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What buyers and sellers can do as the lockdown continues

By Fraser Gregory  //  Mon 27th April 2020
Refurbishing your property during lock-down
What buyers and sellers can do as the lockdown continues
If you had been planning a house move, but your dreams have been put on hold by the covid-19 crisis, there are plenty of things you can do now to be ready when restrictions are lifted:

If you are looking to buy…

1: Get to grips with floorplans
Floorplans and square footage don’t mean much to most people, who can’t always visualise the space until they see it in the flesh. By measuring your rooms, and drawing up your own floorplans, you’ll have a better understanding of the homes you are considering viewing.

2: Pull your paperwork together
Be ready to get your mortgage application in on time by putting all your paperwork in order. You’ll need to be able to produce bank statements, pay slips and utility bills, showing your name and current address. You will also need to be on the electoral register - if you aren’t registered to vote, you can still apply during lockdown on the gov.uk website.

3: Check your credit rating
Mortgage companies will do a credit check before they make you an offer, so get in first and make sure there won’t be any nasty surprises. If your credit history isn’t good, do what you can to pay off debts and ensure you are meeting payments.

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If you are hoping to sell


1: Tackle your home maintenance to-do list
With DIY stores still open or operating online, now is a perfect time to tackle outstanding jobs before you put your house up for sale. If you’re not great with DIY - there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to help you. Replace mouldy sealant, clean carpets and windows and touch up any scuffed or tired-looking paintwork.

2: Have a big declutter
Go through every room methodically, sorting papers and throwing away anything you no longer need and won’t be taking with you when you move.

3: Revamp your garden
Spring is the perfect time to show your garden some love. Repair fences, scrub your patio, fill up your planters and clear away any leaves and rubbish.

4: Boost your kerb appeal
First impressions count so give your front door a lick of paint, clear your gutters and sweep your paths. If you can’t tackle your own exterior paintwork, contact decorators now, so you are top of the list for quotes when they begin working again - some may be already giving estimates by video link.

Read more about this story on the Evening Standard Homes & Property website.


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