Our 8 step sellers guide

1. How much
is your property worth?

The first step to selling your home is to get an up-to-date property valuation. Ideally you should invite more than one estate agent to view the property. Art Estates provides free, no obligation market appraisals, and as one of the biggest estate agents in London, we value and sell hundreds of properties each month. This means we have a wealth of knowledge and data to draw on when valuing your property.

2. Get your property ready
for the market

You should aim to present your property in the best possible way and fix anything that could put off potential buyers. A fresh lick of paint, some new soft furnishings, plus a tidy up of the garden should help. These are small jobs, but can greatly improve your chance of receiving an offer. If you feel your property requires more than a touch up of paint, such as a complete renovation, please contact our Refurbishment Team. At this stage you’ll also need to supply an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property. These are valid for ten years, so if you had one commissioned in the past you will need to check that it is still valid.

3. Choose your estate agent
and your solicitor

When choosing your estate agent you should consider if they have plenty of experience, how much local insight they have, if they are able to market your property effectively, if they are affiliated to any professional or regulatory bodies, and if they have a reputation for providing excellent customer service. At Art Estates, we consider these things to be essential when it comes to selling property successfully. Most estate agents are able to make a recommendation of which solicitor to use, but it’s also worth asking friends and family about their experiences, and who they would recommend.

4. Prepare for viewings

Once your property is on the market, you’ll need to keep on top of cleanliness and clutter on a daily basis in case of any unexpected viewings. Dust and dirt can dull a surface and give viewers the impression that work needs to be done, but a quick clean can reveal the real finish beneath and instantly refresh a property’s appearance. Scented candles and open windows can help keep the property fresh. These small but noticeable acts can help buyers picture themselves living in your property, making them more likely to put in an offer. If you are present while the viewings take place, you should try to offer insight into what makes your property special. Is it great for entertaining? Is it easy to keep warm in the winter? Are the neighbours friendly?

5. Receiving offers

If you are selling your property through an estate agent, any interested parties must make an offer through them. If there is more than one interested party, your agent will keep you up to date with competing offers. You don’t have to choose the highest bidder. In fact, you should consider your aims and how this relates to the buyer’s situation. If you want to move quickly, a chain-free first time buyer, or someone who has already sold their property, may be the best option.

6. Accepting an offer

Once the final offer has been accepted, your estate agent will contact your solicitor who will then set the wheels in motion for the sale to take place. The buyer will also instruct their lender to value the property so they can finalise their mortgage offer. They may also commission a survey or homebuyer report at this point too.

7. Exchanging contracts and completion

The exchanging of contracts is carried out on your behalf by your solicitor or conveyancer. It is when the sale of your home becomes legally binding and once the contracts have been exchanged that you can be fairly certain the sale of your house will go through. You will also receive a preliminary deposit from the buyer at this point, which you will be able to keep if they pulled out of the purchase. However, you would also be liable for penalties or legal action if you pulled out of the sale. The completion date will be stated in the contracts, and this is when the property will be transferred to the new owners. You must leave the property on this date and arrange for all of your belongings to be removed from the property ready for the new occupants to arrive on the same day, once the final monies have been received. Keep in mind that completion days are almost always on a week day to allow the banks and solicitors to arrange transfer of monies and complete other necessary legal or financial actions that would be impossible to do on a weekend.

8. Celebrate

Completion day can be stressful for all concerned, especially if you’re part of a chain. But it is the final step in selling your property, and it means the worst is over. Why not take a moment to celebrate?

What our clients say

I would not hesitate to recommend Art Estates to anyone wanting to sell their property they were brilliant from the valuation to the end Jordan was very helpful.

Louise Wright

I have had a very positive experience with this estate agent. From the very first meeting I was impressed because the agent was very open about the way to market my property.

Andrew Lee

Recently I had a problem which required help from the agency. Art Estates were very professional and patient, and gave me great support. Would recommend them to anyone.

Daniel Naptali

Our Sales Team

Joshua Banks


Joshua has been working within the property market for over 20 years. In his spare time, he is often found fly fishing or spending time with his children.

Andy Newton

Sales/Lettings Manager

With 10 years great experience within the sales and lettings industry, Federico will be able to provide a honest and personal service.

Sharon Moran

Sales Negotiator

Qualified with Associate member of The Guild of Property Professionals for sales Sharon has over 4 years experience in Residential Sales.

Alison Whitewind

Accounts Manager

Alison recently completed her AAT accounts qualification and has a vast experience in all aspects of accountancy and estate agency.

Ready to take action?

Do you want to know how much your property is worth in today’s market? Book a Free, no obligation valuation.
Are you looking for a new tenant? Book an appointment for an experienced letting agent to visit your property.
Art Estates allocates every client their own dedicated Property Manager to provide the service their tenants expect.