We have opened a brand-new branch in Oundle’s Old Town Hall

We are delighted to announce that we have opened our second branch – Fine & Country Oundle & North Northamptonshire – having had a very successful few years with our Rutland, Stamford and South Lincolnshire office.

Our snazzy new branch is located at the exquisite Old Town Hall in Market Place in the heart of Oundle, where we are open Monday to Saturday from 9am. As with our Stamford branch, many of our property experts are local with over 60 years’ combined experience in the industry. They include Directors, Ildi Toth and Jan Von Draczek, and their friendly team: Molly, Fleur, Christine and Jacky.

Specialising solely in residential houses – on the open market as well as those off-market – we will be promoting country houses from approx. £500,000 in and around Oundle, North Northamptonshire, Peterborough and its surrounding villages. We have already had the privilege of selling some beautiful homes in the area to include a former farmhouse in Loddington which sold (stc) just not long after coming to market, and a four bedroom cottage in Kings Cliffe where an offer was agreed within a week.

Our main aim is for clients to enjoy a refreshing approach to selling exclusive homes, combining individual flair and attention with our local expertise to create a strong international network with powerful marketing capabilities. We understand moving home is one of the most important decisions you make and that exclusive properties require a tailored approach to marketing, so our bespoke service adopts a lifestyle approach to promoting our homes, combined with an efficient sales process and excellent customer service. Key marketing tools include professional photographs, brochures filled with vendor quotes, PR in national property press and fun social media content such as our engaging tik tok videos which are proving very popular worldwide!

Meanwhile, buyers can be sure they will receive guidance and support throughout the sales process from start to finish. 

Find Out More

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, our doors are always open for you to come and have a welcoming chat with us. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01832 808 008. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Why is Spring an excellent time to sell?

Chapel Lane, Rutland

Spring is traditionally one of the best times of year to sell a country house. People are feeling happier with blue skies, lighter warmer days and a bit more sunshine in their lives rather than the dark cold days of winter. Families also begin their house search in time for the new September school year. Combine this with today’s very active market as a result of ‘pandemic buyers’ flocking to the countryside, Spring 2022 is a great season to be selling …

Buyer demand is still very strong causing record prices

Demand over the last two years has been truly remarkable, causing far more buyers than there are homes for sale. Rightmove have recently reported there are twice as many buyers as there are sellers and when compared to this time three years ago, sellers are twice as likely to find a buyer within the first week of launching. Meanwhile, house selling weather forecast, PropCast, has found buyer demand is very strong in our area. Anything over 50° is considered a very hot sellers’ market so in Grantham for example, the market heat temperature is 74°, meaning 74% of homes for sale are under off or subject to contract. In Stamford it’s 73°, The Deepings it’s 72°, in Rutland it’s 67° and in Bourne it’s 67°. This indicates sellers in our area have a very good chance of selling their home quickly – as long as you make sure your chosen estate agent has priced and marketed your home correctly of course.

As a result of demand outweighing supply, house prices keep on rising. Rightmove’s latest Index says the average house coming onto the market jumped by 1.7% last month to £353,545, in the biggest month-on-month increase since the mid-noughties. Meanwhile Nationwide reports annual house price growth increased 14.3% between February and March this year. 

Beautiful gardens

Your garden is more important than ever before now, being a big priority for those looking for a country house. The joy of this time of year is that gardens are starting to look very pretty with lots of colour and greenery. This makes for a stunning setting not just on viewings but also in photographs. If you’re lucky enough to have a south facing garden as well, prospective buyers will be able to see just how much sun they can enjoy during the day if they live there themselves.

More light and warmth

This time of year brings longer days, which is great news when selling a home. This is because a brighter home has a much better chance of selling than a darker one. Our professional photographer can really maximise the natural light to create amazing photos as well. Also, given the choice between moving home in the freezing cold and pouring rain, or the warmth of the sun, most buyers will choose the latter. 

