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At Hawkmoth Property we understand that marketing and viewings are only half of the selling process, and once a sale has been agreed that proceedings become particularly stressful. This is why we offer the same level of commitment and support throughout the entire process, liaising with solicitors, lenders and all parties involved in the chain to ensure a smooth speedy journey to completion.

Contact a Hawkmoth sales consultant, who will discuss your personal needs, circumstances and requirements in order to establish the most effective marketing strategy to achieve the best possible price within a specified time frame.

Alternatively choose from one of our unique Hawkmoth Packages.

On Line Package

0.5% + £500 cash back
  • Free Valuation by a qualified consultant.
  • Professional consultation and personalised sales plan.
  • Professional Photographs.
  • Advertising on Rightmove.
  • Quality qualified applicants.
  • Immediate feedback.
  • Sales support through to completion.
  • Free mortgage consultation.
  • Professional negotiation to achieve the best possible price.

Classic Package

1% + £1000 cash back
  • Free Valuation by a qualified consultant.
  • Professional consultation and personalised sales plan.
  • 24/7 Vendor phone line.
  • Professional Photographs.
  • Floor plan.
  • Printed property brochure.
  • Free EPC if required.
  • Advertising on Rightmove.
  • Quality qualified applicants.
  • Accompanied viewings.
  • Immediate feedback.
  • Weekly progress consultation.
  • Sales support through to completion.
  • Free mortgage consultation.
  • Professional negotiation to achieve the best possible price.

Privileged Package

1.2% + Removal Costs paid
  • Free Valuation by a qualified consultant.
  • Professional consultation and personalised sales plan.
  • Personal property consultant.
  • 24/7 Vendor phone line.
  • Professional Photographs.
  • 3D floor plan.
  • Printed property brochure.
  • Video tour of property.
  • Free EPC if required.
  • Advertising on Rightmove.
  • Quality qualified applicants.
  • Accompanied viewings.
  • Personally arranged, accompanied out of hours viewings.
  • Immediate feedback.
  • Weekly progress consultation.
  • Professional negotiation to achieve the best possible price.
  • Free mortgage consultation.
  • Sales support through to completion.
  • We will pay the removal costs (T&Cs apply)

We are more than happy to offer our opinion on the value of your property free of any charge or obligation…..

….. We (or any valuer) will need to visit the property to properly assess its value. There are too many variables for there to be any real accuracy with an online valuation and we often find that owners are keen to hear about our tailored marketing proposals and how to get the most from the property.

Why choose Hawkmoth

We recognise the circumstances of each vendor are different, which is why at Hawkmoth, we create a specific, unique Contract based on the individual needs and requirements of our clients.

All our staff are industry qualified and CRB back ground checked, so we can absolutely guarantee that you are in safe hands with every Hawkmoth Consultant

We will make arrangements for an accomplished photographer to take exceptional photos, that will show off your properties best features. We can also offer Ariel photos to compliment the interior shots, offering beautiful view of the garden. In addition, we can arrange for a video tour of your property and even an interactive virtual tour should it be required.

Our team of property professionals will get to work straight away, marketing your property on all major property portals, giving your property maximum exposure. We will also take advantage of our extensive database and make sure suitable buys are aware of your intended sale as well utilising other avenues such as local publications and social media sites.

Hawkmoth will produce an attractive brochure, exclusively designed by a skilled marketing team. In addition, we offer floor plans to be included, regular and 3 dimensional options which you are welcome to choose from.

All viewing are accompanied by one of trusted agents who has extensive knowledge of the local area, as well as your property. It is this dedicated approach that makes our team so successful. In addition to regular viewing times,
we appreciate that certain circumstances can mean that viewings need to take place outside these hours, which is why Hawkmoth have an extended hour option. We really can personalise your Hawkmoth agreement to fit your life style.

