap into the best form of marketing that will work for each client. It is our diverse coverage, experience, passion and determination that make us one of the region’s top performing independent agents.
Do you need a Home Information Pack to sell your home?
No, this legislation was changed in May 2010 and is no longer required. However, a seller is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) issued prior to marketing your home. Ardun Homes can make all the arrangements needed on your behalf so feel free to discuss this with us. If you already have an EPC, it will last for a period of 10 years.
Do Ardun Homes conduct all the viewings, or do I have to do them as the seller?
All viewings should be accompanied by one of our experienced staff – in fact we recommend it! You may be at work all day in any case and no opportunity should be missed. We believe in giving plenty of time to the potential buyer to spend at the property, allowing us to advise and work constructively with them in their decision making. A potential buyer will often spend more time viewing if accompanied by an agent and in fact, it is better if the vendor is not present at all, as it gives the potential buyer the opportunity to give honest feedback.
I need to sell my house in order to buy one, should I be on the market before I start viewing?
Generally speaking, we advise potential sellers to at least have had their property valued first, in order for you to understand your budget more accurately as this can have a profound effect on what you may be able to afford. If you are already on the market other sellers will take you more seriously as you have shown a commitment to sell. This puts you ahead of others and once you have an offer, you are in a better position to negotiate your ongoing purchase.
If you are not a cash buyer, we strongly advise you obtain a mortgage in principle before you start looking for your dream home.
I’ve had my offer accepted. How long will it be before I get the keys?
Any eager buyer will want to ‘complete’ their sale as soon as possible, but often common circumstances surrounding the sale may dictate the timescale. Sales can be agreed on properties with ‘no onward chain’ meaning the sellers do not need to make an onward purchase, or the house you are buying may be vacant. These sales can often ‘complete’ within 6-8 weeks of an offer, but this does rely upon many other matters including your solicitor working efficiently and your funds to purchase being available.
Other sales may take longer where a ‘chain’ of sales may exist. At Ardun Homes, we believe communication is key, and our sales advisers will keep you updated on all matters throughout the sale, leading to an achievable completion in line with everyone’s expectation. We can also recommend local solicitors and mortgage advisers who can help in your decision making process to avoid poor advice and time wasting.