Families are looking for schools now

The new school year starts in September and for some families, this means their children are starting at primary or secondary level. With school places now secured, such buyers are now looking for a family home close by, usually within a twenty minute drive. We are very lucky in our part of the country as the region boasts some outstanding schools such as Oundle School, Uppingham School, Casterton College, Oakham Primary, Prince William, Spalding High and Grammar and Stamford Junior and High School. Homes with three plus bedrooms, two bathrooms house and a good sized garden close to these schools are highly sought after. 

Find Out More? 

Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to explain further the benefits of selling in Spring.

Biggest monthly jump in house prices in over 20 years as buyers get FOMO

Sellers can still rejoice as house prices continue to impress as we fast approach the end of Q1 2022, with various housing reports singing the property market’s praises. 

Rightmove’s latest House Price Index has noted that the average asking price of homes has increased by £7,785 to a record £348,804 – the biggest monthly jump in more than 20 years, and 9.5% higher than a year ago. This great achievement means that the average asking price has risen by nearly £40,000 since the pandemic began, compared to just over £9,000 in the two years prior to 2020. For the East Midlands where we operate, the good news continues, seeing the biggest annual increase across all UK regions, up 13.3%, with the average home taking just 40 days to sell.

Meanwhile, Nationwide’s House Price Index, found the average annual house price rose for the seventh consecutive month by 12.6% in February – up from 11.2% the month before. They also noted that the UK has seen the largest ever annual increase in cash terms since their housing report first launched in 1991, with a typical home now worth 20% more than in February 2020, with the average price increasing £29,000 over the last year alone.

What does this mean for sellers now in Rutland, Stamford & South Lincs?

With Spring well on its way, we are still expecting the traditional high levels of activity over the next few weeks that we would usually see, as it’s the time of year when country house buyers want to sell as their gardens are looking lovely. However, this year it’s going to be even busier!

The imbalance between demand and supply is still continuing, causing a fear of missing out (FOMO) with buyers. This is what is supporting the impressive price rises everybody is seeing, especially from those who are downsizing or second steppers seeking more space where they can part commute part work from home. For example, two houses we were instructed on last week both sold over the asking price before we even had a chance to send our professional photographer in! It took just a couple of phone calls to our registered list of buyers to arrange the viewings and secure the sale. 

We are also seeing an uptick in new instructions. This is being driven mainly by downsizers who own the big lovely country garden homes which tend to come to market in Spring. This age group have also been trapped in their homes over the last two years, but now feel safe having people walk around their properties again. These sellers are also buyers, and they have realised the benefits of selling their home (subject to contract) whilst trying to purchase themselves, as those that don’t tend to be the one’s who are missing out. People want buyers who are proceedable now, and this is absolutely key for anybody looking for a country house at the moment. 

Find Out More

For more advice about selling in the Spring market, and the benefits of doing so, contact Jan or Ildi at Fine & Country on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com. You can also visit our website here.

‘Sale’ through to completion this Spring

Holwell – Stamford

The first signs of spring are starting to appear… daffodils are poking through the soil, the sun is shining a little bit more and what a joy it is to have lighter evenings again! It’s also a very exciting time to be selling your home, as traditionally Spring is one of the busiest times of year, especially if you own a lovely country home with gorgeous gardens. So now is the best time to be preparing your home for sale so that photographs can really emphasis them in their full glory. 

However, once you have an offer accepted on your home, nothing is guaranteed until you exchange. The gap between exchange and completion is relatively small compared to pre-exchange, and although most buyers and sellers wish to exchange quickly, sometimes complications can arise which can make the process take months, causing a lot of unnecessary stress for everybody involved. 

Here are some top tips on how to make the process between exchange and completion less painful this Spring… 

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, exchange of contracts means when the buyer and the seller sign legal contracts, and the buyer pays a deposit. Once this has happened, everything becomes legally binding so nobody can back out of the transaction. Most people need to sell their own property first in order to pay the deposit, which can cause a delay – especially at the moment when buyers are struggling to find houses for sale. However, there are many other factors too. A good estate will of course be chasing things up on your behalf, but here’s a few things you can do to help you on your way too… 

Use an excellent solicitor

Also referred to as a conveyancer, they will be your legal representative who deals with the transfer of property on your behalf. They are crucial to the whole process, so ask around for recommendations for firms known for their fast turnarounds. 

