Petersfield Vendors – Here’s What Buyers Want To See

Selling your home is far from easy, even when you have help from specialists, but there are ways in which you can make the process an awful lot easier. At Williams of Petersfield, we are delighted to say that we have helped many Petersfield vendors sell their property, and a large part of this success is down to the fact that we know what buyers want to see when they are looking for a home.

Each buyer is unique, and it is likely that they will have their own personal tastes and requirements but in general, there are some things that most buyers want to see. If you were to sit down and think about the things that you want to see when looking for a home, you’ll find most of these items crop up, and there is a common-sense approach to be made when presenting a home to prospective buyers.

Warmth and comfort are hugely important for buyers, so there is no surprise at the fact that central heating and double glazing are priorities for prospective buyers. If your property doesn’t have these in place, it is worth making an investment, but if you do have these elements at home, there are still ways in which you can improve the warmth and comfort of your home.

Improving the insulation at your home is always great news for buyers

Cavity wall insulation is a sensible solution for homeowners looking to retain heat, lower their energy bills and make their home a more environmentally friendly place. If you have this in place or would like an option, upgrading to a smart energy device makes sense. These devices allow you to remain in control of your heating and you see what you are spending.

You’ll find that these devices lead to a reduction in energy usage, saving money and aiding the environment, which a prospective buyer is always going to hold an interest in.

Another priority for buyers is security. With doors and windows being the most common point of entry in a break-in, you want to ensure that these points are robust and dependable. It may not cost a lot of money to improve the security of these features, but you’ll find that it is a worthwhile investment, offering peace of mind to a prospective buyer.

Tell prospective buyers about why you love Petersfield property

There will, of course, be features that buyers want to see which are outside of your control. Having local shops and amenities is an important feature for prospective buyers but as you can’t do much to impact on this, there is no point worrying about it. However, if you have found local stores that you appreciate, take the time to tell any prospective buyer about them.

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Energy efficiency is another important aspect, and if you can upgrade aspects of your home to a more energy efficient counterpart, you will hopefully find greater interest in your property.

If you can draw attention to aspects of local life which may not be written about in local area guides, but which make your life easier, you provide prospective buyers with something else to think about.

If you are selling your home in Petersfield and you want to make sure that you please buyers, come and speak with Williams of Petersfield. We are pleased to say we have helped many homeowners sell their property, and we are here to assist you with this aim.

Gap Between Asking Price And Sales Price Hits 45%

There has been some discussion in the property market of late about the need to manage expectations when selling property. A lot of this is down to the fact that the asking price have been rising sharply while sales prices are coming in at a much lower level. Continue reading “Gap Between Asking Price And Sales Price Hits 45%”

Can You Capitalise On Demand For Downsizing Options?

Sometimes in life, the difference between success and failure is taking advantage of opportunities that come your way. Being aware of opportunities and being ready to act quickly or make a decision helps you achieve success. This may be the sort of approach you would expect to read in a business manual but it is an approach that can help you achieve success in the property market, and it is why you must be aware of downsizing. Continue reading “Can You Capitalise On Demand For Downsizing Options?”

On Holiday This Summer: Secure Your Home Before You Go

Hopefully the weather in Petersfield will be warm and pleasant this summer but even if the temperature and conditions are appealing, there is a lot to be said for enjoying a summer holiday. Having the chance to enjoy a change of scenery and a different pace of life is hugely important for many people and you’ll find that going on holiday can recharge your batteries for the rest of the year.

Of course, you want to relax on holiday and this means you need to feel confident that you have left your home in a safe and secure condition. It is only natural that you will have concerns about your home and its contents when you are on holiday, but there are ways in which you can minimise the risk or likelihood of being broken into when you are on holiday.

Don’t advertise the fact that you will be away from home

Firstly, you want to minimise the number of people who know that you are away from home. Petersfield is a relatively small community and word can travel fast. You may find that even though you haven’t told many people that you are travelling people find out. You should also review the security settings on your social media accounts

A lot of people love posting images from their summer holiday, making friends jealous and sharing fantastic memories. However, these images may be seen by more than just your friends, and this could alert some people to the fact that you are away from home. You want to make sure that only people you know, and trust, can see your holiday snaps, so update your social media accounts before you go.

It will also be helpful to minimise any aspects that indicate you are away from home. If you order milk or have newspapers delivered, remember to pause your subscription before you go. A build-up of milk bottles and newspapers outside your front door will tip people off that you are not home, which may be all the invitation that a burglar needs. Be proactive before you go and cancel deliveries that could place your home at risk.

Improve the condition of windows and doors before going on holiday

The most common points of entry during a break-in are doors and windows. You should therefore review the security and condition of doors and windows at your home, making sure that they are robust as possible. It is possible to add new locks quickly and at an affordable price so if you are not convinced by the condition of your doors and windows, make some improvements before you head off.

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If you have a bit more time before you go, consider adding a home security system to your property. The addition of a box outside your home acts a deterrent to burglars, and this will significantly improve the security of your home. If the alarm is tripped, the noise may lead to the robber running off and if your system is connected to the police or a security firm, your property may be visited by professionals, adding an extra level of security.

Asking a family member, friend or neighbour to pop in to your home when you are away can reduce the risk of a break-in. If it is possible to make it look as though someone is in your home, you may ward off some prospective buyers. Investing in timed switches or lights that react to the amount of light outside your home can create the impression that someone is at home, and this may persuade some burglars that robbing your home is a poor idea.

At Williams of Petersfield, we hope you have a fantastic summer, no matter where you enjoy it. However, there is a lot to be said for making your home secure this summer, and we hope these tips offer you peace of mind and comfort.