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Preparing Your Property for Sale

Sellers Guide/Preparing Your Property for Sale

Look at your property from the road.  Does it need painting? Does the garden look tidy?  Does it have that "kerb appeal”
De-clutter – this is the single most important thing to do when you are going to be having people view your property.  Nobody wants to see your clutter – so pack away anything that is cumbersome and pack up posters on walls, knick-knacks, ornaments, books, children’s toys etc.  I know that you have to live but you will sell your home a lot quicker if you have a feeling of space rather than lots of clutter.  Consider having a garage sale to get rid of things that are no longer needed and get some extra cash for it.  The more you can depersonalise the property the better as viewers will then be able to visualise their belongings in your home.
Spring Clean – It is vitally important that the property looks clean and tidy and is free from any odours.  If you have pets, pay particular attention to this.  Nobody wants to come and view a home that stinks of wet dog!  Also if you are a smoker make sure that the smell of tobacco is free from the property and the walls are painted.  If you need to smoke do this outside until you sell your property.  A smoker will not smell the awful stale tobacco but a non smoker will and this could ruin your chances of selling.
Make it as light as possible – whatever you can do to increase the amount of light in your property – do it!  Most buyers will prefer the feeling of bright, airy space.
Think about spending a small amount of money by restoring and repairing as this will pay dividends in the long run.  First impressions always count
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Energy Efficiency Certificate

News - Energy Efficiency Certificate (EEC) effective 1st June 2013

On 1st June 2013 a new law was introduced that makes it compulsory for property owners to obtain a "Certificado de Eficiencia Energética” in order to sell or rent a property.  What is an EEC?

An Energy Efficiency Certificate (EEC) is an official document produced by a qualified assessor that contains information about the energy characteristics and energy efficiency of a dwelling or building calculated according to the calculation method defined by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The certificate provides a rating of the energy efficiency and the carbon monoxide emissions using an A to G scale.

It also suggests possible improvements to make the building more energy efficient. Home owners are not obliged to implement these recommendations. The certificate is valid for a period of 10 years unless a property is extended or renovated.Who needs to have an EEC
Each owner of a building, house or premises over 50m² that will be sold or rented (in principle for more than 4 months a year) must have an EEC. At this moment an EEC is not required for existing long term tenants, only if the tenancy changes after 1st June 2013. It is the responsibility of the property owner to arrange and cover the cost of obtaining their EEC.  The A to G Scale

The most energy efficient homes are in band A and the least energy efficient homes in band G. The homes in band A should have the lowest energy bills. The same scale is used to define the impact of a home on the environment.

The average home in Spain is expected to be band E or F for both ratings. New build houses should be capable to obtain a D rating. Old properties might end up in the G category.