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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A guide to downsizing your home

After dedicating years to climbing the property ladder, the idea of moving to a smaller home may leave you feeling unsure. However, downsizing not only offers immediate financial benefits but can also lead to long-term savings and open up new opportunities.

To help you in make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to downsizing your home. Drawing from our extensive experience in helping hundreds clients through this process, we offer valuable tips and strategies to support you along the way.

Is it worth downsizing your home? 

Determining whether downsizing your home aligns with your needs is a decision that rests solely with you. Before reaching a conclusion, it’s crucial to weigh various factors, including your financial situation and space requirements. Here, we’ve gathered some of these considerations along with responses to common questions asked by our clients.

What to consider when downsizing your home

When thinking about downsizing your home, it’s essential to take into account various factors. Before making a decision, consider the following:

  • Your finance: Downsizing could lead to a smaller mortgage, resulting in reduced monthly payments or even achieving a mortgage-free status. Additionally, there may be savings on council tax, heating, and electricity expenses.
  • Maintenance: Larger homes often require more upkeep, which can become overwhelming. If you’re feeling burdened by maintenance tasks, a smaller home might be more manageable.
  • Your new home: Remember that this is still a move. Can you afford the property you want? Do you know what you want from your next home? 
  • Associated costs: Each move has its own expenses, including removal costs and stamp duty. It’s crucial to factor these costs into your decision-making process.
  • Flexibility: Consider whether having extra space is essential for hosting guests, pursuing hobbies that require ample room, or potentially renting out space. Evaluate whether you’re willing to give up this flexibility.
  • Long-term plans: If you’re not sure where you want to live for the longer term, perhaps for your retirement, you may want to hold off on downsizing so as not to go through the upheaval of another move. This will also save you the costs of multiple moves. 
  • Motivations: Reflect on why you’re considering downsizing. Ensure that your decision aligns with your genuine motivations to prevent potential regrets post-move.

What happens to my mortgage if I downsize?

Depending on the value of both your previous and new homes, you might secure a reduced mortgage or none at all.

If the sale of your old home provides you with more than the value of your old mortgage, you can use the money to pay off that mortgage. You would then use the remaining money to take out a mortgage on your new home. Downsizing to a home of a lower value means that your monthly mortgage payments will be lower. Depending on the value of your old home and the size of your new mortgage, you may even have some money left over.

Alternatively, if the proceeds from the sale of your old home can pay off your old mortgage and buy your new home outright, you’ll have no mortgage at all! If you would like advice on your mortgage please contact our partnered mortgage broker The Residential Mortgage Hub – click here to book an appointment.

Is it worth downsizing to be mortgage-free? 

Every homeowner dreams of being mortgage-free, and downsizing presents an excellent opportunity to make that dream a reality. If the proceeds from selling your current home are sufficient to clear your mortgage and cover the expenses of your new property, you’ll enjoy:

  • Reduced monthly expenses: Eliminating monthly mortgage payments eases financial strain, particularly as retirement approaches.
  • Better financial security: Owning your home outright gives you increased financial freedom, especially if you’re approaching retirement. 
  • Greater opportunities: Freed from mortgage obligations, you can redirect funds towards savings, investments, luxury holidays, or providing support to family members.

However, it’s important to acknowledge that downsizing entails its own costs, and the decision involves your cherished home. While achieving mortgage-free status is undeniably appealing, it’s wise not to part with a beloved home unnecessarily.

Before making any major decisions, seek advice from a financial advisor and consult your mortgage lender to assess the most suitable course of action.

When to downsize your home

Deciding when to downsize is as personal as determining whether downsizing is the right choice at all. Ultimately, only you can decide the timing that feels right for you.

Some opt to downsize as soon as the move will help them become mortgage-free. Others wait until they begin planning for retirement, while some postpone until after retirement, once they’ve mapped out their next steps.

It’s important to consider that downsizing can lead to reduced monthly expenses, even if a mortgage is still in place. From a financial standpoint, downsizing sooner rather than later often makes sense.

