Freshen Your Home With These Houseplants

Whether you are looking to sell your home, and you wish to make the best impression, or you want to enjoy your home as much as you can, there are some extra touches you can add. There is a great deal to be said for adding vitality and life to your property, and you can freshen your home with these houseplants.

You don’t need to be overtly green-fingered to manage and maintain these plants, many of them look great from the moment you place them in a pot. As long as you remember to douse them with water every so often, you benefit from a brighter atmosphere that can even clean the air in your room.

With homeplants you can add some aloe vera to your home

If you are looking for a cool plant, you cannot find a better option than aloe vera. This style of plant is well known for healing properties and the colourless jelly that lies inside it. However, if you are looking for an attractive plant that is easy to care for, this is the sort of affordable houseplant that helps transform your home.

Get to the point with a cactus

If you want to have a plant in your home, but the thought of caring for it puts you off, a cactus may be the ideal addition to your home. The desert cactus doesn’t need much water to survive, and your living room is likely to be a much more comfortable environment than a dry and dusty desert.

You’ll find cacti come in all manner of shapes and sizes, so if you’re looking for a fantastic addition to your home, which helps you deal with prickly characters, this is an excellent choice.

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Jump on the zeitgeist with avocado

Avocado is very much in these days. If you thought this shade was only for bathrooms from the 1970s, you have missed the boat in recent years. Millennials and hipsters have taken to avocado in a big way, and you can grow your plant from an avocado pit.

This can take some time, but if you are prepared to put in the time and effort, you can bless your home with an avocado tree.

A rubber plant adds some colour

You don’t need to opt for a green houseplant. If you want something different in your home, or you need something else to match with the colour scheme, why not consider the chameleon benefits of a rubber plant. Yes, in low light, rubber plants have a green appearance, but when you place them in an area that benefits from a lot of light, the leaves take on a deep burgundy colour.

This is a fantastic looking plant that makes your home stand out for all the right reasons.

Herbs are a fantastic addition

If you want to be resourceful, why not add a plant that allows you to be creative in the kitchen. Herbs are an excellent ingredient to have on hand, and you cultivate an indoor herb garden at home with ease.

No matter what your property aims and ambitions are, Williams of Petersfield is on hand to help you make the most of your time and home, whether you add some houseplants or not!

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5 Things Buyers Search For When Looking At New Homes

As a vendor, you need to know what buyers search for when looking at new homes. While you know your property and there will be features you appreciate, at this stage, it doesn’t matter what you like or admire about your home. You must present your house in a way that appeals to buyers, and if you can align critical features of your home to the items buyers want in a home, you improve your chances of achieving success.

In the past year, Rightmove has offered a search facility on site, allowing users to narrow their search and focus on the most suitable homes. This has been a great boon for buyers, but it has also helped vendors learn about buyers intentions and what they desire in a house. Rightmove has issued the leading terms used by buyers, and if your home has some of these features, you have a fantastic opportunity to engage buyers.

Do you know what buyers search for when looking at homes?

The Top 5 search terms used by buyers on the Rightmove site are:

  1. Garage
  2. Annexe
  3. Acre
  4. Garden
  5. Detached

Of course, there is also the fact that everyone searching property on sites like Rightmove aren’t necessarily buying a home. A lot of people like to idle away the hours looking at houses and imagining their dream home. Therefore, it is more likely that people are going to use terms like garden, acre and detached because they are looking for something grander and apart from the standard range of houses on the market.

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However, there is a realisation that space is essential for buyers, and if you can offer space to buyers at home, you should make this clear. The importance of keywords in your property listing cannot be overstated. Unless you make sure your property is seen by people who are likely to have an interest in the house, they won’t see it.

The way that property portals are used

Miles Shipside is the Property Expert for Rightmove, and he said; “Conventional wisdom points to the fact that garages are still valued by buyers and that’s because they have so much potential. They’re great for storage and can also be converted into living space. Regarding annexes, some families are seeing the opportunity of running one larger property rather than two. An annexe for a teenager has its benefits as it offers space, responsibility and independence as they have their quarters and keeps their noise at a distance from their parents. Of course, there is also the option of gaining a rental income by letting the annexe out, but I’d advise seeking all the appropriate guidance regarding tax and tenancies first.”

Any homeowner looking to make home improvements, and who can afford to do so, may wish to consider the factors buyers search on, and see if they can incorporate these elements into their home.

If you want to ensure your property is promoted most effectively, contact Williams of Petersfield. We’re delighted to say we’ve helped many local homeowners sell their home, and we look forward to assisting you as best we can.

