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Do I need a for sale sign outside my property?

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With the internet now the leading method of property marketing you may well be asking yourself, “do I need a for sale sign outside my property”? As estate agents in Bishop’s Stortford, this is of course a question we are regularly asked and so we thought it would be a good topic for our latest blog post. Rightmove and Zoopla have of course now taken over as the market leaders in property advertising. The newspaper and shop windows are now outdated and people are turning to the internet to start their search for their next property. What about the for sale board though? Has this died along with other traditional property advertising methods?

Let’s start with a question – why WOULDN’T you want a for sale sign outside your property?

The main reason we come across, is that many home owners are worried that their neighbours will find out that their home is for sale and they’ll be the subject for gossip for weeks to come. It’s certainly a talking point when a new property comes up for sale in your street, I can’t help but hop on to Rightmove and check out the details whenever one becomes available where I live (that’s if we’re not selling it already!)

However, the truth of the matter is that regardless of whether you have a board up or not, your neighbours will know your home is for sale! How? Through our friends over at Rightmove and Zoopla is how. So many people I know are signed up to Rightmove’s property alerts for their local area so they can keep track of what’s on the market and check out the local property prices. Many of these people aren’t even considering moving home but they like to browse Rightmove out of interest. Even if a neighbour doesn’t sign up to Rightmove themselves no doubt another neighbour will fill them in, or perhaps a friend will mention “I noticed that there’s another house for sale in your street”. They will know!


Do I need a for sale sign outside my property? 

Let’s consider now – why WOULD you want a for sale sign outside your property?

If you’re selling your home then no doubt you’ll want to sell it for the best possible price, in the shortest possible time frame – everybody does! The way we see it is that all exposure is good exposure and if you really want to get your property sold, then having a board up outside can only be a good thing. We get 7% of all our enquiries as a result of boards outside properties in Bishop’s Stortford (and the surrounding areas) and whilst you may argue that’s a small percentage it’s still almost 1 in 10 of all our enquiries. It’s a potential extra viewing or two that you wouldn’t have had otherwise without someone having spotted your board. Sometimes people spot a board outside, like the look of the house and will make an enquiry whereas perhaps it didn’t appear on Rightmove under their search criteria and so often we find people end up buying properties that are totally different to their initial ideas!

Plus nowadays we’re using our revolutionary ‘brochure boxes’ so that passers-by can take a copy of the property details there and then as they’re passing, this is ever increasing the number of enquiries we gain from advertising by for sale boards. If you haven’t seen these already then take a look at our blog post ‘Bishop’s Stortford estate agent, revolutionary new idea’ –   The other benefit of these boards is that if the neighbours ARE aware of houses for sale, think about their network of friends and family who may be looking to move to the area. We all know networking works, so who better to sell living in your street than your own neighbours?

We advise all property owners to have a for sale board outside their property. It certainly can’t hurt and will give you that little bit of extra exposure that could be that extra viewing you need to get an offer. What have you got to lose?

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Do I need a for sale sign outside my property?

Colour – A home seller’s best friend

If you’re living in Bishop’s Stortford and thinking of selling your home this spring, you may have started thinking about ‘selling prep’. This is a term used by lots of estate agents in Bishop’s Stortford and it refers to getting your home ship-shape and ready to sell.

You might have been considering giving the garden a facelift, maybe even putting in an extension or a new bathroom or kitchen. There are so many options when it comes to adding as much value as possible to your home (read our post “How to add value and sell faster”) but believe it or not, adding a splash of colour makes a huge difference too.

Here are our top tips for using colour to really show off your home for sale:

Give your front door some love. Is your front door looking a bit shabby and in need of TLC? Giving it a fresh lick of paint not only makes your door happy but can drastically improve the look of the frontage of your property too. We find that blue, green and red are the best colours to go for if you want maximum impact.

