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How to Prepare Your Home for Sale or Letting

May 12, 2020    |   Panny Antoniou

With the Government recently announcing that home sales will be able to go ahead, we look at how landlords and vendors can make their properties safe for viewings.

Whilst you are used to your home, any new purchaser or tenant will immediately pick up on anything which may be broken or outdated. If you are looking to sell or let the home you are currently living in, you should go around the house and create a snagging list which can be used to decide how to improve your home to ready it for sale or letting. You should prioritise the things on this list into categories which can be acted on immediately and things which will need contractors to come in and fix. First impressions are incredibly important when marketing your home and you should be actively thinking about the best ways you can show off your home and make it stand out to a buyer or tenant who may be viewing multiple properties in a single day.

Additionally, tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians, and builders are still taking on work and booking in appointments during the pandemic for a point in time that they are more able to conduct non essential home visits. You should take the opportunity to book in a contractor early before they get busy with all additional work they will have in the future. Many contractors are working on a first come first serve basis so it is worth booking in appointments even if you are unsure when they will be able to visit.

You should also be considering what future buyers and tenants may want from the their space. Is there an easy way in which you can add value to your home? Whether that involves clearing out an old shed or outbuilding, sorting out the garden, or creating extra storage space, there are a number of ways you can make your home more appealing.

For more information on socially distanced viewings, view our article on how you should prepare a property for safe socially distanced viewing.

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