Selling in a Post-Lockdown World

christian-stahl-8S96OpxSlvg-unsplashThe restrictions are starting to lift and although it will take a while before things resemble what they were, there are definitely signs of life returning.  If you have any questions concerning the market post-lockdown please send these to us via our Instagram story and we will endeavour to answer as many as possible.  However if you are considering a move have a think about the points below while you might be at home with a little more time on your hands than usual.

Not everyone has had the desire to continue with their plans to move and yet others’ decision to find a new home in our lucky part of Hertfordshire has been a recent one.  But before you race to get your home up there on the big wide web, take some time to consider if it’s ready for sale, and how your home looks from the street should never be neglected.  How can your home’s kerb appeal aid a post-lockdown sale?

Make an impression

We all know first impressions count – you want buyers longing to see what your home has to offer, from the outside in.  With many of us taking to the streets on our daily walks, we may be noticing more about what surrounds us than ever before,

as we are not distracted by the hustle and bustle of life.  Architecture is adored, colours and planting are admired, and presentation envied.  Not all future buyers are actively looking, but that doesn’t mean that if your home makes an impression it won’t be desired and remembered.  Your home will no longer be just one on the street in Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Chorleywood, that potential buyers pass by without a glance, the right kerb appeal will ensure it stands out and is never ignored again.

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Present to sell

During Lockdown even if you haven’t made the decision to sell yet you may well have had time to declutter, clean and organise your property’s interior.  If you are planning to move you now need to put in the same work sprucing up the outside.  Begin with undertaking any repairs that you have been neglecting and tidy up your plants, shrubs and any lawn areas, so they are looking well cared for.  It’s only natural for paving to start to look tired over time, so grab that power-washer or call in the professionals, as this can make a massive difference.  It may seem obvious but clean all your windows and, if needed, give window sills a fresh coat of paint, as well as touching up any other paint work.

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Focus on the point

The focal point to any home is the front door; from its condition, to its colour, to whether it’s well lit, no detail will go unnoticed.  Colour psychology can also play a part in how buyers perceive the property, so what does your front door say about you and your home?  According to the Pantone Colour Institute, a black front door signifies elegance, power and prestige, whereas white is often chosen by those who prefer a minimalist look due to it being crisp and pristine.  Grey is timeless and less likely to go out of fashion, while a red door commands attention and is more likely to be chosen by individuals who are engaging and dynamic.  Whatever colour you choose, ensure it complements the architectural style of your property.

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One frustration for buyers is when a house number is not clearly visible, so if you don’t have one or it’s seen better days, an effective and subtle way to update the front of your home is to add bold numbers that can be clearly seen from the street.  At Trend & Thomas we would also advise that these and any hardware, such as the letter box, handles and knockers, should mirror the style of your home’s interior, as this will give your buyers a taste of what to expect.

Power in planting

Colour creates impact, adds warmth and a bright welcome, whether that’s through flowers bursting from flower beds and window boxes or evergreen shrubs in planters.  No matter what space you have at the front of your property, you can easily transform it with an injection of blooms. You can create a touch of elegance using symmetrical planters on either side of your front door, and aromatic herbs such as lavender and rosemary will provide beautiful scents that will add to your buyers’ viewing experience. purple-and-blue-flowers-1039127

Time is of the essence

Whilst the pace of life is slower, and before the majority of us return to work, don’t miss the opportunity to ensure that your home’s kerb appeal makes a lasting first impression.  Serious buyers are already out there, enquiries have started to rise and we expect this to continue as restrictions are lifted.  Time is of the essence, as your kerb appeal could aid a post-lockdown sale.  If you’d like advice on how to maximise your home’s potential, call us at Trend & Thomas on 01923 773 616 and we can discuss your own personal property and circumstances in better detail.

4 Signs you’re breaking up with your Home!

No one likes a break up, but circumstances change and life can throw up some unexpected situations that make us rethink our future.  The passion you once felt for the home that has brought you such joy over the years has started to dwindle and now you’re seeing niggles and frustrations around every turn.  What are the signs you’re breaking up with your home?

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  1. Bored now

Some people thrive off change, they like to always be experiencing new things, which includes moving home.  Having taken the time to transform the property into the initial vision you had, you are now a little restless.  Yes, this house is stunning and fulfils your needs as you had wished it would, but while many would see this as a time to relax and enjoy the fruit of your labours, you’ve got itchy feet.  You need a new challenge, a new property to inspire your creativity, and you say to your home – it’s not you, it’s me!

  1. Don’t fix, move

As we go through life our needs change. Whether you start a family or find yourself with an empty nest, what meets your needs today may not tomorrow.  These needs could be driven by a belief that there’s a better property out there. Instead of fixing the issues with your current home, the idea that the grass might be actually greener is way more attractive.

When you start to believe that a house isn’t working for you, it’s easy to ignore the positives that your home brings to your life, and focus your energy on those annoyances that have started to irritate you about where you live.  It could be the size of a room, or you might be starting to see some wear and tear that needs dealing with; the location could be a bug bear, or the area may have changed from when you purchased.

