Before you rush to put your home up for quick sale, research all the best house selling options.
We believe all property owners have the right to sell their house quickly, and with certainty.
Many people think they can tackle the process themselves – it is possible – but we would advise extreme caution and research before you start your journey. As professional house buyers, we explain the issues you face when selling your house in a rush, on your own. Getting a good quality buyer at the right time is often down to pure luck unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
In our guide, we outline steps you can take to sell your house yourself. This is not for everyone as often your circumstances may dictate that you need to sell now. Property Saviour offer a ‘we buy any house‘ service and we can buy your property in its current condition, with no fees to pay.
Why do you need to sell your house so quickly?
Usually, a change of personal circumstances or a change in the value of the property can prompt a quick house sale:
- My property is unmortgageable
- My property suffered extensive fire or water damage
- My property is involved in a broken chain
- I inherited a property and I’d prefer to sell it than letting it out
- I have no useable bathroom, kitchen, heating, plumbing or electrics
- I need to move house for my new job
- I need to sell my house following my divorce or relationship breakdown
- I’m too sick to pay the mortgage
- I want to use money tied up in property to improve my life (equity release)
A seller must be in total control of determining how quickly he/she wishes to sell a property and the likelihood of it actually selling. That’s why we want you to have all the relevant facts before you make any serious decision.
Selling your house privately
There are various ways to sell a house on your own, but each is fraught with difficulty and may carry unknown expenses.
Could I sell my house quickly on eBay?
As with other online selling portals, eBay offers the ability to sell your house sale online but you will pay fees – both for the initial listing, plus a final value fee (FVF) once the house is sold. This can rack up the cost and consequently reduce your profit. Fees are non refundable and must be paid as soon eBay auction ends. There is no guarantee that your buyer will still buy your property.
Could I sell my house on Gumtree or Shpock for free?
Technically, yes. You can try. Websites such as Gumtree and Shpock have categories specifically for listing property for sale. These websites typically have no listing fees, meaning you can advertise your property on the internet for free. Be aware though – you will need high quality photographs by a professional photographer (expensive), along with a detailed floor plan and description of each room.
This isn’t a fast procedure, so won’t result in you being able to sell your house fast.
Could I sell my house fast in the local newspaper?
You could consider advertising your home in your local paper. You’ll have to pay for an ad, and this isn’t a fast-selling technique. There is absolutely no certainty your house will ever sell.
Where do other buyers hang out?
Things to consider when selling a house privately
We get it. You need to sell up quickly and you think you’ve found the right buyer. But this doesn’t mean instant success. Our team have put together an extensive checklist of the things you need to consider when selling a house on the open market by yourself. If you think you have found a cash house buyer, you may wish to check if they are genuine.
How to set the right selling price for your house
Buyers will try to negotiate and reduce your asking price by up to 20% or more. Are you able to deal with the stress of bargaining? Setting the right price for your house will usually need research, obtaining several valuations and/or property investment experience. This is all time you may not have to waste.
An expert cash buyer will already know the approximate costs for rebuilding or refurbishing a property as they have done it all many times before.
Could your buyer exchange contracts quickly?
If you’ve found a buyer on your own, you still need 100% assurance that the sale will go ahead quickly. This is only possible with a quick exchange of contracts. To sell your property quickly, your buyer also needs their funds to be available – and quickly. This considerably limits your pool of potential buyers to those with instant funds available.
Only a true cash house buyer is able to buy a property within a few days. Property Saviour has been buying houses for cash, for over 10 years.
Would your house buyer need a mortgage?
Unless you’re lucky enough to know a property investor who is keen on buying your house, or you stumble across a rich uncle who doesn’t mind taking on a fixer upper to help you out, your buyer will likely need a mortgage.
Arranging a mortgage can take months; employment references, proof of income, medical questionnaires and insurance policies are required, along with other official documentation.
But your problem is that you need to sell NOW.
As professional cash house buyers, we are not reliant on mortgages, therefore we can buy your property with great speed and efficiency. Our average completion takes just 19 days! This includes weekends too. Our fastest cash house sale took just 5 days! Property Saviour physically has the funds at our disposal to buy your house. When we say we can buy it now, we mean it.
Do you have money available for legal fees?
If you really need to sell your house in a hurry, you would need access to funds in order to pay the relevant legal and conveyancing fees. This can often make things a little unrealistic and extremely stressful.
If you choose to sell with Property Saviour, we will pay your legal fees. Contact us to chat about your situation.
Legal implications and UK property laws
When you put your house on the market to sell, you’ll need to get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before you put your property on the market. It is worth getting this done before you start advertising your home for selling. You will need to get a registered energy assessor to compile this for you. The cost of an EPC varies from £60 to upwards of £200.
Your property must be accurately described and follow all relevant legal guidance to protect both the buyer and the seller. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) has superseded the old Property Misdescription Act. Material information about the property should be clear and unambiguous, and free from misleading actions or misleading omissions. You must disclose any planning permissions (actual or pending), developments in the area which could affect enjoyment of the property and all photos must be fair and realistic.
This is quite a lot to get your head around if you are trying to advertise the property on your own.
Beware unscrupulous house buying companies
Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous house buying companies on the internet who pretend to have the funds to get you interested, but then cause delays under the guise of needing to complete admin or legal paperwork, while they seek to actually obtain the funds from investors! Pretty disgusting, right? They tend to preach the message “we buy any house” but in reality, they don’t. If they take too long to sell for you, you may find yourself in further financial difficulty – potentially losing out on your ideal property in a chain, or affecting your health badly.
Property Saviour - ethical, reliable and safe
As an ethical house buying company with our clients’ happiness at heart, we feel very strongly about bad practice in the industry. We strive for excellence in all our processes, but equally, we’re very ‘human’ and therefore able to adapt to your evolving needs with the utmost compassion.
We have a reputable trading history
We would always warn you to pick your chosen house buyer carefully, based on quality reviews, trading history, reputation and testimonials. Sadly, some of our clients have been scammed by these unprofessional “we buy any house” companies before they found us. You’ve no doubt seen all the paid adverts on Google.
We create high quality information
This is one big reason that we’re committed to providing you with quality information and articles about the house buying process, property industry news and tips, whilst building trust with our detailed case studies.
Google trusts us to answer your questions
We’ve also invested in making our website more “findable” in search results when you ask a question in Google; this is known as SEO – search engine optimisation. SEO takes time, commitment and quality content. It allows you to find our company because we’re relevant to your needs and trustworthy. Any company can pay to advertise; blindsiding you with technical jargon and preying on fear tactics when you’re vulnerable.
Integrity is one of our core values
We want you to have a great experience and recommend us to others who are going through the same. Your kind supportive words mean the world to us and we think our professional integrity shines through all we do.