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06Jun

 

If you have had your house on the market for some time without success, dropping your asking price may seem an inevitable, if unwanted, next step. Your estate agent will often suggest this move if they have run out of ideas, motivation and most importantly, confidence in your asking price.

 

But is dropping your asking price really the answer to selling your home more effectively?

 

It’s true that for some properties, reducing the asking price can generate new interest from buyers who would have been previously unable to afford your home. It’s also a step that for some sellers is, unfortunately, necessary – if they have an urgent move, for example, or are facing repossession.

 

However, with many houses – particularly premium homes – dropping your asking price is not always the answer, and it can even harm your chances of attracting a committed buyer.

 

If you’re considering reducing your asking price, make sure it’s necessary and the reduction will make a positive difference to your chances of selling your home quickly.

 

To help guide you, we’ve compiled the DOs and DON’Ts of dropping your asking price to help you get the result you want and move on with your life:

 

DON’T drop your asking price by less than 10%

 

Or it just won’t make any difference to the interest you get. Buyers will usually look at homes 10% either side of their budget anyway, so you’ll need to reduce your asking price by at least that to get your home noticed by a new set of buyers.

 

DO ask your agent why you need to reduce

 

– Your home was originally valued based on sound research and by an expert in the local property market.  What’s changed? Understanding whether your agent misjudged the market, or the demand has changed for houses like yours, will help you make the right decision to either reduce or to stick it out.

 

DON’T keep making small drops in price

 

– A price drop can cause suspicion amongst buyers who may wonder what’s wrong with it?  Why have you lowered the asking price?  A buyer may not want to risk buying a house that seems to be falling in value. A property with lots of historical price drops is inherently unattractive to a buyer, as each drop can signify a red flag, so make your price drop big and impactful, but make it just once.

 

DO drop to the next Rightmove price band

 

– You can find these by going to www.rightmove.co.uk and entering a search. The list of price band that comes up is your guide as to the price your house should be marketed at. For example, there’s no point in having an asking price of £399,999 when the Rightmove price band is £400,000. By positioning your asking price in alignment with the search bands, your house will effectively show up in up to twice as many buyer searches.

 

DON’T try to break the price ceiling for your road or area

 

– Not only does this make buyers jittery, it will also make a surveyor nervous too. Unless you really can’t avoid it, try to price your home at less than the highest price sold in your neighbourhood.

 

[Note: we have previously sold homes at prices that have broken the area ceiling, but they do need careful positioning to reassure buyers and surveyors, so please ask our advice if this is your situation too.]

 

DO ask your estate agent the right questions before you drop your price

 

– If you’re feeling pressure from your estate agent to reduce, or you have a moving deadline looming and can’t afford to drop your price, ask your agent what else could be done to secure that sale, other than reducing your asking price? Have a review with them and look at your marketing critically. Could it be improved? Maybe new lifestyle photographs would attract new buyers. Or showcase your home better with a ‘twilight’ image or aerial shot, to show your home in a new, imaginative way.

 

DON’T give your buyers an excuse to make a low offer

 

– Make sure your home is wonderfully presented, with every room polished and attractive, otherwise you’re literally leaving money on the table. Home styling can dramatically increase the ‘saleability’ of your home, and really helps buyers envision the lifestyle it offers. If you’d like to know about the home styling we offer as part of our marketing, we’d be happy to talk you through it and show you some of our styled photographs. Just drop us an email at KATIE@SAWDYEANDHARRIS and we’ll arrange it for you right away.

 

DO give yourself some negotiation room – but not too much

 

– On average, you can expect to achieve around 95% – 97% of your asking price, with 3% – 5% ‘given away’ in the negotiations with your buyer. This will depend on other factors of course, like how fast your local market is moving, the confidence in the housing market while you’re selling and how long your home has been on the market. Taking 96% as an average, losing 4% of a £400,000 asking price means you will eventually receive £384,000 on completion. But if you reduce the asking price to £375,000 say, you’ll only get £360,000 – a significant drop. Not only have you reduced by £25,000, you’ll also have lost an additional £15,000 in negotiations, putting your total ‘lost’ sale monies at £40,000, a substantial ‘loss’ of 10% of your original asking price.

