Keep home fires burn­ing for a speedy house sale in au­tumn

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

When it comes to pric­ing your home, be re­al­is­tic. Don’t for­get this is an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult mar­ket. Do make sure the agents you see can jus­tify any fig­ures dis­cussed and don’t be sur­prised if your ex­pec­ta­tions prove high.

“Also, be­ware of be­ing been lulled into a false sense of se­cu­rity by an agent who gives an over­in­flated value, just be­cause they want your prop­erty on the books. You must be care­ful when com­par­ing your house to those that are on the mar­ket al­ready – what is most im­por­tant is the val­ues of those homes which have ac­tu­ally sold.

Re­duce any hold-ups at the point of ex­change by in­struct­ing a so­lic­i­tor to pre­pare con­tracts at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble stage. Also, if you’re sell­ing fol­low­ing a sep­a­ra­tion or di­vorce, en­sure that all par­ties are in ac­cor­dance, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to val­ues and timescale. Like­wise, when sell­ing a prop­erty from a de­ceased es­tate, make sure that you have been granted pro­bate be­fore you in­struct an agent. This of­ten fails to hap­pen and it al­ways com­pli­cates the process.

Many peo­ple don’t re­alise that sell­ing a home takes prepa­ra­tion be­fore it ac­tu­ally goes on the mar­ket. For ex­am­ple, a prop­erty’s le­gal doc­u­ments need to be at the ready for a new buyer to take them on. En­sure you know where your deeds are and how and when you can ac­cess them. Sim­i­larly, make sure all guar­an­tees, such as for damp proof cour­ses, are at hand for your so­lic­i­tor.

If your prop­erty is listed and you have made al­ter­ations, check that you have all the nec­es­sary con­sents in place be­fore try­ing to put it on the mar­ket. Do ver­ify that any changes of use within the prop­erty also carry the ap­pro­pri­ate doc­u­men­ta­tion. If you’ve had any works com­pleted on the house, make sure you have build­ing reg­u­la­tions ap­proval. We of­ten find that own­ers (and their builders) gain per­mis­sion ini­tially, yet fail to have them signed off when the build­ing work is com­plete.

The im­por­tance of dress­ing your home for sale shouldn’t be un­der­es­ti­mated. It al­lows a buyer to con­cen­trate on the ben­e­fits of the prop­erty, rather than the dé­cor. The key to suc­cess is to make a prop­erty feel wel­com­ing and warm with­out be­ing too per­sonal, so that any­one view­ing it can imag­ine them­selves liv­ing there.

Au­tumn and win­ter are the sea­sons when your home is laid bare. Now more than ever it re­ally is worth­while mak­ing sure that gut­ters, down­pipes and win­dow frames are pre­sented well. Any ex­te­rior paint­work main­te­nance, with a small in­vest­ment now, can make a real dif­fer­ence to your home’s sell­ing po­ten­tial.

There are plenty of other jobs you can do out­side, such as mak­ing sure fallen leaves are swept away and that gravel is raked. Dig­ging over gar­den beds gives a groomed look to the house. Also do en­sure that any un­sightly trees, shrubs or hedges are pruned to give a smart ap­pear­ance to the prop­erty.

Home own­ers with fire­places and ranges can show them off to good ef­fect at this time of year. There’s noth­ing quite like a gen­tly flaming fire or a slow burn­ing range to warm the spir­its of buy­ers as the sea­sons change. Do en­sure logs are neatly stacked though and that a fire has had time to set­tle down be­fore any view­ing ap­point­ments.

Buy­ing or sell­ing a prop­erty is one of the big­gest transactions that many of us make. It’s worth the ini­tial plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion to make the process run seam­lessly for all con­cerned.

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