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IS YOUR HOME PICTURE PERFECT?

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Have you ever looked at pictures of a house for sale and thought: “What were they thinking?” There are some classic montages of “fails” online if you care to take a look but, believe it or not, in the frenzy of activity which often surrounds moving house, it’s actually quite easy to fall foul of the pitfalls and find you’re actually at risk of being on the list too.

Of course, we’re here to help and we’ll always do our best to make sure your home is seen at its best but, there’s no harm in being prepared either so we thought we’d share a list of dos & don’ts to consider ahead of a visit by the property photographer.

Pick the time of day

If there is a time of day when your home is presented well in natural light, try to persuade your chosen estate agent to get the photographer’s visit to coincide. It’s not much good asking them to come if half the house is in shade cast by trees or other buildings. Believe it or not, your house has a right time for its close-up so try to work out when that might be and have the images taken then.

Open doors & curtains

Equally, inside, your home can look a little dark if the photographer arrives when the natural light is fading. Try to get the images taken when the house is bright. Opening internal doors and curtains to their full extent can let in that little extra brightness and make a bit of difference too.

Declutter & remove stuff from tables, worktops

Before the photographer starts, just have a look around the house to make sure you’ve removed odds and ends which may detract the eye. You want a potential buyer to look at an image and be able to imagine themselves in it and not find themselves distracted by looking at coats slung over chairs or bits and pieces spread over kitchen worktops. Obviously, it’s not always going to be possible to present a blank canvas but ask yourself, does everything in the picture help to give an impression of size and space? If it doesn’t, move it until the picture has been taken.

Remove furniture

If you’re honest with yourself, would any of the rooms in your home look a bit more spacious if you took out one or two bits of furniture? Is there a coffee table, an armchair which doesn’t quite match or a footstool in the living room you could remove until the photographer’s work is done? You don’t need to remove it from the house; just shift it so it’s not in shot.

Cover up marks and stains

You’ve been meaning to do something about it for ages but you’ve just realised the stain from the glass of red wine you spilled a couple of weeks ago is still there. If it won’t come out after 20 minutes scrubbing before the photographer arrives, would rearranging the furniture a little cover it? How about a rug? If that’s not going to work, just make sure the photographer knows it’s there and ask if they can work round it.

Tidy up outside

The outside of the house is just as important when it comes to images so, if you can, try to make sure the house is looking as presentable as possible. Move the wheelie bins out of shot, cut the grass and weed the flower beds, sweep up leaves and remove the car from the drive. Cleaning the windows and the front door can help too, particularly if your home fronts onto a busy road.

If it doesn’t look good, don’t use it

It may seem obvious but, if you get the opportunity to see the images before they’re published, do listen to your gut. If you don’t like them, don’t use them.

 

If you are selling property, we’d like to wish you the very best of luck. If you do have any other questions, you could always watch our “How To…” videos here http://www.esaleuk.com/how-to-videos/ but feel free to give us a call or drop us a line if you’d like some extra advice. Don’t forget we also offer free no-obligation valuations to get you started.

Online Estate Agents – What We get Asked the most.

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How can you do all that for that price?

As an internet-only estate agent, we’re often asked questions by either would-be clients or even friends down the pub about how we make such a large transaction as selling your home work online. Of course, in this profession, we get the usual leg-pulling but there are some recurring questions we hear quite often – so we thought, why not answer them in a blog?

Pull up a chair, imagine you have your favourite tipple in your hand and we’re perched on the bar stool next to you, and the conversation might go something like this:

Why don’t you have an office on the High Street?

First of all, it costs more – and the more it costs, the more we have to charge our clients in order to stay in business. Also, town centre buildings are often not ideal as they were not originally designed as offices and can be cramped and difficult to adapt.

Lastly, we don’t believe anywhere near as many people browse estate agents’ windows for property these days. Why would they when they can do exactly the same on their laptop at home or even on their smartphone on the train?

