It’s an exciting moment when a buyer puts a good offer on the table.

After all your hard work to prepare your home for sale, it feels like everything is finally falling into place.

But before you agree a price in a rush of giddy delight, it’s important to ask a few questions – especially if more than one buyer is interested.

This is because you need to understand a buyer’s position to evaluate how good an offer really is.

While price is obviously a massive factor in deciding who you sell to, it’s not the only issue to consider.

Your goal is to turn a good offer into a completed sale, so you need to do some digging.

Here are some issues to consider before accepting an offer.

Finances

Can the buyer demonstrate how they’ll fund the purchase? Do they have proof of deposit and a mortgage deal in place? Or are they a cash buyer? These are helpful questions to help you weed out timewasters.

Unfortunately, some buyers get carried away and make promises they can’t keep. Others jump the gun and talk about money before doing their sums or speaking to lenders and, as a result, overestimate their budget.

Timescale

A successful sale is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle; you need to get all the pieces in place.

If you’re in a chain, knowing what timescale your buyer is working to is critical. Otherwise, the seller of the property you’re buying may grow impatient if you can’t complete quickly enough.

Alternatively, if your buyer is desperate for a speedy deal and you’re selling a probate property, you may be working to conflicting timescales.

Motivation

Knowing why your buyer is moving will help you assess if they mean business. For example, are they moving to be closer to good schools, family or work? It’s also worth gauging how long they’ve been property hunting and how well they know the local area.

If a buyer has yet to list their property, sort their finances or instruct a solicitor, there’s a good chance they like the idea of moving more than the reality of it.

I can take some of the stress and uncertainty out of selling your home. Contact me today to see how I can help.

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Harriet has been absolutely brilliant and professional in all aspects in the recent sale of our house in Salcombe. I would highly recommend Harriet to anyone in the area to act on your behalf with the sale of your property. Thank you Harriet.

Harriet is an exceptionally competent Estate Agent. She navigated us through some very challenging times and went above and beyond for us. Communication was outstanding throughout, keeping us informed at every step. She is very friendly, professional and exceptionally helpful. I would highly recommend the excellent service offered by Harriet George Estate Agents.

When it comes to home improvements, it’s wise to think carefully before you splash the cash.

Homes renovated to a high standard attract more buyer interest and sell more quickly.

However, not all refurbishment works will bring you the same rate of return.

Buyers tend to pay particular attention to the condition of specific areas of a property, so it’s best to invest your time and money in these places.

Here’s a guide to some of the best-value home improvement projects, including some tips for those on a budget.

Revamp the kitchen

Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, a place to entertain and socialise, as well as cook.

If you can’t justify the cost of a full-scale refurbishment, consider making a few changes to update the space.

Replace or paint tired-looking cupboards and install new work surfaces if the existing ones are chipped or marked.

Also, update the lighting. Most designers recommend multiple light sources, such as recessed ceiling lights (for a warm, ambient glow) and pendant lights to illuminate key areas.

Freshen up the bathroom

Deciding whether to refit a bathroom or opt for a mini makeover will depend on its age and condition.

A grim bathroom in an otherwise well-presented home can drag down the price buyers are willing to pay.

If you decide to remodel the bathroom, plan meticulously and pay attention to details such as the height of shower heads and the layout of tiles. Once the builders start work, things move quickly, and it’s difficult to make changes.

Also, stick to neutral colours; most buyers want a calm, clean-looking retreat.

If you decide on a smaller-scale revamp, address mouldy sealant, loose tiles and leaky taps.

Repaint dingy walls, replace the hardware on cupboard doors and re-grout the tiles.

Update the windows

Double-glazed windows will keep the noise out and, in winter, the heat in – a serious selling point for energy-conscious buyers.

Double glazing should also help keep down the cost of home insurance (because single-glazed windows are more likely to get damaged).

Before you commit to any changes, look at the windows of properties in the neighbouring area. Identify the styles that most suit your home’s character.

And finally, a few general renovation rules

* You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a significant impact.

* Renovations should be in keeping with the style and scale of your property.

* Keep things neutral so you don’t alienate buyers.

If you’re planning renovations, contact me today. I can advise as to whether the changes could add value to your home.

