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Published: Oct 5, 2020

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Blue? Or yellow door? Small changes to help sell your property!

Blue? Or yellow door? Small changes to help sell your property!

Selling and moving can be fun, exciting, and sometimes stressful, but Arnold & Phillips are here to give you the best advice throughout your journey.

Selling and moving can be fun, exciting, and sometimes stressful, but Arnold & Phillips are here to give you the best advice throughout your journey.

So if you are getting your house ready to sell, below are some simple tricks of the trade which may help your property stand out. From cleaning and staging to making your front door pop, here are our top tips before you sell your home:

1. What do people see first?

The outside of course! Potential buyers can form their first impressions within seconds of looking at your property. So you may want to ask, “does my house have kerb appeal?”

Consider things like, sprucing up the garden with more greenery, painting the fence or house. These small changes can have a huge impact on how easy it is to sell your home.

2. Make your front door eye-catching!

Front doors can be a very important part of selling your property, but with so many choices what colour should you choose?

Go simple, or stand out with a bold choice?...

The best colour could depend on your property style, deep blues can often look particularly striking against red-brick Victorian properties but country cottages, pastel blues and greens are charming as they reflect the natural colours around you. If you are confused why not take a walk around your village and see what houses pop out to help you choose.

Top Tip: We recommend a glossy finish, as it gives an impression of luxury!

3. Highlight your home’s natural beauty, and declutter

When you declutter your home you allow the buyers to see the space they are getting, and it’s full, true value. The prospective buyers will be looking at the condition of the walls, doors, floor and more – you might make their viewing harder than it should be when you have them covered with personal belongings.

If you declutter then you allow the buyer to look at your home as a blank canvas and imagine themselves living in it, selling them a lifestyle and a dream.

4. Make your property feel homey and clean

Potential buyers will want to imagine themselves in your property, so make sure your home feels comfortable and clean. Don’t worry about baking bread, just create a comfy atmosphere by sprucing up furniture or some simple room accents like candles, or fresh flowers on the dining room table. The little touches really do matter.

5. Fix the small things

You may question what buyers want… A fixer upper or somewhere that has had a little work?

It does depend on the applicant, but it will always help to make your home look as inviting as possible. So get around to doing those odd jobs, replace broken windows, repair the roof tiles if necessary, and change any dated light fixtures.

Or simply spruce your house with cosmetic touches, like giving your carpets a clean, and freshening up walls with some natural toned paint; which will make it feel light and airy.

So now you’ve spruced up your home, we’ll do the rest!

Our company's photographic and video presentation has distinguished us and in turn, enabled us to sell more properties in less time, by capturing the natural beauty of your home.

Best of luck and happy moving, we can’t wait to see what you do with the place!

Home office inspiration plus tips & tricks by professional home stager / styler, Molly Marshall

Home office inspiration plus tips & tricks by professional home stager / styler, Molly Marshall

A home office is something more and more buyers are looking for, why not take a look at some of our favourite properties - plus some helpful hints and tips from home stager Molly Marshall.

A home office is something more and more buyers are looking for, why not take a look at some of our favourite properties - plus some helpful hints and tips from home stager Molly Marshall.

If you are one of the many now working from home, you may be looking to relocate to suit your new needs, or simply just get a bit of inspiration to keep yourself productive... There are many factors that affect productivity at work, one of which can be your environment. A refresh of your home office may be just what you need!

Why not take a look at our favourite home offices currently on the market to help inspire you.

Let’s take a look at our top five!

1. 150 Prescott Road, Aughton

We love the sumptuous 5 star feel of this property, one of its main highlights includes a stunning office space, filled with natural light. The right light can make a world of difference and keep you well lit during those Zoom calls!

Prescot Road

2. Broken Wheel, Chorley

Broken Wheel is a beautifully crafted 6 bedroom detached home in an elevated position with wonderful woodland views over the Yarrow Valley. Choose to turn one of the six wonderful rooms into your home study or use the detached garage as your working from home haven. Having a bit of distance with an outside studio/ workroom can help with that work/ home balance.

Broken Wheel

3. Flag Lane, Chorley

Flag Lane has four generously proportioned double bedrooms, all of which enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding vistas. This could be the perfect place to set up a home office. The right views can help bring a bit of positivity and natural beauty to your space.

Flag Lane

4. Quarry Drive, Ormskirk

This distinctive home could be the perfect environment to set up an office, it features a large loft/ six bedrooms that could be transformed. Plus after a long day this property allows you to freshen up in the personal leisure complex featuring a pool and sauna.

Quarry Drive

5. Oldfield House, Railway view, Leyland

With Oldfield House you can choose to set up a home office in one of the bedrooms which have access out onto the sun terrace which wraps around the house and provides uninterrupted views of the gardens with the clever use of a contemporary frameless glass balustrade. This space could allow you to bring a bit of nature and greenery into your working zone.

Oldfield House

Top tips from Molly

Many of us are spending more time working from home so it makes sense to take some time and effort to make our workspace as pleasing as possible.

  • If possible, choose somewhere with natural light

If you can see out of a window from where you are working then all the better. You don't have to be looking at the blue sky all day long but to be able to see daylight and the sky through the changing seasons is a bonus.

Molly

  • Pick a chair - a great chair

Office chairs don't have to be boring black or grey fabric any longer. Chairs on casters are generally best for a desk but Amazon, Wayfair and many other companies now offer them in funky velvets, checks and even florals.

  • Add some greenery

It doesn't have to be real! Green is a great colour. You may not be a fan but green is a feel good colour, one that lifts the spirits and makes us happy. Try to add some colour with plants (cacti or other succulents are good as they are hardy) and if you haven't got green fingers - use faux ones like mine.

