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7 Home Selling Myths…Busted!

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When it comes to selling your home in Chelmsford, there’s a lot of overwhelming information and old wives tales out there, and it can sometimes be difficult separating the fact from the fiction.

Advice often comes from well-meaning friends or family members who are just trying to be helpful, but in reality, they are not property experts!

Our team at Essex Homes And Lettings are all experienced property professionals with many years of experience between us. So, to ensure you are in possession of the correct information, here are seven home selling myths you’re likely to hear and why they’re not to be believed.

1. Overpricing Your Home Will Lead to Better Offers

Unfortunately, many sellers believe that by overpricing their house to start with, it leaves more room for negotiation and ultimately a better offer. That’s why we often see sellers marketing their properties with the agent who has simply come in with the highest valuation! 

However, this is entirely false.

When buyers are looking at properties, they’ll search within their price range. If your property price has been inflated, then it’s going to be competing against other properties that appear to be far better value for money, rather than sitting in the price bracket it should be in! This potentially means it will sit on the market for longer.

Buyers whose budget doesn’t stretch to the higher price range will miss out on seeing your property altogether as they’re not even looking in that price bracket.

You’ll attract more offers and sell your property more quickly if it’s been priced fairly. It gives it a chance to stand out among other properties in its price range, rather than being a poor relation in the higher price category. And you’re more likely to see interested parties competing upwards rather than knocking you down.

2. Getting an Immediate Offer Means it’s Priced Too Low

If you’ve resisted the urge to overprice your home and an offer comes in straight away, it’s tempting to think that you’ve missed a trick by not marketing it at a higher price. After all, if you had done, then you’d be a few thousand pounds better off surely.

Again, this is false. Most buyers scour the market for a couple of months, waiting for the perfect property to come up, and there’s a good chance that they’ve jumped in immediately to avoid missing out.

Remember too that if you’d overpriced it, there’s a chance they wouldn’t have found it in the first place.

3. A Better Offer Will Come Along if You Wait

This is another all too familiar trap that sellers fall into. After all, if you’ve had an offer on the very same day your home has gone on sale, then surely there’s likely to be a whole queue of buyers lining up for it?

No, not necessarily. You might just have been lucky enough to have the right buyer come along at the right time. If you receive a fair offer, then it’s usually best to accept it whether your property has been on the market for hours, days , weeks or months.

4. The Estate Agent With the Lowest Commission is the Best Option

While you’ll naturally want to earn as much money from your property sale as possible, it doesn’t mean you should sign a contract with the estate agent who offers the cheapest fees.

Selling a property can be a very stressful process. A good estate agent will help make it run as smoothly as possible while communicating effectively and providing outstanding service, so it’s crucial you weigh up what’s included in their fee.

Although it’s tempting to cut costs as much as possible in the short term, you might come to regret it over the longer term, especially if your property isn’t selling.

5. Major Renovations Will Offer the Biggest Return on Investment

Many homeowners are under the impression that if they spend a few thousand pounds on a conservatory, a swimming pool or a landscaped garden, they’ll just be able to add the cost of it to the house when they come to sell.

Sadly, it’s not quite as simple as this. Not all buyers will want to maintain a pool or require the space that a conservatory ultimately takes away from their garden, for example. Many buyers prefer to start with a blank canvas too, so they can add their own renovations.

That’s not to say that a major renovation is a bad idea, but if you’re only doing it to see a return when you come to sell, then it might be worth considering the type of renovation or extension that will bring you the best returns.

6. It’s Not Worth Fixing the House up at all

If you’ve decided to sell your property, it’s understandable that you won’t be thinking about spending even more money on it. After all, it won’t be you seeing the benefits long-term.

This logic is flawed, though, and it could cost you when it comes to getting the full asking price. A property that’s well maintained and looked after is far more appealing to buyers. Fixing broken fences and gates, tidying the garden, replacing broken windows or doors and giving any tired rooms a fresh lick of paint will go a long way towards selling your property for its true value.

