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8 Essential Tips That Can Help You Sell Your Home in Chelmsford

Keen to sell your home in Chelmsford as quickly as possible? Worried that your Chelmsford property is still on the market? 

Although finding the right estate agent is a crucial part of getting your property sold, there are a few things you can do yourselves to help move the process along. Try these tips and it won’t be long before you have a few good offers pouring in and you can enjoy the search for your next new home! 

Read on for our eight essential tips to help you get your property off the market, quicker: 

1.Declutter 

Let’s start with the simplest (albeit slightly tedious) thing you can do to help stage your home for viewings. It’s time for a deep decluttering session! 

We’re not clutter-shaming. Getting rid of all the clutter allows interested buyers to see the full potential of the space during viewings. And not only will it make your property look more spacious, but it’ll also mean that your eventual packing becomes much easier. Bonus. 

2.Put some of your personal items away 

Although you don’t want your home not to look like a home, you also don’t want it to look too much like your home. You want potential buyers to walk in and be able to easily picture themselves living there. Removing family photos and more personal items can help make that possible. Viewers will be able to walk around and envision themselves and their own families living there.

3.Invest in professional property photography

As much as you may fancy yourself as a good iPhone photographer, now’s the time to turn to an expert. Trust us, a professional photoshoot will go a long way in helping your online property listings get a lot more interest. Many good estate agents are affiliated with a skilled property photographer and can offer this service. They’ll light up your home to make sure it’s showcased in the most visually appealing way. No filters necessary.

4.Ask your estate agent to create a video tour

While excellent photos are a ‘must have’ for property listings, few listings up until very recently also have a property video tour. These video tours can really help bring a property to life and are likely to capture more engaged leads. 

Ask your estate agent whether they offer this service to help your online listing stand out. If they don’t, see if you can find a professional videographer who’d be happy to create a short video of your property for a small budget. We wouldn’t recommend creating this yourself – but you should definitely share it on social media once created! 

5.‘Neutralise’ your furnishings

Another way to make it easier for viewers to picture themselves in your home is to create a more neutral setting. Turn to more muted colours for things such as your bedding and curtains. Remember, loud colours and bold prints may not necessarily be to everyone’s taste. 

An easy way to give your home more mass appeal is to strip any wallpaper and give it a fresh lick of neutrally coloured paint. Opt for lighter colours to reflect light and make your home look more spacious. 

6.Add some homely touches 

We know, we just asked you to remove personal items and make your home more neutral. But hear us out. 

Although many of the little decor changes mentioned above will help turn your property into a more neutral living space, you don’t want to strip it of all personality. Add little touches such as soft throws, scented candles and fresh flowers. These are safe options which can help your home look homely without alienating any potential buyers.

7.Use social media to share your property listing 

Although it’s your estate agent’s job to advertise your property, there’s no harm in you sharing the online listing. We recommend sharing the listing in your network. You never know, someone on your Facebook Friends list may always have had a crush on your home! 

8.Hire a great estate agent 

We’ve saved the most important tip for last. The estate agent you choose will make all the difference to how quickly your property gets sold. Although you may be tempted to go with the one with the lowest fee – don’t. Interview and research any estate agent thoroughly before you opt for them. Find out more about their experience and marketing strategy, and ask which property portals they will list your home on. 

Asking all the right questions when vetting estate agents will save you a lot of time (and money) and ensure your property is off the market before you know it!

For no-obligation advice on buying or selling your home in Chelmsford please contact our expert property team at Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466. We look forward to helping you.

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Buying a home in Chelmsford: Budgeting for Fees

Out of all the purchases you make in your life, your home is likely to be the most expensive, but it’s not just the price of the property you need to take into account. When you purchase your new home in Chelmsford, you’ll have fees and other costs associated with the move to take into consideration. Make sure you budget well so that you don’t end up with a nasty surprise!

If you are looking to buy a home in Chelmsford, do make sure you take into account all the associated fees with your purchase. To help you, we’ve created this handy guide to the most common fees.

