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The selling process

The selling process

Whether you’re looking for the best price, a quick sale or to get on with your next property purchase, we will take great care when selling your property, making sure you get the sale you want.

Below is a short guide of what to expect when selling your house with Davis Tate. Our collaborative approach is tailored to your specific moving goals, so we first meet and listen closely to what you want to achieve and then work with you to ensure that your goals are taken into account and the property is presented as you would wish.

If you would like to discuss your requirements further feel free to call into one of our branches, give us a call or book a free expert valuation. 

Agree the price of your home

We will discuss with you the options for pricing your property in the current market and agree a marketing plan for your property. Our market appraisal report will provide you with local and national market information, giving you details of comparable sold properties and a guide to the prices they achieved. You will also receive local selling statistics, giving you a realistic expectation of how long it might take to sell your property.

Create your property marketing

We will take professional photographs, take note of all the major selling features alongside measurements to create an attractive sales brochure and online marketing material including accurate floorplans. There is also the option for a 3D property tour and property video.

Make sure to take a look at our guide on how to get your home photo ready.

Launch your property to market

Once you're satisfied with the marketing materials we've created for your home we will launch your property onto the market quickly and efficiently. We market on large property portals including Rightmove and Zoopla alongside our website to ensure it has maximum visibility to potential buyers. Where appropriate, a ‘for sale’ board will also be put outside your property.

Property matchmaking

When we launch your property onto the market we immediately undertake a matching process with our comprehensive and qualified database of buyers. Our network of offices has a database of thousands of interested buyers and we will contact anyone whose criteria match your home.

Property viewings

When your property has caught a prospective buyer’s eye enough to arrange a viewing, we will contact you to schedule an appropriate time when we can show the viewer around your property. Once the viewing has been conducted we will contact the viewer to ask for their feedback on the property which is a great way to determine their level of interest.

Interested buyers and offers

Once we have someone who is interested in buying your home it is really important to keep in close contact with them. Where possible we will appoint a dedicated Sales Negotiator to your property to keep things moving smoothly.

Our Sales Negotiators will be the liaison between you and your buyer to make sure that we get you the best price for your home.

When a buyer puts forward an offer, our Sales Negotiators will verify their ability to raise finances and check chain details, as well as timescales and other background information.

Once an offer has been received and accepted, your ‘for sale’ board will be updated to ‘sold’.


There are two people who will be in constant contact with you during this part of your house move - our Sales Progressor and your conveyancer. Your conveyancer is appointed by you to undertake all the legal paperwork for your sale. 

To help ensure a smooth start to your purchase, in the first 10 days after accepting an offer, make sure the following are completed:

  • Solicitors have been fully instructed (i.e. all forms filled in and returned to them, including payment on account for searches.)
  • Full Mortgage application has been submitted - or a date when this will take place has been arranged.

This will allow your mortgage application to be processed and the  conveyancer/solicitor can begin work preparing draft contracts.

Need help finding a conveyancer? Find out more about our conveyancing service.

Keeping things moving

A member of our team will contact you regularly to keep you updated on what is happening. We will also be in close contact with your buyer and their conveyancer to keep everything moving and reduce any chance of anything going wrong.

Sign & exchange contracts

Once the contracts are signed, the buyer's deposit (normally 5 - 10% of the property price) is sent to the seller's conveyancer, along with the signed contract.

This is known as exchange of contracts. You are now legally bound to the sale/purchase and cannot withdraw without suffering a loss.

Once the contracts have been exchanged it is time to continue organising to be ready to move. At this point, a proposed completion date will be agreed so you can let the removal company know when you’ll need them.


On completion day, after both solicitors have made their final checks, the buyers solicitor will then transfer the funds into the sellers account. The estate agents will then release the keys for the property to the new owner.