Katie Macdonald, Director of Property Sales at Simpson & Marwick, offers advice on how to prepare if you are hoping to sell your home in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year in many different ways but one thing that has come out of having to spend far more time at home is realising what we like (and dislike!) about our current surroundings.

After four months of lockdown we all watched with trepidation as the property market re-opened on the 29th June. None of us could have predicted what the market had in store for us – the busiest four month period that we’ve seen since pre-recession. At the moment, this momentum seems to be continuing.

We would, of course, require a crystal ball to know what next year holds but Edinburgh has always remained relatively robust through political and financial challenges in the past so we are hopeful that there will be a positive start to the market in January. Here’s how to prepare if you are looking to sell your home in early 2021.

Get your DIY jobs done now

Our advice to those hoping to sell in early 2021 is get your DIY jobs done now and arrange tradespeople to sort anything that needs to be addressed. If not, they will be commented on in your Home Report so try to give surveyors fewer negative points to highlight!

Speak to an agent about property marketing materials

We can get your photos and floorplan carried out in advance so that it is one less thing to do when you are ready to proceed to market. Government guidelines stipulate that the first viewing should be a virtual viewing so a professional video can also be arranged.

This allows us, the estate agent to get all the marketing in place so we are ready to fire ahead as soon as the market picks up in 2021.

Find out how much your house is worth

Most importantly, why not get in touch and start the process of a free valuation on your property now? We operate with all the necessary PPE. If you are not yet comfortable having people into your home then we can discuss things over the phone or arrange a virtual valuation.

Now is the time to plan ahead and get yourself and your property ready for the market early in the new year. The early bird catches the worm!

Get in touch with Simpson & Marwick

We are here to help you every step of the way so please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0131 581 5705 or katie.macdonald@simpsonmarwick.com