Stamp duty

Currently, stamp duty is payable when you buy a home that costs over £125,001, although if you’re a first-time buyer, you won’t pay stamp duty on the first £300k. The rate of stamp duty increases as a percentage depending on how expensive your home is, so if it’s under £250k it’s 2%, and if it’s under £925k it’s 5%. There are also higher rates payable for people with second or buy to let homes. Stamp duty needs to be paid to the HMRC within 14 days of completing the process of buying a home, and your solicitor will usually deal with this, so make sure you’ve budgeted for it.

Surveyors fees

When you buy a house, a survey is essential, as it ensures you don’t buy a place that’s full of problems. In some cases, your mortgage lender will require you to instruct a survey, which could be a basic survey costing £250, through to a structural survey which can cost from £500 to £1,300 depending on the condition of the property.

Solicitors fees

Whilst you can attempt to do your own conveyancing, it’s one of those things that isn’t recommended as it’s very tedious, involves a lot of legal terms, and if something goes wrong, you have very little comeback. Therefore, you should budget for conveyancing fees, which can vary from hundreds to a few thousand pounds depending on whether you are buying and selling or one or the other.

Mortgage costs

There are a number of costs you need to budget for when it comes to your mortgage.

  • Deposit: This is usually the most costly part of moving. You’ll need to put down a deposit of between 5% and 20% of the property price. If you’re already a homeowner, then the deposit is usually paid out of the equity in your current home.
  • Valuation fee. Some lenders will charge you a valuation fee so they can work out how much they’re willing to lend and some banks will waive this fee.
  • Transfer fee: Many mortgage providers add a fee of around £40-50 to transfer the money to your solicitor for the property purchase.
  • Arrangement fees: These are the fees charged to set up a mortgage, and they can range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. In some cases, you can find mortgages with no arrangement fee, and some lenders will give you the option to add the fee to the overall cost of the mortgage. Keep in mind that if you add the fees to your mortgage, you’re likely to pay more due to interest on the combined figure.

It’s definitely worth shopping around when it comes to mortgages, and considering using a broker, as fees can vary and you’ll want to secure the best deal.

Removal costs

It’s worth getting some quotes and choosing not just the cheapest removal company, but the one that has the best reputation and offers best value for money. Some removal firms offer extras such as boxes and packing, which can be helpful when you’re busy dealing with all the other paperwork and stress!

Some people choose to hire a van and do the move themselves, but anyone who has done this will no doubt tell you it’s not always ideal. On the day of completion, you’ll be busy dealing with solicitor calls and trying to get the keys to your new home, so you won’t want to have the responsibility of loading up the van and unloading at the other end! Leave it to the professionals.

Repairs and decorating

Even if your new home appears perfect, when you move in, there are bound to be a few things that might need to be fixed and of course you’ll probably want to redecorate, so it’s a good idea to budget for this.

Moving home can come with a lot of fees, not to mention paperwork, but once you’re comfortably settled in your new home in Chelmsford, you’ll realise that it was worth all of the stress.

For a wide range of properties for sale in Chelmsford, contact our friendly and professional team of experts at Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466 and speak with us today about your next home.

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Stamp Duty Holiday: Everything You Need to Know

There has been much excitement here at Essex Homes And Lettings following the Chancellor’s announcement that stamp duty has been abolished for properties under £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland.

This is excellent news for the property market in Chelmsford, so we wanted to update you on everything you need to know if you are thinking of purchasing a property in Chelmsford.

What is Stamp Duty?

First up, let’s go back to basics for a moment with a concise explanation of stamp duty to bring you up to speed. When you’re buying a property, the term Stamp Duty will almost certainly come up and should be budgeted for in the early stages as you’re looking at your finances. So, historically, Stamp Duty has always been an important factor for homebuyers.

In England, Stamp Duty was actually introduced way back in the late 1600s, and it was initially a way for the monarchy at the time to raise much-needed funds to fill their war chests as they fought battles against France.

While we may not be at war with France, Stamp Duty still exists in the property sector, and it’s easy to see why, as it enables the Government to swell its coffers by billions of pounds each year.

So, whatever the history or the rights and wrongs of it, Stamp Duty has always been an important factor for home buyers.

