We’ve helped many clients prepare their houses for sale. Here is our very best advice about how to prepare your house before you put it on the market.
Three things to do before you put your house up for sale
1. Central heating system check
Get a professional gas and plumbing engineer to carry out a full system check on your central heating. They may need to carry out a service, including a boiler service. It’s worthwhile doing this before you put your house on the market as it will flag up any problem areas and give you the opportunity to put them in order before agents or buyers check the house out for themselves.
2. Electrical testing and certification
You’ll need to have a certificate which shows that your home’s electrics have been tested and are up-to-date. Get a professional to check your electrical board, circuits and fuse board. The fuse board will not necessarily need to be updated, but will need to be safe for use. If it doesn’t pass safety tests, you’ll need to consider the options available to you and make it safe and get the proper certification.
When you sell your house, you’ll need to get an energy survey done, and having this kind of electrical certification makes that process much quicker and easier, which is beneficial to the entire house-sale process.
3. FENSA certification
If your double-glazing (doors or windows) was fitted on or after 1st April 2002, you must show it complies with FENSA building regulations, and you’ll need to show the relevant certification when you sell your home. This shows that the correct materials were used and fitted correctly by a licensed contractor, and proves that your home meets the correct energy-efficiency levels.
You can get a FENSA certificate through your local council, or see the FENSA website for more details.
Those are our three top tips for anyone planning on selling their home in the near future. You won’t need our help to carry out any of these tips, but we can recommend (and put you in touch with) professional and trusted central heating and electrical contractors who will be able to help. Just get in touch and we’ll give you advice.