• UNHAPPY WITH YOUR AGENT? THE BIGGEST TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE

    It seemed so exciting when your home first went on the market. You were full of anticipation around people coming to view, and your agent sounded convincing when they said they had buyers waiting. But that was months ago, and your home is still for sale. Perhaps the relationship with your agent has soured, or maybe you still feel loyal, but at the back of your mind you’re wondering how long to wait before switching to someone else. When people have changed to us from another estate agent, the main reasons they felt they needed a fresh start were: If any of these ring true for you, the good news…

  • GRAND DESIGNS: HOW TO USE PLANNING PERMISSION TO BOOST YOUR HOME’S VALUE

    How do you feel about adding thousands to your home without making a single improvement? One of the magic words in property is ‘potential’, and getting planning permission to increase the amount of accommodation is a great way to add more value and widen your audience. Among the many possibilities and things to consider are: So this week’s blog is all about turning potential into pounds and using planning permission to boost your home’s value, without ever picking up a paintbrush. GETTING PERMISSION However you plan to increase the size of your home, you’ll need either or both planning permission and building regulations approval from your local authority. This means…

  • BIG BUYER TURN-OFFS: FIVE MAJOR VIEWING MISTAKES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

    You’ve picked your estate agent, you’re chuffed with your photos and description, and your home is priced to precision. Now all that’s left is your viewings – what can go wrong? Well, quite a lot! There are plenty of pitfalls to avoid when your viewers arrive, and some of the most common include As your estate agent, it’s our job to strip away the potential for negative comments about your home, leaving only positive vibes that buyers can’t resist. So this week’s blog has all you need to avoid the biggest viewing mistakes before anyone comes to visit. THE WRONG WELCOME  Although you know your home better than anyone else,…

  • YOU AND YOUR ESTATE AGENT: FIVE WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TOP-NOTCH TEAM

    Power couples, dynamic duos, dream teams… every goal is easier to reach when you’ve got someone on your side. Selling your home is no different, and by working closely with your estate agent, you’re far more likely to sell faster, secure the right buyer, and have a smoother sale. There are lots of ways you can join forces to get the best outcome, including: And even though you and your estate agent play different parts in your moving story, you both want the same result, so this week’s blog is about how you can work together as a top-notch team. INVITE FRANK ADVICE The last thing you want from your…

  • BOOST YOUR SALE PRICE: THE BEST UPGRADES TO BOWL OVER BUYERS AND SELL YOUR HOME FOR MORE

    Pushing your home’s value to its full potential can make your next move bigger and better. That could mean more space, a larger garden, or a swisher location than you thought was possible. But where do you start? Well, we talk to buyers looking for a home in Stourbridge and nearby every day. And from their reactions on viewings, we’ve pulled together the qualities and features they love most to help you make upgrades that count, including: So whether you’re selling soon or adding value for the future, let’s take a look at the most popular improvements to bowl over buyers and sell your home for more. START WITH THE…

  • MOVING FOR SCHOOLS: GET THE TIMING RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME SEARCH, SALE AND CHILDREN’S NEW START

    Moving home with your family is a momentous time, especially when it involves changing schools. And although it can be challenging for everyone, it can also be an exciting new chapter. Nonetheless, whether it’s switching from primary to secondary, not liking a current school, or changing location for work or more space, there’s plenty to think about, including: Managing all of that is no mean feat! Selling and buying a property usually takes between 4 and 6 months, which makes spring the time to get your home on the market for a move in the summer holidays before the new school year. So let’s explore how you can coordinate selling…

  • SPRING VIEWINGS: GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE YEAR’S BUSIEST SELLING SEASON

    Spring has been the most popular season to buy and sell a home for as long as we can remember, and with good reason. Plans are often hatched around the beginning of the year, and as the weather warms up and nature bursts into bloom, those plans swing into action. Perhaps you want to move your family in time for the new school year to minimise disruption to your children. Or maybe you just love the idea of being in your next home by summer.  Whether it’s more space, a bigger garden, somewhere with room for an office or even downsizing, spring inspires many a move, with sellers and buyers…