 

DON’T forget to calculate your price per square foot

 

– It can be a more accurate way to value a house than other methods. Not only this, but a surveyor will use a price per square foot analysis to provide a valuation to your buyer and to your buyer’s lender. If your agent hasn’t already done this for you, make a spreadsheet of the other properties for sale and sold in your area and calculate the price per square foot of each, then compare it to yours. If you’d like our help to create your price per square foot table, or you’d like our template to get you started, just email us on KATIE@SAWDYEANDHARRIS.CO.UK and we would be glad to do this for you.

 

DO remember that sometimes it’s more valuable to you to be able to move on with your life, than to hold out for months – and sometimes years – for a few thousand pounds more. If time is not on your side, whether it’s a selling deadline, or a pressing personal reason for selling in a particular timescale, it may be time to let go of your price expectations, and time to start your new life chapter. Only you can make this challenging decision, but if you’d like to talk it through with us, we’re here to listen and guide, if that would help. You can reach us on 01364 652652- just ask for Katie, for a chat in confidence.

 

When your home hasn’t sold and you’re wondering if it’s the asking price to blame, use the above DOs and DON’Ts as a checklist to see if you’re doing everything you can to get your house sold. If your price per square foot is about right, you’re not trying to break the price ceiling for your area, and your home is presented in the best way possible, if your photographs showcase the lifestyle of your home, and you have time on your side to wait for the price you really want, then have confidence in your asking price. Because if you don’t, no one else will.

 

Your asking price isn’t the end of the story; it’s the opening chapter. Having a strategy in advance will save you emotional stress throughout the process and offers the reassurance of having a plan to fall back on when and if things get tough. Uncovering the reasons your home hasn’t yet sold can help you make the challenging decisions at the right time for you and your personal circumstances, and we can help you discover these reasons with an initial chat. Just drop us a line at katie@sawdyeandharris.co.uk or call us on 01364 652652 and ask for Katie – and let’s get you moving onto the next chapter of your life.

 

 

 

08May

Goodbye Bathroom, Hello Spa-throom

Spa-throom

A good soak in a hot bath has been a staple of our self-care rituals for a long time. It’s the best way to melt away a stressful day or give yourself pampering experience at home, and while your current set up is probably fine we think you deserve better. We’ve got some great ideas to turn your everyday bathroom into a stylish spa-throom, and they’re nice and easy too, so you can start enjoying your personal pamper paradise immediately.

 

Colour yourself calm

 

Choosing calming colours is a good place to start, but you don’t need a full repaint. Add towels and accessories in muted tones to soften the tone, or go full spa mode with crisp white.

 

Invest in fluffiness

 

Spas always have amazingly thick and fluffy towels, so go ahead and treat yourself to a towel upgrade. Getting out of the tub feeling all shiny and new only to dry off with a rough old bit of towelling will ruin the spa-throom illusion, so invest in some premium plushness.

 

Show or stow?

 

Swap your plastic bottles and clinical storage for alternatives in natural materials and finishes, like rattan baskets and wooden cupboards. Keeping your spa-throom clean and tidy will make it much more relaxing, but you still need somewhere to stash your cotton buds and lotions, so choosing a tidying option that’s easier on the eye ticks both boxes.

 

Bath rack ’em up

 

Perfect for calming candles, your favourite face mask and a glass of cucumber water, a bath rack or side table will keep your pamper essentials in easy reach.

