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Daunted by the process of private selling?

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One thing we are very clear about here at thebigpropertylist.co.uk is that people are very capable of selling their own house, but the process can seem daunting at first because you’re not sure how much the estate agent does that you don’t know about or won’t understand.

Well, be daunted no more – because when we launch our new site we will have plenty of helpful advice and guidance that will break the process down for you. You may even have seen the advice that Sarah Beeny has been giving on her Tepilo property website, encouraging more UK homeowners to shun the estate agent and manage the sale process themsleves.

In the meantime, how about picking up a copy of Tony Booth’s ‘How to be your own Estate Agent’ – published by how to books?

Tony Booth is a professional property writer and published author of a number of books concerning residential property. In ‘How to be your own Estate Agent’, Tony explains the process of selling a house without using an estate agent in a logical and digestible step by step format.

The book is divided into chapters that reflect the stages of the process for ease of understanding and reference:

1. The best time to sell
2. How to create a desirable residence
3. Gathering info
4. Valuing your property
5. Working with your solicitor
6. Creating a brochure
7. Photographing the property
8. Marketing the property
9. Preparing for viewings
10. How to conduct a viewing
11. Receiving offers
12. Head of Terms
13. If no offer is received
14. The top 10 selling and moving tips.

Although the book was published prior to the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPS) in the UK, their introduction is discussed and so long as a HIP is obtained prior to putting the property on the market all the other advice remains the same. Each chapter is finished with a helpful summary, making it easy to go back to the book as a reference source.

This book is still relevant and may save you thousands of pounds if you’re willing to put in a little effort and you will certainly learn something on the way.

Tony Booth is also the author of:

The Buy to Let Manual: How to Invest for Profit in Residential Property and Manage the Letting Yourself

The Beginner’s Guide to Property Investment: The Ultimate Handbook for First-time Buyers and Would-be Property Investors

How to Build Your Own Home: The Ultimate Guide to Managing a Self-build Project and Creating Your Dream House

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