Oasis Esate Agents, 4 Clarence Street, Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW18 4SP
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

The most rewarding part of my job as Managing Director is encouraging and developing my team and watching as they reach their full potential both individually and together. I also thoroughly enjoy welcoming past and new customers to the business.

Steven Harvey Founder & Managing Director
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

I love my job when we hand the keys over to the new buyers, knowing that we have found them their ideal home, and when my clients selling thank me when we have managed to get them moved.

Jonathan Stanton Sales Director
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

The biggest satisfaction I get from my job is helping buyers find their dream home, using my knowledge and experience to make the move possible.

Simon Goodger Sales Manager
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

I love being part of a fun and dynamic team, it truly feels like family. One lovely part of working for Oasis is seeing past clients come back to the business on the next step of their property journey.

Gemma Draper PA to the Managing Director Steven Harvey
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

I enjoy building strong relationships with both the team and clients and love working for a local family business.

Ella Whitman Client & Marketing Co-ordinator
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

Happiness is finding the perfect property for a buyer!

Jane Matthews Sales Marketing & Investment Consultant
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

My role offers me ongoing challenges which I enjoy overcoming with the assistance of great teamwork throughout the office.

Karen Stanton Move Manager
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

I love being part of a team that all share the same vision of offering outstanding customer service.

Aileen Farr Move Manager
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

Seeing a person’s eyes light up and watching them imagine themselves moving in is a very heart-warming feeling. I never get tired of that.

Tanya Scott Lettings Renewals Co-Ordinator
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MEET OUR SALES TEAM

I love helping people through major milestones, moving is a big part of people’s lives and I love how I can help people through that stressful period. I also love how every day isn’t the same and how rewarding it is to get people into their dream homes.

