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One thing you shouldn’t do when the price isn’t right

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A friend of mine told me a story recently about a story they read which happened in the north of England.

Basically a couple had instructed an agent who valued their property for £30,000 more than the other agencies which were invited round.

After very little interest over six weeks the agent advised them to drop the price by £15,000 to create ‘more interest’.

Then when they agreed the agent said ‘we’ll advertise this change to let people know we’ve reduced the price. It’ll create a buzz’.

There was a tiny bit more interest but not much and a ‘silly’ offer came in for £40,000 less than the new asking price.

Fast forward a month later the agent advised another drop, this time slashing off a further £15,000. A bit more interest but again only silly offers which were way under the current (correct) market value for this property.

The couple moved agents when their agreement ended and the newly instructed agency priced the property correctly and had it under offer within a month.

Two alarm bells were going off when I heard this story. Firstly, it sounds obvious to me the original agent overvalued just to get the instruction and that’s why the property ‘stuck’ on the market.

Secondly the advertising of the ‘reduced price’ or ‘new price’ call it what you will, smacked of desperation and sent out a message that there was a problem with the property. (There wasn’t – it was the initial valuation which was problematic).

Sometimes a property genuinely valued does need a price reduction for whatever reason. But you don’t need to advertise the price cut because that doesn’t do the property’s owners any favours.

There are always new buyers coming to the market who wouldn’t know the property’s price history.

Our advice at Cooper Adams is if you have to drop the price do so but don’t advertise it.

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.

 

Kitchen- The most important room in the home

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A recipe for success: smarten up your kitchen

It’s not just the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver who love spending time in the kitchen.

During the (ADD) years I’ve been an estate agent I’ve seen plenty of prospective buyers fall head over heels with a home after laying eyes on a well-designed, stylish kitchen.

If a kitchen has the wow factor buyers often develop the ‘we want it now factor’.

Think about it though for a minute. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, especially if it is spacious enough to include a breakfast /dining area.

It’s often where we start the day, where families socialise and of course it’s a great spot to hang out at a party. It’s been said that life is often created in bedrooms but lived out in kitchens.

We’re often asked by vendors what’s the most important room from a buyer’s perspective. In my experience I’d have to say it’s usually the kitchen.

If you are going to spend money getting your home ready to market think carefully about how your kitchen looks, feels and if it needs upgrading.

Whatever property questions you might have please don’t hesitate to ask for our expert and always honest opinion.

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.

Make your little ones part of the big move

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When you are moving home there’s lots to consider.

Choosing the best agent is vital. Finding the right area to relocate to is equally as crucial. Dealing with property chains is another key element.

Sometimes overlooked amidst all this is the impact it will have on the most important people in your life – your children.

At Cooper Adams we have overseen hundreds of client moves and we’ve learned a few things over the years about how best to help your little heroes cope with the upheaval of moving.

Firstly involve your children from the very beginning of the process and tell them what’s going on.

Explain the benefits of moving to them and ask for their opinions. If you know the area you are moving to take them to it and show them playgrounds, parks and other potential plus points for them.

It’s important that your children see the move as an exciting adventure and feel really part of the process. Ask them what colour they want their new bedroom to be or if they would like new furniture for it.

A lot depends on the age of your children but to help them adapt as quickly as possible it’s worth taking time to find out more about this very important subject. A quick Google search should really help.

When it comes to viewings the last thing a potential buyer wants to see or hear are your little ones (or not so little ones) throwing a big tantrum.

The chances of them doing this are reduced if you follow some of the ideas I’ve shared as the cherubs will be as keen as you to make that crucial good first impression.

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.

The Great Outdoors has a big impact on a property’s value

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At Cooper Adams we love it when the clocks go forward. The days are longer, the evenings much lighter and people are starting to venture outside again.

Put simply most people love being outside when the better weather arrives.

When spring takes centre stage, people tend to feel happier and serious buyers get out and about in droves.

However, some people who prepare their home for sale either fail to ensure their garden looks as attractive as possible.

At Cooper Adams we have many prospective buyers giving us their property wish list. A garden is very often on those lists.

In some cases people are even more specific and state their new home MUST have a south or west facing garden so they can soak up the most hours of sunshine.

A good garden can be a huge plus point for buyers, especially those with young children or planning a family.

You don’t have to be Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don to make it more appealing. At the very least you should make sure it is tidy, clutter free and colourful if possible.

A trip to the garden centre should provide a lot of ideas about how you can breathe new life into your garden.

So don’t just think outside of the box when getting your property prepared to sale – think outside of your home.

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.

 

Solar, so good?

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As the weather gets colder and darker, and the heating and lights stay on longer, there’s one thing I can predict with even more certainty than the Queen’s Speech broadcasting on Christmas Day.

The arrival of my energy bills will make my heart sink. Is there an alternative to this pain apart from moving to sunnier climes?

Well one option is installing solar panels on your property. There are two main types of solar panels. Some can save you money by converting the sun’s light into electricity. This can be used to power your home while excess electricity can be sold back to the National Grid.

Others heat your hot water and, yes, save you money on your bills too.

It’s generally estimated that the return on your investment is around 10 per cent over a ten year period. Plus it’s sustainable energy and that’s good for the environment.

At Cooper Adams we’re often asked if investing in solar panels influences a property’s value. The answer isn’t clear-cut, it depends on the type and age of the solar panels. One thing I would say is a home with solar panels is a home with an added selling point, as the prospect of reduced energy bills is an attractive one to potential buyers.

If you think you may sell your property within five years of solar installation then possibly it won’t make financial sense to you in the short term.

However, if see your home as your castle for at least the next ten years  or more it should represent money well spent.

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.

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