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Getting ready to move

Tue 21 April 2020

With the current lockdown situation in place, you are unable to put your house on the market in the usual way by calling an estate agent to visit. However, it doesn’t need to stop you getting ready for this, and you should shift your focus onto things that you can control.

Firstly, you can call a member of our property team to discuss the future marketing of your property when the restrictions are lifted, as well as doing a desk top valuation. Alternatively, if you are just curious there is an instant online valuation option available on our website. The system we use is one used by many banks and building societies, and is therefore, well regarded and trusted. This is free to use and gives a figure on both sale and rental prices.

This enforced home time gives you the opportunity to get your property ready for putting on the market. Here are some practical tips to guide you with this process:

  1. First impressions count! What does your property look like from the road? What will people see when they first come to view the property? Is the front elevation well painted and the front garden tidy? Is there any clutter at the front? Would your drive or path benefit from power washing? Are the windows clean?

  2. Internally, is it decoratively well presented? Will the colour scheme appeal to many or is it very niche? Could your lighting be improved to enhance the sense of space in your property?

  3. Declutter! If there is furniture or items that you do not intend to take with you, why keep them? Too much furniture can make a room look smaller.

  4. Externally, is your garden tidy? Remember your garden is another room of your home! Also remember the garden will be featured in the photos as well as the interiors of the house.

  5. If you have a garage/outbuildings, do these need decluttering or tidying up? If you are not taking items with you, get them ready for disposal/recycling when lockdown is lifted.

  6. You will need a solicitor to deal with the legal process when you move. If you don’t have one, make contact with local firms.

There are many things that help with the successful sale of a home, and the tips above will help you on your way. 

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