Brexit Delay Leads To Property Listings Increase

It is fair to say there has been an awful lot of focus on Brexit in recent years. Every aspect of life connects to the upheaval, and of course, the property market has been affected by the political changes. While the Petersfield market hasn’t been as severely affected as some areas, it is vital for residents to be aware of how the overall market is performing, especially with the latest Brexit delay.

Uncertainty harms the property market, and Brexit has left many people feeling uncertain about what is going to happen next. It is easy to see why many buyers decided against making a significant commitment, and if buyers don’t buy, vendors don’t sell, and there is no movement in the property market. This may not immediately touch the Petersfield property market, but a slowdown in house sales affects everyone.

Some buyers have decided now is the time to list their property

However, with the latest Brexit delay, which may see a decision come in October, or perhaps not, it seems as though some vendors have decided enough is enough. After the March deadline passed, a notable number of homeowners listed their house, with the April 2019 listings being 0.8% up on the April 2018 listings. This may not seem like a massive list, but in a year to year terms, it is worth considering.

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Also, a leading estate agent states that 49% of significant towns and cities experienced an increase in new properties coming on the market in April 2019 compared to March 2019. London was immune to the positivity, perhaps suggesting there is still a significant concern in the capital about what lies ahead, but in many places across the country, there was a sizable rise in property listings.

Many areas have experienced a sizable increase in listings on a month to month basis thanks to Brexit delay

For the month on month figures, Stevenage experienced a 69.4% increase in listings while Salford saw 43.8% more homes available to buy. Chichester witnessed a rise of 33.8% in listings while King’s Lynn welcomed 33.3% more homes on the market. Other areas seeing a sizable increase in the month on month listings include:

  • Ipswich rising by 22.5%
  • Gloucester increasing by 20.1%
  • Carlisle rising by 19.8%
  • Warrington witnessing a rise of 17.6% in listings

There is growing positivity about the market, especially with concerns about a No Deal Brexit subsiding.

Sam Mitchell is the Chief Executive Officer of Housesimple, who released a statement, saying; “Home owners wasted little time in marketing their properties once the new Brexit date was confirmed. There was inevitably a slight lull in market activity in early April, but activity has picked up noticeably since 12 April, and although we’ve seen a more subdued spring bounce than in previous years, under the circumstances, seller numbers are at healthy levels, particularly in the North.”

Whatever move you wish to make in the property market, make an informed decision by contacting Williams of Petersfield. We are pleased to say we have helped many homeowners sell their house, and we are here to help, so get in touch.

How Long Does It Take To Sell Your Petersfield Home?

While each property sale is unique, people like to know likely timescales. In the property market, average figures are often significant. A vendor shouldn’t expect to receive the average price for their Petersfield home, but if they are planning, the average sales price for similar homes in their area provides a guideline for budgeting. Similarly, if you want to buy a home, you’ll look at average house prices in an area, and determine if it fits your budget.

Therefore, if you want to know how long does it take to sell your Petersfield home, you should start by looking at average times. Information culled from Rightmove, and HM Land Registry provides a platform to review local selling times, and the data for Petersfield postcodes is interesting.

How long do you expect to take to sell your Petersfield home?

Many of you will have an interest in the GU31 postcode area. This is one of two postcodes covering the Petersfield post town area, playing hosts to areas like Petersfield, Buriton, Elsted, East Hampshire and Chichester. The average time taken to sell property in the GU31 postcode stands at 23 weeks. This is higher than the average in most other local postcodes, so don’t be surprised if it takes a bit longer to sell your home if you hold a GU31 postcode.

According to Zoopla, the average price paid for GU31 property in the past 12 months stands at £505,384.

In the GU32 postcode area, covering East Meon, West Meon, Sheet, Steep and East Hampshire, the average time taken to sell a property is listed as 18 weeks. Compared to the average time of 23 weeks associated with the GU31 postcode, selling your home will feel easier here! A period of five weeks can feel like a very long time when you are selling your home.

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In figures provided by Zoopla, the average price paid for GU32 property in the past 12 months is £458,330. The difference in average price paid between the two postcodes may be a factor in the difference in the average time taken to sell a property.

You can speed up property sales

Of course, there are ways you can improve the sale of your home, and it is possible to sell your home more quickly without compromising on the quality of the sale. Steps to consider include:

  • Select the most suitable buyer, not necessarily the buyer who places the highest bid
  • Price your home accurately
  • Enlist the services of a skilled and qualified estate agent with a local agent

The right estate agent has a huge role to play in selling your home and speeding up the process. At Williams of Petersfield, we are delighted to say we have helped many local vendors sell their home promptly. We know the local area, and we know what buyers want, which means we can aid vendors.

