The property market may be paused right now, but if you’re planning to sell after lockdown ends that doesn’t mean you need to postpone your preparation.
Whilst the current situation means that certain tasks are no longer possible, there are still lots of jobs that are achievable.
The main thing to remember is that, as a seller, you get two opportunities to make a first impression to potential buyers.
The first is when home-hunters see your home listed on Rightmove, which means that your property needs to look shipshape for the photographs.
The second is when people eventually come to view your home in real life, which is what we call ‘kerb appeal’. In both cases, you’ll want to make sure that your home looks as good as it can.
Here, we’ve drawn up a manageable checklist to ensure that you are ready to go.
According to Changing Rooms star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, this job is hugely important and should not be underestimated. Decluttering your home creates the illusion of roomier spaces and also means that you will be showing buyers around a clean and tidy home.
If home-hunters can visualise living in a property, they are likely to be more serious about putting an offer in. Also, try upcycling tired or worn-out furniture if you have some free time during lockdown.
If you’ve marketed your home as having three-bedrooms, do your best to make sure there are three bedrooms for home-hunters to view, rather than two bedrooms and a study or playroom. The key here is to show people what they can have, rather than telling them.
Again, it comes back to visualisation and making it as easy as possible for buyers to imagine living in your home.
Your estate agent and solicitor will ask for various bits of paperwork throughout the selling process, so if you can gather together all the relevant documents ahead of time, you should avoid delays further down the line.
Some of the paperwork to consider rounding up include:
Now could be the time to tick off all those annoying DIY jobs that you’ve been putting off. This will help make sure you’re not giving prospective buyers a reason to mark your house down because of something that doesn’t take too long to fix. Here are some of the details that will make a big difference:
We talked about kerb appeal earlier, and this is where you can really make a first impression count. Your front garden is the first thing that a potential buyer will see, so make sure that you give them a reason to smile straight away.
Similarly, the back garden can be a deal clincher, and an impressive outdoor space could set your home apart from the rest. Here are some suggestions for things to tick off your list:
Darker rooms generally look smaller than lighter ones, and this can be a big turn off for potential buyers. So we’d suggest making sure that blinds are open, and curtains are apart, to flood your home with light.
These two rooms are the most expensive for a buyer to upgrade. However, if you’ve made an effort to clean and declutter them, you’ll be giving potential buyers another reason to be positive about your home. So, here are some of our top tips:
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