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So, you’ve prepped and primped your home, and it’s been photographed looking its very best.

Now you’re ready for the next step in the selling process – viewings.

This can be a make-or-break moment, where buyers fall in love and make an offer on the spot or run a mile.

So how can sellers ensure viewings run smoothly and that nothing they do or say deters a potential buyer?

Aside from the obvious things, like keeping your home clean and clutter-free (with no dirty underwear on show), most agents recommend that sellers go out for viewings.

This advice may seem counterintuitive. Surely, the owner knows more about the property than anyone else, so should be on hand to answer questions.

But based on my years of experience, I’d advise that owners (and their offspring and pets) are not present during viewings. Here’s why.

Awkward atmosphere

Viewings are an opportunity for buyers to visualise themselves living in the property. Having the owner present can be off-putting and make all parties feel uncomfortable.

Rush the process

If buyers feel uneasy, they may rush the viewing instead of taking the time to carefully consider the property’s merits and potential.

Leave it to the experts

Agents have years of experience managing viewings. They’ll have asked the buyers an array of questions to get to the nub of what they’re looking for and established a rapport with them.

Negotiating nous

Good agents are expert negotiators, adept at responding to cheeky or downright audacious offers. However, when put on the spot, anxious sellers can sometimes show their hand or say something unhelpful.

Candid feedback

After a viewing, an agent will ask the buyer for feedback. This can be a useful way to identify any niggles that need addressing. Buyers are less likely to be honest with the owner as they won’t want to appear rude.

Understanding the lie of the land

If buyers have questions about the history of the property or want details about refurbishment works, the agent can pass these questions on to the seller. This way, the seller’s expertise is utilised, just not during that first viewing.

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Outstanding service and so helpful. Harriet has such an indepth knowledge of the Salcombe area. Thank you for your help Harriet.

The service that Harriet provided was exceptional . Throughout the process Harriet’s communication and proactive approach gave us real confidence. When issues did occur Harriet highlighted them immediately and would always propose a practical solution to keep the process moving forward. Nothing was too much trouble and we often got updates in the evening or at the weekend on pressing issues. Harriet is a consummate professional in everything she does and we always felt in the safest of hands. We would strongly recommend Harriet to anyone buying or selling in the area , she genuinely offers a 5 star service.

Most home sellers want three things: to get the best possible price for their property, to complete the sale in good time and to avoid bucket-loads of stress.

These three goals may sound simple and achievable, but you’d be surprised how many sellers lose their way during the marketing process.

As a result, they waste time and money and cause themselves more anxiety than necessary.

To help you avoid a few common pitfalls, here’s a guide to how not to sell your home.

In other words, do these things, and you’ll be headed for delays and disappointment.

Fail to get three valuations

Most industry experts recommend sellers get three agents to value their property. This is because if you only have one valuation, you risk going too low with your asking price (and missing out on thousands of pounds) or too high (and deterring genuine buyers). Is it worth cutting corners just to save yourself a few hours?

Get greedy with the asking price

You take a punt and list your property at a price far above what similar homes in the area are going for. You hope a clueless buyer will breeze in and pay well above the odds for your home. However, savvy buyers aren’t fooled. They stay away, and the sale stalls until you drop to a realistic price.

Don’t bother to declutter or depersonalise

Instead of offloading some of your belongings and having a tidy-up, you do nothing at all. The marketing photographs capture all manner of old toot, dirty laundry and mucky dishes. Potential buyers snigger at your choice of underwear (left hanging on the radiators) and quickly move on to another listing.

Make no effort for viewings

When buyers view your property, it’s a ‘warts and all’ experience. In between dodging your clutter and checking out the family photos on the walls, buyers notice the chipped paintwork and wobbly cupboard doors. They make an offer but take a few thousand pounds off because they know they’ll have to sort out this DIY work when they move in.

Respond sluggishly to requests for information

Once you’ve agreed a deal and the conveyancing process is in motion, you put your feet up. Instead of responding promptly to requests for information, you take your time. Your slow response irritates the prospective buyer – who is keen for a speedy transaction – and jeopardises the entire chain.

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Are you planning to sell your home this year? 