Why don’t you advertise in the local press

Again, it’s a matter of cost versus potential result. Since the advent of the internet, fewer people read local papers and, although many will mourn them, it isn’t a trend we see reversing.

The first generation to have never known life without the world wide web left school two or three years ago and, in ten years’ time, will probably be in middle management and looking for property of their own. They won’t be scouring the printed media for the home they want. They’ll be looking online.

If you’re selling property, we’re convinced that’s where your home needs to be.

Why can’t I usually speak to you face-to-face?

Erm … you can. Just because we’re not on the high street it doesn’t mean you can’t drop in to see us if that’s what you would prefer. Okay, as online estate agents, we may not be just around the corner but we are real people with real lives, families and homes of our own. We’re not robots. Promise.

In that case, why won’t you help me with viewings?

Actually, we can, no matter where you are. If you’d prefer to have someone with you when someone comes to have a look at your home, we can arrange that. We’ll make sure they’re fully-briefed and ready to highlight your home’s best selling points.

We’ll contact you afterwards with any feedback from potential buyers, let you know if any offers are being considered and, if you’d like us to, we’ll deal with any negotiations too.

Why do I have to pay you up-front?

Again, you don’t. If you’re on a budget we do offer an up-front package where you pay us £495 in advance and we take care of everything else.

However, if you prefer, we also offer an on-completion deal, where you pay us £995 once your home is sold. If it doesn’t, you pay us nothing. Simples, as a certain Russian meerkat might say.

But how can you sell my property if you don’t come to see it?

First of all, the person who knows your property best is you. Some estate agents like to pretend there’s some mystical dark art to selling a house – largely to justify a hefty commission – but, to be honest, you will always know more about your home then they do.

Of course, an estate agent needs to have a good feel for what property is selling for in your area and what constitutes a reasonable asking price. They need to know what the majority of buyers like to find – decent broadband, a modern kitchen, gardens with decking and a shed, a good school nearby and so on. Equally, they can advise you on things you can do to enhance your home’s “buyability”.

But, these days, even a quick search on Google will provide you with similar tips. Estate agents’ jargon can sound impressive and thoughtful pauses in response to your questions can give an impression of profound knowledge – but don’t forget you are by no means powerless or ignorant. Be confident in what you know to be the good selling points about your home, practice talking about them and, to be honest, you won’t go far wrong.

When it comes to selling property, there’s no denying instructing an estate agent can make your life easier – especially if you lead a busy life to begin with and don’t want to be bothered with the added stress of arranging viewings, haggling with potential buyers or chasing up solicitors. But don’t forget, if an estate agent is to do a good job, the most important input comes from you; it makes no difference if they’re based on the high street or online.

You pays your money and you makes your choice, as the saying goes. The only thing you need to be sure of is that it is the right one for you.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

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Kerb appeal

If you’re lucky, your house has been on the market a week or two now and your estate agent has been in touch to let you know there are potential buyers ready for viewings.

You’ve tidied up, you’ve run the vacuum cleaner around a bit, you’ve removed all the family pictures, you’ve asked the parents or friends to look after the kids and the pets, you’ve sprayed a bit of air freshener around, brushed your hair and your teeth and you’re now nervously awaiting your first visitor.

You might think you’re ready but, although it might seem your checklist has covered at the bases, there are probably things you have missed – and most of them will be evident as soon as the prospective buyers of your home pull up outside.

is a bit of an estate agent’s cliché but it’s important nonetheless and, to make sure your house has it, you might want to follow these tips.

Move the bins

Obviously, if they’re full to overflowing, nobody wants to see them but even empty bins are clutter. It’s not as bad if viewers see them later on as part of the tour but, if they’re “front of house” so to speak, it’s a bit like seeing someone’s underwear sticking out of the top of their trousers. We all know it’s there. We just don’t want to see it straight away.

