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Gazumping voted top of the “pet-hates” for house buyers

A recent survey of over 2000 house buyers revealed that gazumping is the thing that most gets buyers’ backs up and who can blame them. Read the full article here:

https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/8/ban-gazumping-and-limit-overseas-ownership-of-homes-while-youre-at-it—

No one has ever been gazumped on a property that we have sold, something we are very proud of, all because we have a contract with a unique anti-gazumping clause and we make sure it never does!

And we put or contract on our website – which I believe makes us the only agent in the country that does so – so to see it just go to www.bigblackhen.com

 

 

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…