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June 29, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Weybridge Lettings Manager, Camilla Trussler:

Camilla Trussler BWWe enjoy a strong presence throughout Elmbridge, with our established team operating out of our Surrey flagship office located on Queens Road in Weybridge. This beautiful area caters for all tastes, with Victorian properties nestled within walking distance of the High Streets, as well as properties on a larger scale; these range from completely refurbished, Grade II listed buildings sitting in acreage through to new-build mansions located on dramatic plots within private estates such as St George’s Hill in Weybridge.

With the many private estates in the area (including St George’s Hill in Weybridge, Burwood Park in Walton, Crowne Estate in Oxshott and Fairmile Park in Cobham), the executive and elusive are attracted to the area for the element of seclusion and privacy it provides. We have a number of famous footballers and ‘wags,’ rugby stars, tennis champs, girl band members and established rock stars; we have TV personalities young and old, as well as world famous stars of the screen. We also have some movers and shakers from the political world choosing to base themselves here…and if high flyers of the executive world are of interest, we also have owners of diamond mines living in St George’s Hill.

Another pull is the wealth of educational opportunities provided in the area. We have some of the best performing schools in the country and, of course, three of the best international schools (Tasis, ACS and ISL) all located in the locality. This is a major draw for anyone who travels the world and wishes to provide their children with a top class education. The schools remain a driving force for people looking in the areas we cover and over the last few weeks we have seen increased activity from relocation agents hired by the corporate companies moving families from overseas to make the most of the education provided within the area.

The area caters for the demands of professional individuals and couples alike, especially those who travel the world frequently, either for business or pleasure. Elmbridge provides an easy loop onto the A3 and access onto the M25. When in Weybridge, you are less than twenty miles from Mayfair (useful if popping to Harrods for a spot of shopping, or perhaps The Ritz for a spot of afternoon tea) and on a fast train it can take as little as 25 minutes from Weybridge into London Waterloo. Saying this, there is plenty of opportunity for retail therapy right her on the doorstep, with Cobham and Weybridge both offering boutique shopping that caters for all tastes.

The area also provides easy access to some truly stunning countryside, whether that be for a stroll in the gardens of Wisley, or taking tea in the grounds of Painshill Park in Cobham; the expanse of the Surrey Hills is just a few minutes away, an easy drive down the A3.

In the last few months we have noticed that a number of our tenants currently in occupation are deciding to renew and stay where they are, rather than incur the cost of moving. The knock-on effect of this trend is that there is a limited amount of property available on the market within the rental sector, so demand is high. If you are considering renting out your property, please do contact me or any member of my Jackson-Stops & Staff Weybridge lettings team, on 01932 859355 or weybridge@jackson-stops.com; we would be delighted to hear from you.

June 20, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Holland Park Sales Manager, Sebastian Anduze:

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Sebastian Anduze BWThe central London property market overall continues strongly into the summer months; following the recent General Election, property prices are expected to rise over the next 5 years by at least 25%, according to some sources. As an area, Holland Park tends to experience the perennial situation of a lack of sales stock available when compared to the immediate demand from motivated buyers.

Holland Park, Notting Hill and Kensington all prove extremely popular with not only domestic but foreign buyers seeking to park their money in either owner occupier or buy- to- let properties. This is hardly surprising, given the positive future capital appreciation of both flats and houses in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; this combines with a reasonable annual yield received from letting, averaging between 2.5%-3.0%.

I have worked in a variety of different areas within London over the last 25 years and I must admit I experience a great deal of satisfaction managing the Holland Park sales operation of Jackson-Stops from our office in Portland Road. With each passing day spent working in this part of London, it becomes increasingly clear why it has been-  and will always be – attractive to buyers from many walks of life. The area boasts close proximity to the West End and the City financial districts, a fabulous selection of schools, wonderful parks, a complete mix of ethnic cultures and a stunning range of architectural styles, in amongst an eclectic range of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Our market tends to operate largely on a seasonal basis, with the spring, early summer and autumn months tending to be our busiest sales periods. During school holidays, business tends to be understandably quiet in terms of trade activity and enquiries. However, there is always a sale to be made at the right price…like all of my colleagues across our national network of Jackson-Stops & Staff offices we are always actively looking to assist our clients in every way possible throughout the entire course of the year! Please do get in touch, I would be delighted to hear from you.