7. Online Valuations are 100% Accurate

Online valuations are a fantastic tool and we are most definitely in favour! However, a quick online valuation of your property should be used as a guide. Online tools don’t always take into account the condition of a property or the extra value you may have added. They’re simply using other similar sized and types of properties in your area as a guideline.

The best way to get your property valued is always to contact an experienced, local estate agent who will come and value your property in person.

Essex Homes And Lettings are your local property experts for the Chelmsford area. Call us on 01245398466 or email sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk to chat with a member of our friendly and experienced team.

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Revved-up sellers ready to market homes this spring says RICS

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the market should prepare itself for a glut of new supply thanks to the stamp duty holiday extension. 

In its latest monthly sentiment survey of members’ views on the market, RICS says many would-be vendors sat tight over the late winter while they waited for news of the expected stamp duty holiday extension.

RICS expresses its market snapshot in terms of the balance of opinion amongst members responding to the survey. 

So it reports that the number of new buyer enquiries has fallen in the past month, with the net balance coming in at minus nine per cent in February – much better than the minus 29 per cent of January. 

There was a broadly flat trend in the volume of sales agreed.

RICS’ monthly measure of house prices showed 52 per cent of members seeing rises last month – slightly higher than the 49 per cent in January.

Prices and sales volumes are both predicted to be strong in the second quarter of the year, RICS says.

“The [stamp duty and guaranteed 95 per cent mortgages] measures announced last week … should help support the housing market over the coming months with concerns around a cliff-edge end to the stamp duty break eased” says Simon Rubinsohn, RICS chief economist.

Original Article from Estate Agent Today 12/03/2021

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How to Get Your Chelmsford Property Photo Ready

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Photographs are an essential step when selling your home in Chelmsford and are integral to an effective marketing strategy.

Your photos need to look fantastic and stand out in a busy market. The images need to be an accurate and honest representation of the property, which is why staging your home before the professional photographer arrives is crucial.

If you are not hiring professional home stagers, there are some simple steps you can take to prepare your home in the best possible way before we send our professional photographers out to capture your home at its best!

Pay Attention to the Front of The Property

Even the nicest of cars cause distraction. Remove your vehicle from the driveway to give the viewers the full impact of the outside space and an unobstructed view of the front of the property. Additionally, ensure garage doors are closed. Small changes will make a significant impact on the overall quality of the photography.

If you usually keep the bins at the front of the property, ensure they are hidden away out of any shots. Thoroughly clean windows and windowsills to provide that the all-important front image of the home is immaculate.

Take some time to tidy the front garden, giving the best first impression. Mow the lawn, trim back any hedges and remove any empty plant pots that may be lying around.

Make Your Gardens Attractive

Gardens are often a huge draw for potential buyers, both those who are breaking free from the rental market and those climbing up the property ladder. Gardens are subject to personal taste, but neat lawns, clean decking, smart patios and clearly defined eating areas are what buyers want, so take time to prepare them before the arrival of your photographer.

Showcase Your Bedrooms

Remove any signs that may be stuck on bedroom doors, especially common for children’s rooms. Store away any children’s toys which may eliminate part of your target audience. If you don’t have the storage room, hide them in the car while the photographer is working!

Make all the beds and plump up the pillows. If any cushions are looking past their best, hide them out of shot. Items like this can do more harm than good and make the whole room look tired.

Add Sparkle to Your Bathroom

Bathrooms and kitchens are the main rooms that can really draw viewers to a home. Simple hacks in the bathroom can drastically elevate your photographs. Simply make sure the toilet seats are down, and mirrors are sparkly clean with no watermarks or smudges.

As bathrooms are often small, create space by being as minimal as possible. Store away cosmetic items such as shampoo, lotions, or razors. The bright colours of the bottles can be unattractive and distracting when photographed.