At Hawkmoth we believe that communication is this key. We pride ourselves on delivering immediate feedback following a viewing. Feedback is a vital part of selling a property and helps us to understand how we can develop and progress any sale without compromising on the price. Along with this you will have a regular weekly appointment with a consultant, who will provide you with information about the progress of your sale and advise you of any concerns you might have.

We feel that we should be working with you as well as for you. Which is why we offer a property dressing service. Our extensive experience has provided us with considerable hands on knowledge of what makes properties appealing to potential buys. Nor only do we provide advice, we will help you along the way, from painting your front door to mowing your lawn or dressing an empty bedroom.

Who you chose to sell your property will be managing the sale of probably the single biggest asset that you own

If it is your home as well, they will be involved in one of the most stressful things that you will undergo behind bereavement and divorce or separation – moving house. It is essential that you chose an agent who, above all, is going to represent your interests; who will work with you keeping you advised at every step of the way; who has scrupulous attention to detail and will be proactive and creative in their marketing approach. Remember they will pay a critical role in how smoothly this whole process goes. Make sure that you are confident that they have the skills they need and that you actually like them and have a sense of confidence in their abilities.

Choose your agent

Look at their marketing approach. It is essential that your property is seen by as many people as possible while it is being marketed. The vast majority of buyers will see your property on the internet. It will be among literally hundreds of others so it is essential that it is marketed in an eye-catching way. We are one of the very few agents who advertise on all the major property portals and employ all the tools available. This together with the use of quality, eye-catching photography and floor plans ensure that we generate a higher level of “click rates” than other agents.

Presentation of property

First impressions really do count when it comes to property. Try and present the property in its best possible light. Where possible the decoration should be fresh and neutral. The property should be as clean and tidy as possible. When potential buyers come and view the property you want them to be able to imagine living there. If the property is cluttered with your personal possessions it becomes harder for your potential buyer to imagine it as theirs. Do have fresh flowers in the house and the old adage about brewing the coffee or baking on is not without basis – initial impressions can be positively affected by good aromas. If you have pets, try and keep them contained, in this way you are not encountering unnecessary problems around phobias or allergies. At Hawkmoth Property we not only offer exceptional advice to help you but provide a property dressing service to guarantee your property stands out from the rest.

Viewings

We at Hawkmoth Property accompany all viewings, as we believe this is an essential part of the selling process. How this is handled will make a huge difference to the first impressions that you potential buyers will have of the property.

Accepting an offer

We are legally bound to put all offers forward to you and will always ensure that we have as much information about the prospective buyer as is possible. Clearly your decision is not based on the level of the offer alone – you need to know that the buyer can afford it and that they are in a position to proceed.

Using a solicitor or conveyancer

We would always recommend using a specialist firm of conveyancers or a solicitor’s office who has a conveyancing department. It is a very specific job and is best dealt with by a professional who does nothing else. We are happy to recommend a company who is highly efficient and has extremely competitive rates. Please ask your Sales Manager for details.

The progression process

Sales can absolutely be made and lost at this point and it is critical that someone is overseeing the process and ensuring that all parties in the chain are on target. We employ staff who do nothing else but oversee this process and will keep you advised of any developments as they happen.

Exchange and completion

Once contacts have been exchanged your buyer will then have deposited a 10% deposit (unless a different amount was negotiated initially) and they will be legally bound to buy your property. At this point a completion date will have been set.

Vacant possession

You must ensure that you are out of the house at the appointed time and that you have cleared all your personal effects from the property except those that form part of the sale.

This article is reproduced from the Home Owners Alliance website hoa.org.uk. We think it is excellent and hopefully a useful guide.

Conveyancing process explained

Conveyancing is the process of legally transferring home ownership from you, the seller, to the buyer. It starts from making an offer and finishes when you hand over the keys to the buyer. Understanding it will help ensure you don’t suffer any nasty surprises…..

Who does the conveyancing?

A solicitor or conveyancer usually conducts the conveyancing process.

