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Making Moving Easier

Making Moving Easier

Moving day can be stressful enough, but a bit of forethought can go a long way.

For example, many people take the opportunity to clear any unwanted junk out of their homes and lives. Charity shops, car boot sales, and friends can be grateful recipients of some items, and hiring a small skip for a couple of weeks (about £100-£150) can be liberating!

Our advice would be to have a clear-out early in the process – ideally before you even put your property on the market. An uncluttered house with tidy cupboards and a clear garage all improve the presentation of your home tremendously, thereby increasing its saleability and possibly its price.

The reduced volume should also bring down your removal costs. You can bring these down further by considering if there are any bulky pieces of furniture that you are thinking of having restored. For example, your current sofa might not look right in your next home unless it is recovered. So, if you are moving locally, why not ask the upholsterer to collect the sofa a couple of weeks before moving day and deliver it, re-upholstered, to your new one?

Do make sure that you plan where larger items are going in advance. It is easy for the removers to put something like a piano in the right room, but difficult for you to move it elsewhere after they have left. As well as making sure that a piece fits in a certain place, do also find out if the access to that place is easy enough.

At Newman Property Experts, we offer a 3D floor plan for every property we market and sell, these can be invaluable when it comes to moving. Having a visual idea of a properties lay-out on paper, with an idea of sizes, can really help in the pre-move preparations.

We also offer Virtual Tours, these can give a real idea of space, offering a life-like 360degree tour of the property. Allowing you to immerse yourself in each room to visualise where your belongings could be best placed.

Finally, direct the removers to pack things you will need on the day such as children’s beds, kitchen and bathroom accessories, clothes, food and work-related items last so they will be the first things to be unloaded at the other end.

Remember – planning is the key to a stress-free move!

Should We Accept The Offer?

Should We Accept The Offer?

When you are planning to move house it can be tempting to accept the first buyer who comes along with an attractive offer. However, buyers come in all shapes and sizes, and it is important to assess your purchaser’s ability to perform before accepting any offer.

We often receive offers from people who themselves have a property to sell that is not yet under offer. Depending on the circumstances, our advice to our seller, generally, would be not to accept such an offer. The main reason is that by doing so, you would effectively be linking – and possibly reducing, the saleability of your own property to the saleability of theirs. Their property may not be as saleable as yours, so you would need to check this out first. Whilst they might tell you that it is likely to sell quickly because of its immaculate presentation, unique architecture or stunning views, these attributes do not necessarily make it a saleable proposition if the price is too high. If, of course, their property is regarded as being more saleable than yours, then it might well be worth accepting their offer.

What about your buyer’s financial ability? Do they have confirmation from a recognised lender confirming that they qualify for the right size of mortgage, subject only to your property being suitable for mortgage purposes? You could also ask for their solicitor to confirm that any other monies required are available.

By accepting an offer from someone who has a property to sell, you risk slowing down your move, and in doing so you also risk your property becoming an old chestnut should their offer subsequently fall through and the property has to be remarketed some time later.

There is more to selling your home than finding a buyer, so do take advantage of our skill and experience in qualifying anyone who makes an offer.

© Copyright 2016 Richard Rawlings except as excluded under licence. 

A Move by Christmas

A Move by Christmas

Many people whose property is on the market now would ideally like to move by Christmas, yet only those who are prepared to price realistically to reflect the current market are likely to be successful.

Buyers who are currently active in the market are now getting increasingly keen to move before the end of the year and we have recently noticed a significant ramping- up of activity.

Despite this increase in activity, your choice of agent is paramount as too many agents are currently making rash promises. If you are selling, beware of the agent who tries to flatter you with promises of an inflated price, or entices you with a commission rate so low (sometimes with hidden charges) that they cannot provide a decent level of service or train their staff effectively.

Whilst the market is in fact quite stable, buyers do have a choice. Buyers buy by comparison, and they will always buy the property that offers them the best value in relation to alternatives available nearby.

So don’t fall into the trap of assuming that because your property is slightly wider than the one on the market next door, or because it has better views or a bigger garden, that you should quote a higher asking price. By doing so, your price offsets these benefits. Likewise, if your house is similar to next door, then you should undercut their price if you are to achieve an early sale.

So if you’d like to sell this year, the rule of thumb for this market is to choose a strong, independent, locally-based agent, listen to their advice, and quote a competitive asking price. With the wind behind you, you might just be in your new home by Christmas. Please feel free to call us for a confidential no-obligation chat.

Property Inflation

Property Inflation

We recently came across this poem about investing in property, and thought you might find it interesting. Once you have read it, and only then, take a look at the date of first publication. Makes you think!

I hesitate to make a list
Of all the countless deals I’ve missed.
Bonanzas that were in my grip
I watched through my fingers slip.
The windfalls that I should have caught
Were lost, because I over-thought.
I thought of this, I thought of that
I could have sworn I smelled a rat;
And whilst I thought things over twice
Another grabbed them at the price.
It always seems I hesitate
Then make my mind up much too late
A very cautious man am I
And that is why I never buy.
How Nassau and how Suffolk grew
New Jersey, Statten Island too
When others culled those sprawling farms
And welcomed deals with open arms
A corner here, ten acres there
Compounding values year by year
I chose to think,
And as I thought
They bought the deals I should have bought
The golden chances I had then, are lost
And will not come again
Today I cannot be enticed
For everything’s so overpriced
The deals of yesteryear are dead
The market’s soft
And so’s my head
At times a teardrop drowns my eye
For deals I had, but did not buy
And now life’s saddest words I pen
“If only I’d invested then!”
Farm and Land Realtor Magazine
October 1917 –one hundred years ago!