  • STRESS-FREE DOWNSIZING: SWAP A HOME THAT’S TOO BIG FOR HAPPINESS, FINANCIAL FREEDOM AND YOUR IDEAL LIFESTYLE

    Of all the reasons for moving home, downsizing can be the most overwhelming. It doesn’t matter if your home has become unmanageable or even if you know that moving to a smaller space will improve your life: just thinking about it can be incredibly daunting. A lot comes down to the fear of leaving memories behind and giving away treasured possessions that have been part of your life for a long time. If you’ve lived somewhere for decades, raised a family there or have wonderful neighbours, saying goodbye might feel like a wrench. At the same time, downsizing can open up new friendships and interests, produce substantial savings in running…

  • SHOW YOUR HOME’S  HEART: INSTANTLY UNLOCK THE HIDDEN EXTRA VALUE BY SHINING A LIGHT ON ALL THE EXISTING FEATURES

    Not every home sells for its full potential value, and that’s often because the finest features are either hidden or under-presented. But you can add many thousands to your sale price simply by showing off what’s already there. Even though furniture and styling play their part, buyers are ultimately paying for the fabric of your home, and that’s how estate agents, mortgage lenders and surveyors will appraise the value of your property. So it makes sound financial sense to make the most of what you’ve got by highlighting all the existing character and space. When you get it right, it’s a surefire way to wow your buyers, from stunning photography…

  • WIN OVER THE MARKET: FIVE REASONS WHY YOU’RE BETTER OFF SELLING YOUR HOME WHEN PRICES COOL

    How do you feel about the property market right now? It’s peak prediction season in the press, with daily claims from experts that house prices are about to fall off a cliff, stagnate or even slowly rise. We know that most of these predictions will be wrong, but which ones? The first thing to remember is that asking prices and sale prices are not the same thing. If a home is 10% overpriced and then reduced by 10%, that isn’t a fall in sale prices. And if asking prices increase, like Rightmove says they have this month, it doesn’t mean sale prices have risen as well. So what is actually…

  • INTERIOR MOTIVES: START YOUR 2023 IN STYLE WITH OUR GUIDE TO THE LATEST HOME DECOR TRENDS

    What are your big plans this year? Fitness, wealth, travel, something else? Change is always in the air when January arrives. We’re entering 2023 on the back of quite a ride. Lockdowns, Brexit, empty shelves, four prime ministers, working from home, strikes, inflation, and geopolitical turmoil – it’s all been very real.   With so much external upheaval, it’s no wonder that interior design is seeking to satisfy a desire to feel more in control, something we can all achieve at home with a strong sense of personal style. As well as giving your rooms a fresh new look, new decor trends can help you add thousands to your home…

  • STAYING IN AT CHRISTMAS: OUR YULETIDE GUIDE TO ENJOYING THE FESTIVE SEASON AT HOM

    Survived the work Christmas party – tick. Aced the Christmas shopping – tick. Overindulged at Christmas dinner – tick. Now you’ve successfully completed every yuletide tradition, what are your plans for the rest of the year? If the scrum of the sales and drizzly days aren’t tempting you outside, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the time between Christmas and New Year indoors. Whether you want to make more space, restyle your rooms, catch up on culture or simply shut off, our blog this week is packed with ideas for fabulous festive fun without ever leaving the house. CLEAR THE CLUTTER After all the excitement of Christmas Day, now…

  • CHRISTMAS SELLING: WHY YOU NEED TO START NOW IF YOU WANT TO MOVE NEXT SUMMER

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so isn’t it a bit soon to be talking about moving home next summer? Usually, this time of year is all about office parties, family gatherings and frantic last-minute shopping, but Christmas 2022 is more than just the season to be jolly. It’s also an important date if you’re planning to move home in the summer 2023. That’s mainly because a conveyancing logjam is delaying many sales by months, causing countless nail-biting moments.  Rightmove recorded an average time of 150 days this year between accepting an offer and moving out. Let’s say you put your home on the market today and found…

  • SELLING OFF-MARKET: CAN YOU STILL GET THE BEST PRICE AND THE BEST BUYER?

