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Is summer a good time to sell your home?

Deciding when to sell your home can be challenging. We understand that sellers want to move at a convenient time while also aiming to maximise the sale price for their next property.

Although the property market is active year-round, the summer months are especially advantageous and popular for listing your property for several reasons.

Stable property prices

We recognise that some homeowners have been more hesitant about selling recently. There has been uncertainty regarding future property prices, and sellers naturally aim to secure the best possible price.

While some might believe their property could sell for more if they wait for the market to grow, they also risk getting less if prices decline. A stable market is not only safer for sellers but also attracts typically cautious buyers.

Reassuringly, the average property price in June barely changed since May (a difference of less than 0.0%) and is up 0.6% compared to this time last year, suggesting that prices have stabilised for now.

With property prices currently stable, now is an excellent time to book in a free property valuation from a local selling expert.

Show summer highlights of your property

Summer is the ideal time to showcase your outdoor spaces, so consider sprucing up your garden with some light gardening, lawn care, and staging of garden furniture.

The sunny weather naturally brightens viewings, providing an opportunity to highlight features such as skylights and bay windows.

Photographs taken during this season will benefit from natural light and better weather, making your property more appealing and creating a strong first impression on buyers. Prospective buyers will also enjoy exploring the local area more during summer.

Good time for families to buy

Many potential buyers are likely in the same situation as you, wanting to move before the year ends. This increases the chances that your house could be quickly sold to someone aiming to move before the colder months.

If your property is spacious, it might be perfect for a family wanting to move while their kids are on summer break. This timing would allow them to enroll their children in their new school early in the academic year, or even before the term starts.

Moving in the summer is also more convenient due to clearer weather, making it easier to move your belongings. Some potential buyers may have waited until summer to move for this very reason.

If you want to move this year, it’s essential to take action now.

Selling your property takes time, so it’s best to start as soon as possible. Given that the conveyancing process can take on average around 12 weeks, plus the time needed for the buyer to secure a mortgage, you’ll need to act now if you want to move before winter.

Earlier this year, it took an average of 78 days to find a buyer. By May, this wait time had decreased by 28 days, with Rightmove reporting an average of just 60 days to secure a buyer.

Listing your property for sale now increases your chances of finding a buyer quickly. Get started with a free, no-obligation property valuation from our local experts to get an estimate of your property’s market value.

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Switching estate agents: could a fresh approach be the key to selling your home?

Maybe things started off well, but now viewings are sparse. You might feel your agent’s initial enthusiasm has dwindled, or perhaps you’re questioning if your home was overpriced initially, especially if you’re now being urged to make a significant price reduction.

Being stuck on the market is frustrating, especially when you see your neighbours selling their homes and moving out. It might be time to consider a new strategy. But how can you be sure that switching estate agents will improve your situation?

In this week’s blog, you’ll find all the information you need to switch agents confidently and choose the best one to get your sale back on track.

What is your reason for switching estate agents?

People switch estate agents for various reasons, and some of the most common ones we hear when they come to us include:

  • Their plans have changed, making the move more urgent.
  • Their home has been on the market for a long time with few or low offers.
  • They’re disappointed with the marketing of their home.
  • They’re getting no viewings and no new enquiries.
  • They’re being pressured to reduce their price significantly from the initial valuation.
  • They don’t enjoy communicating with their agent, or the relationship is strained.
  • They’ve lost confidence in their agent’s ability to find a buyer.

If any of these relate with you, switching estate agents could be your next step. Remember, there’s no such thing as an unsellable home, and it’s never too late to start fresh.

What are the benefits of switching estate agents?

Even if your home has been on the market for a long time, switching estate agents might seem like an unnecessary hassle. After all, don’t all buyers just look at the same property portals these days? Isn’t one agent much the same as another?

Actually, there are several benefits to changing estate agents, including:

  • Your property will be reset as a new listing on the property portals (if you stayed with the same agent, you’d have to take it off the market and wait 16 weeks to regain that status).
  • New photos taken from different angles and a new description can make your home look fresh on the market, catching the eye of buyers who may have missed or discounted it before.
  • You’ll have the benefit of hindsight and experience to ask the right questions of your next agent (more on that later).

Switching estate agents can also replace any feelings of resignation with renewed confidence in your move. Whenever you’re feeling stuck, taking action is always the answer.

Review your current agents results and performance

When considering a change of estate agents, take a moment to reflect on your time on the market, examining the interest you’ve received and your experience with your estate agent.