Start your buying search asap

There’s still an inbalance between supply and demand, which is making it a lot harder for buyers to find houses because they are up against a lot of competition. Don’t leave your property search to the last minute. Start the process as soon as you possibly can, because one of the leading causes of delays is because the seller can’t find another house to buy.

Have a written mortgage in principle for your next property

If you’re buying something else, many estate agents will only work with proceedable buyers now due to how intense demand is, so start applying for a mortgage at the beginning of your search, if not before. 

Be on top of paperwork

Various forms need to have been filled in. For example property information form, fixtures and contents form, necessary certificates and service reports I.e electrical certificates/boiler service report.

Book your removal company 

Most removal companies are being booked out well in advance at the moment, so make sure you have yours arranged the moment you know your completion date. It may even be worth checking when they are free before agreeing to a completion date, otherwise you risk changing it because you can’t find anybody to move your belongings.

Have costs covered 

Have all the necessary funds in place for all the costs involved in the moving process.  

Always be available 

Make sure you are easily contactable and around to sign the paperwork and contracts. I.e don’t go on holiday! If you know that you need to be away then plan ahead by signing paperwork before you leave and give power of attorney to your solicitor so the process can move forward regardless you are unavailable.

Find Out More 

Despite it being a really strong housing market here, there are numerous things to think about to attract significant interest quickly, and then ensure a smooth ride to exchange and completion. For more information about Fine & Country can help, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com

Why use an estate agent to sell your home ?

Little Farm – Rippingale

With Rutland, Stamford and South Lincs seeing a booming housing market over the last couple of years (which is predicted to continue throughout 2022), it may be tempting to try and sell your home yourself. However there’s more to selling a house than saying it’s for sale, not to mention a long list of risks for not using an estate agent.

Most people do use an estate agent to sell their country house. There are plenty of reasons for doing so… Selling requires good preparation. It’s also stressful, time consuming and a world of mind boggling laws, processes and local market knowledge. A good agent can be critical to reducing stress levels and securing the best possible price in a timely scale. Find a good one, and their fee is worth every penny. Here’s a few reasons why you should always instruct an agent… 

Property knowledge

Unless they’re an estate agent themselves, sellers won’t understand how the local market is performing, how their type of house sells, who buys them, how best to market them to that target audience and how much something is realistically worth. Get this wrong and you won’t sell quickly for the best possible price. A good estate agent has all of the experience necessary to give you the best chance of selling quickly and for the best price.

Setting the price right from the offset

We may be in a hot sellers market at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can wack a huge premium on a house. It will only be worth what a buyer is prepared to pay. Last year demand was very intense, and whilst we expect there to be an inbalance between demand and supply again this year, buyers may be more cautious about how much they spend due to rising energy prices and the bank rate. 

Registered buyers

Estate agents have a good pool of serious registered buyers, especially at the moment because there are far more purchasers than there are available homes for sale. 

Conduct viewings on your behalf

We always recommend sellers don’t conduct viewings themselves. This is simply because it tends to make buyers uncomfortable, risking putting them off altogether. Agents are in the best position to arrange the viewings, conduct them and answer any questions. They will always update you afterwards as to how the viewing went.

Various marketing platforms

Sell via an estate agent and you will have access to all of the marketing platforms they use to promote houses to the widest possible audience – not just locally. For example: we advertise locally, we have a press office securing editorial around our houses in the national press such as The Times and Country Life, we list our homes on all of the main property portals, an interactive website, we have global exposure as a result of being part of a huge international network, we have a window display in Mayfair at Fine & Country’s HQ and we appear in Fine & Country’s luxury magazine each month.  People buy as much into lifestyle of a property and its location as they do the bricks and mortar, so we utilise sophisticated, intelligent and creative marketing that provides the type of information buyers need to see.

Good negotiation skills

Negotiating with buyers is not for the faint hearted, and something estate agents are highly trained in doing. They are the best equipped to negotiate on your behalf to get the best possible result. It can be time consuming, stressful and complicated – especially if there are bidding wars or sealed bids going on.

Keeping updated on progress

A good estate agent will keep an eye on everybody’s involvement in the process, from others in the chain through to solicitors. Remember, our job is to manage the sales process from beginning to end to ensure a smooth sale for you. 