Or just curious about what your property may be worth in the current market?

Good news – this article will give you five easy-to-follow tips highlighting how effectively staging your home can boost its appeal to potential buyers.

Styling your home can also potentially speed up the sale and even increase the value of offers you receive. 

Let’s dive into the tips.

Declutter and depersonalise

Start by decluttering each room to make your home appear more spacious and inviting. Remove personal items such as family photos, memorabilia and anything else that might distract buyers from imagining themselves living there. A minimalist approach helps highlight the property’s features rather than its contents.

A fresh coat of paint

Refresh your walls with a lick of paint in neutral colours. Light, airy shades like off-white, beige or light grey can make spaces appear larger and brighter, appealing to a broader range of buyers. This simple update can add value to your home without breaking the bank.

Maximise natural light

Make sure your home is well-lit to make it feel warm and welcoming. Keep windows clean and curtains drawn back to let natural light in. If any area of your home feels a little dark, consider adding mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel larger.

Tidy up outdoor spaces

First impressions count. Tidy up your garden, mow the lawn and ensure bins are out of sight. A welcoming entrance and a neat and tidy garden can make a strong initial impression on potential buyers, making them more eager to see what’s inside.

Address little niggles

Take care of any small repairs around the house – fix leaky taps, squeaky doors or chipped paint. These details might seem minor, but they can suggest a well-maintained home to interested buyers.

Ready to take the next step in your home selling journey? I am here to provide you with personalised guidance, from staging to sale. 

My in-depth knowledge of the market and commitment to exceptional service ensure your property will stand out to the right buyer.

Don’t leave your home sale to chance. 

Contact me today to discover how my expertise can lead to your success. 

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You can always tell when someone is really interested in buying your home by the number of questions they ask.

There are the usual suspects like:

  • Where are the best schools? 
  • What are the neighbours like? 
  • Is it easy to park?
  • And how much is council tax?

But it also pays to prepare for some unexpected questions.

In my experience, those less-asked questions highlight how interested a potential buyer is. It’s the opposite of a ‘tyre kickers’ approach. 

Below are four questions to mull over. 

Delving into the depths

Buyers may dig deeper than the surface, asking about the land’s history or even its geological stability. Did you know that an old well beneath your lawn or the prospect of flooding can raise eyebrows? Prepare yourself with local knowledge to ensure you’re not caught off balance.

Connectivity is key

The fibre-optic era has seen broadband speeds catapult into most homebuyers’ priority lists. Gone are the days when the number of fireplaces in a home was the deal-breaker – today, it’s all about megabits per second. Ask your wi-fi provider for details.

The energy factor

In a world where every watt counts, be ready to shed light on the facts about your home’s energy efficiency. Whether it’s the type of insulation you have or the eco-friendly solar panels you’ve installed, these details can make your home stand out and give you an edge over similar properties.

The secret life of gardens

And then there’s the question that often sees homeowners puzzled: “Which way does the garden face?” Sun-chasers and shade-seekers alike want to know about the light that bathes your garden. Whether it’s south-facing for all-day sun or north-facing for delicate plants, the orientation of your garden can, for some buyers, be a pivotal factor ahead of making an offer.

Are you thinking of selling this spring? Contact me today to have all your home-moving questions answered.

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Springtime is not just when the natural world comes back to life but also when the local property market shakes off any winter blues.

And if you’re mulling over a move in 2024, the spring months between March and May could be the perfect time to sell your property.

Here are six speedy springtime tips.

Kerb appeal: First impressions count – especially in spring’s lighter, longer days. Boost your property’s kerb appeal with well-maintained gardens, a fresh coat of paint on fences and clear paths. 

Spring clean: A thorough clean makes any property feel more homely. Clear away the clutter, wash the windows and let the fresh spring light and air flood your space. A spotless property suggests a well-cared-for home, encouraging buyers to imagine themselves living there.

Seasonal staging: Use spring’s colours to your advantage. Introduce some flowers, decorate with fresh, light-coloured linens and set out bowls of seasonal fruit to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

Pricing strategy: An attractive price point is critical in generating interest quickly. Think of the Goldilocks Principle: No one will want it if it’s too hot (overpriced), but if it’s too cold (too cheap), you’ll lose out, so you need to work with an honest, experienced estate agent to get the price ‘just right’. 

