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how coronavirus has changed london homebuyers' priorities

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Published: 16/06/2020   Last Updated: 16/06/2020 14:53:36   Tags: Property, London Property, Estate Agent, For Sale, To Rent

Life has a funny way of showing us what’s important, and the coronavirus pandemic and recent research has shown that homebuyers’ priorities have certainly shifted in London. Your home will have been a crucial factor in determining your experience of this crisis; it’s not only been your home, but possibly your place of work, and your playground.  You may have fallen completely in love with your home all over again and decided to give it a makeover whilst you’ve been in confined.  Or its flaws may have grown so big in your eyes that they can no longer be ignored and you are screaming inside to find a new home.  But just how has coronavirus changed homebuyers’ priorities?


Change in the top 5

According to Rightmove, the top five types of property searched for by buyers has changed over the last few months, with houses and bungalows becoming the most sought after.   As early as January, two and three-bedroom flats were included in this list but, when analysed in May, this had changed. The top five most searched for property types has now shifted, with flats being replaced by four and six-bedroom houses.  At Harding Green we anticipated that a lack of outdoor space could be turn off for buyers, after gardens have become a sanctuary for many over the last few months.

Space has always been something that most buyers crave, especially if they have a growing family, so it’s no surprise that searches for homes with gardens had increased by 42% in May from last years’ figures.  We expect the weather has also played a part in increasing our desire for a garden; whether you are looking for a space that is maintenance-free or a landscaped paradise, being able to enjoy the sunshine and relax has been a blessing for our mental wellbeing.

The new workplace

Not everyone has been able to work from home, but for those who have, many are wishing to make this more permanent, whether it’s a couple of days a week or full-time.  We have already seen the requests for space for a home office in London increase dramatically, and we expect this to continue to rise in the coming months.  Employers have found that people have been more productive working from home, even with the pressures of home schooling and self-isolation.  As such, businesses are rethinking how they operate in the long run, Twitter recently announced that should an employee wish to continue working from home, they can do so forever!


To meet this most essential need, buyers will be looking for homes that have superfast broadband and strong mobile signal to ensure communications can continue without issue.   Those buyers wanting a home with a home office will be seeking a property with a designated space, whether this is a spare room or a purpose-built or transformed garden building.  Offices in the garden are highly desirable as they give distinct separation from work and home life; not only that, being able to look out over the garden can make you more productive.

If you’re looking to sell your home in London, it’s worth seeing where you can create a private workspace before placing it on the market.  Maybe you have a box room that could be easily presented as a tranquil place to work, or you could already have an office but a quick lick of paint might transform it into the kind of home office a buyer cannot resist.  


Yet to come

At Harding Green we have been frantically busy with people looking to move into and around London.  You can be assured that the buyers out there are serious, so it’s in your interests to do everything you can to attract to today’s buyers, from enhancing your outside space to offering them a place to work.   If you would like advice on how you could increase the appeal of your home before you place it on the market, please contact a member of our team on 0203 375 1970.

Four accidental ways you could be turning off buyers in London

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Published: 29/05/2020   Last Updated: 29/05/2020 18:02:18   Tags: Property, London Property, Estate Agent, For Sale, To Rent

It’s only been a matter of days since the government released guidance to enable the property industry to reopen; since then, we have seen a surge in people wishing to sell or buy a property within London.  If you’re selling a property we’re sure you want to do everything you can to attract potential buyers, from staging your home for sale, to choosing the right estate agent who can put a powerful marketing strategy together to attract buyers and offers. Yet it could be something very simple and small that you may not have even considered that is having a negative effect, so we hope you will avoid these four accidental ways you could be turning off buyers.

1. Buyer’s vision

In today’s market buyers are looking for a home they can walk into; they are savvy and know what they want and need, but also what to look out for.  When selling your home, never assume that a potential buyer will be able to see past your clutter – a disorganised room can feel smaller than it really is, but chaos doesn’t translate to a comfortable environment and buyers may find it difficult to connect with your home.