On the other hand, if your children aren’t settled in their life away from home just yet, you may want to hang on to the extra space in case you need it. Alternatively, if they’ve started their own families, having space for visits or sleepovers with grandchildren could be a priority.

Ultimately, only you can decide when it’s time to downsize. If you’re uncertain about the financial implications, consulting a financial advisor is advisable to gain clarity and make an informed choice tailored to your needs.

Is now the right time to Downsize for you?

If downsizing aligns with your needs and the timing is right too, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team members today to find out how we can help you downsize your home and start your next chapter. We have a proven track record of helping many clients in finding their ideal homes by listening to their requirements and using our local knowledge to find suitable properties.

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February revealed as the best month for selling homes

Based on an analysis by Rightmove, the UK’s largest property website, February stands out as the optimal month for selling homes. Offering those who list a property for sale with the greatest chance of securing a buyer quickly.

The study, based on millions of properties listed since 2012 (excluding 2020 due to the Covid pandemic), revealed that, on average, homes listed in February took 51 days to find a buyer. This surpasses March by a day and aligns with January. Additionally, approximately 66.4% of homes listed in February successfully found buyers. This shares the top spot with April and narrowly surpasses March’s 66.3%.

Moreover, February listings show the highest probability of completing a sale and the lowest likelihood of being withdrawn by the owner. Rightmove emphasised that March also ranked high in the analysis. The data underscores that those preparing to sell at the onset of spring position themselves better for a successful move in 2024.

Whats happening in the current property market?

The current property market shows an 8% increase in the number of buyers contacting agents about homes for sale compared to the previous year, accompanied by an 11% rise in the number of new properties listed by sellers.

But we understand that you can’t always plan or predict when a move is needed. But for those who have the flexibility to move whenever desired we advise from our experience in selling homes the strength of the market is particularly higher at the beginning of the year. Ultimately, the best time to get moving is the time that’s right for you. And our team of experts are here to help you whenever you need us.

Want to find out how much your home is worth?

If you are considering selling your home or simply want an idea of what it may be worth – please contact our expert team today to see how we can help you. 

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Benefits of selling with an independent estate agent

Despite the growing demand for properties in Kent, many homeowners still find selling their property to be a difficult task. In this competitive market, you need to make your house stand out from the rest of the crowd by effectively market your property, and manage numerous legal and administrative issues.

This is where the services of an estate agent are here to help. We have the expertise and proficiency to make the process much smoother. We will be able to help you to sell your home conveniently, faster, and at a better price. Hence, this is why most people turn to independent estate agents for support.

There are several benefits to selling your home with the assistance of an independent estate agent.

An independent estate agent is familiar with the area

When it comes to selling or presenting any property, local knowledge goes a long way. In comparison to an online or larger agent who doesn’t have this knowledge, an independent local estate agent, who is likely to have a database of potential buyers, who knows the market, and where you can get all of the required information and facts about the property, will deliver a more specialised and personalised service.

A knowledgeable agent can provide information that extends beyond knowing the local bus or train routes, which can easily be found online. They will be more familiar with the area. And their presence will allow them to not only attract buyers to the property itself but also highlight the appeal of the surrounding area. This enables them to effectively market properties using the most impactful strategies available.

Independent estate agents have built a name, trust, and relationships in the community

The fact that a local independent estate agent from the area is likely to be well-known and recommended has significant appeal. If they have assisted a number of other homeowners in finding their dream house or selling their property, they naturally inspire confidence and trust, qualities that individuals seek when navigating the process of buying or selling a house.

Additionally, having your property promoted or advertised by a local independent estate agency can greatly enhance its visibility. It can also ensure that information about your home spreads swiftly, reaching a broader audience.

