Stunning example of a Property for sale in Staffordshire

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This Beautiful Canal Side Property in Staffordshire Sold within Two Days. Here’s how we did it…

As with all properties for sale in Staffordshire, you can imagine the delight we had in the office when we had not one but two people wanting to the property shown in the image below. AND all this was within two days of Open House marketing the property.

As I always say to sellers, its ultimately their house that will sell itself.

What’s Open House role in the sale?

Our job is to get people talking about properties for sale around Staffordshire. We have a superb sales team here at Open House Stafford, but having that home with a personality and that’s immaculately presented certainly does make our jobs that little bit easier.

We’re not short of things to talk about when we initially view properties, we look at and take into consideration several different factors such as

  • location
  • local amenities
  • Property age? is the property grade ii listed etc…
  • Is there a garden? driveway? reception rooms? entrance hall and many more
  • What type of property is the build? Detached? Semi detached?

We also photograph the property in order to generate interest, below is the stunning property for sale in Staffordshire, it was a pleasure to view and the new owners thought so too!

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There were so many positives with this home that when this was put out on the property market, we could really go to town on describing the dwelling and attract people looking to purchase

  • beautifully presented
  • high specification
  • canal side location
  • private mooring
  • walking distance to two pubs (take note mum’s and dads!)

From the image and description above, for a prospective buyer, this was a stunning opportunity to purchase a property, found in the heart of rural Staffordshire at a great price.

Great news all round.

What helps sell properties?

Want to try and get more out of the sale of your property? We’ve come up with some top tips from our blog that can help. Open House receive estate enquiries from all over Staffordshire and surrounding areas. To help our clients, we put together a short blog on how you can help increase the value of your home before you put your property up for sale.

Read our blog An Easy Way to Boost Your Properties Value by 21% 

The buyer has his ideal property right alongside his favourite of all canals, The Shropshire Union, and the seller has a remarkably quick sale.

And finally…

The bit that makes us more proud than anything else is that the sellers, through buying into the Open House philosophy, have only paid £998 for our services.

I make that a saving of £6,601 by using us rather than a 1% plus vat agent. Pay less for an exceptional service….why wouldn’t you?

An Easy Way to Boost Your Properties Value by 21%

One factor which drastically impact’s on how potential buyers see your property is pictures. Good pictures can transform an online advert.

It is well known that over 90% of all properties sell as a result of being advertised online; portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla display your property in a simple format and almost everyone buying will be looking on them. Therefore it is a huge benefit to have good pictures, not only will it show your property in the best light but it will also make you stand out against the other houses.

AXA revealed how not getting the photography as good as possible can seriously harm the perception of a property in the eyes of the public. Bad photography was linked to homes sticking on the market, and overall achieving a much lower sale price. This theory has been tried and tested by AXA. The results revealed that, when they showed the property to 500 members of the public before and after ‘staging’ it for photos the perception of value increased by 21%. To put it in real money terms that is the difference between your property selling for £180,000 or for £220,000; so it really is worth the little bit of effort.

Here’s a quick checklist of simple ‘house staging’ ideas :-
Closing the kitchen cupboards
Clearing the worktops and sink
Moving the bins out of sight
Opening the blinds / curtains
Smoothing the bed-sheets and arranging the pillows
Hiding clothes/shoes
Moving toiletries from the bathroom

Combining simple ‘house staging’ with good quality photographs will make your property advert stand out and in the eyes of the market; helping to add value and reduce time on the market.

Did Brexit uncertainty effect the value of your home in Cannock 2018?

Did Brexit uncertainty effect the value of your home in Cannock 2018?

2018 will always be remembered as the year where we were divided as a country. No matter which side, Leave or Remain your allegiance is with, we can all agree that the uncertainty about the future is a constant worry in all aspects of our life, whether it be personal or business.

Amidst all this doom and gloom and the serious amount of fear mongering, what effect did this have on the local Cannock property market?

Well, it seems not much. House selling prices rose in Cannock by 3% in 2018. This is an increase of 7% on 2016 when the average house price in Cannock was £167,000.

 

The Facts 2018

315 Detached properties were sold in Cannock, average price £252,000

474 Semi-Detached properties were sold in Cannock, average price £155,000

151 Terraced houses were sold in Cannock, average price £143,000

71 Flats were sold in Cannock, average price £99,000

 

Overall most sales in Cannock over 2018 were semi-detached houses with an average selling price of £155,000 followed by detached houses with an average selling price of £252,000.

 

Cannock with an overall average selling price of £179,000, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Hednesford (£186,000) and Norton Canes (£182,000) but was cheaper than Heath Hayes area (£190,000)

In summary Brexit didn’t have a great impact on the local Cannock property market, a steady increase in house prices has been experienced with no solid information available to say this will change.

The future based on recent behaviours seems good for the local market, if you are thinking of selling or letting your property, I would be happy to help with any advice you need. Selling or letting your property really isn’t that daunting especially when you have someone to help you.

