If your property has been on the market for a while, you may be starting to give up hope that it will ever be sold. Concerns about Brexit and uncertainty about the economy means some buyers are holding off on their purchases, leaving some properties on the market for months on end. Additionally, it can be argued that in some cases, homes are being listed for unrealistic prices. But don't despair as help as it at hand. Estate agents have revealed their top tips to help not only get your property sold, but for the best possible price.


1. Over personalisation

Modestly-decorated homes are most desirable to buyers, according to estate agents. It means preparing your house for sale might require redecorating if your personal taste is particularly colourful or bold - and consequently unlikely to appeal to the majority of buyers. Potential buyers need to see how their own belongings would fit into the space, and how they could make it their own home.

2. Condition of property

Evidence of damp, cracks in the walls, a roof in poor condition, an old boiler and single-glazed window can all have an impact on how much buyers are willing to spend. If a property is not in good condition, it will limit the number of interested buyers as there will be some people who only want somewhere that is ready to move into. This can be for a host of reasons, be it they don't have the time to spend addressing the issues or they may not have the money needed to be spent fixing them. Any damage or unfinished work should be fixed before the property is put on the market.

3. Bad presentation

Making sure your property for sale is presented in its best possible light is key if you are going to get the value you want out of it. Everything should be clean, clutter tidied away, and any outstanding DIY jobs should be finished. A home has a greater chance of selling quickly if it 'smells fresh' and is clean. A few adjustments to the presentation may be all it takes to get a property sold.

4. Swimming pools

Having a swimming pool might seem like an attractive addition to a property, especially for friends and family who visit during the summer. However, they can be an issue when it comes to selling your home. This is because they can be expensive to maintain, use up a lot of space and they often can't be used that often due to the poor British weather. As such, if your property for sale has a swimming pool, it may be worth considering filling it in. Alternatively, if the swimming pool is in good condition, it may be beneficial to delay the sale of your home until the summer when you can show it off when it is looking at its best in warmer weather. Swimming pools can put off buyers as they can be expensive to maintain and use up space.

5. Planning permission and building regulations

Any extensions or conversions to your property will have required the appropriate planning permission and building regulations. Make sure you have these documents available to reassure buyers that the work was carried out properly.


6. Darkened rooms

Graphite grey may be the one of the most popular colours in interior design, but it may not be so effective when it comes to selling your home. Nine times out of time a bright and airy property will be worth more than a dark and dingy one. But it is not only about the paint colours as overcrowded bushes and trees close to the windows, frosted glass windows or netted curtains can have the same effect of making a property feel less spacious than it really is.


7. Japanese knotweed

The two words 'Japanese knotweed' can set off alarm bells among clued-up homebuyers. The invasive plant can damage the foundations of your home and significantly devalue it if it is at risk of subsidence as a result. Anyone who believes they can see any of the plant in their garden should call a professional to excavate it.


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In addition, our targeted level of media and online exposure on the UK’s most successful online property portals and professional suite of sales materials improves the marketability of your home with exposure to the widest possible audience. As a result, we are able to help you achieve the maximum selling price possible for your home.

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As the London rental market continues to boom so too has the demand from tenants for a professional property management service. Our service is focused on providing the best letting experience for tenants as well as landlords. Our tenant management is so successful that many insist on renting another Latymers property when moving on from their current home.

We thoroughly vet all our tenants before accepting them as residents, choosing high calibre corporate and private individuals to ensure that properties in our care receive the respect they deserve.

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When renting a property, you will need to take into consideration the lettings cost and charges when you make an offer.

Holding Deposit: You will be required to pay a holding deposit equivalent to one week’s rent in order to take the property off the market. The week’s deposit will be taken as part of the full 5 week’s deposit required before the start of the tenancy.

Security Deposit: This is usually the equivalent of 5 weeks’ rent, payable prior to the commencement of your tenancy to cover the added risk of property damage that is beyond fair wear and tear. This deposit will be protected in a Government-authorised scheme and may be returned at the end of the tenancy. All deposits are held in our Clients Account and protected by Clients Money Protection Scheme.

Advance Rent: Rent is usually payable in advance for each tenancy. You will therefore need to pay the first month’s rent prior to the commencement of your tenancy.

Professional Cleaning: Tenants will usually be responsible for paying for a professional clean at the end of the tenancy. Costs can vary depending on the size of the property and your requirements, payable to the cleaning company.

Lastly, the Tenant/s will pay all utility bills, telephone and Council Tax where applicable.

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