BEAU­TI­FUL HOMES: What makes a home a hit with buy­ers

The chil­dren are back at school and it’s ages till Christ­mas. So is now a good time to sell your home? Which parts of Kent are on the up and why? What house styles are selling best? We looked to two of Kent’s ex­pe­ri­enced es­tate agents for an­swers

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Us­ing the re­sults and busi­ness lev­els from our suc­cess­ful of­fices through­out Maid­stone, Malling and the Weald, we’ve no­ticed that there has been a peak in pop­u­lar­ity around the Pad­dock Wood and Ton­bridge borders and, as al­ways, the Weald con­tin­ues to en­tice high lev­els of po­ten­tial buy­ers.

Houses here are pop­u­lar due to their lo­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly their close prox­im­ity to Lon­don and the coast for work con­nec­tions while main­tain­ing the ru­ral beauty and charm which is much de­sired.

If we look at Head­corn as an ex­am­ple, the prop­erty mar­ket is go­ing from strength to strength; the vil­lage not only ben­e­fits from a ru­ral/coun­try lifestyle and easy con­nec­tions to Maid­stone and Ash­ford via road and Tun­bridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Lon­don via rail, but it also has the con­ve­nience of hav­ing a lo­cal gro­cery store.

Put sim­ply, it’s so much eas­ier to pop down the road to pick up those few sup­plies rather than visit a larger store, and this will al­ways be a bonus to any po­ten­tial buyer.

Travel con­nec­tions and lo­cal shops are out­side the con­trol of any­one wish­ing to sell their home; this is where a good es­tate agent comes in and will know the unique ben­e­fits of each area, whether it be a small, quiet ham­let in the North Downs or a busy town cen­tre. It’s al­ways im­por­tant to re­mem­ber when selling a house that no two peo­ple will be look­ing for the same thing. If you’re not close to a rail­way sta­tion, there will be buy­ers who will be want­ing that.

I would be con­fi­dent in say­ing that if you have a three­bed­room semi-de­tached house with off-road park­ing and a gar­den, re­gard­less of the lo­cal­ity or even the age of the prop­erty, your house will sell and will sell quickly. It is the fam­ily prop­er­ties that are still lead­ing the way for­ward for the mar­ket, though this isn’t lim­ited purely to three-bed­room semide­tached houses.

The re­quested main fea­ture on our ap­pli­cant data­base is ac­tu­ally the lay­out of rooms, par­tic­u­larly open-plan liv­ing ar­eas. The same goes for a gar­den of any size or shape, for fam­i­lies this can range from enough space to kick a ball around to enough acres to keep a pony.

But re­mem­ber, most peo­ple will run the vac­uum cleaner around the house but many tend to for­get about the gar­den – when it comes to selling your house, treat it as another room and present it at the best it can pos­si­bly be. On the whole, a gar­den or out­side space with a southerly as­pect is a win­ner all year round, but we no­tice that gar­den re­quests do be­come more fre­quent when the weather is good.

It is not only fam­i­lies which are look­ing for a new home – as many of you will have ex­pe­ri­enced, there is al­ways a very high de­mand for bun­ga­lows.

This is mainly due to the lack of them. As we get older we all want to keep our in­de­pen­dence and for this rea­son bun­ga­lows have their own, very lu­cra­tive mar­ket. De­vel­op­ers also look to bun­ga­lows, es­pe­cially if there is an op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend into the roof, which again can up the price.

There is also a steady stream of in­vestors, whether this is a one­off buy-to-let or an ex­pe­ri­enced land­lord, and it is not only apart­ments or maisonettes which they’re look­ing for.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence any free­hold prop­erty in a de­cent enough con­di­tion can be let.

There is never a per­fect time to put your house up for sale, but chances are if you have started to think about it, you’ve al­ready de­cided.

We’ve seen that the mar­ket is strong and that there is no sign of this slow­ing, so if you’re un­de­cided about selling now or in the spring the best ad­vice is to speak to some­one to give ad­vice on what is best for you and your prop­erty.

Si­mon Miller & Com­pany can be con­tacted on 01622 663851

Selling a house with open-plan liv­ing and a gar­den? That’ll do nicely, says Gavin Curd, group man­ag­ing part­ner at Si­mon Miller & Com­pany es­tate agency in Maid­stone, Malling and the Weald.

Red Deer, Bridge Down, Bridge, near Can­ter­bury

Price: £599,950

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