Remove Kitchen Clutter

Kitchens are the heart of the home, and a beautiful kitchen is often the factor that convinces unsure potential buyers. Clear all surfaces, leaving minimal appliances in view. This will prevent clutter from causing distraction and give the illusion of a bigger and fresher space with plenty of work surfaces.

Don’t Distract with Electronics

Turn off the TV and any computers and make sure there are no loose electronic devices left on countertops, which are distracting for people viewing the images. The last thing you want to see are beautiful images of your home with a distracting TV show in the corner of the otherwise perfect image.

Let in The Light

Open curtains and blinds wide to let the natural light flow through the home. Your photographer will then be able to manipulate the light to show your home in the best, most natural way possible. If you have blinds, open them tilted upwards. This will push the natural light towards the ceiling, allowing it to illuminate without being too harsh for photography.

Give Your Pets a Day Out!

Although you love them, it is best to keep pets out of your listing photographs whether it is a cat, dog or hamster, if possible, remove the pet from the home for the whole day, as this will give you an excellent opportunity to clean, ready for staging, and prevent them from getting in the way of the photographer.

In addition to the pet itself, make sure any pet toys, food bowls and beds are out of shot. Furthermore, tidy up the garden, ensuring no waste or pet toys are lying around.

Call the friendly team at Essex Homes And Lettings now on 01245398466 – we use professional photography as standard!

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One in eight sellers will pull out if they miss stamp duty holiday

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Some 12 per cent of buyers will pull out of their transaction if it does not complete in time for their stamp duty exemption.

That’s the finding of a survey by Knight Frank, which asked 500 current purchasers their intentions.

To the question: Would you pull out of a purchase that wasn’t going to complete before March 31? some 12 per cent said Yes; 36 per cent No; and 52 per cent said they’d renegotiate the price.

The agent’s survey suggests there is overwhelming support for an extension to the stamp duty holiday.

Some 87 per cent of respondents say Chancellor Rishi Sunak should extend in the Budget next month, while a quarter of those who advocate an extension say it should be tapered.

Elsewhere in the study, 36 per cent of respondents say they are more likely to move in the next year as consequence of the latest lockdown, with 19 per cent less likely.

Just over a third of people think their house value will rise between one and five per cent in the next year.

A full 42 per cent say they will use virtual viewings more often even after the requirement to do so ends.

In terms of the much-hyped desire for more space, the survey appears to show that the latest lockdown has reinforced trends that emerged after the market reopened last May, with a desire for space, greenery and the ability to work from home remaining at the forefront of people’s minds.

The most important attributes people now want in a property are a home office or study (67 per cent), a garden, outdoor space or access to land (72 per cent) access to high-speed broadband (also 72 per cent) and a broad desire for more space, which was important for 53 per cent.

The escape to the country trend doesn’t appear to have run its course either, with 38 per cent of respondents stating that the latest lockdown had made them more likely to move to a rural location.

Original Article from Estate Agent Today 22/02/2021

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Are you Ready to Sell in 2021?

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If you’re thinking of putting your Chelmsford property on the market in the New Year, you’ll want to make it stand out from the crowd and generate as much interest as possible to make sure you achieve the full asking price.

The team at Essex Homes And Lettings are highly experienced in property and will always make sure we give our utmost attention when accompanying viewings on your property, but there are always little tweaks you can make to your home to make sure it’s in outstanding condition and ready for the most discerning viewer!

The Essex Homes And Lettings team have put our heads together and want to share with you the top nine things you can do to get your property ready for a new year sale!

1. Neutralise Your Home

There’s nothing wrong with injecting your personality into your home, but if you’re selling, then garish paint and leopard print feature walls won’t be to everyone’s taste. If this sounds anything like your property then give some serious consideration to some light redecorating, ideally using neutral colours such as off-white, magnolia, greys or pastels.

It’s far more appealing to potential buyers and it will also allow them to visualise their own ideas better if they have a blank canvas to work with.

2. Lighten Up

Following on from our first point, there are some simple lighting tricks you can do to make your home feel brighter, which in turn will make it feel more spacious and appealing to potential buyers.

