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7 tips to sell your home in the Autumn

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How to-5I love the autumn months.  I love it for the comfy sweaters and warm drinks.  I love it for all it’s cosiness. Cooking hearty stews and keeping warm in front of the wood burning stove.  Thick rugs which are soft under foot and rich coloured tactile fabrics.  I also love it because if you get it right, autumn is the 2nd best time of year to sell your home.  Families are back from the summer breaks and the kids are back at school.  We have a couple of months of calm before Christmas is upon us!

Summer months conjure up images of sitting out in the garden and enjoying a barbecue.  Viewings often focus around your outside space however come the autumn that focus moves on.  The weather is cooler, often dull and rainy.  Think now instead of a cosy lounge with a roaring fire.  Think of thick cosy rugs…

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Bring Back that holiday look!

The holidays are here.  Many of us are jetting off to warmer climates stopping in luxury hotels and holiday villas.  From our holiday we post photo’s of our accommodation, the blue skies, the beautiful flowers, the dinners we enjoy in fab restaurants online.  We do it in hope our friends interact with us, liking our posts and telling us how fab it all looks.

We all want our holidays to be perfect.  We spend so much time planning and saving for it.  Just like we do when we house hunt.  Many of the principles are similar.  Let’s pinch some of those ideas and inject that holiday feeling into our home!

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5 Reasons your home might not be getting viewings

Is your home up for sale?  Are you getting frustrated by seeing other agents sold boards or reports that you read that the housing market is picking up? I f you are, you are not alone.  We’ve been talking recently to frustrated home owners across Lancaster and Morecambe who are struggling to sell. Thankfully these people aren’t up for sale with us, although we hope they soon will be.  I can tell you though the first to switch to us is under offer already, and in just 4 days!

We’ve sat down and analysed these home owners property details.  We’ve gone back to basics and looked at various elements.  Some people have been given job lists to do.  We’ve asked people to declutter.  Others to stage their garden.  One has a front door to paint.  Another is now re-grouting the bathroom and buying fresh white bedding.  There are all sorts of different reasons.  However here are just some common reasons as to why your home might be struggling to sell.

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Spring Clean your way to a sale!

Did your grandparents ever have an annual spring clean?  The type which took all day?  The rugs got aired over the washing line.  The kitchen cupboards were cleaned out and the windows were washed inside and out?  If they did, you’ll know what I mean!  If you are planning on moving you need to follow their lead.  You need to Spring clean your home and make it sparkle.  The great thing is most of it is free to do.  It just needs a bit of time and elbow grease!

Let’s see what needs doing!

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What do estate agents look for when carrying out a market appraisal of your home?

If you are thinking of moving home, you will need to get your home valued for sale.  At JDG Estate Agents we call these market appraisals.  We will look at the marketing price of your home and also the best way to advertise your home to the general public to ensure you get the best price.  Most home sellers will invite 3 estate agents and choose who they feel most confident with.

It is true when they say your home is your biggest asset.  It is what you have worked hard for.  Eventually it’s the inheritance you leave behind to your family.  I know this might sound morbid but it is true.  Today though it will dictate what you can afford to move on to.  Therefore you have a very important decision to make.  Don’t make this choice based on fee.  Base it on trust.  A friend and fellow estate agent once said ….

“The cheapest agent is not the one who charges the lowest fee, but the one who achieves the highest price”

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How to sell your home when you have kids.

Did you know?  There are over 7.7 million families with dependent children in the UK.   At anyone time approx 3% of residents in the UK are in the process of moving.  That equates to lots of houses with children up for sale!

 

We love our own kids however when it comes to moving home they can make the whole process a little bit more difficult.  Kids can cause distractions.  They can make our homes look untidy.  They can even put buyers off sometimes by just stealing the attention!

 

Here are our top tips for selling your home with kids and what you need to do.

 

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6 Questions to ask when choosing your estate agent

Congratulations!  You’ve decided to put your home up for sale.  Now you have the difficult choice in deciding which estate agents to ask out. No doubt you eager to know how much your home is worth.  But which agent do you choose to sell it?  The one which values it the highest?  The one which charges least?  Or maybe the one which you feel most confident with?

Over the past 14 years I have been valuing property, I have been asked a whole range of questions.  Here are my tops ones, all asked in the past 3 months.  If you can think of any better ones, please let me know.  I’d love to hear!

 

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The recipe of success!

We have teamed up with The Borough in Lancaster to bring you lot’s of tasty recipes.  This month is all about the Lancashire Hot Pot.  It’s a simple recipe,  but oh so tasty!

You may think it’s strange,  an estate agent blogging about food.  However our job is also a recipe.  The difference is our ingredients are hardwork, professionalism, customer care and a positive outlook.

So will you try The Borough’s Lancashire Pot?  My suggestion is do it.  Then if you haven’t done so,  go and dine at The Borough.  We all like it!

Let us know if you make it!

Let us know if you make it!

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