An independent real estate agent will devote more time and attention to you

A local independent estate agent will dedicate ample time and personalised attention to your needs. In contrast, agents from larger firms often have specific targets and handle extensive portfolios. Consequently, they might lack in-depth knowledge about your property and struggle to fully understand your requirements due to time constraints. They may not have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with your home thoroughly, offer tailored advice, or help you enhance its presentation.

Opting for an independent estate agent can provide peace of mind when you’re selling your home or looking for reassurance throughout the selling process.

Final Thoughts

Do you want to talk to our team about the benefits of selling with a local and independent estate agent? You can contact our experts at CR Real Estate to learn more.

We would be delighted to hear from you and assist you with all of your estate agent requirements. We will provide you with the finest quality service and ensure you receive the best support that you deserve.

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Why reducing the price of your property could help you sell

In previous years, decreasing your property’s price was viewed as unfavourable. It projected an image of desperation, potentially allowing buyers to exploit this and present unreasonably low bids. However, with the evolving property market, does this perspective still hold true?

Price reductions and the property market

Well, no not really. Since the last recession in 2008, attitudes toward reducing property prices have significantly eased. Given the dynamic nature of the property market, achieving absolute precision right from the start can be nearly impossible. Determining the appropriate market value for a property is essentially an approximation; there are no fixed guidelines or no crystal ball, just a rough estimate based on the seller’s and agent’s assessment of the property’s selling potential. Occasionally, adjustments are necessary, and in this age of technological advancement, a price reduction can, in fact, yield favorable results in your sales strategy.

It’s no longer stigmatised and won’t generate unfavourable perceptions about the property. Buyers may notice that the price has dropped; but they may view it positively, recognising your commitment to selling rather than interpreting it as a sign of desperation.

Why do some see it as a negative?

This could be down to our shift in our consumer mindset as it operates similarly when it comes to Property. Just as we’re accustomed to High Street stores frequently offering sales or shopping at designer outlets with clearly marked recommended retail prices (RRP) and discounted rates; we don’t devalue the clothing or decide against a purchase simply because no one else bought it from the original store; we merely accept it as an item we like and wish to acquire at a reduced price.

This same adjustment in our buying psychology might apply to the property market. When we encounter a property that has adjusted its pricing, we don’t automatically assume it’s inferior or that the sellers are desperate. Instead, we perceive it as a discount, a valuable opportunity. This perspective can motivate a hesitant buyer to make an offer they might not have otherwise considered. It may act as the gentle push they needed to take action.

What can a price reduction do?

Reducing the price, when required, can prove to be a beneficial strategy and may be the key to sealing the deal.

  • Revitalising the property’s marketing and promotion, including mailing campaigns and re-matching with potential buyers. This is similar to giving a post on social media a boost.
  • This approach introduces the property to a different pricing tier. Attracting a fresh set of buyers who may not have been aware of its availability, as it was previously outside their budget range.
  • For those who previously viewed the property at its higher price, the reduction might now align more closely with their perception of its value, potentially rekindling their interest.

Want to discuss your property?

A reduction in price can often unlock the path to a successful sale. Especially when your property has been listed for several months without any positive outcomes, despite all other efforts.

If you’re facing challenges in attracting viewings and are eager to sell your home, reach out to our property specialists. They can assess your marketing strategy and provide guidance to help you start receiving those coveted offers.

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Can you switch estate agents if you’re not happy?

How often do you switch bank accounts? Or doctors? Or even hairdressers? We expect it’s not that often, most of us have the same bank account we opened as a child. It doesn’t matter how bad the interest they pay on your savings; or how terrible the customer service is. It feels like so much hassle to switch to a new bank that we simply don’t do it. 

Well, it’s the same for estate agents. 

Perhaps you haven’t quite had the interest that you’d hoped for or even had offers that were lower than you were expecting. Maybe you were promised a certain level of service by your agent, but they haven’t kept their promises? Or perhaps you simply haven’t heard from them since signing your contract?