Ryan Mundy Senior Sales Consultant
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OASiS VALUES & WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Krista was extremely professional and efficient could not have received better service! I called up about a rental and within half an hour had a couple of viewings arranged for the same afternoon. She was so accommodating and helpful and her prompt response to my enquiry allowed me to secure the perfect place!
Sarah Staniforth
13:48 27 Apr 22
The team at Oasis have been fantastic with a special mention to Jonathan, Ryan, Karen and Aileen. From showing us around properties to helping us complete on our dream home the level of service and professionalism has been 5 star. Would recommend them to anyone moving in and around the area. Thank you for keeping us updated throughout this journey!
S Leyland
17:34 25 Apr 22
Matt and Krista in the lettings team are exceptionally professional and provide a very high level of service. They are super knowledgeable and experienced, which helps when being a first time landlord (or tenant). They take great care to ensure both the landlord and tenants are happy. All queries are dealt with efficiently and they do everything possible to reduce the burden on their clients. Looking forward to a long term relationship with Oasis.
Asa Fernandes
13:03 16 Apr 22
Oasis have been great so far in our house buying journey. Ryan was attentive, informative and an absolute professional all the way through. Our move has been managed by Aileen who has ensured momentum in getting us over line with the chain. We were always kept informed of developments and oasis have always been contactable which was reassuring. Oasis seem to be a well run business and we would recommend their services.
Nic Martin
09:11 08 Apr 22
We select Oasis as our agent according to its high feedback score and good experience working with them before. It is still the early stage this time but Oasis staff have already provided efficient and professional support, sound service, really appreciated! Hope everything will go smoothly during the whole contract period. Recommend to choose them!
Bo Wen
10:40 05 Apr 22
Jane and Aileen in Staines Upon Thames office have given us an incredible support during the process of buying our fist property. We wouldn't be able to complete it in such a short period of time without them! They listened to our needs and always came up with the best solution for the seller and us, buyers. Will definitely choose Oasis again when we are back on the house market!
Aleksandra Biernat
09:05 04 Apr 22
Krista was great, in helping me secure the appartment I wanted. Very professional, polite, and prompt in her replies.Mat was amazing too, and went the extra mile to help with whatever was needed.Overall a great experience, Highly recommend.
Katerina Dima
16:46 01 Apr 22
Overall I found that the staff at Oasis Estate Agent gave a very professional service when I sold my house and brought via them.Ryan Mundy was particularly professional and helpful in answering any queries that I had and getting back to me quickly if he was not available.
Tracy Kenward
06:12 01 Apr 22
Many thanks to Steven, Ryan and the selling team. Great customer experience from advertising, and selling my house to purchase my new one. They kept me updated all the way through and provided the needed support till the exchange. Can't wait to move to my new house. Thanks Stephanie.
S. M.
19:14 28 Feb 22
A professional and very helpful team. Always there to answer your questions and make renting a property easier for you. The whole process took less than 10 days and Krista dealt with all my requests very efficiently.
Athena Venios
10:36 28 Feb 22
Matt was very helpful and friendly from start to finish. He was quick with responding to all our needs making the move less stressful. Thank you for helping us settle into our new home.
Elke Dalla Venezia
11:30 25 Feb 22
A big thank you to Krista at Oasis estate agents in Staines. Krista has been a pleasure to communicate with and always provides a precise and quick response to and questions I have had. Krista was very quick to manage my request when viewing a property and providing all further details when making an offer on a property as well. I would most definitely recommend 5* experience. Thank you
Caz Creaney
17:58 24 Feb 22
Great purchase experience - we completed in just under 3 months this included the Xmas period, start to finish. Simon was very easy to deal with.
Karen Jones
06:12 05 Feb 22
I have known Oasis for nearly 17 years, and have always had a professional and caring experience with them. From renting from them in my early career days to purchasing few years later and to completing on my purchase today, I can say that it has been a highly assistive, very caring & highly responsive experience. No question is too small or too big, every query is responded to in detail and timely.Mr. Jonathan Stanton has been an excellent person to deal with, highly pleasurable and great communicator.Simon has been very caring to an extent that whilst I have been abroad working, and not myself in country through the exchange & completion process and will be away for another few weeks, Simon has been kind enough to visit the property periodically post exchange to check everything is alright and has even taken pics of meter readings and sent those out to me. That is some awesome effort and a demonstration of fantastic personalized care towards your customer base.Aileen Farr has been exceptional with her knowledge & experience, in addition a go-to person for any query you may have. Sometimes I have taken question which I should have been asking the Solicitors, and NEVER had a push back, rather continuous assistance and support. Karen has always been very helpful. I do not know of a time when I have called in the past 2 months and not had someone pick up the phone within 4-5 rings and have had calls professionally handled and always every time received a call back within a few minutes if not immediately spoken with.Thank you to a great OASIS team...
Tej Singh
15:13 04 Feb 22
We are first time buyers and although we haven't settled the purchase with Oasis, I wanted to leave a review. Ryan Mundy has been assisting us in looking for properties for some time now and he's been massively helpful. From explaining the complex procedure of buying a property to arranging multiple viewings for the property we liked, he was very responsive and forthcoming. They have been transparent, open and pleasant throughout our dealings with them.
Disha Ahluwalia
22:36 08 Dec 21
Simon and the team have been fantastic throughout the purchase of our new home.The whole team has been very accommodating, going above and beyond to help where possible.It’s made the whole process a lot easier for us.We would highly recommend using Oasis Estate agents.
Paul Burgess
21:36 05 Dec 21
Myself and my partner are first time renters and have been looking for a property for a good while. We finally found one we love and Krista Farnham has been amazing from the outset. She’s been super responsive and helpful and made sure everything has been smooth sailing for us. Not to mention the entire process has taken less than a week from start to finish! We can’t wait to move in and would highly recommend Oasis and Krista to anyone looking for a property to rent!
Georgia Ledbury
16:57 03 Dec 21
Jonathan, Simon and the team at Oasis Staines are a highly responsive agent that we would thoroughly recommend. I called Jonathan in a moment of need when our property sale fell through - within hours we had signed the instruction and the next day (a Saturday), photos and videos were taken. The next working day - with the team working late - the property was live. All agents that attended the property were professional, prompt and knowledgeable. If you're looking for an agent in Staines, you should definitely consider Oasis.
Adam Gogarty
20:20 06 Sep 21
Matthew and Krista both have been very professional and responsive all through the process of letting teo of my properties in Staines-Upon-Thames. A real pleasure to work with both. Strongly recommended.
Alain Mourad
13:10 27 Aug 21
For first time renters Oasis have been incredible. Keeping us up to date on the latest flats suiting our needs and then following up with us when we found a place. They answered all the questions quickly and were very nice about it. Felt very happy with the assistance and guidance we received. They also moved very quickly to get us into our place quicker than we could have imagined. Very professional and all round great experience. Would recommend to anyone
Georgia Rivers
12:10 26 Aug 21
We engaged Oasis to sell my parents home at a quite traumatic time, and found them to be professional, knowledgable, good communicators, as well as exceedingly helpful and showing a huge amount of empathy for the family circumstances. Jonathan and his team always came back to us very quickly regarding any query we had.
Paul Budge
16:23 12 Aug 21
Generally speaking as buyers we were happy about their service, considering also that we were first time buyers. They have been professional and the communication was kept open at all time. During the purchase a problem came up but it turned out to be not the agency's fault, and regardless, they handled the issue professionally and we were able to complete our purchase. I would strongly recommend Oasis 🙂
Chiara Bonvicini
22:23 06 Aug 21
Amending my review from 1 star to 4 star. I personally went on a visit with Oasis to view a property. The letting agent arrived early, as I had done, which was appreciated given the heat of that particular weekend.She was knowledgeable about the property and responsive to our questions. Although we did not ultimately put a holding deposit down I felt my first review was not representative of the overall professionalism that Oasis can offer, considering this viewing.I would be happy to deal with them again.
Johnathan Dickinson
09:37 21 Jul 21
We just bought our first home and had no previous experience of the entire process. From the beginning we had a great experience with Oasis.Adele found and showed us some great home - one of which was the one we ended up buying. She was absolutely lovely and answered all our questions about each property.Simon helped us to secure our home when we rang with our offer and helped answer queries, as well as Jonathan, who was very kind and helpful throughout.The biggest thank you however has to go to Aileen and Karen - who worked their magic and made sure we managed to beat the stamp duty despite the tight schedule. Could not have done it without them chasing up the seller and the seller's solicitors at crucial times to ensure everything ran on time and went smoothly.I could not recommend Oasis more, and have not had a single bad experience with the. They are friendly, kind, professional and great at communication. They made a very stressful journey so much better.Thank you!
Fiammetta
17:27 30 Jun 21
I'm SO GLAD I went with Oasis for the sale of my property, and also relieved I was buying through them too.They're absolutely brilliant, the best in the area by miles.Simon & team orchestrated the sale of my house with such professionalism & expertise, achieving well above asking price in less than a week.And the move team were incredible, I really don't think we'd have hit our deadline without Karen & Aileen pushing it through - they have such a lot of experience, really understanding the industry, how to deal with solicitors & make sure things happen.And lastly they were so personable - I trusted everyone I dealt with, and they made me feel really valued, returning every call & email & supporting me through the whole stressful process.
Jo
08:11 22 Jun 21
Excellent service. I dealt with Krista who helped me find my property & went out of her way to answer all my questions (which was a lot!). She kept me updated with lots of information. Very good service & response time was great. Highly recommend.
Gemma Poole
09:25 10 Jun 21
I was looking to move and I found this awesome agency. The Agent Cameron Mackenzie help me to get the house I wanted, and he was very very nice and 100% professional. I’m so thankfull . Thank you so much Cameron, you are the best agent So far, you do the renting process a lot of easier and successful. Now I’m living in my dream house and everything of the house is beautiful. I recommend for sure this agency❤️
Dany Ramos
17:43 08 Jun 21
We put our property on market through 2 agents and sold through Oasis recently. We also bought house from them years ago. I fully agreed with their automated voice message saying that "Oasis is refreshingly different." They are highly professional, proactive and very responsive. Unlike most agents, they are prepared to go extra miles for customers. Jonathan Stanton is a top salesman and negotiator. He is excellent in his job and certainly a valuable asset to Oasis.
Yasmin S
14:50 12 May 21
My experience of Oasis is that this is a professional, process led and well equipped firm.The propert market can easily be a nightmare. For agents barriers to entry are few. Oasis are an impressive operation. Their efforts run through well beyond agreement of sale. Their people are knowledgeable, informed and suitably equipped.Out own sale and purchase would not have happened without a very capable agent.I am eternally grateful to Stephen, Aileen and Jonathon for pulling success from the jaws of defeat.
Having spoken to a couple of other agencies and having had previous viewings, Cameron by far provided the best service from the outset and throughout. At the viewing he was able to answer all of our questions and provided guidance to the renting process. As first time renters, this was invaluable. In addition, Cameron made the whole process as smooth as possible. I would recommend Cameron to anyone who is looking for great service, guidance and a seamless process when property hunting. Thank you.
Camilla Simpson
11:15 17 Apr 21
Outstanding service! I have dealt with many real estate agents over the years across different countries. My experience with Oasis has been by far the best. The team are absolutely focused, responsive and go the extra mile to help. Many thanks.
Anthony Brennan
19:40 23 Mar 21
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OASiS SALES

