Decided to sell? We know how stressful it can be. However, you should feel positive in the Estate Agent you choose to make the selling process as smooth as possible.
Let us offer our top 5 tips when it comes to putting your property on the market.
Top tip 1- "Kerb Appeal"
First appearances can be everything. Do you want your viewers to get that feeling? "This is the one" You want your potential buyers to walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and excited to see more.
Do what it takes to create that lasting first impression. Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch. If your front door or fence is looking tired, brighten it up with a lick of paint. Put up hanging baskets to add colour and if you have a garden, plant some bedding flowers. Move anything that might not be attractive. For example bins, rubbish or those bricks you never got round to turning into a masterpiece pizza oven.
Top tip 2- The little details
Those small jobs you always say I'll do tomorrow. Like the lightbulb you just cannot reach? The downstairs toilet which has needed a lick of paint since 1989? You get what I mean, but the chances are with the amount of properties, buyers now go see before they make their choice (fifteen viewings on average) that they will see those finer details and it could mean a big Red Cross by your address. So, get around to doing those annoying little maintenance jobs. You want to be the one to stand out.
Top tip 3- Declutter and create space
Making your home attractive to a potential buyer doesn't have to break the bank. By just doing the little jobs your home can go from no on someones viewing list to their top choice.
A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all the worktops are clear and that it smells fresh and clean. If you do have pets, it tends to be best to have them out of the way. Like at a relatives of a neighbours just whilst the viewings take place. Whilst you love your furry family member, chances are your buyer won't - or worse they may be allergic.
Give your rooms that fresh paint job and clear anything that doesn't belong.
Making rooms light and airy as possible like a mirror, hung in the hall can give the illusion of space and a few vases of flowers or some plants can freshen up the house.
Top tip 4- Get your green fingers ready
Gardens and/or any outdoor space can be another great selling point - but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running miles. Not only will the space look smaller and 'forgotten about', if paying out for a gardener isn't in your viewers plan or budget, it could completely put them off the property.
Top tip 5- Stay out the way
Yes, you probably didn't expect us to say this one but it's always in our top tips. When potential buyers come to view your property, let them wander freely around the house with the agent. You want them to feel comfortable and as though they can spend time looking at each room freely. Be ready to answer any questions after the viewing because sometimes they want to hear about the property from the seller not the agent. Better yet Dinsdales offer accompanied viewings so get yourself out somewhere nice or treat yourself to a shopping trip and let us do the work.
Here at Dinsdales Estates we want to give you RLAs opinion on the Tenant Fee Ban .
The Tenant Fees Bill, banning landlord and agents from charging fees to tenants has now been given Royal Assent and will apply to all tenancies signed after June 1.
The bill – which has now officially become an Act of Parliament – prevent landlords and agents from charging: ‘Anything not exempted, that the tenant is required to pay as a condition of the ‘of the grant, renewal, continuance, variation, assignment, novation or termination of’ an assured shorthold tenancy, or license agreement.
This includes payments to third parties, either for services throughout the tenancy or for specific performance of a job and loans from third parties.
Once the ban comes into force landlords will mostly be limited to taking payments for rent and deposits from tenants – with rules around the size of the deposits and how they are dealt with.
Deposits will be limited to five weeks, where annual rent is below £50,000 with new, stricter rules on holding deposits.
Damages caused by the tenant’s breach of tenancy, such as the costs of cleaning the property after the tenancy ends, will still be deductible from the deposit. In addition, there are two other ‘default fees’ you will be able to charge, if either:
These fees will also be limited.
Landlords can still charge for a change to the tenancy requested by the tenant, or if a tenant wants to leave early.
With a growing focus on climate change and a generation of tenants becoming increasingly 'green', maximising the energy efficiency of your rental property can prove hugely beneficial.
Not only are energy efficient homes becoming more attractive to tenants, but with the introduction of new legislation on the way, meeting the minimum energy standards shows your commitment as a landlord, and that you are serious about complying with the law.
So how can you ensure your rental property complies with the law?
1. Find a property
If you don't already own a property to rent, then it's time to start looking. The key question is: What is the best investment? With Dinsdales Estates expertise in sales as well as lettings we are in a great position to advise you.
2.What help do I need?
The lettings market moves quickly. An agent probably has more time and expertise than you to handle the rental. Decide what level of service you need.
I want my agent to:
Find me a tenant?
Collect the rent?
Maintain the property?
Deal with the tenant?
3. What rent should I charge?
Lettings agents can advise the rent you should charge and the potential yield you could earn from the rental. There may be a number of fees to consider too, and all agents will charge differently. The most important question to ask yourself is this: which agent will deliver the best results?
Being a landlord demands a high level of commitment, not only to reduce void periods and keep your property marketable but also to maintain its safety and habitability for tenants. One issue that commonly arises between landlords and their tenants is which party is responsible for maintenance issues such as plumbing. With that in mind, here's a detailed run-through of the facts so you know which plumbing issues you are legally responsible for.
Dinsdales Estates, 519-521 Thornton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 9RB
Tel: 01274 498855 Sales: 07803 204511 or Lettings: 07740 529086