 

You better be-leaf it

 

Greenery is good for your air quality and are said to have a soothing effect on the eyes and the mind. Lots of plants will happily live in a moist bathroom environment while needing very little care, which makes them perfect housemates. Low lighting and high humidity isn’t suited to all of our leafy friends, but spider plants, aspidistra, peace lilies and ferns should do fine. Faux plants will also give your room a burst of brightness without the risk of over or under watering, if you’re not so hot on plant care.

 

From “Garden” To Table: Grow Your Own

Garden

For the ultimate in fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients, growing your own fruit and veg is the way to go! It’s a lot easier than you think, and depending on what you want to grow, you don’t even need a garden let alone an allotment. You can get your foot on the fruit and veg growing ladder with something compact and quick growing like herbs on your window sill, or use your window boxes for lettuces!

 

Starting small

 

Herbs don’t take up much room, and they’re handy to have on the kitchen window sill when you’re garnishing your meals, however, your micro garden will benefit more from being in direct sunlight for 8 hours or more. You can boost their light exposure with a fluorescent light overhead. They’re not very picky when it comes to planting conditions, so you might want to retrieve some containers from the recycling and give them a second life. Depending on the herbs you choose, they’ll take around 4-6 weeks to be fully formed, and then you can start harvesting their tasty leaves for a very local finishing touch to your meals.

 

Potted plants

 

Carrots, peas and beans are staples of cuisine, and can be grown in plant pots inside or outside. Carrots will need a bit of depth for them to grow, but because they all grow as individual plants you can get several over a wider surface. Beans and peas will grow upwards and need a stake to cling to, but their vertical growth make them space-economical.

 

Quick growing greens

 

Lettuce is a great all-rounder for salads, sandwiches and sides, and grows quick and easy in a fairly shallow container – you’ll only need about 4 inches of depth.

 

It’s in the bag

 

We couldn’t talk versatility and ease without mentioning the humblest of heroes – the potato. These guys will flourish in a simple grow-bag, so you can prop them up in a small space with ease, and far from being an okay stand-in for ‘proper’ ground space, growing potatoes in a bag, burlap sack or even a cardboard box is better for you when it’s time to harvest as you’ll know those ‘taters will be within a fixed area.

When growing indoors, in a greenhouse or in potted planters, your vegetation will be missing out the added nutrients and soil aeration that worms and insects can provide. You might need to boost your soil with plant feed to get that essential extra goodness in there. Don’t forget that you can use a thin layer of old coffee grounds on the top soil as a slow-release fertiliser for your plants as they contain nutritious nitrogen.

Once you’ve harvested your homegrown produce, serve it up in style. 

 

Source: Dunelm

 

01May

GETTING READY TO MOVE

 

With the property market showing some signs of re-opening, now is the time to get ready to make sure you’re prepared for selling your home, and moving on.

 

Over the past few weeks, house viewings have not been possible. But don’t worry – your estate agent will have been taking registrations of interest from people wanting to view your home, and should have a list of buyers ready to book an appointment as soon as they are able to.

 

So let’s make sure your home is viewing-ready!

 

Use our room-by-room ‘Preparing to Sell Checklist’ to make sure your whole house looks fresh and attractive to entice a viewer to make an offer. Just email us on katie@sawdyeandharris.co.uk to get your copy today.

 

Let’s look at the elements that make up your property marketing, to make sure each one is showcasing your home at its very best.

 

 

 

Photographs

 

Do your outside photographs need updating? The seasons have changed during lockdown and now your existing photographs may not reflect the current time. If your photographs are looking a little wintery, ask your agent if these can be re-taken. With the lovely weather we have had recently, your garden may now be blooming and much more colourful. Your images need to really show off your garden to attract viewers, so they probably need updating now.

 

 

 

Step inside

 

If you have been cooped up at home over the past couple of months, your presentation may not be at its usual standard! Go through your home checking each room to make sure it matches your agent’s photographs. A spring clean will make your home fresh and fragrant once again, so viewers can see it at its best. Check soft furnishings and carpets to make sure they are spotless, and give your windows a clean to make them sparkle.

