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3 Jobs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself When You Sell Your Home (and Two You Can)

Selling up and buying a new home is an exciting time for any homeowner. The idea of a new dream house and all that may come with it is alluring enough that thousands of homeowners put their houses on the market every day, hoping for a quick sale.

With these hopes and dreams of a quick sale, however, lies the problem of saving money in an already expensive process. If you are sat there thinking ’I need to sell my house’ and you’re not sure what needs to be done, then read on!

It’s no secret that selling and buying houses is an expensive business, and it will be one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make in your life – so it pays to get it right.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do some bits of the sale yourself in order to save money, but there are certain processes that you should not try to carry out. Read on for three jobs that should be left to the professionals, and two that you can easily do yourself.

Jobs for the Professionals

Organising Your Mortgage

Put simply, you cannot organise and sort out your own mortgage.

You’ll need to visit a professional mortgage advisor, such as the helpful team at drakemortgages.co.uk, so that they can go through your finances and establish what your budget could or should be, and see what packages are available to you.

Packages will change depending on your financial situation,including how much of a deposit you have and what your employment status is. 

A mortgage advisor can go through all of this with you and simplify what is a very complicated process.


Another complicated process in house-selling (and there are quite a few of them) is that of conveyancing.

Solicitors who have been specifically trained to deal with house sales well understand the importance of making sure every piece of documentation is correct. 

This means going through the land registry, organising the deeds, looking at outstanding insurances and processing documents to make sure the sale is legal and above board.

This is definitely a process that you should leave to professionals like CNC Searches and not attempt yourself.

Completing a Survey 

A survey may or may not be a requirement for buying a house, but if the house you are buying is over 20 years old, it may be financially worth it to get a survey done.

Don’t try and do this yourself, have a look for a RICS-certified surveyor who can perform this task for you.

Jobs You Could Do Yourself

Take Your Own Photos

Have you ever looked on estate agent websites to see the terriblestate of some of the photos taken

Wonky photos, dark photos and photographs showing old Tesco’s carrier bags on the worktops are what you want to have associated with your house sale!

Project Manage Your Sale

While you may have never wanted to be a project manager in your career, if you’re going to be selling your house you will need to get used to chasing people up, as well as keeping an eye on deadlines and making sure that everyone is doing their job effectively.

You’re paying people, it’s time to get your money’s worth!