AT OASIS, OUR AIM IS TO MAKE THE PROCESS OF SELLING YOUR HOME AS SIMPLE, RAPID AND STRESS-FREE AS POSSIBLE, ACHIEVING THE VERY BEST PRICE FOR YOU

The first stage of the process of Selling Your Home is to establish a carefully considered and realistic valuation of your home, cross-checked against comparable properties, that reflects the market conditions. This is where the depth and breadth of our comprehensive local knowledge really comes into play.

We will then work with you to create a bespoke marketing strategy, showcasing your property in colour brochures and advertorials, in local and regional advertising, on our website, in the videocasts and across the leading national and international property websites and social media channels. In fact, because we worked out a long time ago the increasing importance of Selling Your Home online to the estate agency business, we were pioneers in the area in having a website that’s been specifically optimised (sorry for the jargon!) to make it easy for prospective purchasers to view properties not just on PCs but also on tablets and smartphones. Buyers can even arrange viewings straight from our website.

We recommend our Oasis Bespoke solution where listing the property on the online portals is the final phase. We have strong relationships with the most motivated buyers in the area which allows us to introduce your home to the most serious buyers and create real competition, withholding from listing on the property portals. This method gives control back to you as the vendor and us as an agent, allowing us to achieve a premium sale price, as we know from experience that buyers pay a premium in order to secure a sale before it enters the open market.

