Before you place your property on the market, there are six key areas to take care of. Prepare your paperwork, the following documentation will be needed.
We advise you to instruct a solicitor when you first put your property on the market, so when you accept an offer, they’re already in possession of your title deeds and can promptly send out a draft contract leading to a speedy exchange of contracts.
Choose a local solicitor who has experience of the local councils, and also one who specialises in conveyancing. At The Letting Factory, we work closely with Mike Harvey & Carolyn Harmer at Nantes Solicitors in Bridport on 01308 422313.
In order to comply with money laundering regulations and in accordance with the law, we will need you to provide us with ID verification, for our records.
Make sure that basic essential maintenance has been carried out. This can make a big difference to a surveyor’s report, ensuring it is more likely to pass – also reducing the risk that you’ll be put under pressure to lower your agreed price.
Replace any damaged or slipped tiles, Check the ‘flashings’, Rafters, and finally Flat roofs – a felt roof should be covered with white stone chippings. If asphalt has become cracked or blistered, it can easily be repaired by reheating it.
Check gutters carefully, particularly if they are old or cast-iron. They should slope slightly towards the downpipe. Signs of a cracked gutter are splash marks on the base of the wall or staining on the brickwork. Check top drainpipes are not blocked.
Modern timber-framed windows are made of ‘soft wood’ and are more likely to suffer from rot at the bottom of the frame, sills and mullions. This is another hot spot for surveyors, so make sure your windows are painted regularly
This is often found in bay windows as they impose less ground pressure than the main body of the house, or because they have inadequate foundations. Cracks, often diagonal ones, can be caused by trees too close to the house. Subsidence – always look for cracks close to door and window openings.
If cracks exist, take advice from a building surveyor or structural engineer. Keep documentary evidence to this effect to show prospective buyers.
Electric wiring does wear out, and should be tested every five years.
Central heating and boilers should be serviced on a yearly basis.
Ensure your drains are regularly rodded. Also check for cracks which can allow roots to grow, eventually blocking the drain.
Penetrating damp – look for damp patches and staining where rainwater has found its way into the structure of the building.
Rising damp – rotten skirting boards or damp at the base of the walls, caused by a break in the damp proof course, allowing the moisture from the ground to be drawn up. A new damp proof course can be installed very easily.
Condensation – caused by poor ventilation and often found in houses with double glazing.
Before you pick up a paintbrush, talk to one of our agents. They’ll be able to give you good, clear advice on presentation. Redecoration may be a good idea in some instances, but not so profitable in others.
To make sure your property’s looking its best, it’s a good idea to tidy and perhaps remove some of your possessions to give your house a spacious and airy feel.