 

Call me Steve Lythgoe on 01543 327873

 

Steve Lythgoe
Personal Property Manager


Residential Sales and Lettings
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(Source: Rightmove, Jan 2019)

HS2- How it may affect us in Stafford?

HS2 will build on Stafford’s reputation as an attractive place to live, work and invest. Other areas with major rail infrastructure such as Crossrail have experienced significant increases in house prices; we at Open House Estate Agents Stafford and Stone are geared up for a potential rise in demand for house purchases in Stafford that will inevitably ensue.

Stafford could also see a £500m gateway development of a hotel, leisure and homes on land next to the station. This is thought to be sealing Stafford as an up and coming area.

 ‘’The link between the HS2 line and the West Coast Main    Line at Handsacre will also provide the opportunity to broaden the economic benefits of HS2.’’

Stafford Town Centre’s intercity railway station is a huge asset to the town and the arrival of HS2 is due to help capitalise growth in Stafford.

’Stafford’s integrated high-speed station will be used by a community far wider than the county town, opening up services to hundreds of thousands people and businesses to the North, West and South; including Staffordshire and the Black Country. It will also allow people to access fast, shorter and direct services to Birmingham, London and Birmingham Airport – providing a much-needed boost to transport links.’’

Source: – www.hs2.org.uk/stations/stafford/

How do you think it will affect us in Stafford? Feel free to comment. At Open House we are keeping a watchful eye on how HS2 will affect us all, and in particular how we can help you benefit.

Download your local Stafford Estate Agents brochure:

So which local, Stafford estate agents give the best value? Which Stafford estate agent has an office and also the perfect online solution to market your home? Well, Openhouse Stafford & Stone estate agents have everything that in comparison to all others is exceptional value.

Of course, we would say that, to help you decide if what we are saying makes sense, we have created our Openhouse Stafford & Stone information brochure which includes tips on how to get a property ready for sale and also a detailed guide to the legal process for buyers and sellers.

We have printed copies in the office, come in and ask for one while you are in and around Stafford town centre, or download it from the bottom of every page on our website, including the bottom of this blog page. Go on scroll down and click, or if you would like a copy of the glossy brochure itself, please do not hesitate to pop into our office at 113 Wolverhampton Road Stafford.

Helping you make the right decision, for you.

See you soon, on the website, in our office or at your home.
The Openhouse Stafford & Stone team


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The Property Ombudsman Scheme & Agents Fees

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme is an ombudsman in the United Kingdom; TPO has provided consumers and property agents with an alternative dispute resolution service since 1990. It also provides agents with a code of best practice. This Code of Practice is mandatory for all TPO Members who are entitled to display the above logo and who offer estate agency services. Copies of this Code of Practice and the TPO Consumer Guide should be made available in agents offices, as well as prominently displaying the logo in the window.

When Agents advertise for new business fees should be shown inclusive of VAT alongside a statement confirming that VAT is included. For example £750 +VAT is in breach of the code of practice and is also confusing and misleading to potential sellers.

What Should Your Solicitor be Doing?

WHAT CONVEYANCING SOLICITORS SHOULD DO FOR A SELLER

In a nutshell, they ensure they successfully transfer legal ownership of residential property (freehold or leasehold, registered or unregistered) from you to your buyer.

The skill and efficiency of your conveyancing solicitor can mean the difference between a smooth or stressful process. Conveyancing quality can range wildly by those who offer their services in the market place.

Please remember – It is your conveyancer’s job to get you to an exchange of contracts as efficiently and ideally as promptly as possible.

Whoever you select as your conveyancer, to ensure you know that you are receiving actual quality, you should expect the following, as a minimum:

  • If your deeds are registered at the Land Registry your conveyancer can instantly obtain a copy and dispatch contract papers to your buyers the very same day you instruct them.
  • You can be given your copy of the contract to sign. As a result you are signed up and potentially ready to exchange as soon as your buyers’ solicitor is ready to do so.
  • Early on, your conveyancer obtains a record of the balance owing on your mortgage (if any) and they prepare a statement of the net proceeds owing to you. This avoids any nasty surprises later on, in case you overlooked a deduction (e.g. estate agent’s bill, a second mortgage, early mortgage repayment penalty).
  • Your Buyers will review the contract papers, and if they wish to raise any questions, your conveyancer should attempt to deal with them, but if they require your input then should ideally email or telephone them through to you and request your answers – to keep up the pace of your house move. Post is a slow approach.
  • Once the buyer is happy with the contract papers and replies to their questions, (and your related purchase is ready if applicable), a specific move date is set, and the buyer’s finances are in place, it should be possible to proceed to exchange contracts.

NOTE: Exchange of Contracts is simply a telephone call between the buyers’ and sellers’ conveyancing solicitors to confirm that each party will not back out (as either party can until exchange), and will move (i.e. complete) at a fixed date shortly in the future. This then allows house clearance, carpet ordering (etc) and property removals to be booked without fear of cancellation and lost deposit.