    If 2022 is anything to go by, 2023 could be the year that selling homes off-market hits the mainstream. About 10% of property sales in the UK in 2022 have been off-market homes. That’s more than ever before, and for a number of reasons. Off-market sales began to increase because of the shortage of property for sale over the last year. Estate agents have had to get more creative by putting chains together from the top down, finding homes that weren’t on the market for ever-growing lists of increasingly desperate buyers. More recently, the ill-fated mini-budget and mixed messages around the property market have led some sellers to test the…

  • EVENING VIEWINGS: WOW YOUR BUYERS WITH A WARM WELCOME WHEN IT’S DARK AND COLD

    After the clocks go back and the nights start earlier, viewings at your home happen in a whole new light. Most buyers will come for their first look in the evening on their way home from work, so instead of letting the sunshine in to make your rooms feel bright, autumn and winter are all about turning up the cosy. It might surprise you, but longer evenings are one of the advantages of selling at this time of year. Buyers get to feel just how snug your home is after dark – something they rarely experience if they’re looking in spring or summer. With that in mind, this week’s blog…

  • INTEREST RATE RISES: HOW TO KEEP YOUR SALE OR REMORTGAGING PLANS ON TRACK

    Even though many lenders lowered their mortgage rates last week, we all face a bumpy road ahead. The media is battling it out to write the scariest headlines of an imminent price crash and soaring interest rates, but there isn’t a newspaper, market analyst or financial expert who knows the future of the property market. Nonetheless, many homeowners will be affected by rising interest rates. If you’re planning to remortgage within the next year or so, you’re likely to pay a higher rate than you do now. And if you’re looking to sell, you might feel like you’ve missed the boat to move. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. The…

  • CHANGING ESTATE AGENTS: COULD A FRESH START BE THE KEY TO GETTING YOUR HOME SOLD?

    It doesn’t always work out with your first choice of estate agent. Perhaps things went well at first, but viewings are now thin on the ground. Maybe you sense your agent’s initial enthusiasm has begun to cool. Or you could be wondering if your home was overvalued at the start, particularly if you’re being pressed for a hefty price reduction now. Being stuck on the market is no fun, and when your neighbours are selling their homes and being whisked away by removal vans, there comes a point when you start to think about a new approach. But how can you be sure that changing estate agents will turn your…

  • AUTUMN MARKET VIEW: PLANNING YOUR SPRING MOVE NOW COULD SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY

    Well, that was quite a week for the property market! Although it’s always a hot topic in the press, the amount of coverage last week was completely off the scale. However, as the dust begins to settle after the mini-budget, you might be wondering what it all means if you’re planning to sell your home, either now or early next year. Autumn has always been an underrated season for selling. The golden leaves make streets and gardens look wonderful for photos and viewings, while the pressures of Christmas and school-holiday deadlines are gone. But is that enough in 2022? Actually, yes! Despite the initial shocks and scary headlines, the mini-budget…

  • SECRETS OF HOME STYLING: TINY LITTLE TOUCHES THAT ADD BIG MONEY TO YOUR SELLING PRICE

    Imagine if you could increase your sale price by up to 8% with just a shopping list and a weekend. Professional styling is proven to help homes sell faster and for more money by consciously elevating the look of every room. From setting the stage to creating a sense of space and those all-important final touches, a stylist’s expert eyes can spot the untapped potential we mere mortals might miss. If you’ve ever visited the show-home at a new development, you’ll have seen how builders spend thousands of pounds on interior designers. They understand the power of careful styling and how it can turbo-charge their profits. But you don’t need…

  • HAGGLE OR HOLD FIRM? HOW TO ACHIEVE THE BEST PRICE IN A CHANGEABLE MARKET

    The property market is a funny old world. One minute estate agents are running out of homes; the next, you’re told the market is running out of steam. What are you supposed to believe? According to Rightmove, prices are up year-on-year by 8.2% but down month-on-month by 1.3% (prices usually fall in August, and this year’s drop mirrors the average of 1.3% over the last decade.) Meanwhile, research by TwentyEA shows that around 26,000 new sales were agreed in the UK every week last month, about the same as the year’s average weekly total. In short, the market is up, down and unchanged, all at the same time! So, has…