Weeds and dead plants

Just as a massively overgrown hedge can be a sign of neglect, so can weeds and dead plants. It’s a bit of a pain picking all the dandelions out from between the paving stones on the drive but it can make a huge difference. Buying some weed-killer from the garden centre as soon as you know you’re selling your home is a good move. It gives you time to apply it and get rid of the offending plants well before it matters. Likewise, if you’ve got any obvious brown patches in the flower beds, an hour with a trowel and a bin bag is time well spent.

Poo patrol

We all know we don’t have to own a pet to find what they leave behind. Cats in particular are not particular about where they go – although, for some reason, it seems it has to be a distance away from their own garden. A quick sweep half an hour before your viewers arrive isn’t a bad idea.

Door frames & door

You might be a demon when it comes to cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, but have you really had a look at the front door and the frame around it? It’s where your visitors may have to linger a little before you answer their knock and, without having had the benefit of your charm yet, they are likely to be in a critical frame of mind. A scuff mark left by one of the kids, a bit of peeling paint, an inch or two of crumbling sealant and you’re already a few points down on a perfect score.

Does the doorbell work?

If you have one, it’s even worse if they press the button and nothing happens. What does it say about the rest of the house if something so simple is broken?

Clean the car

Finally, if you have a car on the drive, try to make sure it’s clean. Of course you’re not selling the vehicle but, if it’s covered in muck, there will be some who will consider its condition a reflection on you. Of course, you may be able to pull them round if the rest of the house is immaculate but, if you can start without any prejudice in a potential buyer’s mind, the better chance you have of making that sale. If you don’t have time to clean it, just drive it 100 yards from the house and park up. No one will be any the wiser.

Good luck and our very best wishes but, if you’d like some more tips on viewings, why not have a look at our “How To …” videos? Just click on the link for more:  http://www.esaleuk.com/how-to-videos/

 

TIME FOR A BIT OF STRAIGHT TALK

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Deferred Payments

There’s been quite a bit of debate in the media of late about estate agents’ fees – but the dissent is not necessarily from the quarter you’d expect. It’s not sellers who are unhappy; the debate is actually among agents themselves.

On the one hand you have the traditional high street agents, using the old business model and charging a commission of around 1.5% of the final selling price when a house sale goes through, which works out at around £3,000 on a sale of £200,000.

On the other, you have the online estate agents charging a flat rate, either up-front or on completion, which is normally considerably less.

But it isn’t as simple as that…

Tit for Tat

In response to being undercut, high street agents tend to warn sellers who may be considering the online option that – although their internet rivals’ offer may seem attractive – it’s probably payable up front. That’s a bit like walking into a restaurant and paying for your meal before you even sit down, they say. And who wants to do that, right?

So, as a counter punch, one of the larger online agents (the one with a name similar to a coloured building block) has implied it allows sellers to defer any up-front payment. Or at least that’s what their advertising leads you to believe.

But then the traditional high street agents have been handed a swift riposte, revelling in the recent revelation that online estate agents’ deferred up-front payments are, in fact, a thinly-disguised credit agreement. Sellers still have to pay the online agents’ fee whether their home sells or not. Using the same restaurant analogy, that’s like signing an agreement to say you’ll pay a set amount for your meal at some future date – even if it’s horrible.

What We Offer

So where do we stand in all this? Well, at Esale, we certainly won’t charge you a 1.5% commission. With new technology such as smart phones, the internet, email and a selection of well-used property portals available these days, we simply don’t believe you can justify that kind of money anymore.

But neither do we believe in trying to bamboozle you with fast-talk about the alternatives. We’re based in Yorkshire so we believe in plain speaking and we offer two things. You can either pay us £495 up front (including VAT) or you can pay us £995 on completion (also including VAT). With the latter, if your house doesn’t sell, you pay us nothing… Nowt. Nada. Zip.

There are no catches. There are no hidden clauses. You don’t have to use our recommended partners for things like removals or conveyancing. In fact, if you’re not happy with the services we provide, we offer a 30-day, no-quibble, money-back guarantee.

