How to sell your home during lockdown

We know you want to get moved into your new home as quickly as possible, but it may be a little harder for current homeowners than first time buyers - especially in the middle of a national lockdown.

The most pressing issue when selling your home is achieving a quick sale to the right buyer at the best price. We asked Huddersfield estate agent Bramleys to divulge their top tips on how to prepare your home for a valuation, precautions to take when hosting viewings, and give your home the best chance of finding a new family. Here's what they had to say...


 

Choose the right agent

"When looking to sell your property, the first and most important step is to choose the right agent to handle the sale for you. Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves an estate agent and operate without any qualifications or experience – making the wrong choice could cost you thousands of pounds in the end! Look for an agent that is qualified by either the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP)."

Be realistic

"Too often, homeowners feel their house is worth a little bit more than it is, and this can be one of the reasons it doesn’t sell. Trust your estate agent to give you the best advice on how much your home is worth, and you’ll have a better chance of a quick sale."

Prepare for the valuation

"It is in everyone's best interest to minimise contact as much as possible when undertaking a valuation of a property. We are asking homeowners if a member of their household is shielding, self-isolating or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 prior to all our appointments. Here at Bramleys we are asking people to open all the doors within their home ahead of the visit and ensure all lights are turned on to avoid the valuer touching surfaces within the property. We would recommend opening windows to increase ventilation and maintaining a good two-metre social distance. Our valuers will always wear a mask in your home, and we ask that homeowners do the same. Once the appointment has finished and the valuer has left your property, we also recommend disinfecting surfaces such as door handles and light switches and disposing or washing the cleaning cloths accordingly."

Picture perfect home

"If you stage your home well, not only will you increase your chance of a quick sale, but you may also bump up your asking price. When placing your property for sale, ensure you have taken the time to clean and tidy to a show home standard.

Make it ready for the agent to photograph by clearing your kitchen worktops, removing all toiletries from the bathroom and putting away general clutter. Don’t have clothes hung on the back of bedroom doors, on radiators or on washing lines and keep the house as tidy as possible.

A prospective buyer could have made their mind up about your home before they even enter it, so give your property some kerb appeal! Cut the grass, weed the gardens and pathways, move your wheelie bins out of sight and maybe give the window cleaner a ring beforehand.

In sum, try to make your house look like someone else’s dream home, not a property you have fallen out of love with."

Be welcoming

"As a precaution, we are advising homeowners not to stay inside their homes when presenting it to prospective purchasers. However, this does not mean you can't create a welcoming atmosphere for viewers! Make sure the lights are on before they arrive and leave them on until they have left. First impressions really do count, especially when selling a home, so make sure to show your viewer the property’s best features first."

Bramleys top tip: "It also helps to give your home a clean and fresh smell ahead of a viewing. Try not to cook anything beforehand and if you do have a beloved four-legged friend, arrange for someone to cat-sit or take the dog for a walk. Always make sure to put away food bowls and litter trays."

 


 

About Bramleys

From its establishment in 1958, Bramleys have been proud of their ability to offer a range of integrated property solutions and advice to the owners of properties of all types and sizes. Their track record and commitment to excellence is unrivalled in the sector and Bramleys have built an enviable reputation based on quality of service, value for money and professional integrity.

Bramleys have adopted a progressive and innovative approach in all aspects of their operation and provide buyers and sellers alike access to highly qualified and trained staff, including 6 members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a team of over 50 professionals, valuers and support staff throughout its 5-office network.

Rosemeade, Almondbury

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