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
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.
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