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What items to buy when staging your home for sale

what items to buy when staging your home for sale

Although just about everybody will tell you to declutter your home when you are about to sell it – and they are right – there are some things that might be worth bringing into your home at this time to help make the most of the opportunities to sell your home.

As estate agents, we use all the tools at our disposal to bring people to your home and to obtain a sale at the best possible terms for you, but there are (often quite small) things that you can do at your end to help things along.

Mirrors have to be top of the list. Ever been around a show home? They are almost always full of mirrors that no one is actually using. (Because it’s a show home, no one lives there.) These mirrors are placed to make the most of the light coming into the rooms, reflecting it around and brightening up these spaces.

Along the same lines, a good lamp or two can help add some light. Even if they are not required, they can make good, non-personal features in a room.

If some of your furniture is a bit worn, throws could be a handy way of disguising the fact. Cushions and pillows (though not too many) can achieve some of the same purpose or cosy-up a bed. A worn carpet, or damaged flooring, could be covered up by a runner or rug.

Finally, a few tasteful decorative items, such as candles or a vase of flowers can be pleasing to the eye, while still keeping that neutral, not-too-personal tone.

If you know someone thinking of a move and you think would benefit from our selling & letting tips please forward this on to them. Also download our FREE eBook at www.cooper-adams.com/freebook

For your own personal advice on any aspects of selling or letting please us. We do free valuations for all, even if you’re not ready to sell for a few years it’s good to be up to date with your biggest tax free asset. Please contact the Cooper Adams team on 01903 770055 to book a valuation specialist to pop round and take advantage of our expert free advice.

 

The sweet smell of success

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At Cooper Adams we know first impressions count – whether it’s a job interview, a date or viewing a property.

Home buyers nowadays make even quicker snap judgements than they did a decade ago.

We constantly find that buyers want properties that not only appeal to their eyes but also their noses.

I’m sure you’ve read or heard about how properties where the smell of coffee brewing or freshly baked bread makes viewers swoon.

However, in the real world it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have an endless stream of homemade loaves in the oven or a constant cafetiere on the go – unless you’re selling a coffee shop of course.

Realistically the best way to create an instant positive impact on once someone’s sense of smell when they have stepped through your front door is a combination or ALL of the following:

  • Fresh flowers – not only look good they smell good.
  • Freshly painted walls – always a good investment when preparing a property for sale.
  • Clean crisp bed sheets and don’t forget there are some fantastically subtle plug-in air fresheners are on the market now.

The smells to avoid like an overflowing fish bin on the hottest day of the year include:

  • Stale tobacco.
  • Food caddies which are full of old food in the kitchen.
  • Cheap and nasty air fresheners.
  • Old cat litter, damp dog blankets and any other animal related smells.

Put simply nice smells sell while stale air fails.

Thanks for reading,

Shaun Adams,

Want to get a SOLD or LET sign outside your property quicker? Call Cooper Adams and our team on 01903 770055 or email: property@cooper-adams.com for honest, expert and friendly advice.

 

 

Tax relief for residential landlords

The tax relief that landlords of residential properties get for finance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of Income Tax, this will be phased in from April 2017.

How the tax reduction is worked out

The reduction is the basic rate value (currently 20%) of the lower of:

  • finance costs – costs not deducted from rental income in the tax year (this will be a proportion of finance costs for the transitional years) plus any finance costs brought forward
  • property profits – the profits of the property business in the tax year (after using any brought forward losses)
  • adjusted total income – the income (after losses and reliefs, and excluding savings, pensions and dividends income) that exceeds your personal allowance

The tax reduction can’t be used to create a tax refund.

If the basic rate tax reduction is calculated using the ‘property profits’ or ‘adjusted total income’ then the difference between that figure and ‘finance costs’ is carried forward to calculate the basic rate tax reduction in the following years.

The restriction will be phased in gradually (25% at a time) from 6 April 2017 and will be fully in place from 6 April 2020.

More info at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-tax-relief-for-residential-landlords   and  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/changes-to-tax-relief-for-residential-landlords-how-its-worked-out-including-case-studies

 

Lion movie and curry

TO CELEBRATE THE SHOWING OF THE FILM – Lion on April 7th 2017 –
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