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Getting your home ready for photographs

A picture is worth a thousand words and that’s true when it comes to marketing your property for sale. At Gray’s we take pride in what we do and showcase your home at its very best. You can also help to prepare your home – here are some tips to make your home picture perfect:

Kitchen:

  • Clear away any clutter off the surfaces 
  • Put away tea towels and oven gloves 
  • Hide your bin from view
  • Add some fruit or fresh flowers for a splash of colour

Bedrooms:

  • Ensure your beds are made – ideally with plain bedding 
  • Clear away any clutter from bedside cabinets and any drawers /shelves
  • Make sure clothes and shoes are put away 
  • Ensure there is nothing visible under the bed 

If you would like any further help with preparing your home for the photographer and subsequent viewings, please do not hesitate to ask – we are happy to provide any guidance you may need....

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Preparing your home for sale

First impressions count. When buyers are looking for their new home, it is key to invest some time and effort up front to prepare your house to help buyers picture themselves living in your home. It is also important to show your properties full potential to give it the best outlook and therefore there will be more positive feedback and a faster sale!

Treat this as a checklist to prepare your home:

  • Declutter
  • Home staging and effective use of space (sells your property 73% faster)
  • Depersonalise
  • Improve your lighting
  • Sort out smells
  • Be inspired
  • Enhance kerb appeal
  • Keep it clean
  • Maintenance – finish odd jobs
  • Garden upkeep

In conclusion it is easy to overlook the details in your property that can make or break a sale. By making sure you are always viewing your property from a buyer’s perspective and acting like it is the first time you have seen your property, it will impress buyers who in return will impress you with good feedback and offers.

Virtual valuation advice

During times when we are not able to physically visit your property, we can still offer valuation advice so you can continue the process in selling your home. We have qualified valuers which are happy to undertake virtual tours of your home, provide you with comparables along with up to date market advice and comparable sales to ensure confidence when entering into the market. We can seamlessly link each stage of the sales process for you. Dont miss your dream home.

Call us on +44 1624 678 876

Web site - www.graysestateagents.com/valuation

Buying and selling a house can be daunting and overwhelming, especially with all the property jargon that is used. The link below is a guide explaining some of the most frequent terms within the industry: 

Sold STC
Sold subject to contract. This means a deal at a certain price has been agreed by the buyer and seller, however nothing is legally binding until the exchange of contracts. This means that until contracts are signed later down the line, either party can pull out of the transaction.

Chain
Most people need to sell their current home to be able to afford to buy the next one, and the people they sell it to need to sell their home as well. This is what is meant by a ‘chain’ and if one link pulls out, the whole chain can collapse. An ‘upward’ chain is everyone who is above you, and a ‘downward’ chain is everyone below you.....

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You may have noticed a new addition to our website – W3W Pinpoint link.

What3Words is a location tool which allows us to share a pinpoint location. We can point to a specific parcel of land, identify a desired entrance to use or even a parking space. His is a great tool to share with family and friends when showing them the house you are looking at or a place to meet before a viewing.


What3Words have split the world into 3m squares and gives each one a unique identifier made from 3 words. The words can’t be chosen and can often be quite quirky but a fun tool to use.

Learn how to use what3words here: http://what3words.com/how-to-use-the-what3words-app

Find Grays at https://w3w.co/mergers.blacked.crab

View from anywhere...

We keep up to date with all the latest tech, gadgets, software, digital and social platforms and give consideration as to how it can improve your buying/selling experience.

'Virtually Home' is another option that Grays provide allowing buyers to view homes via a video link. We appreciate it does not replace the full experience of a physical viewing, the smells, the light, the feeling of space, the sounds, but it can certainly help buyers make a more informed decision, if you can not physically view. We offer clients the option for a video tour of their house allowing us to capture the character and the best parts of their home with the videos attached to the listing or available to view on Grays Estate Agents Youtube channel. Alternatively we can offer virtual viewings with an agent linking up with FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Live video, Facebook live etc. They can go into more detail answering questions as we show you around the property. 

THINKING ABOUT MOVING HOME?

Have you been thinking about moving home but haven’t got your house on the market yet?

The property market is extremely buoyant at the moment with new properties coming onto the market and then selling just as quickly. As an agent we have a large database of buyers ready to proceed i.e., first time buyers with a mortgage approved in principle, cash buyers or people who have sold their property subject to contract.

If you are hoping to move house and have a property to sell, the best advice we can give you is to get your property on the market sooner rather than later, so you are ready to proceed once you have found your next home. As well as being in a position to proceed, you also have less stress when trying to sell your home to secure your next property. If you were not able to proceed it could lead you to accepting a lower offer on your property in order to secure your next home.

People often think they are going to be homeless if they market their house – this is simply not the case. We, as agents will ensure your buyers are aware of your situation and will keep them updated throughout your property search. With the current lack of properties on the market, buyers are willing to wait for their perfect home.

Call today for a free market appraisal.

Dont rely on Telepathy - Register your criteria

At Grays we are working discreetly behind the scenes matching transactions that at times are not publicly seen. So if you are looking do not rely on telepathy, register your criteria with us and allow us to use our tools to match you to your new home. We recommend you have finances in place; speed is of the essence in the current market. 

Ciaran Gray Grays Estate Agents
"Welcome to Grays Estate Agents"
 

We are the Estate Agents that you have been looking for.

A curated team of property professionals that lead the way in targeting and matching buyers to property. We are consumer centric and expand search criteria on a personal basis. Getting to understand your lifestyle choices assists us in delivering tailored results and matching you to your dream home. We are forever inventing new craft whilst the industry is polishing theirs. Our in house creative team and data analysts continue to deliver marketing strategies that allow us to explore and target buyers. A refined and calibrated approach within the property market.

Our responsibility is to deliver business results, Our success is defined by yours.

Top garden tips when preparing to sell:

We are almost into spring and it’s never been a better time to sell your home; a well-kept garden can mean a quicker sale and a higher price.

Here are some top tips:

  1. Cut the grass – It’s all about first impressions so make sure the grass is cut and it looks neat and tidy.
  2. Keep paving and patios pristine – Ensure all weeds are removed and paths and patios are jet washed. Use an old knife to help dig out weeds form the root in between paving slabs.
  3. Garden staging – like your home interior it helps to stage the exterior. Try setting out a garden table with plates and a jug and if it’s a family home, lay out some outdoor games or a swing.
  4. Spring flowers – Brighten up the garden with some flowers and plants; a super quick and easy way to transform the garden without it costing too much! Add some potted trees or box hedge plants your entrance.
  5. Paint – A quick fresh lick of paint will do wonders to brighten your home. Paint fences, sheds and trellises. 

Our offices are also now temporarily closed but our staff will continue to answer any questions you may have by email and phone. For those seeking clarification re impending  property completions, the negotiator handling your sale is available to talk to so please call our office and ask for your agent.    

If anyone has any queries please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

' 97.6% of Grays clients are walking away with the full asking price'

Since launching in Mid 2020 the team at Grays have been focused on providing the best service through each stage of the estate agency process. The market has had limited comparable sales available due to a spike in demand, that has seen and an upward trend in values. The skill of the valuer is then to predict at what level it is at to ensure the best price possible is achieved for the seller. We take pride in the results we have achieved so far, having consistently been on point. Using in house data, market analysis and team work Grays continually provide upto date market advice and marketing setting new precedents on values for many clients. Coupled with strong negotiations 97.6% of Grays clients are walking away with the full asking price. Sensational results. 

Founder Ciaran Gray - "I am really proud of our team and the results we are achieving for our clients. The continued referrals and recommendations are always a good indication that we are getting it right"