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We pride ourselves in offering a personalised, competent, convenient proactive service to all our customers. We do so in finding the right home, property or investment for you.
We will work with you to reduce the time, effort and cost of the buying, selling or letting process, so our clients not only get accurate valuations, but receive excellent customer service.
Looking to Invest in Property?
Sounds like a good plan? So how do you find an up and coming area? Looking for the following criteria is a great start to your search:
If the area already has good transport links or there are plans to improve or add new links then it’s worth looking at property in this area. Once a transport hub has been established you have more than likely missed the boat.
Before you see a rise in prices it is worth paying a visit to the local council offices and ask about any plans to improve transport connections.
Shops and Business Premises
Has the area just opened a new business park? Are young entrepreneurs opening businesses? That’s a sign that the place might be on the up. Take a walk up the local High Street this will give you a lot of information. Are empty properties being replaced with independent shops such as upmarket cafes, trendy barbers, family-run small bakeries and boutique clothes shops? This means people with money to spend will be coming into the area.
Is the local council spending money to do up places that have been neglected? Are the parks, community centres, kids playgrounds and empty properties being tidied up and given a new lease of life? This type of rejuvenation will make the area more attractive to property buyers in the future.
Are the schools in the area doing better than in the past? Parents are always on the look out for an area with a good school. Have a look at the Ofsted reports for the schools in areas which look like they are up and coming. If they are doing well, that’s a good sign.
Sands End in Fulham is a good example of how rejuvenation and improved transport links is turning the area from a run-down industrial quarter into a sought-after part of London with new housing and Victorian terraces selling to willing buyers.
Battersea is fast becoming another jewel in London’s crown. The power station has recently been refurbished after lying empty for around thirty years and the nearby development of Nine Elms is already being marketed to buyers looking for property at over a million pounds.
Another area which is being re-developed and has more plans for future improvement is Elephant and Castle. It has excellent rail connections and plans have been approved for the building of new homes, amenities and shops.
Make Your Home Ready To Sell
Your home will appear larger and more attractive if it isn’t filled with clutter. Now is a good time to get rid of any unwanted or unused items that are taking up space in your home. De-cluttering now means you won’t be taking any junk into your new home either. If there are things you can’t stand to get rid of storing them in a cupboard or drawer will keep surfaces clear. Your home will be easier to clean and will look tidy while your home is on the market.
Clean the Windows
Potential buyers always look out of windows. They want to see the views from the front and the rear. If you have sparkling clean windows the rest of the house appears to be clean too. Browse the web for a window cleaning company in your area so that you can get the upstairs windows cleaned without having to climb ladders yourself. Also, make sure any doors you have with glass in them are clean too.
Check the Exterior
If you’ve got a garden, then mow the lawn and do some weeding. Even if you’re not green fingered a tidy garden will be much more appealing. If you have broken toys or pieces garden furniture throw them away. Get rid of anything that’s just lying around. If you have wooden window frames that look tatty, give them a paint. It might be worth finding a handyman who will come round and do any bits and pieces to the exterior. Make sure the front door is painted if it is solid. A well-painted front door will look smart and give a good first impression.
Paint any rooms that need freshening up. You can use white paint to make it more affordable and it will give your buyer a blank canvas to work from if they want to add colour. Don’t forget skirting boards and the loft hatch if you have one.
Tidy the Garage
If you have a garage give it a tidy up and sweep through. Clean any windows and make sure there’s enough room to get into it. If you use it for storage, try and make sure most things are in boxes. Seeing old clothes and pieces of furniture lying about might put people off.
Make the house smell good
If you’ve got a dog or a teenager with smelly trainers, now is the time to get out the Febreze. A few squirts combined with a plug-in air freshener will do the trick. If you know people are coming and you’ve got a coffee, put it on. Not many people dislike the smell of coffee, even people who don’t drink it. If you smoke, it might be a good idea to stop smoking in the house, especially if you are redecorating.
Don’t forget you could be competing with similar properties in your area, so making your home looks fresh, bright and tidy it just might give you the edge against someone with a similar property who hasn’t been quite so prepared.
Spring In The Housing Market Step
The start of the traditional spring selling period saw the number of sales agreed for the first week in March up by 12% on 2020 despite the current shortage of available stock. Rightmove data shows there is a surging level of demand in the UK housing market, making for one of the strongest starts to the spring season ever.
A record number of prospective buyers are enquiring about properties on Rightmove. Demand in the housing market is 34% higher than the strong pre-lockdown market from a year ago. The average asking price of a property going up for sale has increased by 2.7% in the last 12 months. This has increased the national average to £321,064. Additionally, asking prices grew for the second month in-a-row. A rise of 0.8%, or £2,484, was recorded in March.
Measures announced in the Spring Budget, not only included the stamp duty holiday extension but the mortgage guarantee scheme, has boosted the housing market. Since the day of the announcement, Rightmove have said that they have seen a spike in online property searches.
Already high levels of buyer demand caused by the lockdowns has continued to surge since the start of the year. This demand will be further boosted, as from the start of April the new Government guarantees enabling lenders to bring back 5% deposit mortgages begins.
With demand for homes so high, if you are thinking of moving, now is the perfect time to get your home on the market!
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