Highlight outdoor spaces: After a long winter, buyers are eager to imagine enjoying their own outdoor space. Give your great outdoors some love by ensuring that any gardens, patios or balconies are clean, tidy and staged to highlight their potential as a personal oasis.

Choosing the best agent: Select an estate agent with a proven track record in the spring market. They should be knowledgeable about seasonal trends and skilled in making the most of your property’s springtime appeal. An effective agent will negotiate a great price on your behalf and guide you smoothly through the selling process.

By taking these steps, you can maximise your property’s appeal and increase the likelihood of a quick sale in the competitive spring market. 

To find out how I’ve been helping homeowners sell successfully in spring (and the other three seasons) since 2002, contact me today. 

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The journey of buying or selling a property is often filled with anticipation and excitement. 

However, it can also be fraught with unexpected challenges that might cause a sale to fall through. 

As an experienced local estate agent, I’ve seen my fair share of transactions fall by the wayside.

This article shares insights on why these issues arise but, more importantly, how to avoid them.

Financial hiccups

One of the most common deal-breakers is financial issues. This could be anything from a buyer’s mortgage falling through to unexpected costs cropping up. To safeguard against this, buyers should have a mortgage agreement in principle before making an offer. Sellers should ensure their agent conducts thorough financial vetting of potential buyers.

Chain pain

Property chains can be complex and fragile. If one transaction in the chain fails, it can have a domino effect. Keeping communication open and having an agent with a proactive approach can mitigate these risks. This is why chain-free buyers, who don’t have to sell a property to finance a purchase, are more attractive to some sellers.

Survey snags

Surveys can uncover potential problems, such as structural defects and electrical issues, which might cause a buyer to reconsider. As a seller, consider conducting a pre-sale survey to identify and address potential problems beforehand. Buyers should use survey results as a negotiation tool rather than a deal-breaker if they’ve got their heart set on a home.

Legal delays

Legal complexities can slow down or derail a transaction. Working with experienced, reliable solicitors who specialise in property law is crucial. Ensure that all your documentation is in order before going on the market, and be responsive to any requests for information from your estate agent.

Cold feet

Sometimes, buyers or sellers get cold feet. This is where the ‘contact sport’ element of estate agency comes into play. A good agent regularly contacts and reassures people involved in the deal, which helps keep everyone committed to the transaction.

Staying the course

Remember, knowledge is valuable in property transactions. By being prepared and aware of these common pitfalls, you can navigate the process more smoothly. 

As your local estate agent, I’m here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring your property journey is as seamless and successful as possible.

If you’d like a free market appraisal or advice about marketing your home, contact me here today.

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They say selling a home is a marathon, not a sprint, but what happens if your sale is progressing at a snail’s pace or going nowhere?

How can you get things back on track and find a buyer who will go the distance?

One option – and it’s a big move – is to switch agents.

Sellers usually take this step when they’ve grown frustrated with a lack of progress and feel that a fresh start is needed.

If your agent has gone from hero to zero in your eyes, here’s a guide to the next steps you should take.

Time to talk

Have a frank conversation. Explain that you’re frustrated and considering taking your business elsewhere.

Ask your agent to identify what they think the problem is and how they’ve tried to fix the issue. Also, ask to see evidence, such as online portal statistics and viewing numbers.

Sales can go cold for reasons such as overpricing or poor presentation. If you think the problem is one of these, you may be willing to make some changes to regain momentum.

But if your agent’s justifications do not convince you, then it’s time to move on.

Check your contract

Read the contract you signed with your agent. Some contracts tie sellers in for a specific period, ranging from weeks to months. If you sever links before this time elapses, you could still have to pay the agent commission – even if a different agent sells the property (so you wind up paying two lots of commission).

Some contracts also stipulate that the agent gets a fee if they ‘introduce’ a buyer to the property (even if the agent doesn’t complete the sale). In this scenario, the agent should provide you with a written list of the people to whom they’ve shown the property.

Choose a new agent

Ask friends and neighbours for recommendations and read online reviews.