Another element that makes Oasis different is our unique ‘pooled commission policy’. This ensures that throughout the selling process, not only will you have a dedicated contact at Oasis managing your property, but the whole team will also have been briefed on your details to enable them to offer complete support when selling your home.
This support extends to pre-qualifying each and every applicant before we even send out the details of your property, in order to weed out time-wasters. And if appropriate, that same team will be responsible for organising a ‘launch event day’ to concentrate interest in your property.

From leading in negotiations with purchasers, dealing with surveyors, and our dedicated team of move managers who deal with solicitors and lenders, you can also rest assured that Oasis will be managing your sale smoothly, efficiently and professionally.

OUR FEATURED PROPERTIES FOR SALE

OUR HELP & ADVICE FOR OASiS SELLERS

HINTS & TIPS

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR PHOTOGRAPHY & SALE

Many potential buyers will decide whether or not to view your property based on the photographs they see online and your property particulars, so we will always try to present your home in its best possible light.

We are frequently asked for hints and tips and have created the following guide to showing off your home. It is a guide only. We appreciate that it is not always possible to carry out some activities prior to the shooting of photographs, so we will always help you on the day of the shoot.

KITCHENS & BATHROOMS SELL HOMES

  • Keep sinks clear and clean – clear away washing up, draining racks and bowls. Remove toothbrushes etc in bathrooms and any bright coloured bottles from around the bath.
  • De-clutter and clean worktops – less is most definitely more, so clear away as much as possible.
  • Make appliances shine inside and out – yes, people may well look inside the cooker and microwave!
  • “File” the fridge & microwave – we all do it but try to clear the letters, paperwork, postcards, receipts and the kids’ artwork off the appliances.
  • Dress to impress – make bathrooms relaxing and welcoming, colour co-ordinate towels etc, consider removing mouldy silicon.

AROUND THE HOME

  • Present rooms for purpose – dining rooms for dining in not glorified dumping grounds.
  • De-clutter – again, less is more, so try and clear away as much as possible.
  • Clear surfaces – stacks of DVDs, magazines and chaotic shelves suggest a lack of storage.
  • Avoid busy patterns – if possible, choose neutral covers for duvets etc.
  • Let there be light – clean the windows, remove the net curtains and increase the bulb wattage in dark areas.
  • Consider de-personalising – the images we take will appear on the internet, so you may want to consider removing large family portraits.
  • In the good old days when children only had one toy! –  it’s always difficult where kids are concerned, but try and find a home for the Barbies and Batman.
  • Pets – remove litter trays, baskets, scratch posts, cages etc. Some applicants will simply not view a property which has signs of pets. Take dogs for walks when viewings are scheduled.

OUTSIDE THE HOME

  • Kerb appeal – First impressions count, clear away any rubbish, hide the bins, relocate any unused vehicles to friends, or park on the road if plenty of parking available.
  • Cut ‘n’ trim – keep lawns cut, trim back hedges, recover flower beds.
  • An extension of the home – treat gardens as if another room and dress accordingly.
  • Invest to impress – plants are expensive, so consider adding colour with “take away” plants in pots.
  • De-clutter garages and sheds – if you have them, they are a bonus, so show them in their best possible light.

AND FINALLY…

  • Living the dream – most buyers will (hopefully) view your home as if it was their own, how it would work for them and their families, so accentuate the positives.

 

For further advice on presenting your home please call the team on 01784 441818

SELLING PROCESS GUIDE

YOUR REASONS FOR PROPERTY SELLING

… will be one of the areas discussed at your market appraisal.

If you are looking to up-size (or down-size!) locally, let us know as we may have something on our Property Selling Register which might be suitable that we can arrange for you to view. If you are looking further afield, we can recommend an associate member from the Guild of Professional Estate Agents. Sadly, we know that not all decisions to sell are made out of choice, so making us aware of any sensitive issues is advisable. It may surprise you to know that whilst we are obviously keen to sell your home, if we think you are better advised not doing so, we will do the right thing and tell you.

… and maybe your private reasons for Property Selling

Something else you can’t expect if you use an online estate agency site to sell your home… discretion. There may be any number of reasons why you’d prefer the fact that you’re considering Property Selling to remain quiet, in which case you don’t want your house details broadcast for everyone on the internet to see. Perhaps you’re avoiding the prying questions of nosy neighbours or involved in a family dispute… whatever your reason for demanding a low-key approach to selling your property, you can rely on OASiS to respect your privacy and to pursue your sale through other routes, for instance, ‘the whisper market’ (see below).

MARKET APPRAISAL

When you call us to arrange a market appraisal, the more information you can give us the better, including style of property, number of different rooms, any extensions, recent improvements, size of garden, garages or off-street parking, freehold or leasehold (length of lease). At the market appraisal, we will try and bring a couple of the team to offer two perspectives (click here for more information on how we value your home) and explain our standard terms of appointment.

