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How kerb appeal could aid a post-lockdown sale in London

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Published: 11/05/2020   Last Updated: 11/05/2020 16:21:14   Tags: Home, For Sale, Estate Agents, Property, London Property

The restrictions are starting to lift and although it will take a long time before things resemble what they were, there are trickling signs of life returning.  Not everyone has had the desire to continue with their plans to move, and others’ decision to find a new home in London could be a recent one.  But before you race to get your home up there on the big wide web, take some time to consider if it’s ready for sale, and how your home looks from the street should never be neglected. How can your home’s kerb appeal aid a post-lockdown sale?

Make an impression

We all know first impressions count – you want buyers longing to see what your home has to offer, from the outside in.  With many of us taking to the streets on our daily walks, we may be noticing more about what surrounds us than ever before, as we are not distracted by the hustle and bustle of life.  Architecture is adored, colours and planting are admired, and presentation envied.   Not all future buyers are actively looking, but that doesn’t mean that if your home makes an impression it won’t be desired and remembered.  Your home will no longer be just one on the street in London, one that potential buyers pass by without a glance, the right kerb appeal will ensure it stands out and is never ignored again.


Present to sell

Since you made the decision to sell your home you will have no doubt been working hard to declutter, clean and organise your property’s interior.  Just as you have devoted your attention to the inside you must now put in the same work sprucing up the outside.  Begin with undertaking any repairs that you have been neglecting and tidy up your plants, shrubs and any lawn areas, so they are looking well cared for.   It’s only natural for paving to start to look tired over time, so grab that power-washer or call in the professionals, as this can make a massive difference.  It may seem obvious but clean all your windows and, if needed, give window sills a fresh coat of paint, as well as touching up any other paint work.  

 

Focus on the point

The focal point to any home is the front door; from its condition, to its colour, to whether it’s well lit, no detail will go unnoticed.  Colour psychology can also play a part in how buyers perceive the property, so what does your front door say about you and your home?  According to the Pantone Colour Institute, a black front door signifies elegance, power and prestige, whereas white is often chosen by those who prefer a minimalist look due to it being crisp and pristine.   Grey is timeless and less likely to go out of fashion, while a red door commands attention and is more likely to be chosen by individuals who are engaging and dynamic.  Whatever colour you choose, ensure it complements the architectural style of your property.

The devil is in the detail

One frustration for buyers is when a house number is not clearly visible, so if you don’t have one or it’s seen better days, an effective and subtle way to update the front of your home is to add bold numbers that can be clearly seen from the street.  At Harding Green we would also advise that these and any hardware, such as the letter box, handles and knockers, should mirror the style of your home’s interior, as this will give your buyers a taste of what to expect.



Power in planting

Colour creates impact, adds warmth and a bright welcome, whether that’s through flowers bursting from flower beds and window boxes or evergreen shrubs in planters.  No matter what space you have at the front of your property, you can easily transform it with an injection of blooms. You can create a touch of elegance using symmetrical planters on either side of your front door, and aromatic herbs such as lavender and rosemary will provide beautiful scents that will add to your buyers’ viewing experience.  


Time is of the essence

Whilst the pace of life is slower, and before the majority of us return to work, don’t miss the opportunity to ensure that your home’s kerb appeal makes a lasting first impression.   Serious buyers are already out there, enquiries have started to rise and we expect this to continue as restrictions are lifted.  Time is of the essence, as your kerb appeal could aid a post-lockdown sale.  If you’d like advice on how to maximise your London home’s potential, call our team at Harding Green on 0203 375 1970.

Why it’s a fantastic time to search for your new home in London

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Published: 04/05/2020   Last Updated: 04/05/2020 13:17:00   Tags: Moving Home, House, Virtual Viewings, Estate Agents

In this new world we find ourselves in, with the country in lockdown, many of us furloughed, and social distancing becoming the norm, it may seem a very strange time to start the search for a new home.  You might have been thinking about moving before the pandemic but have now put your plans on hold; or maybe having to #stayathome has sparked a desire to move and you can’t get it out of your head.  Just because many things have been paused doesn’t mean you can’t look to the future, and this is why it’s a fantastic time to search for your new home in London.