Explain your predicament to prospective agents and ask for constructive feedback. Remember, you’ve already been burned by one agent who promised the earth and didn’t deliver. If you hear some difficult truths – perhaps your property needs redecoration, repairs or re-pricing – respect the agent for their honesty.

Ultimately, a successful seller/agent relationship relies on trust. You need an agent who is straight with you and will put in the hard graft to sell your home.

If you’d like to know more about my marketing strategy, contact me here today.

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Good news: the latest data on buyer demand shows that the number of property hunters out in force is up by 14%*.

So, what’s driving this increased demand? And what does it mean if you plan to buy or sell in 2024?

Let’s take a look.

Interest rates

For a good chunk of 2023, interest rates were high (relative to recent years), and the possibility loomed that they could go even higher.

Many buyers, uncertain about where it would all end, were spooked and put their property-hunting plans on hold.

But in the latter part of the year, things started to shift. The Bank of England held rates steady three times in a row.

Then, a few days into the new year, there was further good news when many lenders dropped their mortgage rates.

Some banks even dipped below 4% on their five-year fixed deals** to woo customers.

With the situation now much clearer – and more positive – expect more wait-and-see buyers to act (especially if they’re renting).

This will not only create more market demand but also increase supply because while some buyers will be first-timers, others will have to sell a property to fund their move. 

And more sellers means greater choice for buyers.

Resilience

Some dire predictions about what could happen in the housing market did the rounds last year.

Brace yourself for repossessions and an almighty price crash, some warned.

Thankfully, the doom merchants were wrong, and the market proved to be far more resilient than some expected.

This may partly be because the government tightened mortgage lending rules after the 2008 banking meltdown. The aim was to stamp out reckless borrowing and suppress housing bubbles, and it seems to have worked.

Recent data (released by Zoopla) shows that the average UK home is worth 18% more now than it was pre-lockdown in March 2020.

So, buyers wondering if property is still a good investment need be in no doubt.

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* Source: Zoopla, comparing activity in the first week of January 2023 with the same time in January 2024.

** Lending conditions apply.

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Harriet is superb, the best estate agent I have ever experienced. The combination of her market knowledge, attention to detail and personal service are unmatched. If you are thinking of buying or selling in the South Hams you won’t regret talking to Harriet.

I’m an estate agent, not a mind magician like Derren Brown, but recently, I’ve been delving into the psychological aspects of home buying.

It’s fascinating stuff.

For sellers, it can offer invaluable insights, helping them better understand how they (and their estate agent) can achieve the best possible price for their home.

Buying a home is not just a financial transaction; it’s a deeply emotional journey influenced by many psychological factors. 

Let’s investigate some of these.

The emotional connection

At the heart of every home purchase is an emotional connection. Buyers are often driven by the vision of their future lives in a new home. It’s not just about the number of bedrooms or the size of the garden; it’s about the potential for creating memories, the sense of safety and the promise of a new beginning. Sellers can tap into this emotional aspect by highlighting features that enhance the lifestyle appeal of the property – a cosy fireplace for family gatherings, a serene garden for relaxation or a spacious kitchen for entertaining.

The impact of first impressions

First impressions are crucial in the home-buying process. A buyer’s initial reaction to a property can set the tone for their decision-making process. This is where home staging and kerb appeal come into play. A well-maintained exterior, a tidy garden and an inviting entrance (think clean welcome mat and uncluttered hallway) can create a positive first impression, making the buyer more inclined to view the property favourably.

The desire for perfection

Many buyers search for their ‘perfect’ home, which often means different things to different people. Some prioritise location, others size or design. Understanding these individual preferences is vital. As estate agents, it’s our job to listen carefully to our clients’ needs and desires, guiding them towards homes that best match their vision of perfection. 

The fear factor

Fear of making the wrong decision can be a significant psychological barrier for buyers. The fear of overpaying, the property losing value, or discovering hidden problems post-purchase can cause anxiety. A good estate agent will provide clients with comprehensive, accurate information and address their concerns, which can help alleviate these fears. This helps the seller achieve the best possible price.

Understanding the psychology behind home buying isn’t just interesting – it’s very valuable.

Of course, I’m not suggesting that people can be psychologically swayed into buying a home – they can’t – and it would be wrong to even try that approach.