It can be as simple as putting up a mirror opposite a window to reflect the light, or ensuring you have high-voltage light bulbs fitted. If you have blackout blinds or curtains in your bedrooms then make sure these are open before any viewings, to avoid rooms appearing dark or gloomy.

3. Declutter

We all tend to throw empty boxes in cupboards (just in case) and gather ‘stuff’ as the years pass. If you’ve been hoarding items, then the sale of your property is the perfect time to get rid of unwanted items and declutter. It’ll help your home appear more spacious and there’s potentially the added benefit of making a few pounds selling some of your old belongings.

4. Deodourise

Did you know that your home has its own distinctive smell? Obviously not all houses have strong smells but if you regularly smoke or vape indoors or you have a cat or dog causing a whiff, then no matter how beautiful your house may be, this is likely to be the first thing a visitor notices when they walk through the front door – and it can be very off-putting. If your property has a strong smell to it then give it a good deep clean before any viewings or get professionals in if you need to.

5. First Impressions are Everything

It’s rare that you’ll make a sale on first glance, but you can definitely lose one! If you have an overgrown garden, a grubby front door and a broken gate then it’s time to get your gardening gloves on and tidy it all up.

Kerb appeal is important not only because many potential viewers will do a ‘drive by’ to check out the property before booking a viewing, but first impressions are what always form the basis of someone’s opinion of your property. Things that can damage your home’s kerb appeal include having dirty wheelie bins on display, smeared windows and chipped paintwork, so spend a little time maintaining your outdoor areas and be sure everything is up to scratch before the viewings start.

Adding little extras like a potted plant or a lamp to light up your entrance can make a big difference too. You don’t need to do anything extravagant, just remember, it’s all in the details!

6. Show Off Your Homes Assets

Step room to room in your home and check for little things that may detract the attention of a viewer:

  • If you have a study or a room you are using as an office, make sure your desk is tidy and your paperwork is filed away so that viewers can see an organised workspace.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s not being blocked by toys or extra bits of furniture that you haven’t stored away so that viewers can imagine themselves cosy by the fire.
  • If you have a dining table – a common dumping ground for pretty much everything – make sure it’s clear of any paperwork or household bits that have been piling up so that viewers can see there is a defined place to eat.
  • If you have a utility room, remove piles of laundry and tidy away detergents so that viewers can appreciate the extra space catering for the needs of a family.

When it comes to our homes it’s easy to take some of the features we see every day for granted, but to a viewer they may be just what they’re looking for in a home, so be sure to highlight all of your property’s best features.

7. Be Prepared

Think back to when you bought your property. What questions did you have for the estate agent? If a buyer were to ask how old the windows are and if they have a guarantee would you know the answer? What about the last time you had the boiler serviced? When was the central heating checked? Be prepared and find your paperwork and service history relating to your home before it’s requested to save time!

  • Service the boiler
  • Check the central heating system
  • Look out any guarantees and warranties
8. Fix up, Look Sharp

Keeping on top of the maintenance of your home is crucial for when you bring your property to market. If you haven’t regularly maintained your home, now is the time to get all those little niggly jobs done. Make sure everything’s as well maintained as possible, whether it’s fixing a damaged fence or just replacing a broken lightbulb, these minor details can make a big difference to potential buyers. It shows that your house is well looked after, and it will give viewers fewer excuses to negotiate. Make your property as flawless as possible – touch up paintwork and don’t forget to check gutters and drainpipes to get rid of leaves and debris.

9. Depersonalise

Buyers want to imagine themselves living in a home, so seeing pictures of strangers all over the house can actually have an off-putting effect, even though it’s your home!

Don’t remove every family photo, you’re still living there of course, but there’s a fine line between making a home look lived in and loved and showcasing it as someone else’s dream home! Think about putting a few photos away before viewings. The space created will allow viewers to get a better idea of what they would do with the space and to imagine it as their own.

