Before you put your house on the market it makes sense to ensure that it is well presented and attractive to purchasers.
We have listed 5 things you could consider:
Condensation – If the property has a problem with condensation it makes sense to look at ventilation solutions before viewings start. Condensation can cause mould to appear and make the property smell musty. Therefore, if you know you have problems with condensation it is worth arranging for an inspection by a qualified surveyor who will be able to suggest ways of overcoming this problem. Solutions may include extract units in the kitchen and bathroom areas and Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV) which will improve air quality, as well as dealing with condensation issues.
Structural Repairs – When potential purchasers see cracks in a property they may assume that the repairs needed will be costly, which, of course, could deter them from seriously considering a second viewing. It is not always the case that structural repairs are as costly as you might think. Localised cracking, or open joints can be repaired quickly and efficiently using structural repair systems, such as Helifix. It is worth arranging for a surveyor, who is qualified to specify such repairs, to attend the property to assess a viable solution for your property.
Timber Repairs – In some instances defective timber needs to be replaced but in others, where it would cost more to replace the timber than to repair it, structural resin repairs provide an excellent solution. This is particularly positive for listed and period, timber framed properties; in some instances conservation officers prefer a resin repair to more expensive, large scale timber replacement. Structural resin repairs can be used externally, or internally as appropriate.
Damp and Timber Investigations – If you suspect that you may have issues with your damp-proof course, or with wood boring insects, it will definitely be worth considering getting the necessary remedial work surveyed, specified and carried out prior to putting the house on the market. You can contact a PCA (Property Care Association) registered company who will be able to arrange for a CSRT (Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatment) Surveyor to visit the property and advise on what work is required and the associated costs.
Aesthetic Improvements – You may decide you want to pack away some of your belongings so that your house looks spacious and prospective buyers can imagine themselves and their belongings in a new home. It also helps to carry out a deep clean or if necessary, redecorate in some areas so that the property looks its best.