But a good estate agent recognises the power of emotions to help buyers realise the true potential of a property they’re interested in.

And if you’re considering selling, that’s serious food for thought.

If you have any questions about selling or buying this year, feel free to contact me – I’m here to help.

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If moving could be on the cards for you next year, now’s the time to set some goals to help turn your property dreams into a reality.

Perhaps you’re feeling squeezed in your current home and want more room. Or maybe you’re an empty nester rattling around a place that’s too big for your needs and costly to heat.

Whatever your motivation, it’s important to remember that selling and buying property requires planning and organisation and can sometimes take longer than expected.

Setting some property goals can streamline the process for you. Here are some tips to help you do so.

Create a timeline of important dates. Include key deadlines, such as the closing date for school applications, and important celebrations, like Christmas. Once you know when you want to be in your new home by, you can work backwards and reverse engineer your selling and buying strategy.

If you’re considering downsizing and moving to a new area, spend time in the location you’re keen to call home. Weigh up the pros and cons of starting afresh and consider issues such as maintenance, costs, storage and proximity to family. Also, speak to a professional about the financial implications of downsizing.

Speak to a few estate agents to sound out the health of the market and get a clearer idea of how much you can realistically expect to get for your property. This will help you to set a budget for your next home and allow you to research properties in your chosen area.

Have a clear-out. Every property looks better and feels more spacious after it’s been given a good declutter and a fresh lick of paint.

And there’s one other option

If space (or lack of it) is your concern, you may be considering extending instead of moving. To get clarity over which option would be best, speak to a few builders and get them to quote for the work (you may be surprised at how inflation has bumped up building costs). You can also talk to an estate agent to see if the works will add value to your property and make it more marketable in the future.

Contact me here for a free valuation or a market update.

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If you’ve decided to put your home on the market in 2024, then there’s one burning question you need to ask yourself.

When should I list my property?

You may have heard that spring is the best time to list, as traditionally, this is when estate agents do the most business due to a surge in buyers and sellers coming to the market.

But dig a little deeper and consider what’s driving buyers in December and January, and you may come to a different conclusion.

There are many good reasons why there’s no need to wait – and in fact, delaying listing simply drags out your plans.

To help you make up your mind, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t wait to list in spring.

Stand out from the crowd With more properties on the market in spring, there’s more competition. With a greater choice of homes on offer, buyers may be more inclined to negotiate on price. 

Fewer time wasters – When it comes to buyers, it’s about quality, not quantity. In spring, you can get a fair few ‘tyre kickers’. These are people enjoying having a nosy at a few properties in the sunshine but who haven’t done their homework and aren’t ready to make a serious offer.

Attract more focused buyers  People looking to buy in the colder months are more likely to be driven by a clear purpose. Perhaps they need to move for work or have experienced a relationship breakdown. This means they’ll be more focused and responsive.

New year reset  The seeds of change are often planted over the Christmas period and start to bloom in January. It could be that Christmas at home with the family has made someone realise they need more space, or perhaps the penny’s dropped that it’s time to downsize. Whatever the reason, they’ll be ready to act to bring about change.

Be in a new home by spring  The selling and buying process takes months, so the sooner you get moving, the sooner you’ll be in your new home. That way, you can spend spring settling into your dream property instead of dealing with viewings, surveyors and lawyers.

If you’d like a free property valuation, contact me here today.

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My house search took the most incredibly positive turn the day I rang Harriet. She was fantastic from start to finish. She had a great selection of houses for sale and found me the perfect property. She managed the process all the way through, smoothing the path at every step, and giving us all confidence. Harriet’s personal touch and the time and care she takes is amazing. If I move again she will be the first person I call.

Would highly recommend Harriet She was professional, friendly and kept us informed at all times. She was always on hand to answer any questions. Harriet helped make our purchase in Salcombe an easy one. Very grateful for her help and support and would use her again in a heartbeat.