More than a home

Although you’re looking to buy a property, it’s becoming part of a new community and neighbourhood that can make a house feel like your home.  This time has seen communities coming together to support and help each other, from running errands to even just providing entertainment for their street, such as bingo, a street disco, or exercise classes.  Whilst you’re looking at properties also do some research into the local area, what can they offer you and your family?  Why not ask people within the neighbourhood their opinion through local Facebook pages, or chat to an estate agent – the area can make a massive difference when buying a home.

What do you want?

Although this time has been filled with confusion it has also provided a lot of clarity on what’s important.  What you believed was essential a few months ago may now seem like a distant memory, or you may have been spending the last few weeks craving a particular space to make your and your family’s life a whole lot easier.  Before you start your search, take some time to reflect what’s important and explain why to your estate agent.

Have a conversation

Starting your search for a property online hasn’t really changed, but how many of you had utilised the expertise of your local estate agent?  At Harding Green we work closely with buyers; by understanding what’s important to you we can help you find your dream home, even if it’s not on the market yet.   Many buyers don’t see the advantage of building a relationship with an estate agent, but we can work on your behalf ensuring you’re the first to view when we hear of a property coming onto the market that we know would be perfect for you.  Don’t go it alone, give our team a call on 0203 375 1970 – all social distancing measures apply!

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Viewings?

At Harding Green we can provide you with a virtual viewing, a fantastic experience allowing you to fully view a property without having to be there.  New properties are still coming onto the market, and we can also offer those who are looking to sell a virtual valuation.  So relax, put your feet up and start the search for your new home from the comfort of your sofa.

Lending hope

There has been a tightening of borrowing restrictions by many lenders, with some requiring a larger deposit than they did a couple of months ago.  However, there have been positive signs over the last week or so, with some lenders now offering green shoots for those seeking a mortgage.  Our advice would be to speak to a professional mortgage broker, who will be able to search all the products available to find the right solution for you.

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Only for the brave

Not all potential buyers are brave enough to continue their search for a new home in this new era of living and working, and, as such, those that are, are serious.  This places you in a strong position when placing an offer on a property, as sellers will trust that you have done your research and are committed to purchasing their home.  

Keep moving

What could be more exciting than to come out of lockdown knowing that you will be soon in your dream home?  Start the search for your new home in London today and strengthen your search by starting a conversation with our team at Harding Green.

We look forward to helping you move.

Your essential decluttering guide for selling your home

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Published: 31/01/2020   Last Updated: 13/02/2020 10:41:18   Tags: Real Estate Agency Kensington, Property Sales Kensington, Flats To Rent In Kensington, Estate Agents

At Harding Green we want every seller to be able to maximise the potential within their home and achieve the highest possible price.  To do this you need to prepare your home for sale and one of the most important – yet often overlooked ­– jobs you can do is declutter.  Buyers are looking to purchase your property, not its contents, so the more contents you have, the greater the chance of buyers being distracted and finding it hard to build a connection.  Declutter your way to a sale in Kensington with our essential decluttering guide for selling your home.

Making an entrance

Entrance halls and porches tend to be a home for coats, shoes and bags. We often don’t give much thought to how this area of our home is presented, but remember, this is the first thing buyers will see when the door is opened.  One great tip is to pack away seasonal coats in vacuum packs and tidy shoes away into boxes – or remove altogether.

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Pets ’r us

We’re a nation of animal lovers and, as such, those of you who own a beloved pet will have things that will make your house their home too.  From beds, to toys and leads, all are essential, but they can also make any room look cluttered – and have a unique aroma.  When creating a home for sale in Kensington allow the buyers to see how they can make your property their home.

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Filing away

Even in this paperless society, how is it that we still amass piles and piles of papers?  From junk mail to letters, to things we have been putting off and the growing in tray niggling at you as it catches the corner of your eye.  Give yourself a talking to and get your paperwork sorted. Not only will you feel so much better once it’s done, it will also help you find all those documents you’ll need as the sale progresses.