 

 

 

Tame your garden

 

If the spring weather has caused your garden to become a little out of hand, now is the time to tame it. Your lawn needs to be freshly mown, and the edges neat. Your flower beds free of weeds so your plants and flowers can stand out and any children’s outdoor toys washed and tidied. If your patio furniture is looking past its best and you don’t want to replace it, give it a good scrub; if it’s wood, paint, varnish or stain it, so it looks smart and viewing-ready. Add a flowerpot to the centre of the table for a touch of lifestyle polish.

 

Patios, decks and paths may need a power wash, or just a good brush, to show them at their best. If you have gravel areas, try adding new gravel to freshen them up, or raking over the existing gravel and taking out any leaves and debris.

 

Shrubs may need cutting back or neatening, and rogue shoots over paths should be removed. Hedges too may need trimming.

 

 

 

Getting clicks online

 

With several property websites all vying for attention from millions of buyers, your online advert needs to really stand out. These are five key areas that can help make sure your advert gets the click:

 

 

1. The headline and summary paragraph need to be strong, informative and emotive in order to entice a browser to click to find out more about your home.

2. Bullet points – these need to showcase the key features of your home, make them sit up in their chair and give them a reason to view. For example, ‘Downstairs WC’ – is not so much of a wow factor. ‘Panoramic vistas’ – better. But ‘Romantic, rose-filled garden’ will stop a browser and make them read on.

3. Photographs – these need to be compelling, attractive and up to date. As a rule, up to 15 images is plenty. Any more and you may find you don’t get viewings, as buyers feel that they’ve seen the whole house. Save something for the actual viewing, and leave a reader wanting more.

4. Flow of images – do your photographs flow in the same way as a viewing would naturally do? Starting with a front photograph, followed by a hallway, and then the living room, makes a buyer feel that they can visualise your home.

5. Property description – this needs to be compelling and visual, telling the story of your home. You don’t need a whole essay here – Just a few paragraphs should be enough to compel a browser to want to find out more, and pick up the phone.

 

 

 

Buyers getting mortgages

 

Whilst there was a period of time at the beginning of lockdown when mortgages became difficult to obtain, this situation has, in the main, been rectified. And with mortgage rates the lowest they have ever been in history, many buyers needing mortgages may feel that now is an opportune time to move house.

 

 

 

Family buyers looking to ‘upsize’

 

Some families have spent many weeks cooped up in a house that is just too small for their needs. What they may be dreaming of now, is a house with more reception space, a large kitchen, extra bedrooms, and of course, a generous work-from-home space. And gardens too have recently become a priority for many families. Those without any lawn space may now crave it, and even families with average sized gardens may be aspiring to rolling lawns, orchards, tree houses and space to build dens. If your home offers a family space that will appeal to anyone who has just spent weeks feeling squeezed and even suffocated, it will probably be in demand from family buyers right now.

 

 

 

Your onward move

 

If you have found your dream home, and it’s still available, your focus will be on selling your home as soon as you can. By using our handy checklist, you’ll feel confident you have given yourself the best possible chance to sell and move on.

 

If you have not yet found the house you want to move to, you may find that there are less houses to choose from. We feel that this will only be a temporary situation, as the backlog of homes that have been waiting to come to the market will now launch, and the demand/supply balance is restored. Having a firm offer on your home from a proceedable buyer will give you the buying power you need once the house you really want becomes available, and you need to take quick action.

 

  

 

No interest? Time to go back to the drawing board

 

Are buyers flocking to view your home when they are able to? If not, why not? If you’ve addressed all the ‘saleability’ factors listed above, and you’ve used our Preparing to Sell Checklist to make sure your home is viewing ready, then perhaps it’s time to reassess your choice of estate agent.

 

Sometimes, a fresh approach from a new set of eyes will find new marketing angles, and reach a different group of buyers. Let’s face it, you only need one buyer and a new estate agent could be the key to finding them.