Harriet George is by far the best agent we have ever used. Harriet’s years of experience and knowledge in the South Hams Property Market is second to none. This became clear when advising us on listing our home at the correct guide price, with a tailored marketing sales strategy, and the subsequent quality buyer viewings that led to a successful sale and exchange. The relationship Harriet establishes with not only the Seller, but also the Buyer is critical and a key differentiator. You could not be in safer and more professional hands. Thank you again Harriet for all your hard work! Your results speak volumes…

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities.

Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good agent and speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund your next move.

But there’s another critical aspect of the process that often gets overlooked: the conveyancing.

So, to avoid unnecessary hold-ups that could make your buyer lose patience, it’s worth getting ahead of the curve and following these five conveyancing tips.

Find a good solicitor

Do this at the start of the process; don’t wait. Ask friends and family for recommendations and get three quotes before you decide. Always check fee proposals thoroughly and remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best. If a solicitor is sluggish at responding to your initial call, it doesn’t bode well.

Be cautious

Consider going with a solicitor who communicates via a secure client portal. There have been cases – albeit they’re rare – where scammers have hacked into emails and used the information they glean from sales correspondence for fraudulent purposes. Be safe rather than sorry.

Get your ID together

You’ll need personal identification, such as a passport or driving licence, along with proof of address, such as bills or bank statements.

Organise your paperwork

Along with locating the title deeds, you’ll need all documentation relating to changes you’ve made to the property under your ownership. The list includes:

  • Planning permissions and building approvals (if relevant)
  • Gas safety checks
  • Energy performance certificates
  • FENSA certificates if you’ve replaced the windows and warranties for things like damp-proofing

You never quite know what information your buyer will ask for, so do the legwork early on to prevent a last-minute panicked search.

Respond promptly 

Your buyer’s solicitor may have some queries about the property; respond to them quickly. When one party goes quiet during the process, it can breed mistrust and ramp up everyone’s stress levels.

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, contact me here for a free valuation.

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Remember those post-lockdown days when selling a property was as easy as putting it on a property portal and waiting for the phone to ring off the hook? 

Those days are behind us. 

The selling market has become increasingly challenging, demanding more than just a ‘For Sale’ sign outside and that property portal listing. 

Today, selling a home requires skill, expertise, hard work and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and financial climate. 

The good news is if you are thinking of selling within the next couple of months, I’m here to help. 

Below are five ways exceptional estate agents can help you sell your home in this challenging market.

Not ‘one-size’ fits all

A top-notch estate agent doesn’t just list your property; they tailor a personalised marketing strategy to showcase your home in the best light. From eye-catching photography to targeted social media campaigns, they know how to reach the right buyers.

Expert negotiation

Negotiating the best price requires finesse and experience. A skilled agent can navigate the complex world of offers and counteroffers, ensuring you get the best possible deal without scaring away potential buyers.

In-depth AREA knowledge

Understanding the local market trends, pricing and community insights is vital. A knowledgeable agent uses this information to value your home correctly, position it intelligently and ultimately find the right buyer for you.

With you every step of the way

An experienced agent provides ongoing support, answers your questions and guides you through the process, making it as seamless as possible.

Efficient and effective 

A talented agent knows how to navigate and maintain progress through the sale process. From accurate valuations, proper staging, handling the legalities and keeping all parties informed, they ensure everything is in place to sell your home quickly and efficiently.

The difference a skilled estate agent can make is clear, especially when the property market has slowed down.

Thinking of moving?

Don’t navigate these challenging waters alone. 

Contact me today, and let me guide you every step of the way. 

Thanks for reading.

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In this quick read, I delve into the importance of accurate valuations – and how to price your property with precision. 

Don’t be tricked into high listing prices

The saying “stick it on high and wait for offers” is a common myth that doesn’t align with current market trends. A listing will gain the most attention within the first 48 hours of going live. If priced too high, prospective buyers will ignore it, and it may be viewed as an unworthy purchase. Be wise with your pricing strategy; you want to be ‘in’ the market, not just ‘on’ the market.

Estate agent leaflets: Fact or fiction?

You may receive countless leaflets claiming there are numerous buyers for your property, but how often is this true? In slower markets, such claims may be baseless. The key phrase to remember is, ‘Evidence breeds confidence’. This can be in the form of comparable properties in your area that have sold for a similar price and within a reasonable timeframe. If the claims lack proof, save the planet and pop the leaflet in the recycling!

