SELLING

Everything you need to know to sell your house

Choosing the right estate agent is essential to getting the sale you want and ensuring the whole process is as stress-free as possible. At Maslen, we provide honest advice, feedback and a professional approach to helping you sell your property for the right price.

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The Essential House Seller's Guide

Everything you need to know to sell your house

THE
ESSENTIAL
SELLER'S
GUIDE

Here at Maslen we want to make selling your home as stress-free as possible as well as getting you the best price. With over 37 years of experience in helping our customers sell their property in Brighton & Hove, we want to share our knowledge and advice to make your process smoother.

We’ve put together some handy tips for you to consider to help you on your way.

The right timing

Think about whether this is the best time to be selling. Popular times include the New Year and early summer but property in Brighton tends not to be affected by season. A good estate agent will advise you as they will have a thorough understanding of the current market.

Get a second opinion

The first thing to do is find out exactly how much your property is worth and set a realistic asking price. It is worth getting round at least two estate agents for a market appraisal, but just as importantly to learn more about them and their services offered.

Have buyer’s eyes

Look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. Your estate agent should give you honest advice on how you can increase the value of your home and make it more appealing. See our helpful guide on preparing your home for sale.

Choose an agent

It’s really important to choose one that will give you the best service and get the best price for your property. Don’t make a decision solely on who has the cheapest commission fee or gives the highest valuation - this can be a false economy in the long run.

Potential buyers

When considering an offer your agent should give you as much information as possible about the potential buyer, to help you make a decision. As well as considering the minimum price you’d accept, the position of the buyer makes a big difference to achieving a successful sale.

Finish DIY

Get done any of those DIY jobs you’ve been putting off, especially kitchen & bathroom! If you’re thinking of doing any major work before you sell, we’re always happy to come round and advise. Getting us in first could save you money and hassle.

Avoid wrangling

Before you put your property on the market make sure you have pointed out any major flaws to your agent. It could be the difference between a sale going ahead or falling through! It’s also important to agree up front which fixtures and fittings are included to avoid any wrangling later.

Get the best price

To make sure you get the best possible deal leave all negotiations to your estate agent. They are very experienced and will do everything possible to get you the best price for your property.

Increase viewings

The more people that see your property the quicker you’ll get that sale. Make sure your agent regularly advertises your property and make sure they have access to your property for viewings. We feature our properties prominently in Latest Homes, Portfolio magazine and on 7 national websites.

Conveyancing

Once a sale has been agreed you will need a conveyancing solicitor to handle the legal side. It is essential that you get someone you can trust who will work with you and your estate agent to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible, so get recommendations.

Good organisation

Once your property is sold you get to move, which for most people is the fun part! Moving into a new home is brilliant but not without its challenges so good organisation is key. Ask us about our countdown to moving guide.

Professional touch

When it comes to viewings it is best left to the professionals. Good estate agents know how to show your home in its best light plus viewers are more likely to give valuable honest feedback if you aren’t there. 
It is also best to keep pets and children out of the way!

Our Valuation Process

Preparing your home for sale

Before you put your property on the market it is well worth investing some money and effort into making it as appealing to potential buyers as possible.

This can greatly improve your chances of a quick sale at the price you want as you compete with other properties in your area. We’ve put together our top tips on how to show your property in its best light:

First impressions count

Spruce up the front garden, add some colour with pots and baskets and give the front door a fresh lick of paint if needed.

Look at which rooms could benefit from freshening up

If you do repaint make sure you decorate the whole room and avoid obvious touch ups. Don’t invest in expensive décor as a buyer is likely to change it once they move in. Clean carpets make a big difference and also make rooms look bigger.

Declutter

By having a good clear out you’ll make rooms more spacious, and you’ll be very glad you’ve done it when you come to move! Avoid hanging lots of stuff on the back of doors; it’ll make it seem cramped if you can’t open them fully.

Get cleaning

Giving your home a good spring clean and keeping it that way will show the property has been cared for. Kitchens and bathrooms in particular need to be clean and tidy and it is worth considering replacing them if they really have seen better days. If you’re thinking about major work to your house to get a better price, do ask our advice first – we’re happy to come round for a chat even if you’re not going to be putting your house on the market immediately.

