Your home is your most valuable asset and when it comes to moving house it’s important you get it right from the outset and get advice from the best. Well prepared vendors not only get the best price, but it makes the whole process streamlined and stress-free.
Preparation includes everything from making your property look its best, to conveyancing, arranging a mortgage and choosing an estate agent
1. Crossing the threshold
Kerb appeal is often deemed the most important stage in preparing to market your property. First impressions do count, so use the opportunity to step back and observe the features of your property which could attract a potential purchaser.
Clearly display rooms for their intended use, and minimise clutter or unfinished DIY projects around the house. Show off your interior space, and bear in mind that the outdoor space should be as neat and tidy as within.
Viewings are vital to introduce you to a reliable buyer. At Mount & Minster, we endeavour to conduct viewings on your behalf, presenting your home in a neutral, informed and professional light. Our presentation skills contributed to being awarded Best Residential Sales & Lettings Agency – East Midlands in the 2017 Real Estate & Property Awards.
2. Prepare your paperwork
Provision for the legal aspects of a sale will help ensure that the process runs smoothly – this is just as important as the aesthetics of your property. Collating all relevant documents for your property prior to marketing will assure the buyer’s satisfaction down the line when queries arise.
Begin drafting an inventory of items which you anticipate leaving behind – the agents and solicitors will need to know which fixtures will remain, such as light fittings or the wood burning stove.
Compile all documents relating to any changes that you have made to the property. Alterations to the structure of the property will be required to comply to Building Regulations and Planning Permission at the time of the works, usually covered by a completion certificate. Windows installed after 1 April 2002 will require a FENSA certificate, and other remedial work will be assured by various guarantees.
You will also require an Energy Performance Certificate to market your property. This document shows potential buyers how the property could be more energy efficient and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Mount & Minster will arrange this survey on your behalf.
3. Figure out your finances
A key element to consider before marketing the property is your financial position. Remember to think about additional costs, such as home insurance, attaining the right mortgage agreement and conveyancing fees. These considerations will enable you to make an informed decision, alongside demonstrating your commitment and anticipation of an eventual sale.
4. Choose the best estate agent
Choosing the right local agent to market your property will guarantee that your preparations are worthwhile.
Find a firm with a great reputation, whom you feel will market your home to the highest standard and are professionally endorsed. The team at Mount & Minster pride themselves in their highly professional, pro-active and personable manner, alongside their RICS accreditations and three national awards.
When looking at other properties marketed by the firm, take notice of the standard of photography and particulars, as well as their client database. As part of a national network of 229 offices, Mount & Minster properties are often purchased by London or South Eastern buyers looking to relocate to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and the East Midlands generally.
Mount & Minster always provides bespoke marketing packages, unique to each individual property and client. Your home should shine on the open market and captivate the interest of prospective purchasers.
5. Confirm your Conveyancer
The final step to consider is the instruction of a solicitor or licensed conveyancer, in order for the property to be legally transferred from yourself to the purchaser upon completion. By arranging your conveyancing as you approach the time in accepting an offer, the legal sale process can start promptly. Remember, an organised and pro-active sales progression is most likely to conclude in a successful sale.