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.
You might ask, “What can I do to ease the sale of my house?”
- 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.
- 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.
- If any replacement windows or doors have been fitted then get together any receipts and warranties, including FENSA certificate/s.
- 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