Property surveys are a major part of the selling process and are entirely necessary, albeit a little intrusive in many ways. After all, your home is likely to be surveyed and judged by people you’ve never met before.
However, it is one of the essential steps to getting an accurate valuation of your home and selling your property fast. You will feel more secure having a reputable estate agent carry out the property survey but there are also ways you can make the procedure far more beneficial to you in the long haul. This is where you need to start thinking about preparing your home for the survey.
You don’t really want your home or possessions disrupted in any way during the survey and this would also make the procedure a lot slower and time-consuming for the surveyor. You therefore need to prepare your home accordingly and ensure that the major selling points stand out.
You also need to ensure every aspect of the property is capable of being surveyed so that the final report the buyers receive is as accurate and as comprehensive as possible. Here are some tips you can use to prepare your home for a survey…
Clear Problem Areas
If you have items lying around or blocking spaces or areas of the property where problems have arisen in the past, it is important that you expose these areas so that the surveyor can assess the area and potentially come up with a solution to the problem. You should avoid looking to hide any problem areas and instead focus on decluttering your property.
Move Furniture Away From Exterior Walls
Exterior walls will be assessed by the property surveyor and large furniture will only prevent them from gaining access to every part of the exterior wall. Make sure your furniture is kept away from exterior walls and moved into the centre of the room.
It might seem obvious, but it’s important that you carry out a thorough clean and tidy of your entire home before the surveyor arrives. Tidying up also gives you the opportunity to rearrange your home so that the significant selling points are exposed for when your potential buyers arrive for the first time. Overall, tidying makes it easier for the surveyor to do their work.
Remove Plants from Windowsills
Plants and any other large object present on windowsills should be removed, as these will also be assessed by the surveyor. This saves the surveyor from having to move things around themselves.
Thoroughly Cleaning Kitchens & Bathrooms
Mould is one of the most obvious signs of damp in a home and must always be dealt with as it can thrive if left alone. Make sure you scrub away any mould that is present in your kitchen or bathroom, fix dripping taps by replacing the washers.
Fill Hairline Cracks
Hairline cracks emerge in walls for many reasons over time, usually closer to the ceiling than anywhere else. This can happen due to surrounding vibrations such as nearby train tracks or even loud music. Make sure these are filled before the surveyor arrives to view your property.
Hocking Associates, Chartered Building Surveyors based in Falmouth, Cornwall -offering all types of property surveying services throughout the South West since 1987.