Next consider these main points to start with:
- Preparations for selling
Preparations for Selling
If your home is a holiday let then preparation concerning presentation of the property should be minimal as it will probably be maintained and cleaned on a weekly basis. Advance thought should be given to how far ahead the property is booked up for letting as potential buyers may not want to take over those bookings. Check your contract and speak to your holiday letting agent to make sure how much notice you have to give them as well as you may be contractually tied in for a while!
The main reason people want to buy a holiday let is for investment purposes, it is therefore paramount that you are able to give letting figures to potential buyers. They will be interested in where it is advertised, the agent you use, whether cleaners would help with changeovers in the future, number of weeks occupancy, annual income and figures on expenditure for heating, electricity, etc.
If your second home is not a holiday let and is just used by your own family, preparing the property for sale and getting it nicely presented may be more difficult for you if you live several hours drive away. Very often second homes don't get the same regular care and attention lavished on them as main homes do, so starting to spruce it up well in advance is usually a good idea. It's also worth thinking about arranging for heating to be switched on in advance of viewings when selling in the winter and making sure arrangements are made to keep the garden looking its best in your absence.