Making That Move
The season is turning, evenings are lighter and spring is in the air. It’s usually the time to think about making some changes around the home. We spoke to a local housing developer and estate agent for their thoughts and tips on making that move.
Hannah Towers, head of agency and partner at Armitstead Barnett estate agents and chartered surveyors.
What is the current property market like?
At this moment, the market has shown some positive signs since we had the election. Statistics say that there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of sales agreed across the north west if you compare January 2019 and January 2020. People are making decisions and taking advice on the best marketing approaches in terms of presentation and price, they are also looking at moving to trusted and established agents all helping to start making things move.
Is there a good time to move to a new house?
There’s not really a bad time to sell a property anymore, but homes usually look best in spring.
What should people look for in terms of location?
We’ve noticed a lot of our buyers have differing criteria, from wanting complete privacy and off the beaten track to enjoying being closer to amenities and walking distance of pubs, shops and schools.
What advice would you give for someone looking to start out on the property ladder?
Go to a professional who will offer sound advice. It’s also important you have an approachable estate agent who is forward thinking but can dig into the detail and display exceptional marketing skills.
Any tips to ensure a sale?
Presentation is key. From a tidy, clean, clutter free house to colourful flowers in the garden and even painting your front door. Once you have the house sorted a good estate agent will ensure it’s well presented through photography and video.
Neil McManus is development manager for Lanley Homes.
Have you seen a decrease in people buy new builds?
We have seen a continued flow of good buyers. Our developments always sell out well.
What are the benefits to buying a new build?
We find more people want to move into a property that they can call their own straight away. We offer the option for people to choose their own kitchen but also all quality appliances are included, the garden is turfed and the specification is top end and it’s all in the price, so no hidden extras.
How do you choose your locations for developments?
We choose our sites carefully. As our properties are family homes (three-four bedroom), we look for areas where there are good schools, good transport access and green space.
How do you compare to other housing developers?
We build low volume, good quality housing. We are all passionate about what we do, so we ensure that what we build is what we would want to live in ourselves. I think that’s why our properties are so popular. We would also suggest to potential buyers that they look at our competitors and do their research.
What should people look for in a new build property?
Layout and design of the home is important. It’s got to flow and work for you and your family. How big are the rooms? What shape are they and what space have you got outside should all be considered.
Choosing a new home is a big decision, but with the right companies on board, you can find the perfect home for you.