Probate Property – How to Ensure You Achieve the Best Selling Price

October 29, 2012

Selling a probate property can be a minefield. Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of a deceased person and distributing their assets to beneficiaries. Executors are appointed who are responsible for gathering in the estate’s assets, including property, paying any debts and releasing assets to the will’s beneficiaries.

Dress to Sell your Probate Property

Before this can be done, a Grant of Probate must be obtained and this can be a lengthy process. In the meantime, a property that may already be tired and outdated, starts to look distinctly neglected. At best, it will look shabby and unloved but if it’s left unoccupied over the winter it will become cold and damp and may also be vulnerable to squatters.

So how can you avoid these problems and achieve the best selling price for a probate property?

Quite simply, the same rules apply as for selling any other property – make sure you present the property in its best light. Homestaging or ‘dressing a property to sell’ is the key here. Start with some basic points.

Cut the grass regularly and tidy up the outside of the property. Give the inside a thorough clean and remove any unwanted or unnecessary furniture or personal belongings. Repair any broken fixtures or fittings and touch up any peeling paintwork.

Home Staging Services LondonBut you could go one step further than this. Why not use the services of a professional homestaging specialist? They can handle everything for you – decluttering, repairing and redecorating, as well as dressing the property to sell. This means adding some contemporary furniture, maybe some soft furnishings and accessories (homestaging furniture can be rented so need not be expensive).

The end result is a more contemporary look and a comfortable interior where a prospective buyer can picture themselves living. The property looks loved and lived in and less obviously a probate property. And that means it is likely to sell more quickly – and for a higher price.

Mansi Mehra

Mansi Mehra

Mansi moved to London from India, aged 20, to study international business at the University of Westminster. Marrying into the Mehra family (she is Anita Mehra's daughter-in-law) has led to Mansi developing a true passion for property. And with her love of design, she decided to join InStyle Direct in 2010 as an Account Manager, becoming Design Director in full profile

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