How To Prepare A Home For Sale After Lockdown

With the Government announcing the housing market can re-open, a lot of people have been keen to engage the market as quickly as possible. Both Zoopla and Rightmove, leading property portals in the United Kingdom, have unveiled stats indicating there was significant pent-up demand in the market.

There has been renewed interest from buyers, vendors, landlords and tenants since the property and lettings market received the green light. Anyone who is looking to move soon or who needs help in the market should contact us.

However, we know many people are not looking to move too soon. A lot of households are evaluating their options, with the hope of moving home when the market moves forward. If this sounds like your position, you will be pleased to know there are steps you can take to help you sell your home when the market moves forward.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark comments: “While being unable to sell your house at the moment may be frustrating, there is still lots you can be doing to start the process and make sure you’re prepared for when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.”

We have some tips for you to follow if you are keen to be proactive in preparing your home, and yourself, for a house sale.

Get your paperwork in order

There is a lot of paperwork associated with a house move. This isn’t a surprise because with the cost of a house, and the legal issues, there are many matters to resolve. Therefore, it is helpful to arrange your paperwork in advance, so if you have the chance, look out the following documents:

  • Leasehold and freehold documents
  • Gas Safety certificate
  • Energy Performance Certificate
  • If alterations have taken place, building regulations certificate

When you have these documents in place, store them in a secure location.

Check over your finances

You will find most households have considered their finances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a challenging time for many people. If you feel as though you cannot move soon, it is better to determine this now than further down the line.

However, if you believe your finances are robust, this might be the perfect time for you to move. Many lenders are increasing the array of mortgage products on offer. Also, attractive interest rates help people to find an affordable mortgage.

It is important you consider your finances, but if you are in a position to make a move, you should do so with confidence.

Prepare your home

If you have time at home, and you are looking for something to do, declutter and clean your home. There is a great deal to be said for creating space, cleaning your home and making it more appealing. This will help you in the short-term, but in the long-term, it will enhance your chances of connecting with likely buyers.

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

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