Monday, 16 January 2023

How To Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Spaces In The Winter


Even in Winter, you can make the most of your property's outdoor space and getting on top of small jobs now mean that it will be ready for you to enjoy in the sunshine whenever it arrives.

Weed and tidy up

The first step towards making your outdoor space attractive to potential buyers is to make sure that it is clean and tidy. Tidy up any areas that have become neglected, remove any weeds and neatly trim any grass. Remove moss from paths, sweep up leaves and clean outdoor furniture.

Add some colour

We think of Spring as the time that our gardens come to life and colours bloom. However, there are lots of plants that bloom happily during the winter and can add colour and fragrance to your garden. A combination of colourful pots and some winter flowering plants can really brighten up your space, especially when contrasted against green evergreen bushes.

The following are a selection of our favourite winter flowering plants to brighten up your garden or outdoor area:

winter cherr
witch hazel
early flowering daffodils
winter honeysuckle
Christmas rose
pansies
daphne
snowdrops
and winter clematis.

Area to entertain

Whilst socialising in the garden has traditionally been a summer activity the pandemic has meant that more and more of us are choosing to create areas that are suitable for socialising outside all year round. A suitably-placed fire pit or chiminea can provide essential warmth on cold evenings. A gazebo can provide both shelter from the sun in summer and rain in the winter. The addition of a few fairy lights, blankets and waterproof cushions can create an enviable space for you to enjoy and for prospective buyers to desire.

Tidy up your outbuildings

As the first chill of Autumn settles over our gardens it is tempting to simply throw garden furniture, toys and other summer accessories into our sheds and other outbuildings and close them up until next year. If you are trying to sell your property it is important to remember that these outbuildings are a part of the property that you are trying to sell so should be as tidy and as well maintained as your house in order to maximise your sale price.

Take the opportunity of a quiet weekend in January to sort through these outbuildings, and declutter if possible in order to create the impression of space. If any maintenance is required, a new coat of paint or fixing a window, it is a good idea to sort these before potential buyers view your property.

Attract wildlife

During the cold winter months when their food sources become scarce, our local wildlife really benefits from a helping hand from us. As their natural food sources decline in Autumn and Winter, birds are more likely to visit bird tables or bird feeders than at other times of the year.

In return for a ready supply of nuts and seeds, they provide us with a colourful and entertaining display as they flit around our gardens. Bird feeders ensure we can enjoy this display from inside our houses as well as outside and the feeders themselves can also be an enjoyable decorative addition.

If you would like more advice on how best to present your outdoor areas to potential buyers during the Winter months please do give us a call on 01925 235 338.

If you are looking for an agent that is well established, professional and communicative, whether you’re buying, selling or looking for an investment opportunity, then contact us to find out how we can get the best out of the Warrington property market.


Email me on manoj@hamletwarrington.co.uk or call on 01925 235 338 – we are based on the Warrington Business Park, Long Lane, WA2 8TX. There is plenty of free parking and the kettle is always on.

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Warrington Property Market Report December 2022


The Christmas holidays and the dawning of the new year often bring changes to many. The realisation that their home is no longer right for them, wanting to move for a better lifestyle, family breakdowns or new additions.

It can be a great time of year to sell your property because those house-hunting in January tend to be serious about their move. The Spring Rush can bring many more "would be nice to move" situations whereas people now are more likely in the "have to move" camp.

Let’s have a brief look at what’s been happening over the last month in the local Warrington property market.

There are currently 430 properties available for sale in Warrington. Last month there were 405. Of the 430 properties that are currently available, 33 were new to the market in the last two weeks. In November there were 48 new properties that were new to the market and in October there were 71. The noticeable drop in properties being added to the market was to be expected as December is usually the least popular month for sellers to put their properties on the market due to festive commitments.

The average price of properties in Warrington is £252,677, an increase from £250,004 last month. The median price has stayed the same at £200,000.

Most of the properties available are in the £100,000 to £200,000 bracket with 191 currently on the market. This is an increase from last month when there were 170 available. The month before that there were 158 available. This is good news for buyers and is indicative of the move from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market during this time. Things have now calmed back down to normal levels for the first time since the beginning of 2021 and there is now more choice once again for buyers.

There are 31 properties available, in the £500,000 to £1 million bracket. This is 3 more than last month and 5 more than the month before.

This month, properties in the £300,000 - £400,000 bracket were the fastest movers, only on the market for 80 days. In November properties in the £100,000 to £200,000 bracket were the fastest movers, they were on the market for 92 days.

