Top 6 Tips for Selling Your Home

3rd November 2015

Top 6 tips for selling your home

 

We opened our first branch in 1999 and have now expanded to four branches across Brighton & Hove, so we know a thing or two about selling homes. Our unrivalled local knowledge, expertise and passion for the city means we’re able to help our clients get the very best price on the market. 

Selling property is an art, but there are some simple things you can do to get a good deal on your house. Here are our top six tips:

 

Always get a second valuation

An accurate valuation is indispensable. Price too high and you could be sitting for months. Price too low and you could be missing out on your dream home for the sake of a quick sale.

               

Choose the right agent

Be careful not to fall for whoever gives you the highest valuation or charges the lowest commission. You need someone with excellent knowledge of the local market, and the experience to effectively handle negotiations. We have over 15 years’ experience in the city and pride ourselves on unrivalled, personalised service from the moment you step through any of our office doors.

               

Be up-front about major flaws

If there are any serious problems with the house, make sure you tell your agent. It could be the difference between a fuss-free sale and the whole thing falling apart – which no one wants. Non-disclosure is false economy. Be honest and open from the start.

 

Time the sale right

Brighton's property market tends not to be seasonal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not immune to the wider climate. Our quarterly market trends report can help you decide if it's better to sell now or hold off a while.

 

Finish your DIY

And de-clutter, and do the gardening. It's important to show the property at its best. The less imagination required of buyers, the better.

               

Quality over quantity

This might seem obvious, but the more people who see the property, the greater your chance of selling. The key message is quality and flexibility. Catch the right buyers at the right time by agreeing flexible viewing times with your agent. Last but not least, choose an agent you can trust to hand-pick the most suitable buyers for your home.

‘We spend the time understanding buyer’s needs. Trust us to find a buyer to make your property their home.’ David Maslen

View our Seller’s Guide for more tips on how to sell your home quickly!

Testimonials

  • 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

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

    Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean

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

    Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road

  • 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

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

    Mr Gibbs Lewes Road

  • Very helpful and patient team.

    Mrs Shea Selborne Place

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

    Ms Rees Ticehurst Road

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

    Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace

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

    Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road

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

    Ms Gray Lewes Road

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

    Mr Beddington Brading Road

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

    Mr Johnson Fiveways

  • Very professional service. Thank you!

    Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road

  • Paul was absolutely brilliant. 

    Mrs Tasker Fiveways

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

    Mr Wells Bishops Road

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

    Ms Goodey Franklin Road

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

    Ms Ansloos Lewes 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

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

    Mrs Brooker Buller Road

  • 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

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

    Mr McBlane Hove

  • A really good experience.

    Mr Tibble Lewes Road

  • Thank you for everything!

    Ms Tucker Willow Close

  • First class service. Friendly and professional.

    Mr Thorne The Avenue

  • Paula was absolutely amazing!

    Mr & Mrs MacKay 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

  • Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service. 

    Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes 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

  • 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

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

    Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road

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

    Ms Longley Kingsbury Street

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

    Ms D Edmonds Horton Road

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

    Mr Woolven & Mrs Bessant-Woolven Lewes Road

  • Paula is amazing!

    Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place

  • 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

  • Best Agents in Brighton.

    Mrs Field Tarner Road

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

    Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road

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

    Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road

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

    Miss Coleman Buller Road

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

    Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close

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

    Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close

  • 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

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

    Mrs Lincoln Hove

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

    Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • As always, an excellent service. 

    Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road

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

    Mrs Hammond Hove

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

    Mrs Parkin Fiveways

  • 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

  • Excellent service as always

    Mr Field Ringmer Road

  • First class service from a first class team.

    Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway

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

    Mr Flynn Woodingdean

  • The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.

    Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens

  • Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!

    Miss Jasper Taunton Road

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

    Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue

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

    Mr Grundy Bishops Road

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

    Ms Waters Cowley Drive

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

    Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road

  • 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

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

    Miss O'Haire Hove

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

    Ms Daly Woodingdean

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

    Mr Field Mafeking Road

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

    Ms Easterbrook Bear 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 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

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

    Ms Curtis The Ridgway

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

    Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean

  • Already recommended you! Thank you.

    Mr Edwards The Ridgway

  • Thanks for an excellent service. 

    Mr King Hove

  • 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

  • I would recommend Maslen to anyone. 

    Mrs Tripp Woodingdean

  • Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.

    Mr Standing Newmarket Road

  • Thanks David, all very professional.

    Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road

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

    Mr Upton Buller Road

  • Very thorough & very informative.

    Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave 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

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

    Dr Crichton The Ridgway

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent

    Ms McGrigor Milner Road

  • Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.

    Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey 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

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

    Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road

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

    Mr Hope The Brow

  • 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

  • Excellent Service from start to finish.

    Mr T Mole Cromwell Road

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

    Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road

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

    Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road

  • Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.

    Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road

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

    Miss Hockly Fiveways

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