The reality is, your property is only worth what someone is prepared to pay. A free valuation is an excellent way of gauging the current property prices in your area. However, you need to be aware that many estate agents offer a free valuation as a marketing tool. They will then expect you to sign a contract, either appointing them as your sole agent or tying you into what is essentially a finance agreement. Be aware of this and don’t sign anything.
We recommend that you visit the land registry website to view the prices that properties sold for in your area. Every home is unique, so the best person to decide how much your property is worth is you. Do your research, consider all your options and, when you decide to advertise your property with OkayLah, state the minimum price above which you would consider offers and display as Offers Over
Land registry website: http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/app/ppd/
Our Property experts are here if you need them. We can supply Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), floor plans, good quality photography, video and many other marketing services.
Our prices are the most competitive on the market; we’ve achieved this by allocating a fixed call-out fee of £25 (including VAT) and have reduced the cost of ALL additional services accordingly. You will be asked to pay for any services that you select in advance, but your property expert will only be paid once you are fully satisfied with the service that he or she has provided. This encourages and maintains a high level of customer service from the property expert. Once we know that you are happy with the work, the expert will be paid the same day. Our goal is to maintain competitive prices and deliver a superior level of service. You may be asked to leave a review by the property expert, which will help them to attract more business in the future.
In England and Wales it’s a legal requirement for a home owner to provide potential buyers or tenants of their property with an Energy Performance Certificate. This document shows how energy efficient the property is.
It’s also a legal requirement to have an EPC before advertising your property for sale or rent in England and Wales. However, you’re also within your rights to advertise your property providing you intend to have an EPC in place within 30 days of doing so. You will need an EPC to complete the sale or rent of your property by UK Law. You may already have one in place as they remain current for ten years from the date of issue, so it’s well worth checking using the link below:
To check if your property has an EPC, click here (England and Wales):
To check if your property has an EPC, click here (Scotland):
No, the likes or Rightmove and Zoopla advertise properties promoted by Estate Agents so they do not recognise private sale portals like OkayLah. We have invested in the state of the art technology to give you the opportunity to promote your property online via Google and Social Media. We support you by investing in the latest Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) technology to place your home on the front page when people search for homes in your area.
You have as long as it takes to sell or let your property. You can remove your listing at any time and can relist it at no extra cost whenever you like. You have full control of your property page, 24/7.
If you select the Premium Listing you will receive your For Sale or To Let board showing your personal telephone number delivered by courier. Free Or Standard Listings do not include a For Sale or To Let Board. If you would prefer to have the board erected professionally we can arrange this once you have registered.
You will be contacted by a potential buyer via your private OkayLah message board, or they may contact you by telephone if they’ve taken your details from your For Sale or To Let board. You agree a mutually convenient date and time for the viewing, and always confirm this in writing. We provide further advice on this in the ‘Dos and Don’ts guide’ in your personal account on the website.
We recommend that you contact the viewer within 48 hours to obtain feedback on your property and find out whether or not they’d like to make an offer. You can do this using your private OkayLah message board. We provide further advice on this in the ‘Dos and Don’ts guide’ in your personal account on the website.
Once you have accepted an offer in writing (subject to contract), you will need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor, who will provide the documentation needed for you to liaise with the buyer’s solicitor, making it possible for the sale to progress through to completion. We provide further advice on this in the Help and Advice section in your personal account on the website.
A Scottish Home Report is a pack of three documents that give buyers a clear picture of the condition of the property for sale. It comprises:
The Energy Report: This shows the energy efficiency of the property and assesses its environmental impact. It will also give recommendations on how to make the property more energy efficient.
The Property Questionnaire: This is completed by the seller to give an overview of useful information, such as the property’s Council Tax band and details of any alterations that have been made.
The Single Survey: This includes a report on the condition of property, a valuation of the property and an accessibility audit for people with particular needs.
A valuation for mortgage purposes is valid for a period of three months, after which it needs to be refreshed to satisfy the lender’s criteria. The fees are based on price bands and we can arrange for these to be completed anywhere in Scotland using a panel of surveyors approved by all major lenders.
There are a number of costs and fees associated with selling a house that you will need to factor into your budget. If you are also buying a new house at the same time, then you also need to consider the buying costs.
Estate agent’s fees - £65 when you advertise with OkayLah.co.uk.
Energy Performance Certificate (England and Wales) - £45.
Home Reports – Only required in Scotland. For more information, click here.
Conveyancing fees - A solicitor or legal conveyancer will deal with the legal aspects of selling your property. The cost will depend on the sale value of your property.
Removal costs: The cost will vary depending on how much you are moving and how far you are moving. Get two or three quotes and look at customer reviews to choose the most suitable removal firm for your needs.