Preparing your home for a survey

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If you are preparing to sell your home any potential buyers will request a valuation survey and many buyers will commission an independent full structural survey in order to legitimise any potential home move.

The thought of having a total stranger enter your home and evaluate every possible area may leave you feeling somewhat uneasy, but it is an unfortunate necessity to complete the sale.

Your buyer will select a chartered surveyor so you have no influence on this as they are acting in the best interest of the mortgage lender and the buyer. However, you may also feel more positive about welcoming people in for a survey if you decide to reduce the level of clutter in and around the property. Packing some of your least used items may also prove efficient in readiness for any home removals.

The moment your house attracts the attention of a potential buyer, their mortgage lender will inform a chartered surveyor to visit and assess the property to confirm its value. A valuation report is not as stringent and as in-depth as a buildings survey or a HomeBuyer Report. A Building Survey is used to flag up any potential structural issues with the property.

Throughout the survey process you will want to ensure that your belongings are intact and not disrupted, whilst allowing the surveyor to carry out their job of assessing the property.

Try hard to keep items clear from busy areas – you may choose to move furniture away from exterior walls, remove plants from windowsills and other areas they may wish to inspect at greater length. Keep the attic entrance open so they can take a look inside.

Ultimately Chartered Surveyors are trained to notice areas inside and outside a property where there are potential defects that could prove costly to any new homeowners in the long term – thus affecting the overall value of the property. If you are already aware of an area of the property that the surveyor will pick up as an item of concern it is best to do the honourable thing and leave the space clear so they can gain easy access to it.

Alternatively, if you are worried that the results of a homebuyer’s survey will return unwanted results that may put off potential buyers you could always take it upon yourselves to repair any minor defects before marketing the property. Aesthetics such as dripping taps, bathroom tiles and hairline cracks in walls should be addressed as they are not very time intensive.

Any chartered surveyor will be looking for evidence of responsible maintenance and upkeep of the home so it is important to give them the impression of a tidy, well presented property – inside and out.

Honesty is the best policy here. Do take into consideration that the surveyor undertaking a valuation survey may not be wholly communicative as they will be working on behalf of the purchaser and may not wish to give too much away.

Do your best to ensure that all basic utilities are also functioning properly and that they are properly connected. The last thing you want to happen is the surveyor sets off any problems such as a blown fuse box as this will only arouse suspicion in their eyes.

Although any home improvements should ensure the stress-free completion of a survey, do not expect the property’s value to have grown tenfold. Property values are very subjective as a whole and ultimately, your home is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. Nevertheless, any positive changes that can be made can only be a good thing in order to secure that big sale.

Author Bio: This post is written by Rosie Rogers, the director from reallymoving who are the largest provider of home removal quotes in the UK

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