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Selling your home in difficult circumstances

Selling a home can be a stressful experience under the best of circumstances, but what happens when you find yourself trying to sell your home in the aftermath of a terrible natural disaster, such as Storm Ciaran?

In some situations the sale of your home is not a priority and time is in on your side, so you can consider pausing on the momentum for your sale. However for other individuals and families there is a personal need for the sale to happen at pace, and this can be an extremely worrying time. We wanted to share some guidance on how to navigate this difficult situation carefully.

1. Assess the Damage

The first step in dealing with your home sale after a storm is to assess the extent of the damage. Depending on the severity of the storm, your property may have incurred various damages like roof leaks, flooding, or structural issues. It's essential to have a thorough inspection conducted to identify the issues that need immediate attention. You may want to consider hiring a professional inspector who can provide a detailed report which you can be shared as appropriate.

2. Document the Recovery Process

To instil confidence in potential buyers, document the recovery process. This can be a powerful tool in marketing your home. Create before-and-after photos and videos that showcase the improvements you've made. Highlight the resilience and determination that have gone into restoring your property.

3. Work With Your Real Estate Agent to Make a Plan For Necessary Repairs

Once you have a clear understanding of the damage, prioritise repairs. Address critical issues first to ensure the safety and functionality of your home. Not only will this make your property more appealing to potential buyers, but it will also demonstrate your commitment to transparency and integrity. It may be that decorative repairs should be approached differently to appeal to a wider market and your agent can help guide you on this.

4. Consider any improvement with Energy Efficiency in mind.

With the imminent arrival of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) in Jersey there is an opportunity to understand how you can complete some improvements in a more energy efficient way potentially improving your EPC ratings. The Jersey government is providing grants for these assessments currently and effectively with a zero cost you can obtain a report which will give recommendations as you work through. Please do reach out to Bailiwick EPC who can help you take this forward.

5. Consider Your Price Point

The market is understandably going to be nervous after Storm Ciaran and its important to sit down with your agent to understand the realism of your current price point. Not an easy conversation but with the right support and understanding of the market you can make the decision that will ensure the property transaction works through as you need it to.

Selling your home after a storm is undoubtedly a challenging experience, but it's one that you can successfully navigate with the right support and determination. By assessing the damage, making necessary repairs, considering your selling price, and documenting the recovery process, you can show potential buyers that your property is still a valuable investment.

We are buy your side if we can help, please reach out to us here where we can visit your property and help guide you through some of the points above.



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