So, if you’re on a budget, want to know exactly where you stand and can’t be doing with weasel words, we’re ready and waiting. Just give us a call and we can start with a no-obligation valuation. If you like it, we can go from there …

WHY WE’RE YOUR SECRET ESTATE AGENT IN HARROGATE

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If you’re looking for an estate agent in Harrogate, to be honest you’re not going to struggle to find one.

Princes’ Square in the town centre is a bit of an estate agents’ quarter and, if you like doing things the traditional way, you could spend an afternoon visiting each one and assessing what they offer and how they treated you after you walked through their door.

But, even though we’ve won awards for our customer service – which we’re currently rated the UK’s No2 for on independent review website Trustpilot – it’s not where you’ll find us.

We’re Just A Click Away

We’re already here. We’re on your laptop. We’re on your phone. All you had to do to find one of the most innovative and straight-talking estate agents Harrogate has to offer was to go online. No wandering around in the rain, no waiting for your turn to be spoken to; we’re here. Right now.

Hopefully, a quick browse on our website will answer most of your questions. Our packages are simple, our FAQs page should give you the answers you need to questions about selling your home online, our “How To …” page offers videos to guide you through some of tricky bits of selling your home and you’ll notice we even offer a no-nonsense money-back guarantee.

Of course, if you’d like to meet us face-to-face, we have offices in Harrogate too; the main difference between us and the other Harrogate estate agents is that we don’t have a shop front and we don’t advertise in the local press.

Selling Your Property To The World

Instead, we use the online portals including Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation to market your property; we’re members of the ProperStar network which advertises your home on a network of 80 websites in 50 countries around the world in 19 different languages and we use Facebook and Twitter to reach specific buyers.

There are some traditional agents who will chat down the pub about how online estate agency is risk, an off-shot of the industry rife with cowboys after a quick buck – but they will then go back to their office and use exactly the same tools we use. The simple truth is, just like high street retailing, the world of communication is changing fast – and we’ve chosen to change with it.

If you’d like an initial chat with one of the team, just drop us a line or give us a call. We’ll love to hear from you and perhaps get you started with a no-obligation valuation.

TEN TIPS FOR BUYING A CHILD OR PET-FRIENDLY HOME

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The reality for most is that growing children want their own space

Everyone has their own idea of a dream property and the lucky ones even make them a reality but, if you got kids or pets, let’s face it – it’s hard.

They won’t necessarily share your mental image of the ideal home with a pristine designer living room, tasteful interior décor, state-of-the-art kitchen and landscaped grounds. For small children and animals, it’s just a minefield of things they can knock over, soil or destroy. For teenagers, your tasteful touches and thoughtful placing of things will be irrelevant.

So, if you’re planning to move house and you want a few tips on what features you should look for in a long-term property sturdy enough to survive the bombshells of offspring and / or animals, here are ten tips.

Spiral or Decorative Staircases.

A definite no for anyone with small kids. They may save space but, even if the children are enrolled in the local gymnastic club, they’ll find a way of falling down them. Best stick to straight lines; if the cherubs do fall, there’s less chance of them hitting anything on the way down.

Bedrooms

If you’re determined you’ll be bringing up an only child it’s less of an issue but, if you have more than one, try to find an ideal property with bedrooms that are roughly the same size. No one wants the box room – or even one that’s only a couple of feet smaller – and trying to assign it to one of your offspring will only lead to arguments and resentment. Worse, you could end up in there yourself just to keep the peace!

En Suite Essentials

Does the master bedroom have one? A teenager planning an evening out will disappear into the bathroom at approximately 4pm and won’t come out for hours. You can beg and plead all you like but your personal comforts will be a long way down the priority list. Even if you do wheedle them out, they’ll wait outside the door, tutting and sighing and demanding to know how long you’ll be. An en suite – or even just a separate downstairs loo – can help you avoid the bathroom conflict.