INSTRUCT OASIS & AGREE TERMS

Once you are happy with the valuation, you will need to decide on the selling package that’s right for you and whether you will follow a sole agency or a dual agency strategy for the marketing of your home. We highly recommend following a sole agency strategy as a dual agency approach can ‘overexpose’ your home and make you look desperate to potential buyers. Like most agents, we prefer to work as your sole agents; however, we can work on a multi-agency and partner agency basis at a higher commission rate.

INSTRUCT A SOLICITOR

Your legal representative can be crucial to the success (and to minimising the stress) of the selling process, so choosing the right one is crucial. It is advisable to appoint one as early in the process as possible so you have time to make an informed decision once an acceptable offer is received. Unless you have chosen a special product such as OASiS’ own ‘Contract Ready’ conveyancing package, you only instruct them to work on your behalf once an offer is agreed.

MARKETING YOUR PROPERTY

The use of ‘For Sale’ boards goes back many years, and despite the increasing prevalence of online property websites, they are still important as a marketing tool. There are many occasions when a buyer has stated that they will only buy in a certain area, and had the board not alerted them to the property being available, they would have otherwise missed it. We do, however, appreciate that discretion is required on occasions and will work with our sellers on this area.

‘THE WHISPER MARKET’

A crucial part of our offering at OASiS is our involvement in something we like to call ‘the whisper market’. It’s a specific area of expertise that only comes from years of hard-earned experience in a specific local area… and as such, it’s a powerful and unique bit of ‘added value’ that the cleverest algorithm on any online Property Selling website can never deliver.

Quite simply, for more than a decade, we’ve been building our own database of satisfied customers who’ve sold, bought, let and rented through OASiS. They’ve become friends of the business, and we like to keep in touch with our friends. So we hear in advance when customers’ interest in the property market is about to re-awaken. Perhaps they’re about to sell a property, but are demanding discretion. Perhaps they want to move back into our area. It might be that they’re waiting to move house, but only when the right property becomes available. So when we talk about ‘the whisper market’, we’re talking about a huge and potent wealth of potential customers whom the online estate agents will never even hear from… but to whom we’ve never stopped talking!

We will usually arrange for two team members to visit your property and prepare your marketing details. These will form the basis of your brochure and the content which features online, both on our website and other portals. We pride ourselves on our photography and will work with you to present your home in its best possible light. Before we arrive, it is worth clicking on our Hints & Tips as to how best to present your home. Beyond the basic property, if there is anything particularly special about your home that will help make it more saleable (e.g. the history of the property), please let us know. Once you are happy with your property details, we will be in a position to launch your home to the market.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE

This is a legal requirement for the sale of every property in the UK and must be carried out before a property can be officially marketed. OASiS can organise this for you, although you can appoint your own Energy Assessor if you wish.

PROPERTY INFORMATION QUESTIONNAIRE (PIQ) & QUALIFIED BUYERS

At the point of instruction, we will ask you to complete a PIQ. This will contain a lot of information which will be useful to us during the selling process. It will include factual questions such as current utility suppliers and a basic fixtures and fittings list, as well as more qualitative ‘emotional & lifestyle’ questions such as what you love about your home and what you have enjoyed about living there.

When we bring prospective purchasers to view your property, we will also have screened them (to weed out the timewasters!) and qualified them as serious potential buyers. We take care to gain important insights into where the buyers currently are in the decision-making process, gleaning information about such topics as their reasons for moving, the number of properties they’ve already seen and – crucially – how they will be financing their purchase.

PRE-LAUNCH TRIALISTS

This will be discussed at your market appraisal as a really good way of making sure that our appraisal is correct and also helping to fine-tune the way we present your property. Pre-launch Trialists are a select number of active buyers on our database who have viewed other similar properties and can, therefore, give us a valuable market insight into your property; they could also be your hottest potential buyers!

FULL LAUNCH

The full launch involves going live to the internet and social media channels with your property details. If you are an active member of any of these channels, we will ask you to ‘like’ or retweet your own details to give further momentum. We will also email your property details to all the active applicants on our extensive database of pre-registered approved buyers and follow this up with a subsequent phone out to the hottest prospects.

ACCOMPANIED VIEWINGS

Did you know that, statistically, the ‘hit’ rate for converting accompanied viewings into sales is something like 1 sale per 10 viewings? But when sellers conduct viewings on their own without the assistance of a professional negotiator, that rate plummets to something like 1 sale per 44 viewings! For that reason, we pride ourselves on always sending a knowledgeable member of the team out to accompany all of our applicant viewings. We will endeavour to bring all viewing guides to your property prior to the market launch so that they’ve met you and are familiar with your home. We are delighted that our team are all local experts with personal buying and selling experience and tend to be that much more mature than the standard agent! They will also attend with the Property Information Questionnaire you’ve supplied, giving them access to a wealth of information beyond the standard property brochure.

Remember, this attention to detail and superior ‘one to one’ customer service is something you simply don’t get from online estate agents – nor, indeed, from the vast majority of our traditional competitors! – but it’s another area where OASiS is proud to be refreshingly different.