For no-obligation advice on buying or selling a home in Chelmsford please contact our expert property team at Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466.

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9 Tips to Boost Your Chances of a Winter Property Sale in Chelmsford

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The cold winds are blowing, and frost is on the ground. The dark nights are upon us, the heating is on, and woolly hats are at the ready.

Love it or hate it, winter is here, and our thoughts start to turn to the festivities and then the weeks beyond. It’s fair to say that winter can be a quieter time for house sales, but winter can also be an excellent time for you to sell your property.

Some people will take the opportunity of the dark evenings indoors to look around online at what’s for sale in their chosen area. And if they’re looking now, what a great time to sell your home.

To make the most of those winter buyers, here, we at Essex Homes And Lettings look at nine tips to boost your chances of selling your home in Chelmsford this winter.

1. Be Visible Online

It stands to reason, now more than ever before, online is where it’s at, and particularly so when it’s winter. People are indoors, passing time on their laptops, mobile devices and tablets so you must make sure your property is marketed in all the right places.

Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to use your online presence, for example, on social media to share the sales particulars of your home via your estate agent. We welcome this, and you never know, someone you know, or someone they know, could be interested in your property.

2. Add Classy Festive Decorations

It’s the festive season, and that makes it a great time to get your house looking wonderfully bright and loved. You want people to imagine themselves living in your home, picturing themselves with the Christmas tree up, the dining table set and decorations twinkling.

Top Tip: Don’t go overboard, dial it down a touch. People might like what you’ve done, but they want to be able to see the house beyond your glitzy decorations, so keep it classy!

3. Set a Cosy Atmosphere

Warming up a sale can be as simple as making your home feel cosy and inviting. As winter kicks in, make sure your home is heated to a comfortable temperature. There’s nothing more off-putting than stepping out of the cold and straight into an icy house, shivering as you view.

Top Tip: Turn your heating on in good time. It might also turn into a talking point – good insulation and efficient heating systems mean the house is less costly to run – a great plus point for viewers.

4. Sell the Dream

It’s not just about the house; it’s about location too. Make sure your agent is knowledgeable about the local area. Whether that’s recommending nearby walks in parkland or countryside or a little saunter into town for a hot chocolate and a spot of window shopping, it’s crucial to sell the superb location of your property.

Top Tip: Be prepared. Make sure you know what’s on your doorstep so that you complement your estate agent’s local knowledge. You are living in the area, so you can confirm the excellent bus service, beautiful woodland walks and favourite restaurants. 

5. Set the Stage

Winter can be about panto, but don’t let your house become a laughing stock! Stage your rooms so that they look inviting. Bring in some fir cones for little ornamental displays or use holly sparingly to decorate a room. If you have an open fire or log burning stove, light it and turn side lamps on for even more atmosphere.

Top Tip: Take a look at country and lifestyle magazines to get a flavour of how you can stage your home for winter.

6. Prepare Professional Services in Advance

Get all your paperwork and professional services such as conveyancers lined up in good time so that once you receive an offer, you’re ready to roll. ‘We’d like to be in for Christmas’ and ‘We’d love a new home in time for the new year.’ are common requests, so having everything lined up and being prepared to move quickly can work to your advantage.

Top Tip: Draw up a list of everything you need to do to get your house winter sale ready. Then go through it methodically so that when the time comes, you and your home are ready.

7. Create an Ambient Home

Light up your house. A dark house is unappealing, whether it’s for an evening viewing or a visit during a cloudy, rainy day. You don’t have to have all the lights on all the time, a side lamp glowing when you go into a room will present it just right. Add in a seasonal candle (safely – don’t leave it lit and unattended or anywhere it can topple over), and you’ll create a warm and welcoming space.

Top Tip: Make sure there are no light bulbs that need replacing and check they are soft tone rather than a harsh white.

8. Clean your Windows

Wash your windows, inside and out. Windows take a beating and quickly become dirty during bad weather. You want to offer a welcome view, so ensure they are sparkling when your viewers arrive.

