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.
"I am writing to express our appreciation of the standard of service we received from the staff in your Holt office. We originally chose Sowerbys to market our property because we were impressed by the quality of advertising in the press, in the office and online. We realised from the outset that ours was a niche property and consequently would be unlikely to achieve a quick sale, but throughout the process we were very pleased with the support we were given by Paul and the rest of the Holt staff. There were, at all times, professional, friendly and courteous which made selling our house much less stressful than it might otherwise have been. I would like to make particular mention of Rachel and Lydia with whom we had most contact - they were always very supportive and are a credit to your agency. In view of our experience with Sowerbys, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others. We will visit Norfolk from time to time and will maintain contact with your Holt office as we have come to regard the staff there as friends. Yours faithfully Jay and Lyn Hall"