VIEWING FEEDBACK & ACTIVITY REPORTS

It is our intention to provide you with feedback from your viewings as quickly as possible, usually with 24 hours of the appointment. On a weekly basis, we will email you (or post if you prefer) an activity report based on the previous week’s marketing activity.

OFFERS RECEIVED, CHECKED & PASSED ON

All offers received on your property will go through a stringent process of due diligence. This will include checking the applicant’s ability to finance the purchase, and if they are themselves selling or involved in a chain, we will assess the position of these associated buyers and sellers. All agents are legally obliged to present any formal offer made, regardless of the ability of the buyer to proceed and the amount of the offer.

OFFER ACCEPTED

Once you are happy with an offer, we will write to both parties to start the legal process. If you have not already done so, you will need to appoint a conveyancer at this stage, as the sale cannot progress without one.

SALE PROGRESSION

Once the sale has been agreed, you might think that we sit back and take it easy, having done our job. And for most of our competitors, that’s true. But at OASiS, the work continues behind the scenes. We will be chasing up surveyors, conveyancers, and checking that all the necessary boxes are being ticked by all the relevant people in the process. And we’ll also be chasing the professionals acting for the people above and below our customers in the chain to minimise the risk of any omission potentially delaying the process further down the line. It’s painstaking, time-consuming work (we estimate that for every sale, the Sales Progression phase will take up a full week’s worth of one of our negotiator’s time!) but it’s another refreshingly different way that OASiS goes the extra mile to deliver the seamless transactions our customers expect.

CONVEYANCING

Conveyancing is the legal transfer of ownership of a property from one person to another and OASiS offers comprehensive and great value conveyancing packages for sellers (‘Contract Ready’) and buyers (‘Best For Buyers’).

SURVEY OF PROPERTY

If your buyer is purchasing your property with a mortgage, then their lender will require a valuation survey to be carried out to ensure that the price at which the property is being sold is fully justified given its size, condition and location. This will involve a surveyor attending your property and carrying out a short inspection; however, if the lender fails to be convinced by the surveyor’s report that the agreed value of the property is fair, this can sometimes result in ‘down-valuing’ of the mortgage offered. This is the number one cause of buyers pulling out and sales falling through.

However, this is also one more area in which OASiS is refreshingly different in the way that we operate. We make a point of providing surveyors with Properly Prepared Valuation Information, supplying not only the valuation details of three comparable recent local property sales, but also a comprehensive package of accompanying Land Registry information in order to support the price agreed. In this way, we try to solve any potential problems before they even crop up!

Most buyers will also commission a Buildings Survey of some sort, and a further explanation of the different types of these can be found in the Surveyors section of our Mortgages & Professional Services menu. These may be carried out at the same time as the valuation survey or at a different time by a different surveyor.

REMOVALS

Whilst we never recommend that you actually book your removals company in advance of the official Exchange of Contracts (see below), it is advisable to have at least done the ground work and secured a trusted, fully-insured company, if only provisionally.

UTILITY COMPANIES & LOCAL AUTHORITY

Once a prospective completion date has been agreed it is advisable to inform any utility suppliers and the local authority of your impending move, following this up with final confirmation once you have exchanged contracts.

ADVISE YOUR KEY CONTACTS OF YOUR NEW ADDRESS DETAILS

Again, when a completion date has been agreed it is advisable to inform any key contacts of your new address details. This includes doctors, dentists, bank, pension providers, friends and family, DVLA, Passport Authority, telephone and internet suppliers, TV Licence and SKY, insurance company. It is also advisable to set up a mail re-direct service at this time.

EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS

Once all the legal requirements have been completed, contracts can be exchanged and the sale becomes legally binding. Your buyer will have deposited 10% of the sale price with their solicitor (this figure may be negotiated down in certain circumstances) and this is then passed to your solicitor. A completion date will then be agreed for the exchange of the actual property.

COMPLETION OF SALE

The sale is completed when all mortgage monies have been received and passed between solicitors. Completion can happen at any time of the day, particularly if the sale is linked to a number of others in a chain. It is worth liaising with your agent who can help agree a convenient ‘moving out & moving in’ time between yourself and the buyer.  You will need to have deposited at least one set of keys with us at OASiS and agree where in the house the remaining keys will be left for the new owner.

CONVEYANCING

Your best option for Conveyancing…

‘Contract Ready’

Dealing with the legalities of selling or buying your home can be a confusing, complicated, time-consuming and expensive operation. Choosing the wrong solicitor to look after the whole process (known as ‘Conveyancing’) can be a costly and stressful mistake.

Thankfully, OASiS works in partnership with a dedicated team of conveyancers who know our part of the world well (vital when it comes to dealing with any typical legal peculiarities attaching to deeds in the local area). Our sellers’ service is called ‘Contract Ready’ and offers a fixed fee as well as a no sale, no legal fee guarantee. For buyers, we offer a fixed fee as well as a no purchase, no legal fee guarantee and protected searches. Both packages are designed to give you complete peace of mind and a fast and cost-effective service and we confidently recommend them to all our clients.

