How can you prepare when your buyers request a survey?
When your property is ready to be sold, and you have a potential buyer interested, one of the first things they are likely to do is to send a surveyor to your property to determine the value is accurate to what they are paying for it. They might also want to get a RICS HomeBuyer Report from a local Chartered Surveyor that is used to looking at houses for sale in the local area to ensure that there are no underlying issues that may not have been immediately obvious, for example structural damage, which is unlikely to have been addressed in the initial appraisal of the property. As the seller, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for this:
First impressions count
Just as when you had the initial viewings from potential buyers, one of the most basic things that you can do before any survey takes place is to tidy your property. If it still has your belongings in at this stage, make sure everything is in its place and away. If you’re in the process of moving, you can pack as much away in boxes as possible to avoid untidiness and prevent the likelihood of any damage or loss of valuable items. This will immediately give an impression that it is worth a higher value than if it is messy and cluttered, as even though it’s the same property, some judgements will no doubt be made on first impressions.
Presenting your new property for sale in Surrey
As well as making your property appear more valuable, tidying your property can be practically beneficial for Chartered Surveyors. For example you should move items away from problem areas so that these are easy to access, and sometimes it can be useful to move furniture away from the property’s exterior walls for this same reason. Heavy furniture, fitted floor coverings, heavy drain covers, difficult-to-open doors or loft hatches and missing keys can all prevent a full survey being completed, so it’s important that you make these things as accessible as possible. You can also remove plants from windowsills to ensure that everything is simple to view, and the survey can be a smooth and simple process.
Prior notice of any issues
It is often wise to conduct surveys yourself before your buyer does so that you are already aware of any potential issues. This allows you to pitch your asking price accurately compared to other 3 or 4 bedroom houses for sale in the area, and be open about any issues that you are aware of. This creates trust with your buyers and also reduces the likelihood of delays further down the line.
Take care of minor repairs
If there are any minor repairs like dripping taps, mould on tiles or cracking that is just hairline within decorative features, it can help to take care of these things before selling your home. This removes small concerns being flagged up and gives an overall stronger impression of the property for just a tiny amount of effort and budget. It also could be the one thing that puts your property ahead of other homes for sale in Guildford, Haslemere, Liphook and the surrounding area.
Garden and outside areas
Surveyors will also look at any outside areas within your property such as your garden and outbuildings, as well as any plants that could be of risk, especially with new houses for sale in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire where buyers are often looking for a greener area to enjoy on the outskirts of London. Something like Japanese knotweed can cause enormous problems including structural damage to properties so this can prevent your house being sold, so it’s important to get this dealt with before any surveys take place to maximise your chance of making a quick and easy sale to your buyers.
If you’re looking to sell your property in Surrey, West Sussex or North East Hampshire, you can get in touch with you’re your local Clarke Gammon Weller office today by calling Guildford 01483 668 000, Haslemere 01428 664800 or Liphook 01428 728900