In our September newsletter we feature our top structural pre-sale tips. But why would we be asking you to look at the structure of your home? We all want to ensure that any sale runs as smoothly as possible, delays are the last thing any vendor; buyer and agent would want. Structural delays are caused by failure to produce paperwork or having to renegotiate because work needs undertaking. As it is often said, “to be forewarned is to be forearmed”.
Whilst you are staging the inside of your home, take a break and have a walk round your home to check the structure. So what basic checks can you undertake to do, how can you give your house it’s own MOT?
- Check the service record of your boiler, this will need to be up to date prior to your move. Also ensure that you have all the paperwork and licenses available for any work you may have had undertaken.
- Check your building from the outside. Clean all your guttering to prevent any possible water damage and also check your drainpipes and drains are in good working order.
- How is your roof looking, this is of special concern if you live in an older property. The thought of a new roof can send shivers down the spines of any potential buyers.
- Cracks can appear in all ages of homes, most of which are caused by natural movement of the home. What you need to ask yourself is – are there any cracks that may look like they may be of concern? If you can fit a sideways 10 pence piece into a crack, pre-empt any problems in the sales process by getting it checked and have a report that you can show potential buyers.
- Greenery adds to the beauty of our homes but it can also raise alarm bells for potential buyers. We have all heard of the horror stories of tree roots destroying the foundations of some properties but remember this is not the case in every home. Be honest if you think that your greenery may be an area of concern for potential buyers and seek expert advise.
- At Ellis and Co Golders Green we have known potential buyers to walk round a house with a damp meter, yes really! If you have had damp problems, which have been resolved, inform your agent so they can in turn inform potential buyers. Otherwise undertake a visual check and have a quick feel of your walls, you know your home best and will be able to notice any changes.
- Do you know that any electrical work needs to be signed off by a qualified electrician? Don’t leave yourself open to an embarrassing conversation as with all areas of your property’s MOT, have a professional do the work and get your compliance report.
A survey is likely to be undertaken prior to sale that will identify any issues, but you can speed up the process by completing our simple checks and paperwork gathering as suggested above.
As an estate agent we know that having knowledge of these checks is of great benefit when showing potential buyers round your home. Like when you view a new car, you want to know about the MOT, Service History, and Mileage etc. When viewing a home potential buyers want to ensure that the house has been looked after and well maintained. They long to buy a property that not only superficially looks like it has been loved but has all the ‘records’ to prove it has been.
At Ellis and Co Golders Green our home consultation service will not only list your home but also advise you on home staging and conducting your property’s MOT. Call us today on 020 8455 1014.