Who Pays Stamp Duty?

The rules state that Stamp Duty must be paid when someone “buys a property or land over a certain price in England and Northern Ireland”. That “certain price” has previously been £125,000.

Rules on the Government website state that Stamp Duty is payable when you buy a freehold property, “buy or extend an existing freehold property”, buy through shared ownership, or if you are “transferred land or property in exchange for property”.

But, there have always been exceptions. For example, first-time buyers didn’t have to pay anything on the first £300,000 on the price of their new home. If the property price was above that, but below £500,000 they would have paid Stamp Duty of five per cent on the proportion above £300,000.

What’s changed?

Previously, you would have paid Stamp Duty on properties above £125,000, with the amount payable being calculated based on varying thresholds above that price.

Under the new rules announced by the Government, Stamp Duty has been abolished for properties under £500,000.

Above that figure, and you’ll pay five per cent for the next £425,000 and then 10 per cent on the next £575,000, then 12 per cent for the amount above £1.5m.

The good news is that these new rules apply to both first-time buyers and people who have owned property before.

The Chancellor himself predicts that on average, savings will be in the region of £4,500.

This move by the Government will, without doubt, get the housing market moving again, in that buyers will have more money in their pockets that they can potentially use as deposits.

Investors looking to buy a second home will also benefit because the Stamp Duty holiday will mean those who purchase through limited companies will be exempt, again, up to £500,000. But, the Government has chosen to retain the three per cent surcharge on these types of purchase.

When will the stamp duty holiday happen?

The new Stamp Duty rules apply to residential properties that are purchased between July 8, 2020 and March 31, 2021 (inclusive). Currently, the changes are not intended to be permanent as the Government has stated that after the Stamp Duty holiday period, previous rates will resume, although this of course could change.

How much will home buyers save?

Your savings could be in the thousands! If you’re buying a house in Chelmsford that is less than £500,000, then you will pay zero Stamp Duty.

Compare this to just a few days ago when you could have been hit with a Stamp Duty bill costing you thousands. For example, under the previous system, if you purchased a house worth £175,000, then you would have paid Stamp Duty of £1,000.

If the property was £400,000, then you would have expected to pay about £10,000 in Stamp Duty. Now, neither will be subject to Stamp Duty, so it’s happy days for you!

According to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, this will help nine out of 10 buyers.

The changes by the Government have been welcomed by the team here at Essex Homes And Lettings, because we know that it will potentially be a significant help to you in your next property purchase, so our team are on standby to help you find your dream home.

Call us on 01245398466 or email us at sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk and we will be delighted to speak with you!

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Is Boris’s 95% Mortgage Announcement a Good Move for First Time Buyers in Chelmsford?

Is Boris’ 95% mortgage announcement a good move?

Getting on the first step of the property ladder can seem like a giant leap these days, can’t it? If you’re young and haven’t been able to save up a deposit, it might seem that your dream of home ownership coming true is something that might only happen in the distant future.

Well, we at Essex Homes And Lettings have some good news for you. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, looks like he is trying to give you a leg up. We were catching up with the digital Conservative Party conference and Boris has declared that he wants to relax stringent rules on deposits and mortgages for first-time buyers.

From “generation rent” to “generation buy”

In the current COVID-19 climate, typically, you’ll need to find a deposit that is between 15 and 20 per cent of the price of the property.

It’s become more difficult just recently, with lenders becoming much more risk-averse, particularly in the first-time buyer market and moving away from low-deposit mortgages.

It’s a shame because many people who can actually manage a monthly mortgage repayment can’t afford a deposit for a property in the first place. So, you may have found your perfect home in Chelmsford but until you can find thousands of pounds for the deposit, that move is out of the question.

The Prime Minister’s speech seems like a welcome move, and if it works, could turn many people from renters into home-owners – from “generation rent” to “generation buy”.

A solution with a problem?

But, there’s a potential problem. Boris’s words were welcomed by many, although a number of commentators noted that it was short on detail. Yes, it grabs the headlines, but what are the mechanics of it all?

Will you, wanting to buy a house in Chelmsford be eligible for a 95 per cent mortgage, or will there be some criteria that will still prevent you getting on the property ladder?

