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30Aug


Are you dreaming of building your own home? It can be a complicated process, so here are some top tips.




- Carefully consider the land’s location, size, and surroundings. Would the property fit in with the neighbours? This will be crucial to get planning approval.


- Always do a land registry search. It’s affordable and can tell you a lot about the land you’re considering. The search will tell you if the property is registered. Unregistered land can take time to get papers in order.


- There are many checks to do before you build. Depending on the scale of your project, you’ll need a bat survey, an asbestos test, and a geotechnical survey. Check there is no Japanese knotweed on the property, and ask the Council if there are any tree protection orders. Without these, unexpected building costs can arise, which can add thousands of pounds to your build cost.


- Put an inquiry into the planning department for £140 to see if they will grant full approval to build. It’s good to do this before you buy to guarantee approval.


- Employ an architect or an architectural designer. Visit the RIBA website to find a list of local firms.


Are you looking for land? Contact Sawdye & Harris to find out what is on the market in your area. 


01Aug


TOP TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN ESTATE AGENT



 


Selecting an estate agent to market your home can be a daunting task, especially with so many to choose from. When trusting someone to sell your biggest asset, it’s essential you know what you’re signing up for in order to get it sold quickly, professionally and achieving the best price possible. NAEA Propertymark have outlined a few things to consider before choosing an agent.


Make a shortlist


Start by creating a list of possible agents. Reach out to family, friends and neighbours for any recommendations. It’s important you do some research to see if the estate agent not only marketing but is also actually achieving sales on your type of house in your area, as some estate agents specialise in specific types of properties. Consider looking on online sites such as On The Market, Rightmove, or Zoopla and check that the estate agent has taken attractive pictures of all the important features of the houses they are selling.


Ask questions and get a valuation


Once you have narrowed down a shortlist of possible agents, arrange a visit to their office to meet them face-to-face as this is a good time to determine if they are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Following this, contact a few different agents to provide a valuation and marketing strategy individually for your property and ask them what their advice is for a successful sale. They should be able to provide some local comparisons and reasons to justify the price they have come up with. Ask lots of questions and make a mental note of the agent’s punctuality, politeness, knowledge of the process and management of your expectations.


What are their fees?


You will then need to look carefully at the nitty-gritty of the contract and the agent’s fees. If you are selling your house using a traditional, high-street estate agent, their fee will be based on a percentage of the price paid by the buyer, but as in any contract check what you are paying for and what is not included. In order to avoid unexpected costs, don’t sign anything that you don’t understand and make sure to ask about anything that is not clear. Avoid tying yourself into a long agency period.

Check industry credentials


Remember the industry is as yet unregulated with little barrier to entry. It’s wise to choose an estate agent that is a member of a trade body, who applies to a strict code of conduct, as this indicates a higher level of professionalism and diligence. NAEA Propertymark Protected agents will give you the assurance that your estate agent follows best practice, meets all requirements of the profession, has voluntarily chosen to be regulated and works to high industry standards. They hold professional indemnity insurance and if they are holding monies are required to be covered by Client Money Protection to give you peace of mind throughout the sale of your house.


See what kind of service is offered


Don’t be afraid of asking lots of questions about the service offered. This includes finding out how easy it will be to get hold of your agent, and how often they will update you on their progress. As a seller, you need to be fully involved and informed at all times. You also need to trust that the agent is batting for you, not the buyer.


Find an agent you can trust


Finally, as a homeowner, having an estate agent that you believe in is a must. Whether through local word of mouth, testimonial or Internet reviews, start off on a good foot with an estate agent that you feel confident in, and with whom you have empathy.


Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark comments: “Choosing the right estate agent is crucial to the successful sale of your property. Working with a professional agent who has an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the local and regional market place will ensure your property is marketed effectively to the right buyers. Contrary to common thinking, not all agents are the same and some will be more effective than others so it’s important that you do your research.


“Picking the right estate agent to market your home can make the whole process run smoother but can also make a difference to the general experience – which should be a very positive one.”


SOURCE: NAEA PROPERTYMARK


30Jul


TOP TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER

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The summer can be a difficult time to sell a property, with holiday season in full swing and families spending time entertaining their children rather than house hunting. However, there are many advantages of marketing a home in the summer and we have a few simple tips and tricks to help you to attract those summertime buyers.


