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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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- Open windows before viewings in all rooms to circulate fresh air. This is one of the simplest things to do. Remember that you are used to the smell of your home, but your buyers aren't.
- Restrict the animals to just one area, then all you have to do is deep clean that one space and you are not fighting a loosing battle. Sadly, not all buyers love animals as much as you might do.
- Avoid preparation of strong smelling foods that might linger.
- Wheelie bins; move them away from doors and windows, especially the front door if possible. Not only does it mean they're not visible upon entry, it should keep the smells out too.
- Freshen your carpets and rugs with 'Shake & Vac', it leaves them clean and smelling nice. Carpet cleaners are especially useful for lingering smells and stains that might need a little more attention.
- Check your fridge for out of date, smelly items at the bottom of the vegetable drawer.
- Freshly washed laundry generally smells nice, you can't really go wrong here.
- Cut grass in the Summer months is often quoted as a favourable smell within a property.