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.

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.