Not all buyers have the vision that will enable them to see the potential your home has, which is why preparing your home for sale is so important.  We often hear sellers state that ‘buyers will see past it’, whether referring to the presentation of the home or garden, or rooms that have no purpose.   Buyers may talk about changes they wish to make, but more often than not these will be long-term aspirations rather than immediate plans.

Your property may have flaws that have blended into the background in your eyes, but be warned, buyers will be like hawks and any blemish will be screaming at them, leaving them unimpressed.  Small issues can start a case of Chinese whispers, and instead of the minor repairs needed potential buyers can leave believing that major works and a great financial investment will be required to make your house their home.

2. Smellavision

When someone is viewing your property you don’t want them pondering what you had for dinner last night due to a particular aroma in the air.  Smells can have a ‘Marmite effect’ – some scents, such as freshly baked bread, can have them wondering when they can move in, whereas others are so distracting that buyers may not be able to focus when viewing your home.


Food is not the only smell that can trigger a negative reaction, the same is often true for artificial scents such as plugins.  These can be very strong and distinctive, when what you need are subtle aromas from nature, such as lavender, lemons and fresh flowers – these will also add a spot of colour to each room.

3. Ignore the whole picture

When selling your property in London you may focus your attention on ensuring the interior is looking the best it can, but have you considered every inch of your home?  From your garden, to the front exterior of your property, to the garage and shed, when a buyer is looking to purchase your home they are evaluating every aspect of it.  A shoddy shed signals to buyers that work or repairs are required; a messy garage doesn’t spark excitement, and a tired garden will not help them to visualise their summer BBQs.



4. Emotional pull

You may have decided, pre-lockdown, that it was time to move, but after spending so much time at home you have remembered why you fell in love with your property and are having second thoughts.  Lockdown could have been the reason you decided to list your property, or there could be a million reasons to move but you’re finding it an emotional experience.  

If you are finding that you’re having trouble saying goodbye to your home, it may be time to pause for a while until you are ready.  When you try and sell with an emotional attachment you can make decisions that are not in the best interests of the sale – in fact, without knowing it, you can sabotage any potential offers and put off buyers.

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.

Virtual ways to keep all your family entertained

Published: 17/04/2020   Last Updated: 20/04/2020 16:42:45   Tags: Virtual Tours, Quarantine, Covid, Coronavirus, London, Property


Staying at home is a challenge, staying away from family and friends but also keeping up with new ideas to keep the whole family occupied. Many of us are embracing this time as precious as we are getting quality time with the ones we love even if there is a little or big little now and again.  If you’re finding the lockdown in London stressful we hope these ideas will help keep you and your family entertained.

A performance

There has been a wealth of performances that have been available for live stream, from music artists putting on a virtual concerts to theatrical productions.  What a great way to see a production you may not have had a chance to see.  The National Theatre has opened up their archives for free, their first production One Man Two Guvnors has had over 2 million views to date, make a date for April 23 at 7pm for the Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Greig.  

Even the exclusive Royal Opera House is allowing you to see world class performances for free via livestream through Facebook and YouTube as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse series.  Continuing with our theatre theme, you can invite more than 100 theatre shows into your living room when you subscribe to Digital Theatre, this includes Funny Girl staring Sheridan Smith and The Crucible with Richard Armitage.

World of culture

You don’t need to travel the world to visit some of the world’s most impressive art galleries and museums through virtual travel experiences.  Rijksmuseum is closed until 1 June but even though the doors are closed you can visit the home Vermeer’s The Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s The Nightwatch  as well as many other masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age at one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam.

Go on an online tour through the history of the building of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris which is housed in the wonderful former Orsay railway station.  Take a virtual stroll through their galleries and explore some of the most famous pieces including one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits.

