Homeowners looking to sell properties in the current market should look to tips from conveyancing experts to get homes market ready.

Following the government announcement of the stamp duty holiday until March 2021, the housing market is experiencing great change with many home movers, first time homebuyers and buy to let investors looking to purchase properties. Homeowners looking to sell can capitalise in the current climate by getting houses primed for sale.

From choosing a trusted agent and legal partner, to researching your local housing market and decluttering, the conveyancing experts at JMP Solicitors, have compiled a list of top tips to get your home market ready.

Head of residential conveyancing, Jacqui Harley, said: “Homeowners should act now if they want to sell in the current climate to use time wisely and to their advantage.

“Following the gradual easing of lockdown and with the government announcing the stamp duty holiday, the housing market is in a unique position and there is a hive activity with multiple options to suit those in different positions.

If you are looking to put your property on the market, kick start the process now using a handy list of tips from our conveyancing experts to prepare your property, so it can be in the best state for sale – allowing you to sell and move swiftly in these times.”

Choose your agent

Whether you want to use a traditional agent with high street branches or an online service, you have the time to do your research on what they offer and what they charge. Also ask your friends and family in your area for recommendations of agents they have received a good service from.

Choose a trusted legal partner

To find your conveyancing expert, ideally go on a recommendation of a friend or loved one and ensure that the solicitor will give you a personalised service at a competitive price. Selling your home and moving is a busy and often stressful time and your solicitor is there to help you navigate through the process, and give you peace of mind that you are getting the best possible service.

Research your local housing market

Do your homework on what the value of your home should be. Many of the leading property sale websites have information on previous house sales on your street or in your area. Take note of comparable properties square footage, number of bedrooms and outdoor space. Once you are able to appoint an agent in due course, this information will serve you well when agreeing the sale value of your home.


When a home is clutter-free, buyers find it easier to imagine their belongings in the place of yours and build a picture of their life in your home. Store what you can out of sight and ready for your move.

Deep clean a go-go

Don’t let dirty floors, dust or animal odours put off prospective buyers. While we are currently unable to call in the professionals, we can tackle the ubends and smeary windows ourselves.

Spruce up your home

First impressions mean everything to homebuyers and now is the time to tackle those manageable DIY projects and other jobs that you have been putting off. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or fixing that drippy tap, it will all have a positive impact on that first impression.

Stage your home

Research shows that staging your home can help to sell it faster and at a higher sale value. The good news is that staging is easy and affordable to do. Ensure the entrance to your property is smart and welcoming from the front garden through to the reception area. Small touches such as fresh flowers or house plants bring the outdoors in and the smell of freshly brewed coffee can make your home feel inviting and authentic.

Let there be light

Ever noticed that when you view a home all the wall lights and side lights are on? It’s a selling tactic and it works, lights create a warm and homely atmosphere. Stock up on bulbs ready for your viewings.

Jacqui Harley is a licensed conveyancing technician and a conveyancing executive at JMP Solicitors, heading up the Residential Conveyancing department. For further advice please call Jacqui on 0800 085 9966 or email jharley@jmp-solicitors.com.