If you’ve come to the point where you’re selling your home and moving on, then go you! Whether you’re working your way up the property ladder, or you’re relocating because of a job opportunity one thing remains the same – it’s exciting!
Moving house isn’t just about literally moving to a new house. It’s about a fresh start, a new lifestyle, and the chance to have a clear out and start again anew! But what if you’ve never had to go through the process beforehand? One of the best ways of ensuring everything goes as smoothly as possible, is being as prepared as you possibly can be before your home is even listed, and here’s how.
Gather All of the Relevant Paperwork and Documents
One of the most irritating things for everyone involved in the sale, is being unprepared when it comes to paperwork and documents. Especially if it’s down the line and the sales process has already begun.
The sort of information potential buyers could request from you can be absolutely anything, from them wanting to know the year your house was built, to how it ranks on its energy performance certificate. If they request this information and you don’t have it to hand, not only are you likely to elongate the process unnecessarily, but you also run the risk of annoying them – and that is something you absolutely DON’T want to do. Remember in sales that the customer is always right, and this applies when you’re selling a property more than ever before. If they get annoyed and impatient, they’re far more likely to give up on your property and look elsewhere, so ensure that this doesn’t happen for everyone’s sake.
Here are just a few of the things it would be a good idea to gather and prepare prior to putting your house on the market:
- The dates of any home improvement projects. These can include any bathroom or kitchen remodelling, window and carpet installation and more.
- If you have a furnace, the age of it and any accompanying instruction manuals.
- The age of your hot water heater, and any instruction manuals that accompany it.
- Again, the age of any appliances and their accompanying instruction manuals.
- The age of the roof and any warranty paperwork if this is applicable.
- Any certificates and permits, for example your EPC, fence and deck permits etc.
- The instrument survey.
- Any outstanding mortgage balances and payment balances if these are applicable.
Although it’s highly unlikely any one person will ask to see every single one of these, it’s better to be safe than sorry! They’re likely to ask for at least one.
Choose the Right Estate Agent
An integral part of ensuring a smooth sale when it comes down to it, is choosing the right estate agent. This could be the difference between your property reaching a wider audience and ultimately selling more quickly for a good value, and it sitting on the market for a long time, going stagnant and you losing money.
Of course, word of mouth is a good indication of which companies are good, and it’s always good to go with a well-esteemed realtor, but be certain to do your own research too. Remember that everyone’s home sale is unique, so will be successful in accordance to the specialist estate agency they used.
Remember, that realtors are trying to get business too, so be sure they aren’t just telling you what you want to hear. If they value your property at a price that seems too good to be true, chances are it is just that – and you’re not going to get offers for it if you put it on the market at that number. Chances are the listing will stay for a long time, become stale, and buyers will lose interest. The longer the property is on the market, the less popular it becomes, as people tend to start thinking there is something wrong with it and that’s why it hasn’t yet sold. This is why it’s so important to choose your estate agent wisely.
Sell at the Right Time
Finally, believe it or not there is a right and a wrong time to sell.
It’s been proven that buyers are a lot more likely to be out in their full force in the Spring/Summer as opposed to the Autumn/Winter seasons. Therefore if you want an efficient a sale as possible, choose when to sell with this in mind.