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Add space

Now we can’t make your rooms bigger, but the furniture you use can give the impression that rooms are smaller than they are.  It’s beneficial to remove any oversized or excess furniture, your rooms will feel more spacious as a result.

All they see is you


Our homes are our havens and, as such, we love to fill them with things that bring us joy, such as photos of family and friends.  As memorable and beautiful as these are, they remind a buyer that this is very much your home rather than a blank canvas on which they can put their mark.  Start to depersonalise your home while it’s on the market and make that extra effort for viewings.

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Gadget central

It may be the heart of the home but it can also be filled with gadgets and bits and pieces galore, especially on worksurfaces.  Kitchens have a big part to play when it comes to buying decisions, so it’s worth trying to keep surfaces as clear as possible as well as having an overdue sort out of your cupboards.

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A place to hide

Drawers, cupboards, wardrobes are wonderful things, they provide us with a place to store and hide away our belongings.  But take a real look at what’s inside, do you really want or need to take all this with you when you move?  Whilst you are putting the rest of your house in order, make a start on these important pieces of storage, making your home organised and ready for your move.

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Playtime is over

If you have a family you will be fully aware of how much stuff you accumulate over the years, and the endless battle to keep your house in some kind of order.  Let’s start with the small stuff. We love to display their works of art, certificates and medals, and why not?  But start to look at your home through the eyes of a buyer, these items mean things to you but will just feel like clutter to them.   When it comes to toys and teddies, storage is key. See what you can sort out first, then try and store away as much as possible, so that any buyer can see the full potential the room provides.

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Bubble Bubble


Whilst on your decluttering quest, don’t forget the bathroom.  We all have lotions and potions that we need and some which may have been given as gifts and are sitting in the cupboard.  Bathrooms should always be clutter-free, so if you don’t have enough storage, see what you can store elsewhere to ensure your bathroom offers buyers a luxurious haven to relax in.

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Declutter your way to a sale

Make sure your Kensington home stands out from the crowd by taking the steps to declutter your home all the way to a sale.  For more advice on how to prepare your home for sale, call our sales team today on 0203 957 4137.

7 home resolutions to follow if selling in Kensington in 2020

Published: 20/12/2019   Last Updated: 20/02/2020 11:49:17   Tags: For Sale, Estate Agents, Kensington, London, London Property


As we face the last days of the ‘teens’ and look forward to what the ‘20s may bring, you may start making some big decisions about your future.  You may have aspirations for a new job, a desire to tick off some destinations from your travel wish list, or your thoughts may have drifted to a new home.   With Rightmove recently predicting a rise in property prices over the months ahead, due to a new degree of certainty brought by the election of a majority government, could it be the perfect time to find a new home?  

At Harding Green, we know the local property market inside out, and we know how to make your home outshine the rest.  There are many ways you can aid the sale of your home that go beyond a deep clean and tidy.  If you’re thinking of selling in Kensington in 2020, here are 7 home resolutions to follow.

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1. Focus on first impressions

There are many ways that a potential buyer can discover your home is for sale, but no matter whether they have seen it online, when passing, or through word of mouth, first impressions count.  How your home looks from the pavement can have a big bearing on decisions with regards to viewings.  You want buyers to fall for your property from the outside in; improving your home’s kerb appeal will make buyers eager to open that door and see what awaits them inside.  

2. Don’t be blinkered

One of the biggest and easiest mistakes people make when selling their home is to be blinkered over the condition.  It’s natural for homes to become tired over time, and it’s nothing that a lick of paint can’t sort out.  But make sure you freshen up the walls with a neutral shade – at Harding Green we would advise that you tone down any bold or distinctive décor, to allow potential buyers to visualise how they can make your property their home.

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3. Make it light

Nothing makes a home feel welcoming like light, so throughout your home think about creating a balanced environment of warmth and light.  Ensure that the curtains and blinds in every room or hallway are open and the spaces are well lit. Natural light is preferred to artificial, so use clever positioning of mirrors and open doors to let it flood in.  Think about the temperature outside so that you can adjust the temperature inside – you want it to be comfortable, so your prospective buyers don’t feel rushed on the viewing as they feel too cold.

