Selling Property & COVID-19: What you Can Do Right Now

Selling Property & COVID-19
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The instigation of lockdown has created a potentially difficult situation for anyone who was interested in selling their property.

As it is not currently possible for anyone to carry out property viewings and government advice has recommended not selling until the lockdown is over, homeowners who want to move are left somewhat in limbo. 

However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do.

It could be a great idea to use the time in lockdown to make improvements to your home. Not only could this make it easier to eventually sell, but it may even add value. 

Get High-Quality Images

The photos of your property make a big difference to the interest in it. Great quality photos can make a huge difference to the value of your home, so it is definitely worth investing the time to get this done now. 

If you are using the services of estate agents, you will typically get a simple photoshoot one day – and this might not capture your house looking its best.

If you have a high-quality camera you’ll have a lot more opportunity to take great pictures of your home to make it look fantastic on websites or in brochures.

Invest In A Virtual Tour

Under the current conditions of lockdown, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes in order to carry out something that is not considered essential – such as viewing a property.

Of course, when the lockdown is over, these restrictions will be lifted, however, it may be the case some buyers will be reluctant to visiting strangers’ properties, so it could be the perfect time to invest in a virtual tour of your home.

Many estate agents are offering this service as an optional extra and it really could be worth going for it with your home, as you could potentially open up to new interested parties. 

Finish Off DIY Jobs

Finish DIY Jobs

With the UK on lockdown, now is the time to get on with all of the DIY tasks that you have been putting off. After all, you won’t be doing anything and getting the little things sorted can actually leave your home looking far more attractive to buyers.

This can only improve its value and help you attract new potential buyers. 

Create a list of the tasks around the house that need to get done and set yourself the goal of sorting them all out before lockdown is over. 

Improve Your Kitchen!

If you are going to invest in improvements to one room in your home, it is a great idea for it to be the kitchen.

The kitchen is the focal point of the property and improving it can give you the best return on investment when it comes to upping the value of your home when you come to sell it. 

You should invest in impressive, eye-catching features. For example, you could choose to have a natural stone countertop installed, as the exclusivity of natural stone can’t help but add value to your home. Of course, not everything has to be quite so grand: just replacing the kitchen cupboards can make a big difference. 

Spruce Up The Garden

If your property has a garden then there is no reason not to make it look fantastic now. Whilst you are not allowed to leave your property during lockdown, you are allowed to be in your own garden so you can take the time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as well as readying your house for eventual sale. 

Smarten The Exterior

Likewise with the exterior of the property, now is the perfect time to get outside and make those improvements you have been considering.

With the weather improving and more time on your hands, work on the exterior doesn’t have to a chore.

Whether your house needs repainting, or there are other cosmetic improvements you could opt for – now is the ideal time. 

Final thoughts

The end of lockdown could come in weeks or months, but it is important to remember that it will end and things will go back to normal. So use this time wisely to prepare your property for sale now that you have the time to do so.


  • Jason Taylor

    Jason is a former estate agent who now splits his time between managing his own property investment portfolio and writing for Property Road.

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