Go travelling

Have you ever want to take a tour around Jerusalem's most famous sights?  Go exploring through a series of virtual tours with a voice over tour guide giving detailed insight into the city's holiest places.   Vast and magnificent, one of Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark the Grand Canyon, can now be discovered with a VR archaeological tour.  This is a fascinating site that will give you access to archaeological sites that have lay mostly hidden for centuries.  

Staying in America the Yosemite National Park in California is a natural wonder, first protected in 1864, nearly 1,200 square miles or grand meadows, waterfalls and vast wilderness.  From webcams to videos find out what is happening while the park is closed as well as the nature and history through their video series.

Now head to Norway and travel along one of the world most famous and scenic railway journeys, The Flam Railway through stunning 4k YouTube video.  From the comfort of your settee watch from the train drivers perspective as the train moves through the most stunning and diverse scenery including enchanting woodlands and waterfalls.  Watch out for the one of the steepest train journeys in the world as it takes you from the short journey from Myrdal to Flam.

Explore the capital

There is no better time to experience some of the best attractions in London without the crowds and the stress especially for those who love a spot of history.  Why not start with the fascinating Churchill War Rooms which, during World War II was one of the most important tactical locations for allied forces.  Tour this underground maze where Churchill and his ministers amidst the smoke-filled rooms orchestrated the defence of our nation.

In 360 degrees you can venture through the Hampton Court Palace built in the early 16th century initially for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey it was home to the colourful Tudor Henry VIII.  Start in the Grand Hall with its dramatic stained-glass windows, marvel at the tapestries within the Great Watching Chamber then head to the Great Kitchens where you can imagine the vast amount of food they created for the royal banquets.

Local property 

You may be looking to move in the future, and if you’re thinking you have to put your plans on hold think again.   At Harding Green we are offering all buyers virtual tours of some of our properties on the market in London.  The fantastic technology we use gives you an incredible 360 degree experience of each room just as though you are actually standing in the property.  With new properties still coming onto the market, there could be a pause on your move now, but why not get an idea of the current market by viewing the local properties that are currently for sale.

Could this be your new home?

Stay entertained

We live in such an amazing community and you will also find many local artists and businesses also offering their own online offerings.  Just because we have to stay at home doesn’t mean that you can’t have some incredible experiences virtually.  

6 reasons why you should keep your property on the market this winter

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Published: 25/11/2019   Last Updated: 20/02/2020 11:18:21   Tags: Property, London Property, Kensington, RBKC, Property Market

Christmas is hitting us at warp speed, and with all the wonderful festivities filling your diary you might start to ponder whether now is a good time to sell your home.  You could be thinking of withdrawing it from the market or holding off listing it until the new year when things are a little calmer.  After all, we are all up to our eyes with shopping, cooking and decorating, who needs buyers viewing your home to add to the mix?  But this time of year is actually ideal for selling – here are six reasons why you should keep your property on the market this winter.

1. Less competition

Just as you have been pondering whether to sell, so have many others, but the number of properties on the market in Kensington can reduce this time of year.  This means that your home has less competition and potential buyers are more likely to come across your home and decide to view.   As New Year hits, many people decide to sell and the market becomes busy and your home could be lost in the crowd.   At Harding Green we believe your home was born to stand out, and our marketing will make sure that your house is the perfect present.

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2. Most magical time of the year

Let’s face it, your house will look and smell magical at this time of year.  The trees and festive greenery, the smell of cinnamon and other seasonal scents filling the air, the fire roaring and the exterior lights give your home the most amazing welcome to all those who visit.  This is the season where we get nostalgic about family and memories, and our homes are where many of those memories we hold close can be found.   If a buyer gets that sense of ‘family’ and togetherness as they walk from room to room, they will also know that they are home.

3. They are serious

For buyers to give up their precious time during the busy weeks ahead, you know that they have to be serious.  People looking for a property at this time of year could have been looking for a while and just not found the one.  Time may not be on their side and they need a new home due to a change in circumstances.   Whatever the reason they’re looking to buy, one thing is certain: these buyers will not mess about. They’re committed to buying, and we just have to show them that your Kensington home is the one they’ve been waiting for.

