If you’ve got a professional coming to survey your property in the near future, it’s important to be prepared. Whether you’ve got someone interested in buying your home or need a survey as part of a project you’re planning, it’s in your interests to make sure that it goes smoothly. If your surveyor can’t complete the job for any reason, they’ll only have to come back again another time or leave you with an incomplete property survey.
Not sure where to start? We can help. Here are 7 things to do to prepare your home for a survey.
1. Tidy up your home
You might think that how tidy your home is won’t affect its value. But it will. If your home’s clean and tidy it’s a sign to a surveyor that you look after it. So make sure you have a good clean and tidy up before they arrive.
2. Move furniture away from exterior walls
During a property survey, professionals pay particular attention to exterior walls. So to help them get the job done quicker, move any furniture away from your exterior walls to give them easy access.
3. Clear up your outbuildings
Make sure your garden shed or other outbuildings are easy to access and as clean as possible. They don’t have to be pristine – no surveyor expects to find a spotless shed. But you should make it as easy as you can for them to be able to get to as much of the inside and outside of the building as possible.
4. Check your garden’s safe
It’s also sensible to check that there isn’t anything in your garden that could pose a danger to your home. Rotten branches could fall on your roof or tree roots could damage your property’s foundations. If there are any plants or trees you’re worried about, consider getting advice from a professional gardener or tree surgeon.
5. Fix any little problems around the house
Have a look around your home for any little problems that you can fix – maybe there’s a dripping tap that needs a new washer or a small hole in your plaster that you could fill in. Sorting out these little things can really make a difference to the overall look of your home.
6. Check all your doors are easy to open
During a property survey, a surveyor will need access to every room of your home, so it’s important to make sure that none of your doors are fixed closed and they all open easily. This includes external and internal doors, and loft and cellar hatches.
7. Ensure you’ve got all the keys you need
Your surveyor will need to be able to open all of your windows as well as your doors. Check that you’ve got any keys to all of these before your surveyor turns up – you don’t want to be rummaging around in drawers and cupboards when they can’t open a window.
Doing these 7 easy things should help your property survey to go quickly and smoothly.
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