Late last night the government decided to ease restrictions where the English property market is concerned. Whilst media reports state it’s business as usual today we are still waiting for more specific guidance in how we can carry out our job in a safe and professional manner.
The health and well being of our staff, clients and viewers is of the upmost importance, so rushing the doors open would be the wrong thing to do during this pandemic as I know all of us do not want to create a second peak in the virus.
We will of course keep you updated throughout the next 24 hours as more information comes to light. In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us, to discuss any property related matters, we have virtual viewings available and are still here to carry out virtual valuations.
Stay Safe and we will update you again soon.
Now it’s time to consider a bit of DIY
Detail is crucial and the sale of your home could be hampered by simple little things that you might have stopped paying attention too. Your thought could be "I will get around to those jobs later". Well, if you are thinking of selling now is the time to get these jobs done.
Look at your house as if you had the eyes of a prospective buyer and think about what you would look at, what would impress you and what would cause you to be unimpressed? Make a list and set to work, getting the house ready. Tiny details make a big impression. Below are a few bits to watch out for:
● Replace broken light bulbs or light fittings
● Fix leaky taps and plugs
● If it cannot be cleaned, then replace grout or reseal your bath.
● Fix doors and drawers that don't open or close properly
● Check your window handles and make sure all windows open and close properly and easy.
● Repair cracks in the walls and ceilings.
● Touch-up paint and repaint altogether where necessary (in a neutral colour)
● Think about removing any busy wallpaper, it might look lovely to you, but will it put a buyer off? Remove it and then paint the walls, don’t just paint over the wallpaper, it will be noticeable.
● Think about replacing rugs or carpets that have had their day, will these cause a buyer to see this as an immediate job and a cost they have to spend the moment they move in? Also replacing cushion covers, bedspreads and curtains that might be worn to maintain your home looks fresh.
These small changes can make a big difference to the sale of your property, so make a list and set to work, you won't be disappointed when it comes to selling your property.
I hope a few of these hints and tips help during this period of lockdown and when this is all done, your property will be ready to bring to the market, in tip top condition.
Please continue to Stay Safe.
We find the best thing to do is to stand and look at the outside of your home. Obviously, it's best to do this when you return from your exercise. Look at your house and compare it to your neighbours' properties.
Decluttering Your Home
Remember, a house is meant to feel warm and inviting, to attract the buyer into thinking this is somewhere they can see themselves living. Remember, your house could become their new home.
So here we are in lockdown, a period of 2020 we don’t think anyone saw coming and no one expected. Firstly, before we start the most important message for us to give is 'stay safe' during this lockdown period. It's important for us all to stick to the rules to help take care of everyone, family, friends and even strangers. We all want this virus to pass so that we can move forward and get back to normal life. We wish everyone well and ask everyone to stay safe for themselves, others and, of course, our key workers who are doing an amazing job at this extremely challenging time.
Once this is all over, house moving will resume and, fingers crossed, will be back to the same level as it was at the start of 2020 (which was an exciting period for both sellers and buyers).
We thought we would share some useful tips on preparing your home for sale, these are jobs you can all do whilst staying at home. You might even be able to get the children involved.
Let’s start with the garden as today the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I can hear the sound of lawnmowers in the background.
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