Thinking of selling? There might be much more to it than you originally thought. Here are 5 things you need to do before bringing your house to market.
1. Get Organised
Do you know where the deed to your property is? It could be with your solicitor, in your bank, or hidden in a drawer in the kitchen. Regardless of its current resting place, you’ll need to be organised and have it to hand before going to market. Some banks can take weeks to provide your deed once you have requested it, which can lead to long delays. Get organised, and have your deed to hand as soon as possible once you’ve decided to sell.
Start searching houses for sale in your area. This will give you realistic expectations when it comes to valuation. You’ll also be able to see what standards you need to match in order to compete with other sellers.
3. Know Your Potential Buyer
Once you’ve decided to put your house on the market, you need to start thinking more objectively. What is to your taste might not suit every potential buyer. Have 4 rooms upstairs that you’ve fashioned into 3 bedrooms and a home office? If your area is better suited to families, you might want to rethink the office and stage it as a bedroom before viewings begin.
4. Get An Energy Rating
A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate is required for every property on the market. This “certificate rates your home’s energy performance on a scale between A and G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient while G-rated are the least energy efficient.” An A-rated home is most desirable. If you’re not impressed by your rating don’t worry, there are different ways you can achieve the highest possible energy rating.
5. Find An Estate Agent
During your research, you will be able to identify the most active Estate Agents in your area. Invite them in for a valuation, and ask them how to best enhance your home to achieve the best selling price. The average of the valuations given by the Estate Agents is your most realistic asking price. Looking for the right Estate Agent for you? At LWK, you get the full resources and insight of one of the largest real estate brands in the world. We partner with Keller Williams which allows you to tap into a global network of agents spread across 50 countries and 5 continents.