Many people hesitate about whether to put their house on the market, as they are concerned about how to prepare it for sale. We reassure vendors by talking through the changes and updates that can be made which are not too costly. Obvious issues like damp, broken windows or roof tiles or other structural concerns do need to be addressed but there are simple and inexpensive changes that can make your property more alluring. Then old adage ‘first impressions count’ really does apply. Halls are often overlooked for design updates but inexpensive ways to create stylish spaces can be achieved with pictures in glass frames sited opposite mirrors creating light bouncing around the space.
Buyers love storage so try to maximize the space under the stairs. Kitchens are the heart of the home which make them one of the main rooms viewers pay attention to. By adding some brighter blinds, de-cluttering items from the worktops can make the space appear bigger. A good kitchen delivers practically and brings comfort as the main hub. Replacing cupboard doors or re-painting them can create a completely new look. Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add value. If space is restricted try to create a space for dining, or a counter top with stools. Benches take up less room than individual chairs at the kitchen table. Eye-level cabinets can make the space feel more claustrophobic so try a single tall piece of storage and add rails on the walls for pans and utensils.
Love it or List it!
Charles Head has a team who are highly experienced andknow what to highlight and how to deal with objections. We can show buyers how the property would work for them and not only paint the picture of them living in the space but the possibilities of how to utilise it and how the house could evolve for their needs. Most importantly, knowing who your buyers are is crucial in matching clients to property reducing timescales and securing sales more swiftly.
Both the economy and the property market are showing positive signs as Spring looms. A fall in mortgage rates and a significant increase in mortgage products available is aiding recovery. Ensuring that the price point of the valuation reflects the market is key to success.
Our top tips for success
How to maximise your home's potential!
Hide distracting items. Decluttering also includes furniture. Buyers should be able to easily walk around spaces without bumping into furniture. Clear clutter into boxes and store in the garage or in cupboards.
Clean everything until it sparkles! Clean or repair tile grout, light candles to get rid of odours, put fresh towels in bathrooms. Clear away the mountain of toiletries, and make up that seems to accumulate in the bathroom. In the kitchen clear drains, wash bins and open windows.
The garden is one of the biggest selling points. Enhance the kerb appeal through a well-maintained front garden, clear pathways and cut bushes back and cut the grass, repair fences and power wash patios. A patio table on a balcony or a bench in a quiet area of the garden defines spaces.
Make sure windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as bare windows feel impersonal. Plants and flowers bring colour and wonderful smells to a space, as do candles, air fresheners and the fruit bowl on the kitchen counter. Paint scuffed marks on walls and note that neutral colours give the illusion of a larger space. Address any minor repairs – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cover or replace torn or threadbare carpets.
House prices have fallen to their lowest since 2012 yet some areas are where house prices have continued to grow according to Zoopla. For homes over £300k (average house price £294k) Torquay has seen the highest price rise of 7% , followed by Exeter at 6.7%. Torquay is attracting young families to secure places at one of the 3 grammar schools and retirees embracing the beautiful surrounding countryside and coast and excellent shopping facilities.
A unique, exclusive development designed by bespoke property developers, Blakesley Estates, provides an exciting opportunity to embrace the coastal and city dream, with proximity to Exeter, Torquay and its wonderful coastline. An executive new home development in the attractive town of Kingskerswell – Karsbrook Green – is situated just a few miles from central Torquay. These high specification luxury homes offer 3 and 4 bedroomed properties ranging from £424,950 to £799,950.
THE SALCOMBE FACTOR
THE JEWEL OF THE SOUTH HAMS
The quaint and unique South Devon village of South Pool has been voted the UK’s prettiest village according to Conde Nast Travel. Salcombe is another world to the other side of the Kingsbridge Estuary in South Pool, a picturesque backwater with a population of 143 according to the last census. The changing tides mean boats arrive and tie up to the pontoon. The pretty 14th-century St Nicholas and St Cyriac Church with its views out across the fields.
This wonderful backwater retreat has proven popular as it is ‘far from the madding crowd’. The refurbished gastro-pub, Millbrook Inn, has an excellent reputation for food and a convivial atmosphere. This friendly community offers a peaceful haven that really does sparkle.
Devon’s popularity as a highly desirable location continues due to its stunning scenery, beautiful homes and coastal lifestyles. The most desirable town in the UK is Salcombe according to the number of views on the social media platform, TikTok where it attracted 56,800,000 views, showing it as a highly popular location. As Devon’s most expensive area the average price in the town is £833,552. This South Hams gem attracts tourists due to its glistening coastal waters and scenic countryside backdrop.
Property of the month
93 Church Street
A splendid example of a grand Victorian house dating from 1901 offering high ceilings, spacious rooms and the character features of a home of this era but with a wonderful contemporary twist.
93 Church Street is a beautifully presented 5 bedroom property located in the market town of Kingsbridge. This unique property offers a wonderful opportunity to a discerning buyer within a stone through away from the town center and harbour.
The property offers multi generation living or as a lifestyle choice with the option to work from home whilst embracing coastal living in the beautiful South Hams.
Grand properties of this style rarely come to the market which makes it a unique offering.The property as recently been tastefully renovated to a high standard throughout and is ready for immediate occupation.
This design led property with character feature including original fire places, coving, striped pine flooring and shutters creating beautifully appointed spaces to embrace contemporary style living in an historical building.