 

As an initial step, we’d like to invite you to have a chat with us – we may be able to uncover the reasons you’re not getting the interest in your home that it deserves, just by looking at your online advert. From there, the rest is up to you.

 

So you don’t miss something that may be the difference between a no and an offer, we’ve created Our ‘Preparing to Sell Checklist’, which is specifically designed to ensure each and every critical aspect of preparing to kickstart your home sale out of lockdown is covered.

 

 

 

Email me now on katie@sawdyeandharris.co.uk with the subject ‘CHECKLIST for your own copy.

 

Getting your home, your family and yourself, prepared and ready to sell will give you the best possible chance to move on as soon as you can. We’d love to help you make your home moving dreams a reality, so if you have any questions not covered in this blog, please email me on katie@sawdyeandharris.co.uk or call us on 01364 652652 and let’s get you moving.

 

 

 

02Apr

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

Are you buying or selling a home right now? Or planning to? Feeling concerned and anxious about what’s going to happen with the housing market over the coming months?Maybe you’re feeling uncertain about what you should be doing and wondering what you can do to mitigate any risk to your financial security.

We are living in unreal times. In this article, I’ll explore what this uncertainty means for you and your family, and explain exactly what you can do to best position yourselves when the housing market returns to normal. Whether you’re selling, buying, or just want some guidance on what the next few months might mean for the property market in our area, this article will help.

 

“What should I do if I am selling?”

Viewings on hold – now that property viewings have been suspended, you may be worried about what this means for your moving plans. When people are uncertain of their immediate future, they are reluctant to make decisions and do anything to change their current status quo. Don’t worry – the buyers who are really keen, will contact your agent and leave their details, so when this situation ends, you may have viewings straight away. Just check with your estate agent that interested parties’ contact details are being recorded.

Online interest – with everyone at home right now, you may get a spike of browsers looking at your property online. Most browsers turn into buyers eventually, and this should mean the property market gets a bounce in a few months, so you need to be ready. Now that the Government have slashed the borrowing rate to the lowest in its 325-year history, some buyers may feel there’s never been a better time to buy a house.

Cheeky offers – we’ve certainly had some very low offers on some of our homes from buyers wanting to cash in on this uncertainty. If you really need to move now, and just can’t wait, you may be tempted to take a low offer, but if you can wait, you’ll undoubtedly get a better price for your home down the line.

Withdrawing from the market – in my opinion, there is currently no real benefit to taking your home off the market right now, so stick with it, but review the situation frequently with your estate agent. We’re currently talking to our clients often to make sure they feel supported in whatever decision they make, and also to ensure they are ready for a potential influx of viewers when the situation returns to normal, and we can start conducting viewings again.

“What should I do if I am buying?”

Lower competition – now there are less homes on the market, and fewer buyers around to buy them – could this be the perfect time to buy your dream home?

Potentially lower house prices – those sellers who can afford to wait to sell their homes, will do so, relaunching once things are back to normal. However, there are some homeowners who have no choice but to sell and move house in the next couple of months, and these properties could well be discounted to attract a buyer quickly. You could find yourself buying at a reduced price if you are able to move fast, despite the current situation. This could especially be of interest to investors right now, and also cash buyers.

Record low interest rates – great news for buyers using a mortgage to buy a home, now could be your best chance to secure a great deal on a mortgage, potentially saving yourself tens of thousands of pounds over the duration of the mortgage.

Virtual viewings – although all viewings have been postponed, we offer an alternative method – a virtual viewing! A myriad of technological marvels mean we can virtually walk you around homes, while you stay comfy and warm on your sofa. Once you are able to view the house in person, you can view a much-reduced shortlist of your very favourite homes.

“What will happen to the property market over the coming months?”

We have 25 million homes in the UK, and each year on average, 1.2 million of them sell.

In other words, just under 5% of homes in the UK sell every year.