Family Time

We may all be reading about “making memories” and “familymoons” on Facebook but the reality for most is that growing children want their own space. They (probably) don’t want to sit on the sofa and watch David Attenborough on TV with you. Many will retreat to their bedrooms but, if you’d like them a little nearer so they can at least hear you when you call that dinner’s ready, a second reception room that can be used as a games room (and a general collection area for stuff of theirs you don’t want lying around the house) isn’t a bad idea. A conservatory can fit the bill sometimes but it’ll need to be heated in winter. Anything below 21C is unlikely to be tolerated.

Enclosed Rear Garden

If you’re going to allow smaller children or pets to play in the garden while you cook, work or generally enjoy your own leisure time, it needs to be a safe and secure environment. A pond is not a great idea – no matter how small – and, if there’s access to the front of the house, it needs to be lockable. Access to storage sheds or the garage should also be secure if you have curious young children about. CCTV systems can be fitted relatively cheaply these days if you need extra peace of mind.

Internet & Phone Signal

Essential in any household with children over eight years old. If you don’t believe us, just try switching off the wifi in a home they occupy. We can almost guarantee the response will be immediate.

Bus routes

Of course we all want to ensure our children are safe when they are big enough to venture out on their own and, to begin with, it’s natural that we’ll act as an unpaid taxi service. But after a while, when their social life picks up, it can become a bit of a chore. You can’t really enjoy that glass of sauvignon if you know you’re going to have to get back in the car at 10pm to pick them up from outside McDonald’s in the town centre so having a bus which comes and goes from a stop nearby can make a huge difference.

Expensive décor

Just don’t. Even if it doesn’t get ruined, you’ll spend so much time worrying that it might that any enjoyment you get out of it will be quickly lost.

Storage

Almost as soon as they go to school, kids start bringing back stuff they demand you never throw away… paintings, Viking boats made of paper, loo roll and matchsticks, badly-designed wooden dragons; the list is endless. The more storage you have the better but, no matter how much, it’ll never be enough. There will still come a time when projects, old broken toys and paintings have to be consigned to the bin – although it’s probably just best to do it under cover of darkness and say they’re “in the loft”.

Porch

An essential, unless you enjoy cleaning. Frequently. A space at the door to remove and store muddy shoes or act as a holding pen for a wet dog can be a godsend. Don’t underestimate it.

 

If you’d like to search for a property that fits the bill, just have a look at our portfolio. Otherwise feel free to give us a call or drop us a line to see if we have any homes coming up likely to meet your requirements. We’d love to help if we can.

WHY DO I NEED AN ESTATE AGENT?

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The relationship between the portals and the agents is about mutual survival

Every profession has its crosses to bear and estate agents are no different. Like cab drivers and their patter, we’re often seen as Flash Harrys; someone with a slick sales pitch but not a great deal of substance.

We often hear the line that selling property must surely be a bit of a doddle; the sort of thing anyone can do if they had time. So why don’t more people just do it themselves?

Why It Ain’t That Simple

The thing is, it isn’t actually all that simple. For a start, you can’t just take a few pictures of your house and pay Rightmove fees for a slot for your home on the UK’s biggest property portal. Indeed, unless you’re selling through an estate agent, did you know the major online portals will not advertise your property?

Why? Well, if they did and it caught on, estate agents would quickly become largely irrelevant. Instead, Rightmove would be dealing direct with the selling public. That would mean a huge surge in administration and a huge recruitment drive, pushing the cost of Rightmove selling fees through the roof. The risk then would be that fewer folk would want to pay and Rightmove’s own existence could become an issue.

So you see, although it might look like a cosy club, the relationship between the portals and the agents is about mutual survival – although even some agents resent the advent of the internet and paying these new-fangled portals as well!

Mission Impossible?

Selling your own home without an estate agent isn’t impossible. Some have tried creative methods such as raffles, Facebook posts, their own advertisements in the press and even posters in the local shop.

But, at the end of the day, if you can’t be doing with all the stress, the simplest method is to pick an estate agent – either online or on the high street, depending on how much you want to pay.

But What Am I Paying For?

