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MARKET YOUR OLD HOME AT 100% OF THE VALUATION

We’ll work closely with estate agents to get your old home sold, or there’s the option for us to be your cash buyer if things don’t work out.

FIND A HOME

PART EXCHANGE+ EXPLAINED

This great scheme means you can sell your old home at your price on the open market. And if it doesn’t sell within 4 weeks, we can buy it from you.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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Find and reserve your new Crest Nicholson home

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Let us work with estate agents to sell your home for 100% of the valuation

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You get 4 weeks to sell at this price on the open market

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If after 4 weeks your home has not sold, you can accept our offer to be your buyer

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If your property sells for more than the valuation, we’ll give you back the difference

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Definitions and usage

Crest Nicholson is hereinafter referred to as “Crest Nicholson”, “we”, “us” or “our”
The current home you are looking to sell is hereinafter referred to as your “Existing Home”
Your chosen Crest Nicholson home is referred to as your “New Home”

Availability

Part Exchange Plus is available on selected Crest Nicholson homes. Terms and conditions apply. The value of your Existing Home must be typically no more than 70% of your New Home

Your Existing Home

Your Existing Home:

  • must be in a good state of repair and located in an area of the UK covered by one of our regional housebuilding divisions;
  • must be of a standard method of construction
  • if leasehold, must have at least 85 years unexpired term remaining.

Crest Nicholson is under no obligation to make an offer on your Existing Home.

What do I have to do to be considered for Part Exchange Plus?

You need to:

  • complete a Part Exchange Plus Valuation Request form; and
  • provide access to our representatives and appointed estate agents within 48 hours (excluding weekends) for the purposes of valuations and inspection of your Existing Home

How does Crest Nicholson make me an offer?

Crest Nicholson will appoint up to three independent estate agents to undertake valuations of your Existing Home.

Please note that these estate agents are instructed by Crest Nicholson and are not permitted to discuss figures with yourselves.

Following valuation and inspection of your Existing Home, if it is eligible for Part Exchange Plus in accordance with these terms and conditions, we will make you an offer based upon those valuations and explain how the offer has been arrived at. The offer will specify the date by which you must accept the offer and complete the reservation of your New Home (which will be 7 days from the date of the letter). If you do not accept the offer by the specified date, it will no longer be capable of acceptance by you.

Any offer made by Crest Nicholson for your Existing Home will be subject to survey(s), and any necessary further enquiries or reports.

Crest Nicholson reserves the right not to consider or accept your Existing Home for Part Exchange Plus. If this is the case, we will explain the reason for our decision. All valuations and decisions are final.

What happens after I accept an offer for my Existing Home?

At the same time as accepting the offer you need to:

  • complete a Reservation Agreement for your New Home and pay a reservation fee; and
  • sign a copy of these Part Exchange Plus Terms and Conditions

If you decide not to proceed with Part Exchange Plus of your Existing Home for your New Home for any reason, or you cancel the Reservation Agreement or it expires, we will:

  • if this occurs before expiry of fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the Reservation Agreement, the reservation fee will be refunded in full if you do not proceed with purchase of your New Home
  • if this occurs after the expiry of fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the Reservation Agreement, deduct from the reservation fee (and refund the balance where you do not proceed with the purchase of your New Home).
    • If our solicitors have been instructed in respect of a part exchange of your property and we are liable for any abortive costs, disbursements or expenses, a contribution towards such costs, disbursements or expenses of up to £[250];
    • If we are liable to any estate agency cancellation fees up to [£250]
    • Any further sums that we are entitled to deduct under the terms of the Reservation Agreement.

If you do not proceed with the part exchange of your Existing Home because you agree during the Reservation Period to sell your Existing home to someone other than Crest Nicholson in accordance with these terms and conditions, we will not make any of the deductions set out above from the reservation fee provided the Reservation Agreement is not cancelled or does not expire.

If we decide not to proceed for any reason with the Part Exchange Plus (for example because of issues arising from the survey or because of title issues arising following pre-contract enquiries), then the reservation fee will be refunded in full.

Any refunds payable to you will be made within 10 working days of the date of notification of cancellation.

Your payments are secured with Crest Nicholson. Any refunds payable to you will be paid directly to you within fourteen (14) working days of the date of notification of cancellation.

Will my New Home stay on the market?

Your New Home will remain on the market and can be reserved by another customer until a Reservation Form is completed and Part Exchange Plus Terms and Conditions are signed.

What happens next?

After the Reservation Form is completed and the Part Exchange Plus Terms and Conditions are signed:

  • You may continue to market your Existing Home during the Reservation Period through any agents you may have already appointed;
  • We will arrange for the marketing of your Existing Home thereafter (or sooner if requested). We will require your co-operation in allowing us to market your Existing Home without delay ensuring that potential buyers have every chance to view your home. You agree to allow reasonable access to your Existing Home to:
    • facilitate the resale (subject to agreed appointments); and
    • for the instructed agent to erect a “For Sale” sign
  • You will need to ensure your solicitor is instructed to proceed on your behalf upon acceptance of our offer and inform them of the Reservation Period end date under the terms of the Reservation Agreement
  • you agree to cancel any existing arrangements with any agents as soon as we take over the marketing of your Existing Home. Any agents’ fees or commissions and VAT that may have been incurred by you prior to our taking over of the marketing will remain your responsibility. Crest Nicholson will not accept liability towards any such costs or charges.
  • any estate agents appointed by Crest Nicholson to market your Existing Home will be acting on our behalf and any fees and commissions for our appointed agents will be met by Crest Nicholson except where:
    • any of the deductions set out above and in the Reservation Agreement are applicable; or
    • you complete the sale of your Existing Home to any individual introduced by our appointed agents during the period of our instructions;