June 19, 2015

A runaway success at Oatlands

JS & Oatlands 2Members of staff from our Weybridge office were delighted to pay a visit to Oatlands School this week and present them with a cheque, as part of our sponsorship for their PTA fundraising event, which involved dedicated parents running in the Brooklands Half Marathon this year.

The school’s Head Teacher, Patricia Beechey, was extremely pleased to receive the cheque from Kelly Harris (Sales) and Lucy Jones (Lettings) for her primary school, which is based in St Mary’s Road, in the favoured Oatlands area of Weybridge. We hope that the participants’ aches and blisters have healed since the race and that they allowed themselves a bit of time out from their training schedule once the event was over. Congratulations to all the PTA runners on their phenomenal fundraising efforts and we wish them well for next year!

June 12, 2015

Grow, Inspire and Feast

The end of this month sees the start of the spectacular Hampton Court Flower Show and this year’s theme is Grow, Inspire and Feast.

If you can’t wait until then and are looking for some local inspiration for this weekend instead, Sunday the 14th June is when ‘Teddington in Flower’ bursts into bloom, when a number of stunning local gardens will be on display.

Some of Teddington’s most green fingered residents are throwing open their garden gates to the public, with gardens on Elmfield Avenue, Teddington Park and Udney Park Road available to visit during this time.

We at Jackson-Stops & Staff are proud to present to the market a selection of properties with gardens which allow you to grow, inspire and feast on your produce or enjoy your floral successes…

…from a modernistic contemporary house on Langham Road

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…to a quaint Victorian Cottage on Watts Lane

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…or a modern apartment overlooking Bushy Park with a large balcony.

Whether you are looking to buy, rent or invest we have the property for you, the people to support and advise you in the process and the places for you to enjoy.

 

 

‘A Word From’ our Pimlico Lettings Director, Georgina Clarke:

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The Pimlico rentals market is waking up after a rather cautious pre-election period. Our area is affected more than most when it comes to the election – being in the heart of Westminster the demand and turnover of stock is typically high at such pivotal times, as we act as the government dormitory. As soon as the new government was confirmed we saw an increase in tenant registrations and amongst them a high number of MPs and civil servants, as we expected. This is, of course, great news for Landlords at the lower end of the market with one and two bedrooms properties that fall within the IPSA set budgets.

 

We are proud to display a strong lettings register across the full range, ranging from studios through to five bedroom family houses. Stock levels in the area as a whole are abundant, which does make the market a bit more competitive as demand is still relatively low. However we are yet to see the seasonal influx which happens at this time. Once the summer market kicks in properly it tends to be strong through until October. This seasonal demand includes corporate tenants, many of whom are looking to place their children in school in September, as well as international students and job-seeking graduates new to London.  

 

For buy-to-let investors, Pimlico remains a robust area for investment yields, averaging 3% -3.5%, which is to be expected in Prime Central London. Rents are increasing at a sensible level year on year but are not keeping up with the steep increases in capital values, but even this is slowing down to a more sensible level of growth. Undoubtedly the classic period buildings in Pimlico offer ideal long term investments, retaining strong aesthetic appeal and still proving to be good value for zone 1.

June 11, 2015

Latest Findings from JSS London Research

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Average prices in London are continuing to grow strongly. All but four boroughs experienced double digit annual price increases according to the latest Land Registry data published (up to May 2015). The lowest annual change in price growth was recorded in Kensington and Chelsea (4.4%) and Westminster (6.4%) among all London boroughs (10.9%). Higher taxes levied, interfering most with the top end property market (stamp duty, capital gains and ATED), along with concern over the election, has undoubtedly been the main reason behind prime London slowing down.

 

The majority Conservative government means that no mansion tax or major reform of the lettings market will be implemented. Their handling and plan for the economy is also potentially the most conducive to economic growth. There were expectations of a marked increase in demand after the election; however, this has not been the case, although an Autumn pick-up is now anticipated. The higher taxes, consistent price growth seen over the last five years, as well as more stringent lending restrictions, have all affected demand. This is a permanent trend and will likely prevent the prime boroughs returning to double digit growth for a while. These are natural economic suppressors on demand and potentially healthy in helping the market slow down to avoid unsustainable price inflation.

 

For the first time since the financial crisis, we are seeing outer boroughs of London outperform prime central areas as a consistent trend. Pure equity (cash funding), resilience to economic troubles and better sentiment among centrally orientated buyers, particularly from abroad, saw strong demand fuel price growth in London’s prime boroughs. However we now see that the comparative value in peripheral markets coupled with a resurgence in domestic demand has fuelled these non-central boroughs to rise disproportionally.