Selling a home isn’t as simple as just asking how much does it cost to advertise on Rightmove? It’s about identifying your audience and then working out how you’re going to reach them – but that’s not all your estate agents’ fees cover.

Sell your property with us at Esale and we’ll work with you from valuation to completion. We’ll also negotiate with possible buyers, we’ll arrange viewings and be there if you need us, we’ll chase up your solicitor – as well as your buyer’s – and we can even help with things like removals.

We hope you think that’s worth just under £500 up front (including VAT) – although you can also pay us on completion if you prefer. But, what’s more, if you’re not happy within 30 days, we’ll even give you any money you’ve paid right back. No arguments. No quibbling.

So, although we wouldn’t say it’s impossible to sell property without an estate agent, we tend to find it takes a certain sort of person to do so successfully. If you’re not convinced you’re one of them, we’re ready and waiting. Just give us a call or drop us a line and we’ll take it from there…

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SELL A HOUSE?

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As many as 25% of movers in the UK underestimated the cost of moving house

Asking how much does it cost to sell your house can be a little like asking how long is a piece of string? The answer depends on the individual, the size of the property you’re leaving, what it’s worth on the market or even where you’re moving to yourself.

But recent research by Which? has highlighted that as many as 25% of movers in the UK underestimated the cost of moving house – and some of them by a considerable amount. So, although it’s difficult to come up with a definitive guide, below are a few pointers which we hope you’ll find useful:

Decoration and Repairs

It’s certainly true that first impressions count. In fact, another survey recently suggested Brits take only minutes to decide if they’ve found the house of their dreams so you may stand a better chance of persuading them of that by making sure they don’t come across something challenging as soon as they pull up outside. A cut lawn, neat flower beds and clean windows can make a difference but it’s not a bad idea to paint over the scuff marks on the skirting boards, strip down any peeling wallpaper and go for a neutral décor if you have the time.

However, we’d advise against an extensive refurbishment or any significant home improvements as what you are selling is an idea not a product. Your tastes could be entirely different to those of your prospective buyers and they might tear down something like a new bathroom suite or a fitted kitchen as soon as they move in.

As long as you make it easy for them to see your house as their new home, you’ll be on the right track. If you can tidy away any clutter, remove personal effects such as framed pictures and be ready to answer questions on nearby schools and amenities, you could be well on your way to a sale.

DO try to get a friend to do an honest dry run and give you some feedback. If you’re conducting the viewing yourself, talk them around your home.

DON’T bother with the fresh coffee or baked bread. We’re all wise to that and it may seem like you’re trying too hard.

Picking an estate agent

Click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbcPyvDLZsw and you’ll find one of our “How To …” videos which we hope will help with the process we’d recommend before choosing who you would like to manage the sale of your home. But the basic choice these days is between the traditional high street guys or an online estate agent like us.

High street estate agents will usually charge on a commission basis – an average of around 1.5 % of the price your property sells for so, if your home goes for £200,000, you’ll pay £3,000 for the estate agent’s services.

An online estate agent will ask for a set fee, sometimes up-front although some – like us – also offer a price on completion. The advantage is that they’re usually considerably cheaper; we offer to sell your home for a set fee of £495 up front or £995 on completion. However, we acknowledge some will always be more comfortable with the more traditional face-to-face estate agency service and will be prepared to pay more – even if the high street guys use exactly the same online tools and portals to market their home.

DO some research on Rightmove, Zoopla or PrimeLocation first. It’s easy to find out quite a bit in advance these days, including how much homes have been selling for in your area – and even who sold them.

DON’T be talked into an unrealistically high asking price. Your home could be on the market for ages and the only reason may be a high street agent’s attempt to squeeze as much in commission as they can out of you.

Selecting A Conveyancing Solicitor

Just as in any other line of work there are good ones and bad ones – and, in our experience, it’s not cost which defines them, even though it can vary from £500 to £1,500, or higher if you’re also buying a home as well as selling. Every estate agent will certainly have their own conveyancing solicitor to recommend – we certainly do – but we’d urge you not to just take them on face value. Again, the internet is your friend so do some research on local firms on independent review sites like Trustpilot before you agree to appoint anyone.