Before you rush into a major decision, at Trend & Thomas we just want to remind you of the costs involved in moving home.   We want you to make the right decision for you, one you won’t regret further down the line.  So before you and your home separate for good, try and rekindle your romance and remember why you fell in love with it in the first place.

  1. Fulfilled a need

Not everyone who moves is seeking a forever home, some see it as a stepping stone to where they want to ultimately get to.  You may have moved to an area and now need to relocate for work or family.  Whatever the reason, your current property has fulfilled a need and now it’s time to move on.

Often in this case there can be a lack of emotional attachment to the property, making it easier to stage for viewings, but harder to get yourself motivated to do so.   We want you to achieve the best price for your property and to do this you need to put the work in to get your home in the best shape.  Now it’s fulfilled your need, get it ready to help you onto the next step of the ladder.

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  1. No longer fits

Size is a big issue for many people when they start thinking about moving home.  It could be that you feel the walls closing in around you as your family grows and your belongings no longer seem to fit.  Or the opposite could be true; you may feel like you’re rattling inside an empty cage with rooms you no longer use.  When your home no longer fits your life there tends to be only one solution, and that’s to move.

But before you rush into searching for your next home, start to really think about the space you do need from your next property.  People can often make rushed decisions when they feel unhappy and cramped, and their desire for a certain type or size space can override that for a home that’s futureproof.  Emotions are powerful tools that can sometimes affect our rational thinking, which is why we’d encourage you to come and chat to our sales team.  We can show you a range of properties in the area that we believe will give you what you need today, but will also work for those many years to come.

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Breakups are hard to do

Yes, breaking up is never easy, even when it’s exactly what you want.  Moving home can be one of the most stressful things you do in life, which is why we want to make sure you’re moving for the right reasons.  And when you’re ready we know there are plenty more fish in the sea for you to make your own.

For more advice on moving home, come and chat to a member of our sales team on 01923 773 616.

Beat the Burglar!

Are you heading away for the upcoming school holidays and have you thought about your Home while you are away?

Did you realise the huge increase in Social Media usage can compromise the security of your home.   Recent research by Together Mutual Insurance found 760,000 people posted they were at the airport and that was only in a 30 day period!

Firm advice from Michael Fraser – of the BBC’s “Beat The Burglar” – ‘Don’t post anything online – save it until you come back.’

Other than not posting selfies at the airport here are a few of Michael Fraser’s other top tips to beat the burglars & help you keep your home safe during your next holiday.

  • Obscure the front window
  • Have two locks on the front door
  • If you have a cage on your letterbox leave it open so the post drops to the floor instead of piling-up to indicate that you’re not there
  • Get people to come round and alter the curtains or blinds, someone who you really trust
  • If you look at a row of parked cars, a robber will choose to take a car that has its wheels facing the road for a quick getaway instead of one with its wheels turned in towards the kerb

Here’s a helpful infographic produced by Michael & the Met Police to Beat the Burglar!

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Our Viewing Day Checklist for Sellers & Landlords

Trend & Thomas Viewing Day tips!

Prior to marketing your property we will have chatted to you about the unique elements of your home.  These can become useful selling tips, how friendly (or distant!) the neighbours are, proximity to good schools, red kites in the garden!  Make sure you pass these on to us and we will build our marketing with these in mind.

In order to ensure we work with you to maximise the success of your viewings we have also prepared for you a thorough checklist of things you can do prior to a viewing. Speak to us about anything you would like explained further and always ask us if there is something we can do to make the process easier, we accompany all viewings unless otherwise arranged.  Viewings are our forte!

Our Viewing Day checklist for Sellers & Landlords:

  • A quick tidy up including a vacuum and sweep is a good start
  • Tidy your entrance and water any pots you have to make things looked cared for
  • Remove any post or flyersPerfectly made bed
  • Consider opening a window to air your home out, let us know and we will ensure we have shut these afterwards
  • Make the beds.  You’d be surprised how many people forget this!
  • Have the dog taken out for a walk or left with a Dog walkingfriend. Let us know about any cats – if they can be outside for the viewing even better but at least if we are aware of where they might be we can ensure we move quickly past them.
  • Clear all dishes and clutter from the kitchen and put out fresh clean tea towels
  • A clean oven is always a good idea prior to Fresh Towelsviewings as people often open the oven
  • Empty all your bins and bring in any street bins and recycling
  • Ensure wet towels are in the wash and put out fresh folded towels in the bathroom
  • In the winter months ensure the heating is on well before the viewing and definitely light the fire if you have one. In the hotter months ensure we are able to open windows should your home need fresh air.
  • Box up any clutter that has accumulated and pop it in your car if nowhere else!
  • Leave any necessary keys out for us in a pre-arranged spot – window, back door, garage and loft keys etc
  • Kitchen lightingTurn all your house lights on and remember any under bench kitchen lighting, porch lights & garden lighting – we will do this on arrival even during the day but great if you have beaten us to it.
  • Consider Home Staging if you really want a huge impact – chat this through with us in more detail
  • If you have a parking space conFlowerssider moving your car so viewers can park in your space – this will make their experience more enjoyable and put them in a good mood to view your property
  • A fresh vase of flowers does wonders as does lighting a scented candle, it might sound a bit cliché but fresh coffee really does smell great and can often mask any recent food smells.

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