Mon 21 Dec 2015
The New Year brings with it a surge of properties, and eager vendors keen to impress buyers. By taking these steps, you can ensure that you have an advantage when it comes to marketing your home in 2016 and face the competition with confidence.
Don’t be afraid to call your agent for a valuation now
It might feel too early, but this step is crucial to ensure that you are ready to come to the market with all the resources to showcase your home. Have photos taken and ask your agent to create a brochure for you to proof and approve. Sowerbys uses a range of impressive techniques, such as bespoke brochures, virtual video tours and our office in Park Lane, London to help reach a wide audience, and market every property to its full potential.
Check out costs
Sometimes costs of solicitors, mortgage consultants and removals can be a secondary thought when it comes to your move, but gaining quotes from two or three companies for each of these is no bad thing. This way you have all the information and can make an informed decision when you need to. Ask your agent if you are unsure who to call, as they will often have people they can recommend.
Anything you need to make your agent aware of?
Check the deeds for any covenants that you may need to tell your agent about. This will speed up the process for all parties involved. This information could be crucial to a potential buyer, wanting to build or extend on the land.
Have a ‘spruce up’
Put your tree and decorations away and check that there aren’t any little jobs that could enhance the properties appearance and first impressions to buyers. If you have a front garden, check that it doesn’t need a quick weed. Does the front door look tired? Could a lick of paint here and there help to freshen the place up? Are any window panes broken? Are any light fittings broken? Its things like these that will be noticed if they’re not done, but once they are make all the difference.
Have you thought of these?
Have a spare key cut for the agent. This gives them the ability to carry out viewings.
Make your agent aware of alarm codes and access to the property.
Have an EPC carried out. – This way your agent will be able to produce the certificate to potential buyers when requested. Not all properties will need one of these. If you are unsure whether your property requires an EPC, talk to your agent who will be able to advise you.
Fill out a Property Information Questionnaire – this will give answers to questions that might be posed by potential buyers. Your agent will provide you with one of these.
"Estate agents often get a pretty bad press, yet a good one can really help sell your house as Iâ€™ve recently experienced. We chose Sowerbys because of their professionalism when compared to others we looked at. It was a good choice - with Sowerbys efficiency and good presentation of our property, we sold it quickly, thatâ€™s inevitable when you think thatâ€™s a decent fee for something sold so quickly, but the presentation of our property and the professionalism of the viewings really helped. However our story didnâ€™t end there as our buyer pulled out for personal reasons. This when you need a good agent. Sowerbys reacted quickly and with understanding of our disappointment, and got back on with the job of re-marketing the property without any fuss. This time it took longer, we were in a chain, and quite frankly the English system for selling property is broken, ours took three and a half months to exchange, and until youâ€™ve exchanged, your sale can be gone within a heartbeat, it is not secure. This is where you need a good agent, one that will work with other agents, solicitors, buyers and sellers to keep things moving, keep everyone informed and advise you along the way. I would recommend Sowerbys without hesitation and in particular would give recognition to Peter Scott and Alison Carter at the Hunstanton office. In our experience the solicitors in our chain were not at all responsive and were poor at organising anything but the relationship between themselves and their client, and this is not enough when youâ€™re in a chain, you need someone who will manage, coordinate and cajole across everyone across the chain, Alison Carter at Sowerbys was excellent at taking on this coordination and making things happen. Itâ€™s very difficult to know who your buyer is and how complex a chain is, until your stuck within it, and it only takes one poor solicitor or one difficult buyer and the whole lot can come crashing down without someone there to manage it through â€“ remember that when you choose your estate agent!"