• Always deal directly with the estate agent and not the owner. Be very clear that you wish to make a formal offer, they will require clarity of how you plan to purchase. Is it subject to a house sale, job move, any specific timelines?
  • How are you financing the purchase proof of your deposit and paying for the stamp duty if applicable with contact details for a financial advisor or they will recommend one to you.
  • Due to money laundering regulations they will require proof of Identification (ID) for you. The best forms are driving licences, passports as they show photo and address. Also, a utility bill that ties you to the address you are selling that needs to be less than 3 months old. If you undertake all online, then maybe a bank statement.
  • If you have sold subject to contract (SSTC) who your agent is and contact details
  • They will also want to clarify is your offer to include anything specific such as fixtures and fittings, subject to survey being undertaken etc.