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Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Outside Space

Gardener in the garden

In this two-minute read, we share some simple ideas to improve your garden. 

When it comes to outside space, size doesn’t matter – it’s what you do with it that counts. According to a recent survey, gardens took the top spot on wish lists for both buyers and renters (source: Rightmove). Here are some tips for making the most of your outside space. 

Light it up

Twinkling fairy lights can make even the most modest of spaces look magical. But to really put your garden in the spotlight, why not add some statement pendants or standing lamps for a warm glow. Church-style candles in glass hurricane vases are fantastic for atmospheric lighting – and great value, too. 

Mirror, mirror on the wall

A relatively new concept, but one which is gaining momentum, is the idea of hanging mirrors in small courtyard-style gardens. Subtly creating a sense of space, mirrors can add a stylish element to your chosen theme – use driftwood frames for a casual beach style or ornate vintage enamel for shabby chic.

Walls without limits

Think of walls and fences as a blank canvas. If painting a mural is beyond your artistic capabilities, have fun with stencils to create some stunning wall art. Attach colourful plants to a wall to make a ‘living’ wall and at the same time, you’ll save valuable floor space for patio furniture. Fences can be used to train sprawling vine-like plants and flowers. Liven up hedges by adorning them with strings of pretty solar lights using struts within the branches.

The grass CAN always be greener

If you’re lusting after a luscious lawn but your shady garden means that it’s more moss than meadow, consider whether artificial grass or decking might be a better option. Synthetic grass has come a long way since the early luminous green options. 

In property selling, kitchens used to take pole position in marketing materials. But gardens are now vying for the top spot. Excellent photos of the outside space your property has to offer are a must. 

We only use the highest quality photos in our property marketing campaigns. If you’re thinking about selling your home, speak to us about how best to highlight your property’s finest features.

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The Truth about Low-Fee Estate Agents in the Bexley

Little secret

In this two-minute read, we look at why low agent fees don’t equal top selling price.

Unless your name is Elon Musk, selling your home will probably be the biggest transaction you make in your lifetime. So, who will you entrust to get you the best deal?

Option 1: You go for the agent with the lowest fee. This agent is a doppelgänger for Del Boy, but you love the idea of saving yourself a few hundred quid in fees.

Option 2: You go for an agent who makes properties look and sound A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The fee is a little higher, but they have a reputation for achieving sales that are above asking price.

Do the math

The agent in Option 2 offers the best value because they will put the most money in your pocket.

When an agent cuts their fee, they’re cutting back on the time and money they invest in marketing a property. 

They might sell your home, but they won’t get the best possible price for it.

Here are five ways to tell if an agent will offer you good value.

Images

Top agents use quality photography to capture properties at their best. Grainy, shadowy photos taken on a smartphone are a turn-off for buyers.

Property descriptions

Look at how agents market properties online. Do the descriptions create an aspirational picture? Or are you reading a list of measurements, plug sockets, and radiators? Good agents will also include a floorplan in listings.

Bringing a property to market

If an agent brags that they can have your property on the market by tomorrow, run for the hills because they’re cutting corners. The best agents have a tried-and-tested launch strategy that takes more than 24 hours to implement – but adds thousands of pounds to a sale.

Long tie-ins

An agent who is confident that they can sell your home doesn’t need to lock you into a lengthy tie-in (some agents push for 20 weeks’ exclusivity).

Social media

Even if you’re not on Instagram or Facebook, many buyers are, so go with an agent with a strong social media presence. Look for engaging posts that cover more than properties for sale. Community content, mortgage updates, and video sneak peeks are big winners.

We all love a bargain (that’s why Poundland exists), but with a low-fee agent, the person who lands the greatest deal is the buyer, not the seller.

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, get in touch with us here at The Property Cloud. We’ll exhaust every possible avenue to secure the best price for your home.