When you ask most people what’s been the most stressful thing they’ve gone through, many of them will put ‘moving house’ up there with changing jobs or having a new baby. Not only do you have the long process of trying to find a house to suit your needs, there’s months of paperwork and phone calls with solicitors, switching your utility suppliers to a new house, and sorting out things like new schools for the children. This is all before the actual moving day, where you may find yourself running around trying to cram things into boxes.
One thing that can help with the stress of moving is being organised, and this is especially important when it comes to packing. If you don’t want to be dashing around on the morning of the move, follow these tips for pain-free packing and a smooth move.
A new home means a fresh start, so in the weeks before the move, spend time decluttering and deciding what you really want to take with you. Garages, sheds and lofts can be real clutter zones after you’ve lived in a house for a few years, so you may want to get a skip or hire a van when you clear them out, making it easy to get rid of junk.
Try not to send too much to landfill. Charity shops will usually be grateful for donations, and some will even collect larger items such as furniture. Once you’ve had a big declutter, the job of packing will seem much less daunting.
Having the right supplies is important, so make sure you have:
Start early and pack things professionally
The earlier you start packing, the better the job you’ll do. Most people have things in their house they don’t use often, from decorative items to books, so start with these items that you won’t mind putting away for a while.
To pack properly, you should:
Pack a suitcase each and an essentials box
A few days before the move, pack a suitcase for each member of the family with the clothes they wear most often, not forgetting school and work uniforms, and then start gathering essentials together in a big plastic box. This box will contain the items you’ll need on the day of the move, from paperwork and toys to teabags and a kettle, so you don’t need to unpack boxes the minute you arrive.
Once you know which essentials to keep handy, you can go from room to room and pack up, using the same tips as before. The aim is that by the night before the move, the only things you’ll have left unpacked will be bedding, a few clothes, and some kitchen essentials.
The day of the move
When you’re getting ready on the day of the move, you can pack as you go. For example, bedding can be rolled up and placed in thick bin bags, ready to go to the new house. It’s worth having a couple of extra boxes made up so that you can throw in any odd bits and bobs as the removal company do their job.
It’s always recommended to hire a professional removal team, as they’ll make moving day so much easier. If you’ve packed everything properly, then it should be a smooth process to get everything in the van and ready to go. If you really don’t like the thought of packing, then you may choose to use a professional packing service, where everything is packed up for you a couple of days before the move, saving you time and stress.
If you are planning on moving to the Bridgend area soon, why not telephone us or call in. We’ll be happy to advise you on our available properties in the area. Contact us on 07717 661188 for more information.
You’ve been looking at houses, dealing with potential buyers, managing the purchase of your new home in Bridgend and selling your old place, and now it’s finally setting in that a big move is coming. Even if you’ve found your dream home in the perfect area, the whole experience can still be stressful, especially when you’re moving home with children.
Uprooting your life might make sense to you, whether it’s for a new career opportunity, to be closer to family, or for a necessary lifestyle change. Your kids, however, may not be as understanding, since everything they know and are comfortable with is about to change. But, the process of moving with children doesn’t need to be a nightmare for the whole family. There are a few tips you can use to help the move go as smoothly as possible.
Tell Your Children As Soon As Possible
Some parenting experts recommend telling your children as soon as you can. It may be difficult to hide for very long anyway, as you’ll most likely have potential buyers popping in and out of your house, and your children will pick up on the fact that something is going on. You don’t want to hide anything from them because that will only add to the stress for all of you, so tell them early to help them feel included. If they’re up for it, you could also involve them and make it more exciting by letting them help choose the new house and plan what they want to take with them. However, some experts recommend only telling them a month before the move, as it gives them enough time to prepare but not too much time so that they ponder on it for too long. Whatever you decide, make sure to keep them informed and feel as though they’re being involved, even if the decision to move was your own.
Allow Them to Get Upset
It may be heartbreaking to watch, but when your children cry or throw tantrums, you need to remember this kind of reaction is normal and to let them be upset. Their entire lives are changing, and the move may be separating them from friends, beloved family members like grandparents, or a childminder they have known their whole lives. Be understanding rather than angry that they aren’t accepting the changes right away. Each child is different and accepts change at their own pace, but it usually takes around six months for kids to get comfortable with their new life in a new place.