However, if you know someone who moved recently, why not ask them who they used and what were they like? Personal experience is a powerful thing.

DO take your time and make a careful choice. It’s not just about cost but quality of service. A cheap firm might cost you more but, equally, could be just as good as an expensive one. Check out reviews and trawl your friends for details of their own experience.

DON’T just go with the guys the estate agents recommend. They could be great but, equally, they could be hopeless and you won’t know until it’s too late.

Removals

If you live in something bigger than a one-bedroom flat then there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to need help shifting things. A mate with a van might help to get some of the essentials to where you need them but, when it comes to the heavy stuff, we’d recommend calling in the professionals.

Again the cost can vary widely depending on who you use and how much there is to shift – anything from £400 for a small property to over £1,000 for a large one isn’t unreasonable. But, again, we’d recommend a bit of research before you move. It’s back to personal recommendations from friends, Trustpilot or you could try www.comparemymove.com

DO shop around, ask your friends, pick a few firms from your area and then do some research on the feedback sites. Don’t be afraid to negotiate a little if there are large variations in price.

DON’T go with anyone who won’t give you a written quote. You don’t want to find all your worldly possessions are packed away in their vehicle when they announce it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg to shift everything.

The EPC

To be honest, the EPC is pretty straight forward. It’s your buyer’s solicitor who will ask you to produce one and it’s illegal not to do so. Your estate agent will normally include the EPC in their package but, if it is added as an extra, then the cost should be between £50 and £120 depending on the size of the home.

DO check as soon as you decide to sell your home to see if your home has an EPC rating and, if so, if it’s up to date. If you’ve had any home improvements done, it’s in your interests to make sure any positive impact it’s had on the property’s energy performance is recorded. You can check your home’s most recent rating here: https://www.epcregister.com/reportSearchAddressTerms.html?redirect=reportSearchAddressByPostcode

DON’T try to sell your home if your EPC is out-of-date or not recorded. It’s easy for a buyer to check and it’s only going to slow down the selling process.

The Hidden Extras

Have you thought about what you’re going to do with pets on moving day? Are they going to stay with family or do you need to book them into kennels for 24 hours?

Moving week can be chaotic and a bit stressful so what will you do for meals? Those takeaways can soon mount up if you’re feeding a family of four.

No doubt you’ll have a bit of a declutter and you’ll be able to make some of those outgoings back from a car boot sale or two – but what about the petrol for all those runs to the tip with the rubbish which you couldn’t persuade yourself anyone would want to buy?

If you’re self-employed, your time is a factor as well. You’re certainly going to be out of it for a day or two and, if you’re a one-man band, it’s time you’re not making money.

So, how much does it cost to sell a house in the UK? The answer is pretty much down to you … But if you have a plan and you make “things to do” lists your friend, it’s possible to feel at least a semblance of control. Don’t forget, although it’s up there on the list of the most stressful things we do in life, moving home is also mostly a positive thing so, if you need us, we’re here – and we promise we’ll do everything we can to help you actually enjoy it!

The cheapest way to sell a house

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ON A TIGHT BUDGET? SOME ADVICE ON THE CHEAPEST WAY TO SELL A HOUSE…

When it comes to selling your home, budget isn’t always the first thing which comes to mind. It’s not something we do every day so we tend to pick an estate agent based on recommendations, visibility or perhaps after a bit of research on the internet.

But, surprisingly, the questions we ask estate agents don’t always focus on what their services cost. We want to know how long it’s likely to take to sell our house; we want to know how much we might be able to sell our property for. But we don’t always think in terms of the cheapest way to sell a house.

For some reason, we’ve somehow become conditioned to think that, because large sums of money are involved, it’s somehow gauche to think of doing it cheaply.

How Much Is A Lot?