Will the banks be expected to take all the risks, or will the Government step in and be a guarantor?

And will banks, who are still smarting from losses incurred years ago, be willing to offer the mortgages in the first place, particularly if they are now lending in a more responsible manner?

Whatever happens, it looks like the Government is trying to do something, but we await the full details.

Help is out there, and it’s been extended

As a first-time buyer, there is still help out there for you.

Help to Buy is a scheme that started with the government lending “first-time buyers and existing homeowners’ money to buy a newly-built home”. It proved very popular when it was first launched, and we saw a few purchases using this initiative, particularly as people only needed a five per cent deposit.

The Government has now confirmed that a new Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme “open to first-time buyers only will be available for two years from 1 April 2021. The Help to Buy scheme will end on 31 March 2023”.

In effect, you put down a five per cent deposit, the Government provides a 20 per cent loan, and you find a mortgage for the remainder.

There are all sorts of different limits based on UK regions, and there are strict rules that come with it.

Still saving?

It might be that as a first-time buyer, you don’t want to get involved in these schemes, and want to do as much as you can to raise a larger deposit.

It takes hard work and discipline to put aside thousands of pounds, but it can be done, and we have seen a few people do it too even though they are getting into property for the very first time.

From saving a percentage of your monthly wages, to selling items online, to taking extra part-time work or even moving back in with Mum and Dad, it can be a hard slog but you have to think of the end result – a house of your dreams that belongs to you.

If you need more advice on this, our team at Essex Homes And Lettings have plenty of experience, so can offer you some tips.

Email us at sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk or call 01245398466 and find out how we at can get you moving!

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Which is better, renting or owning a home?

To buy, or to rent, that is the question

Whether you’re going to rent, or if you’re planning to buy, your next move in Chelmsford is a personal choice. There are pros and cons for both, and some thinking will need to be done before making a decision.

But first, let’s look at a couple of statistics.

According to the government, just over 60 per cent of households in England owned their own homes (in the two years from 2016 to 2018). It has also been estimated that more than a quarter of people will rent their home by the end of 2021.

While many people want to own their own home in Chelmsford, for others renting is the best option for them.

It’s not just younger people who are renting either. A large proportion of renters are those who cannot yet find enough money for a deposit to get on the first rung of the property ladder, but there is also a growing number of older people who are renting as they downsize or move to be near family.

But what are the pros and cons of renting or buying?

What should you consider?

Here, we look at some of the things you should be thinking about.

Renting to keep costs down?

It could be said that renting doesn’t cost as much as buying because you don’t have to find a deposit for a house. This is indeed true – but not always! Monthly rents are sometimes cheaper than monthly mortgage payments but this is not always the case. You will need a deposit (which is protected by government-backed schemes), and you will usually need to pay a month’s rent upfront. This however, is still a lot lower than having to find upwards of a 15 per cent deposit to buy a house.

Renting may initially be cheaper, but you will not be on the property ladder and you won’t be investing in bricks and mortar and the potential profits that can accumulate as a property’s value rises.

What about maintenance costs?

This is often a tricky question to answer. Why? Because as someone who rents, your landlord will be expected to keep the property well maintained, and legally they have to make sure that the house is safe to live in, with regular electrical and gas safety checks.

But, as the person who rents, you will need to look after the property and there is an acceptance by many that it is up to you to keep the property in good condition. If you break items, the likelihood is that it is in your contract to replace like for like.

Of course, if you own the home, then all of the maintenance will come down to you and you will incur the costs – but on the plus side it is your home and you are investing in it.

Top Tip: Think about your finances and whether or not you can afford to keep your own property in tip-top condition.

It’s flexible

Renting is a way for you to live somewhere where you may not be able to afford to buy, or where work means you have to live. Renting can be a good option in this case because if you have to move often due to your work, you’re not going to want to go through the selling and buying of a property multiple times.

This is a real benefit to renting, but please be aware that if you are tied into a contract for a specific length of time, then you may not be able to get out of it easily.