Talk About What Will Remain the Same
With so much change happening, the stress can be overwhelming for your kids. Instead of focusing on what’s going to be different, remind them of everything that will stay the same. Their rooms may be different, but all their belongings will be the same. Their school may be different, but all their after-school activities will stay the same. It may still be hard for them to focus on what’s the same, so do your best to remind them as much as you can.
Keep Your Old Routines
Just because you’re in a new place, it doesn’t mean your old routines should change. Remember, you need to keep some aspects of your old life constant for your children to help them adjust, and one great way of doing that is to keep at-home routines going. If you have a family game night, keep that consistent. If they have specific after-school routines, make sure to follow them as best you can, even if some aspects change slightly.
Get Everyone Ready
Don’t let moving day sneak up on you unprepared! Starting the moving process as early as possible will help avoid a last-minute rush to pack and clean and will make your whole family feel prepared. It’s also helpful to make a ‘moving week plan’ with your family, down to the last detail, including what meals you’ll eat and where, who will be travelling in which car, and which belongings they can bring for the car journey. It’s also useful to pack an overnight bag for everyone for both the last night in your old home and the first night in your new one, so you don’t have to worry about immediately unpacking after a long day when you get in.
Have ‘To Do’ Lists
If your kids are old enough to handle simple jobs, create to-do lists for them to help them feel included and get some of the easier tasks off your own list. They can help with packing up their own belongings into colour-coded boxes or help with cleaning. If you have a to-do list, and they have one as well, it will feel like you’re all in this together.
Let Your Children Voice Their Opinions
Giving your kids a say in the entire moving and packing process will help them feel like they have more stability and control over the changes in their environment. Ask them what their opinions are about things like what to pack and how to decorate their new rooms, but also make sure that they feel heard and considered.
But, it’s not enough to just ask – you must also follow through and listen in order to make them feel comfortable and to ensure your move with children is as smooth as possible.
For helpful advice on all aspects of moving home, contact our friendly team at Moving You and we will be delighted to help. You can call us on 07717 661188 or drop into our office.
Moving home! The very thought of it is probably enough to send shivers down your spine and cause you to break out in a cold sweat, and this is unsurprising as moving home is right up there with divorce and death when it comes to heightened stress levels!
The fact is though, that any kind of ‘change’ creates stress and whether you are moving home within Bridgend or relocating from further afield, plenty of planning and preparation will be required.
Moving home, and especially relocating to a new town or city, represents one of the biggest changes you may make in your life and so naturally brings a great deal of stress along with it. This in turn can lead to a double whammy, as stress can often lead to a lack of energy and motivation. So how are you expected to plan and prepare for your home move during one of the most stressful periods in your life?
When preparing to move home there will be an element of multi-tasking required as there are such a lot of elements vying for your attention which need to be done. At Moving You we understand this and genuinely want your move to run super smoothly, so with this in mind, we have compiled a handy moving home checklist to help you remain stress free.
At first glance, some of our suggestions may appear to be common sense, but you will be surprised at just how often the simplest of tasks is overlooked or forgotten when the dreaded stress strikes!
Moving home calls not only for exceptional organisational skills, but also proactivity. Grabbing the bull by the horns and completing certain chores well in advance of their deadlines will go a long way to helping you stay ahead of schedule, so the aim of this home moving checklist is to help you accomplish that by concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.
Get rid of everything you don’t need
One thing you can accomplish efficiently is to sort through all of your ‘stuff’ and get rid of the things you don’t need. Moving unwanted items from your current property to your new property is a great waste of time and effort, so don’t do it! It’s surprising how much more in control you will feel once you start narrowing down your inventory. Getting rid of unwanted items can be done through a car boot sale, selling on eBay or donating to charity.
File important papers and documents together
Since moving home is hectic to say the least, you need to be aware of the exact location of all your important items. These are the things that you absolutely must not misplace and should be hand carried on moving day, not placed in a box for the removal company to transport.
Make sure all of the following paper items are kept together in one secure place such as a document wallet:
There are many things you can organise before you reach your new home that will help smooth out the bumps of the moving process. In particular, make sure you contact utility companies and arrange for your new services to be connected. These can include:
Contact your insurance companies too as you will need to have your policies amended ready for moving day:
Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents:
Keep a ‘little black book’
Keep all your important phone numbers written clearly and legibly in a diary or notebook, for both your old and new contacts. This should include banks, doctors, emergency contacts, family members, friends, estate agents, removal companies, pharmacies, schools, storage facilities and utilities.