4. It’s all about the senses

When preparing a home for sale, most people forget that selling is a sensory experience. You should be tempting potential buyers not just through sight, but also with smell, sound, taste and touch.   Natural smells are subtle and less off-putting – lavender plants, citrus fruits and other aromas will be a welcome addition.  Watch out for odours, especially if you have pets or smoke, as they can be extremely off-putting for many. Tactile accessories, such as throws and cushions, also add a luxurious feel.

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5. Be organised

A disorganised home is not an attractive one, and don’t presume buyers will be able to see past your clutter to discover the beauty beneath.  Clutter makes a room feel smaller, and when selling your home you want rooms to feel as big as possible. Space allows buyers to start to think about where they would place their furniture – the more they start to visualise, the more they are mentally making your property their home.  It isn’t just rooms that need to be organised; potential buyers will naturally open doors and cupboards during a viewing, and even fridges and dishwashers, what they find will leave an impression and inform how your home is perceived.

6. Get it fixed

If we’re honest, we all have little repairs that we may have been putting off, but remember that buyers notice every little detail.  Seeing a home that looks well loved and cared for is extremely reassuring for potential buyers and could even be the deciding factor on whether to make an offer.  So make DIY a priority and take a look around each room with a critical eye to check that you’ve not missed anything.

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7. Keep the focus on them

One of the main ways buyers can decide if your house is for them is when they start to see themselves in your home.  If your property is filled with family photographs and personal items, buyers can find this tricky, which is why we would always recommend you look to depersonalise your home in some way for viewings.

Should moving home be part of your 2020 plans, then you need to make sure that these seven resolutions are the top of your New Year’s to-do list.  What resolutions will you be making this year?  If you would like more advice on buying or selling in Kensington, please call our team on 0203 957 4137.

7 top tips for moving home at Christmas

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Published: 13/12/2019   Last Updated: 13/12/2019 15:09:14   Tags: Christmas, Moving, Removals, House, New Home, Estate Agents


The decorations are up, Christmas parties are under way, the shopping days are getting few and carol concerts are in abundance.  As you’re driving home for Christmas this year, have you added to the normal stresses and strains by moving home in Kensington as well? You won’t be on your own – you’d be surprised how many people complete around and over the festive season.  Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, even though you’re moving home it can still be the most wonderful time of year.  At Harding Green, these are our top tops for moving home at Christmas.

Removals


We know you can’t secure a removal company until your completion date has been confirmed but you can do some research whilst you wait.  Some removal companies will close over the Christmas period so get some quotes from those that are able to undertake your move. In addition, check the reviews – you need to make sure your belongings will be in safe hands, so being careful about who you choose could be worth it.

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Packing

One way to take the stress out of your move is to take advantage of the packing service some removal companies offer.  This can save you precious time but, more importantly, ensure that your valuable and fragile possessions are taken care of.  You may need to place your items in storage for a while, or be travelling some distance, either way, as professionals they will know the best way to keep your belongings safe.  

Essentials

Whether you’re packing yourself or using a professional packing service, you need to ensure you have an essentials box ready and travelling by your side.  This box should contain everything you will need to hand when you arrive at your new home – from chargers to a kettle, from nibbles to toilet roll, and perhaps even a mince pie.  This is one box that will keep you sane, even if everything around you is in complete chaos.

Plan, don’t wait With so many things to consider, you don’t want to leave your Christmas shopping to the stresses of the last-minute rush. You may have been lucky to take advantage of some Black Friday deals, or even undertaken some shopping online.  Once your gifts have arrived, get them wrapped as soon as possible, so if a completion date is thrust upon you, you have another job done ready for Christmas. Gifts for family and friends could be dropped off early to clear some space in your home, and so they don’t get misplaced in your move.

Change of address

Make your life easier by signing up for the Royal Mail’s change of address service, which will give you a bit of time to get your address changed with all the companies you need to, and those you may have forgotten.  As well as your address, it would be beneficial to let utility companies know in advance that you’re moving, and don’t forget to take meter readings in your old home when you leave, and your new home when you arrive.  