Mercia Lodge & Cottages – Spalding

Find Out More 

Despite it being a really strong housing market here, there are numerous things to think about to attract significant interest quickly, and then ensure a smooth ride to exchange and completion. For more information about Fine & Country can help, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com

UK property market sees strongest January for 17 years 

The Spinney

According to Nationwide, 2022 started off with a bang for the UK housing market, recording the strongest January since 2005 as annual house price growth rose by 11.2%.

This has brought the average price of a home to £255,556 – the sixth monthly increase in a row. Growing 0.8% from 10.4% the previous month, this is also the highest monthly rise since June last year. 

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, mentioned: “Housing demand has remained robust. Mortgage approvals for house purchases have continued to run slightly above pre-pandemic levels despite the surge in activity in 2021 as a result of the stamp duty holiday, which encouraged buyers to bring forward their transactions to avoid additional tax.

“Indeed, the total number of property transactions in 2021 was the highest since 2007 and around 25% higher than in 2019, before the pandemic struck. At the same time, the stock of homes on estate agents’ books has remained extremely low, which is contributing to the continued robust pace of house price growth.”

Meanwhile Rightmove claim early-bird sellers benefitted from increased buyer competition last month as the number of buyers enquiring about homes was 15% higher than January 2021.

What do we expect for 2022? 

The UK housing market has certainly had a good time so far this year. January is traditionally a strong month anyway, as many people add ‘moving’ to their list of New Year’s resolutions, but 2022 has been a phenomenal one. 

As we quickly head towards spring, we are now starting to see early signs that more property choice is on its way, which is great news for our long list of registered buyers. Owners of country houses tend to have lovely gardens, and these only look their best in the warmer months. We have therefore been very busy valuing such properties since the beginning of the year across Rutland, Stamford and South Lincs, as homeowners start to chat with estate agents and solicitors, whilst preparing their homes for sale. This shall certainly help rebalance supply and demand, but there are still plenty of purchasers out there. They may be slightly more cautious about how much they spend due to rising energy prices and the bank rate, but we still expect it to be a very busy year indeed. As long as sellers are realistic about what their home is worth and ensure they are using an estate agent who is using the best marketing methods possible to reach the widest audience as possible, 2022 should be another bumper year. 

Considering selling? 

If you’re considering selling this spring, you can contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 for more information about how we promote homes to the widest possible audience with our award winning marketing services, and/or to arrange a no obligation market appraisal. 

Boxing Day could be the best day to be selling your home

Traditionally, the winter season isn’t seen as a prime time to be selling a home, but the property portals tell a different story. Boxing Day in particular sees a surge of buyer activity, and we believe there are plenty of other benefits too for selling during the Christmas period. Here are a few of them plus some top tips for selling this December…

Portals see a surge in web hits

All of the portals claim that they see a substantial spike in web hits over the festive season, in particular Boxing Day. Rightmove for example have announced that last year they recorded 51 million visits between Boxing Day and new year – a 54% rise on the year before. With free time on their hands combined with the digital age we now live in, it’s of no surprise that people are browsing on their tablets and mobile phones to see whether they can find their dream home – often it’s a new year’s resolution. We too have seen internet traffic on our website increase during the Christmas holidays, so it is absolutely vital that sellers are taking advantage of this online activity. Last year, we received 30 phone calls and 18 emails from the portals we advertise on, and I suspect we shall see the same if not more this year as the buying frenzy for country life continues as a result of the pandemic.

There’s reduced competition

There’s usually far more buyers than there are properties for sale over the winter season, which means sellers don’t have to ‘compete’ with as many people to grab the attention of purchasers. This tends to have a positive impact on how high the offers are …

Buyer demand is still going strong

Over the last eighteen months, many of our houses sold within a week of launching to market – most of them within a month. This intense demand is still going strong, far outpacing the volume of good quality of homes for sale. We are organising on average 10 viewings on our homes, even now when we’re just 3 weeks away from Christmas Day! Buyers are still paying a premium to live in and around Stamford, Rutland and South Lincs too, in their quest for an idyllic life in the countryside. Our sellers who have seen the best sales results are those with homes in good condition, have large gardens, a good alfresco entertaining area and either a separate office or a dedicated study within the house itself. Now is the perfect time to be taking advantage of this activity.

