As I walked to an appointment on an unseasonably sunny and warm winter afternoon I was reminded of the ‘Beast from the East’ which hit the UK at this time last year bringing with it icy pavements, relentless cold and snow!
Winter certainly takes a toll on the exterior of our homes and we have seen lots of flaking paint (probably a result of the hot summer of 2018 and the cold winter) so it’s time to start considering those little repairs and improvements to maximise your sales price. With spring approaching the exterior becomes more important than the interior as it’s the first thing a buyer will see and in some cases is the factor that makes them want to continue with the viewing or not – it’s all about ‘kerb appeal’. It’s so important to eliminate every potential ‘negative’ and not give buyers the option to negotiate the price down.
You don’t need to break the bank – think of it as an investment with every penny spent bringing a return. It may simply be a case of repainting some flaky windowsills and sweeping away the leaves but whatever it is it’s worth doing! It’s probably too early to be looking at planting but you can certainly cut the grass (or vacuum your ‘London lawn’!) and cut back any dead plants.
We’d be delighted to advise you on those little things that make an immediate difference – do give us a call – we’re always happy to help.
For buyers – given the paralysis which is the direct result of the lack of clarity on the Brexit negotiations, there are certainly good buying opportunities out there at the moment so drop us a line to discuss what you are looking for.
Our Lettings Team has seen a strong start to 2019 with a mix of both houses and flats already let. In the meantime we are making preparations for June 1st when Tenant Fess will be banned.
While our International team is enjoying the Nice Carnival and the Menton Lemon Fest I will be braving the elements in Brook Green and Shepherds Bush! So if I don’t hear from you before, I’ll be here again next month, when the spring will be well on it’s way, probably!