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Be realistic


You may love hosting your family and friends at Christmas, and you may have agreed to do the same this year.  But as your move is getting closer to Christmas, it could be worthwhile making different plans.  Everyone will understand – you don’t want your guests surrounded by boxes, or the strain of cooking for a large group and not being able to find the pan you wanted.   See if another family member can do the hosting this year – if not, why not do something completely different and maybe stay in a hotel or cottage?

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Write to Santa

Just as this move could be stressful for you, your children will be feeling the same and also worrying whether Father Christmas will be able to find them in their new home.   Take a moment out from planning to help your children write a letter to Santa to let them know where they will be on Christmas Eve.  This will help reassure them that, even though the celebration may be different this year, and even if things are a little crazy, one thing will never change, and that’s the true magic of Christmas.

Whenever you’re planning to move home in Kensington, our team at Harding Green are always on hand to provide you with advice and support.  Find out how we can get you moving by calling 0203 375 1970.

how to keep your home safe this christmas in kensington

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Published: 06/12/2019   Last Updated: 16/12/2019 09:22:40   Tags: Christmas, Estate Agents, London, Kensington

December is here and the countdown to Christmas has truly begun, yet amidst all the joy and laughter it’s important to remember not to let your guard down.  We are all busy decorating, shopping, celebrating and exchanging gifts, and safety can be one of the last things on your mind.  But taking a few simple steps can help to make sure you and your family truly have a merry Christmas this year in Kensington.


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With the temperature dropping, there’s nothing better than making our homes all warm and cosy.   Fires are roaring and candles are lit, giving us the perfect environment to relax in and keep warm.  As our homes are also filled with decorations, the risk of a potential accidents can be heightened, so make sure you don’t leave any naked flames unattended.


Check fire alarms


When is the last time you checked your smoke and fire alarms? With this time of year so chaotic, it can be easy to forget to do a basic check of safety features such as these.   As you’re buying numerous batteries for those toys and gadgets, throw in an extra pack and replace all old batteries with new.  This way, no matter how old your batteries are, you know that your equipment will be working properly this festive season.

Tree care


One of the key features in homes all over Kensington at this time of year is the Christmas tree.  You may have been and sourced a glorious real tree, or invested on one of the incredible artificial trees available.   No matter what type of tree decorates your home, it’s essential to give it some love this Christmas.  Ensure that your tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces and radiators.  Keep your real tree watered – it’s easy to forget, but the drier your tree becomes the easier it will be to ignite.

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Check the locks


Many of us have a shed or some kind of outside storage space where we store things for our garden, and even bikes and scooters.  How secure is your outside storage space? When was the last time you checked it properly?   Whether there’s a new bike or scooter being delivered by Father Christmas this year or not, you don’t want any opportunists taking advantage of a weak spot in your home’s security.


Watch the lights


As you drive through our streets you will see them lit with an array of glorious lights, both inside and out.  There is no doubt that you will have decorated your tree with twinkling fairy lights, but make sure that they carry the British Safety Standard logo.  We would advise using low voltage LED lights for your Christmas tree as they won’t get hot and so are less likely to catch fire.   It’s not just your indoor lights that you should check, also ensure your outdoor lights are specifically designed for that use, and again that they carry the British Safety Standard logo.  Use an outdoor socket rather than through a window as this could make it easier to break in to as it’s not closed properly.

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Hide your gifts


When giving and receiving gifts, it is always tempting to display them under your tree to add to the whole festive feel.  Yet leaving them on display can be a tempting and inviting sight for opportunists, especially if your home is left unattended for periods of time.  If you’re going to be away, hide any gifts and put some lights on timers to give the impression you are around.  Maybe a friend or neighbour could pop in from time to time to make sure all is okay, move any post from behind the door, and open and close curtains.


Be less social

If you’re an avid user of social media, you may wish to share all your adventures with your following, yet by doing so you are advertising when you’re not at home.  We know this is an exciting time of year, but why not try being less social?  Keep your home safe by waiting to share your activities and incredible moments until later, when you’re home.

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Are you covered?


