Now is the time many of us start planning a house move and getting our homes in order ready to put on the market. Senior Associate Andrew Fuller, based in our Oban office, outlines some quick wins to add value to your home before selling up.
Check your documentation with your solicitor and notify them of your intention to sell. Don’t let boundary disputes and lack of information hold things up as this can prove very costly, and also causes some sales to fall through. If you are conducting viewings yourself, run through the process in your mind first and anticipate questions about the property and local area, and have the answers prepared.
Follow the advice of your estate agent when it comes to professional photography; they know what will work best for your sale. Online marketing is very competitive, and you need to make your property stand out among the other local listings. Anticipate what the pictures should look like and dress the room prior to the photography day, trying to declutter where possible. You can also prepare for the photography by cutting lawns, cleaning and organising your house.
Have documentation in order
Create a file for your property and make sure that any items still under warranty are detailed, for example replacement windows, stove, boiler, etc. It gives comfort to a buyer to know that the property is in good order. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney swept and certified. Make sure that septic tanks are registered with the necessary authority, we have had many sales delayed because of this. It also helps to have a printed copy of the sales particulars to hand.
Up-sell the potential
Guide viewers to areas which have potential, for example garden areas that have a significant view, attic space for conversion, or outdoor space for an external studio or chalet, even if you haven’t made the alterations yourself at the time of sale. Most agents will have covered this in their sales part
If you are considering selling your home, farm or estate, our dedicated team is on hand to provide the expert advice you need. Find your nearest Bell Ingram office here.