  • How was the communication when booking viewing appointments, providing feedback, and staying in touch?
  • Were you greeted warmly whenever you called, or did you feel like a nuisance?
  • Are your photos and description a good combination that does justice to your home and entices people to view?
  • How many viewings has your agent arranged, and how does this compare to other homes they are marketing?
  • Has your estate agent successfully sold homes similar to yours in the area, or does your listing seem out of place among their others?
  • Is your asking price the one your agent advised, and does it reflect recent comparable sales in the area?
  • Has your estate agent made any suggestions about presentation, either initially or in response to viewer comments?

Choosing a new estate agent

If you’ve decided to switch your estate agent, consider these tips to help you find your new selling agent:

  • Search property portals for homes similar to yours and check the agents’ websites to find the best marketing strategies.
  • Contact your second and third-choice agents from your initial valuation to get their updated thoughts on price, market conditions, and their sales strategy.
  • Look around your local streets for signs from other agents selling homes like yours.
  • When agents visit your home, do they support their suggested asking price with recent comparable sales?
  • Review their terms of business for contract lengths, notice periods, and whether any costs are payable upfront or if it’s completely no sale, no fee.
  • Try asking them to lower their commission rate – not necessarily to pay less, but to identify the strongest negotiator. The best agents typically aren’t the cheapest.
  • Lastly, consider which agent’s company you enjoyed the most. Your relationship will last several months, so choose someone you trust and enjoy speaking to each week.

How to switch estate agents correctly

Once you’ve chosen a new estate agent to take over the sale of your home, follow these steps for a seamless transition:

  • Provide written notice to your current agent according to the terms of your contract and request a confirmation response.
  • Obtain a list of the names of people who’ve viewed your property so you can inform your new agent and avoid potential double fees.
  • Instruct your current agent to transfer any keys they hold to your new agent.
  • Ask your new agent for recommendations on minor repairs or presentation improvements to prepare for their new photographs.
  • Discuss with your new agent the best strategy for selling your home—whether to switch and relaunch on the same day or take a short break from the market.

With these steps, you’ll ensure a smooth transition and a fresh start to get your move underway.

Is it time to switch estate agents?

If you’ve read this far, you’re likely considering your options for switching estate agents and getting your home sold. If so, we’d love the opportunity to show you how we can help you find a buyer and get your move underway.

Give us a call on 01634 570057 or book an appointment online to share your plans with us and see how we can help.

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How long does a valuation take?

When looking to sell your home, getting at least one valuation is essential for determining a reasonable asking price. But what exactly is involved in a valuation? Who conducts it, and what’s the typical timeframe for a house valuation?

Our team of property experts have created this easy-to-read guide to provide you with the answers you need.

What to expect at a valuation

As an estate agent we will assess your home’s worth based on factors like its location, condition, market trends, and size.

We advise that you prepare your home for valuation much like you would for a viewing: clean, tidy, and decluttered to showcase its best features. Our property partners will take photographs for advertising purposes at a later date, but you want to showcase the full potential of your property so that we can decide on its maximum value.

During the valuation process, you can take advantage of the opportunity to ask advice on any minor repairs or cosmetic improvements that might improve your chances of making a sale.

At the valuation’s conclusion, we will provide you with an estimated value, possibly in a range (e.g., £220,000 to £227,000), giving you the discretion to set the asking price. We will also share details of comparable local sales and listings to provide context to our valuation.

An accurate valuation is important for a successful sale, and as local agents we are much better placed to provide a valuation that reflects the current market, supply and demand and local trends accurately. It’s important to note that, a property valuation differs from a mortgage lender’s valuation, which is typically less comprehensive.

Contact us today for a complimentary property valuation!

What are we looking for during a property valuation?

When valuing your home, we will take into account the following factors:

  • Location – As a local estate agent we have an excellent understanding of the area, including knowledge of the most sought-after road and postcodes. Factors such as proximity to amenities, transportation links, flood risk, and access to green spaces are all taken into consideration.
  • Property type – The demand for different types of properties varies across time and regions. Period properties might be highly sought after in some areas, while modern homes are more popular in others. As an estate agent, we understand the local market and current trends which is crucial for accurately valuing your property.
  • Number of bedrooms – Generally, a property with more bedrooms will be valued at a higher price, even if another property in the same area has more floor space or a larger plot. However, if a property has a lot of bedrooms but limited living or outdoor space, the asking price may be lower than a comparable property with a better balance. Families searching for ample space throughout the home are often drawn to properties with multiple bedrooms.
  • Parking – Off-road parking is a valuable feature that can increase a home’s value by approximately 10%. Not only does it offer convenience, but a parking space or drive can also lower insurance costs.
  • Property condition – Significant issues like damp or a damaged roof can reduce a property’s valuation. Buyers often factor in the estimated cost of necessary repairs or improvements when making offers. Therefore, the asking price should align with the property’s condition and the costs associated with improving it.
  • Recent sales of similar properties – As an estate agent, we rely on information about recent sales of comparable properties in the area to determine the appropriate asking price. These sales reflect current market conditions, buyer preferences, and demand for various property types.
  • Plot size – If you have land with your property, our experts will offer an insight into the value of land and property per square foot in your specific location. Typically, the larger the plot of land on which a property stands, the higher the asking price.