Top Tip: Don’t forget to give your windowsills and doorsteps a good clean too, inside and out!

9. Keep on Top of Maintenance

You never know when a viewing may take place, so it’s to your advantage to be prepared to accept viewings with little notice and catch those motivated buyers. Make sure you complete all those fiddly maintenance jobs you’ve been putting off so that your home is in tip-top condition and ready to be presented at a moments notice.

Top Tip: Give family members small jobs to do. This way, you’ll get all the jobs done, and your house will be ready for the next viewing.

We are brimming with inspirational ideas for how to make your home winter sale ready! Call Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466 and we’ll talk through what you need to do.

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Is Christmas a Good Time to Sell Your House in Chelmsford?

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Did you know that the festive season can be a wonderful time to sell your house in Chelmsford. Yes, of course, many people are thinking about presents, Santa, food and drink, but it can also be a great time for you to consider selling your home.

Why? Well, we’ll explain in just a moment.

First though, if you need help deciding whether to sell or if you’re looking to buy a property in Chelmsford, whatever the season, then we can help you. Give us a call on 01245398466 or email sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk.

So, is Christmas really a good time to sell?

Christmas is a time when many professionals such as surveyors and conveyancers take some time off, meaning that the sales process can slow down. But it’s usually only for a couple of days, so if you’ve got all your legal paperwork lined up, efficiency should almost be maintained.

But paperwork aside, what about your property at Christmas?

Present Your Home in the Perfect Light

You may have more available time at Christmas to be able to stage your home ready for viewings. Presenting your property is one of the critical things to do to make prospective buyers picture themselves at home. Little touches showcasing your home as a fantastic, warm and joyful house can help sell the dream to a prospective buyer.

Add Festive Atmospherics

Turn on your outside lights, festive or otherwise. Similarly, some indoor atmospheric lighting works a treat to show how welcoming your home is. Don’t go over the top though! Choose subtle side lamps to cast a soft glow.

Sleigh Ahead of the Game!

Many people believe that Christmas is not the right time to put their house on the market….so they don’t. But fewer homes on the market means less competition, so actually, it’s a great time to be selling. Even if the process doesn’t gain momentum until the New year, you’ll still be ahead of the game.

Take advantage of this opportunity and make sure you’ve got everything in place should you accept an offer, and your buyers want to move quickly. It may be Christmas, but legal professionals will be available in the run-up to the holidays. Hold a conversation with conveyancers beforehand, and you’ll know exactly when they are working and how to get hold of them should you need to.

Family Time Leads Online!

Another thing to think about is that Christmas is often about family. But spending more time than usual with extended family can take its toll! Escaping online is common. In fact, housebuilders have reported that Christmas Day and Boxing Day are two of the busiest days for web traffic to their sites.

Families spending time together often prompts talk about the potential for moving to a new house. And, what about all those new phones and tablets received as Christmas presents! This presents even more opportunity for going online and potentially searching for properties!

There’s ‘Snow’ Time Like the Present

If you delay putting your house on the market, you’ll ultimately be postponing the sale of it. Based on our experience, we say take advantage and get it listed! Preparing the particulars takes time, as does the taking of photos and creating floor plans. So, if you set the ball rolling now, you’ve already made the first move. Wait until after Christmas, and you may find more properties coming to market, and your property won’t stand out as much.

New Year, New Move

Christmas can be a great time to move home, but there’s often a lot going on. Remember though, your move doesn’t have to happen straight away. Be patient, get your processes and planning done, and then by the time the new year comes around, you could be looking at getting the keys to your new home.

It can be a dream, but to make it happen, you need to set things in motion.

  • Plan how you will tackle packing for the move
  • Think about whether you can gift things or recycle items
  • Think about getting boxes ready
  • Talk to the conveyancers
  • Search for removal firms
  • Note down who you need to notify

In essence, simply prepare.