This knowledge ensures we assist you connect with buyers, and to sell your home quickly, contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.

What Makes A Forever Home?

When it comes to the property market, there is a lot of focus on first-time buyers. In recent times, there has also been a growing level of interest in last-time buyers, which is natural given the ageing population in the United Kingdom.

The movers in the middle of these groups receive less attention than other buyers, but they are still relevant concerning the housing market. Many households in this area are on the lookout for their forever home. As the name suggests, a forever home is the property where people are supposed to settle down and stay for many years. First-time buyers aren’t looking for their forever home, they want to get on to the property ladder, and it is essential to know that there are differences between properties and your outlook.

A forever home has a dependable design

It should go without saying that a forever home has a design and style that you can rely on for many years. A lot of this is down to functionality, as you want to be confident about the structure of the property. Be sure to look out for cracks, dampness and foundation issues, or at least enlist the services of someone who will spot these problems on your behalf. This information is crucial in property transactions.

A forever home offers the flexibility of space

Your needs for today and the near future may be very different from your needs for decades to come. Therefore, a forever home is one that has the potential to be flexible. A child’s playroom in your current house could become a gym or home office in the future. If you welcome guests, will you have enough space to meet different needs?

Your forever home is about more than just the house

For you to feel truly settled, you will need to feel comfortable in your surroundings. The impact neighbours have on how you feel at home is enormous, and you want to settle in an area where you feel a sense of community.

Transport, educational facilities and shops matter when you are looking for your ideal house, but you also need a community where you belong and can have an influence. The perfect location for you may be entirely unsuitable for another person, and of course, you need to have an eye on the future.

If you have a young family, or you don’t yet have a family, but you intend to, look for a house in an area that provides you with a wide range of attractions and activities for kids of all ages.

Buyers need to think about what they need from a forever home before they purchase property, but vendors should also consider what people need from a forever home. If you have a house that can meet the needs of buyers, you are likely to attract attention and interest.

Anyone looking to sell their home will find that Williams of Petersfield is on hand to offer support and guidance, so please get in touch.

Moving Home Is Highly Stressful – Remain Calm

Anyone who has ever moved home before doesn’t need survey results to inform them that moving home is stressful. The financial aspect of moving house leaves many people under pressure, and there is so much work to be carried out. We know that moving home is highly stressful, as do you, but it never hurts to be reminded of this fact.

A study undertaken by Yopa, who spoke to 2,000 property owners, found that 65% of movers lost sleep over the process. Findings also suggested that 25% of homeowners felt ill and depressed during the moving process. The fact that moving makes so many people and stressed is a significant concern, because it is a standard part of life, and something some people experience on a few occasions.

Be prepared for the cost of moving home

The average cost of moving, as per the study, was £6,000 and this included estate agent fees and legal fees. You don’t need us to tell you about the financial implications of moving, and the pressure many people find themselves under. Even people who have the money in place often have to wait for confirmation about money being transferred on time and in full.

However, even though many people said they had a negative experience while moving, 62% of respondents said that the moving process worked out okay in the end. 82% of respondents said they researched sites like Zoopla and Rightmove, helping them to make an informed decision.

If you are planning a move, it makes sense to carry out as much research as you can. If you know people who have moved recently, ask them about the experience. If these people enjoyed an excellent service from firms, consider using these options. Also, if you can get help from friends and family members during the moving process, you will hopefully save money and make the process less stressful.

Plan your move in advance

Planning your move is essential, and this will help you to save time and money. When you organise activities, you can visualise what will happen, and you reduce the likelihood of events running away from you. There is no denying that moving is a stressful and challenging activity, but when you take the time to plan your move, you will find the process becomes more straightforward.

It also makes sense to get as many people involved with the moving day if you can. When you have more people moving boxes, the process proceeds at a faster rate. However, you need to ensure everyone knows what they are expected to do during the moving process.

If you are looking for any guidance around moving home, come and speak with Williams of Petersfield. We are pleased to say we are property market specialists, and we have helped facilitate many moves in the local area. No matter what stage you are at concerning a property market move, come and speak with us and we will do our best to help you move in confidence.

First Time Buyers Rebel Against Rising Costs

Buying a home is expensive, and it is easy to see why a first time buyer struggle to step on to the property ladder. However, while buying a home is costly, many first-time buyers believe they spent too much money on purchasing a house.