If you have land that you are looking to sell, please get in contact with our Land and New Homes Department on 01634 570057.

How long does a valuation take?

We typically recommend allocating about thirty minutes to an hour for a house valuation. Although it may be completed in as little as 15 minutes!

We always recommend allocating some extra time, so you have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the sale. Remember a valuation is not only about getting an idea of the price. It’s also an opportunity to get some tips on how to help your home sell and to see if you like an estate agent. Consider asking the following questions to help in your decision-making process:

  • Have you recently sold any properties similar to mine?
  • What is the average duration for selling a property in your experience?
  • Have you sold any homes on my street or nearby?
  • Can you suggest any repairs or enhancements that could benefit the saleability of my home?
  • What services are included in your fee?
  • Do you provide professional photography services?
  • Do you have any client testimonials or reviews available for reference?

How long is a valuation valid for?

A property valuation typically remains valid for six months. The housing market can change quickly. So, if you do not sell within six months of having your home valued, it’s a good idea to get it valued again. Additionally, it’s advisable to request a fresh set of valuations if significant changes are made to the property. Even minor home improvements have the potential to impact the property’s value positively.

Who can value my property?

Property valuations can be conducted by either an estate agent or a qualified surveyor. It’s advisable to obtain valuations from two or three professionals to gain an accurate understanding of your home’s value.

It’s important to note that opting for the highest valuation isn’t always the wisest decision. Some estate agents may inflate property values to secure your business, and overpricing can result in underselling.

Are you looking for a property valuation?

If you’re thinking about selling or want an estimate of its potential value, feel free to reach out to our experts today. Fill out this quick and easy online form and our team will be in touch.

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4 reasons to know your worth with Century Residential

What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Perhaps in some cases, however, when it comes to owning a home or property this doesn’t exactly work in the same respect. Have no fear, Century Residential is here to keep your mind at ease and keep you in-the-know with the current market.

If you’re curious or looking to get a free house valuation in Medway, Gillingham, and across Kent, then Century Residential are certainly your go-to experts.

But firstly, you might be wondering why getting a free house valuation is so important anyway? We’ve compiled a list of the 4 key reasons that are worth considering if you’re looking to get a free house valuation in Medway, or across Kent.

Selling Or Buying

No-fuss, no muss – Century Residential have a wealth of experience when it comes to selling or buying a property. The reality is, you would not want to buy a home for a price that is higher than its appraised value, and in turn, you would not want to sell your home for a price much lower than what it is worth. Therefore, under any circumstances, you should know the genuine worth of a property so you can make an informed buying or selling decision.

Home Renovation

Thinking of that dream renovation? Looking to make a few minor tweaks? Before you take any steps further, you should make sure that you are investing the right amount in the right upgrades. Whether you’re considering selling your home down the road or not, Century Residential provides you with the real value of your property while factoring in all of the upcoming renovations you might have planned.

Avoid Underinsurance

Are you a victim of underinsurance? Not to worry, this can be avoided or resolved with a proper home valuation. Century Residential understands the importance of making sure a property is insured for its full value, as it is best to avoid any type of claims being reduced due to under-insurance – wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?

Peace of Mind

Life already throws us plenty of curveballs as it is, so why take on any more unnecessary stress? Get the peace of mind you deserve with a free home valuation from Century Residential and always be in-the-know and prepared for whatever you might decide to do with your home or property you own.

Century Residential are pleased to offer you a completely free, no-obligation accurate and factual home valuation service. Through the use of an extensive database of recent properties sold, as well as in-depth knowledge of the surrounding areas, there is no other team quite as reliable as Century Residential.

Know your worth today and get a free house valuation in Medway, Gillingham or the remainder of Kent. For more information on buying or selling land in Kent please contact us today.

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