As COVID19 continues to challenge us, there is increasing acknowledgement that, when restrictions ease, life must resume as quickly as possible and in as many ways as it can. Schools will re-open, ease of movement will return and businesses - and lives - will resume their old and maybe new patterns. For a significant number of you, previously-paused plans may be restarted. 

Once you have taken the decision to sell then this must be decisive.  Buyers need to know, now more than ever, that you are committed in moving. We have therefore assembled the following checklist to aid your preparations - you may find it helpful in addition to commissioning the legal preparations through your solicitor.


  • Obtain market appraisals from 3 reputable estate agents.  Choose the individual who gives you genuine confidence that they will sell the property for you at the best price, and will work hard on your behalf to achieve that. Personal commitment is absolutely vital - it is this that makes the difference as all agents have access to buyers on the Internet.

  • Start the process of contacting estate agents or looking online for places to buy or rental properties - your onward move.

  • Be very clear on your funding position; if you are buying your next property contact your lender or financial advisor to talk about the transfer or increase of your mortgage.

  • Have good quality photographs (external and internal) taken by a photographer in the sunshine and preferably with leaf on the trees. We strongly suggest engaging with a professional to deliver this; again your agent can guide you

  • First impressions are so important; keep the driveway and front of the house looking at their best.

  • Make sure the rooms throughout are well presented; tidy and uncluttered.

  • Gardens should be well maintained and any boundary fences in good order.

  • If there is unrepaired damage (e.g. water leaks) then make them good, properly.

  • Ensure you have available valid boiler, electrical and gas certificates.

  • If there are repairs which you cannot undertake then obtain quotes to disclose to the buyer.

  • At viewings ensure the house is welcoming and warm.


This is not an exhaustive list of course - every house is different - but does provide a good start for your journey.. Do not hesitate to take advice from trusted sources (see above re; agents), and be sure to remain open and transparent at every opportunity. In this current situation, buyers may be easily 'spooked' by uncertainty; your honesty will provide immediate reassurance. 


We wish you the very best of luck!

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Pip Menzel - November 2019

At all points I have found Butler Sherborn to of gone above and beyond to help with the process of selling our house. They offer a service that is modern in its approach yet old-fashioned and uniquely personable. We have found they're thoughtful and their knowledge of the market is second to none.
— Pip Menzel, November 2019