If, however, you decide to instruct your own solicitor to do the conveyancing on your prospective sale, you obviously won’t want work to start until an offer is formally agreed. However, it is essential that you have the details of your chosen conveyancer available as early as possible because the sale cannot proceed without them.

CONVEYANCER PROCESS GUIDE

MEMORANDUMS OF SALE

Once a formal offer is agreed, OASiS will write to the seller, the buyer and both sets of conveyancers to give details of the property, the price and all the parties involved.

CONFIRMATION OF INSTRUCTION

Your conveyancers will then write to you confirming their terms of business. The buyer’s conveyancers will ask the seller to complete a range of client and property information forms, including topics such as boundaries and ‘Fixtures & Fittings’.

CONTRACT OF SALE

The seller’s conveyancer will produce the draft Contract of Sale which will be sent to the buyer’s conveyancer along with the Land Registry documents or, if unregistered, the original deeds, along with the Transfer of Deed form. From this information they will raise enquiries. It is likely that the seller’s conveyancer may require further information in order to reply to some of these.

The buyer’s conveyancer will then request a number of searches to be carried out, including Local Authority Search, Water & Drainage Search, Environmental & Flooding Search and Chancel Search.

MORTGAGES

If the seller has a mortgage secured against the property, arrangements must be made for this to be repaid upon completion.

EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS

Once exchange and completion dates have been agreed between the seller and the buyer, the contracts can be exchanged, with everyone selling within a chain also agreeing on these dates and exchanging at the same time.

COMPLETION

On the day of completion, the seller hands over the keys to the property (the easiest way to do this is to ensure that we at OASiS already have a set) making sure that all other sets of keys are left inside the property. Once the buyer’s purchase money has been received by the seller’s conveyancers, any outstanding monies will be sent to mortgage lenders and any remaining balance to the seller.

SOLICITORS

Conveyancing is the legal transfer of ownership of a property from one person to another, from the seller to the buyer, and the process is usually undertaken by choosing either solicitors or a specialist conveyancer. At OASiS, we recommend choosing our own ‘Contract Ready’ conveyancing package. OASiS has also teamed up with a national firm of solicitors offering competitive rates for both selling and buying. If you would like a free quote for the conveyancing work for your

CHOOSING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

A solicitor is a qualified lawyer in all aspects of common law and should be a member of the Law Society. A conveyancer has less general training but specialises in property law, and should be a member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. In general, a solicitor will cost more than a conveyance, although some larger practices will use a combination of the two to offer a more competitive fee.

Most conveyancing practices are more than capable of acting on your behalf. However, should your sale involve elements beyond property law, for instance, the issue of probate or divorce, then you will need to use a solicitor. Similarly, a solicitor will be required if a lease extension forms part of the sale or a boundary dispute exists.

There is a third option when it comes to conveyancing and that is that you do it yourself. However, the reality is that it is a complex and time-consuming process, and if you are buying with a mortgage, the lender will insist that a solicitor or conveyancer acts for them as well as you on this aspect of the transaction regardless. There is also the danger that you will be considered a less favourable buyer or a riskier seller, so caution is advised.

If you opt not to use OASiS’ own ‘Contract Ready’ service, whichever form of representative you decide on can be crucial to maximizing the success and minimizing the stress of the selling or buying process.

So how do you decide who to appoint? If you have used a solicitor or conveyancer before and you were happy with the service they provided, or one has been recommended to you, that’s great. If you don’t have one then it is worth bearing the following elements in mind.

STAYING IN TOUCH

Throughout the process, OASiS will seek to keep you informed of the progress of your purchase or sale, as well as any related sales if a chain is involved. Your solicitor or conveyancer should be equally prepared to communicate with you – be warned, they don’t all take your calls or answer your emails, and this can be hugely frustrating.

ABILITY TO COPE

At the height of the property boom in 2007, there were 1.67 million property sales* all requiring conveyancing. After the property crash, a large number of firms withdrew from this area of law or disappeared altogether as transactions dropped by almost half to 859,000* (2009). In 2013 there were 1.07 million transactions* yet the number of firms offering conveyancing services has not grown at a proportional rate.

Similarly, not all firms can cope with the workload; however, few will admit to this and rarely turn work away. The larger ‘conveyancing factories’ are just as susceptible to capacity fluctuations as the smaller high street solicitor, especially during holiday months, so it is worth asking the question before service levels become an issue. Where smaller firms are concerned it is worth enquiring as to continuity of service during holiday periods.

(*HM Revenue & Customs Annual UK Property Transactions Statistics June 2014)

LOCATION

It is no longer necessary to physically attend your solicitor’s or conveyancer’s offices. Much of the information flow can be done electronically and that has opened up a greater range of choice. You will still need to provide certified identity so this is worth bearing in mind as you could incur additional costs if you chose an out-of-area firm. Some conveyancers will accept certified identification from an agent or a financial adviser, so check with them if in doubt. Some documents will still need to be signed and returned, and we would always suggest these are sent via registered post.

