Easing the sale of your house

What can I do to ease the sale of my house?

What can I do to help the sale of my house?

After several viewings you have finally accepted an offer on your house.  You are most likely to be in a chain and do not wish to delay things.  The last thing you want at this stage is to lose your buyer which, in turn, might mean that you cannot proceed with the purchase of your new home as planned.  While you may not be able to speed up the process there may be some things you can do to make things go more smoothly and avoid delays at a later stage.

Get together any documents you have for works carried out to your property
You might ask, “What can I do to ease the sale of my house?”

  1. If you have had any works carried out which required Local Authority approvals such extensions which required Building Regulation Approval and/or Planning Permission, or any other works which required Building Regulation Approval, then make one copy of the documents to hand to your solicitor and keep a further copy for prospective purchasers to see. It is much easier if this information is available at the outset and will avoid delays at a later date.
  1. Get together any documents such as service documents for the central heating installation and any test certificates you may have for the electrical installation. If, say, you have had the central heating serviced regularly on a service contract then it is a good idea that your buyer knows that this has been done.  A property which has been maintained is much more attractive to a buyer.
  1. If any replacement windows or doors have been fitted then get together any receipts and warranties, including FENSA certificate/s.
  1. If cavity wall insulation has been installed to your property then forward a copy of the CIGA guarantee to your solicitor.

Above all, be honest. If the central heating hasn’t been serviced recently then the buyer will know to get this attended to.  Likewise, if any alterations have been carried out it is better that the buyer is aware of what has been done so they can have things checked if necessary.  In some cases where works have been carried out by a previous owner it is possible that there will be no such documentation.

See also Preparing Your House for Viewings

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Preparing your house for viewings

There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do yourself to make your house more attractive to a potential buyer.

You’ve decided to sell your house.  You know it will suit some people, but not everyone.  It is simply a matter of time before the right person comes along.  But do you need to prepare your house for viewings?  Is there anything you can do to help persuade a potential purchaser to put in an offer?

The answer is “yes”.  There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do yourself to make your house more attractive to a potential buyer and make any viewings more successful.

  • Clear out junk. Rooms can look amazingly larger with less clutter.
  • Tidy up. Make the house look organised.
  • Get cleaning! Pay particular attention to kitchen and bathroom fittings, and tiles.  No-one wants to move into a dirty house.  You have to make it look as though someone can move in an unpack straight away, rather than having to spend ages cleaning through years of someone else’s grime.
  • Make surfaces sparkle. And don’t forget the windows.
  • If you have pets, make sure there are no odours.
  • Don’t mask odours with air fresheners, fresh air is better.
  • Add plants/flowers, in fact anything to make the place more homely, but don’t overdo it.
  • Get on top of the gardening.
  • Clean paths, patios, etc. Moss and mould can be off putting.  Weeds growing through cracks make the place look as though it has been neglected.
  • Open blinds and pull curtains back to let in as much natural light as possible.

If you plan to do any decorating before putting your house on the market, choose neutral shades which can add light to each room.  Avoid bold colours.  You might like to have one wall purple or turquoise, but this can be off putting to many people.  Most people can live with neutral shades until they get around to decorating to their own taste.  Use the same colour for a number of rooms to create a feeling of continuity and to make your home feel larger.

Above all, keep the place clean and tidy at all times, both inside and out.  You never know when someone might want to come and view your home.

See also Easing the Sale of your House

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Checking broadband speed and mobile phone coverage

Have you checked the internet speed for the house you plan to buy?

 

Checking the broadband speed for a property

How to check broadband speed for a property, and how to check mobile phone reception for a property
Some areas still have a slow broadband speed and a poor mobile phone signal
Have you checked the broadband speed for the house you plan to buy?  You’ve found a house in the perfect location …. far enough from town to be away from it all but still near enough to get there quickly for the things you need.  It’s in the catchment area for your preferred school and it doesn’t take too long to drive to the nearest motorway junction so getting to work will be a doddle.  At one time this would have been enough, but not in today’s world of mobile phone and internet usage.

 

Checking the mobile phone coverage for a property

Do you know how good the mobile phone coverage is likely to be in your new home?

It is obviously more convenient to be able to use your mobile phone in any room of your house, but don’t take this for granted.  How many people do you know who have to go outside into their garden to get a phone signal so they can make a call?  Or have to perch on a window cill to be able to have a conversation on their mobile phone?  Some areas of the country still have poor mobile coverage.  It is far better to know in advance whether the house you plan to buy has either no coverage, intermittent coverage or only has mobile phone coverage by certain service providers. See the section below for ways to check the mobile phone coverage for a particular area.

 

Websites to check broadband speed and mobile phone coverage

There are a number of websites which allow you to check the predicated mobile phone coverage and average internet speeds.  In addition to those offered by individual services providers, you may wish to visit:

http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/speedtest/streetstats/

http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/check-coverage

http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/mobile-phone-providers/article/mobile-phone-coverage-map

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