With proper planning and preparation, the whole moving process will be smooth, and you won’t frantically be searching for a new doctor, pharmacy or important information at the eleventh hour.
With proper planning and preparation, you will have your important documents at the tips of your fingers at all times and you will endure minimum chaos and clutter.
Keep this handy moving checklist safe and get organised or for more home moving planning and preparation advice, drop in and talk to the expert team at Moving You or telephone us on 0333 4041188 and we will be happy to ensure your home move runs smoothly.
Finding the house of your dreams in Bridgend is exciting and your next step is to secure the property as soon as possible. But buying a new home can be a complex process, particularly when it comes to understanding the conveyancing procedure.
Here at Moving You we always endeavour to ensure your sale and purchase runs smoothly, with no surprises along the way. So, with this in mind, we have created a no-jargon guide to the conveyancing process to help you.
But, first things first.
What is conveyancing?
Conveyancing is the legal term for the transfer of home ownership between a buyer and seller. The process begins once your offer is accepted on your chosen property and completes when you have the keys in your hand on moving day! This conveyancing process is absolutely essential to ensure that all the legalities of your sale or purchase are covered and to make certain the transfer of ownership happens with as little stress as possible.
Who does the conveyancing?
Although you can do it yourself, we always recommend that the conveyancing process is undertaken by a professional solicitor or a conveyancer as it can be a multifaceted process. You’ll need to instruct a legal professional as soon as your offer on a property is accepted, so it’s wise to make enquiries and carry out due diligence so that you have several options ready and can start the process without delay. Once you have chosen and appointed a conveyancer or solicitor, they will draw up a draft contract and advise you of their charges.
The 6-step Conveyancing Process
Step 1: Initial contact is made between legal representatives
The first task undertaken by your solicitor or conveyancer will be to contact your seller’s legal representative to request a copy of the draft contract, the property’s title and other standard forms. Your solicitor or conveyancer will thoroughly examine these documents and raise any initial queries. They will also action a number of ‘searches’ to make sure there are no issues you need to be aware of that are not in plain sight. The most common searches are local authority searches, environmental searches and drainage and water searches.
Step 2: Mortgage and survey requirements are confirmed
At this point, if you need one, you should make sure your mortgage is in place as your solicitor or conveyancer will require a copy of your mortgage offer for the next stage of the conveyancing process.
You will also be required to get a mortgage valuation. This is carried out on behalf of your mortgage lender and is to satisfy the lender that the property is secure against the amount of money they are loaning you.
A necessary survey may also be required at this stage. Whilst not a legal requirement, whether you decide to instruct a survey on the property or not will depend on both the property and your specific circumstances.
Step 3: Contracts are signed
Once all the searches have completed, queries have been answered, you have provided your mortgage offer and are satisfied with the survey that has been carried out on the property, your solicitor will agree details regarding the transfer of your deposit funds along with a completion date. You will then be ready to sign the contract in preparation for exchange and completion.
Step 4: Contracts are exchanged
Next comes the exciting part! Exchange of contracts between buyer and seller. Your deposit will be paid on exchange and at this time you will be in a legally binding contract. The good news is that the seller can no longer accept another offer on the property and must sell the property to you. However, if you back out of the purchase at this stage, you will lose your entire deposit. There is usually a deliberate delay between exchange and completion to allow the deeds to the property to be transferred into your name.
Step 5: Finally, it’s completion day!
Completion is usually set for 12 noon or 2pm on the agreed date, however, in reality it can happen as soon as the sellers’ solicitor confirms that all monies have been received. You can then collect your keys to your new home from us – a moment that always makes us smile!
Step 6: The final legal work is completed
Whilst you move into your new property, your solicitor or conveyancer will tie up all the loose ends from a legal perspective. They will ensure stamp duty is paid on your behalf, send your title deeds to your mortgage lender and make sure you receive copies of your legal documents.
They will also send you your final bill for legal work undertaken.
Now all that is left for you to do is to unpack, settle into your dream home in Bridgend and enjoy your perfect surroundings.
If you require further independent advice, help and assistance regarding the conveyancing process, the Moving You team are happy to help. Contact us on 0333 4041188 or email email@example.com.
Do you find moving home stressful? It’s very likely you do, and this is only natural.
Now imagine how your dog might feel.