      in which case you agree to indemnify us for any agents’ commission and VAT for which we may be held liable.
  • both your purchase of your New Home and our purchase of your Existing Home are subject to contract, until simultaneous exchange of contracts has taken place on both transactions. The terms for the transfer of your Existing Home to Crest Nicholson will be on the basis of Crest Nicholson’s standard contract with Part Exchange Plus terms included
  • you will need to accurately complete standard enquiries relating to your Existing Home issued by our solicitors. Since Crest Nicholson has no first-hand knowledge of your Existing Home, you agree that a future purchaser of the Existing Home will rely on your replies and you accept liability for any false or misleading replies
  • your home and garden must be maintained to the same standard as when our valuations took place and the following items must remain in your Existing Home, unless written consent for removal has been obtained from Crest Nicholson:
    • fitted carpets
    • curtains
    • light fittings
    • blinds (venetian/vertical/roller etc)
    • fires and fire surrounds
    • fitted kitchens and all integrated appliances
    • fitted wardrobes
    • all items fixed to the wall (including bathroom cabinets, towel rails and other bathroom accessories).
    Items in the garden including plants, shed and water features must also remain unless otherwise agreed in writing.

    If there are specific items you wish to remove, these must be identified in the Reservation Form for your New Home. Removal of these items may necessitate replacement or reinstatement of walls, ceilings or floors to an acceptable standard, including the filling of any holes and repainting.
  • You agree to be responsible for any damage to your Existing Home that occurs before transferring your Existing Home to Crest Nicholson, unless caused by Crest Nicholson, our representatives or an estate agent appointed by us. Until that date, your Existing Home is at your risk and you must insure it in its full reinstatement value against the risks usually covered under a comprehensive buildings insurance policy with a reputable insurance company unless it is a leasehold property where insurance is arranged by the Landlord or Management Company.

What documents do I need to supply to my solicitor for my Existing Home?

You will need to provide at your cost, prior to exchange of contracts:

  • (if you have had either a new central heating or new gas boiler installed at the property since 2006) either a CORGI or (if the work was carried out after 1 April 2009) a new Gas safe service certificate dated within the last 6 months
  • an electrical testing certificate for all electric equipment within your Existing Home to certify they are safe and in a full working condition, dated within the last 6 months
  • an Energy Performance Certificate
  • evidence of service (by appropriately qualified personnel) of all central heating systems and gas fires. If you have already had these serviced within the last 6 months then evidence of this will be sufficient
  • if replacement double gazed windows have been installed since April 2002, a FENSA certificate and a copy of the Guarantee

Any prepaid service meters must be replaced with standard credit meters prior to legal completion

Must exchange of contracts for my New Home and my Existing Home take place at the same time?

Yes. Exchange of contracts for both your chosen New Home and your Existing Home must take place simultaneously and you will be informed of timescales for completion throughout the process

WHEN WILL LEGAL COMPLETION TAKE PLACE?

If construction of the New Home has been completed at the date of exchange of contracts there will be a fixed completion date.

If construction of the New Home has not been completed at the date of exchange of contracts written notification will be given to your solicitor when the construction of the New Home has been completed. Legal Completion will take place ten (10) working days after the date of such notification.

When will Legal Completion take place?

If construction of the New Home has been completed at the date of exchange of contracts there will be a fixed completion date.

If construction of the New Home has not been completed at the date of exchange of contracts written notification will be given to your solicitor when the construction of the New Home has been completed. Legal Completion will take place ten (10) working days after the date of such notification.

What is required on Legal Completion of my New Home and my Existing Home?

On the day of legal completion:

  • Full vacant possession of your Existing Home is required (i.e. the property must be left in a clean and tidy condition including the loft, and any outbuildings with only agreed items remaining)
  • all utility bills for your Existing Home must be paid up to date, and meters read so that final bills can be forwarded on to you for payment. You are responsible for payment of any bills or invoices relating to the period prior to the completion date (including any rent, rent charges, ground rent, insurance premiums or service charges).
  • you will receive the keys to your New Home once:
    • completion has taken place on your Existing Home; and
    • when it is confirmed that you have left 3 sets of keys with our appointed estate agent or ourselves, along with any alarm codes. You will be notified prior to legal completion where these keys are to be left. Any keys not provided may necessitate a locksmith being instructed on our behalf to replace locks and supply keys, the cost of which would be recovered from you.

When you move out of your Existing Home:

  • it must be left in a clean and tidy condition including the loft, and any outbuildings with only agreed items remaining. A £500 retention fee will be held. This £500 will not be allowed against the price of your New Home on completion so you should budget for this.
  • if your Existing Home is left in a reasonable condition and all keys are handed in by 4pm on the day of completion, the £500 retention fee will be refunded to your solicitor.
  • If we have to use any of the £500 retention fee to make good the Property, we will pay any balance left to your solicitor once the making good works/cleaning are complete.

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Terms & Conditions

Part Exchange Plus is available on selected Crest Nicholson homes. Terms and Conditions apply.