Before the exchange of contracts

1. Engage an estate agent, negotiate and accept an offer on the sale price

2. Instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to do the conveyancing. To reduce delays, it is probably best to have chosen which solicitor or conveyancer you want to use around the time youchoose the estate agent, tell them you want to sell, and agree fees. However, you only instruct them to start work after you have a formal offer. For guidance on choosing a solicitor and conveyancer, see Finding the right solicitor or conveyancer?

3. Complete a number of detailed questionnaires about the property and what you intend to include with the sale, which will be provided to you by your solicitor/conveyancer:

  • The (TA 6) is a general questionnaire and includes information on boundaries, disputes and complaints (like reported noisy neighbour complaints or boundary disputes), known proposed developments (like motorways or railways), building works, council tax, utilities, sewerage, contact details.
  • If you do not own the freehold you should give more information on either the leasehold (TA 7) or the commonhold (TA9)
  • The (TA 10) provides details of which fittings and fixtures you would like to include with the property
  • The (TA 13) is more technical, but also includes finalisation details including arrangements to hand over the keys, how and where you will complete, and ensuring that the house is free of all mortgages and liability claims
  • You must fill these forms out truthfully and to the best of your knowledge; if it later transpires that you have not been fully truthful you could be sued for compensation. Or, if they find out before exchange of contracts, it might make the buyers nervous that you are misleading them about other things and they may pull out.

4. Your solicitor/conveyancer uses the questionnaire information to draw up a draft contract. This is sent to the buyer for approval.
5. Negotiations over the draft contract. Things to agree include:

  • date of completion (usually 7-28 days after the exchange of contracts)
  • what fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale price
  • how much they pay for other fixtures and fitting
  • The buyer would often also have had a survey conducted on your property. If the survey flags up anything major – for example, the need for significant roof repairs – you may have to negotiate over who will fix this or even renegotiate over the sale price.

6. You must plan to pay off your mortgage, by requesting a redemption figure from your mortgage company. This is how much you pay upon completion of the sale

Exchanging contracts

  • You and the buyer will have agreed on a date and time to exchange contracts. At that time your solicitor or conveyancer will exchange contracts for you
  • This is usually done by both solicitors/conveyancers making sure the contracts are identical, and then immediately sending them to one another in the post
  • If you or the buyers are in a chain the solicitors/conveyancers will do the same thing, but will only release it if the other people in the chain are all happy to go ahead. This means if one person pulls out or delays, then everyone in the chain gets held up. For more, see How can I break the housing chain?
  • Once you have exchanged contracts you will be in a legally binding contract to sell the property.
  • This means:If the buyer does not complete the purchase, you will probably keep their deposit; you can also sue them
  • If you pull out, they can sue you
  • You can no longer accept another offer
  • For more information, see How do I exchange contracts?

Between exchange and completion

  • Immediately after exchange you should receive the buyer’s deposit – usually 10% of the property price
  • You own the property until completion, and so there is no need to move out before then. However, it will be a lot less stressful if you can move out some days before, rather than leaving it to the last minutes
  • You should go around the property before you complete ensuring that everything that was on the fixtures and fittings inventory list is still in the property

On completion day

  • You hand over the keys. In practice, the buyer normally gets the keys from the estate agent, and you leave any spare sets you have in the property
  • You or your conveyancer/solicitor will receive the outstanding balance of sale price
  • You – or your solicitor/conveyancer – will hand over the legal documents that prove ownership
  • Any outstanding mortgage on the property can now be paid off from the proceeds of the sale. The solicitor/conveyancer will normally do this
  • For more information, see Completion – what to expect?

After completion

  • You will have to pay your solicitor/conveyancer
  • You will have to pay the estate agent

Open Day

Property Dressing Service

360 Virtual Tour of property

Aerial Photography

Home Removal Service

House Cleaning Service

Carpet Cleaning Service

Gardening Service

Drive & Patio cleaning service

Chimney Sweeping service

Please ask your Hawkmoth Property consultant for more information about the additional services we have available.

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