It’s only when disaster strikes that you find out what your home insurance is really worth.  Don’t leave things to chance, double check exactly what cover you have in place and whether or not it protects you from theft.   Being broken into is heart-breaking enough, but to then discover that those gifts and valuables that you have worked incredibly hard for are not covered would be even more devastating.  It may take an hour or two of your time, but it’s well worth the effort.


Be prepared


We never know when that bad weather will strike. Although many of us dream of a white Christmas, others would prefer the white stuff to stay away.  Make sure you’re prepared and have the right tools to clear your drive and pathways to help prevent trips and falls, as well as clearing the ice from your car. Let’s keep all your family safe this Christmas.

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However you’re planning to spend your festive season, whether you’re at home in Kensington or away, we hope you have a magical time. And if you’re curious about the value of your property, give our Harding Green team a call on 0203 375 1970.

Add some luck and love to your Christmas tree this year

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Published: 02/12/2019   Last Updated: 02/12/2019 10:31:59   Tags: Christmas, House, Decor, Estate Agents


The race for the Christmas number one has begun, the stores are bursting with glitter and sparkles, and all over Kensington people have begun to put up their Christmas trees.  Where in your home you place your tree is something many consider when viewing a property for the first time.  This season is all about family, warmth and love – all the feelings you wish to experience when you find that perfect place.   Christmas is all about traditions, and how you decorate your tree could be one of them.  Just as you have your own preferences, across the world Christmas trees are decorated in many different ways – maybe one of these traditions could inspire your creation this year?

Etiquette

You could be a rule breaker, or someone who prefers to leave it to the last minute before a piece of tinsel decorates your home, but what’s the etiquette?  With some psychologists believing that putting your decorations up early can actually make you happier, it’s no wonder that we have seen the twinkles of lights shining up and down the streets of Kensington.  Traditionalists suggest that the first day of advent is when you should decorate, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas.

If you’re thinking of holding off because you wish to have a real tree, you may be surprised to learn that the beginning of December is the recommended time for making that purchase, according to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.  They advise that if you look after your tree, it should last four weeks or more.  At Harding Green we are full of festive spirit, whether you’re in the process of selling your home or not, we believe there’s no time like the present to decorate your home.

Pop around the tree

If you have ever watched a US Christmas movie that includes a decorating the tree scene, you will have no doubt seen people placing strings of popcorn like tinsel around the tree.  The tradition was very popular in the 1950s and ‘60s, and many families continue the tradition today – what a fun way to get your kids involved as well as enjoying a treat as you decorate.

 Fruity offerings

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In France you will often see red glass apple decorations adorning Christmas trees.  It is said that, centuries ago, real red apples were used but after a bad harvest one year, they were replaced by glass alternatives.

Starry night

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Some traditions have had to be modified over the years, such as the German practice of having real candles on a Christmas tree.  The legend states that candles were first used to decorate a tree in the 16th century by Protestant reformer Martin Luther to recreate a starry night. The effect is beautiful, and could be recreated with LED candles.  

Holly and the spider

The last thing you would associate with Christmas are spiders, especially if you’re an arachnophobe, yet over in Ukraine, you will find their Christmas trees decorated with spiderwebs, as they are said to bring good luck.  



The legend behind this strange decoration begins with a poor widow and her children living in a cramped hut with a pine tree outside.  One day, a pine cone falls to the ground and starts to grow – the children were excited about the prospect of having a tree for Christmas.  By Christmas Eve it was strong enough to bring inside their home, but they didn’t have any money to decorate it.  As they slept, spiders came along and spun elegant and beautiful webs over the tree.  The next day, the family found their tree full of silky patterns and, as the sunlight hit the spiders’ creations, it turned them silver and gold.  With luck like this, maybe you’ll try having a web decorating your tree this year.

Deck the halls with geometry 

Geometry is a trend that has been favoured in home interiors in recent years, but did you know that in Finland, it’s also a favourite for Christmas tree decorations?  "By looking at the shadows the himmeli is casting, you remember the transience of life, and by looking at the himmeli itself, you remember heaven." Finnish proverb.