A study undertaken by Comparethemarket, speaking with more than 2,000 property owners, states that around 50% of first-time buyers made expensive mistakes when buying their house. Respondents believed that they spent too much money on conveyancing, removal firms and mortgage brokers.

Broker services come under fire in study on first time buyer market

The study says 31% of respondents are looking to lower the costs of the mortgage broker service when they next buy a home. 25% of respondents said they would try to reduce removal costs when they next move house and 20% of respondents are keen to lower conveyancing costs.

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13% of people questioned are eager to lower survey costs, and 5% are looking to find better value for money estate agents. However, there is a caveat that as first time buyers don’t have a property to sell, their dealings with agents may be limited.

In follow-up questions in the survey, 15% said they wish they had haggled on the property price and 10% believe they made an error in using their entire savings to pay for the deposit. Using your savings in this manner makes it impossible to leave money aside for emergencies or carry out improvements around the home. 8% of respondents said they wish they had found a better mortgage broker and 6% wish they had a more detailed survey carried out of their home.

Many buyers automatically turned to their bank

One intriguing element comes with the fact around a quarter of first time buyers turned to their bank for a mortgage rather than comparing the market. Of course, this is likely to be a key element the company behind the survey was looking to find, so this may be skewed, but buyers are advised to shop around and find the best deal. 19% of respondents stated an opinion that mortgage brokers provide no value when buying a property.

Mark Goldson of Comparethemarket, said; “People with no prior experience in purchasing a property may not be aware which services and products offered to them on the home buying journey are mandatory and which are discretionary and, importantly, whether they are good value or uncompetitive. The whole buying procedure can be intimidating, particularly for those going through the process for the first time.  Fears around hidden fees and dealing with estate agents, lawyers, surveyors and mortgage companies are legitimate and strong enough to put off people from trying to make a purchase.”

There is no denying that buying a house is expensive, but many first-time buyers are unsure of how to best spend their money. There is a great deal to be said for slowing down when you buy your first home and taking in as much guidance as possible.

Whatever move you are keen to make in the property market, it is best to call on the experts for help. As a first time buyer, if you need guidance or assistance, contact Williams of Petersfield, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Williams of Petersfield – Easter Hunt

At Williams of Petersfield, we love walking around the local area and taking in the fantastic buildings and views on offer. However, if you walk the streets every day or you are more than familiar with what Petersfield has to offer, you sometimes need to view the local area with a new purpose. Continue reading “Williams of Petersfield – Easter Hunt”

Tips To Get The Best Price For Your Home

If you are going to sell your home, you may as well get the best price for it. The higher the price you sell your home for, the more options you will have with your next move. Also, when you sell your home for a great price, you can take a sense of pride and achievement from your efforts. If you like to get one over your neighbours, what better way to leave for a new home than by selling your former home for an excellent price?

At Williams of Petersfield, we are here to help you get the best price for your home, regardless of what motivates you. We are pleased to say we have helped many homeowners achieve a fantastic price for their home and we look to help you.

Make sure you value your home appropriately

An essential starting point when selling your home is to have it evaluated. If you don’t have a valuation for your home, you run the risk of making a grave error in pricing your property.

If the price of your home is too low, you will generate interest, but you will lose out on some money. If the cost of your home is too high, you may not create any interest at all in your home. Also, some vendors have found that starting high while planning to reduce the price if you don’t generate interest is not a sensible strategy.

Buyers are savvy, and a falling house price doesn’t necessarily say the house is a bargain to them, it indicates the house has a problem. This price reduction may not entice many buyers, and this means you may struggle to sell your home even with a lower price tag.

Therefore, vendors must price their home accordingly, and a proper valuation is the starting point. Hiring a professional to review your home and provide you with an analysis of its merits and worth, you have information that can be used to make an informed decision.

Know all the factors that influence what buyers are willing to pay for a home

However, the price you should charge for your home isn’t solely about the value. Other factors influence what buyers are willing to pay for your home. The overall level of demand for homes in your area and the number of homes on the market shape buyer behaviour. It doesn’t matter if your home is in excellent condition, market conditions and forces may reduce the price you can set when selling your home.

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While there are many steps involved with selling your home, including offering a clean and decluttered home, it is hard to argue against the importance of the fee you set for a home. Buyers have search parameters when they view houses online, and if your home isn’t within these search terms, buyers will not find your home.

At Williams of Petersfield, we know the local market. This knowledge ensures we can help you set the right price for your home. We will also help you to reach out to buyers effectively, so if you want to sell your home, contact the Petersfield experts.