Buying and selling properties has been put on hold as the government urges Britons to stay at home. How can you prepare your home to sell after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted?
The coronavirus crisis has caused huge disruptions for those hoping to buy or sell a property. While we have been asked to stay home as much as possible, you can start to prepare your home to be put on the market after the lockdown. Here are some top tips to help homeowners improve their property now.
Do your homework on what the value of your home should be. Many of the leading property sale websites (e.g. Rightmove) have information on previous house sales on your street or in your area. Take note of comparable properties, square footage, number of bedrooms and outdoor space.
At Robert Williams our experienced valuers can help you discover the accurate value of your property without visiting in person. Our video valuation service enables is completely free and with no obligation. We will arrange for you to show us around your property using a video call, and we will then utilise our industry experience and comparable tools to provide you with an accurate valuation.
2) Select an agent
With the restrictions in place at the moment, the chances are you'll have the time to do your research to find the agent who will be best for you. We recommend asking your friends and family for recommendations as well as looking at online reviews (e.g. Google, Facebook).
3) Choose a Solicitor/Conveyancer
Again it is a good idea to go on a recommendation of a friend or loved one and ensure that the solicitor will give you a personalised service at a competitive price. Selling your home and moving is a busy and often stressful time and your solicitor is there to help you navigate through the process, and give you peace of mind that you are getting the best possible service. At Robert Williams we do not push you towards an in-house conveyancing service or take commission for solicitor referrals. We will only refer you to experienced local companies with whom we work with regularly.
4) Freshen up your home
First impressions mean everything to homebuyers and now is the time to tackle those manageable DIY projects and other jobs that you have been putting off. A fresh coat of paint and a presentable exterior are invaluable to make a good first impression on buyers.
Perhaps it's also a good time for a clear-out. Getting rid of unnecessary clutter can make a property feel more spacious. Also when it does come to viewings, don’t let dirty floors, dust or animal odours put off prospective buyers.
5) Stage your home
Research shows that staging your home can help to sell it faster and at a higher sale value. The good news is that staging is easy and affordable to do. Ensure the entrance to your property is smart and welcoming from the front garden through to the reception area. You may be able to improve the lighting in those dingy areas or add some 'wow' features, e.g. using smart home technology which is now increasingly affordable and user friendly.
Small touches such as fresh flowers or house plants bring the outdoors in and the smell of freshly brewed coffee can make your home feel inviting and authentic.
While selling you property may not be possible at the moment, now is the time to prepare for when things get back to normal, to give you a head start and boost the value of your home.