Have you ever bought a house without looking at it? No. And if you’re trying to sell your house online , the same will apply for your potential buyers. So you need to make sure your property will stand up to scrutiny – whether from the buyer themselves or, more likely, from a hired surveyor.
If unhappy with what they find, buyers may then reduce their offer on the property, so passing an inspection is a crucial step in not just selling property, but selling it at the price you want.
Here are Sell My Property’s tips for preparing your home for inspection:
Whether you’re moving in or moving out, nobody likes mould in their home. It makes no noise and is often unseen, but mould makes it presence known in other ways. That might be through smell, through an inspector uncovering a ripe patch, or even through illness or another physical reaction – mould, after all, can be dangerous as well as ugly.
Your electrical appliances (if being sold with the home) will all need to be in working order – but so does your wiring. A shiny new plug socket or light fitting can look great, but the wiring underneath could be old or unreliable – and, again, a potentially serious hazard. Outlets close to water (for example, plugs in the bathroom) will be subject to particularly close inspection.
Speaking of water, don’t forget to keep an eye on the drainage. It’s the kind of thing you only think about during the spring cleaning season, but if you were waiting for next year to take care of the gutters, look again – now. Blockages can build up to become major annoyances at any level of the house and, in drastic cases, could also impact the structural health of your home.
As well as your gutters and tanks, try to check your roof for leaks – nobody wants to buy a house with a hole in the top! That can build up to create rotten or warped areas in your attic and ceilings, as well as trickle down to damage other rooms in the house.
Pests are an instant put-off for any prospective homeowner. Whether its worms in your wood or mice in your skirting boards – or, even worse, rats – pests should be removed if you know they are there. Even animals you wouldn’t necessarily think of, such as pigeons, cockroaches or lice, can be unwelcome house guests. And remember: you’re selling your house as an empty building, not as a flatshare.
6. Rotten areas
Rot is the enemy of any building. If you didn’t fix that leak in your roof, the rafters, chimney or shingles could be rotten – which means they are far weaker than they used to be. Out of all the above issues, this could be the deal breaker than stands between you and selling your property.
While you try and tick off this checklist, though, do not panic: “working order” should be your mantra at all times. You are not expected to produce a pristine, straight-of-the-box new home. If a leak, for example, can be fixed without having to do anything else to your roof, it would count as being in working order; only the more serious problems will severely impede your pending transaction.
Finally, do not allow yourself to be forced into unreasonable demands: if a buyer refuses to commit to a purchase without unfair conditions being met, there are always plenty of other buyers in the se. And, with Sell My Property’s service, you will stand an even greater chance of finding them.
For expert advice on how to sell your home and information on listing your property online, visit www.sellmyproperty.org