Things You Must Do Before You Sell Your Home

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Are you about to sell your house? Maybe you are taking your family to live in the country, or moving up the housing ladder in the same area. Before you put your house on the market, there are a few improvements you should make to the property and some other things to consider. We will identify some of them here, so that when your house goes up for sale, you have the confidence that you prepared to well and took care of vital details.

 

Estate Agents

You could sell your house independently, but it is fraught with problems and pitfalls. Find a reputable agent to handle the sale for you. They understand the business and the market, so they are in a better position than you to find a buyer. Here are a few things to consider before you use an estate agent in Leigh-On-Sea or Canvey Island.

 

  • Ask what their fees are. You will find most agents charge about the same, but should still compare the costs.
  • Find out what ratio of buyers and sellers they have on their client list.
  • Ask for contact details of previous clients to find out if their experience was positive. You might run up against the brick wall of data protection, but it is worth a try.
  • How long have they been in business? An agent that has been in the town for thirty years must do something right.

 

Home Improvements

You need to get the best price for your house that you can. The dilemma we all face is how much money to speculate. There are many improvements that cost more than you will recoup, so I suggest you ask your estate agent for advice. Here are some projects you should consider.

 

  1. Energy Performance Certificate. You must pay someone to conduct a survey and issue an energy performance certificate. The EPC gives potential buyers an idea of how well insulated the home is and how much it will cost to run over a year. You can improve the score by adding extra insulation.
    Before you start work on the energy efficiency of the property, check out the Green Deal scheme. You might be able to get much of the money you spend on many home improvements back.
    Start by putting extra insulation in the loft. It could cost under two-hundred pounds to complete.
    Insulate the cavity walls. You must get a contractor to complete the work, and you can expect it to cost between five hundred and one thousand pounds for an average semi-detached home.
  2. Decorate the house to make it fresh and clean. You don’t have to go to much trouble; a lick of paint will suffice. Concentrate on the front door and entrance hall where viewers will form their first opinion of your home.

 

Cleaning

You must clean and declutter your home. All of that stuff that you collected over the years probably makes the house look smaller than it really is. You must be ruthless in this task and discard anything that you haven’t seen or used for the last two years. That doesn’t include sentimental items, of course.

 

You should now be in a  strong position when the time comes to sell. Hopefully, you will find a buyer quickly and move to pastures new. I hope you find everything for which you search.

 

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