Property Maintenance Services
A house that has just become vacant, due to an owner having passed away or being moved out for their own safety, may need a little more attention than normal to prepare it for sale, especially if the owner has been unable to maintain the property for a period of time.
As any property owner will know, maintenance issues can quickly mount if unaddressed, and in the case of a property recently left vacant due to the passing of its owner, may have mounted already.
Assessing and carrying out maintenance work and getting the property clean and tidy can therefore be a daunting task for an Executor or Deputy, especially if they don’t live locally, and a neglected one even more so.
Our range of property services
Our property maintenance services support solicitors in their obligations to an estate as a deputy or executor. We provide experience, cost savings that can be passed onto the estate and audit trails in this niche of area property services for legal professionals.
From a basic EPC, Energy Performance Certificate, survey, to asset valuation, document search to garden clearance. Working with a network of contractors, we obtain at least two quotes for each task and discuss the costs with you before anything happens – leaving you in complete control.
Step one on most to-do lists is to make sure the newly vacant property is and remains secure. The most immediate tasks will involve locks, keys and ensuring everything is switched off.
As well as it being an immediate priority property maintenance is ongoing. Houses that appear empty are more likely to appeal to thieves and vandals so it’s important that it looks like someone is taking care of it, even after any clearance work has taken place. We can arrange the following:
- Vacant Property Insurance – just £60 per month if you choose to sell with us
- Locate all door and window keys
- Change of locks
- Check property is secure – windows closed, appliances off
- Arrange installation of security systems including alarms & CCTV
- Drain down heating & plumbing system
- Electrical Safety Report
- Electrical Installation Condition Report
- Gas Safety Certificate
- Locate and secure specific items of value
- Locate and secure specific paperwork including the Will
The minimum you’ll need in order to sell the property is a realistic, compliant valuation and a valid EPC, Energy Performance Certificate. Buyers may also ask for evidence that the building is in good working order so there may be more you need to invest in. Depending on the age of the house you may wish to consider:
- Valuation Appraisal (Section 160 of Inheritance Tax, IHT, Compliant)
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- RICS Valuation Survey
- RICS Homebuyers Survey
- Damp & Timber Survey
- Drain Survey
- Wall Tie Report
- Tree Risk Assessment
- Japanese Knotweed Report
Whilst much of what we accumulate during our lives has personal value it has little value to others. This means that much of a probate house’s contents are normally disposed of.
And, while items of value to someone under the Court of Protection will hopefully go with them to their new home, it is likely that there will remain a large amount of belongings to sort through.
This can be a huge undertaking. We can take care of as much or as little of this as is needed for the property to be viewed in the best light for sale. We can:
- Value and sell furniture
- Check and clear loft spaces
- Locate and value jewellery, artworks, memorabilia etc
- Remove personal effects
- Remove damaged carpets, curtains etc
- Empty and clean fridges and freezers
- Deep clean kitchens and bathrooms
- Clean rooms, windows, fittings etc
- Arrange regular property inspections
- Remove junk mail
Garages, out buildings and potting sheds can be easily forgotten when planning property clearance and they can often bring their own unique circumstances.
Vehicles may be roadworthy and ready to sell or they may need towing away. Electrical items will need specialist disposal as can some substances which can be harmful.
We can help with:
- Valuing and selling or disposing of vehicles and bicycles
- Disposing of tools and appliances
- Clearing garages and sheds of anything stored
- Disposing safely of any chemicals, paints or stored fuel
An overgrown or derelict garden can be an eyesore that may not only put off a potential buyer but may also highlight the unoccupied nature of the property thereby putting it at risk.
Restoring the maintenance of a garden is a key part of getting a house ready to sell.
Our contractors will:
- Clear overgrown lawns and flowerbeds
- Remove any rubbish including vehicles, play equipment, garden furniture
- Arrange regular garden upkeep
Any house is easier to sell if the décor is in good condition and fairly neutral. Investing in the property could mean it sells faster and for more. We’ll be happy to advise if we think it would help.
- Boiler servicing
- Boiler replacement
- Kitchen or bathroom replacement
- Redecorating – refreshing walls and woodwork with paint
- Make good any interior damage from accidents, animals, neglect or poor DIY
If your business can provide any of the services above and you’d like to find out more about working with us, please click here