Top Tip: If you can, specify the length of your rental contract. If you think you may only be somewhere for six months, make sure you are not tied in to a contract with a no break clause.

When it comes to renting or buying, it’s best to take the time to make a list of all the pros and cons. Circumstances may mean that you have to rent, but if you look at the figures, you might think it better to get on the property ladder.

You will need to do all the financial calculations based on your circumstances to get the answer to these particular equations, but we at Essex Homes And Lettings can offer you our professional advice to help you make an informed decision.

Give us a call on 01245398466 for more advice. We might even have a house for sale that is perfect for you!

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Let Essex Homes And Lettings Negotiate the Best Deal on Your Next Property in Chelmsford

When you find your dream property in Chelmsford you don’t want anyone else to have it, so it’s quite normal to want to jump straight in with an offer, but here at Essex Homes And Lettings naturally we want all our clients to be happy and so that involves always negotiating the best price whether we are involved in the sale or purchase of a property. It’s always worth taking your time to negotiate the best deal – and here’s how we do it.

We know the local property market

Simply jumping in with a random offer, because you think that’s what the house is worth, can mean that you won’t get the best deal. We research the market thoroughly and keep a close eye on property prices. We make it our business to find out what other properties in Chelmsford were listed for versus the price that was eventually paid. And we note how long homes stay on the market.

We work for you!

We are always working for you and it’s in our interest to achieve the best price for your property if you’re selling and negotiate the deal you are happy with if you are buying.

We can advise you regarding your ‘buying position’

We’ve been in business a long time and can sniff out certain types of sellers who are on the lookout for buyers in strong positions, such as:

  • Cash buyers
  • Buyers with no chain
  • Clients who are keen to buy quickly with their own property sold
  • First time buyers who have their mortgage funding secured
  • Buyers who are renting or have some sort of flexibility in their move

If you can show that you’re in a good position to move and can complete the process quickly, then in our experience, sellers will offer a little more flexibility. Nobody wants to be stuck in a chain or waiting for someone else’s house to sell for the sake of a few thousand pounds, so this can invariably make an offer attractive.

We are professional and friendly at all times

We know that selling your family home can be an emotional experience, and some sellers will feel highly attached to their properties. After all, you may have spent years living there there and have lots of memories. Negotiations are always easier when empathy is shown and we pride ourselves on always being willing to work with our clients to reach an agreement whatever the situation.

We will work to secure the best deal

In many cases, negotiations initially start with a firm no on first offer! However, this is perfectly normal. If your first offer is rejected, we will work with you on a second offer and advise you if any counteroffer is forthcoming, liaising with the seller throughout.

We understand that buying a house can be a stressful process, and sometimes when you find the right property, it’s easy to get carried away. However, it’s advisable to speak with us regarding your budget before commencing negotiations so that we can handle this for you, allowing you to get the best deal on your dream home.

Call the team at Essex Homes And Lettings today on 01245398466 and let us negotiate the best deal on your next home.

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Essex Homes And Lettings and our responsibilities to you during COVID-19

At Essex Homes And Lettings we take the health and safety of our staff and clients extremely seriously. We are staying up to date with, and taking advice from the Government, Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer as the COVID-19 situation progresses.

Given the current level of concern, we want to reassure all our clients that we have taken and will continue to take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure our levels of service and quality are maintained, without risk to staff and clients and without loss of service whilst adhering to recommendations.

We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and we will provide updates accordingly.

We have already taken the following steps and are confident that we can and will operate with minimal disruption through the next phases of the coronavirus outbreak whilst meeting the needs and requirements of our clients and the wider public.

Office

As per current guidance, we have asked that most of our team members work from home. We have a limited number of staff working from our office, but we request that you do not attend our office unless it is absolutely essential. Please also do not attend without prior arrangement. 

We will be avoiding handshakes and asking anyone who visits our office to wash or sanitise their hands.

Staff still situated in our offices understand their responsibility to report immediately any change in their health, family health or circumstances.

We have provided hand gel on all staff desks and do not allow staff to share phones or equipment.

All door handles, phones, keyboards and other office equipment is cleaned regularly.