  • Get the lighting right

Lighting is so important to a working environment and can make such a difference to a room when you aren't working in daylight. Overhead lights tend to be harsh so buy a table lamp which makes the room cosy and inviting during the Winter months when work must be done and you don't have the luxury of daylight.

  • Keep your office area smelling good!

Buy a diffuser - the reed diffusers are great or even an electric one. My latest toy is a White Company diffuser which moisturises the air and makes the room smell of my current favourite perfume. What's not to love!

Happy home working!

Take a look at Molly’s home set up below.

From chalet style bungalow to three story modern haven! Prescot Road

From chalet style bungalow to three story modern haven! Prescot Road

At Arnold & Phillips we like to show the development of every property we market. Prescot Road which recently went under offer was worth celebrating...

This property is Under Offer*

At Arnold & Phillips we like to show the development of every property we market. Prescot Road which recently went under offer was worth celebrating...The current occupants took what was a chalet style bungalow and developed it into a three story modern haven. Take a look at how they did this and why the property was such an amazing family home.

This truly bespoke home was a real ‘one-off’, the property which is now under offer occupied a large private plot at one of the region’s most prestigious addresses. With living space arranged over three inviting levels and five fabulous double bedrooms, it’s easy to see why this property got snapped up.

We talked with the sellers about the hidden treasures of living there.

Q. Tell us about the property, what was it like to live there?

A: We bought the property back in August back 2017. We loved the Aughton area, it's a stone's throw away from Ormskirk town centre as well as public transport, this means we could get to both Manchester and Liverpool within an hour.

When we originally bought the property it was a dormer bungalow, it did not look like it does today, but we saw its potential, but the garden wowed us! Once we had taken a couple trees down there was plenty of natural light which made 150 Prescot road special.

Prescot road before and after

Q. What is your favourite part of the property and why?

A: I don’t really have a favourite part of the house. It's a great house with so many functions, but these would probably be my top three areas.

The kitchen acts as the hub of the home, we eat dinner most evenings and catch up with each other. It is great for settling down and having some family time.

The garden is the favourite of many due to the fully serviced bar and privacy. In the summer we can open up the bi-folding doors and sit out in the garden with family and friends. In winter we can also cosy up and enjoy the garden room by the log fire.

Our current favourite room is the gym, it has been amazing during lock down and kept us sane!

Q. Does your property have any hidden secrets?

A: We have a massive storage area within our girls bedrooms located on the second floor. It’s quite big and my youngest used to like having sleepovers in there and creating dens.

Q. Where did you love relaxing?

I love to make coffee and sit on the patio early during the summer months. It's such a relaxing way to start the day. In the winter I tend to chill and take coffee on the bedroom couch. We're lucky we have such a great spaced bedroom that we can afford to have this. But I also love my sitting room on Friday evenings with a glass of wine - it’s my little bit of time to unwind after a busy week.

Q. What do you love about the Aughton area?

A: Aughton is such a great location as we can hop on the train to Liverpool and be there in 20 minutes or drive to Manchester in 40 minutes. We also love to walk and regularly take our cocker spaniel Teddy to Ainsdale beach or Ruff Woods. We’re lucky to have some cute country pubs local to us with great beer gardens in the summer and rustic log fires for the winter."

Jargon busting: Leasehold, freehold commonhold, what does it all mean?

Jargon busting: Leasehold, freehold commonhold, what does it all mean?

There is so much jargon when buying a house, but don’t fear we are here to help! You may come across the term leasehold and freehold… But what are they and what is the difference...

There is so much jargon when buying a house, but don’t fear we are here to help! You may come across the term leasehold and freehold… But what are they and what is the difference between the two? Read below.

Freehold: What does it mean?

The term freehold, or to be the freeholder of a property means that you own it outright, including the land it’s built on. When buying a freehold, you’re responsible for maintaining your property and land, so may need to budget for these costs.

What are the benefits?

  • You own the property outright, so you don’t have to worry about a lease.
  • You won’t have to deal with a freeholder (known as the landlord).
  • Don’t pay ground rent, services charges or any other landlord charges.

 

Leasehold: What does it mean?

Leasehold means you own your property subject to the terms of your leasehold, meaning you own the buildings but not the ground on which it sits.

When the lease does ends the ownership will then return to the freeholder, unless the lease has an extension.

Some flats are owned via leasehold, which would mean you own the property in the building but have no say over the building overall.

It is important to remember to be aware of any service charges when considering buying a leasehold property as it could affect if you can afford to live there. Charges to keep an eye out for:

  • Ground rent.
  • Administration charges, or
  • Buildings insurance (arranged by the landlord).

 

If you would like to purchase the lease on your house this is possible but you can also extend your lease by 90 years, provided you are a qualifying tenant and have lived in the property for two years.

What are the benefits?

  • Within some leaseholds it is the responsibility of the freeholder when repairing communal areas in and around the property or negotiating with neighbours to get it sorted.
  • Terms in your lease mean if you're having any issues, for example with noisy neighbours, this can be dealt with by the landlord, rather than you taking the issue up directly with police.
  • In some leases the buildings insurance will normally be sorted on behalf of the freeholder.

 

(Remember to check all of the small print in the terms of your lease for more details)

Other jargon you may see....

Commonhold properties

A commonhold acts as an alternative to long term-leaseholds. A commonhold allows owners of properties to form a “commonhold” association, which owns both land, building and common areas, this allows them to become responsible for the management, and upkeep of these areas. It is like a leasehold where you would be responsible for your own property. But, in contrast to leaseholds, there is no time limit for how long you own the property.

The important thing to do with all the jargon is simply get advice, we have some amazing property consultants that can help guide you and find the perfect property for your needs…

What jargon do you get confused about?

Pop us a message or comment and it could feature in our next jargon busting post!

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