Get outside

After kitchens and bathrooms it is nice gardens that buyers list as a priority, so don’t forget the outside of your property. Back gardens should be tidied up in the same way you would indoors. Even if you haven’t got a burgeoning Kew Gardens make the most of the space and show off its potential to a prospective buyer.

Finishing touches

When you start having viewings you need to make sure the house is tidy; make sure floors and surfaces are clear, washing up done etc. Make sure blinds and curtains are open, especially during the warmer months to let plenty of air and light in. This will also help create a fresh natural smell which is far more appealing to potential buyers than pungent artificial room fresheners or last night’s dinner.

Market Trends

Want to learn more about the current climate and how it might affect your sale or purchase? Read our handy quartely guide to Market Trends to keep you informed.

Why sell with Maslen Estate Agents?

Testimonials

  • Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again. 

    Mr White Fiveways

  • It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...

    Mr McLagan Lewes Road

  • Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale. 

    Ms Daly Woodingdean

  • Thanks for an excellent service. 

    Mr King Hove

  • I found the service to be courteous, friendly and efficient.

    Mr Upton Buller Road

  • Harvey was helpful and easily reachable at the beginning of the process and Sharon kept us informed and was always happy to help.

    Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road

  • Sharon was excellent, she kept us informed at all stages and was a really calming objective influence in the process.

    Ms Frederick Channel View Road

  • Outstanding service from Sharon. James is an asset to Maslens & Harvey was so helpful and polite.

    Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road

  • All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale. 

    Mr Johnson Fiveways

  • Sharon, Harvey and James were all excellent - very professional. Totally opposite to what I have experienced with other agents. Maslen have restore...

    Ms Lyons Woodingdean

  • Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...

    Mr Lavender Fiveways

  • First class service. Friendly and professional.

    Mr Thorne The Avenue

  • Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent

    Ms McGrigor Milner Road

  • Paula's role was brilliant. Having someone office based and available was so appreciated and her promptness an impressive service - every Estate Agent...

    Ms Wynn-Jones Baxter Street

  • An efficient, professional and friendly service. Helpful and a pleasure to do business with.

    Mr Beddington Brading Road

  • Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!

    Mr Witten Lewes Road

  • Paula was absolutely amazing!

    Mr & Mrs MacKay Lewes Road

  • Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team. 

    Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean

  • Very thorough & very informative.

    Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave Road

  • Exceptional service throughout the process - should we decide to sell in the future we wouldn't hesitate to use your agency. You're a cut above the...

    Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways

  • Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.

    Miss Coleman Buller Road

  • Already recommended you! Thank you.

    Mr Edwards The Ridgway

  • A really good experience.

    Mr Tibble Lewes Road

  • Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.

    Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road

  • Cannot express our appreciation enough of all the efforts made by the Woodingdean team - they were fantastic.

    Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean

  • The staff were very helpful, an excellent service. I would recommend you to others.

    Miss Hockly Fiveways

  • Extremely efficient. Nick and Paula are excellent. The weekly phone calls were much appreciated. 

    Ms Gray Lewes Road

  • Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!

    Miss Jasper Taunton Road

  • We were very pleased with services provided by the Fiveways office.

    Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road

  • A very committed team who made the sale process very easy.

    Ms Rees Ticehurst Road

  • A completely painless experience from start to finish. Thank you.

    Mr Woolven & Mrs Bessant-Woolven Lewes Road

  • Excellent service from the Lewes Road branch. Martin Timms secured a quick sale & at a good price & Paula Carter worked really hard to secure...

    Ms Schulte Bear Road

  • Superb service as usual, I would always recommend you.

    Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close

  • I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...

    Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road

  • Paul was absolutely brilliant. 

    Mrs Tasker Fiveways

  • In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...

    Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean

  • Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend you and use you again.

    Ms D Edmonds Horton Road

  • All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.

    Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens

  • Very impressed with the service. Sharon Wareham works tirelessly, very professionally and is always there for advice. 

    Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue

  • Very happy with the service we got from you guys, everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Thanks!

    Mr Brown Titian Road

  • Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.

    Mr Standing Newmarket Road

  • Ben was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Martin, Paula, Sam and Will are all hard workers.

    Ms Goodey Franklin Road

  • Nick and Paula are total stars! They were incredibly supportive and present throughout. Thank you!

    Miss O'Haire Hove

  • Very pleased with the service. Many thanks to Sharon and the boys!

    Mr Flynn Woodingdean

  • As always, an excellent service. 

    Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road

  • First class service from a first class team.

    Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway

  • Paula was fabulous and we felt really informed and supported. 

    Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road

  • It was an amazing experience, everyone involved were fantastic. 

    Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean

  • The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.

    Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens

  • Very, very happy we chose you, felt right from the start! Thank you!

    Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road

  • All very professional, kept updated throughout. Very pleased - Would recommend. 

    Mrs Hammond Hove

  • The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!

    Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace

  • You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.

    Mrs Parkin Fiveways

  • The sale was dealt with swiftly, professionally and successfully. Thank you Maslen!

    Mrs Lincoln Hove

  • The whole team were very committed from start to finish.

    Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road

  • Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...

    Ms Warren Hove

  • Excellent communication and advice throughout. It felt very reassuring to be in good hands.

    Mrs Brooker Buller Road

  • Great service, always polite and friendly. Excellent contact and info all the way.

    Mr Wells Bishops Road

  • Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks. 

    Ms Greene Lewes Road

  • Very helpful and patient team.

    Mrs Shea Selborne Place

  • Very professional service. Thank you!

    Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road

  • I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.

    Mrs Porter Taunton Road

  • Ben and Paula were calm and reassuring throughout a very difficult process!

    Ms Easterbrook Bear Road

  • Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with. 

    Ms Ansloos Lewes Road

  • Thank you for everything!

    Ms Tucker Willow Close

  • I would recommend Maslen to anyone. 

    Mrs Tripp Woodingdean

  • Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.

    Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road

  • A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.

    Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close

  • Best Estate Agents ever experienced - professional, approachable, competent and exemplary. 

    Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road

  • Excellent Service from start to finish.

    Mr T Mole Cromwell Road

  • The whole team were excellent, each one of them felt like family. Sharon had a lot of sorting to do at times but coped very well, a true profession...

    Mr Vernon Woodingdean

  • From start to finish the sale was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner.  

    Mr Gibbs Lewes Road

  • Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.

    Mr Hope The Brow

  • We were very impressed with the Nick from start to finish. 

    Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road

  • A very positive experience - I had most contact with the Fiveways office and they were so friendly and helpful.

    Ms A King Balfour Road

  • Excellent service as always

    Mr Field Ringmer Road

  • Best Agents in Brighton.

    Mrs Field Tarner Road

  • Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.

    Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey Road

  • Fantastic service. By far the best agents we have ever used, I cannot recommend you highly enough.

    Mr Field Mafeking Road

  • Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"

    Mr Grundy Bishops Road

  • Thanks David, all very professional.

    Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road

  • Sharon was excellent - kept us well informed, thank you so much!

    Ms Waters Cowley Drive

  • Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...

    Mrs O'Connor Hove

  • Very comprehensive and professional. Nice people to work with and highly recommended. 

    Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road

  • I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.

    Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road

  • Very impressed with all dealings with Maslen. Paula Carter was in particular very knowledgeable and helpful. 

    Mr McBlane Hove

  • Graham Griffin provided us, and continues to provide us, will all-round excellent advice. We trust his knowledge and expertise.

    Mr Blackmore & Ms O'Sullivan Financial Services

  • Brilliant. Well done to Sharon and the Woodingdean team.

    Ms Curtis The Ridgway

  • Very impressed with the efficient and friendly service, the staff were a pleasure to deal with. 

    Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road

  • Paula is amazing!

    Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place

  • We were delighted with the service received from all the staff with whom we had contact,

    Dr Crichton The Ridgway

  • Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service. 

    Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes Road

  • Excellent customer service throughout. I will definitely recommend you, and use you again. Thank you.

    Ms Longley Kingsbury Street

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