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Use Legal Kerb Appeal To Sell Your House

Mon 17 Aug 2020

You know if you want to sell your home, you need to connect with buyers and make a positive impression. Kerb appeal is a way of making sure your garden looks excellent, impressing prospective buyers before they set foot inside your home.

In recent months, there has been an increase in buyers utilising legal kerb appeal to connect with likely buyers. By focusing on legal kerb appeal, you provide prospective buyers with confidence, increasing the likelihood they will make an offer on your property.

If you would like to learn more about legal kerb appeal, and you want to sell your home in the Huddersfield area, please contact ADM Residential today.

What is legal kerb appeal?

Legal kerb appeal, in the words of Chris Salmon, who is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services, is; “Simply, legal kerb appeal is the strengths of the property when considered from a legal perspective. Legal kerb appeal could also involve proactively addressing any potential legal issues before a buyer is found.”

In an interview conducted on the Property Road website, Chris was asked about what vendors should look to do to ensure they are ready to sell their home in the near future.

Chris responded by saying; “If you are on or are thinking of going on the market, we’re pushing the concept of ‘legal kerb appeal’. Sellers will be entering a buyers’ market, and must do everything they can to improve their chances not only of finding a buyer, but also completing the sale.”

He continued by saying; “For example, if the property has a roof terrace without planning permission, the buyer’s solicitor will pick this up. Instead, the seller’s solicitor can identify a suitable indemnity policy and offer it as part of the sale. This proactive approach will reassure buyers and avoid delays later in the process.”

How will the housing market move forward?

Chris was also asked about what he thinks will happen in the property market when the industry moves forward. He said; “The consensus is that the pent-up demand that emerged shortly after the 2019 election will gradually resume. It’s very likely that in-progress transactions will suffer a logjam as capacity challenged property services firms struggle to fulfil a rush of requests for searches, surveys and managing agent information. We anticipate significant delays for up to a few months after the lockdown eases.”

Steps in managing legal kerb appeal

With so many sources discussing the importance of legal kerb appeal, most vendors will be keen to incorporate it into their sales process. Here is a list of steps you should follow in managing legal kerb appeal before and during the sales process:

  • Start the process of recovering or replacing missing documents as early as possible

  • Involve external parties and management agents as quickly as possible

  • Complete all property transaction forms

  • Collate all documents as early as possible

  • Anticipate which problems are likely to occur, and resolve them

  • Agents, vendors and legal professionals should work together to find solutions

If you are selling your Huddersfield home, contact us today. You can book a valuation or just chat about how we make a difference in selling your home. Of all the estate agents Huddersfield vendors can call on, we like to think we make a difference in selling local homes, so contact ADM Residential today.

"We can't fault Alethea and the team. Fantastic service, professional but friendly. After having no joy with another high street agent for 9 weeks we switched to ADM - the house sold in no time! They really are 'Always Doing More'. Even though our sale has completed now, Alethea is still providing support and advice for our next adventure. Thanks a million to all at ADM, we hope you enjoy your cream cakes xx"
Christopher & Laura