 

Looking forward, better economic performance (with consumer and business sentiment increasing, rising real earnings and low interest rates) will raise activity both among borrowers and lenders, spurring more transactions in the market. Market commentators are estimating prime central prices to rise approximately 20-25% to the end of 2019, therefore continued growth is predicted (although not as in the last few years when this would have occurred in just 12 months). Having just overcome a major degree of uncertainty among buyers and sellers, we will now see the EU membership referendum (potentially having significant implications for London) and mayoral elections influencing on demand over the next two years. However the UK and housing market’s economic fundamentals remain strong, paving the way for continued growth.

 

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Source: Land Registry/JSS Research

Rentals

 

Rental growth is being recorded by all major price indices. Supply and demand has been affected by the election, with some postponing a decision to let and some sales applicants deciding to rent for the interim. The RICS reports that in a three month period up until May, both rental demand and new instructions increased with price expectations positive going forward. Supply has been reported to have risen steadily for the last three years, potentially slowing price growth but more positively allowing for increased activity. Looking at the drivers of demand, one major aspect – employment in the service sector, in particular the finance sector, is improving. Rental yields have risen slightly, with capital growth in central London slowing.

 

June 9, 2015

Opening New Doors

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Teddington High Street has a new arrival in the shape of Jack Brunsdon, the first London showroom of the bespoke Door and Window company offering handcrafted doors and windows for the discerning customer.

 

Jackson-Stops & Staff is one of the leading Estate Agents in Teddington, opening many new doors to vendors, landlords, tenants and buyers throughout different stages of their lives. We offer an extensive range of properties to buy or to rent…our doors are always open, please do come in to discuss your own requirements with us, we would be delighted to see you.

 

 

June 4, 2015

A Spiralling Success

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jq61302bJackson-Stops & Staff Pimlico are delighted to offer a unique house in the popular Moreton Triangle, to rent. The two bedroom property features a spiral staircase from the entrance hall to the top floor master bedroom, and entertaining space that would be ideal for modern young professionals. Available unfurnished. For further details please call Georgina Clarke and the Pimlico Lettings team on 0207 828 4050

June 3, 2015

A word from Russell Gooden

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Russell Gooden BWIn true, typical Teddington style the market here has once again shown its resilience. The outcome of the General Election appears to have bolstered the market further and it’s been very much business as usual here in our High Street office. New properties, or a lack of them, is the only fly in the ointment as we continue to see a reduction in fresh stock coming to the market. Having said that, the buyers we have registered are highly motivated and the offer levels we are receiving tend to be very encouraging. It seems that many buyers see this as a good time to move forward and secure their next property. If you are still sitting on the fence as a seller you could well find this an ideal time to capitalise on the renewed interest from buyers – and if you were to sell at the moment the chances are that there wouldn’t be many competing properties, which could well result in you achieving a strong price. Finally, you should consider the sort of exposure you would like for your property. In our experience, the wider the market place you expose your home to the stronger the offer will be, it’s all about marketing to the widest audience possible. That said, we understand completely that some clients choose to market their home on a more discreet, ‘below the radar’ basis and we have achieved excellent results in this way, too. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss how we do things, we would be delighted to hear from you.  Russell Gooden – russellgooden@jackson-stops.com 0208 943 9777

June 2, 2015

Great Northern bounce in Land Registry figures

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LOWRES Sale boardA great Northern bounce in the latest Land Registry figures in Yorkshire, The Humber and the Trafford district of Greater Manchester reflects longer-term confidence by buyers and investors following Government investment, according to leading property expert Nicholas Leeming, Chairman of upmarket national estate agents, Jackson-Stops & Staff.

Nicholas Leeming said: “London continues to outperform the rest of the country, even though sales levels over £1 million were down year on year in February, probably due to the threat of mansion tax. Newham showed the highest annual rise and Hackney the highest monthly increase which reflects how buyers and investors are increasingly looking East in the capital to find new areas offering value.

“Increased investment in Yorkshire, Humberside and the evolution of the Northern Powerhouse in Manchester have contributed to a surge in confidence in these areas. Greater Manchester is shaping up to be a great place to invest as major London companies continue to establish a presence in the City.”

