10 steps to A SUC­CESS­FUL DIY House sale

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Pay at­ten­tion to this check­list and your sale should breeze through – who says sell­ing houses has to be stress­ful?

1get A VAL­U­A­TION To set an ask­ing price, it’s a good idea to get some free val­u­a­tions from lo­cal es­tate agents; they’ll know the mar­ket very well. Look at sites such as zoopla.co.uk and net­house­prices.com too, to see how much sim­i­lar prop­er­ties have sold for re­cently.

23CHECK Your en­ergy per­for­mance CER­TIFI­CATE

You need this in or­der to sell your home legally. If you have one from when you bought the house you can use it if you haven’t since made any changes, but they only last 10 years. To find an ac­cred­ited Do­mes­tic En­ergy As­ses­sor visit epcreg­is­ter.com.

4Take a look around and consider whether you need to make any mi­nor re­pairs or do any spruc­ing up to help things ap­pear more at­trac­tive. For in­stance, a lick of paint, oil­ing squeaky doors and re­mov­ing tatty fur­ni­ture. Tidy­ing up alone can make a huge dif­fer­ence – clut­ter is a big turn off!

5take pho­to­graphs Some on­line sites will send a pho­tog­ra­pher along to take pic­tures, but you can save money by do­ing it your­self. Af­ter you’ve styled your home, pop some fresh flow­ers on the cof­fee ta­ble and make sure you stand back to get as much in as pos­si­ble. Al­ways take pho­tos dur­ing the day.

6Choose A web­site

They’re not all the same. Some sim­ply pro­vide a sell­ing plat­form, whereas oth­ers of­fer ser­vices to help you through ev­ery stage of the sale. Com­pare what you get for your money – you can be sure there will be a pack­age tai­lored to your needs. max Your SALEABILIT­Y

mea­sure Up It’s in­cred­i­bly use­ful for buy­ers to know the square footage of your house or flat so they know whether the size is right for their needs. Be sure to mea­sure twice for ac­cu­racy.

789Create A Floor­plan

This is hugely im­por­tant, a good floor­plan brings the whole men­tal im­age of the place to­gether; peo­ple spend far more time look­ing at homes with floor­plans in­cluded in the ad­vert than those with­out. Some web­sites will of­fer one as part of the ser­vice.

List Your prop­erty

Add your prop­erty to the web­site you have cho­sen. You’ll need to write a syn­op­sis of its most im­por­tant fea­tures (some sites will as­sist you with this), so have a look at sim­i­lar prop­er­ties on­line to see how they are writ­ten up and what in­for­ma­tion they in­clude.

show It OFF You will be the one show­ing peo­ple around your home, so make a list of all its ad­van­tages. For in­stance: have you got a new boiler? Does the gar­den get the sun? Try the old trick of mak­ing cof­fee or bak­ing bread so the place smells great, it re­ally does the job!

10FIND A so­lic­i­tor

One of the few things an on­line agent will not do is to ap­point your so­lic­i­tor, but then nei­ther does a high-street agent (al­though they some­times do rec­om­mend some­one, as they are on com­mis­sion). Ask friends for a rec­om­men­da­tion or search for one in your area at a rep­utable site such as hoa.org.uk.

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