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NEW YEAR’S HOME RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020

A new decade, a fresh start. Here’s the top 10 home resolutions to get you going in 2020.

 

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO SELL YOUR HOME

If it’s time to move and make the biggest financial decision of your life, don’t risk it on what looks like the cheapest deal. 

 

 

The human touch

Proper high street agents will always be better than the cyber version. 

High street estate agents go the extra mile. They deal with all the negotiations, fielding query after query, keeping the buyer motivated.

It all takes real man hours, many phone conversations, the human touch. 

An online agent won’t keep on top of all the nitty gritty, they have no real incentive to once they have pocketed their fee. And this is where often a sale can fall through. Don’t start 2020 off on the wrong note.

 

2. GET YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER

First time buyer? Get all your finances in order before you start seriously looking. This could make or break you getting your first dream home. 

Landlords, make sure you get the right tax advice in today’s more complicated market. We can help advise how to get the best returns and how to beat the tenant tax

 

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3. CLEAR THE CLUTTER

Declutter. It sounds so simple, but has a huge impact when it comes to sell. A cluttered home puts off buyers and can also lose you money. A well-ordered, streamlined home can make your home appear bigger and if presented well can fetch up to 8% more on the asking price. 

This doesn’t mean you have to fold every pair of socks a la Marie Kondo, the doyenne of decluttering. But storing away family detritus, clearing surfaces, shelves, messy areas, all have huge impact.

We offer a free home-staging consultation to every new client so can help you maximise value.

 

4. FIX THE LITTLE THINGS

 Grubby walls, peeling paints, broken shelving. Small house eyesores can really turn off a buyer. Fix all the visible damage. You don’t need to spend thousands to make thousands on your home.

We have all the advisors to help you make the maximum profit.

 

 

5. FIX THE BIG THINGS

If you have any major structural issues it is worth sorting them out before sale, as this could make buyers run a mile. Fix windows, sort out roof problems. 

 

6. MAKE SOME EASY HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Short on time or funds? Try the below.

  • Paint exterior woodwork.
  • Repair windows and doors 
  • Paint old kitchen units and add a new worktop
  • Repair, paint or re-carpet stairs and broken balustrades
  • Add new light fittings.
  • Tackle any damp issues.
  • Add storage.
  • Upgrade the flooring with wood or new carpets.

 

7. PLANT POWER

 

 

The sale of your home starts at the very first view. And the first thing buyers will notice is your front garden, even if it’s just a strip of space outside your window. Plant up window boxes with some colourful seasonal blooms. Or position attractive potted trees, bay or lavender by the front door.

 

Bring the outside in

They instantly make a house seem more homely. Try the fig leaf plant, money plant, ferns, Mother-in-law’s tongue, aloe or any of your favourites in colourful pots around the house.

 

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8. MAKE YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT 

It will add value, keep you warm and save you money in the long run. Insulate as much as you can, consider smart meters and solar panels. An Eco-friendly house can fetch up to 6% more than a standard one. 

 

9. UPGRADE YOUR HOUSE

Seriously looking to maximise the value of your home? 

A loft conversion is one of the most cost effective ways to add more square meters and pound signs to your home. According to Nationwide, a loft conversion which added an extra bedroom and en-suite bathroom would add an average of 21% to the value of a property. In London this could reach even higher to another 24.5%.

A side return extension or glass box to enlarge the kitchen is one of the most popular home renovations there is. A well designed conservatory can add 5% to your property; a good extension 10%.

 

10. SELL AT THE RIGHT PRICE

 Some unscrupulous agents (we know who you are) price your property sky-high to lure you in. They promise millions, but they never deliver. Want to sell and sell fast? You have to be realistic in today’s market. Price it right and leave with plenty of cash in your pocket.

 

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The judging panel said that our team:

“Performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, which focused on fantastic customer service levels across a prolonged period of time”.

We won’t argue with that. 

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