May 29, 2015

A word from Emma Mills

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Emma Mills BWThe property news is full of comment about Prime Central London rents increasing at a huge rate, but the reality is that there has been more of a steady, level movement across the market in the past few months. May has been busy, however, and our Chelsea Lettings office on Cadogan Street has seen increased numbers of tenants deciding to move, perhaps as a consequence of the General Election and people now deciding to forge ahead with their plans.

 

We find that the majority of those on the move are relocating to different areas of London or further afield across the UK, rather than upsizing or downsizing within Chelsea itself, which makes room for the newcomers to London. Chelsea remains a popular area with tenants at all levels of the market, from students looking for a convenient studio flat for their studies through to families wishing to take advantage of the many well-regarded schools in the vicinity.

 

My advice for Landlords would be to ensure that properties are in tip-top condition, to the extent of having the decorator ready to go and work their magic as soon as the property becomes vacant, in order to try and reduce any void periods.

May 28, 2015

‘Tis the season to be…sneezing

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , — JSS London @ 2:28 pm

td60956It’s May, which can only mean one thing…Spring has well and truly sprung and along with it, so too has hay fever season, bringing the misery of constant sneezing and stinging eyes to people throughout the country.

In the heart of London’s Theatreland, Noel Coward’s seasonally titled ‘Hay Fever’ has started its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre through until the mednoel_coward1summer, featuring Felicity Kendal as a member of the unconventional Bliss family. Coward himself was born on Waldegrave Road in Teddington, where our local Jackson-Stops & Staff office is currently marketing a lovely, newly refurbished cottage on nearby Victor Road, located adjacent to Waldegrave Road. For those suffering from hay fever, the property features a low maintenance garden with no grass and very few plants…ideal to keep those symptoms at bay over the coming months. Please contact Mark Birch and the lettings team on 0208 943 9955 arrange a viewing.

 

 

May 27, 2015

Boats, Property, Teddington

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td57449fLast week saw the start of the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk  landings, with a number of the original boats sailing from Kent.

 

In May 1940, one hundred boats set out from Tough Boatyard, adjacent to the Tides End Cottage Pub in Ferry Lane, Teddington.

 

If you’re looking for somewhere special to keep your own small boat in Teddington, Jackson-Stops & Staff has just the property for you – located in Broom Water, a newly extended riverside home, complete with its own mooring at the end of the garden.

 

For more details about this very special property, please contact Mark Birch on 0208 943 9955

May 26, 2015

Dentists, Denizens & Dynamics

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WimbledonWimbledon is well renowned for its sporting accolades, as well as its deep and rich architectural history. In amongst the high-rises and office blocks lies a plethora of innovatively designed modern buildings and historic listed mansions.

One such property lies at 89 Wimbledon Park Side, a Grade II listed building, which has been sympathetically restored and subsequently converted into a collection of houses, maisonettes and apartments. Fairlawns boasts a grand entrance, complete with 3-bay Ionic colonnade, leading from an ‘in and out’ drive with well-kept gardens and many original period features.

The house was created by notable gardener and accomplished architect, Joseph Paxton. HistoryPaxton is known predominantly for his Crystal Palace, rendered physically possible by the technological advances made in the manufacture of both glass and cast iron, made financially possible by the lowering of tax on glass at the time. Employing these learned techniques on other projects in later years, Paxton achieved much success in the planning and creation of many country manors, notably Mentmore Towers, Chateau de Ferrieres and of course Fairlawns. Interestingly, the property was commissioned by Edwin Saunders, dentist to Queen Victoria, Albert, Prince Consort, and other members of the Royal family. Fairlawns was also the place where he passed away in 1901.

Jackson-Stops & Staff is delighted to have both 9 Fairlawns & 10 Fairlawns listed for sale through its Wimbledon Village office.For further information, please contact Stuart Mills on 020 8879 0099 or stuartmills@jackson-stops.com.

We often take the long and colourful history that surrounds us for granted,the heritage contained within the bricks and mortar that some of us are fortunate enough to call home. For properties with a past, present or future please do contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Wimbledon, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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May 20, 2015

A word from Harry Buchanan

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Here in Pimlico we have seen a positive start to 2015 and more recently April and the new financial year. With the outcome of the general election now finalised it is still too early for us to draw any immediate conclusions on its effect, but I would comment that top end stock continues to see a reduction in interest – that said, for many buyers there is a logic in that when others pause to draw breath it is precisely the time to push forward and snap up a perfect property. Our tips for sellers would include advising them to get everything ready in terms of documentation…there is nothing worse than losing a buyer due to not being ready to move in time; if you need to sell in order to buy it is so important to find a buyer first in order to be chain free; finally, take pride in your presentation – first impressions count!

