Pre­par­ing your home so it’s ready to sell

Harefield Gazette - - PROPERTY -

HELP AND AD­VICE:

Pop into the branch at 122 High Street, Uxbridge, and the team will be happy to of­fer ad­vice on buy­ing or sell­ing a prop­erty.

PLAN­NING is fun­da­men­tal when sell­ing your prop­erty and good prepa­ra­tion in ad­vance will help en­sure your sale runs smoothly as pos­si­ble from start to fin­ish. It’s not just dec­o­rat­ing and gen­eral DIY sell­ers should be think­ing about be­fore mar­ket­ing their prop­erty in readi­ness for view­ings, al­though this will of course help at­tract po­ten­tial buy­ers and aid in ob­tain­ing the best pho­to­graphs for mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial.

How­ever, some sell­ers for­get about the le­gal as­pects re­quired in pre­par­ing their prop­erty for the sales mar­ket.

The first port of call is re­ally to de­cide whether you def­i­nitely want to move, bear­ing in mind the sell­ing and mov­ing process can be stress­ful it is im­por­tant that you are emo­tion­ally and fi­nan­cially ready. Then se­lect a sell­ing agent care­fully, one who pro­vides hon­est in­for­ma­tion and re­search to sup­port their val­u­a­tion and ser­vice claims.

It’s im­por­tant to in­struct an agent with a good rep­u­ta­tion for cus­tomer ser­vice and per­for­mance whom you feel will mar­ket your home to the best pos­si­ble stan­dard, and who is a mem­ber of the Prop­erty Om­buds­man Scheme and the Office of Fair Trad­ing. Re­mem­ber good po­ten­tial buy­ers will equally want to deal with a rep­utable agent.

Be­fore your prop­erty is mar­keted for sale take a step back and look at your home through the eyes of po­ten­tial buy­ers. Make your home invit­ing, de-clut­ter, put per­sonal items away, en­sure it is clean and tidy through­out, re­dec­o­rate where nec­es­sary and tidy the gar­dens and drive­way.

First im­pres­sions count so get your en­trance look­ing invit­ing. Dur­ing the win­ter, some view­ings may take place in the evenings when dark so make sure all lights are work­ing, re­place bulbs and leave the heat­ing on to help make your prop­erty is wel­com­ing and invit­ing.

In ad­di­tion, any build­ing work that has been car­ried out on the prop­erty will re­sult in you need­ing to pro­duce build­ing reg­u­la­tions and plan­ning per­mis­sions, as well as the rel­e­vant com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate for the work. By law, an En­ergy Per­for­mance Cer­tifi­cate giv­ing in­for­ma­tion on how to make your home more en­ergy ef­fi­cient and re­duce car­bon diox­ide emis­sions, needs to be pro­vided. Lakin & Co will ar­range this for you prior to mar­ket­ing, along with floor plans, pro­fes­sional photos and brochures.

Con­veyanc­ing is the le­gal part of sell­ing your prop­erty Lakin & Co’s rec­om­mended so­lic­i­tors can pro­vide help­ful in­for­ma­tion and con­veyanc­ing quo­ta­tions be­fore the start of the mar­ket­ing process and pre­pare all the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion to re­duce the time from of­fer to ex­change.

The above are just a few points of ad­vice Lakin & Co pro­vides to clients be­fore sell­ing their prop­erty. Con­tact Lakin & Co to­day for a free no obli­ga­tion val­u­a­tion and see how they can help you.

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