NO SALE, NO FEE

This is an area worth considering and applies equally to buyers and sellers. If for any reason you have to abort a sale or purchase, you could be liable for a percentage of the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s fees depending on how much work has been carried out on your behalf. Some – like the OASiS ‘Contract Ready’ service – offer a ‘no sale, no fee’ guarantee whereby no legal fees are payable in the event of the transaction falling through. This will only apply to recoverable costs and would not include payments for searches or disbursements already carried out.

LENDER APPROVED

If you are buying with a mortgage then your lender might have strict guidelines relating to which solicitors or conveyancers they will work with. If you have a solicitor or conveyancer in mind, it’s advisable to make sure that they’re on the ‘approved panel’ for your mortgage provider.

HIDDEN COSTS

Whether you choose to use a solicitor or a conveyancer, make sure you know the extent of your costs upfront. Most firms these days will charge a set fee for carrying out the basic conveyancing process, with the exceptions to this being lease extensions and boundary disputes etc. Avoid those firms who proffer an hourly rate as this can quickly become expensive if issues arise.

TWO-WAY PROCESS

As a final point, your solicitor or conveyancer is only as good as the information you provide and this is especially true where sellers are concerned. This similarly applies to the speed at which you return paperwork and answer any enquiries; the more you co-operate, the greater your contribution to the overall efficiency of the transaction.

REMOVALS

As a general rule, most professional removals companies suggest that you start planning the removal process around six weeks in advance to give you plenty of time to have a real purge of unwanted items which can then either be disposed of or sold.

As part of the moving process, it’s also advisable to start thinking about who else needs to be informed of your new address and contact details, such as your bank, doctor, dentist, employer, utility suppliers etc. You should also look into having your mail re-directed by the Royal Mail.

There are generally two ways of moving home; doing it yourself or employing a professional removals company to handle the move for you.

DOING IT YOURSELF

Although the cheaper option, there are a number of factors that you need to consider, not least the quantity of items that you will need to move. If you are a first-time buyer, it may well be feasible to hire a van and enlist the help of friends and family to move yourself.

If, however, you are moving to your second or later home, then the likelihood is that you will have acquired a lot more possessions over the years and you should really consider whether hiring a van is a realistic option.

Timings are another important factor to consider if you are planning to move yourself. If you are buying a home involved in a chain, then you are unlikely to be able to move your possessions into your new home until the sale has officially completed.  If you are moving yourself and likely to require more than one trip then you need to consider how this will affect those buying your house if you are delayed at any point.

Damage caused in transit is also another important consideration. If you plan to move yourself it is advisable to contact your insurer to check their position on this, should any of your valuables get lost or damaged in the moving process.

EMPLOYING A REMOVALS COMPANY

Although clearly the more expensive option, the advantages of using a professional removals company are numerous. Most removals companies will offer a range of services from a ‘full packing and move’ to a basic, more cost-effective service where you do your own packing. And they should offer a free consultation and quotation service where various elements will be discussed, including what is to be moved from where, and what challenges the existing and new locations may present. A word to the wise – when you’re selecting your removals company, please check that they are fully insured!

Once you’ve chosen a removals company, they should nominate a ‘Move Manager’ who will be responsible for planning and managing your move. The company will organise a packing team to attend the property and start packing (or supply you with packaging materials if you are planning to do this yourself) and they will also arrange for appropriate insurance for specialist items cover, should this be required.

You will need to have planned for the move day to assist the teams. If there are any parking restrictions at either of the move locations, you will need to plan for these well in advance and organise permits or request parking exemption in the case of yellow lines from the local council. It is always worth arranging for pets and small children to be moved to a neutral location to avoid placing them under unnecessary stress.

If your move involves an item that is directly connected to a mains utility such as an oven or cooker or electrical fitting, then a specialist contractor will be required, especially where gas is concerned. In these cases, you will need to make arrangements for this to be carried out, ideally in advance of the actual move date in case there are any unforeseen issues.

Where valuables are concerned it is advisable to put these in a safe place that is easily accessible by you, even during the move.  Computers should also be backed up to prevent any data loss.

On the move day, the teams will arrive and the removal process will start in earnest. This is when the advantages of using a professional mover will become apparent. Make sure that the room location of all packages is clearly marked up so that they are unloaded into the correct rooms at the new property.

And most important of all… never, ever forget to keep the kettle out of the packing and stock up on tea, milk, sugar and biscuits. Professional removals people work much more efficiently when they’ve just had a fresh brew!

OASiS has been working with the best local removals company for a number of years. They share our commitment to customer service and are renowned for their attention to detail, offering a range of moving solutions from straightforward ‘pack and move’ to international relocations, as well as short- and long-term storage options.

Best of all, they offer highly preferential rates to OASiS customers! For a free consultation or advice, please call us and we will put you in contact.

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