Skirting board and ceiling touch-ups. I know as a colour link this seems tenuous but giving your skirting boards and ceilings a fresh lick of white paint can have a surprising effect on the neat appearance of a room. We often neglect to pay attention to these areas but remember – buyers look EVERYWHERE.

Small space? No worries! If you don’t live in an 8 bedroom mansion it can be hard to create the illusion of space, especially with all your bits and pieces floating about. Our top tip for cosy-sized homes is to keep your colour scheme light and bright. Magnolia, pale duck egg blue, salmon pinks and even pale greens and greys are all great if you’re keeping up with interior trends. Banishing dark paint will illuminate your rooms and make them look bigger.

It’s not all about paint. Adding colour doesn’t have to be about getting the paintbrush out. Adding contemporary wallpaper as a feature in a dining room or bedroom is on trend and is a slightly less messy way to give your rooms some personality on the cheap.

Colourful furnishings. This is probably one of the cheapest ways to impress your buyers subliminally when they come to view your home, particularly if you live in a new build property. New-build tend to be decorated as a very blank canvas to appeal to as many people as possible, but this can come across as bland. So to push past the plain look, accessorise with bright scatter cushions, feature ornaments, bright flowers and lampshades to give your rooms a pick-me-up.

It can be hard to know when to stop when it comes to preparing your home, so it’s best to ask a friend to help you focus on between 1 and 3 rooms that need attention the most.

Adding a splash of colour can make you, and your potential buyers, feel happy even on a down day so try out some of these techniques and let us know how you get on! We’d love you to tweet us some pictures of your colour experiments to @PPropertyShop.

Bye for now colour-lovers!

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Colour – A home seller’s best friend

Why now is the best time to sell your home…

If you live in Bishop’s Stortford, I know you’ve heard it all before:

“Sell now- buyers waiting!” “Housing market has picked up- sell now!”

You might even think that there’s no guaranteed good time to sell your home in Bishop’s Stortford, but in fact, we as estate agents know for a fact that spring time is the best time to put your home on the market. Here’s why:

  1. The hubbub of the festive season is over – often, especially for first time buyers, they spend one too many Christmases living at home with family and they decide that NOW is the time to get that all important first house.
  2. The weather is improving – this might seem a mundane point BUT once the sun decides to make more of an appearance this can have a huge positive impact on your property photographs. We all know how crucial great photos are to selling your home so having the weather on-side is a must.
  3. The summer holidays haven’t started yet – this is important. Most people factor in a few weeks for their sales to complete and ideally you want to move house when everyone has a bit of time off. So putting your house on the market before the summer holidays is great because lots of other likeminded movers will be doing the same.
  4. Tie in with your spring clean – this can be a super handy way to kill two birds with one stone as they say. Giving your home the dreaded spring clean needn’t be a chore if you’ve got hopes to sell. By giving your home a serious deep clean you can rest assured that potential buyers will fall in love with your lovely, tidy home.
  5. Fresh start – much like the above, in spring time lots of people will be looking for a fresh start; either to try something new or start a new job and often, people will be looking for a new home too.  In the spring, people are de-cluttering their homes and their lives and your property could be exactly what they need; de-clutter and stage your home in the right way and it could sell like hotcakes.

Obviously the spring time buzz can’t be applicable everywhere and to every situation and there are a few pitfalls that you need to make sure you avoid.  One tip is to:

Check out your council’s website – you don’t want to put your home on the market just as major road works are about to start up the road or just as planning has been granted for a huge building extension next door.

Selling your home is all about tactics and timing. Make sure that not only you and your home are prepared but that you are as clued up as possible about what is happening in your local area so you can make sure you don’t put your home on the market at the wrong time.

To celebrate spring, we’re asking everyone for their top spring cleaning secret! You can tweet your secret to @PPropertyShop or emailinfo@thepersonalpropertyshop.co.uk and we will share the top tips on our Facebook page.

Happy selling!

Why now is the best time to sell your home…