Homeowners looking to sell properties as soon as the COVID-19 crisis is over can look to these tips for getting properties market ready.

From choosing a trusted agent and legal partner, to researching your local housing market and decluttering, the conveyancing experts at Lincolnshire’s JMP Solicitors, have compiled a list of top tips to get your home primed for sale.

Head of residential conveyancing, Jacqui Harley, said: “If you’re now waiting to put your home on the market, use this time wisely to get ready for when the restrictions are lifted and estate agents are open again.

“We’ve put together a handy list of tips to inspire and prepare your property, so it can be in the best state for when the government lockdown ends – allowing you to move on swiftly.”

Research your local housing market

Do your homework on what the value of your home should be. Many of the leading property sale websites have information on previous house sales on your street or in your area. Take note of comparable properties square footage, number of bedrooms and outdoor space. Once you are able to appoint an agent in due course, this information will serve you well when agreeing the sale value of your home.

Choose your agent

Whether you want to use a traditional agent with high street branches or an online service, you have the time to do your research on what they offer and what they charge. Also ask your friends and family in your area for recommendations of agents they have received a good service from.

Choose a trusted legal partner

To find your conveyancing expert, ideally go on a recommendation of a friend or loved one and ensure that the solicitor will give you a personalised service at a competitive price. Selling your home and moving is a busy and often stressful time and your solicitor is there to help you navigate through the process, and give you peace of mind that you are getting the best possible service.

Spruce up your home

First impressions mean everything to homebuyers and now is the time to tackle those manageable DIY projects and other jobs that you have been putting off. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or fixing that drippy tap, it will all have a positive impact on that first impression.

Deep clean a go-go

Don’t let dirty floors, dust or animal odours put off prospective buyers. While we are currently unable to call in the professionals, we can tackle the ubends and smeary windows ourselves.

Declutter

When a home is clutter-free, buyers find it easier to imagine their belongings in the place of yours and build a picture of their life in your home. Store what you can out of sight and ready for your move.

Let there be light

Ever noticed that when you view a home all the wall lights and side lights are on? It’s a selling tactic and it works, lights create a warm and homely atmosphere. Stock up on bulbs ready for your viewings.

Stage your home

Research shows that staging your home can help to sell it faster and at a higher sale value. The good news is that staging is easy and affordable to do. Ensure the entrance to your property is smart and welcoming from the front garden through to the reception area. Small touches such as fresh flowers or house plants bring the outdoors in and the smell of freshly brewed coffee can make your home feel inviting and authentic.

Jacqui Harley is a licensed conveyancing technician and a conveyancing executive at JMP Solicitors, heading up the Residential Conveyancing department. She is offering free phone consultations and live consultations via Zoom in the afternoons and early evenings.