The key to a quick and successful sale is to create good first impressions.
Sellers who take the effort to present their boat with care and attention are much more likely to receive more serious offers when they put their boat up for sale, so it is worth spending some time preparing your boat to make it attractive to potential buyers.
Bellow, you will find a list of tips on preparing for the sale of your boat:
1. Gather all the boat's documentation:
· Verify that everything is complete and up to date.
· Collect also the history of maintenance and repair invoices.
· In case of doubt, consult with your trusted nautical company for help in compiling and verifying the documentation.
2. Remove personal effects as much as possible to make a good photographic report of the boat. It is especially important to remove from the boat all equipment that you do not want to include in the sale of the boat to avoid misunderstandings.
3. Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the boat:
· The first impression when visiting a boat is the most important.
· Make sure the boat will be cleaned regularly during the winter to avoid the accumulation of dirt and mildew on deck.
· Depending on the condition of the bottom hull, assess the need to polish that part of the hull.
· It is also advisable to use a heater and dehumidifier on board to keep the boat dry during the colder months.
4. Before making a suspension at the request of a prospective buyer, make sure the hull is clean. If the boat is out of the water, leave the hull with the antifouling applied to make it look better.
5. Check that all equipment on board is in proper working condition. For example:
· Safety equipment.
· Rigging, sails and sheets.
· Navigation lights, horn and bilge pumps.
· Interior lights.
· Air conditioning and heating.
· Stove and gas appliances.
· Taps and toilets
· And more...
6. Make sure the engine is running properly:
· Check that the engine compartment is clean and free of leaks.
· Check the condition of the batteries so that the engine starts on the first try.
· It is important to keep the engine up to date in terms of inspections during the sales process.