In the aftermath of Storm Doris many property owners (both home owners and Landlords) may have suffered some storm damage. Some of it will be obvious – like fallen trees and bushes, fences down etc but other damage may not be so apparent. Slipped tiles, blocked gutters and drains with debris and displaced mortar is not always readily apparent but if not identified can lead to problems further down the line such as water ingress, damp and even flooding. In some cases items such as aerials and fence posts may have been loosened but not completely failed – repair now can prevent costly disruption further down the line. It’s a good idea to spend a little time now checking your property for possible signs of damage paying, particular attention to roofs, chimneys and gutters. Also look at fences, gates and boundaries. Early repair can save £1,000s in damage later on.
If you are looking to sell in the near future now is an important time to prepare for this and checking for damage can avoid nasty surprises when a buyer is found and a survey done. Do you know which boundaries you are responsible for maintaining? Surprisingly many people do not or have forgotten! The issue only usually arises when you come to sell but can also arise if a fence blows down and needs repair. If you don’t know now many a good time to check your deeds – or ask your solicitor.
It’s also a good idea to have a look at the garden now – spring is just round the corner and a final tidy up of those broken branches after the storm and sweeping those paths can really pay dividends in the coming weeks. Gardens do not grow overnight so a little planning now and careful planting will reap handsome rewards in Spring and give your property that extra special ‘kerb appeal’ when it comes to selling.
Because the market is so strong at present (the best I have known it since 2007) properties are selling very quickly. One advantage to vendors is that you don’t need to present your property like a ‘show house’ to sell. A few scuffs and scratches will go largely un noticed by buyers desperate to secure their next home. We regularly provide pre-marketing advice to help sellers decide what jobs need to be done prior to selling and which they can safely leave without affecting their selling price. This can prove invaluable and save £1,000s. Whilst some maintenance and repairs are worth doing prior to selling we find many vendors contemplate undertaking work, which will at best be cost neutral and which often will add no value whatsoever. Our advice – if you are planning to sell in next three months get us out to look now BEFORE you start spending money improving your property.