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How Much to Offer On a House

Caragh Bailey, Digital Marketing Manager Caragh Bailey
26/10/2022
(Last Updated: 16/05/2023)
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This article is best read after How to make an offer on a house which looks at how to make an offer. This article will look at how to make an offer that wins. Make sure you price your offer right, so it has a good chance of being accepted and you don't pay more than the house is worth.

Nothing can guarantee your offer will be accepted, as every seller is different and you may be up against another offer that you simply can't beat. This guide shares with you the 'best practise' of wisdom and experience.

Make a good first impression

Size isn't the only thing that matters. Making a winning offer is often about more than making the highest bid. Often sellers will pass up the highest offer because they like the buyer whose offer they accept. For example, a family buying their first home might beat a buy to let landlord, if the seller wants to see the home they raised their family in pass to another young family, who will love and grow in it.

During the viewing:
  • Dress to impress, (think interview);
  • Ask at the door if they'd like you to remove your shoes. Show that you respect that this is still their home;
  • Be engaging;
  • Admire what they've done with the property;
  • Ask the seller’s opinion on local schools, pubs, parks, they'll appreciate that you value their experience;
  • Break the ice by flattering obvious features of the house, show you really like the property;
  • Chat about their journey, where are they moving to - do they have a timeframe in mind? Align expectations and show that you're a good fit.
If the seller isn't present at the viewing, the above applies to the estate agent. The more buying signals you give, the more memorable you are, the more human your offer will be.

How do I know how much to offer on a house?


How Much To Offer On A House. A young professional shrugs over what price to offer. SAM Conveyancing explains how much you should offer on a house

Know your budget

You should really have a mortgage agreement in principle already, to give you an idea of what you can borrow before arranging viewings. If not, get one now.

Do market research

Find similar, recently sold properties in the area, find out what they sold for, and work out their cost per square metre, in a table like this:

Property Address
Sold for £
Date sold
Price per Sqm/Sqft
(include link to listing)
£
DD/MM/YY
£

Or, use our free calculator tool, which will do the maths for you and tell you how much to offer with a free PDF to send to the agent.

Calculate the value of the property

Take the average cost per square metre and multiply it by the square metreage of the property you're looking at buying.

This is how RICS surveyors make their valuation of the property, so it will be realistic and meet the estate agents' expectations.

Will your budget cover this price, as well as other costs?

Before you make an offer, make sure there's enough left in your budget for conveyancing costs including stamp duty (if applicable) and other moving expenses.

As we discussed in How to make an offer on a house; everyone needs to win.

What do I do, now I know how much I should offer on the house?

You'll need to provide proof of funds. A scan or screenshot of the account holding your deposit funds will do. Remember to black out any data you don't want to share; at the moment, all you need to show is the balance.

You'll also need to prepare scans of your ID and proof of address (x2) to PDFs, ready for your conveyancing solicitor, if your offer is accepted.

When you make your written offer by email:
  • Be likeable and engaging;
  • set a boundary that you control;
  • make an offer based on evidence;
  • set caveats to your offer that link to the needs of the seller; and
  • have a timeframe as to when your offer expires.


Never chase before your own deadline

You have set a timeframe by which you expect a response, chasing the agent before this date can show you are too keen and they may use this to their advantage, to drive your offer up.

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Caragh Bailey, Digital Marketing Manager
Written by:

Caragh is an excellent writer in her own right as well as an accomplished copy editor for both fiction and non-fiction books, news articles and editorials. She has written extensively for SAM for a variety of conveyancing, survey and mortgage related articles.

Andrew Boast of Sam Conveyancing
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Andrew started his career in 2000 working within conveyancing solicitor firms and grew hands-on knowledge of a wide variety of conveyancing challenges and solutions. After helping in excess of 50,000 clients in his career, he uses all this experience within his article writing for SAM, mainstream media and his self published book How to Buy a House Without Killing Anyone.

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