Clients

Where possible we are offering the following:

  • 360-degree viewings
  • Video call viewings
  • Recorded video viewings

All of our communication channels – telephone, email, text messages, messenger and social media are all operating as normal and all staff members are contactable. 

Buyer and Seller Information

We have introduced new procedures and guidelines in the event of viewing requests. These will be reviewed as the situation evolves but our foremost concern is to keep staff and clients safe. Please talk to our staff on 01245398466 or email sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk with regard to this.

We are here to help and support all of our clients and we hope you, your friends and family remain safe and healthy for the duration of COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during this challenging time.

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What are the Benefits of Downsizing in Chelmsford?

There will come a time in your life when you will want to downsize. This could be because you would like to release some equity, or it could be because your children have moved out and you now don’t need quite as much space as you did before. Either way, there are so many benefits to downsizing to a smaller home in Chelmsford that you’ll be sure to consider it for your own future.

What reasons are there to downsize?

There are so many reasons to downsize. Perhaps you feel your property is too big for your current family size, or perhaps you cannot keep up with the rising costs of utility bills. Perhaps you simply want to move somewhere more central, or further out into the countryside.

Whatever your reason, downsizing can be good for your budget, for your wellbeing, and for your life.

Here’s why:

What benefits are there to downsizing?

Better location or superior property

By downsizing, it’s likely you can do more with your money. In some cases, this could mean moving more centrally or to a location that you have always dreamed of just by choosing a smaller property. Similarly, you can also move into a space that has been better designed, which will save you the effort of remodelling your current, larger home.

Huge increase in savings

When you downsize, you have the opportunity to increase your liquid funds, especially if your mortgage is either entirely paid off or mostly paid off by the time you downsize. This way, you have money you can put towards your retirement, towards renovations of your new home, or to simply enjoy the good things in life.

More efficient use of your home

If you have a big family and they have now all grown up and moved out, then you don’t have an efficient use of your current space. Downsizing will allow you to live more compactly and efficiently, rather than wasting space that is not required.

Greater wellbeing and happiness

Many people find greater purpose and happiness when they downsize, especially as it means they can live closer and in better harmony with their loved ones. Remember, downsizing doesn’t mean living in a single room, it simply means forgoing excess space so that your funds and life can go further.

Tips to successfully downsize

Successfully downsizing is so much more than just buying a smaller home or even taking it to the extreme with a mobile property – a growing trend that helps those with an adventurous spirit see the world. It is not realistic to assume you can just downsize. You are going to need to first reduce your dependence on material items – depending on your situation, this could be very easy – and be aware of the strategies “tiny home” owners have used. Above all, regardless of the size of the property you are downsizing to, you are going to need to follow these tips to downsize successfully:

Declutter in advance before you downsize

The biggest issue with downsizing is getting used to a smaller number of belongings. Before you go looking for a smaller property to purchase, it’s a good idea to declutter your home and try to figure out what you actually need. Your kitchen, for example, likely has many items that could be used, but haven’t been touched in years, so get rid of them!

Now would also be a good time to invest in long lasting items over single use items, because the last thing you are going to want to deal with in a smaller property is an excessive amount of ‘stuff’. The less you have, the easier it will be for all.

Consider space saving solutions

Alternatively, you could look into multi-purpose solutions and furniture, which would give you the versatility of a bigger home in a smaller space. By making these changes and finding these solutions in advance, you will be equipped with a better understanding of what size space you need and what you can do with the space once it is yours. After all, the chances are you’ll have quite a healthy sum of money left over once you downsize.

Downsizing isn’t for everyone, and of course you still want to live comfortably, but when your children move out, it is often one of the best solutions to become more economical. Downsizing is also a great idea if you want to live more centrally, or if you want to live more purposefully.

If you are thinking of downsizing in Chelmsford please contact our expert team here at Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466. We will be delighted to show you a selection of properties in Chelmsford that fit your requirements.

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What to do before a viewing on your house

Take the right viewpoint when setting your Chelmsford home up for a sale
They say that when you meet people you have not met before, first impressions make a difference. Similarly, they also say kerb appeal for a property on the market is really important.