Glebe Farm in South Lincolnshire looking amazing in front of a winter sunset

Homes are warm and cosy

Winter is the perfect time to play on your home’s cosy, family-friendly charm, especially on viewings. There’s something quite magical about walking into a property and seeing the warm glow of table lamps, candle light and a fire, alongside tabletop centre pieces with winter greenery and seasonal senses including a cinnamon diffuser and a freshly cut Christmas tree. It makes a buyer imagine exactly what it would be like for them to spend Christmas there themselves. 

Be careful with seasonal photographs 

It’s better if you have photographs taken before you put your decorations up, or have them removed temporarily whilst pictures are being taken. This is because if your home is still on the market in the new year, you will give away how long it’s been on the market for if buyers can still see any hint of Father Christmas and his reindeer. 

Be tasteful with your decorations

Try to keep Christmas decorations simple rather than garish, as buyers could easily be put off on viewings if there’s colourful ornaments, inflatable santa’s and flashing bright lights everywhere. 

Holwell looks amazing from the outside when all of the lights are on

Remove the signs of winter from your home

Presentation is key when selling, even more so in winter when the rooms will feel darker and mud and dust will be around far more than in the warmer months. You need to ensure your house is looking its very best in photographs and on viewings, so deep clean absolutely everywhere (especially if you have dogs!), hoover regularly, salt icy driveways and sweep the paths and garden free of leaves and debris. 

Warm the house up

It’s no doubt going to be cold so ensure the heating is on long before the first viewing arrives. A lit fire is an added bonus for creating a lovely ambiance should you have one, two or three!

Maximise Light

Winter brings much darker days, so you need to allow as much daylight in as possible for viewings. Ensure all curtains and blinds are open, turn on all of your lights, invest in higher wattage bulbs and remove large objects away from windows where they may be blocking natural light.

The kitchen at Retreat Cottage is looking very warm and cosy

Book viewings during daylight

If possible, try and have viewings during the day when it’s light so that buyers can see your home as best as they can. 

Find an agent who is open during the holidays

In addition to choosing a good estate agent who truly understands their local property market, knows how to promote your home to the widest possible audience, and won’t overprice your house in order to win your business, it’s worth having somebody who is open during the Christmas holidays. Ideally, you want them at least responding to buyer enquiries, even if it’s for booking viewings in for the new year rather than the latter part of December. Do let them know if you are happy to have viewings between the 27th and new years however – just remember to tell them when you will be entertaining guests! 

Find Out More

For more information about selling your country house in Rutland, Stamford or South Lincs, contact Ildi or Jan on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com

7 ways to sell your house fast this winter

If you’re thinking about selling your house this winter, you may be wondering how you can take advantage of the buoyant market in order to find a buyer quickly and sell at a good price. Whatever your reasons for selling, there are many factors to consider which can help attract potential buyers. Here are seven important one’s…

Manor House – Burton Coggles – We are a big fan of twilight photography, and this gorgeous village house in Rutland is no exception. 

1. Professional photography

The saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is so true when selling a home. Excellent imagery of interiors, gardens and the exterior ensures sophisticated presentation which is the key to successful marketing. This is because they are the first thing a buyer will see whether it be a portal, brochure, newspaper or an estate agent’s website. Bad images can easily put buyers off if they’re not up to scratch, and you only get one chance to make that all important first impression. Otherwise, you risk your house being on the market for longer, de-valuing in the mind of buyers. It’s therefore vital to ensure your house is being marketed with professional imagery which will capture the finer details of fixtures, fittings and character features, as well as produce sharp exterior and garden shots. This is even more important in winter when gardens will be looking bare and the skies dark. This level of quality cannot be achieved with a smartphone.

