5 Factors To Consider Before Selling Your Home

How To Get The Best Price In Your Property Move

You can add thousands to your property sale by doing a little preparation before you put your home on the market.

If you’re considering selling your home this autumn, then you’re in good company. July 2019 saw 86,630 residential property transactions in the UK, proving that there’s quite a bit of competition for buyers out there. Receiving an offer on your home relies on showing your property at its best and using optimal selling techniques to help you get the price you’re looking for. Here are 5 important points to consider before you market your property.

What Is Your Home Worth?

Often, the reason for moving home is because you’ve got your eye on a bigger and better property elsewhere that you’d like to move to. Alternatively, you might be looking to downsize and release some cash at the same time. Whatever your circumstances, you’ll need to decide what price you’d like to obtain from your sale and assess whether it’s a realistic price point in comparison to similar properties in your area that are either on the market, or have recently completed.

Should You Go Chain-Free?

If you don’t have a specific property in mind that you’d like to pursue, then it might be worth thinking about renting somewhere after your property sale. This would allow you to become chain-free which is an extremely attractive prospect for buyers. If they know that there’s no chance of another transaction holding the process up down the chain, then they’ll be more likely to make you an offer and perhaps even up their price for a quick sale.

Decluttering Your Home

In an ideal world, prospective buyers would view your home and be able to imagine it exactly the way they would like it to be. But the reality is that many buyers simply can’t see past your own choice of layout and belongings which can be quite limiting when it comes to persuading them to make an offer. To encourage potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home, it’s time to do some serious decluttering and think minimalist. You may want to put some furniture in storage and remove some of your more personal items such as family photos. Painting the walls in neutral tones also helps to make the property a blank canvas for buyers.

First Impressions Count

After you’ve addressed the interior of your home, it’s important not to forget about the exterior as that’s what will provide a buyer with their first impression of your property. They may already have decided whether they want to live here before you’ve even welcomed them inside. Curb appeal can be achieved by tidying up the front garden, putting some attractive plants on either side of the doorstep, giving the door a lick of paint and fixing anything like broken gutters that look unsightly.

Choosing The Right Team To Market Your Home

Although some vendors are tempted to use an online estate agent, the best way to impress a buyer is to use a traditional local agent with in-depth knowledge of the area. For example, if you live in Essex, then a professional team of Shenfield estate agents will be able to talk up the benefits not only of the property, but also chat about specific roads and facilities in the CM15 neighbourhood.

Getting the best price for your home requires a little bit of preparation before you welcome potential buyers through the door. But the extra effort could shorten the time your home is on the market, and even add a few thousand to the offering price.

Top Artificial Grass Installation Tips

Doing your own installation? Take heed of specific expert advice

If you’ve decided to have artificial grass you may decide to install it yourself. If so, it’s important to assess properly whether you have the time and expertise and, if so, ensure you set about the task the same way a professional installer would.

If you still feel inclined to ‘take the plunge’ and do it yourself, ensure you buy your artificial grass and the supplies you’ll need for installation from experts.

Some tips for an effective installation:

Be prepared

Before you start have a checklist of what you need, ensure you’ve bought all the supplies you’ll require, and that they’ll arrive in time for your designated installation day.

Be thorough in your list making; there’s nothing more annoying than being half way through an installation only to find you’ve forgotten to order joining tape.

Another factor is to order enough consumables; for example, ensure you order plenty of blades for your knife to cut the rolls of grass to size and trim up as blades wear quickly.

Your supplier should have a list of equipment you’ll need but here’s a selection:

  • Turf cutter – best way to remove existing turf (plan ahead to hire one)
  • Plate compactor – again plan ahead to hire one, this will help you create a level surface for your grass to sit on
  • Wheelbarrow – for carting around your sub-base materials
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Pick
  • Stiff broom
  • Hammer (claw and club types)
  • Spirit level
  • Float (as used by plasterers) to smooth off minor irregularities after plate compacting
  • Hose (to help compact limestone or granite dust)
  • Stanley knife and several spare blades
  • Joining tape and adhesive

There’s more, so ensure you talk to your grass supplier to ensure everything you need is ordered or hired in time.

Allow time for the grass to settle

Don’t set an installation day for the day after your rolls of artificial grass arrive; they need to be unrolled and laid on the surface and left to settle.

If allowed to acclimatise, the grass will be easier to position and cut.

Install two weed membranes

It’s a good idea to lay two weed membranes.

The first one is laid on what’s known as the sub-grade – the earth exposed once you’ve removed your real grass. This weed membrane will help prevent weeds deep into the soil from growing up through the layers you’ll put in.

The second weed membrane should be laid just below the grass itself; this will act as a light blocker to inhibit weed growth further.

The best sub-base and laying course

The base for your grass – the layers you put between the surface you’re laying the artificial grass on – is vital to get right:

The sub-base – a minimum of 50-70mm of MOT (Ministry of Transport) Type 1 should be used, but if you suffer from poor drainage 10-12 mm of granite or limestone chipping will help provide a free draining sub base.

The laying course – for the layer that’s directly beneath the artificial grass granite or limestone, dust to a depth of 25mm is preferable to sharp sand.

This may differ from what you’ve been told or otherwise found out about foundations for artificial grass; the weakness with sand is that it can eventually wash away as water passes through the drainage holes in the backing layer above leaving ridges and dips in the grass eventually.

Also, sand can move around under heavier footfalls so makes for a less suitable option for artificial surfaces likely to experience heavy use.

Granite or limestone dust is coarser than sharp sand so the grains will bind together and provide a more secure base. It’s a little more expensive than sand but the extra outlay is well worth it long term.

Sand infill

For the sand infill – the sand usually spread onto the grass – silica sand is preferable to ‘ordinary’ sand for the following reasons:

  • Adds ballast to the grass and helps hold it into position
  • Improves drainage
  • Helps keep the fibres upright for longer (they can be raised again through brushing)
  • Improves resistance to fire

Think carefully about self installation

While you can install your grass yourself, when you take into account the need to get it spot on and the various supplies and equipment you’ll need then maybe asking a pro to help out may be worth considering. If you still decide to go ahead; plan carefully and don’t cut corners.