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Knotweed needs careful management or you’ll lose your sale

There’s an interesting article in Estate Agent Today outlining how important it is to take the right steps if you find Japanese Knotweed in a house you are selling, or buying. WE have sold quite a few properties like this over the last few years and as long as a proper management plan is in place then the homes are mortgageable and insureable. So if you want proper advice on what you need to look out for, give us a call on 01992-878580.

 

https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/7/japanese-knotweed-remains-a-problem-for-sellers-despite-recent-all-clear

Getting ready for your first viewing, the “Dos & Don’ts” – from a buyer’s perspective.

If, like may homeowners, you’ve never sold a house let alone conducted a viewing, you may struggle to put your head into the minds of prospective buyers as they walk through your door.

Fortunately, that’s where we come in, with years of experience in knowing what creates the right impression – and what’s a real turn-off.

First Impressions Count

A lot of buyers decide within the first 30 seconds that a house isn’t for them so don’t fall at the first hurdle. Make sure the front garden is tidy, the door is freshly painted and an inviting pot or two of colourful flowers welcomes them in and signals that this is a home that you have cared for. Lose them here and you may never get them back.

People DO look in cupboards

Storage is an important factor in many houses – especially in…

Why you should move out – before you move out!

Why you should move out before you move out!

Whether you’re the next Phil Spencer and can see past a dodgy looking décor in favour of the floor space and potential, or you’re looking for a home that is ready to move straight in, buyers from either end of the spectrum want to imagine their own family life in your house.

Our top tip for preparing your house for sale is to ‘move out before you move out’ so your home’s new owners can really see what the space has to offer.

A savvy agent, like us, will shift any unnecessary clutter out of shot for a beautiful image online, but there is a lot more that you can do…

If the price is right…

You could save time, effort and believe it or not, have more money in your pocket come completion day.

We all know that moving house can be an expensive and stressful process. The aim is of course to sell high and buy low – but don’t be fooled by the game.

Today’s property market in Hertfordshire is certainly buoyant but is also crowded by agents who can often engage in overpricing to win your business.

Think of it this way – a house is like fresh milk. It goes off; it doesn’t stay fresh forever. The time to get the best price is always soon after it’s listed for sale. Property can quickly lose its appeal as buyers start to question why it’s been for sale for so long and why other house hunters haven’t snapped it up.

The best advice is always…

Confidence returning to the property market in 2018

Recent research by Zoopla has shown that house sellers are significantly more confident about the market in 2018 than they were a year ago and this is especially so in the Est of England and South East – great news for our clients in Hertford, Welwyn Garden City and the rest of Hertfordshire. This chimes with what we are seeing, which is an uplift in buyer activity this month even compared to the first quarter in 2018. Sellers still need to beware agents deliberately over-valuing to win their business which one or two do routinely (we won’t name names!) as if the price isn’t accurate you simply won’t sell. To read the full article click here:

 

https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/5/confidence-is-returning-to-the-housing-market-says-zoopla