For a free, no obligation, market appraisal in SW1 please do call Harry Buchanan at Jackson-Stops, 020 7828 4050, harrybuchanan@jackson-stops.com

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2015

Post-Election Confidence

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Following the momentous outcome of the General Election last week, our JSS London group is already sensing a return of confidence to the London and Surrey residential property market. With the sense of anticipation now over, we are speaking to buyers who are keen to simply get on and move, armed with a clearer sense of housing policies over the next few years. This is  particularly true of those who would have been affected by the introduction of a mansion tax; with that threat now abated, buyers from home and abroad are feeling more decisive and confident about investing at this higher level. Our friends at Investec have provided the following graph to us, which indicates the strength of the UK pound against the US dollar on the day of the election result:

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At present the pound remains stronger at $1.5415 against the US dollar, and €1.3812 against the Euro, which again is a good indicator to foreign investors that the UK remains a stable arena to invest in.

For a more detailed look at the London property market please do get in touch with your nearest Jackson-Stops & Staff branch office, we would be delighted to hear from you.

May 8, 2015

“The clouds over the London property market have now dispersed” – Nick Leeming on today’s Election results

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Nick Leeming, Chairman of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, with 44 offices nationwide, comments on today’s Election results:

“With the Conservatives looking set to win the majority, the clouds that have hung over the London property market have now dispersed. Having seen the number of property transactions slow down sharply over the last six months, as the prospect of mansion tax loomed on the horizon, with today’s result, we expect to see greater activity in the London market from now on. High valued properties, whilst still affected by some of the more recent tax changes, should see more stable demand and the resurgence of international interest. Now that London is open for business again we expect the wider markets to respond accordingly.”

OnTheMarket.com goes from strength to strength announcing 10 million visits in three months

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17_Stacked_Member_RGBOnTheMarket.com – the new property portal launched as a rival to Rightmove and Zoopla where Jackson-Stops & Staff is listing all of its properties – is pleased to announce it has achieved 10 million visits to the site with 90 million page views in just three months.

OnTheMarket.com launched on January 26, 2015, and features hundreds of thousands of properties for sale and to rent at all price points across the UK.

In April alone, OnTheMarket.com received 3.5million visits with an average of 9.31 pages viewed and an average of 6.5 minutes spent on the site by each user.

As a new portal, OnTheMarket.com is focused on attracting currently active property-seekers who are likely to represent a fraction of the total traffic to more established portals.

The source used by OnTheMarket.com to gather its traffic information is Google Analytics, a market leading website tool.

OnTheMarket.com has recruited more than 800 estate and letting agent offices this year alone and now has a membership of more than 5,000 which consists of more than 2,500 firms.

OnTheMarket.com is pleased to announce over 27 per cent of its member offices are choosing to upload their new to market properties exclusively to it ahead of any other portal.

In the first hundred days since it launched, OnTheMarket.com’s TV advert has been aired more than 5,000 times and watched by 44.8 million people. Across print media, more than 100 press adverts have run and our online adverts have generated around 155 million impressions, while our pay-per-click campaign has delivered some 55 million more. This powerful marketing campaign will continue unabated over the coming months.

David Parris, Group Operations Director of Jackson-Stops & Staff said: “It is great news that OnTheMarket.com is growing at such an impressive rate and it will continue to expand as the property-seeking public realises it is the first place to find some of the latest homes that come to market.”

Ian Springett, Chief Executive of OnTheMarket.com, said: “We are confident in becoming the number two property portal by the end of January, 2016 on our way to achieving our medium term objective of becoming the market leader.

“We are experiencing impressive levels of returning visitors as well as a high percentage of new ones, while consumers and agents tell us the website is clean and fresh and they are impressed by its lightning speed and by its responsive design (unique among the major portals). This allows it to adapt to the screen size of whatever device is being used to view it.

“We have achieved a huge amount in a very short space of time and with so many of our offices uploading their properties to OnTheMarket.com ahead of any other portal, it is essential that anyone seriously searching for property visits OnTheMarket.com and sets up a free property alert.”

 

May 1, 2015

Property as a political see-saw must stop

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Leading property Nicholas Leeming today called for an end to all the major political parties exploiting housing and the property market as a political see-saw – as the latest figures from the Land Registry shows a monthly price decrease of 0.8 per cent.