In the weeks running up to the move, all aspects of your dog’s normal life will become uprooted; from their normal routine, to their belongings, even to the smell of their home.
Unfortunately, you cannot explain to them why everything they know is suddenly changing, but you can help to make the transition from one home to another less stressful for them, and here’s how you can do it.
Consider using a boarding kennel
If your dog is of a nervous disposition or if they are known to react badly to changes in their normal routine, then you may want to consider placing them in a boarding kennel for the duration of the packing and moving process.
If you do decide to go down this route, then make sure you choose a kennel that you have either used before or one that has been recommended by a friend or family member. The last thing you need is additional worry about your dog’s wellbeing when you are moving home.
You will also need to ensure that the necessary vaccinations are up to date if you choose this option.
Keep your dog safe
If you decide to keep your dog with you as you move, then on moving day itself you should shut your dog in a room within your home in which they feel most comfortable. Make sure they have access to water and feed them as normal. Your aim is to keep them as calm as possible, and save them unease.
Choose a guardian
It can be a good idea on moving day to nominate one family member to care for your dog. This way you know that someone is always looking out for them and ensuring that they are safe and content throughout the moving home process.
It is also recommended that you keep your dog on a lead or in a secure cage when you move, so to minimise the risk of them escaping or running off.
It is advisable to transport your dog in a secure cage, however, if this is not possible, then ensure that they are safely fastened in your vehicle with a purpose-made seatbelt or dog harness.
You should never drive with your dog unsecured in the boot of your car or in the removal van as this can be extremely dangerous for them.
Always make sure your car is well ventilated especially if the weather is warm, and stop to give your dog a drink and comfort break if the journey is long.
Make your dog feel at home
Once you arrive at your new home, it is a good idea to transfer your dog’s scent into your new property before you let them in to explore. Simply gently rub a blanket or a cloth over your dog’s face and then transfer their scent into several areas of your new home.
Another easy way to make your dog feel at home is by unpacking their belongings, and by regularly feeding them so that they associate their new surroundings with a positive and familiar activity.
Go for a walk when you are ready
Unlike with a cat, you can take your dog out for a walk to explore its new surroundings as soon as you want to. Although, even in suitable, off-lead open areas, you will probably want to keep your dog on a lead for the first few walks at least, just until both you and your dog are more familiar with the area.
You should also ensure that your dog is microchipped and that their contact details are up to date. Failing that, a traditional collar and tag with your name, address and contact phone number will be sufficient.
Discourage visits to your previous home
If you have not moved very far away, you may find yourself walking similar routes with your dog and they may try and direct you towards your old property. This is not a good idea as you want your dog to bond properly with your new home, which can be made even more challenging if they are reminded of your old one!
Instead, focus on forming positive associations with your new house by feeding your dog frequent meals and giving them lots of attention, both when in your new home and when out and about in the local area. You should also focus on playing with your dog more than usual if possible and spend time grooming them so that they feel relaxed and at ease in their new surroundings.
For impartial property advice contact our expert team at Moving You on 0333 4041188 and we will be delighted to assist.
Winter(proofing) is coming…
In many ways, this has been a strange year, hasn’t it? But, you can rely on the seasons to come and go and soon it will be winter.
Some people don’t like the cold and the snow and the rain, while some people believe it is a magical time of year.
Whatever your thoughts, it is now getting closer to the time when you will need to winterproof your Bridgend home and garden.
It’s important, but not everyone thinks of winterproofing. It can save you money, and it can ensure that your house is ready for the harshest of weathers.
Here are our top five tips when it comes to winterproofing your home in Bridgend .
1. In the Garden
It’s obvious that winter can play havoc with your garden. All those plants you’ve been tending to over the spring and summer months are in for a shock when the cold weather kicks in.
So, it’s best to look at what needs doing and to make a list of all the tasks that need completing before the frost sets in.
2. Maintain your House
However well-built, houses can suffer when the bad weather kicks in. But there are things you can do to ensure that your property is ready for the harsh onset of winter.
3. Boiler Blues
Commercial properties and buy-to-rent homes must have the boilers regularly serviced, but homeowners don’t always think of doing this. When it comes to winter, it’s when you’re going to need a boiler working and in tip-top condition.
Have a look for a reliable plumber to come and service your boiler. After all, a broken boiler will mean you get cold and it could also cost you money.
Tip: We know some excellent trusted tradesmen, so get in touch with us and we will steer you in the right direction.
