6 Ways to Make a Buyer Feel at Home

As soon as a potential buyer enters your house you want them to instantly feel at home. You want them to form an emotional connection with the property and allow themselves to visualise living there.

The last thing you want to do is put people off by not tending to a few simple projects. Here are 6 things you can do to help a buyer feel at home.

New Carpets and Fresh Paint

When selling a house it’s sometimes necessary to spend some money doing minor renovations that’ll help you get a quicker sale and for more money. Painting certain rooms and putting down new carpet are the two biggest things you can do to help your house sell faster.

Painting a wall with a roller
Unclutter Your House

Get rid of all your clutter. Buyers might not appreciate your magazine collection or the dolls and teddy bears you keep in the guest bedroom. Tidy your home and give it a more minimal feel to allow buyers to see the home for what it is.

Keeping your house tidy when selling
Make Sure it’s Clean

Please make sure your home is clean and tidy otherwise you’ll really put buyers off. That means making sure the bathrooms are spotless, your oven is sparkling and your carpets and upholstery have no stains on them.

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Give All Your Rooms a Purpose

When staging your home for sale it’s important to make sure all your rooms have a purpose even if you just used a room in your house as a box room. If a room in your house is supposed to be a dining room for example then make sure you set it out like that.

a hose being staged ready for selling
Do Your Repairs

Preparing your house for sale unfortunately means doing those repairs that you’ve put off for years. If you’ve something in your house that’s broken then please get it fixed because buyers have an eye for this kind of thing.

fixing a plug on the wall
Lighten Up Your Rooms

A well lit room can make all the difference when trying to make a buyer feel at home. Whether you have to buy a couple of new lamps or open up your blinds and curtains please take the time to make your rooms lighter as it’ll give off a warmer feel rather than a dark and dingy one.

lampshades with colour

You don’t have to spend a lot of money trying to make a buyer feel at home but doing a few simple things around your house can make a massive difference and get your home sold quicker.  

Thinking of selling? Get in touch today for a FREE home valuation.

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5 Mistakes Not to Make When Showing Your Home to Buyers

So your Estate Agent has asked if you will handle some viewings- now what? Giving a potential buyer a tour of your home can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming and really awkward. 

When your house hits the market and viewers start to come into your home, the whole experience can take its toll on you mentally. It’s never easy having strangers walk through your home, pick things apart and rummage through your cupboards and drawers and then ask you: “How much do you want for it?”

As challenging as it may be though, here are the five things you should NEVER do when showing your home to potential buyers:

1. Leaving Personal Hygiene Items Out

Store all personal items out of sight. Some homeowners will leave toothbrushes, razors, trimmers and shampoo out in their bathrooms but this can make a buyer feel uncomfortable while walking through your home. These are intimate items after all and sometimes they’re not pleasing to the eye, so put them out of sight.

A large bath next to a window and sink
2. Leaving Valuable Items Out in Plain Sight

Valuable possessions should always be hidden away. Never give buyers the impression you are affluent as they may try to use this and negotiate a better deal for themselves if they think you can afford to make concessions, potentially leaving you worse off. You also have complete strangers walking through your home who you don’t know and will probably never see again, so it’s best to lock anything valuable away just to be on the safe side.

A small dish full of expensive jewellery
3. Allowing Controversial Items to Be Seen

Not everyone will share your political views or lifestyle choices so if you have fridge magnets, posters or magazines that could have viewers talking for all the wrong reasons, get rid of them. For example, if you’re a taxidermy collector, or have real animal skins and fur around your home, put these away until the viewers have left. The last thing you want to do is send viewers straight for the front door as soon as they’ve walked in.

A fridge dorr full of magnets from around the world
4. Cluttered Up Closets

As invasive as it sounds, potential buyers will always open up cupboards and closets while viewing a house- storage can be a big selling point after all. So, if you’ve shoved all your clutter in them with the aim of hiding it, you can give off the impression your home lacks storage. Plus, it just doesn’t look good.