Nicholas Leeming, Chairman of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, with 44 offices nationwide, blamed the cooling in the London market on political uncertainties and the risk of higher value property taxation. London saw a monthly increase of 0.2 per cent, although the annual increase is the highest at 11.3 per cent.

He said: “Our politicians are indulging in see-saw politics, causing confusion and uncertainty among homeowners and investors. Many vendors are failing to adjust to current market conditions with unrealistic guide prices and this has resulted in the number of property transactions reducing substantially. International buyers are showing caution and some will not commit to purchases for as long as the outcome to the election remains in doubt.”

Nicholas Leeming welcomed the news that the economic upturn is continuing to deliver good news to areas outside the capital. He said:” The market outside London is seeing increased activity with values up by an average of 0.8 per cent in the South-east as the regional economies prosper, the cost of mortgages remain low and confidence feeds through into this sector.

“Higher value properties outside London are also affected by political uncertainties: sales of between £1 – 2m and above remain slow with values reflecting more limited demand.”

April 29, 2015

De-clutter your home for a quicker sale

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Thinking of moving house?
Summer is traditionally the best time of year to sell your house, and Shurgard, the self-storage expert, wants to help make the process as easy as possible.

The ideal move sees you wave goodbye to your old property and walk straight into the next. The reality is that there is usually a limbo period where paperwork and legalities are waiting to be finalised.

Making the most of your home by de-cluttering before the move could mean the difference between a quick sell and months of uncertainty during an already stressful process.  A clutter free home could also result in a higher sale value.

House to rent Towpath, Shepperton, Surrey TW17 9LL

House to rent Towpath, Shepperton, Surrey TW17 9LL

De-clutter
People like to think of the house they are viewing as their home… not yours. Therefore consider moving some of your more personal items and leaving just the bare essentials. Less is more, so be as minimalist as possible.  Although photos, ornaments and trinkets may be to your taste, they might not be to potential buyers.

De-cluttering adds to the sense of space, which should make the house feel bigger, lighter and brighter.

Getting started
Tidy away all knick-knacks. From kitchen counters to bathroom surfaces everything should be clear. Don’t hide things in cupboards or in the loft; a perspective buyer may want to really nosey around and you don’t want them to stumble across a big pile after seeing such a clutter free home! Pack these bits, along with additional bulky items like extra furniture, and arrange to store them at Shurgard for the duration of the house views.

Leave no room unturned
First impressions count! And the hallway is usually where the tour starts so move shoes, coats, keys and umbrellas. The same goes with paintings and family photos. An entrance hall should feel big, open and neutral to allow visitors to visualise how they would decorate the house.

As everyone knows, kitchens and bathrooms sell homes so move your shampoo and conditioner, novelty toaster and fridge magnets before booking any viewings. Think clean and minimal.

The garage is another space that is often full of old gear; bikes, sports equipment, tools and junk. It is not uncommon for new buyers to look at the garage as an opportunity to create an extra living space – a bedroom, study or utility room. Show off its potential by clearing it to really show buyers how much space they would have to work with.

How Shurgard can help
With 20 years of expertise, Shurgard offers a convenient, safe and flexible solution throughout the moving process, keeping treasured possessions, seasonal items and household goods secure. To

Detached House for sale Park Road, Kingston KT2 5LE

Detached House for sale Park Road, Kingston KT2 5LE

make things easier, when putting items away label each box with the room it came from and ensure they are put into your storage unit facing out, so they can be easily retrieved when the move is complete.

Location
Shurgard has 22 stores across London and the Thames Valley so wherever you are in the capital you’ll never be far from a store or your belongings. Just pop your postcode in online to find your nearest store location.

Size
Whether you need to store one box or a mansion house full of them, Shurgard offers units from 10 to 240 square feet.

Security
Shurgard knows how important every single item in storage is. Each facility has PIN code entry into the buildings and car parks, 24hour CCTV coverage and customers have sole access to their unit.

Value
Moving is an expensive business, and Shurgard isn’t going to charge the earth to store your items. For first time users, various promotions and discounts apply, including £1 storage for the first month.

Flexibility
If the move takes longer than expected, or you only need extra space for a few weeks in-between a move just let Shurgard know and they will be happy to accommodate your needs.

For advice when planning a move check out http://www.shurgard.co.uk/ or call 0800 368 0420 or please call our any of our London Offices.

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