Property Demand Remained High During Lockdown

The re-opening of the housing market in mid-May saw a high level of activity in the housing market, but this shouldn’t have been a surprising outcome. There were many households whose lives had been put in limbo due to the housing market being paused. These people would have been keen to conclude their deals as soon as the market was up and running again. Continue reading “Property Demand Remained High During Lockdown”

Tips To Sell Your Home Effectively In 2020

In the aftermath of the General Election in December of 2019, there was a significant spike in mortgage searches. It is likely this increased level of buyer demand will continue in 2020, which means if you are considering selling your home, 2020 is the year to do so.

Of course, more buyers usually lead to more sellers in the market, so it will likely still be a competitive time in the property market. Therefore, if you plan on selling your home, you should be looking for ways to enhance your chances of selling your home quickly and without too much effort.

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have assisted many clients in selling their home, and here are our top tips to sell your home effectively in 2020.

Choose a traditional agent, not an online estate agent

There is no denying online agents have affected the property market, and that some vendors have found their service to be of benefit. Over time, the importance of online agents will increase, but right now, the market isn’t quite in a position where you should opt for an online agent over a traditional agent.

Online estate agents are still more likely to list your property and expect you to sell it, as opposed to selling your home for you. This isn’t a suitable standard of service for most vendors, and we believe you will be much better off relying on an agent who has helped many people sell their home.

We believe choosing an agent with demonstratable experience and expertise in your local area, with your type of home, and with buyers who are likely to show an interest in your home is the ideal starting point in selling your home quickly and effectively.

List your property at a realistic price

While selling your house for as high a price as possible would be a tremendous outcome, this shouldn’t be a strategy you start off with. If you place too high an initial price on your property, you will struggle to attract attention.

Therefore, it is best to call on a local agent to evaluate your home before coming up with a value. External factors such as supply and demand, and local facilities, influence property price as much as the condition of the property. Therefore, it is best to call on an expert who understands the local market, and who can place an accurate value on your property.

Evaluate each offer on its own merits

If you are fortunate enough to receive more than one offer, don’t just assume the highest offer is the best offer for you. You should consider if the highest offer is part of a chain, or it comes from a first-time buyer. A buyer who isn’t part of a chain is likely to be a more appealing buyer to you, as chains add risk when selling your home.

If you are looking to sell your home in 2020, contact Williams of Petersfield, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

 

Staging Your Home At Low Cost

Selling your home is often a challenging proposition. One issue that many people overlook is the cost of selling your home. There are many fees associated with selling your home, but you also have bills to pay when making your home look as appealing as possible.

You should look to stage your home to attract buyers. With an attractive home aimed at the most likely buyer, you significantly increase your chances of selling the property. However, some vendors are concerned about the cost of staging their home. At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have helped many homeowners cut the cost of staging their home without compromising on quality.

We are pleased to help you stage your home at low cost.

Add a new coat of paint

While you don’t want to add garish colours or go overboard when it comes to rejuvenating a room, there is a lot to be said for adding a new coat of paint to a room or home. While you should be modest when it comes to your colour scheme, making a place feel less drab is a fantastic way to entice buyers and make the most of your home.

Add a sense of space

You should look to add space at your home because this is what buyers want to see. However, if you cannot physically add space, you need to make your home feel spacious. There are several simple tips you can follow here, but mirrors are extremely useful in transforming your home. A well-placed mirror makes a room seem more spacious, and it can make a room feel lighter too.

Also, make sure that you create space around windows. Minimise drapes and items blocking the window area. Not only will you allow more light to flood into a room, you develop a sense of space that is highly appealing to buyers.

You don’t need to buy furniture to stage your home

An essential part of the staging process is to present the room in a manner that appeals to the buyer. Therefore, it makes sense to have furniture that the likely buyer approves of. However, if you don’t own furniture that matches the needs or taste of a prospective buyer, you may be opposed to buying furniture to sell your home.

Thankfully, you don’t need to buy furniture for the staging process. If you have friends or family members who have this style of furniture, ask if you can borrow furniture from them for a short time. Also, some firms specialise in loaning furniture on a short-term basis. Installing these items in your home for a limited period helps you create a great impression, without spending a lot of money.

If you are looking to sell your house in Petersfield, get in touch. We aim to help you connect with buyers and by calling on Williams of Petersfield, you receive guidance from a local expert in the property market, so get in touch.

 

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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.