Properties in the £400,000 to £500,000 bracket are now taking 111 days to sell. This is a decrease of 75% from 194 days last month.

One-bedroom properties had a median price of £95,000 in December, up from £90,500 in November. They are currently sitting on the market for an average of 288 days, similar to last month when they were on there for 289 days. This is an increase from 249 days in October but is still a large decrease from 349 days in September.

This is another example of how selling property can take longer than people often imagine. If you’re looking to upsize from your first home, or are an investor looking to change your portfolio, please bear this in mind when planning.

Four-bedroom properties appear to be the fastest movers in Warrington spending an average time of only 91 days on the market. They have an average price of £419,277 and a median price of £418,000.

Let’s take a look at the annual figures now.

The majority of sales around Warrington during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £228,329. Terraced properties sold for an average of £166,194, with detached properties fetching £398,470.

Overall, sold prices around Warrington over the last year were 1% down on the previous year and 6% up on the 2020 peak of £219,978.

This shows the high levels of activity in the local Warrington property market, which are likely to increase or at the very least, remain strong in the first quarter of this year. There is a lot of demand and plenty of people looking to move around Warrington.

If you’re thinking of selling your property, feel free to contact us. If you’re thinking of buying, letting or renting a Warrington property, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call 01925 235 338 or email staff@hamletwarrington.co.uk.

Email me on manoj@hamletwarrington.co.uk or call on 01925 235 338 – we are based on the Warrington Business Park, Long Lane, WA2 8TX. There is plenty of free parking and the kettle is always on.

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Monday, 9 January 2023

Getting Your Property Market Ready


Many sellers put off tackling jobs around their homes as they believe that buyers like to change things when they move in. However, this is a false economy that may both delay your sale and affect the price that you get for your property.

There are people who are looking for a fixer-upper but they expect their willingness to spend time doing up the property to be reflected in the price of that property.

A run-down property can also give the impression to potential buyers that you do not take care of it and will leave them wondering what larger problems are lurking unseen. So if you would like to get the best possible price for your property it can pay to tend to any odd jobs before you put it on the market.

Kerb appeal

The exterior of your house is the first thing potential buyers see and first impressions matter. Make sure your front door is free of any dents and that the door handles are in good condition. Make sure your front garden is tidy and that the latches and hinges on any gates are well-oiled and in full working order. Ensure that your roof doesn’t have any broken or missing tiles.

Interior

Repair any nail holes in your walls and if they are looking tired consider treating them to a fresh coat of paint.

Make sure your flooring is in good condition, and replace chipped or cracked floor tiles and any damaged carpet. If you have pets, having your carpets steam-cleaned can be a great way of freshening them up.

The right lighting can make even the smallest home appealing so take time to make sure all of your lightbulbs are working and fix any broken light fittings.

Bathrooms and kitchens are the most expensive rooms for potential buyers to upgrade so it is no coincidence that updating them can have the greatest effect on your property’s value. However, you don’t need to install a completely new kitchen to make a difference. Fixing leaky taps and running toilets and ensuring built-in appliances are working properly can sometimes be all that is needed to spruce up your bathrooms and kitchen.

Garden/Outdoor area

Clear away any broken items like cracked plant pots and fix things like broken panes of glass in your shed.

Living in our homes day in, and day out we can often become blind to small things that need fixing but, potential buyers who are looking at your home with fresh eyes will notice them. Asking a good friend or family member to take some time to walk around your property and point out things you may have missed can be invaluable.

Alternatively, we are always happy to come and give you some advice on how you can ensure that your property is market ready, just give us a call on 01925 235 338. If you don’t have time or feel up to fixing issues yourself we have a list of trusted local handymen who we can recommend.

If you are looking for an agent that is well established, professional and communicative, whether you’re buying, selling or looking for an investment opportunity, then contact us to find out how we can get the best out of the Warrington property market.

Email me on manoj@hamletwarrington.co.uk or call on 01925 235 338 – we are based on the Warrington Business Park, Long Lane, WA2 8TX. There is plenty of free parking and the kettle is always on.

Don't forget to visit the links below to view back dated deals and Warrington Property News.

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Monday, 2 January 2023

Avoid The Spring Rush


Many people wait to put their properties on the market until Spring believing that the housing market becomes more buoyant at that time.

