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Guide to selling property in London

Orchards of London will offer a guiding hand throughout the whole process to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the process of selling your property, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We would love to hear from you. 

A step-by-step guide to selling your home

So, you're looking to sell, but not sure what your property is worth. The key to establishing what your home is worth is by analysing the prices of local, like for like properties in the market, the prices achieved for recent sales and the prevailing market conditions. Orchards of London has been successfully selling properties in West London since 2009 and, as a result, we have an extremely accurate picture of current property values and trends in West London.

For an up to date and accurate valuation of your property, please call us on:

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Or enter your details in our property valuation request form

Try to find an estate agent you are confident will handle all aspects of your property sale professionally and efficiently.

What will they do for you?

Will they conduct viewings, or will you need to?
it is crucial, when selecting an agent that all aspects of your property sale are handled efficiently and professional. Orchards of London, take pride in producing all of our Marketing materials in-house, including professionally drawn floor plans, photography, online videos and much more.

Will they advertise extensively in newspapers, magazines, online property websites?
Orchards of London will include your property on over thirty property portals and websites, such as Rightmove and Zoopla, maximising the network in which to sell your property.

Will they provide a 'For Sale' board?

Orchards of London provide a complimentary distinctive 'For Sale' board that will help your property stand out from the crowd.

Once you've identified your local agent, call into their offices, so you can talk to their staff and see how happy you would be for them to handle the sale of your property.

We would be delighted to see you at our new office Westworld West Gate, London, W5 1DT. We appreciate that many of our clients do not operate on a 9-5 basis and, therefore, offer late opening hours and weekend availability.

Contact your local office now.

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It is vital to the successful sale of your property to instruct an efficient and experienced legal representative. You will need to choose a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the legal work to transfer ownership of the property.

To ensure as few delays as possible, you should select your legal representative before you agree the sale of your house.

If you are buying another property alongside the sale of your existing one, it is a lot easier and more cost effective to use the same legal representative to handle both transactions.

Orchards of London have an approved panel of "tried and tested" law firms who, in many cases provide fixed fees and a no move, no fee arrangement, ensuring each transaction runs effortlessly and effectively and that you are aware of all costs at the outset.

All of the Orchards of London approved panel of law firms are fully qualified and can act for any mortgage lender you may be working with. This is important as many small law firms are not able to act for all lenders and this can add delay and costs to a transaction.

First impressions count, so it is important to present your property to maximise its impact with prospective buyers. The basic rules are to keep the property clean, de-clutter and de-personalise. A prospective buyer needs to visualise themselves living in the property rather than you!

Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

  • Tidy up and remove any excess clutter from all rooms and the garden, where relevant.
  • Reduce the number of personal effects such as photographs and ornaments.
  • Redecorate any areas that are looking tired.
  • If there are any outstanding DIY jobs around the house, get them finished
  • Keep all surfaces clean and clear, especially kitchen worktops and tables.
  • Keep the bathroom as clean and tidy as possible. Make sure the bath, shower and sink are sparkling clean!
  • Bedrooms need to be kept tidy, with beds neatly made, clothes put away and the rooms left clutter-free.
  • Keep the house clean.
  • Keep entrances or drives clear, removing items, such as bins, bikes or garden machinery.
  • Fresh flowers, tidy gardens and mown lawns (where relevant) also make a good impression.

In preparing the property for marketing we will arrange for our professional photographer and datographer to visit the property in order to take photographs and prepare the floorplan and property details.

The appointment is likely to take up to an hour and the tidier the property, the more time can be spent taking the photographs and drawing the floorplan.

Please bear in mind that we will be opening blinds and curtains and moving any objects that we feel necessary in order to make the property look its best but we will always endeavour to leave everything as we found it.

You could consider this your property's most important viewing. For example, the photographs taken during this appointment will be used to promote your property to a massive audience online and in print. It is therefore essential we work together to obtain the best photographs possible.

All property particulars are reviewed by a third party to make sure the information is accurate and the photographs appropriately reflect the quality of the property.

Once approved, the valuer review the details and will invite you, our client/vendor, to provide feedback and approve.

The property will be live on the internet within minutes of the approval process being completed and our extensive database is updated with the latest information in real time. (Rightmove will be updated usually within 24 hours)

Today's buyers have access to a wide variety of media to gather information about available properties and often undertake considerable research before committing to a purchase.

When you instruct Orchards of London you will benefit from our impressive marketing package which provides prospective buyers with the best presented and most relevant information about your property to help them make their buying decision.

This ensures that Orchards of London attract large volumes of quality buyers who are able to make buying decisions positively and quickly.

Property details prepared by Orchards of London include professionally taken photographs, floor plans with room sizes and EPC ratings.

Prospective buyers are able, through this website, to access information on the property location including such important amenities as schooling, transport, eating out etc.

Our online marketing includes coverage on over 30 property portals and websites including Rightmove and Zoopla.

Phone lines are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and we are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Saturday. Our phone lines and offices are open:

Monday – Thursday - 9am – 9pm

Friday – 9am – 6pm

Saturday – 9am – 4pm

Sunday – By appointment

We operate (Westworld, West Gate, London W5 1DT) long opening hours in order to maximise viewing opportunities for your property. This includes evenings and weekends. Vendors will receive a phone call within 24 hours of all viewings, for comprehensive feedback. We pride ourselves on keeping our vendor clients updated and informed at all times.

We accompany viewings at all times and our experienced and fully trained staff will use their expertise to proactively sell your property.

Our phone lines and offices are open:

Monday – Thursday - 9am – 7pm
Friday – 9am – 6pm
Saturday – 9am – 4pm
Sunday – By appointment

We will notify you as soon as an offer is received. A senior member of our team will call you to discuss and the offer will also be confirmed in writing.

Having discussed an offer with our team, you will decide whether to accept or reject it.

At this stage, accepting an offer is not legally binding. If you accept an offer, a sale will be agreed, subject to contract, and confirmed to all parties.

We will arrange for your legal representative to send out a draft contract to the buyer's legal representative who will then raise local searches and raise various enquiries about your property.

If your buyer is arranging mortgage finance, a valuation inspection will be undertaken and the buyer will receive a mortgage offer once all income referencing and the valuation report have been satisfactorily completed.

Orchards of London will advise you and negotiate on your behalf throughout this process, including liaising with any third parties and keeping you informed every step of the way.

There are no binding legal obligations until contracts are exchanged.

When you exchange contracts with the buyer you become legally committed to selling the property and they are legally committed to buying it from you.

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 legal representative to your legal representative.

If everything is ready (including any related transactions) a completion date will be agreed and set and contracts will be exchanged.

Completion is when the property legally changes ownership and will take place on the agreed date.

Your buyer will have paid the balance of the purchase price to your legal representative via their legal representative.

Once the formalities have been completed, the change of ownership will be registered at the Land Registry.

Completion day is when most purchasers will wish to collect the keys and move into the property which you have vacated.

You can move out whenever you like, even up until the day of completion. The least stressful option is to move out beforehand. At the time of completion, the property has to be in the condition agreed in the contract – including all the fixtures and fittings.

It is usually around lunchtime before the monies have moved through the banking system and Orchards of London will not release any keys to the purchaser until we have confirmation from your legal representative that it is OK to do so.

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“I want to say thank you for the smooth efficient service I received from you. People say moving is the most stressful thing ever. I have not actually been stressed by the process at all. You have all been great!”

Ms J Graham



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