In the areas that we operate and the towns we cover, that means there are usually around 225 property sales each year – or just over 4 a week.

This means that when this crazy time is over, and things are getting back to normal, there will potentially be hundreds of homes that come onto the market, that would otherwise have launched during this ‘pause’ period.

This will help you to move on. More homes on the market, means more choice for you and your family and more potential buyers for your home.

If I look into my crystal ball, by June we will have some sense of normality, with the economy running at 30-40%. By July and into August, I expect the country to bounce back and begin to spend. As certainty improves, so does market momentum. I think there will be a big resurgence of demand, and buyers wanting to move by Christmas, at the latest.

“What if I have already agreed to buy a house?”

If you are in the middle of buying a house, congratulations! We recommend you proceed as planned, but maybe check to see if you can get better mortgage terms than perhaps you were previously offered. Remember that house prices rise and fall periodically, which means that if you’re planning to stay in the property for more than say, a year, any risk is limited.

“We’re thinking about moving soon – what should we do?”

Timing is always important when it comes to selling your home for the best price, but over the coming months, it’s going to be crucial. If you put your home on the market too soon, before the situation has been resolved, any uncertainty and practical problems with conducting viewings will mean you are unlikely to get the price you need for your home.

But if you wait too long to put your home up for sale, you may find that the housing market is full of competing properties. This means you could miss out on the inevitable bounce-back in the housing market. This is something we experienced in the early months of this year, once Brexit was passed – there were more buyers than houses, and some of our sellers were delighted with the prices they achieved.

The right time is difficult to predict. But having a plan is vital if you want to hit the market at precisely the right time to benefit from the bounce-back, when it happens.

In a few weeks, when the situation is safe again, Mr Johnson and Co will allow us to continue doing what we do best – selling homes. We may only get a few days’ notice, so we all need to be able to react quickly and decisively. We’ll be ready, and we can help you to be ready too.

Can I help you?

Perhaps you have a burning question about your moving plans, or you need more clarity on any of the above points – whatever it is, I’m here to help at any time.

Email me personally on katie@sawdyeandharris.co.uk or call me on 01364 652652 if you’d like a confidential chat. Whilst I’m working from home over the coming weeks, you can reach me on my mobile – 07768 065532. Just send a text if it’s easier for you and we’ll arrange a time to chat. If you’re home schooling right now, evenings might be better for you, so just ask!

I’ll give you clear, actionable advice on what to do in your specific situation – whether waiting or taking action is the best option for you. Please ask – I’d really like to help you, if I can.

Katie Griffin

 

 

 

11Mar

 

You wouldn’t set off on a road trip without a map. So why start the next stage of your life’s journey without the homebuyer’s equivalent?

 

LET'S TALK FLOORPLANS!

 

It’s no secret that floorplans have long been one of the key ‘must-have’ aspects for those searching for a new home.  A Rightmove study even concluded that more than a third of buyers would be turned off making further enquiries into a property if a floorplan was not available.

Turns out, photos are fabulous, descriptions are desirable…but floorplans are favoured: fact.

 

Speaking of facts, it is the accurate picture painted by a good floorplan that really sells. Let’s break it down a little further to understand just how it is floorplans can help sell your home.

 

 

1 - Get the measure of the property

 

First and foremost, when it comes to floorplans, potential buyers are looking for room dimensions. Don’t make the mistake of including the measurements in the description, where they can so easily be overlooked or skimmed over. Included on the floorplan itself, the measurements make sense and can be seen in clear context.

Whereas photographs often show the current owner’s possessions and fixtures, a floorplan presents the property as a blank canvas, allowing potential buyers to ‘mentally move’ their own furniture in.  After all, who doesn’t want to ‘size up’ their new home?

 

  

 

2. Visual flow

 

 

 

With around 65% of the population reputed to be visual learners, it’s no surprise that floorplans are one of the most sought-after elements of a ‘property pack’.  One home seeker we spoke to commented that they liked to use the floor plan to piece together missing elements from the photography.