Either way, it’s possible to change if you are feeling underwhelmed, disappointed or disheartened with the property sale experience. And it is actually easier than you might think. Yes, you’ll have to consider and follow the terms of the contract you have signed; but it is possible to change to a different estate agent, and it’s more common than you might think. 

Don’t worry, you’ve not lost or wasted anything that has happened already. The previous agent will list all the interested parties they’ve introduced your property to while marketing it. If a buyer comes along that has already viewed your property, no problem, they can still purchase as usual.

Statistically, over 60% of homeowners that switch their property marketing to a new estate agent will sell with the second agent, so maybe a change is just what you need? 

As a property sits on the market, it can become a little stale. After 4 weeks, property websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla will stop promoting the property to their audience in favour of the newer instructions. After 6 weeks, your estate agent will usually have exhausted all the potential buyers on their database. And after 8 weeks, your agent will probably begin to suggest a price reduction (this is the only way to rekindle the interest levels in the property so that you move into a new bracket; and, therefore, a new group of potential buyers that perhaps couldn’t afford the property previously). 

But, if you were to change agents, you could tap into a new database of buyers. And with a fresh approach and renewed marketing, your property marketing and listing will have a new lease of life. This could be just what you need to get that elusive sale. 

So, what should you do to switch agents and get your property sold? 

You need to give proper notice. The terms of a contract with an estate agent may prohibit multiple agencies. This can be bad news if you don’t provide the proper notice because, if you do get a buyer for the property, you could be liable to pay fees to both agents – a costly mistake. 

You need to choose your new agent. By contacting one of the agents that impressed you from your initial valuation appointments, trying someone new or a recommendation from a friend or family. 

Revalue and assess the marketing you’ve had so far. Your new agent will prepare their marketing materials, so perhaps you can change how the property is presented. This is the chance to consider staging the home, and showing off the lifestyle that the buyer could have if they bought your property. Staging can create interest and add a vibrant pop of colour to your photographs that could entice a buyer and grab their attention as they read their emails or scroll through the websites. 

Think about the feedback that you’ve had. Of course, some of the feedback may have been somethings that you simply can’t do anything about. Perhaps it was too small or simply not suitable for some viewers. But, if you’ve had constructive feedback, consider dealing with these issues to encourage other buyers.

What if you’ve had no feedback? If you’ve had no viewings or no feedback from those viewings, perhaps look at your property through different eyes. Look objectively at your home and think about how it seems to a stranger. For example, it’s easy to overlook clutter and piles of things in our homes because we see them every day. But these things can stand out to a stranger looking to buy a property. 

Overall, it’s easier than you think to change estate agents, and a fresh outlook could be the key to finding a buyer and getting that all-important sale. 

To find out how we can help you sell your home get in touch with our team today. 

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Why you shouldn’t neglect your garden when selling your home in Kent this spring

It is official, we are now in spring; we can now all enjoy those longer days and better weather, and watch whilst flowers bloom and trees blossom. It is the season where Mother Nature loves to show off her splendour, and when it comes to selling your home, you need to be doing the same. Spring is the best time of year to sell your home, and according to Rightmove, this is because of record prices, the imbalance between demand and supply as well as the prospect of finding a buyer the first week your home is on the market. And whilst your focus may be directly internally, we want to make sure you understand why you should not neglect your garden when selling your home this Spring in Kent.

It’s a blooming market

Those who weren’t ready to take advantage of last year’s rush now have another chance to get on the market while these conditions last”, Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s Director of Property Data comments. Anyone selling their home wants to ensure they a maximising their sale in every way – who wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to add some value, and your garden is a hidden gem. According to Good Move house experts, “Transforming your garden can be the most fruitful way of adding value to your home, with a well-kept garden raising prices by around 20 per cent.” Although many home owners understand the potential their garden holds can bring to the value of their property, there are many that ignore this area when preparing their home for sale. 