Tidy closets are best when showing people around your home
5. Get Emotional

You may have lived in your home for a number of years and it’s understandable that you’re attached to it and all the memories that come with it. However, when your home hits the market, you need to get out of ‘homeowner mode’ and become more business-minded.

Always remember that everyone has their own taste in decor, so if a viewer makes a criticism about something in your home, please don’t get emotional or defensive. Remember, you’re a businessperson now.

Staging a home for sale is hugely important. If you’re unsure about how you should present your home to a potential buyer then please ask your Estate Agent for advice before listing your home for sale.

Thinking of selling, get in touch today for a FREE home valuation

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4 Reasons To Sell Your Home In Autumn

Reasons to sell your home in Autumn

If you’re wanting a quicker and smoother sale then Autumn is a good season to put your house on the market. Why? Well here are four reasons…

1️⃣ Less Competition: At this time of the year there are fewer houses hitting the market so that means your property will go up against less competition in the search for the perfect buyer and it will stand out on listings websites.

2️⃣ You Only Get Serious Buyers: With the year heading towards Christmas and New Year, a lot of people want to feel settled by this time so you’ll only get serious buyers looking to purchase a property. They want to get a deal done quickly to allow them time to get the keys before Santa comes.

3️⃣ Kerb Appeal Doesn’t have to be Perfect: Due to the changing weather you can get away with the front of your house not looking perfect. Also, at this time of year people get emotional when house hunting as they want a cosy, atmospheric property they want to spend Christmas in.

4️⃣ During Autumn You Might Have a Smoother Transaction: All parties involved in a house sale have less going on in the autumn; mortgage lenders don’t have as many loans to process, surveyors aren’t as busy and solicitors/ layers have fewer completions and exchanges to handle – you’re almost guaranteed a quicker and smoother sale.

So there you have it, 4 reasons why it could be a good idea to sell your home during Autumn.If you have any questions about getting your house ready for sale during Autumn then please get in touch as I’d be delighted to help you out. Get in touch today! ❤️

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6 Home Updates To Make After A Decade

All homes need a bit of TLC after a while and there comes a time when you have to face up to the fact that, no matter how much you love where you live and no matter how much you think your decor looks great, your home needs freshened up after a while- especially if you’re looking to sell.

So, if you’ve lived in your house for a decade, chances are some things will need to be updated. Here are six things to freshen up after ten years:

Get Painting

This is the fastest and cheapest way to give your property a facelift and breathe new life into it. You may not be a fan of neutral colours, but creams, whites and grey will take years off the surface of your home. Plus, not only do neutral walls make a room look clean and fresh, but they also make it look bigger and brighter too. It’s a no-brainer.

Get painting to refresh your home ready to be sold

Replace your Flooring

After a decade of walking all over it, it will definitely be time to change your floor coverings as they will no doubt be worn, stained and look a bit shabby.

Replacing the flooring in your home will increase its value

Redo Bathroom & Kitchen Sealant & Grouting

If you want a quick way of making your bathroom look fantastic, re-grout your tiles or clean or replace the sealant around your bath, sink and toilet.

Make sure to do this in your kitchen as well. A super-quick way to do this is by using a grout pen which literally allows you to quickly colour in discoloured grout.

Invest in a new Mattress

Ten years down the line, you’ll probably be in need of a new mattress for hygiene reasons as you don’t want to be sharing your bed with bed bugs.

After a while, your mattress will also become a bit lumpy and bumpy, something that can cause discomfort, body aches and interfere with your need for a good night’s sleep.

A fresh mattress on your bed is a great way to add a new feel to your bedroom

Get a new washing machine

Did you know that a washing machine can last up to ten years? After this, it’s highly recommended that you get a new one. You’ll know if you do need a new one if it leaks, there’s a bad smell from it that won’t go away or if it makes a lot of noise.

Older models are not always as energy-efficient as they are now, so definitely consider this if you’re looking to save water and bring your monthly bills down.