 

He stated: “Not all rooms get photographed. Having a floorplan allows me to build a clearer picture in my head and take a virtual tour around the home.”

 

  

 

3. A rose by any other name

 

Such a simple addition to a floorplan, yet so easily forgotten! A compass rose (also known as a wind rose) is a must for any self-respecting floorplan.  A compass rose is used for orientation, displaying the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west) and their alignment in reference to the home.  Quite simply put, this is essential for buyers eager for a south-facing garden for that summer evening gin and tonic on the patio.

 

  

 

4. Overall square footage

 

Floorplans are factual. For the nothing-but-the-facts viewer, they want to know one thing: what’s the overall square footage?  Displaying the overall square footage of your property makes it easy for home buyers to compare homes and discern how suitable your home will be.  Modern homes are clever. A four-bedroom home of the ‘now’ can often occupy the same footprint as a three-bedroom home from the ‘back then’. Having the overall square footage to hand is a great device for showing off the potential of your home.

 

 

5. Master of illusion

 

One thing we can all agree on is that size matters. Floorplans can make homes seem larger. On paper, even the messiest most clutter-filled of homes can present a tidy, spacious appearance. That dingy box room, piled high with memorabilia, its window so darkened by piles of washing and old board games, that the photographer cringed away from it like a reverse-vampire? Its slate is wiped clean by the empty square of potential on the floorplan.  Whilst in most cases, floorplans help to support the photographer’s imagery and add an extra dimension of reality, floorplans can also help to correct any flaws in photography.

 

In awkwardly-shaped rooms where photographers may struggle to fully capture the available space, a visual representation with measurements could help save the day.

 

 

 

6. Colour coded for clarity

 

After a successful viewing, potential buyers can often leave your home buoyant and elated, giddily discussing how they will make their mark on their ‘new home’. However, as time passes, memories fade. Doubt can set in and the bubble can deflate. With a floorplan in front of them, your viewer can keep their plans firmly in their mind’s eye. A handy reminder of how they always wanted a ‘reading room’, or how the potential to create a master suite would be so simple with the removal of one stud wall.

 

To create an unforgettable floorplan, use colour coding to help buyers understand the balance of spaces. For practical rooms, like the bathroom, kitchen, utility and cloakroom, consider rendering with tiling. Use warm or soothing colours for bedrooms and earthy tones for living areas.

 

 

 

7. The full professional package

 

In a world of VIP lounges and boutique agencies, a floorplan is an essential in order to offer the full package.  The absence of a floorplan can seem like a cut corner and can leave home-hunters frustrated and feeling left in the dark.  Providing as much information as possible presents both the seller and agent acting on their behalf in a professional light.

 

 

 

8. Bonus rooms

 

For the most magnificent homes, going on the market for the highest prices, floorplans are an absolute must. Such grand and extensive homes have a niche market and it is vital that they justify their top price tag at a glance. Homes commanding premier prices often come replete with extensive outbuildings, manège, annexes and cellars. Kennels and stables, functional as they are, may not be the most photogenic of places, but a floor plan documenting their existence can add kudos and win viewers.

 

 

 

9. Time saver

 

Lastly, but crucially, a floorplan is a timesaver – for both viewers and sellers.  Being open and upfront about exactly what your home comprises can save both sets of individuals time, money and potential heartache in the long run.  If a home hunter can see that your property isn’t going to work for them from the outset, it’s better to know now than suffer the wasted hours of a fruitless viewing.

 

Instead, save your time, energy and excitement for that perfect viewer for whom your home is destined to be ‘just right’.

 

 

 

If you’d like to learn more about how we create our unique floorplans and how we can help you maximise your home’s potential, we’d love to hear from you and help get you moving. Call us for a chat on 01364 652652, drop by and see us at any of our high street offices or send me an email at katie@sawdyeandharris.co.uk.

 

 

 

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