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How to prepare your house for sale?

Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task and one that feels strange at first.

When you’ve lived somewhere long enough to think of it as home, it can be difficult to start getting it ready for somebody else, even if you’re looking forward to moving.

Preparing your house for sale needn’t be stressful, though, and clearly defining your goals can help to simplify the work.

Let’s look at how to prepare your house for the market.

How to prepare your house for sale?

There is no specific way to make your house ready to sell, and you might find that your house is ready to go as it already is. The preparation needed will differ from situation to situation – you might just be getting ready to sell when a burst pipe causes water damage and sets you back somewhat – but there are some generally good ideas to consider before putting your house on the market.

Declutter

Just how much you choose to do this is up to you. For some, it feels great having their home contents organised and reduced. Others might feel like they’ve stripped the soul out of their house and made it less of a home. In any case, it’s worth remembering that buyers will have an easier time visualising themselves living in a new house without so many of the current owners’ things about the place.

Preparing your house for sale is also an opportune time to visit the local waste centre to recycle or dispose of anything you don’t intend to take with you. Clothes and toys can often take up the most room in a family home, and these are things that charity shops will gratefully accept as donations.

Freshen up rooms

It’s impossible to know what our houses smell like when we spend so much time in them. Nose blindness is a natural reaction of our bodies to smells we are around constantly, and even the strong smell of pets, shoes, and food can no longer register in our senses. Strong odours can easily impact the first impression and leave visitors with a negative opinion.

Opening doors and windows a healthy time before showings can freshen up rooms, flushing away humidity and excess warmth, as well as carrying away stale odours. A houseplant or two can oxygenate rooms and help add to the impression of ‘freshness’.

Research has shown that houseplants engage the senses, bringing people into the current moment – something that may help in subtle ways when people are trying to take in a new setting and imagine it as theirs.

Do some (simple) housekeeping

You can do a lot to improve your home in just an hour’s time. Replace any worn-out lightbulbs, mow the lawn and remove weeds, and wipe off surfaces that are prone to dust like plastic-cased electronics.

Wiping these surfaces with something like a tumble dryer sheet can reduce static and lessen the return of dust once you’re done.

If you can spare the money, it may be worth having the boiler serviced or having the windows cleaned professionally. These can help show the buyer you care about the property and prove that it’s been in good hands.

Remove as many distractions as possible

If possible, consider having pets and children out of the way when potential buyers come to see the house. This not only gives visitors space to think and take in their surroundings but also allows you to give them your attention. You can have a proper discussion with buyers and answer their questions without having to divide yourself.

Alternatively, if your estate agent is happy to handle all the viewings, you and the family can plan some time out of the house as these take place.

How much should I spend on preparing my house for sale?

A good first impression will go a long way with many buyers, but you don’t need to start paying out for a full makeover.

A good cleaning and decluttering are arguably the most important steps you can take to help your house sale along. Buyers are likely to have their own plans for when they move into a new property, so you don’t necessarily need to repaint and redesign your whole interior.

Generally, the most money you really need to spend on preparing your house for sale will be on some simple items like crack filler and paint to cover scuffs or small bits of cosmetic damage to walls, skirting boards, and the like.

If you’re starting to look at trader quotes simply out of fear that your house might not sell as well, it may be time to take a step back and consider how much you really need to do.

Something like a boiler service varies in cost from a company to company and depending on your location (London being more expensive) but expect to pay between £80 and £120.

Annual services are recommended on boilers, so taking care of this on behalf of the next buyer might be a nice gesture, as well as proving the heating system is in good condition.

How do I know my house is ready to sell?

If you’re unsure how much your house might need in terms of help before a house sale, why not ask a local estate agent to give their expert opinion and get some advice?

You may find that your house is actually in more of a ready-to-sell state than you originally thought.

Selling a house with Mistoria Estate Agents Worsley

If you’ve got a house for sale in Worsley or the surrounding areas, our team can help you every step of the way.

From valuation and marketing through to the final sale, we use our local knowledge and expertise to sell your home quickly and for the right price.

To find out more about our services, call on 0161 790 3999 or contact us today.

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Managing HMOs for landlords

Managing HMOs for landlords

HMOs – or houses in multiple occupation – can be fantastic investments when managed wisely.