We are here to help guide you through selling your home in Chelmsford at Christmas. So, call our team at Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466 and we will be more than happy to chat about your next steps.

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10 Frequently Asked Questions When Selling Your Home in Chelmsford!

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If you are looking to sell your house in Chelmsford, you may very well be feeling a little overwhelmed, and who can blame you? It is a huge undertaking, not to mention an incredibly emotional time for you as a homeowner. 

Many home movers find it extremely difficult to keep their personal feelings separate from their business brain when it comes to selling their home, but that being said, you can successfully sell your home without letting your emotional attachment to the property hinder your efforts. 

However, it’s good to be as informed and prepared as possible before you start marketing your property, so let’s start with our 10 most frequently asked questions when selling your home. 

What time of year should I sell my house? 

This is a very important question as there are key times in the year when people are more likely to be looking to buy a new house. Traditionally springtime is the best season to sell your home, with the first two weeks of May traditionally having the highest sales figures. The least effective months to sell your home are October and December, as less people want to go on viewings after work when it is cold and dark, plus many are preoccupied with Christmas. 

How long will it take to sell my house?

Unfortunately this is similar to asking “how long is a piece of string”, with many factors influencing how quickly, or slowly, your home will sell. These include:

  • Your listing price 
  • The condition of your home
  • The condition of the local housing market 
  • How you market your home
  • General factors such as political matters 

Rest assured though that here at Essex Homes And Lettings, we are pro-active year round and will market your property effectively whatever the season or climate!

How much is my house worth?

Of course you will need to know roughly how much your house is worth before you put it on the market. The simplest way to gauge how much your house will sell for is to ask us for a free, no-obligation market appraisal. You may also like to do some research of your own by looking at comparable sales in your local area.

How much will it cost me to sell my house?

There are of course, costs that you will incur when selling your home, including your estate agent’s commission which can be anywhere between 1-3%, solicitors fees, stamp duty and any removal costs. 

Should I make repairs or sell my house as it stands?

This is a tricky one as some home buyers are looking for a project property (albeit one at a knock-down price) and others may want a property that they can move into immediately with minimal fuss. 

As a general rule, any small, cosmetic repairs that will not cost a lot of money should be carried out before you show around any potential buyers. For larger, more costly projects, you can either carry out the work yourself or ensure your asking price reflects any work that the new owners will need to carry out. 

Should I hire an estate agent?

An estate agent will have sound property knowledge, access to marketing resources, potential buyers and local market data that are invaluable in helping you sell your property, so it is advisable to hire a professional!

What should I do if my house is failing to sell? 

There could be several reasons why your house is not selling as quickly as you would have hoped. These include:

  • Your asking price is too high
  • Repair issues are putting potential buyers off
  • Your property listing is not up to scratch 

This is why it’s always best to speak with a property professional who can advise you on the best course of action.

How can I prepare my home for sale?

When it comes to making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers, it really is a case of sticking with what works; namely the idea of baking bread and arranging fresh flowers around your home! It may sound silly, but making your home smell nice and inviting really can make a difference to how a potential buyer feels about your home. 

Other top tips include:

  • Clearing away any clutter
  • Applying a fresh coat of paint on the walls
  • Tidying your front garden to improve your kerb appeal
Should I be present during viewings? 

This is an easy one. No, preferably not! It can be very uncomfortable to listen to a potential buyer point out what they don’t like or what they would change about your home. Not to mention the fact that they may not feel comfortable talking to your estate agent about your property if you are standing right next to them!

Therefore, for all parties involved, it is better if you make yourself scarce during all viewings.

If I accept an offer on my home, is it legally binding?

Your estate agent is legally required to pass on all offers on your property to you, although you can reject any offer outright if you are not happy with the price offered.

If you do accept an offer, you are not legally bound to it. If you receive a higher offer or simply change your mind, you are within your rights to decide not to sell your home to your buyer, although this is always a distressing situation for the other parties involved.

Good luck if you are selling your home, or considering putting your property in Chelmsford on the market. 

