Our experts at JMP Solicitors have put together their top tips on how to get your home market-ready for selling, for those looking to move house following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacqui Harley, head of residential conveyancing, said: “Once government lockdown is lifted, those looking to sell homes will want to progress swiftly. To help you get your properties in order, it’s important to use any extra time wisely, to be ready for when restrictions end and the estate agents open back up.

“Choosing a credible legal partner and a trustworthy estate agent are just a few things that will stand you in a prime position to get going once you can, we’ve compiled a list of important tips to help inspire and get you ready to sell.”

Do your research on the housing market

Find out the value of your home by searching on property sale websites, these will have information about the sale value of houses in the local vicinity. In terms of comparisons, check out the square footage, outdoor space and the number of bedrooms in other properties. Following this, you will be well prepared for a meeting with an estate agent as soon as government advice allows and you will be ready to agree a value for your property.

Give your property a makeover

It’s the right time to get those DIY jobs sorted in the home that you may have been holding off for a rainy day. Whether it’s giving the garden a much needed preen, giving walls a new coat of paint or varnishing the stairs and skirting boards, now is the best time to get your home in the best possible shape for sale.

Find an estate agent

There are plenty of estate agents to choose from, whether you visit a high street branch or go with an online estate agent service. Talk to those close to you for recommendations and read the reviews to ensure that you pick an agent that will give you a comprehensive service.

Find a trustworthy legal expert

Putting your property on the market can be a busy and stressful experience, so it’s important to ensure that you choose a trusted legal partner to help you with the process. This will help with peace of mind that you are getting the best available advice from credible conveyancing experts.

Clean and declutter

Before setting up any viewings, you’ll want to ensure that your property is as clean and clutter free as it can be. Whilst the cleaning professionals are unavailable during this time, it’s important to tackle any areas that you can do yourself – such as windows, ceilings and skirting boards whilst there is extra time. Ensuring that your home isn’t cluttered can be really useful when it comes to viewings as prospective homebuyers can imagine their furniture and belongings inside your property.

Make your home centre stage

There is plenty you can do to ensure that your home sells faster and at a higher value, from smartening up the front for kerb appeal, to lighting it up to create a warm and homely atmosphere, adding flowers and baking or brewing coffee to make the viewing seem all the more inviting.

Jacqui Harley is a licensed conveyancing technician and a conveyancing executive at JMP Solicitors, heading up the Residential Conveyancing department. She is offering free phone consultations and live consultations via Zoom in the afternoons and early evenings.

For further advice please call Jacqui on 0800 085 9966 or email jharley@jmp-solicitors.com.

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