They can demand many times the attention of a typical rented property, and for that reason it’s not uncommon for landlords to seek help managing them.

But what actually goes into the management of an HMO, and why might a landlord want to seek this help rather than simply doing it themselves?

What is HMO management?

HMO management is, quite simply, the management of an HMO property. In the context of HMO management as a service, this is done on behalf of a landlord to save the time and attention they would otherwise need to dedicate to the HMO and its tenants.

This can sound like an impersonal or dismissive stance on the surface, but HMO management is often a wise and well-placed decision for a landlord to take. Landlords who have many other properties to manage, or other demands such as a full-time job, often cannot dedicate the appropriate time to an HMO.

Since an HMO is partly defined by the presence of at least three occupants who aren’t from the same household, any HMO property is going to involve a minimum of three separate tenancy agreements. That is in addition to managing the tenants themselves – for example, their needs as residents and the necessary admin – and the all the usual business of letting a property responsibly such as organising gas safety checks and ensuring good maintenance.

HMOs can be seen as a greater fire risk than standard residential properties, meaning there will be more cost to sink into safety measures like smoke alarms, fire safety doors (for the increased number of rooms), and other equipment like fire extinguishers.

HMO management can also involve needing to manage disputes within the HMO itself if problems arise between tenants. This can be common for any group of people sharing a living space, so landlords may find their skills in diplomacy and mediation being tested in situations that don’t have clear answers or resolutions.

More tenants mean greater use of facilities, which can lead to more frequent and costly maintenance of appliances, communal areas, and gardens. While there is some responsibility on tenants to keep the property clean and in good condition, that ultimately extends only as far as their agreement states, and in situations where every tenant leaves at once – such as may be the case in student HMOs – this leaves you, the landlord, with the task of tidying up in their wake.

HMO management is undoubtedly much more complex than standard property management due to the number of involved parties. Dealing with multiple tenants within a single property means many more opportunities for challenges and complications to arise, which can quickly tax a landlord’s energy when they compete with other demands for time and attention.

Do estate agents manage HMOs?

Yes. Estate agents are a great option for landlords who need help managing their HMO properties. In fact, estate agents can lend their services from the very first day, sourcing tenants and dealing with the necessary referencing to get an HMO filled as smoothly as possible.

Once tenanted, estate agents can provide ongoing HMO management to ensure that resident queries are answered and dealt with promptly. This can be vital in the case of emergency situations like boiler failure or serious property damage that needs fast repair. In such cases, a quick conversation between landlord and agent can set up the resolution and lead to fast action.

Left solely in a landlord’s hands, this would leave one person to ascertain the issue, seek out tradesperson quotes, and book the work as fast as possible. Estate agents have the advantage of working closely with local traders like plumbers and builders, forming strong and reliable working relationships that mean situations are resolved quickly.

Estate agents can also provide landlords with advice to build their experience and fill in knowledge gaps. This means that while property investors have their burdens lightened with active help in the management, they are also building a strong base of knowledge and experience to help them make future investments wisely.

For those unsure if property management for an HMO would be a good choice, it’s always best to open a dialogue with a local estate agent and talk to them about their services. Find out what they already manage and what their chosen approach to property management entails.

HMO Property Management in Worsley

Worsley’s property market is a strong one, buoyed by outstanding schools, gorgeous rural walks, and cosy pubs. HMOs in this part of the country can be incredibly profitable as these rental properties are an attractive option compared to high house prices.

However, your HMO will need good management to thrive in Worsley. Our experienced team knows the local postcode inside and out, and with strong ties to the surrounding area – as well as colleagues in the nearby Salford office – we know exactly how to make your professional HMO property a success.

Mistoria Estate Agents is one of the leading estate agencies in the North West. Our award-winning work has made us a premier choice for property investors and landlords who want to see the best returns from their properties.

As members of the National Landlords Association (NLA) and under regulation by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), we follow best business practices for an ethical and trustworthy service. Let our knowledge and experience ensure the best returns on your HMO property investment in the fantastic area of Worsley.

To learn more about our fantastic HMO management services, contact us or call 0161 790 3999 today.