For no-obligation advice on buying or selling a home in Chelmsford please contact our expert property team at Essex Homes And Lettings on 01245398466 or call in and see us. We look forward to seeing you.

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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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6 Budget-Friendly Home Decor Ideas for Your Chelmsford Property

In these days of easy access to drool-worthy home decor inspo on Pinterest and Instagram, we’ve all suffered a case of design envy. Although these design ideas aren’t unachievable, many people get put off by the mere thought of how much redecorating their own home could actually cost.

As your local Chelmsford estate agent, we see stunning homes in Chelmsford every day and we’re here to tell you that it’s very much possible to create an envy-inducing home of your own without breaking the bank!

You just need to get a little creative and take a few risks along the way.

Read on for our top 6 home decor ideas that are easy on your wallet:

1. First, kick off with a deep clean

We know, cleaning up isn’t exactly a decorating tip. But, hear us out here. Our experienced team of negotiators at Essex Homes And Lettings are all in agreement that a good decluttering session is the first step to transforming any room. By getting rid of all your clutter, you’ll get a much better idea of the space you’re working with. It also makes it easier to think of a coherent decor scheme, and you could get rid of some of the more dated design elements along the way.

The best part? Cleaning and decluttering doesn’t cost a thing.

2. Invest in some mirrors to open up a room

What’s one of the easiest ways to ‘add space’ to a room? Simply hang some mirrors.

Mirrors create the illusion of space by reflecting light, making smaller rooms instantly appear more spacious. Invest in some unique mirrors with interesting effects, and you’ll be adding style, light and space in one go.

And you don’t need to invest a lot. There are some great charity shops in Chelmsford  so head on over and upcycle old mirrors with a new frame or fresh paint.

3. Add some natural green

Amp up the style and the feel-good vibe of your home in Chelmsford by adding some cute indoor plants in quirky pots. Not only will they add some colour, but plants will also purify the air, and they’re known to boost your mood.

Plants aren’t pricey and can last for ages with care and love. Pop to the garden centre and buy local or check out online plant stores.

We’re not all green-fingered, so if you are worried about accidentally killing your plants, choose low-maintenance options such as jade or aloe vera that practically take care of themselves. Invest in a couple of statement pieces for the main living areas and dot smaller potted succulents around your bedroom and kitchen. Even your bathroom will benefit from a bit of green.

4. Style your bed

Yes, your bed is primarily for sleeping and lounging, and the occasional Netflix binge, but it can also be a statement style piece for your bedroom. And dressing it up won’t break the bank.

Get yourself some gorgeous new bed linen and an assortment of quirky cushions. Add a season-appropriate throw – furry for winter and bright/light for summer – to add a more cosy style.

If you’re feeling creative and don’t have a headboard, consider painting one on the blank wall behind your bed. It’s cheap and can easily be painted over whenever you fancy a change.

 5. Search for bargains online

Google makes bargain hunting a lot easier than it’s ever been, and home decor is a category where you can find some of the best bargains online. You’ll be surprised at just how many gems you can find on sites like eBay and Gumtree. If you’re prepared to go for second-hand or ‘pre-loved’ items, you can get your hands on quality furniture pieces for a lot less.

If you’re prepared to drive over for pickups, some online sellers are even willing to give away large items for free.

6. Give your walls a fresh lick of paint

Despite what some people may assume, you don’t need to be a DIY expert to paint a room in your home. Give any room a quick spruce with a fresh lick of paint. Or be bold and transform any space by painting a statement wall. This involves painting just one wall with a different colour or design, so it becomes the focal point of the room. You can also use wallpaper to create an interesting statement wall. 

A tin of paint or a roll of wallpaper is not expensive, and it’ll take just a few hours to make a significant style impact.

Once you’ve spruced up your property in Chelmsford, give us a call at Essex Homes And Lettings and we’ll be delighted to give you a free valuation. We can be reached at sales@essexhomesandlettings.co.uk or 01245398466.