Online valuations: A rough guide

Online valuations, especially on property portals, might tell you your home is worth more than it actually is. These are, at best, educated guesses – hence them being dubbed ‘guesstimates’ by agents in the know. Nothing can replace the knowledge and expertise of an experienced estate agent who can give you an accurate, personalised valuation. 

Beware of next-door syndrome

Just because Bob and Janet’s house next door went on for £400,000 and yours is much better doesn’t mean yours will fetch £450,000. Analyse the complete picture. If their house has reduced its price several times and is still on the market after 11 months, a higher price for yours may not be realistic.

Trust in honest, experienced estate agents

I believe in honest, transparent valuations. 

I’ll guide you through the entire process, present you with comparable evidence and ensure you understand every step.

Don’t let myths take you down the wrong (often painful) path.

Contact me for an accurate and fair assessment of your property. With years of experience in the South Hams housing market, I’m here to help you confidently navigate your property journey.

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There is no doubt that Harriet offers a 5* service.

We have recently exchanged on our dream property after a turbulent few months and strongly believe this would not have happened without Harriet’s involvement.

Harriet’s communication and professionalism is unrivaled. Even though Harriet was instructed by the vendors, and we had our own estate agents, Harriet was always the first to update us on progress. Harriet was always on top of every aspect of this sale and often provided updates during evenings and weekends.

By constantly going above and beyond to adhere to tight timescales, Harriet made what would have been an exceptionally stressful process, easy to manage.

If we ever decide to sell a property in future, there is no doubt that Harriet would be our first choice!

We bought a property through Harriet George a few months ago. Harriet coordinated the whole process very efficiently, from viewings through to completion. She was highly responsive throughout and generous with additional advice, liaison and local knowledge. It all went without a hitch, so we recommend her without reservation.

We highly recommend Harriet, who is without doubt the most professional, efficient and best estate agent we have ever dealt with. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Harriet exceeded our expectations as an estate agent by going above and beyond in ensuring the smooth and stress free purchase of our property in Salcombe.
We cannot thank her enough for all her help and support throughout.

Harriet has been amazing throughout the whole process of selling our property in Salcombe. Her attention to detail and follow up is by far the best of any Estate Agent we have ever used. She knows the South Hams area really well and provides excellent advice on both selling and buying.. But most importantly she is so approachable and nothing is too much trouble. We cannot recommend her highly enough – she is first class!

If you’re considering listing your property for sale, I have some good news.

Traditionally, there’s a surge in serious buyers coming to the market in autumn after the summer lull – so you’ve timed your move wisely.

But what’s the psychology driving property hunters at this time of year? And how can you, as a seller, capitalise on buyers’ motivations to ensure you secure the best deal for your property? Let’s find out.

A new start

When summer ends, many people view the shift to autumn as a restart or a ‘mini-New Year’. After enjoying their summer break and settling the kids back into school, they’re ready to crack on with any major decisions they’ve been putting off. And for many people, that means finding a new home. Buyers at this time of year tend to mean business as they’ve given themselves a deadline of moving by Christmas.

Yearning for space

As the days get cooler and shorter, we all spend less time outside and more time indoors. As a result, any issues with space – or lack thereof – will come to the fore. Many people suddenly feel their current property is cramped and start dreading the cold, wet months ahead. As a result, they may conclude that they need more room to move ASAP.

Nesting syndrome

When the leaves turn gold and amber and the temperature drops, it’s a clear sign that the seasons are changing. Many respond to this shift by digging out their winter coats, cranking up the fire (if they have one) and seeking cosy comforts. Knowing how much time they’ll spend indoors over the next six months, they prioritise a comfortable living environment. And if their current home doesn’t pass the snug test, they’ll start looking for a new one.

How sellers can win over autumn buyers

  • Demonstrate that you’re organised, motivated and willing to move quickly to finalise a deal.
  • Give your home a ruthless declutter so it looks spacious instead of cramped.
  • Make your home feel cosy and welcoming by ensuring your lighting is warm and your home smells of autumn (try lighting a few pumpkin or cinnamon-scented candles).

If you’re thinking of selling your home, contact me today for a free market appraisal.

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