Lockdown goals

Lockdown saw many of us turning our time to our gardens: bars were erected, decking built and outbuildings constructed creating havens for us to enjoy whilst the strange times we were living in passed us by. Potential buyers, too, wish to imagine themselves spending time in a garden that is ready to enjoy, not one that has a wild side and needs a lot of work to restore. Your garden is an extension of your home, and should the sun be shining, buyers love to imagine themselves al fresco dining or enjoying a tipple or two. Don’t put barriers in their way by making them struggle to see what your garden has to offer – make it the dream they have been seeking not the jungle they wish to forget.

It needs to be green

There is something very attractive about a healthy lawn, one glistening in shades of green without a balding patch in sight.  Yet we all know how much maintenance it takes to keep a lawn looking green and healthy.  For many of us, those perfect contrasting green lines of grass are something we aspire to but never quite achieve.  If your lawn looks like it has seen better days, it may be best to invest in some new turf.  It may feel like an unnecessary expense, but having your garden in the best possible condition could add value to your home and, what’s more, help it to sell more quickly.

Just like new

It isn’t just your lawn that needs to look healthy and just like new; the winter months having taken a toll on many a home’s exterior, especially with the storms we have had. Paint and stains have faded on gates and fences, decking may have some slippery grime or peeling stain, weeds have been springing up and some plants may have a survived for another season. Yes, there is work to be done, but the benefits are certainly worth it. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer: how would you feel about seeing a garden in tip-top shape and full or colour, compared to one that has seen better days? Your offer may reflect how you feel, so make sure that your buyers see the value your garden brings to your home.

Bring the lifestyle to life

Adding some finishing touches to your garden for a viewing brings to life the lifestyle your home offers to a potential buyer.  A viewing is the opportunity for your property to transform into a home for sale. You want that show home feel that is organised yet warm, welcoming and intoxicating. 

A table and chairs is just that, but add a tray with a couple glasses and a bottle and suddenly your buyers are seeing themselves sitting there on a warm spring evening. A wall seat may go unnoticed, but a throw, a cushion and a book transforms it into a cosy space to while away an afternoon. No matter the size or style of your garden, there are little touches you can add to bring your space to life. You don’t need to go overboard, just a couple here and there is enough to get a buyer’s mind starting to imagine living there.

It deserves it

Give your garden the spring clean it deserves, and you are putting your home in the best position for selling in this busy spring season. For more advice on how to prepare your Kent home for sale, call a member of our sales team on 01634 570057.

Content contributed by The Federation of Independent Agents.

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Do I really need a for sale sign when selling my Medway home?

Not everyone loves a for sale sign outside their home; and as you venture around Medway you will see a variety of property boards. But, as common as they are, not everyone wants to have a for sale sign outside their home.  People have a variety of reasons they are not a for sale sign fan – they may not wish for their neighbours to know they wish to move, or potentially risk having random strangers knocking on their door. Yet there are many advantages to having a for sale sign that you may have overlooked; which is why our team at Century Residential would like to share with you the value of having a sign when you’re selling your Medway home.

Powerful marketing tool

In such a competitive property market like we have been seeing in Medway for the last year or so; one of the most powerful tools we have is the for sale sign. With the advances in technology and a variety of ways to search for property online; over 90% of buyers will begin their search for a new home there. However, not all buyers are actively looking for a home; and we regularly receive calls from potential buyers who have seen a for sale sign outside a property that is of interest.

These buyers may have had their eye on your home for some time, or have fallen in love with the street where you live. Moving has been a niggle and not a impulse, but when they see the house that has caught their attention and been hard to forget; that niggle starts to grow into action and before they know it they are making a call to us.

It starts with a chat

It isn’t only us who are in love with property and know which new properties have come onto the market in our area. Once a board has gone up, it doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s not just friends and family that start to talk about your move; but neighbours and people within your community, as well as passers-by, could spread the word. Word-of-mouth marketing is organic: your home can be mentioned in a chat with a friend, who then mentions it to a neighbour, who then jumps on the internet to have a look. Conversations about property are a valuable way of reaching potential buyers and helping them to find their dream home; you never know, the next conversation could be about yours.