4. Family time

We often find families who are looking to relocate to the area prefer to have viewings during the school holidays.  Term times can be frantic with clubs and activities, and many families believe that when buying their next home, it’s a family decision.  Undertaking their search in school holidays takes some of the stress away, but also ensures that the home they choose is one that the whole family have fallen in love with.

5. You want to move


People often forget that the main reason people put their home on the market is because they want to move.  You may be looking for a larger home, one in a different location, or simply fancy something different, but unless things have changed, what you ultimately want is a new home and adventure.  Taking your home off the market is only delaying things – just remember why you decided to sell in the first place.

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6. Stop the niggles

In life, when we love something, we care for and nurture it. When our feelings start to fade, so too can our commitment.  When you made the decision to sell you may have done all those jobs that needed doing to get it in the best shape for the market.  Should you take it off now and other maintenance things arise, would you love and nurture your home back to health, or simply ignore the flaws because you’re leaving anyway?  These flaws can cause niggles in the minds of a buyer, continuing to drive forward will stop those niggles because you will be committed to doing everything you can to get your home sold.

This is a great time of year to sell your home in Kensington, so if you’re thinking of moving in 2020, come and talk to our sales team 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.

Top tips for first time renters in Kensington

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Published: 16/09/2019   Last Updated: 14/10/2019 09:44:34   Tags: Renting, Property, London, Kensington, Chelsea

Renting a home for the first time in Kensington can be daunting. There are so many things to think about and you want to make sure you find the right property and have a stress-free experience.  At Harding Green we want the same, which is why we have put together these top tips so you can set out on the right path.

Set a budget

Assuming you already have your deposit, set a budget for a rental property before you start looking as you can easily be swayed by something out of your reach and the last thing you want is to get yourself into a difficult position.  It isn’t just your monthly rent that you need to consider but also all the associated costs such as utilities, council tax and insurance; also throw into the mix the cost of any furniture and accessories you may wish to buy.

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Keep your head out of the clouds

You’ve set your budget for a reason, it’s what you can comfortably and realistically afford on a monthly basis giving you money to enjoy life too, we hope.  Now your budget is set you need to be realistic. If you can’t find the type of property you seek in your desired location, it’s probably because it doesn’t exist.  Do your research online and also take advantage of our expertise; we are here to help and can show you properties that might not be what you’re seeking but spark your interest.

Unfurnished?

There is always the debate of which is better, furnished or unfurnished and, to be honest, it all depends on your situation.  Should you already have furniture or the budget to furnish a home, then unfurnished is for you.  You will probably find more unfurnished properties in Kensington and Chelsea than furnished, yet that’s not to say that a ready-made home is not a possibility.  Just remember, should you rent a furnished property it’s your responsibility to care for all the furnishings so that they’re returned in the condition they were found.

It’s not all about the property


When it comes to renting your first home, one thing you may not have considered is who the property is being let through.  It’s easy to get swayed by a beautiful home and forget one of the most important factors. Your experience of living there can be a wonderful experience should the property be managed by a highly respected letting agent, such as ourselves.  A good letting agent is worth their weight in gold, so do your research on the agent or landlord before you sign on the dotted line.

Don’t assume

You know that a landlord has certain responsibilities during your tenancy but do you know yours?  You may have been given advice from friends and family, but don’t assume it’s correct.  Your letting agent will go through the tenancy agreement with you; make sure you read it thoroughly and get clarification of anything you’re not sure on.  This way, there can be no confusion going forward and you’re on your way to a successful tenancy.

Paper ready

As part of your application to rent a property a reference check will be undertaken. You will need to present a number of documents to confirm your identity, credit history, employment and immigration status.  Make sure you have all these ready, as you don’t want to delay the process, especially if the property you want to rent is in demand.