2. Dangle the ‘bauble’ of attractive pricing 

It’s no secret that Stamford, Rutland and South Lincolnshire are in a hot sellers market, with good quality homes selling fast and for great prices. However, you need to make sure you do not overprice your property when launching to market. The consequence of doing so usually results in taking a longer time to sell, where often the final purchase price will be lower than if you had had your home valued correctly from the start. With a short window after launch before a home becomes stale in the eyes of a buyer, competitive pricing will allow for a greater volume of viewings, bidding wars, a higher selling price and a quicker sale. Here we explain these benefits a bit further

3. Embrace modern technology and maximise marketing exposure 

A good estate agent will be embracing modern technologies alongside traditional methods in order to create the best results for their sellers in print and online. How people find and view homes has changed, especially during the pandemic, so you need to make sure your house is being marketed beyond a shop window, website or portal. Other platforms such as social media and national press are excellent ways to attract the attention of property buyers, with tools such as PR, blogs, video tours and professional photography all playing their part in creating attractive content around properties, as well as ensuring widespread exposure. 

Kilthorpe Grange, Ketton (now sold) – the owners here prepared their home inside and out to ensure the rooms and gardens looked their very best for photographs and viewings.

4. Prepare your home for sale 

To achieve optimal results when putting your home on the market, it is important to stand out from the crowd. A dirty, messy property inside and out whether in photographs or on viewings is not going to entice buyers to make a good offer, if one at all. There’s no need to completely revamp your house or embark on a costly renovation project to achieve a sale, but you will need to ensure it’s looking its very best. A few well-chosen tweaks can give it a fresh look and feel without squandering your savings. Things to consider include decluttering, having a deep clean, tidying away toys and tools, ensuring plenty of light, mowing the lawn, hoovering and fixing minor repairs. 

5. Highlight key features 

The pandemic has brought about a change in what is at the top of a buyers’ house hunting check list. Outside space, home offices, spacious rooms, energy efficiency and good broadband speeds are all being prioritised now, so make sure these are being highlighted in your property’s description for the brochure, portals and estate agent’s website.

Welland House, Rutland (now sold) – This delightful home boasted a heap of post pandemic features that buyers now seek, so we ensured we highlighted them across all of our marketing. We even won a few awards on this house due to our various PR and marketing campaigns!

6. Be flexible

Buyers love a flexible seller, particularly on price as well as on the agreed completion date. Consider the position of your buyer because if they are chain free or are purchasing in cash for example, they should allow for a quicker less complicated sale. The assurance of minimal stress and a swift move can often be tempting enough to agree to a lower price or a delayed completion date. Plus from a buyer’s perspective, they are more likely to make an offer if they feel the seller is going to be easy to deal with. You’d be surprised at how many purchasers get put off or pull out of a sale because they feel a seller is being difficult.

7. Don’t choose an estate agent based on who is offering the lowest fee 

Ultimately to achieve the above, you need a good estate agent who truly understands their local property market. Do your research and find a reputable firm who have an excellent record for selling your type of property. Don’t choose one based on who is charging the lowest fee. Any agent can sell a house, but a skilled one will be able to attractive plenty more interest quickly. Those charging a higher commission are usually the one’s advising and implementing all of the above. 

For more information about selling your country house in Rutland, Stamford or South Lincs, contact Ildi or Jan on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com

How to help attract a quick sale and the best price with your garden this September 

The Long Barn – Rutland

FINALLY, summer is here… we think! September has started off beautifully and looking at the weeks ahead, it does look like the season is starting a little later than usual this year – fingers crossed! 

Like us, you’ve probably been battling garden growth over recent months however, as the combination of humidity and rain has created an ideal set up for everything to bloom and grow. If you’re planning on selling your home this September then it is really important you are keeping on top of your lawns, weeds and plants for viewings as well as for when it’s photographed by your estate agent. After all, you want to achieve a quick sale and the best possible price! Gardens are a huge priority for people now, with some of the best ones attracting a premium, so you need to ensure your photographs are looking amazing wherever your home is being promoted – whether that’s on portals, your estate agent’s website, shop window, brochures and press! 

