Top tips for selling this summer
As we edge into the summer months and activity levels in the market remain strong, now is a good time to sell. According to Rightmove figures, the number of buyers contacting estate agents is up 31% compared to pre-pandemic figures in 2019.
The average price of property coming to the market has hit a new record for the fourth consecutive month and whilst buyer demand remains high, the number of properties available to buy is down by 55% compared to 2019.
The best advice is to be your own critic and see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. To ensure plenty of viewings and the best possible price, spring into action and make your home stand out from the crowd with our top tips for selling this summer.
As the old adage goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and photographs are the first thing that potential buyers will see. This is the moment they initially judge your home and consider whether or not to arrange a viewing. As potential purchasers approach your property for the first time, make sure paths are clear, the grass is cut and that any toys or equipment are stored away.
Keep it clean and declutter
With the sun streaming through the windows, ensure they are clean inside and out, declutter and keep surfaces clear. Remember, kitchens and bathrooms can help sell homes so keep them looking spotless. If you have pets, keep flooring and carpets clean, windows open and finally, ensure every room is easily accessible.
Define the purpose of each room
Make sure each space in your home is clearly defined by highlighting the purpose – you may be using your dining room as a makeshift office, living room as a playroom, or the spare room as a laundry (which is fine) but potential buyers may be left thinking your property lacks space or storage facilities.
Make any minor repairs
If it’s broken, fix it! Everything inside and outside the property should be in good working order. For example, fix leaky taps and cupboard doors that you have been meaning to address for some time. Replace low-wattage light bulbs so that on gloomier days, buyers can see your home in its best light.
Make sure your home is in good decorative order
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on this, but a coat of paint here and there can have a significant impact on the appearance of a room. Toning down any controversial room colours, a freshly painted front door or new flooring can also be an effective way to easily update a property.
Like most things these days, there is paperwork involved in the process of moving house. Below we have compiled a list of documents that will be requested from you during the conveyancing process:
- Proof of identity – Photo ID and a utility bill or bank statement
- Management Information Pack – if selling a leasehold property
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – they are valid for 10 years so if you recently purchased the property or had work carried out, you may have one which is valid.
- Title Deeds – if you do not have a copy, they can be obtained from HM Land Registry
- Electrical & Gas Certificates – proof that boilers have been serviced regularly and any electrical work has been tested and meets building regs.
- Extension and/or alterations documents – if you have made any alterations to add value to your property you will be required to show documentation that the legal requirements were adhered to and planning permission obtained, if required.
- Warranties – should you be leaving any appliances etc. that are still covered.