Take a moment

Before you move into your new home an inventory will be conducted, which essentially highlights the its condition, any marks or damage, and lists all the fixtures and fittings. When you get the keys the last thing you are going to want to do is check this document thoroughly, but please take a moment.  

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When you decide to leave the property, this document is crucial as it will show what wear and tear has been caused during your tenancy.  If there is a mistake on the document you could end up paying for it, and we don’t want this to happen.  Once you’ve checked it and are happy, you can run around excitedly and start making this house your home.

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It’s always wonderful to see the joy of someone getting the keys to their first home, and we hope we can be there for yours.  Come and tells us what you’re looking for and let’s make renting your first home in Kensington a memorable experience.  Give us a call today on 0203 375 1970.

Help! My Kensington home isn’t selling

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Published: 09/09/2019   Last Updated: 14/10/2019 09:53:49   Tags: Property, Home, Buyer, Seller

When you place your home on the market you’re filled with anticipation and excitement, but if things don’t go according to plan and initial interest fades, frustration and annoyance can set in.  There could be a number of reasons why your home isn’t selling, and even if they may be difficult to hear, getting it right could get your home sold sooner rather than later.  You don’t want to wait for buyers to come to your door, could one of these reasons be why your home isn’t selling?

Location, Location, Location

We all know how the saying goes, the location of your home can be a valuable asset when attracting buyers, but as our villages, towns, and cities evolve and the infrastructure changes what’s around us, the appeal of a location can change.  Although you may adore where you live, should there be reports of flooding or a known flood risk, new planning applications close by, or even an old mine shaft, this could put buyers off.  



If you know of an issue, there are things you can do, such as have surveys done in advance for potential buyers to view. This will help ease their worries and those of their lender.  

The price isn’t right

This is a bitter pill to swallow for many. You may have an assumption about the value of your property based on previous sales in the area and the work you have undertaken whilst living there.  Whilst some estate agents may present you with an inflated valuation to win your business, at Harding Green we will always provide you with a competitive valuation, one that will attract buyers and also help us to negotiate the highest possible sale price for you.
Buyers are savvy. They will have been looking at property online and already have a feel for the market.   Therefore, a property that they deem to be overpriced is one which they will pass by without a second glance.  We want to ensure that your property grabs their attention and encourages them to view, which is why it’s essential to get the price right from the start.

Presentation

Buyers are not buying your things, they are buying the bricks and mortar, so it doesn’t matter how your home looks. Or does it?  Don’t be naive in thinking that people can see past your clutter and disorganised rooms, most people struggle to see beyond what’s in front of them.  Buyers are seeking a dream, and that comes packaged in a home that looks loved and cared for with natural décor and beautifully presented rooms.
Moving home is the perfect time to have a major sort out, so before you put your house on the market start to work through each room of your home.  We all have things that we no longer want or need, clothes we hold onto ‘just in case’, and boxes of stuff that, honestly, we have no idea what’s inside.   The last thing you’ll want to do is take all this clutter to your new home, so do the hard work now and it will make getting your home ready for sale easier.

Poor maintenance


You know your home. You may have noticed that there has been an issue with damp, which you may have chosen to ignore.  A crack may have appeared, or your windows might have started to look like they’ve seen better days.  Signs of poor maintenance and structural issues will often make buyers run, so get any problems resolved before you place your home on the market.

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You’re not ready


Are you ready to sell your home?  This may sound like a silly question, but if you have any doubts about moving you can unknowingly sabotage a sale.  Moving home is stressful, and this is only heightened if you are reluctant.  You need to find a way to focus on the home you’re looking to buy rather than the one you’re about to leave behind.  By doing so you will be able to make decisions that are in the best interest of the sale.

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It’s easy to have an emotional bias when you decide to sell your home, but by being objective – even when the truth stings a bit – you’ll be in the best position to ensure your house in Kensington will sell quickly and for the highest possible price. For an honest conversation on how to get your home sold, call our team at Harding Green on 0203 375 1970.
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