UK house sales take an average of 20 weeks from start to finish, according to a recent report. However with CPS our chartered surveyor Cary Laughlin gives his opinion, "The average house in NI market, 12 weeks would be a more realistic guide from listing to completion. With ourselves here at CPS property, based on properties between 120-140k in April, May and June, we are seeing the turnover for these homes in just over 6 weeks."

So if you’re thinking of moving home to take advantage of the recent stamp duty holiday, you might need to act quickly. Below are some ideas that can help make your home more attractive to buyers. 

Due to COVID-19 and lockdown measures people are spending much more time at home and have had time to reassess their priorities. The prospect of remote working becoming the norm for the foreseeable future has seen some buyers seek properties with more space. If you’re looking to sell, you’ll need to think about the key features of your home and how you can promote them to buyers.  

1. The demand for Homes with a garden has taken off, as buyers look for some outdoor space after the lockdown. Therefore, a garden is definitely something to emphasise when selling your home. When arranging photos or viewings of your property, ensuring your garden is looking its best, by having freshly cut grass and some garden furniture set out, can help the potential buyer picture themselves relaxing there during those summer nights. 

2. A blank canvas also makes your home look attractive to buyers. If your home is starting to feel a bit dated or getting very cluttered, by getting rid of the clutter and adding a fresh lick of paint in a neutral colour, or replacing old fixtures such as door handles or the old bathroom taps, you can’t stand anymore, allows a buyer to see your home as a new challenge they can put their own stamp on without having to do much. 

3. COVID-19 has seen a lot of businesses make working from home available for their staff and with many preferring this to dealing with the commute to the office, a home work space is looking more and more attractive to buyers. So it may be time to clear out that cluttered spare bedroom and ask could it be transformed into a home office instead? 

4. Due to more people opting for remote working a High-speed internet connection has become a necessity, so it is likely to come up when potential buyers view your home. There will be no need to have a new set-up installed for selling your home, but simply finding out whether the property is compatible for fibre broadband could make a difference. This information can be gained by entering your postcode into service provider websites to see what options are available in your area.  

5. Energy efficiency Buyers are increasingly interested in ensuring their homes are as green as possible. Before you sell, get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) inspection done. This will show you your current efficiency grade (A-G) and your potential grade if you make improvements. 

Preparing your home for sale and selling your home can be a complicated process, but we’re here to help, including offering advice on how to get your home ready for sale and offering free mortgage advice so you can secure your own dream home.  

Give us a call or call into any of our branches to see how we can help you on your next property journey.