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Himmeli is a geometrical decoration traditionally made from rye straw. The word means ‘heaven’ in Finnish, and is thought to bring luck, protection and a good harvest. Today you can find them in UK stores made from copper and gold, they’re a stylish addition to any tree.

Heart Christmas

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Why not follow in the tradition of the Danish this year, and make some of your own decorations? With so much commercialism you could be feeling that we’ve forgotten the simple things, creating some of these Julehjerter is the ideal Christmas therapy.  Julehjerter are homemade Christmas hearts made from plaiting and pleating red and white paper into a heart shape.  The earliest known example of these can be found in the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, which were made by his own hands.

Moving home for Christmas

What we love about this time of year is seeing how everybody has decorated their homes – no two creations are the same.   There is something about the season that brings out nostalgia, and we love hearing your stories about the years you’ve enjoyed in the home you love – or loved.  Moving home at any time isn’t easy, if you’re moving this Christmas or in the New Year, rest assured that we will have everything covered.

Should you be considering a move, our team of sales elves are awaiting your call, give us a bell on 0203 375 1970.

10 ways your kitchen can help you cosy up to buyers

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Published: 18/10/2019   Last Updated: 20/02/2020 09:29:17   Tags: House, Home, Estate Agents

Your kitchen is a key selling point to your home. With the cost of a new kitchen running into the thousands, how your kitchen is presented can make or break a sale.  With autumn well and truly upon us and our days growing grey and dreary, staging your kitchen for sale at this time of year is about adding warmth, inviting colours and textures.  Why wouldn’t you want your home in Kensington to stand out? Check out 10 ways your kitchen can cosy up to buyers.

1. Warm with textiles

Textiles are not something you may think about when looking to stage your kitchen for sale, but they are a gorgeous way to weave in some warmth and style.  Introduce textured pillows, throws and table linens where appropriate, using a rich autumnal palette; juxtapose this with smooth surfaces and raw textures.

2. Add pops of colour


As you know, when staging your home it’s important to use more neutral tones. That being said, it’s always fun to add pops of colour in your kitchen.  Painting an accent wall will be too overpowering, so use a piece of art or even paint a piece of furniture focusing on deep reds, warm oranges or olive tones.

3. Introduce soft details

Soft details, such as fresh fruit, can bring life into your kitchen.  The best way to introduce fruit is with a large bowl or vase filled with a mixture of lemons or limes.  You may decide that you would prefer to present them separately ­– whatever you decide, they are a great and easy way of adding a touch of freshness to your kitchen.

4. Kick out the clutter


Marie Kondo has kicked our clutter into touch, making this the year that many of us discovered how to ‘tidy up’ in a revolutionary way.  Clutter does nothing for a kitchen, it makes it feel small and disorganised, so it’s essential to clear all your work surfaces and ensure that everything has a place.  Don’t think your cupboards are a no-go zone, as nosy buyers are bound to take a look inside.

5. The pantry look

The pantry look has been a growing trend this year, one which you won’t have missed if you like a home and interiors magazine or two.  What do we mean? The look is created by placing items such as dry pasta, rice and cereals in labelled jars, with baskets used to store similar items, making storage not only functional but beautiful too.

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6. Create life

The rise in the sale of houseplants has been significant this year and they are a great go-to decoration.  Whether you choose to create a small herb garden so you have easy access to your favourites, or opt for some easy to care for succulents, adding a houseplant is a must for your Kensington kitchen this autumn.

7. Hinch it!


Marie Kondo may be the queen of tidying, but when it comes to cleaning you need to take a few ideas for Mrs Hinch herself.  You want your kitchen to sparkle – no appliance or corner must be neglected, as buyers have sharp eyes and tend to notice things that others miss.  

8. Make a scene


A kitchen is the heart of the home, as it is a space we often spend a lot of our time. One way to add a touch of cosiness to win over buyers is to create a tempting vignette or two.   For example, you could put together a bread board with a loaf of rustic bread and a bread knife.  Trays are perfect for vignettes, a cafetière with coffee, a couple of cups and a small jug of milk will not only set the scene, but also the smell of coffee will be incredibly inviting to buyers.

