Selling your property after lockdown…

Date Added 05.05.20

If you are considering selling your property in the future there are lots of things you can be preparing now in order to move more quickly after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted.

Whilst we are all experiencing this unprecedented lockdown you could use your time to prepare your home and everything you need so that once the market is open again you can get things moving quickly.

To help Tollers have outlined below the things that you should do to prepare.

Make sure you have appointed a Solicitor:
  • First and foremost you need to know the costs involved in selling your property, so it is important to obtain a quotation for these. You can contact Tollers Conveyancing Teams by email on enquiries@tollers.co.uk and they can prepare a quote for you – you will need to provide your property details, current value, details of any deadlines you are working to, estate agents name (if any), confirm if there are any mortgages on the property and confirm the number of parties selling in order that the team can put the quote together for you.
  • If you instruct Tollers now we can send you the Sellers Property Information Form, the Fixtures and Fittings List and instruction forms for you to complete in readiness, so that once the lockdown is lifted you are prepared to sell.
Prepare all the documentation you need to sell your property:
  • If your property is less than 10 years old, you should locate the original NHBC (or equivalent) documents. Duplicate NHBC certificates can be obtained from nhbc.co.uk/Homeowners/Findyourpolicydocument.
  • If your property has been extended, the planning permission, building regulation approval and completion certificate will be required. In the event that these were not obtained you should contact us prior to contacting the local authority.  Please do not approach the local authority directly as this could invalidate indemnity insurance options later in the transaction.
  • Since April 2002, the installation of new windows and glazed doors must be covered by a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate issued by a member of an authorised Competent Person Scheme being either FENSA or CERTASS or directly by the local authority. FENSA can be reached by telephone on 0207 6453700 or via their website www.fensa.org.uk/fensa-certificate. CERTASS can be reached by telephone on 01292 292099or via email info@certass.com.
  • If a new boiler has been installed since 1 April 2005, any installation has to be carried out by a qualified contractor. They will automatically inform the local authority that works have been carried out on your property and you will be issued with a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate. If the boiler was installed between April 2005 and March 2009, duplicate certificates can be obtained from CORGI either by calling 01256 548040 or by emailing them at  info@corgitechnical.com.  If your installation took place after March 2009, duplicate certificates can be obtained from GAS SAFE REGISTER by calling them on 0800 408550. 
  • Any installation of a log burner requires a HETAS certificate, if you do not have this you can obtain a copy by calling 01684 278170, visiting https://www.hetas.co.uk/ or emailing info@hetas.co.uk .
  • Since 1 January 2005, any rewiring or electrical alterations have to be carried out by a contractor who is registered with NICEIC who can be reached on 0333 015 6628, NAPIT who can be reached on 0345 543 0330 or ELECSA who can be reached on 0333 321 8220. The contractor should have provided an electrical installation certificate and, unless minor works, a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate.
  • For any other guarantees that you do not have – for example damp and timber you should contact the original contractor who should be able to provide these.
What else can you do:

As well as putting together all of the necessary documentation in preparation for listing your property for sale, you can also use this time to finish any outstanding ‘Do it yourself’ jobs you may have.

Getting the most out of your home is and will be vital, if someone views your property (either virtually or eventually in person) and feels that they need to spend money on repairs or improvements this will affect what they are willing to pay.

So replace any broken tiles, fix any leaks, fill any cracks, paint out any scuff marks, touch up your paintwork to give the house a fresh feel, wash the windows, clean the carpets, Paint the front door,  whatever you feel will make your property more appealing to a buyer.  Decluttering rooms will not only help with any potential sale, but when the time comes will assist in the move to your new home.

Sort the garden and any external buildings you have.  Making the outdoors look as good as possible is as important as making the inside look good – kerb appeal and first impressions will count. So wash the patio, tidy the garage or shed and were possible, lockdown permitting, get rid of rubbish.  These things can take days or weeks of your time to do, something we normally don’t have, but currently find ourselves with – so use it fully to prepare.

It is also important to keep up to date on the latest news regarding how the market will run once lockdown is lifted.  Government officials and property Industry representatives met via zoom conference last week and more meetings are planned this week between the Housing Minister Christopher Pincher and Estate Agency representatives to discuss how to revive housing sales and the social distancing measures that will be put in place to facilitate this.

Getting  the most from your biggest asset has never been more important, If you have any questions on how to prepare for your future sale, Talk to Tollers conveyancing teams on 01604 258558 or email them at enquiries@tollers.co.uk and they will be happy to assist.


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