If you haven’t used an Estate Agent before, or just need to refresh your memory on what happens next, this is where we provide a brief guide to each process. Whether you plan to sell, buy, let or rent, these guides should make the task a little easier. Print out and tick off the stages as you go.
Arrange for Franklyn James to provide a rental valuation of your property. Decide which level of service would best suit you; let only, rent collection or full management. For further information on valuations provided by Franklyn James, please see our Valuations section. For further information on property management, please see our Property management section. Sign the agency terms and conditions and provide ID and proof of ownership of the property (copy of TR1 title form).
Have a bit of a clean and tidy up in preparation for photos and viewings. On instruction, Franklyn James will arrange free photography and can assist with the arrangement of an Energy Performance Certificate and gas safety certificate where required. Provide the agent with a set of keys if you can. Try to make it as easy as possible for viewings to be carried out. Often the best price is achieved while a property is still new to the market and viewers are worried they might lose out to someone else.
Accept an offer which is realistic and which is in the region of what was discussed at the initial valuation. Get confirmation in writing of the proposed rental amount, tenancy start date and any additional requirements regarding furniture. Once you have accepted an offer, sign the terms of offer and take the property off the market.
When satisfactory references have been received, the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (contract) will be drawn up and both you and the tenant will be asked to sign. Read the ASTA carefully and question, in writing, any dates, amounts or clauses which are different from what you expected.
Preparation for new tenancy
Arrange for a check-in report and a detailed inventory to be drawn up. The Franklyn James property management team are able to arrange for an independent inventory company to undertake this on your behalf. Take meter readings at the property if this has not been done as part of the check-in. Drop off a full set of keys to the estate agency and if you will be managing the property yourself, ensure that the new tenants have your contact details for any early queries.
All information provided correct at time of publication.
" We used Franklyn James to sell our house. We dealt with Phil Dockerill & Stephanie Dang. Both polite helpful , and
Nothing was ever too much bother . They kept us updated regularly through the sales process. Communication was excellent. "
Gerry & CharlesMarch, 2017
" I rented an apartment, with two friends, in North Greenwich (Rent PCM: £2600). Moving in, the agency was incredibly accommodating with our situation and made the whole process of moving in so smooth. We had the opportunity to move in one day early at short notice. Throughout the tenancy, they have been respectful of our space and understanding. When we first moved in, the extractor hob wasn't working and Nicole was very quick to respond to emails and sort the situation out! (Not easy with manufacturers based in Germany). "
" Great service. Antony managed to find very good tenants in a couple of days for my flat. I highly recommend this business as the different agents I dealt with were very professional. "
" I placed my flat for sale with Franklyn James, in a difficult market - and from the beginning the staff were friendly, professional , knowledgeable and beyond helpful. Before I had even signed up with them, Philip Dockerill helped me find tradesmen to do some repairs to the flat, and he was unfailingly good natured and adaptable when my timings for the valuation visit went awry. Sophia and Stephanie were patient and supportive throughout. This is a rare thing – an estate agency with integrity! I would absolutely trust them to put a client's interests first – which is not the case with other agents I have encountered! I can't thank them all enough. "
" We used Franklyn James to purchase our flat. Stephanie was very helpful and polite throughout the process and always made herself available for additional viewings and always answered our queries in a timely manner. Thanks to the frequent communication, the negotiation process went very smoothly. "
" Stephanie helped us on our flat purchase. During the course of purchase, she was very helpful, professional. She was always available to assist and answer my queries. We are very happy to have her as our agent, and I would definitely recommend this agent. "
" Highly professional, excellent communication throughout the whole process of selling my property and have no hesitation in recommending the services of Franklyn James. "
" ...we instructed Franklyn James to handle the letting and management of our flat following my meeting with Lee Alter. He arrived on time in order to view the flat and gave an honest opinion as to what to expect. His enthusiasm, knowledge and good communications are the reason why he was able to achieve a let within days. Very professional "
Mrs WhiteFebruary, 2017
" Mark was very helpful since the beginning. He showed good will and was always available when we had doubts. He was also helpful with the reference process. "
" We retained Franklyn James to sell our flat after arranging a few valuations as we found them to be proactive and enthusiastic and they didn't disappoint. Our buyer ended up in a more complex situation than anticipated which put the chain at risk but their professionalism and thoroughness kept everything calm and all eventually went through as planned. David and Jason were both lovely chaps to work with and kept us up-to-date with everything that was going on. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. "
Lisa CJanuary, 2017