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| 21st June 2016 | Residential News, Residential News
21 June
Jun 21
21st June 2016

1. First Impressions Count Ensure that your “kerb appeal” is at its best.  Prospective buyers often drive or walk past and are more likely to want to know what’s inside the house if the outside is neat and tidy.  If you don’t have green fingers, ask a landscaper to help you.  Do you have some guttering that you’ve been meaning to replace?  Then replace it.  These jobs may be small but they’ll be big enough to put some people off.  Try to ensure that the garden is neat, windows are clean and that any rubbish is out of the way.  If you have a driveway, make sure that it is weed free.  Make the best of what you have to offer. 2. Making an Entrance Whether you have a hallway, a porch or are bringing guests straight into your house, this should be welcoming and clutter free.  Remove or store any bulky furniture.  Often the Estate Agent will accompany prospective purchasers so ensure that they have the correct keys, that the door opens easily and that there is space for everyone. 3. It’s Time to Tidy Up Your Life You’re going to be moving so this is the time to deal with anything you don’t want to take with you.  Although you may be moving because you need more space, you don’t want your buyers to realise this.  Once you’ve taken unwanted items to the charity shop or boot fair, make shelves clearer and have boxes ready for items often used so that if you need to tidy them away quickly you can pop them in a box. 4. Let’s Not Get Personal Most people have pictures of their nearest and dearest but you want buyers to visualise themselves in your home and not to be distracted by your belongings.  This is a great time to pack personal items such as photographs away.  Allow yourself time in the morning to make beds, tidy bathrooms and wash or put breakfast dishes away.  Kitchens and bathrooms are often a priority for buyers so make sure they see them at their best.  Not everyone’s taste is the same – you may be a Star Wars fan or love bold art but this can be a distraction, so if you have strong pieces that are not to everyone’s taste it may be an idea to pack these away safely and replace them with something more subtle. 5. Rooms for Improvement Make sure that rooms are shown as described.  You may have changed your third bedroom into an overspill junk room but potential buyers will want to see a bedroom and not two rooms and a junk room.  Has your office/dining/games room all taken over one space?  Try to distinguish it as one room so as not to confuse buyers. 6. The Sweet Smell of Success We get used to our own aromas and many people have beloved cats and dogs but not everyone appreciates the smell of wet dog or cat litter.  If you smoke, start smoking outside keeping any butts out of sight.   Ask an honest friend to tell you if they can smell anything that might put buyers off and try to alleviate any unwanted “pongs” by having well placed candles, oil burners, plug in or stand-alone air fresheners in place.  Unwanted smells can put buyers off.  If you have pets, try to arrange that they are in one place when viewings take place or are taken for a walk and that their bedding is as fresh as possible. 7. A Blank Canvas Your house is your home and it is up to you to paint it whatever colour you want or to paper it as outrageously as you like but strong colours and patterns can put buyers off.  Not everyone can see beyond the paint or paper.  If you are able to replace bold colours in mute or neutral colours again, your potential buyer will see a blank canvas. 8. How Does Your Garden Grow If you have outside space whether it is a small back yard with enough space for a table and chairs or acres of lawn, make sure these are well kept.  If a buyer walks into a back yard full of weeds and rubbish or a lawn that’s a foot tall, all they will see is work.  E...

| 20th June 2016 | Commercial News, Commercial News
20 June
Jun 20
20th June 2016

The Times revealed: Top ten UK property hotspots for the next decade – and the tell-tale signs a neighbourhood is ‘up-and-coming No. 5 on the list is: Hythe, Kent The town sits on the English Channel, barely a stone’s throw from France and Belgium. Despite this, with the help of the HS1 rail link London is little more than an hour away. Picturesque golf courses surround the town, which also benefits from the proximity of the Channel Tunnel. Average house price is £287,077 rising to £431,334 for a detached property.   Folkestone Harbour regeneration work to begin this year Work will begin this year, according to the Folkestone Harbour Company Work on the highly-anticipated regeneration of Folkestone Harbour will begin this year, it has been confirmed. Folkestone Harbour Company will commence work on sea defences in 2016, before applying for planning permission for the first phase of development in the area. David Crump has been appointed to lead the planning and delivery of the project, which was first mooted more than ten years ago and received planning permission last year. The announcement was made on the same day as the re-opening of Folkestone Harbour Arm on a permanent basis. He said: “Research indicates that market conditions support the development of Folkestone Seafront at the current time. “We therefore propose to move forward quickly to help trigger the full range of the socio-economic benefits we expect this project will bring. “The scale of the development means it will require significant new infrastructure, and it involves the creation of a high-quality environment, all of which comes at significant cost. “The award of the recently-announced grant of £5.1 million from the Regional Growth Fund has helped to trigger the start of the work we will now undertake.” Work, which is also being funded by Sir Roger De Haan, will include using additional shingle to reinforce the beach and mitigate the risk of flooding. It is said “lower than average returns” will make the plans “less attractive to conventional developers”. Mr Crump added: “During the coming months, there will be considerable activity on the site and we shall see significant steps towards the delivery of this major new development for Folkestone and its seafront.” A harbour revision order, which would spell the end of large commerical shipping in the town, has also been submitted by Folkestone Harbour Company. New Quality Development in Hythe Fell Reynolds, sole agents have now launched for sale the new gated development in central Hythe ‘Osborne Court’. The quality development consists of 7 houses and 1 maisonette and are due to be completed by the end of June 2016. Prices range between £185,000 – £285,000) The show home is now available to view by appointment. Call us on 01303 266422. Fell Reynolds Management Due to another successful year, Fell Reynolds Management have moved to larger premises to house the ever expanding team. Now based at Glenmore, Shearway Business Park, Folkestone. ...

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