Keep home fires burning for a speedy house sale in autumn
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.