A good washing machine should last 10 years

Replace the Dishwasher

As with the washing machine, this is something else you might need to replace after every 10 years. You’ll know when your dishwasher is at the end of its life if the dishes are not getting cleaned properly or if the main control board is acting up.

As with a washing machine, it’s important to take saving water and energy into consideration when shopping around for a new model.

Just follow these simple tips every ten years or so and your home will always look as good as new – and be ready for viewers should you want to sell!

Thinking of moving? Get in touch today for your FREE home valuation.

Call Chris on 01277 595250 or on my mobile 07540 174048.

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What Is your dream kitchen?

The most important room in any home without a doubt has to be the kitchen. This is the heart of any home and it’s where we love to socialise and cook our favourite meals. I’m seeing so many people turning their separate dining rooms and kitchens into one large open space.

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The ideas for your kitchen are endless. I’m always taken back by peoples creations and how they mix up their choice of ovens and hobs. Mixer taps that are unique and inspired work tops. A wine rack and beer fridge are also my favourites.

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The possibilities are endless, I love this rounded style in a galley shaped kitchen. It really makes the feel almost seamless.

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A kitchen island with bar stools can be great when socialising with friends, or just to sit in the morning enjoying breakfast. I love the added touches of the lights in this kitchen. It gives it great character. A great place to have party’s.

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The brick wall really sets this kitchens feel, reminds me of the Master Chef kitchen on TV, a very airy space to put your culinary skills to the test, I also love the contrast of the Brown and white units on display here. What are your favourite colours? Will they work in the kitchen? I’d love to see your kitchens and what inspired you.

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These chandelier type lights and studded bar stools add a touch of class. A lovely blend also of white and grey cabinet doors really set this kitchen off.

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I hope that I have inspired you with a few of my favourite types of kitchens. It’s fair to say that the possibilities are simply endless. But creating the space you want is important. And it makes us feel good when we are socialising or just enjoying a nice cuppa.

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Please fell free to get in touch about these kitchen ideas, these stunning kitchens were Installed by Arthur Anthony Interiors. A bespoke company based in Chelmsford, Essex.

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Comparing House Prices In Brentwood

As we come almost to the end of the year, I wanted to compare the house prices over the last 12 months in 3 different areas of Brentwood. Today I’ve gone with Pilgrims Hatch, Shenfield and Warley. Three great suburbs of our lovely Brentwood. There is certainly a good mix of homes in these areas.

All these 3 suburbs have around a population of 6000.

How much would a flat cost over the last year in these 3 areas of Brentwood? Below is a chart giving the average prices over the last year.

Pilgrims Hatch£233K
Shenfield£292K
Warley£321k
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What is the average price of a semi detached home over the last 12 months in these 3 Brentwood suburbs.

Pilgrims Hatch£418k
Shenfield£669k
Warley£484k
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What is the average price of a detached home over the last 12 months in these 3 Brentwood suburbs.

Pilgrims Hatch£595k
Shenfield£939k
Warley£713k
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Next month I’m going to look at the smaller villages set around Brentwood.

First Time Buyers

Today I’ve been looking at properties for the First time buyers, getting on the property ladder is certainly not easy, but with 2 good incomes this can easily be achieved. So I’ve put together a small guide to help those thinking of making the big leap into home ownership.

1. One Bedroom house

This home costing £230,000 would need a deposit of £23,000, so over 25 years at an interest rate of 2.4% would cost £919 per month

2. One bedroom end of terraced home

This home costing £10,000 more than the first one, with a 10% deposit of £24,000 would cost £959 per month over the 25 years at 2.4%

3. Two Bedroom terraced home

Finally I have chosen this Two bedroom home, with a 10% deposit of £28,000 the mortgage over 25 years at 2.4% would be costing around £1,118 per month,

I hope that helps people to understand the price that you’d expect to pay.

Good luck with your house hunting!!!!