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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.

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.

How to buy a home without regrets

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Published: 23/09/2019   Last Updated: 14/10/2019 09:42:30   Tags: Buy, Sell, Home, New Home, Property

As the seasons begin to change you may find yourself spending more time in your home, and as you relax one evening and find yourself taking in your new home, are you filled with joy about your decision or do you have a niggle of regret?  In your quest to find your next home you will make compromises, but will your decision on where to compromise come back to haunt you?  Based on our years of experience selling property in Kensington and Chelsea here is our advice on how to buy a home without regrets.

Buy for tomorrow


The home you need today might be different to the one you may need in a year or even five years’ time.   Although you can’t predict the future, you can look for a home that will accommodate what you believe may lie ahead.   Recent studies suggest that the rate we move house has slowed over the years, thus you may find yourself living longer in your next property than you anticipate.  Therefore you should think about what you may need for at least the next five years with regards to space and features for today and tomorrow.


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Quality of life

Are you buying a home or an investment?  We all hope that our property will increase in value whilst we are living there, but your home is where your life happens – it’s where you eat, sleep and raise your family.
The UK housing market can be unpredictable at times and if you’re seeing this purchase as purely an investment then you will have a completely different mindset and criteria to what you will have when buying a home.  Your house should be there to help improve your quality of life and lifestyle, and if it increases in value that’s a bonus.

Keep focused

You are looking for a home in Kensington and Chelsea that meets your needs, is in your desired location, and that you afford.  All singing and all dancing features may grab your attention and excite you, but they could also drive up the price.  Although they may be nice to have, will the enjoyment last long term or will you end up paying the price for shiny features rather than keeping focused on your needs?

Location can’t be changed

When it comes to property, many things can be changed – you can redecorate, extend, knock down walls, and make it work for you and your family.  Yet there is one thing you can never change, and that’s where it is situated.   Therefore, before you rush into a decision think seriously about local schools, and how that planned shorter commute can improve your life.

Remember, your home is only part of your move, the community you’re moving into is what can see your life enhanced.  The ability for your children to easily access a park, a place where you can quickly nip for a coffee, a strong community that always hosts events, these are the things that will matter.  Spend time in the neighbourhood, see what is happening around you, and, if it is new to you, take some time to get to know the locals, you will know if it starts to feel like home.

Stay the distance

The sales process can be stressful, and unnecessary delays brought by others in the chain can start to make you nervous.  Doubts may set in as you ponder whether you are making the right decision as the delay is just a sign.  The truth is, at Harding Green we will work tirelessly to keep your chain moving forward, but even with all our efforts delays can happen that are out of our control.  Therefore, go into your move with no preconceptions of timescales as, in doing so, you may walk away from your perfect home.


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Walk away


That being said – and you may not understand why we are saying this – but you should also be prepared to walk away if something is really niggling at you.  But before you run, make sure you ask all the right questions, and do all the research you need, as you would hate to say goodbye over a misunderstanding that can be easily resolved.  We also understand that sometimes things just don’t feel right and the last thing we would want you to do is make the wrong decision for you and your family.

No remorse

Homebuyers’ remorse is more common than you think, yet if you plan for tomorrow, buy for needs and quality of life, seriously consider location and you’re able to stay the distance, you will have found your ideal home.  

If you’re looking for a home in Kensington and Chelsea we’re the agent who can find a needle in a haystack.   Give the sales team a call today on 0203 375 1970.