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Selling your home

John Wood & Co recognise that your home is probably your most expensive asset.  It is therefore vitally important to obtain a fair and in depth market appraisal. An over valuation can harm your sale prospects and we pride ourselves on our reputation and honest advice that we have given over the years.

Selling your home can also be stressful so it is important to choose an agent you can trust who will make this process as smooth as possible. We at John Wood & Co aim to eliminate the stress and make the experience as easy as possible.

What to Do Next

If you do decide to sell your home we would be pleased to arrange either an informal pre-sales advice meeting with Brian Wapshott or we can arrange a formal market appraisal Valuation for your property.

In the meantime, here are a few guidelines which we hope will assist:

Market Appraisal

  • Firstly, if you are selling, you will require a market appraisal.
  • At John Wood & Co we can offer you a free, no obligation factual and accurate appraisal of the current market value of your home.
  • Our experienced property valuers will provide you with an appraisal based not only on their in depth knowledge of the Axe Valley and the Heritage Coast, but also utilitsing our extensive database of recent properties sold.

Instruction of the Agent/Property Details

  • Having received your valuation and following your instruction, we will then proceed to prepare full sales details of your property.
  • We always bear in mind the importance of presentation, we will ensure that your sales details highlight the vitally important aspects of your property.
  • We ensure that your home is shown to its best possible advantage with the aid of full colour photographs and floor plans and a site plan when required.


  • Once you have seen and approved our particulars of your home, you will then be in a position to receive prospective buyers.
  • Appointments to view your property are made by John Wood & Co and accompanied viewings are also part of our standard service.

Your property is now ready to market and we offer the following:

A For Sale board

This is the most simple and effective marketing tool, available 24 hours a day.

Office and window display

External and internal photographs will be prominently displayed in our premises in order to optimise exposure to the market place.


Wherever possible, all prospective buyers who register with us are asked to provide email addresses in order to ensure that they are notified of any new properties as soon as possible within 24 hours of receiving your instruction.

Mail shots and telesales

We will contact registered prospective buyers as soon as possible after receiving your instruction and your details will be forwarded to any new registered buyers immediately.


This is updated daily and full colour details of your home are placed on our website within 24 hours of being placed on the market.  We also upload all our properties to Google maps.

In addition to the exposure on our site, John Wood & Co is also affiliated with the following national property websites which will feature your home:, Zoopla, Rightmove, Boomin and


We provide regular prominent advertisement of your property in the following publications: Colour local advertising in the Pulmans View From series of newspapers and Midweek Herald as well as the Western Morning News and Nationals where appropriate, along with our own colour property magazine to ensure that your home is fully marketed.

Progressing your sale

At John Wood & Co, we pride ourselves on our conscientious sales management. We aim to keep you regularly appraised of your sales process right through to completion and liaise with your purchaser, the legal representatives, surveyors and mortgage lenders in order to ensure that your sale is progressed as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.


Any offers we receive are promptly verbally notified and then followed up in writing. Our competent sales team will negotiate between you and your prospective applicant in order to achieve the strongest buyer.

We will inform you of the position of the buyers and liaise with you until an accepted offer has been agreed.

Should you require your sale to be completed by a certain date, this is when you should notify us and we will endeavour to satisfy your request wherever possible.

At this stage, you should also provide your list of Fixture and Fittings which will be negotiated separately between the solicitors and forms part of the final contract.

Agreed sale

At this point (if you have not already done so), you will need to instruct a solicitor and, should you require assistance, John Wood & Co will only be too pleased to recommend local firms. 

The solicitors will then write to all parties and the buyers will instruct a surveyor to conduct a survey of your property (the “agreed sale” is subject to the contract and any survey) and the buyers’ mortgage offer (if required) will also be subject to the results of the survey.

The sellers’ solicitors will request the TITLE DEEDS from the lender (if appropriate) or yourselves as the seller and the FIXTURES AND FITTINGS form must be completed at this stage.

The solicitors draw up the DRAFT CONTRACT which sets of the Terms of the Sale and sends it to the buyers’ solicitor together with all relevant documents. Any enquiries will then be raised, the Title Deeds and Lease (if applicable) will be checked and LOCAL SEARCHES carried out.

Once the draft contracts have been approved, it can be signed by both parties.

Exchange of contracts

As long as the mortgage offer has been received and cleared funds placed with your buyer’s solicitor, a mutually convenient date can be agreed upon for the exchange of contracts.


The completion and your actual house move and take between 7 to 28 days depending on the buyers, sellers and their respective solicitors.