Whether you do it yourself or give your gardener a list of instructions, here are a few things we encourage our sellers to think about before we send the photographer round… 

The Old Stables – Pipewell

Mow the lawn (s)

Mow, mow, strim and mow – but don’t overdo it otherwise you’ll kill the grass. Fill in any holes your dog has dug up (yes this happens to us!), and remove any weeds or moss growing in the middle of your lawn. If you’re lucky to have multiple lawns, ensure you do this for all of them. 

Weed 

Regularly remove weeds wherever you see them – borders, flower pots, flower beds, hanging baskets, paving cracks and so on are the most common places for the little rascals to thrive. 

Water, deadhead, prune and cut

Buyers will want to see your garden in all its glory at this time of year as it could be theirs one day. With this heat you’ll need to water everything to stop them from dying – imagine how off putting that could be? Meanwhile deadhead and prune to help keep things tidy, and don’t forget to cut back creeping brambles and overgrown hedges and trees. 

Tidy up

How are buyers supposed to imagine what life in your garden would look like if everything is messy? Neatly tidy away anything that doesn’t need to be out – think gardening tools, children’s toys, dog toys, rubbish etc. Clear up after your dog, sweep up, jet wash patio/decking areas if you need to and arrange your gardening chairs around the table. 

Church View House – Elton

Home stage 

With al fresco dining at the top of a buyer’s list now it’s worth dressing any outdoor seating areas with rugs, throws, a table cloth, cushions etc. This can help reinforce to buyers that your home offers a fantastic spot for entertaining outside or to enjoy a romantic night out at home. 

Do repairs 

If your fence, shed, side gate, summerhouse, green house and so on is looking a little battered, it’s worth repairing them as anything broken will be noticed by buyers. Don’t put them off!

Find Out More

For more advice about maximising your garden’s appeal in order to sell your home this September quickly and for the best possible price, do contact Jan and Ildi on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com

The benefits of selling your home via open house

Open houses are a hugely under-utilised tool in the industry for selling a home, but we really believe in them as there are many benefits for sellers. From saving time and managing viewings more effectively to selling quickly and attracting bidding wars, here are a few reasons why it’s one of our favourite ways to sell a home in Rutland, Stamford and South Lincs…

Bank House attracted 12 viewings and 4 offers via open house

Save time

If your home is highly attractive and sensibly priced, the chances are you are going to have plenty of viewings booked in. However, having to ensure your home is looking its very best several times in the week can be exhausting and time heavy – especially if you lead busy lives. Cleaning, dusting, tidying away…. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do all of this in one go to minimise disruption to your life and get back to ‘normality’ quickly? With an open house, you can!

Maximise interest

We tend to find that properties advertised as an open house allows our sellers time to whet buyers’ appetites, generating a good sense of urgency and interest. We therefore encourage properties to have two to three weeks between launch and the open house date to ensure interest has absolutely peaked before we invite potential buyers round. Thus ensuring maximum exposure and creating some healthy competition on the day!

Glenville attracted 8 viewings and 2 offers via open house

Attract serious buyers only

Open houses allow enough time for us to vet each buyer so that we can ensure the only people viewing are in a proceedable position. This helps increase our chances of selling the house at the end of the day.

The potential to attract higher offers

Open houses usually create competition amongst buyers, which generates multiple offers. These are often (but not always) over the asking price.

Be sustainable

As well as being an efficient use of time, it is also a more green way of selling a home because it removes numerous trips back and forth to a property. This helps us as a company to reduce our carbon emissions – a small part, but every little counts right?

Glasshouse Farm attracted 7 viewings and 4 offers via open house

Structured appointments

We organise timetabled appointments which allows us to control the situation and flow on the day. This ensures that it remains a personal experience for our sellers as well as the buyers.

Things to bear in mind… 

Be patient. The waiting from launch to open day can be torturous but trust us – it is worth the wait. We have an excellent track record to prove it! But timing is key, jump too soon and you will fall, too late, and you will miss the boat.

Open houses can be perceived by some buyers as unfair, because the high demand means that those not in a position to proceed right away are at a big disadvantage. As a seller, this however streamlines the process, ensuring that there are only serious contenders on the table.

Oak Road was a huge success selling via open house

Find Out More

For more information about selling your home this way, please do contact Jan and Ildi on 01780 750 200 or e-mail: stamford@fineandcountry.com.