However, there is an abundance of people who due to New Year’s resolutions, marital breakdowns (January traditionally has a higher rate of divorce than any other month) and those who simply decide during their festive break that they would like to upgrade their home, who are looking to purchase properties after the New Year.

That means that there are a large number of people looking for a property at the beginning of the year so there is an opportunity for those who choose to list their property in January or February to avoid the increased competition amongst sellers that occurs during the Spring Rush.

Increased competition during the Spring Rush means that many sellers discover that more choice on the market leads to lower sales prices so how can you seek to make the most of the early months of the year to sell your property before the Spring Rush begins?

Arrange viewings for during the day

Shorter days means less of a window to show your house off in the best light, daylight. If possible, arrange viewings during the day and make sure that your windows are clean and your curtains wide open to allow as much light as possible to come into your property. If it isn’t possible to schedule viewings during the day ensure that your property is well lit and welcoming.

Don’t forget about your garden/outside spaces

The pandemic has affected our choice of homes. A survey of 2000 people at the end of 2020 by Market Financial Solutions Ltd found that 92% of the people surveyed agreed that having a garden or some outdoor space was the most important factor for them when buying a property. This replaced square footage which was the most important factor the year before. Make sure your outside areas are looking their best by tidying away clutter, cleaning outside furniture and pathways and considering planting some winter flowering plants to inject some colour. If most of your viewings are outside daylight hours consider adding lighting in order to show your garden/outside space off even when it’s dark.

Heat your property

It may be cold outside but you want your potential buyers to feel like they are coming into a warm and welcoming home. Ensure that all the rooms in your house are sufficiently heated during viewings including spare bedrooms and bathrooms.

Choose the right estate agent

It is important not to overprice your property or you will be left trying to sell a property that has been on the market a while, always less desirable in buyers' eyes as they presume there is something wrong with it when the Spring Rush starts. A good estate agent will guide you through the property selling process and help you to put your property on the market for the right price, not too high and not too low.

If you are considering putting your property in Warrington on the market please give us a call on 01925 235 338 and we will be happy to give you a free no-obligation valuation.

Monday, 26 December 2022

Tips To Save On Heating Bills


With energy bills soaring, we are all looking for ways to stay warm without breaking the bank. Here are 10 tips for keeping those heating bills down while still staying warm and cosy.

1. Shop around for the best tariff

First stop for anyone aiming to reduce their heating bills is to check you are on the best tariff for your household. Many people sign up for a fixed rate tariff but then when the designated term of that tariff ends they forget to check if there are better deals available.

If it all seems a bit confusing or you simply don’t have time, there are plenty of comparison websites that will do the legwork for you. That leaves you free to put your feet up and have a cuppa while they find you a better deal.

2.Turn your thermostat down

Turning your thermostat down by even just 1° can shave 10% off of your bills!

3.Turn your heating off when you are out

Heating an empty house is a waste of money. Set the timer to come on just before you get home and you get to come home to a warm and cosy house without the expense of having heated it all day.

4. Buy a winter duvet

Although this is an upfront cost, the money it will save you makes it worth it. With the correct duvet for the season, you won’t feel any need to have the heating on at night, which is better for your wallet and better for your health.

Studies have demonstrated that sleeping in a cool room can help you fall asleep faster, fight insomnia and help increase melatonin production.

5. Put on an extra layer

Apologies for sounding like someone’s parent but putting on an extra layer of clothing will help you to fight the chill so you don’t need to turn up the thermostat. The key is layers: multiple thin layers will keep you warmer than one big jumper.

6.Only heat the room you’re in

If you are going to be spending your whole evening in one room do you really need to heat your whole house? A portable heater can provide heat fast for a small room. Take it one step further and only heat yourself instead of the room. An electric throw or blanket can provide enough warmth to avoid the need to turn the heating on.

7. Insulate your chimney

Chimney balloons can be used to block draughts from the chimney cavity and then can be easily deflated when you would like to light a fire. If your fireplace is not in use then you can use newspaper or cardboard to block up the cavity and save yourself from cold draughts.

8. Line your curtains

Thermal curtain lining can reduce heat loss from your windows by up to 25% and can also help to reduce draughts. If you are not particularly nimble with a sewing machine then fabric glue is an excellent solution to attach thermal lining to the back of your curtains.

9. Add insulation

Stop heat from escaping through your roof by making sure that you have sufficient insulation in your loft. Insulation is like a hat for your house and plays a key part in making sure that the heat you are paying for isn’t floating off into the sky.

