Are you thinking about selling your home and finding a new property this year? When you put your house on the market, it will be viewed by a number of potential buyers; therefore, you want to make sure that it looks the best that it can be. Not only will preparing your house increase the chances of it being sold, but it will also speed up the whole moving process. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure that you aren’t forgetting about the legal elements of selling a property. Check out some of our tips below.
Hire A Solicitor
You might think that the first thing you need to do when putting your house on the market is to clean it up but really, you should get in touch with a conveyancing solicitor. Selling a property is a complicated process and if you don’t have an expert there to help you out, you could end up getting a bad deal. By finding the right conveyancing solicitor from the get-go, you can make sure that the process goes smoothly when you do eventually get that offer.
Find An Estate Agent
A solicitor isn’t the only person you’ll need to hire before you put your house on the market. With the help of a good estate agent, you can determine the right asking price for your home and spread the word about it in your area. An estate agent can also help you to organize a home report for your property. While you don’t always need to go through an estate agent, you will need a home report to put your property on the open market. The home report will be used to determine the expected value of the property and identify any major issues.
Declutter your house
Decluttering your house will involve removing any excess clutter or mess that lies around it. When potential buyers view your house, they won’t want to be distracted by your belongings and clutter, therefore you should remove it. Decluttering your house will allow viewers to focus on the space and structure of the rooms, rather than its contents. This will also make your house look tidier and make it easier for a potential buyer to picture their own belongings in the house, rather than your own.
Fix anything that is broken
As well as decluttering and tiding your house, when preparing to put it on the property market you should also repair anything that is broken. Fixing anything that needs repairing, for example a faulty tap or a cupboard door that has become unhinged, will help your house to look more presentable. When a potential buyer sees a fault or a number of faults in a house, they are less likely to put an offer in.
Check The Market
Is now really a good time to put your house on the market? You might find that the current market value of your home isn’t as much as you expected and this can throw a spanner in the works. By checking the current market trends and prices of properties in your area, you can find out if now is a good time to sell. If you can wait a year or two until prices are better in your area, it might be worth it in the long-run.
Improve the lighting
Lastly, to prepare your house for the property market you should improve the lighting throughout the house. Opening up all of the windows and letting in natural light is a great way to brighten up a room easily. You could also try adding a lamp to a space if you feel that it is too dull. Improving the lighting throughout your house will make it look more inviting to any potential buyers.
If need further advice on selling your house, do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the MM Legal team. Our experienced conveyancing solicitor can help you to secure your dream home this year.