Why? Because you want a potential buyer to get the right feeling from the very start. If your house looks unloved, it’s unlikely that even those with imagination will see past the clutter and the grime.

After all, you’re trying to sell your property in Chelmsford and move on, so of course you want people to like your house and put an offer in. This will help you move forward more quickly and that’s what you want, particularly if you have seen a new house you want to be in for the next chapter of your life.

So, what can you do?

Here are our seven tips for preparing your home for a viewing

  1. De-clutter
    For we estate agents, there is nothing worse than going to show people around a house we are marketing, only to open the front door and find the property is full of clutter. Okay, it might be family favourite toys and pictures and mementoes, or it might be piles of rubbish, but you must realise that prospective buyers want to see the house. They’re not interested in your knick-knacks! Seeing piles of bits and bobs will simply put them in the wrong frame of mind.

Tip: As you will be moving anyway, take the opportunity to box things up and store them away, or get rid of unwanted items. If you’re downsizing, it’s a perfect time to get rid of the clutter.

  1. Pet Hates
    You love your cat or your dog. In fact, they’re your best friend. That’s lovely, of course it is, but prospective buyers coming to look around your house may not like pets or could be allergic to them. It sounds harsh, but it is best if you can get a friend or a neighbour to look after your pet for an hour or two.

Tip: Give your house a good clean and light a scented candle before a visit by a prospective buyer. It’ll help get rid of the smell of a cat or dog.

  1. Centre on the Garden
    If you’ve got a front garden, tidy it up and make sure the grass is cut or the hedge has been given a trim. First impressions matter so take the time and effort to get it right. If you have children, tidy away all their toys and really show your garden off.

Tip: Set the scene; if it’s nice and sunny, put a table and chairs outside so that the garden looks inviting.

  1. Smells of the Season
    Because you’re in your home day in day out, you may be blind to the smells of your house. Using diffusers and scented candles sensibly will help make it smell nice for a potential buyer.

Tip: Think about the seasons. If it’s winter, choose a fragrance that ties in with the time of year. Try spiced fruits or cinnamon in Winter perhaps and floral fragrances during the Spring .

  1. Bathroom Routine
    Your bathroom is absolutely key to making a good impression. There’s nothing worse than a dirty, smelly bathroom for making people think that a house is unloved.

Tip: Present your bathroom well with folded towels and some flowers placed on the windowsill in a little vase. Store all the soaps, gels and toiletries away in cupboards.

  1. Space Invaders
    Space is often at a premium, so help the potential buyer realise just how much they will be getting if they purchase your property.

Is your furniture making a room look small?

Are there too many toys or books lying around?

Tip: Take a moment to look at a room and put yourself in the shoes of the buyer. If you think a room looks too busy, it might be time to rearrange the chairs or bookshelves.

  1. Stage it Right
    Staging isn’t just for theatre. Make a lasting impression by making your house look good. Put fruit in a bowl, flowers in vases, place a home decor magazine on a side table. Understand that you have to give your home a chance, so make it look great.

Tip: If you need inspiration, go and have a look at a homeware, furniture or home decoration shop as they are experts when it comes to staging room scenes.

We are too here at Essex Homes And Lettings. We have years of property experience. So, if you need some advice, come and get it from us. Call us on 01245398466 or email sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk

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Limited 90% Mortgage Deal Next Week

First Time Buyers will have access to a couple of exclusive deals via Accord Mortgages (Part of Yorkshire BS) from 9am Monday 5th October to 8pm Tuesday 6th October.

With the limited options available to clients with a 10% Deposit, we know that these will be popular and in-demand.

Specifically for First Time Buyers, and therefore for Purchases only, we would need to ensure that documents have been received and clients be ready to progress their application within those 2 days.

Documents that are always required :

  • Last 3 Months’ Payslips
  • Last 3 Months’ Bank statements for all current accounts
  • Evidence of Deposit
  • Copies of your ID / Address Verification

(Documents can be downloaded from your Online Banking)

We offer a secure Online Document upload and our Online Fact Find makes providing your information easy and can be done at any time, not just office hours.

Interested? Just get in touch and we can help 🙂