4. Insure your Future
Your house is your home, but winter does not care whether your home is your castle or not! Freezing water can cause pipe issues, wind can rip tiles from roofs, and storms can whip up trouble from falling branches.
Check your insurance is up to date and that it covers everything you need it to do. There will always be some things you cannot claim for, but if your home is well-maintained and the insurance is right, you’re more likely to be able to make a claim if needed.
Tip: Do a paperwork audit. If you’re checking your insurance, have a look to see that everything else you need is in order too.
5. Insulate to Accumulate
Older houses in particular sometimes have a problem with insulation. You’re heating your home but that heat is seeping out, perhaps through the roof or small gaps in door and window frames. Make sure there is loft insulation and that there is enough of it. Good insulation is not just about keeping warm, it’s about keeping your bills down too.
Tip: Don’t forget to lag your pipes. Hardware stores will have all you need and you don’t need to use a qualified plumber to install it.
Because we at Moving You have bags of experience with many different types of homes, we know a little bit about preparing for winter too.
Give us a call on 07717 661188 for advice. You never know, we might even have a house for sale that is a perfect winter hideaway for you!
Here’s a little known fact: Many people in the UK regard a house move as one of the most stressful life experiences that they’ll ever endure.
Yes, while owning a new home is exciting, the process of moving itself isn’t something that most people look forward to. And as most people will move multiple times throughout their life, the Moving You team are here to arm you with the most useful tips you’ll need to organise yourself ahead of your next moving day.
We’re also here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be all that bad! Get yourself adequately organised for moving day, and you’ll save yourself much of the associated stress.
Here are our essential tips to help you get organised for moving day:
Start the packing process as early as possible
Let’s face it, packing can be one of the most tedious things about moving home. But, it’s like facing any chore that you dread, but that needs to be done – it’s best tackled first! The longer you procrastinate about packing, the more anxiety and stress the entire moving process will cause you.
Set yourself a timing plan for packing that’s realistic. Trust us, you’ll feel a lot calmer and more prepared if all your packing is behind you by the time moving week arrives.
For an average-size four-bedroom home, we recommend starting the packing process about six weeks before the big move day. Yes, that far in advance! This way, you’ll have enough time to properly sort through your belongings, get rid of any clutter and give away any items you don’t want to take with you.
No, we’re not talking about clothing labels. We’re talking about good old sticky labels that you can slap onto your packed boxes. Label your boxes effectively so you can ensure that your removal company will be able to transport your things as quickly as possible and to the correct room.
So, what exactly does effective labelling involve? Well, just make sure that your writing is legible, and include a short description of what the box contains. Label all sides of the box so it can be seen from any angle. Finally, take your label game up a notch by using colour coded labels. Pick a different colour for each room, and you’ll pretty much guarantee that everything will end up in the right room. Oh, and your movers will thank you for it.
Save your old (and new) floors from damage with scraps of old cardboard
Yes, you read that right. Part of the anxiety of moving day is related to the potential damage that your home (both old and new) could face as part of the move. Get rid of that stress by taking some preventative action.
This is a lot simpler than it sounds. Simply lay down flat cardboard strips (using old cardboard boxes) and avoid dents and scuff marks caused by all the hustle and bustle of moving day. Although if you’ve hired professional movers, you will have the peace of mind that they’ll be trained on how to move without causing any damage.
Hire professional movers for the big day
The number one way to ensure that you’re super organised for moving day is to hire a professional moving company.
Although many people attempt to move without professional help, this can be a much more stressful and challenging experience. Movers can ensure that all your belongings get to your new home in one piece, and in much less time!
Not sure where to find someone? Ask us for recommendations on local professional moving companies in Bridgend and get some quotes from a few companies in advance of the move. We recommend booking as soon as you know your move-in date, as popular firms can get quite booked up over peak periods.
Take some time off work for a day or two
Try to take a couple of days off work around your big moving day. This gives you a little extra time for that inevitable last-minute packing and settling in at the other end.
Searching for a home in Bridgend ?
Now that you’re equipped with all the tips you need to help you manage your next moving day let us help you find a home that’s worth any moving stress. At Moving You we have years of experience matching both buyers and renters with their perfect home.
Get in touch today on 0333 4041188 and speak with a member of our team to kick off your house hunt.