10.Have your boiler serviced

Aside from the obvious safety benefits of ensuring that your boiler is in tip top condition, having a boiler that is working well will save you money on your heating bills.

Hopefully you’ll find one or more of those ideas helpful to keep warm this winter.

Sunday, 18 December 2022

Seven Things Not To Do When Buying A Property


Many prospective homeowners are oblivious to things that can derail their home purchase. Here is our list of 7 things not to do if you are trying to purchase a property.

Underestimating costs

In addition to the purchase price of your property, you need to take into account the cost of conveyancing fees, the price of surveys and moving costs. Don’t forget when you move in you will need to pay for buildings & contents insurance and council tax as well.

Not checking your credit score

Your credit score is your financial CV and lenders use it to assess whether you are able to maintain repayments. Check your credit score and have any errors rectified before applying for a mortgage to ensure you minimise the chance of your application being rejected.

Choosing the wrong solicitor

Check your solicitor is on your mortgage lender’s list of approved solicitors to avoid additional costs or even having to change solicitors. Most mortgage lenders have an approved list of solicitors that they will work with.

Your solicitor will be required to complete the legal work for your lender during the conveyancing process. However, if your solicitor is not on their approved list, they will not be able to act for your mortgage lender. This can end up leading to the expense of a second solicitors' firm, who are on that list, needing to be employed to act on behalf of your lender.

Not being on the electoral roll

One of the easiest ways for lenders to verify your identity is to check the electoral roll. If you are not registered it may cause your application to take longer to process and your credit score may be affected as well.

Not getting an agreement in principle

The housing market is competitive. Sellers may choose to accept an offer from someone with an agreement in principle rather than waiting for you to contact a mortgage company.

Running up lots of credit

Taking on new debt may alter the state of your credit which may prevent you getting approved for your mortgage.

Changing jobs

Never change your job in the middle of purchasing a property. It can make your employment look unstable which makes you a weaker candidate to lenders.

If you are looking to purchase a property in Warrington please give us a call on 01925 235 338 and we will add you to our early bird list so you can be one of the first people to hear about our new listings.

Sunday, 11 December 2022

Tips To Update Your Home On A Budget


Do you want to give your home a makeover but are worried about the cost? Try these budget-friendly ideas to help make your property the envy of all of your friends.

Give your kitchen a makeover

Kitchens are normally the most expensive room in the house to upgrade but giving your kitchen a makeover doesn’t mean you have to replace all of the fittings and appliances. Just by changing a few things you can make your kitchen go from drab to fab without a huge price tag.

A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. Whether you choose to paint your walls, your tiles or your kitchen cupboards a fresh coat of paint can make a big impact with a small budget.

Replacing the flooring with vinyl tiles can really freshen up the feel of the room.

Investing in matching appliances like toasters and kettles and making sure that they fit in with the colour scheme of the rest of your kitchen can stop your kitchen from looking tired and unloved.

Replacing door and drawer handles with modern ones can help to stop your kitchen from looking dated.

Bathroom on a budget

Improving your bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are some things you can do to refresh it on a budget.

If your bathroom suite really needs replacing but the cost of a new one is out of your budget you can often find cheaper versions in trade stores or sometimes even on online marketplaces.

There are lots of tiling tutorials online and new tiles or new vinyl flooring can transform a room.

As with all rooms a fresh lick of paint can make the world of difference to a room. Don’t forget to only use paint specifically made for bathrooms so that it can cope with the steam and humidity.

Declutter

Rooms that are full of clutter feel cramped and unwelcoming. Decluttering and making use of clever storage solutions can open up your home and make it feel much more spacious.

Write on three boxes keep, donate and rubbish. Then make a rule that until all three boxes are full you cannot empty any of them to create more space in them.

There are plenty of clever storage ideas from wall mounted shoe racks to utilising the wasted space under the stairs by putting in useful drawers and shelves.

Add some colour

If you can’t afford to redecorate your whole room but still want to give it an update then try adding a few new accessories. It also means that if you go off of them in a few months it is easy to remove them and try something else.

Lamp shades are ideal for adding a touch of colour to a room and adding a new lamp can help to light up dim corners which will help your room to feel larger as well.

If you can’t afford to paint the whole room a feature wall is a less expensive way changing the look of a room.

A rug can add a focal point to a room and cover up old and tired flooring at the same time.

If you are considering selling your property in Warrington and would like another pair of eyes to give you an idea about the interior and the impact on the value of your property, please give us a call on 01925 235 338.