Spruce up the interior

Potential buyers must be able to picture themselves living in your home – they will have varied tastes, so when you’re upgrading the soft furnishings or giving the walls a fresh lick of paint, keep the colours neutral. Light, bright and plain walls will maximise the space, make the property feel fresh to potential buyers, and help them visualise their own belongings in the property.

De-personalise and de-clutter

Before marketing your home, you should think about removing any bizarre personal items or wacky ornaments which may distract potential buyers. Room size is always something house hunters are looking for and de-cluttering will make your rooms look tidier and bigger. Be brutal and get rid of anything that is broken or unused – and it’s a good excuse to have a spring clean before the move too!

Make sure the garden is looking great

Summer is the best time to show off a well-kept garden and can give your home the ‘wow’ factor. Make sure it’s tidied of any litter, you’ve mowed the lawn, removed any weeds, and cut back any overgrown trees which may be restricting light. Plant pots will give your garden a splash of colour, and set up any outdoor furniture – like table and chairs, a BBQ, sun loungers or even a fire pit – so buyers can get a sense of what it’d be like to own your garden.

Clean those windows

The summer sun can really show up dirt on windows, so giving them a good clean on the inside and out before viewings can make a huge difference. You’d be surprise how many buyers are drawn to windows and a streak-free finish will provide a clear view out onto your perfectly pruned garden or spruced up outdoor space. If you don’t have a window cleaner, a bit of elbow grease and a good hour should do the trick to get those windows gleaming.

Light and airy

It’s crucial to maintain a good level of lighting in your home to make the property feel spacious and inviting – the summer is the best time for natural light, so make sure all blinds and curtains are wide open during viewings.

Make sure there aren’t any bad smells

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During the warmer months, houses can often become stuffy and rooms that smell musty can be a huge turn off for buyers, so make sure you’ve properly ventilated your property well in advance of any viewings - particularly those rooms that are rarely used. Open windows and fresh flowers can also help to improve the air quality in the room.

Also, if you have pets, there may be various smells that you’re used to, which buyers may pick up on. Why not ask a friend or family member to look after any pets and air out the property for a few hours prior to the viewing. If you know you have a viewing coming up, you should also avoid cooking any strong smells such as garlic or fish as they can be overpowering and off-putting.

Bathroom makeover

Revitalise the bathroom by making small, inexpensive upgrades that will have a large impact. Add a green leafy plant or a new white shower curtain. You should also clear away any toiletries from the side – they can go in the cupboard, and make sure the toilet, bath, shower, sink, mirrors, and cabinets are all spotlessly clean. Put a new toilet roll in the holder and a clean hand towel out as well.


SOURCE: PROPERTYMARK


30Jul


Most property viewings happen in the first month of marketing a property. What can you do if your home isn’t attracting much attention? 


Here are five tips to make sure your property has more viewings in 24 hours. 




1. Run a social media campaign 


Ask your agent to boost your property on Facebook. They will be able to target people who live in your local area to generate attention. Make sure people can easily book a viewing from the post. 


2. Host an open house 


Set a date for an open house and invite interested people to attend. Most open houses run from about 11am to 1pm on a Saturday. You could get up to 30 people through the door on just one day. 


3. Stage your home 


Are your interiors inspiring? Hire a homestaging firm to help declutter and present your home in the best possible light. This is particularly important if your property isn’t furnished. 


4. Reduce the price 


This is a big decision, but a reduced price will get a lot of new attention. If you need to sell quickly, this is a good option. 


Are you looking to sell your home? Why not contact us today to see how we can help get you moved - 01364 652652.


02Jul


Are you thinking about putting your property on the market, but aren’t sure when or how? We’ve identified some of the best times to think seriously about selling your property.







1. Your family needs more space. No matter if your family is growing or if the people in your house are growing restless, it’s time to consider a change.


2. Look to the seasons. The autumn and spring are known for being good times to sell your property.


3. You’re not excited to go home at the end of the day. Can you rest, relax and feel safe in your home? It should be a place where you feel comfortable, and anything less should have you looking elsewhere.


4. The local property market is flourishing. Speak to your local agent and look around your neighbourhood. More activity means it is a better time to sell.


5. You’re considering buying a new property. If you’re thinking of moving house, put your own home on the market first.


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