High street estate agents, charging anything up to 1.5% in commission, are going to rake in £3,000 on a £200,000 property and, because that’s how we’ve always done things – at least until recently – we don’t tend to question the amount. After all, if we’re going to net a couple of hundred thousand pounds from a property transaction, £3k for the agent who brokers the deal doesn’t seem a lot.

But the thing is, £3,000 really IS a lot of money – and you don’t have to pay it any more. There are a host of options out there – and using an online estate agent is one of them.

What Are My Options?

At Esale, we have two packages. Either you pay us £495 up front to manage the sale of your home or you pay us £995 on completion. It really is as simple as that. What’s more, if you’re not happy with our service within 30 days, we’ll even give you back any money you’ve paid in advance. No quibbling; no arguments.

And, when you compare the cost, what would that saving of £2,000 pay for? A new three-piece suite for your new home perhaps? A down payment on a fitted kitchen? New carpets? A decent holiday when the Big Move is over?

It’s up to you of course. If you’re not keen on the concept of selling property online then you’re probably going to be sticking with the High Street.

But, if you’re savvy and you’re on a budget, then we’d love to chat about the cheapest way to sell your house.  Just drop us a line or give us a call and we’ll take it from there.

 

Paradise lost – but at what cost?

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It’s common knowledge that we’re not building enough new properties.

Underplayed by the mainstream parties, the UK housing crisis might not have made it into the news in the run-up to June’s election.

Terrorist attacks in London and Manchester took attention away from some of the issues both Government and Opposition had described as critical just months before. Much of the media also centred coverage on personalities, the things they said – or failed to say – in their attempt to win votes.

But a recent report compiled by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) brings some of the issues back into sharp focus – and, yet again, raises the question of whether key decisions on housing policy are being made in the right place by the right people.

Building Us Up – And Knocking Us Down

It’s common knowledge that we’re not building enough new properties to keep pace with demand – one of the factors driving the price of the average starter home out of reach of the average first-time buyer without access to the Bank of Mum and Dad.

We’re also probably aware the lack of stock has led to councils coming under pressure to approve applications for new homes where they might not normally have been built – some even on the Green Belt.

But the research by the CPRE has established, of those new properties approved to help meet housing demand, few could be described as fitting into the “affordable” bracket. Indeed, 70% of them are likely to be three or four-bedroom executive homes – perhaps even bigger – because that’s how developers get the best return on their investment.

In other words, the UK’s countryside is being sacrificed for little or no benefit. (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/concern-at-prices-of-homes-on-green-belt-sites-1-8627453)

Who Profits?

Of course, plenty would argue there’s nothing wrong with making a profit. But, at the end of the day, who ends up better off? Will it be our kids, facing a lifetime spending two thirds of their income on rent or will it be the directors and shareholders of the development giants – the sort of folk probably already happily ensconced in their four-bedroom house with the requisite number of BMWs on the drive?

But this isn’t meant to be a political tirade; in fact, far from it. It shouldn’t really matter which way you vote to see that something simply isn’t working when it comes to property in the UK. Decades of little or no direction have got us to where we are now and, despite occasional fine words from Westminster, we’re no closer to a solution than we were under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown or David Cameron.

The Mouse That Roared?

What we need is vision, purpose, commitment to a specific direction and a long-term strategy – and one which lasts longer than any Government’s five-year term.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we’re convinced only an independent housing commission can give us that. We’re one small voice right now but, who knows. One day, with your support, we could be the mouse that roared …

 

 

 

 

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About esale

esale  Estate Agents, founded in 2010, bringing a fresh, clear and easy approach to online estate agency in England and Wales. We are a group of professionals with years of experience in helping people sell and buy property.

We have the skills to ensure the correct price is set for your property and we can negotiate the right sale price between buyer and seller.

Additionally, we can arrange accompanied viewings and also see the sale through to completion.

Your property will feature on Rightmove , Zoopla  and Primelocation esale have a wide advertising network, come and join our approach to selling a property, no matter what your property value is.