Tips On Preparing And Recording A Virtual Tour
While the property market in England is open for business once again, this is not the case in Wales. For now, however, there is a lot you can do to prepare your home for a sale when the market eventually re-opens.
Government guidance has reiterated the importance of virtual video tours, and these are likely to be a short-term measure which becomes a common part of the property market.
If you plan on selling your home, you’ll be aware of the benefits offered by a virtual tour. Without having to welcome people to your property, you can showcase your home, allowing buyers to see its best features.
However, if you haven’t created a virtual tour before, or you aren’t too confident about recording your home, don’t worry. Most people feel the same, and while virtual tours are widely known, few people have had to capture their home in this way.
With lockdown still in place for many people, and Government advice suggesting it is best for agents and potential viewers not to enter vendors’ homes, you should create your virtual tour yourself. At Moving You, we have tips on preparing and recording a virtual tour.
Prepare your home as you would do for a standard viewing
The first step is to ensure your home is presentable and attractive to likely buyers. Before you worry about the technicalities of shooting a tour, declutter your house and clean to a high standard. It would help if you also tried to present your home with a buyer in mind, something we are happy to offer more advice about.
You don’t need to shoot everything in one continuous shot
You might have seen some virtual tours which flow through the house in a continuous shot, but you don’t need to worry about that. If you are more confident about creating several short clips, ensuring each room is well presented, this is the best way for you to approach the recording.
Don’t worry about narrating the shoot
You want to focus your energy and effort on capturing your house at its best. Therefore, don’t worry about narrating the video shoot. If your agent wants to add a voiceover later, they can do so.
Open doors around the home, as this creates more space, it helps people to imagine the flow of your home, and it will stop any awkward moments where you attempt to open the door of your home.
Plan your path through the house
You want to make sure you capture all the rooms in your house, and it is helpful to devise a natural flow around the home. Picture the way an agent would carry out a viewing, starting from the front door, viewing the downstairs rooms and then moving upwards, before returning to any garden or basement area.
Don’t forget the outside of your home
Your garden or exterior area helps buyers connect with your home, and people want to see these parts of your property. Ending on an external shot of your home can be a nice feature and a natural conclusion.
There are also practical tips you should consider. With the quality of smartphone cameras, most people have a commendable video camera in their pocket. Follow these quick tips to enhance the footage you capture:
If you would like information or guidance on how we can assist you prepare a virtual viewing, or sell your home, please contact us today. At Moving You, we aim to provide you with dependable, reliable and affordable services, so get in touch.
Selling your home is a huge undertaking, so of course, you want to make the right decisions to achieve the proper resale value for it. Some of the decisions surrounding resale value are more involved than the basic preparation you do when placing your home on the market and of course, these specific decisions can be made months or years before you actually consider selling your home, so you may not even think about it until it’s too late and the value of your home has plummeted.
So, if you’re considering selling your home in South Wales anytime soon, it’s time to start thinking about your property through the eyes of potential buyers. As property experts, here at Moving You we know all too well the common mistakes you may make that can reduce the value of your home. But we also know how to remedy them.
Setting the price unrealistically high
Everyone would like to think their home is worth more than their neighbours’ home, especially after finishing a renovation or upgrade of some kind. However, the truth is that your home is really only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. You have to be realistic about the value of your home when setting your price. If you set your price at an unrealistically high number, it could sit on the market for months without selling. The longer a property is on the market unsold, the more unattractive it becomes to potential buyers. You may inevitably end up slashing the price to meet expectations, which may make potential buyers question why the price has been reduced so much. It’s a position you don’t really want to put yourself in, so getting a realistic valuation from the start is important.
At Moving You, our experienced valuers will always provide you with an honest market appraisal to ensure your property attracts interest.
Not deep cleaning your home before viewings
Nobody wants to view a home that is dirty for two main reasons: one, it’s definitely not appealing, and two, it invariably means that the new homeowner will eventually need to spend time, money and effort cleaning it themselves. Major issues like carpet stains and grubby or mouldy tile grout can leave a poor impression on potential buyers when they view your home. In terms of carpet stains, you may be used to ignoring them every day but an interested buyer will notice them immediately. If an offer is forthcoming, your buyer may then look to negotiate on the asking price to cover the cost of replacing the carpet or having it professionally cleaned before moving in.
In terms of tile grout, ignoring it is detrimental to the sale of your home. It’s one of the most tedious chores, yes, but leaving dirt along your tile grout can create permanent discolouration, ruining the look of your tiles forever. Even worse, if the area is humid, mould and mildew can build up and can become a major problem.
