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Use an old mirror to make it feel larger. If you have high stone walls that enclose your garden, consider fence cladding and a climbing plant to make a simple retreat for book reading in the summer.
Got a large garden? Cut the lawn and strim the edges, it makes a HUGE difference. Make your garden look easy to manage, it will be more appealing to a greater audience and will sell quicker.
- Mend broken fence panels and paint them to make your garden look like a place your buyer can spend their time.
- Low fences between you and the neighbours can be off putting; try using large plants in planters create greater privacy from your neighbours and make your buyers feel more at ease.
- Bring in colour; it's a great way to cheer up a dark day. Use bright pots too, then you can take them with you when you leave.
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We are a nation of decisive homebuyers.
We are quick to fall in love with a home and act fast to buy it, a survey by My Home Move, the UK’s leading provider of conveyancing services, has found.
More than three in five (61%) homeowners surveyed were able to buy the home they originally fell in love with.
A quarter (25%) were lucky enough for this to be the first home they viewed, highlighting importance of making a good first impression.
Make it easy for your potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Do all those small jobs, all those 'reasons to say no' which could deter them and watch as buyers fall head over heels for a home that they can make their own.
Here's a checklist that you can use to impress your buyers and make that decision easier and quicker to ensure you get highest from the best buyers;
- Check windows open and close properly (also give your home a good airing)
- Check doors for squeaks and ease of opening
- Replace missing / broken tiles in kitchen and bathroom
- Have the roof checked for any missing tiles/potential problems
- Check guttering and have it cleaned out (especially in Autumn & Winter)
- Fix missing broken spindles on your staircase
- Complete architrave & skirting
- Finish that painting you have been putting off
- Check out cracks in plasterwork/walls, anything that is okay, fill and paint
- Hoover and clean all floors
Got a question? Call us on 020 8432 2800.
Until next time.
All the best,
Lyttons Estate Agents
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A side-by-side comparison of the demand for properties in Alexandra Park, Bounds Green, Crouch End, Highgate, East Finchley and Muswell Hill in October and November 2015.
Unsuprisingly, there is a decline in the number of searches in each area given that we are heading in to the winter slow-down.
Expect to see the number of searches jump in January as more people restart their property search and more properties come to the market.
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How buyers enter your property and subsequently every room in your house is indicative as to what is behind each and every door. The front door especially, sets the tone for the rest of the viewing.
Allow your home to make a positive statement in the mind of the buyer from the get go by making a great first impression as they walk up to your front door.
Something as simple as;
- a fresh coat of paint
- fix/replace any broken window panes
- clean the UVPC to brighten it up
- ensure the handles are fixed on properly and can be easily opened
- the door open/closes correctly and without squeaking
- door knockers / door bells are functioning (otherwise how will you know they are there?!
- letterboxes should be clean and fixed corrently
Especially if you have the benefit of a porch, you add a few easy to maintain pot plants or hanging baskets, if you are short on space to liven things up and add a bit of colour.
- Should all have functioning door handles on them
- Be unobstructed in their full opening and closing
- Swing freely ie. not stopped by carpets
- Look fresh! be it paint or a fresh layer of varnish or polish
- Ideally all internal doors should match, as if they were part of a set
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