Four savvy steps sellers take

It can be a minefield when you are selling your home. Some practical steps will make life much easier and far less stressful. Over the coming weeks we will be outlining what it takes to get your home on the market, to sell it for the highest price, with the best terms and with the least amount of stress.

Get your ducks in a row - paperwork is important.

Instruct your solicitor to request the title deeds from your lending institution – not having these in place can unnecessarily delay the conveyance process.

Get a BER (energy rating ) on your property – it is now a legal requirement to have a BER on all advertising in relation to a property so buyers can know up front what the level of heat efficiency is in the house. Before the assessor carries out the BER ask him for some practical tips you can carry out to increase the rating.

Consider obtaining the services of an engineer to ensure your property is fully compliant with planning (this is even more important for homes in the country with private septic tanks ).

Make a detailed list of what you consider the prime features of your property (eg, newly installed boiler, upgraded insulation to walls and attic, proximity to schools, etc ) and give these to your auctioneer to include in the write up. After all, you live in the property and know far more about it than anyone who is going to sell it for you.

Next week we will be looking at preparing your home for the market and sharing some cost effective tips on increasing its value.

Michelle Burke MIPAV, auctioneer and letting agent, is available to offer any assistance in relation to property requirements on 087 2500 716.



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