When it comes to cleaning, being proactive is the best course of action. Make sure you regularly clean your home and deal with any spills before they set, which makes them much more difficult to remove later on.
Not properly maintaining your home
Taking care of the mechanics of your home is important, especially when it comes to your plumbing and heating. These are directly related to your monthly utilities and can be costly to repair when a big problem arises. Sometimes these issues are unavoidable, but with the right maintenance and care in the long term, smaller problems can be taken care of with plenty of time before they get worse. Potential buyers are likely to ask questions about the state of the plumbing and heating and will be less likely to want to offer on a home that has a history of high utility bills or will need major repairs in the near future.
Not updating decor
Old, outdated design trends will make your home look dated, which can lower the value of your home simply because potential buyers know they will need to spend money to update the decor once they move in. Wood paneling is a major culprit in this regard, even if it’s restricted to small areas. Viewers will be a little more inclined to offer on your property if the decor is modern and fresh.
Letting personal taste get involved
When showing your home to potential buyers, you’re trying to get them to imagine their new life in their new home, so having your personal taste right in front of their noses can make this difficult for them. Brightly painted walls in colours that are unusual, having too much wallpaper, or having unique or over the top design elements throughout your home is a major turn off. It just means more work once the new owners move in as they try and get the property back to a neutral state. Before putting your home on the market try and make it look as neutral as possible so it can appeal to a wider number of people. Painting the walls and stripping wallpaper is a good start!
For no-obligation advice on buying or selling a home in South Wales please contact our expert property team at Moving You on 07717661188. We look forward to hearing from you.
Estate agency in the UK has changed a lot over this last decade, this in part has been down to the influence of how buyers and sellers interact with estate agents, now that the internet is the go to place for, well everything!
The effects of the current #COVID-19 crisis have shown us that now more than ever we need to embrace these changes.
UK estate agency had remained unchanged for decades and not followed the journey of its clients.
Until the rise of internet we were all used to traveling to the high street and/or trawling through newspapers to find the information we needed. You may well remember waiting for the Thursday property papers to be published before you were able to find out what new properties were for sale, these of course are now a thing of the past.
In 2020, we now seek information and interaction, on demand. The vast majority of high Street estate agents have seen footfall virtually disappear and replaced with phone calls and emails, this makes the high street premises which is of course an expense to the business an unnecessary one, which continues be passed onto the customer offering no benefit to the end result. Their restrictive operating hours circa 9 - 5:30 also mean that buyers and sellers continue to simply miss out.
Thousands of high street agents have been closing their doors in recent times which is of no surprise and only follows the closures of some of major retailers around the world who have failed to adapt to these changes in consumer behavior. For any other than the absolute best in the industry this model is likely to all but disappear just as their footfall has.
This change in consumer behaviour lead to the invention of the online only agents, who failed to understand the importance of the role of an estate agent and that property is a people business. These firms came and went and those that still operate fail to provide the skills to offer the advice and support that most buyer and sellers still desire.
There was then the rise of the hybrid estate agent, like the onliners most of these firms have failed and gone bust. The model in theory was to combine the best of both, yet fails to offer the levels of support that the traditional estate agent have been able to offer.
Hybrid agencies have spent millions on advertising to gain awareness, this has over the course of circa 6 years gained them a market share which peaked in 2019 and is now on the decline. In the main they failed to retain the best agents to act for their clients and in replace are 'local property experts' who have very little experience or no background in estate agency. They are supported by call centre staff who are also not estate agents and run by people who have no or little estate agency experience. They are becoming self service platforms similar to the onliners of yesteryear.
The new and what we believe to be the future of UK estate agency is the rise of the Personal Property Expert or Bespoke estate agent. These will be self employed estate agents, highly experienced and will come from successful backgrounds who will be supported by central hubs to assist them in providing the best possible experience to their clients.
Its here that both buyer and seller will receive the highest standards of #service, and where sellers will receive the best value for money. These self employed agents will be able to offer the flexibility to interact with their clients where and when they are needed. They will be able to deal with fewer clients providing a more personal service that every buyer and seller deserves.
In other parts of the world where estate agents are classed as professionals, which is coming to the UK very soon, it is these hub models that are the major providers of estate agency and will likely follow suit here in the UK.