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9. Cosy not dark

You need to make sure your kitchen is well lit, as dark days can drain your efforts and you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste.  As well as your main lights, let our team at Harding Green know where any additional or counter light switches are placed so we can ensure that we make your kitchen shine for every viewing.

10.  Speaking of scents

Viewing a property isn’t just about the things buyers can see, it’s a sensory experience.  They will also be taking into account what they can hear, smell, touch and possibly taste (if you leave them a treat to sample).   Therefore, when you are preparing your kitchen for sale don’t just focus on what you can see, as you may be missing a trick to win your buyers’ hearts.

At Harding green  we believe that when your kitchen provides a cosy experience for buyers they are likely to want to spend more time there.   The longer they are in your home, the more likely they are to start seeing how they could make it their own.   For more advice on how to prepare your home for sale, contact our sales team on 0203 375 1970.

Upstaging the Joneses

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Published: 07/10/2019   Last Updated: 07/10/2019 10:12:29   Tags: Home, Selling, For Sale, Estate Agents, London Property

How to sell your home at the same time as your neighbours

You’ve been thinking about selling your home for some time and, just as you’re about to call the estate agent, you notice a ‘For Sale’ sign appear next door.  You knew there would be competition locally with similar properties in the area, but your neighbours!  Before you start to re-think your decision to sell, let us give you some handy tips on how to upstage the Joneses and make your property the star of the street in Kensington.

Preparation is key

Many people think about selling their home and get an estate agent in without putting in the work first.  An estate agent will give you a valuation based on the current condition of your property, and although a quick clean and tidy will help, you could be missing a big trick.  When you’re selling your home you have to try and emotionally detach yourself from your personal feelings about your property, and start to see it as a house for sale.


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When you’re in love with something you can forgive a flaw or two, but flaws don’t attract buyers and they certainly don’t attract strong offers.  You need to be able to see the flaws so you can correct them.   It takes time and energy and, yes, a few pennies to prepare your home for sale, but when you put the work in the results will speak for themselves. Fresh décor makes a home look loved and cared for. Well-maintained fencing and thoughtful planting can turn even the smallest of outside spaces into a haven to relax.  No matter how you have lived in your home, you have to think about what buyers will be looking for and transform your home to win them over.

Instagrammable

Image counts. We all make assumptions on first appearances, whether we intend to or not.  As a buyer is swiping through the properties on Rightmove or Zoopla, what will make them click on yours?  What will make a buyer passing by your house stop and do a double take when they see the sign outside your door?  Regardless of what your home offers, you need to make it Instagrammable to grab their attention and make them want to see more.

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Recent research by Aspect found that the Instagram appeal even extends to the type of work we are seeking to have undertaken on our home.  Although people have always wanted to keep up with the Joneses, it seems our inspiration is now found online and on social media. As we know, tricks can be used online to enhance the appearance of a property, but you can’t hide the reality when it comes to a viewing.  This is why it’s important to take inspiration from Instagram, should you wish, but ensure that your home stands out for the important reasons.

Attention to detail

You must sweat the small stuff when selling your home, as it can often be those wonderful little details that give buyers butterflies.  Fixing, painting, decluttering, tidying and deep-cleaning inside and out is the least you should be doing; where many sellers go wrong is that they create a space that is sterile and without personality.

A house is just a house; it’s a family that makes it a home, and although you need to downplay your personal touches, you should never take away the warmth.  How can this be achieved? Think about when you go around a show home or see celebrity homes in magazines; they are clean, tidy and clutter-free, but on the whole,  they have a welcoming and ‘homely’ feel about them.  There are vases of fresh flowers, a cafetière or tea pot and cups carefully placed in the kitchen, a throw beautifully placed on the bed, and a creative eye when it comes to adding accessories.  

Create a home

No matter how you prepare your property for sale, always remember to keep the heart of it on show.  If you put in the work, make it stand out as Instagrammable and always have a keen eye for detail. Then, when your home is placed on the market in Kensington you will have created a home that outshines the rest.

If you’re struggling to see how to upstage your home, contact our sales team today on 0203 375 1970.
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