Don't let your DIY become an SOS

Don't let your DIY become an SOS
Spring has arrived; it often is a trigger for many of us to start sprucing up our homes.  With the first of the year's bank holiday weekends upon us, you may be tempted to turn your attention to those odd jobs that you have been ignoring over the winter months.  

When selling your home, it is important that you get your home looking its best before you place it onto the market.
But before you pick up a paintbrush or grab a screwdriver, you need to think about whether maybe you should leave it to a professional.

How your home is presented can have a direct impact on the value of your property, a touch of DIY that is less than professional can stick in a buyer's mind and start to become a niggle, as they wonder about what other 'little jobs' have been undertaken, and if your home might be full of hidden secrets.

Don't underestimate the cost that this might have for you; although doing it yourself may seem like the cheaper option initially, it could end up costing you more than you bargained for.  Research undertaken by Halifax Home Insurance found that 67% of us who did a spot of DIY had to call in the experts in the end, and our blunders cost us on average £1,830. Now there is nothing cheap about that!

There have been many stories in the national press of homes collapsing due to basement works or other structural changes. This shows just how precarious this type of work can be, even for the professionals.  We would recommend that you seek the advice of a structural engineer before knocking down any walls.

Certificates must be presented for any works done that are related to your gas and electricity supplies. In addition, for large projects such as an extension, or other building works, you will need to provide documentation to show that the project has been approved, and certification of sign off by an inspector.

There is a clear difference between wanting to decorate your home, to preparing your home for sale.  At Martin & Co Stamford we want you to achieve the highest possible price for your property, and therefore attention to every detail is crucial.

If you feel you don't have the skills to ensure a high quality finish, when selling your home we would recommend you step away and call in the tradesmen, who have years of experience and the training required to achieve the standard you seek.

For more advice on how to prepare your home for sale, contact a member of our team.