Once Contracts have been exchanged the deal is legally binding. You and the buyer are fully committed to the transaction and cannot withdraw without facing substantial damages and penalties. Exchange of Contracts can be a lengthy and often frustrating process depending on the number of parties in the chain. Your conveyance should aim to shield you from this though the process can only move forward as quickly as the slowest person in the chain.

  • Your moving date, or more commonly ‘completion date’, is normally a week or two after Exchange of Contracts. Your conveyancer will prepare by requesting a final mortgage repayment amount calculated to the specific move date. They will also telephone/email you a day or two before completion just to check you are ready.
  • On the date of completion they receive the remaining sale price from the buyer’s solicitor. On receipt they will authorise the release of keys through the Estate Agents (where there is one). The Buyer collects the keys from the Agents. Any spare keys can be put through your letterbox.
  • They pay your Estate Agents, re-pay your mortgage provider and deduct their legal fees before sending you the net proceeds (or carrying them over to any related purchase).

Source : Trethowans

Top Tips On Getting Your House Ready to Market

Top Tips: How to Make Your Home More Valuable and Sell Faster

 

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value.

 

De-clutter – but don’t depersonalise

 Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put it in storage or give it to a friend

 People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. People often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them

 Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do

 People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle

 Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture

 

A fresh lick of paint

 Giving your walls a fresh lick of paint, neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger

 It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs

 It will be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green

 Create a good first impression – give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint

 

Fix and clean

 Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this

 Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there

 Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualize themselves using the garden

 

Update the kitchen

 

The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure

 Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often as effective

 Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add serious value

 De-clutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out. Take out any bulky appliances

 Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value

 

Light and airy

 Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways

 Clean windows inside and out and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive

 Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners

 Putting a soft light bulb in the bathroom can create a warm glow

 

Light a fire

 If it’s a cold evening, or even chilly day, light your fire. Consider burning some pinecones for the delicious smell. This will make your home feel warm and inviting. If you don’t have a fire then ensure the fireplace is clean

 

Make it look pretty

 Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. Buy some cheap ones if necessary.

 Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and they also smell delicious. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.

 

Get the right smells

 Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets

 If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it.

 Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee

 

Obvious conversions

 If there are any obvious conversions – adapting the garage into extra rooms or going up into the loft – and you have some spare cash, why not take advantage of this cash cow rather than letting the new owners make easy money out of improvements. You should usually recoup your money

 If you don’t have enough spare cash to make the conversion, consider getting planning permission anyway.

WHO? Openhouse Stafford& Stone?

Funny isn’t it? Open House has been helping people buy, sell, let and rent online for almost 10 years, yes that’s right for nearly 10 years, and people still ask – who are you?.

Fair enough, we haven’t spent vast amounts of money on national TV advertising, UK wide billboards, Radio campaigns and the overheads of large offices around the UK in that time, so some of you may not have heard of us.

What we have done is focus on utilising appropriate technology that can help our customers in the process of selling, buying, renting or letting property. Looking to reduce the cost to our customers while providing the full suite of services they would expect from both a local estate agent office and all the benefits of online marketing and advertising  their properties.

As your local estate agents at Open House Stafford & Stone, we decided that our customers should have the best of both worlds. We could’ve saved the expense of our town centre office and merely work remotely. However, we felt that providing a team of real people in a traditional estate agent environment, whilst also being an online estate agent, allows us to pass back the savings made which is to the benefit of everyone in our local area.

So to help you answer that question, “who are the estate agents Open House Stafford & Stone? We are a team of real people based in our office and online 24 hours a day, who provide all the things you require, a personal level of service with the added benefits about local and industry knowledge, the infrastructure of a national 10 year old online estate agency business behind us and all at an unbelievable saving for you.

You may start seeing a little more of the Open House brand as we dig deep into our pockets to help those in the Stafford and Stone area be aware that they have a better choice when it comes to selling, buying, renting and letting their properties.

Feel free to pop into offices where we can help you search  the well-known property websites and our website to find the perfect property and location that suits you best We will provide a personal service and take the hassle and costs out of using traditional estate agents and online-only estate agents while saving you money.

Why wouldn’t you? So, who are you and what  we at Open House Stafford can do for you, is the real question!

That’s far too cheap to do it properly, isn’t it?

No!. You might think that, and we could easily put our prices up, but that’s not the point.

The point is, even though this apparently new way of selling and buying (Open House have been doing it for years) saves customers thousands (we agree with that) we can provide everything you need to market and sell your property. All at the best price, efficiently and quickly with real people in an office helping you through the whole process for as little as £698.

Yes you did read that price right! £698 – that’s great value for money.

No shortcuts -no “you do that bit your self”  and you won’t hear us say “You cant meet face to face in an office to discuss your very important, potentially life-changing decision to move”.

Take a look at the expert services we provide for Sellers, Buyers, Landlords & Tenants; it is everything you expect and more and yes, at what seems too be a too cheap to be true price.

No, we are not ‘cheap’, we are at the right price to provide exceptional value for money.