Preparing Your Hornchurch House For Sale After Lockdown

27th May 2020 posted in Property News Sellers

With the housing market open again, there will be people and families re-evaluating their next move in the market. If you are looking to move soon, we are here to assist you, and we look forward to helping you review your options.

However, you don’t need to be moving home in the immediate future to make changes that will help you move in the future. During the lockdown, there are steps you can take to prepare your Hornchurch house, and yourself, for sale.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark comments: “While being unable to sell your house at the moment may be frustrating, there is still lots you can be doing to start the process and make sure you’re prepared for when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.”

If you want to prepare yourself to make a swift move in the market later this year on in 2021, the following tips are of value.

Collate your paperwork

Given the importance of property transactions, it is no surprise there is a lot of administrative work and paperwork associated with a house. You need to have certain documents to hand when selling your home, and the lockdown gives you ample time to find and store these documents:

·         Leasehold and freehold documents

·         Gas Safety certificate

·         Energy Performance Certificate

·         If alterations have taken place, building regulations certificate

Once you have all the documents you need during a house sale, store them in a secure place.

Review and prepare your finances

It is fair to say most households have reviewed their finances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone looking to move home needs to feel confident about their finances, what they can afford to pay, and the costs of moving home.

If you are sat at home with spare time, you have an opportunity to review your finances. With more mortgage products being released to the market, and an attractive rate of interest for borrowers, this might be the ideal time for you to move home.

However, you must be confident in your finances, so take the time to review your comings and goings.

Prepare your home to make the best impression

When you are selling your home, you need to make a positive impression on likely buyers. Therefore, we would always advise vendors to declutter and clean their home. In the short-term, this provides you with a project throughout lockdown, it helps you improve the cleanliness and hygiene at your home, and it can add more space.

In the longer-term, you have a home that is ready for valuation and viewings. These are critical components of the sales process, and the better the impression you make, the more likely you are to sell your home.

If you are keen to stay in touch with the local housing market, we can help. At Hunters Hornchurch, we are on hand to ensure you receive all the guidance you need in the local property market, and we are here to assist you.