Handy Tips for Preparing to Sell Your House (During or After the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic)
Many of us are still adjusting to spending all day, living, working and schooling in our homes. They have never been so important to us and at this moment, they are invaluable. Those of us lucky enough to have one, our gardens have become our sanctuary, our very own outside space at a time when we have all been asked to stay at home to save lives.
For most of us, there is a reason why we need to sell our house and that is always the ideal time. Lockdown, due to Coronavirus may not be the ideal time but we realise that many of you were looking to put your house on the market for Spring and for a number of reasons may be seriously considering selling your house due to recent circumstances.
If you are wondering what your options are during lockdown, read our useful advice https://www.saxtonmee.co.uk/news/thinking-of-selling-your-property-during-coronavirus-covid-19
The hardest part when thinking of moving is usually having the time to get the house ready. Time to create that perfect polished home for scrutiny on the internet, time to declutter and time to finish all those jobs you have been promising to finish, to primp and preen, paint and polish - set the scene and create that kerb appeal...
We appreciate some jobs may be not be possible whilst adhering to the guidelines however there are many jobs that can still be completed.
Tips for getting your property photograph and viewing ready!
Get those little jobs done
Inside the house:
- Touch up the paintwork
- Re-grout bathrooms and kitchen
- Keep worktops clear
- Re-tighten cupboard doors
- Remove limescale from taps
- Open blinds and curtains fully to let maximum light in
In the garden/outside:
- Jet wash the drive
- Clear out the gutters
- Mow the lawn and clean garden furniture
- Paint the fence/gates
- Remove weeds from borders and tidy the hedges
- Plant borders at the front to give added kerb appeal
You want to create the illusion of space so people can visualise the property as their home.
- Clear the tops of wardrobes and cupboards
- Keep worktops clear and food inside cupboards
- Remove toiletries from bathrooms
- Keep toilet seats down
- Remove unnecessary pictures, ornaments and furniture
- Neaten up bookshelves/display shelves
- Box away unnecessary personal items
- Tidy and clean in all those nooks and crannies
- Tidy office/study rooms etc
- Find useful storage solutions for playrooms/children’s bedrooms – large toy chests or storage boxes that you can just throw everything in to quickly tidy
- Keep visual pet items tidy and limited
- Ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned
What else do I need to do?
In Readiness: Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Every house needs an EPC in order to be marketed. An Energy Assessor will need to visit your property and will ask some questions. It would be useful to start digging out documents regarding:
- Loft/cavity wall insulation
- Building regulations, if you’ve recently had work done
- Certificates for when windows/doors were installed
- Solar panels
- Boiler installation.
In Readiness: Solicitor
Utilising the latest technology and working with our local legal partners, we can get your property “Sale Ready” in advance thus reducing delays down the line. This can be done from the comfort of your own home and on a no sale no fee basis.
Whether or not you require this service, now is the ideal time to start thinking about:
- Where are your deeds?
- Gas/Electricity service certificates
- Recent mortgage statement
- Leasehold/Ground rent information
- Planning/Conservatory documentation
Usually moving home will usually affect your finances in some way. With mortgage rates at an all time low, now can be the ideal time to look at what you can afford to borrow and whether you are on the best deal.
Our team of independent financial advisors can offer mortgages and insurance products from the whole of the market, ensuring your money is working for you. Talk to us for further information.
At Saxton Mee, we understand these are unprecedented times and your original plans may have changed but whatever you are considering we are here to offer you any advice or guidance your may need.