Am I Allowed To Take My Property Off The Market Whenever I Want?

12th May 2022
Home > News > Am I Allowed To Take My Property Off The Market Whenever I Want?

Is it the right time for YOU !

Have you put your home in Grantham on the market but are now wondering whether you should take it off again? Then don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Selling your home is a huge decision and many of our clients have the same kind of thought process, for many different reasons. In particular, the jitters can set in if your sale is taking longer than usual to progress. So, here, we’ll take a closer look at whether it’s possible to take your property off the market whenever you want and what you should do if it’s a step you decide to take.

Remember That Exchange Of Contracts Is The Deadline

In basic terms, you can take your home off the market and pull out of the sale at any time before you’ve exchanged contracts with your buyer. Once the exchange has taken place, you’re in an agreement that is legally binding, and you’re committed to going through with the sale. It’s important to remember that at this stage, it’s likely that money will have been committed by all parties and the sale will have progressed almost to completion, so there could potentially be devastating consequences for all parties in the chain.

What About Estate Agent Fees?

If you decide not to sell your home after all, you’ll need to check your estate agent’s contract. Although less common now, some agents have clauses in the contract that requires you to keep your home listed with them for a specified period of time. This period could be as little as a week or as long as 3 months. 

Some estate agents may also charge withdrawal fees, but they must let you know about these before you sign your contract. That’s why it’s so important to always check your agreement carefully before signing. Typically, if there is a fee charged for withdrawal, it will only be for a specific period at the start of your listing.

Why Would I Want To Take My Property Off The Market?

There are a number of reasons why sellers in Grantham may decide to withdraw their property from sale. Some of the most common circumstances include:

  • Refreshing the listing
  • A change in life circumstances
  • Financial worries
  • Changes in the local property market
  • Deciding to improve the property rather than moving
  • To change estate agents
  • Getting cold feet about the sale

All of these reasons are perfectly valid for wanting to withdraw your property from sale but before you sign a contract with any estate agent, it’s imperative to be aware of the terms and conditions before you make a decision. Failing to do so could lead to unexpected fees and unwanted surprises if your circumstances change and you realise the time isn’t right for your property to be on the market after all.

If you’re ready to list your property in Grantham for sale, make Secure My Sale your first port of call. 

We put our clients first and always ensure that our clients are happy and understand the terms and conditions relating to the marketing of their property before signing a contract. Transparency and excellent customer service lies at the heart of everything we do. 

Give us a call today on 01476825258 or send an email to our team at to find out more about how we can help you.


Share this article
  • icon
  • icon

Related News Articles

Renovating to Sell for a Profit:

If you are renovating a property in Grantham before sale, you need to be aware of the impact of the Party Wall Act and the implications for you if you don’t follow the rules. A Party Wall is a wall which sits on the boundary between two properties and includes: The wall between two terraced houses The middle wall in a pair of semis The boundary wall between two garde...

12th April 2022
Secure My Sale launch new sell for FREE service !

Committed BuyerHome buyers have been epically frustrated by Brexit, an election and now the pandemic and a second lockdown As such, the buyer market is more committed than ever. Buyers are prepared to pay the fees associated with buying your home because competition for property is currently so fierce. When we introduce you to Secure My Sale’s Committed Buyer pool, we hel...

6th November 2021
What Makes a Good Estate Agent in Grantham?

Selling your home is a huge life decision. Finding the right person for the job is one of the most important things you can do. A good estate agent is honest, reliable, and easy to talk to. They can be the sole reason your home sells at the right price and the right time. But how do you know who’s good and who’s not? Here are four things you should look for in an...

22nd April 2022
What Are the Benefits of Selling to a First-Time Buyer?

If a first-time buyer is interested in your home, this is great news! While there can be downsides to selling to a first-time buyer, there are just as many benefits that can outweigh the cons.Here are three top benefits of selling to a first-time buyer and Secure My Sale’s tips on how to attract them when selling your home.What are the Benefits of Selling to a First-Time...

12th May 2022