When the housing market becomes more challenging, it becomes increasingly important to look at what you can do to make sure your home sells quickly. You may not be able to tackle local crime rates or nightmare neighbours but there are still some things you can do to help, which include:
Condensation and Mould
Unsightly mould and associated musty odours can put prospective buyers off your property as they may think there is a more serious underlying cause, which may prevent them considering your property as their future home. Painting over areas affected by mould is unlikely to prevent the issue from reoccurring. Nor will the smell of fresh coffee, or baking bread hide things for too long. As annoying as it may be, tackling the root cause of the problem and preventing condensation from occurring in the first place is key. Improving ventilation and ensuring that there is sustained background heating helps avoid condensation and the associated black mould and musty odours from occurring. It is also possible that, if the problem is particularly stubborn, you may require the installation of purpose designed extract units, or a PIV unit at the property, to make a significant difference.
Different properties require different ventilation solutions. If yours does suffer in this way, it may be helpful (to the prompt sale of the property) to get a ventilation specialist to carry out a survey and advise which type of unit, or units, would work best in your property.
If you have noticed damp spots at skirting board level, rising up the walls within ground floor rooms, then the chances are, so will a prospective buyer. Where such spots are persisting, despite adequate heating and ventilation, you should consider contacting a specialist to check whether your property is suffering with Rising or Penetrating Damp. Why not arrange for a suitably qualified Surveyor to carry out a damp survey, so that he or she can explain the extent of the problem and, most importantly, what needs to be done to rectify the problem. You can, of course, arrange to have any work done prior to the property going onto the market, so that it doesn’t flag up concerns during viewings.
Cracks in the walls of a property can be unsightly and concerning. Structural cracking is something which can be solved relatively easily but, to the un-trained eye can be enough to put a purchaser off your property before they have even walked through the door. If cracks appear to be widening and there are also cracks appearing within your house, then it may be time to contact a Helifix approved surveyor so that he or she can assess the full extent of, and reason for the cracking. They will be able to advise on the right course of action to provide a solution which will prevent any further movement.