Moving house – a seller’s checklist

Moving house – a seller’s checklist

For more than 30 years we’ve been working with clients to help them sell their homes. From valuing your property and preparing it for viewings, right the way through to exchanging contracts and completion, we can walk you through it. To help get you started and to prompt the questions that you need to start thinking about, we’ve created a handy checklist of things you need to bare in mind when selling your home.

First up – valuing your property

If you’ve made the decision to sell your home the first thing to do is to determine the true market value of the property. This can often be the deciding factor as to the size and location of your next property. For some it can even become the decision maker as to whether it’s wise to sell in the current market or not. Our valuers are able to provide a wide range of valuations, whether you want a formal valuation or are just looking for an informal estimate to help you make the decision to sell.

Next up – pick your property expert

Once you have your finances in place the next step is to decide how you wish to sell the property. There are various options to consider when selling your home, from complete property management to simply doing it yourself. How you choose to sell your property has to be right for you. If you have extra time to spare and are experienced in selling houses you may prefer to opt to sell it yourself. Alternatively you could head to a local high street estate agent, who will often be able to help you from start to finish. To help you to decide what’s right for you, speak to friends, family and neighbours for advice, check reviews and look for success rate figures.

Thirdly – consider your curb appeal

The condition of your home’s interior and exterior is extremely important when it comes to winning over your buyer. If you ‘stage’ your home well, you’re not only likely to sell your home faster – you’re likely to render your property more valuable, too. Before your property is photographed for marketing material, make sure you’ve given your home a clean and a declutter. This includes touching up any worn paint work, mowing the lawn, replacing or cleaning any gutters, cleaning the windows, removing items from kitchen counters and opening any drapes or blinds. It can often help to add some colour by turning on a lamp or adding colourful flowers or indoor plants. 

Next - consider consulting a solicitor

You may already have a solicitor in mind who you’ve worked with before. It is always a good idea to go with one you know and trust. Here at Philip Martin, we frequently work closely with local solicitors to assist in the sale of the properties that we look after, so we would be more than happy to recommend.

Finally – start organising for your move

It can often be a mammoth task to move belongings that you may have collected over time. Start by seeing what you can get rid of and finding out what removal companies will help you with moving the rest.