Can help to sell more quickly

Having a variety of marketing tools including the for sale board can help sell your home more quickly. The more awareness we can create for your property, the more potential buyers we can reach, which in any kind of property market is going to be an advantage. At Century Residential we are not in business to list as many homes in the area as possible so that our boards become an eyesore. When we value your home, the figure we present is what we know can be achieved by our team to get your home SOLD. We will always negotiate to get you the highest possible sales price, but no one wants a for sale sign gathering dust outside their property because their house was on the market at an unachievable figure.

It’s a visible marker 

Not every property is easy to find, house numbers can often be obscured or missing, street lighting not effective, and streets can feel hidden. You want any potential buyer arriving at a viewing feeling positive and excited; not frustrated and annoyed because they have spent the last 20 minutes struggling to find your home.  A for sale sign clearly indicates where your property actually is; making find you for a viewing an easier and calmer experience for buyers.

Is this what you want?

Sometimes, unknowingly, we can put obstacles in our own way to delay or prevent things we are not exactly sure off. If you are against having a for sale sign when selling your home, you need to ask yourself why?  Could it be you are not ready to move and, if so, you may find you unwillingly continue to place obstacles during the sales process making the experience not fun for anyone. If you are questioning if you should have a for sale sign, ask yourself, is this move something that I really want?

No one puts Baby in the corner

This famous Dirty Dancing quote is perfect to stress to you that when you are selling your home you want it to be seen, to shine and sparkle in the spotlight. A for sale sign is a wonderful way to make sure that your home receives the attention it deserves, and you could soon be dancing your way to a sale. If you are ready to sell your Medway home, call our team today on 01634 570057 .

Content contributed by The Federation of Independent Agents.

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Why you need to get moving if you want to sell your home in Gillingham

Selling your home can often involve some tactical decisions, as well as those practical and heartfelt ones. Only you know when you feel the time is right to place your home on the market; but according to the experts there is one month proven better than others. Recent data from Rightmove confirms that March is the best month for sellers; as it is the time with the highest number of potential buyers per available property. This is why you need to get moving if you want to sell your home in Gillingham.

“There is usually a wave of buyers in March through to spring, who are hoping to be in their new home by the end of summer, or are acting on a desire to move which has been growing since the start of the year. This means that sellers coming to market at this time are often met with plenty of interest for their home, in many cases leading to a successful sale,” states Tim Bannister, Director of Property Data at Rightmove.

Spring into action

One of the beautiful things about spring is how everything starts to come to life; there are signs now, such as daffodils starting to bloom. Just as nature dusts the cobwebs of winter, it is time for you to spring into action and prepare you home for sale if you want to take advantage of this seller season. But where should you start?

It may sound a bit cheesy but, honestly, a spring clean is the best starting point there is, and we don’t just mean a physical one. One of the main barriers that many sellers have when selling their home is letting go. You may be all for a move, but are you ready to see your home for what it is, flaws and all, and make the right changes to attract the bounty of buyers? It is not always easy to see your home as though you were a buyer, but by doing so you are doing everything you can to maximise the value of your home.

A spring clean isn’t only about spotless windows and pristine floors; but at the heart it’s ensuring your home is organised, clutter free, and homely. Many sellers when preparing their home for sale can go too far; creating a sterile scene that is soulless and void of personality. Take some inspiration from show homes and home magazines where rooms are clean and tidy but have beautiful touches; such as vases of flowers, carefully put together book shelves, and accessories which complement the décor.

Get it right from the start

From the first photograph presented online, to the sight when a buyer takes those first excited steps towards your home; no matter how beautiful your home looks inside, first impressions can make a huge impression when it comes to viewing or buying a property. Over the last few weeks our homes have been battered by winds and rain leaving our exteriors not looking their best, which is why it is essential you put some work in.

