The property market might be at a standstill, however, there are plenty of homeowners that are thinking of moving. As these potential buyers scroll through the property portals for their next home, here is some advice so that you’re ready when the market picks up again.
Get your home ready
Home improvements have hit an all-time high during lockdown. DIY stores are busier than ever, with homeowners choosing to pass the time by completing those odd-jobs, or updating areas of the home or garden. These updates not only help to keep you occupied but also increase the value of your property. To ensure that your home is ready to hit the market straight away you should focus on the following areas.
Declutter each room, free up space and reduce the amount of unwanted, and unused items you would need to take with you to your next home. Give each room a purpose, consider your potential buyer’s needs. Depending on your demographic your home may sell well with an office, child’s playroom, or guest room. Don’t forget your garden, and front entrance as first impressions count. You don’t need a qualified tradesman to tidy up or paint these areas, but it will make a big difference when it comes to selling.
Set your sights on a new home
You will need a break from all that hard work, so put the kettle on, or pour yourself a glass of wine and spend some time looking for your new home. Lockdown has perhaps changed what you’re looking for in a property, or maybe it’s confirmed the criteria that you’ve already set. Consider location, number of bedrooms, garden space and parking, when you search. Then simply start to create a list of homes that you’d like to view.
Prepare your finances to move
Unfortunately, the Coronavirus has had implications on everyone’s finances, but it hasn’t stopped mortgages from being granted and gives you time to prepare your finances. You can use this time to review your spending, cancel or lower bills where possible. If you have questions about a mortgage you can contact our team to speak with our advisor.
To ensure that you are ready to move start to get your paperwork in order. You will need proof of identity, proof of address, documents for any building work, plus an up to date Energy Performance Certificate.
Take advantage of the increased number of potential buyers, just waiting to hit the property market once lockdown is lifted. To book your valuation or viewings please call our team on 01633 870777.