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Frequently Asked Questions – Selling A Property

FAQ – Selling A Property

Thinking of selling my property, what are the first steps?

Your first step is to find out how much your property is worth. This will enable you to plan your finances and your upcoming move.

We provide Free no obligation sales appraisals. We visit your property, value and answer any questions you may have about the selling process.

Book your Free sales appraisal.

What are the costs involved in selling a property?

There are two main costs involved in selling a property. They are the agent’s fees and the solicitor’s fees.

Agents’ fees are an agreed percentage of the sale price. At DNG Galvin we agree our fee with you at the outset and it is all transparent in our written service agreement with you. We operate a no sale no fee policy.

How do I get my property ready to sell?

Freshen Up

A fresh coat of neutral paint, new tiling or lino can do wonders to smarten up a tired-looking kitchen or bathroom. If you can’t stretch to re-tiling the bathroom, re-grouting should bring it up as good as new. Check your ceilings for water stains (fix the problem & repaint). To a nervous buyer, a damp stain caused by a minor leak in the past suggests potential problems and can raise alarm bells to your target market. If you have a garden, it is now seen as an additional room, so be sure to make your garden feels like a great space for entertaining and relaxing. Simple tips like mowing the lawn, keeping flower beds weed free and adding well stocked potted plants can make your outside space stand out from the crowd.

Clean Up

If you’d rather not re-decorate, it is still essential that your property is clean and smelling fresh before every viewing. Getting professional cleaners in at the start of your sales campaign can really make the place sparkle and will be money well-spent. A gleaming bathroom and kitchen are essential as buyers rate these as their most important rooms in the house. If you have pets make sure you air out the property prior to viewings. Use ‘plug-ins’, scented candles or fresh flowers for a clean, light scent.

Let there be light!

Open curtains and blinds for more light and while you’re at it, make sure windows are washed and curtains and blinds are clean and hung properly. In summer, natural light can create a wonderful atmosphere and give a feeling of freshness and cleanliness. In winter, make sure all the light bulbs are working and have lights switched on for viewings during the day. If you have a fireplace have the fire lit as it will create a homely ambiance to your potential buyer.

Preparing for Viewings

Sweep up the entrance to your property, and make sure the front garden and entrance hall to your property are tidy and inviting. Leave any pets with a neighbour or friend, and thoroughly clean up any pet hair, as many people can be allergic. Air out the house; and try not to smoke or cook spicy food before a viewing. Our agents will arrive early before a viewing to turn on the lights and the heating (if required). If you have a driveway, leave the space free for a potential buyer as this will add to the whole buying experience. If it is raining or snowing leave mats to the front and rear doors.

What legalities/paperwork do I need to be put in order when selling my property?

  • Building Energy Rating certificate
  • Title deeds
  • Land registry map
  • Land registry instrument – septic tank registration
  • Planning certification
  • PPS
  • Local Property Tax

What is a building energy rating certificate?

A Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate rates your home’s energy performance on a scale between A and G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient while G-rated are the least energy efficient.

It is a legal requirement that all properties offered for sale has a current BER certificate. If you bought the house recently this document may be with the deeds but if not, you would need to commission one. BER certificates last 10 years. Buyers are now making more conscious choices seeking environmentally friendly and cost-effective heating.

How will my property be marketed?

We promote properties using multiple media tools to reach active buyers.

We use digital, print and social media marketing. DNG Express Nationwide Newspaper is available at no cost to our clients. We achieve editorial coverage to attract potential buyers.

We know professional photography makes all the difference. We use high quality photography and aerial photography to showcase your properties’ best features. Considerable thought is given to each individual marketing strategy.

We showcase your property to the market by delivering a comprehensive marketing plan. DNG has its own marketing and IT departments ensuring we are always at the top of our game in terms of technology and branding.

Check out our guide to see how your property will be marketed.

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