Freshen up any paintwork, tidy your garden and add some seasonal plants; (let’s face it a garden or planter always looks a thousand times better when it has some colour in it). We cannot promise a sunny day when it comes to viewings; so the more you do to add some life to your home’s kerb appeal can only help those active and determined buyers who choose your home to view.

Last but not least give us a call.

When it comes to the Gillingham market, we are the experts you need to navigate you through the entire process; from ensuring it is priced correctly, through negotiating offers to working tirelessly throughout the sales process, so your home doesn’t just sell but is successfully sold. Therefore, if you are looking to sell your home, call our team at Century Residential on 01634 570057 today.

Content contributed by The Federation of Independent Agents.

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How to sell your Medway home this Halloween

The summer has well and truly gone, and there are even signs that Christmas will soon be here; judging by goods in the shops and some ads on TV. But before we deck the halls and hang the tinsel; we have a more eerie celebration on the cards, when the spooks and ghouls rule the night. Since the fright night has been somewhat reduced over the last couple of years; we know that many of our local residents are looking forward to celebrating in style. How should you decorate your Medway home if you decide to sell this Halloween?

Does spooky sell?

Even though the stamp duty holiday has ended, we are still seeing buyers eager to find their next home in Medway. And don’t worry if your home has it’s own Casper or requires the Ghost Busters because; according to a recent study by Inventorybase, you could actually scare your home’s value. The study found that homes that look (supposedly) haunted had sold by 18% more than their more warm and welcoming neighbours. That being said, we find that today’s buyers in Medway are looking for a home and not a house of horrors; so before you make any haunting mistakes, we have put together some decorating tips.

Eliminate the cobwebs and spiders

Although cobwebs and spiders are the perfect companions for Halloween; they are not looked on so favourably by buyers. So, before you put up any seasonal décor make sure your house has been decluttered; as adding more items will make your home feel disorganised and smaller. Also, give your home a deep clean, it doesn’t look good when buyers have to run screaming from a smelly fridge or an unsightly corner.

Tame for gore

Of course, you may wish to decorate your home to give your family a Halloween to remember, but don’t go overboard. Remember buyers are coming to see your home; and they need to be able to see it and all the key features that it holds. Not everyone loves Halloween; and it isn’t only young children that could be put off by scary and gory decorations. If you’re having a party, decorate for that and then pull it back ready for any viewings.

Treat the senses

Selling your home is all about the senses, so don’t forget to treat your buyers with some autumnal scents. This season has some of the most delicious aromas, from gingerbread to pumpkin spice and cinnamon. However use them carefully and make sure you avoid any artificial scents as these can be overpowering. Whether you bake an aromatic traybake for a viewing; or add these natural smells in another way, don’t forget to treat your buyers’ senses.

Elegance over tacky

Who doesn’t want to go overboard with gory and spine-chilling decorations; but if you’re selling your home we are afraid you want to make sure you make the best impression. Try to keep things elegant, and there are many beautiful home decorations available to add some shivers rather than some frights. Make sure your choices complement your home’s existing colour schemes, and use warm, earthy tones. You also need to keep your decorations looking fresh; especially if you’re using real pumpkins and flowers; buyers don’t want to see smelly rotten displays, that’s another way to give buyers a scare.

Don’t hide your features

What beautiful and wonderful features does your home have? One thing you need to make sure is that your decorations celebrate these rather than hide them; which is why you need to decorate strategically. Add touches that will accentuate fireplaces, brighten dark corners and highlight beautiful period features. Ensuring your décor works with your home, rather than against it, will also appeal to potential buyers.

A six sense

Buyers have a sixth sense when it comes to knowing whether a home is right for them; and you don’t want to put any barriers in the way. Therefore, this Halloween, don’t make any haunting mistakes and eliminate the cobwebs, tame the gore, treat the senses, keep it elegant without hiding any features. If you would like more advice on how to prepare your home this October, please call our team at Century Residential on 01634 570057.

Content contributed by The Federation of Independent Agents.

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