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3 Easy Tips To Help You Sell Your Home Before Summer Ends

As summer slowly comes to a close, your focus may be more on your final summer holidays than on selling your home. But the end of summer is a great time for selling if you understand some seasonal strategies to help you push through to the end. Here are three easy tips that can help you sell your home before the end of this season. 

1. Swap your home show time.

Many Britons enjoy holidays and long weekends during the summer months. Whilst this is an enjoyable aspect of summer living, it's not necessarily good news for home sellers who often schedule showings during the weekend. During this final stretch of summer, get creative: schedule your home showings during the workweek, but at the end of the business day, when workers are returning home from work. Swapping the showing day and time can result in a significant boost in buying interest during the summer months. 

2. Focus on kerb appeal.

Because many rural and beachside areas of the UK see an influx of travellers during the summer months, one great way to capture their attention in these areas is to focus your efforts on improving your kerb appeal. Make sure the grass is trimmed and the rubbish is out of sight. Paint the front door a bright, welcoming colour. Appeal to a traveller's sense of sight to make them want to turn their holiday into living year-round in your home. 

3. Get your garden ready for show.

For many Britons, the summer months are about garden living. One way to convince a reluctant buyer during the summer is to showcase your garden area. Tidy the area and spruce the land with fresh summer flowers. Be sure to make space for a comfortable sitting and entertaining area. Appeal to the summer-minded buyer by showcasing just how the property can be used during this season. 

Selling your home during summer is simple if you follow these three easy tips. If you're wanting to 
sell your property online this summer, then Doorsteps can assist you. Visit our website to learn more about our all-in £99 property sell offer -- no commission fee added. 

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Cleaning Before You List? Consider These Three Tips

Preparing for a deep cleaning before you list your home? That can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn't have to be quite as bad as you've imagined. Instead, you can make it a little easier with these three simple tips.

1. Make a Schedule: One of the best first steps to take is to make a schedule of what actually needs to be done. You don't want to overlook anything, and a schedule is a great way to get organized and decide what to prioritise, especially if you'll be cleaning in more than one session. Focus big to start, just in case you get any potential home buyers through the door before you're ready, but then move down to the smaller stuff almost every seller forgets, like under those appliances.

2. Think Odours: Nothing can turn a buyer off faster than a smell, but there are a few ways to freshen things up. Think about cleaning your trash bins with soap and water. Then think about any spots where your pets rest day after day. Washing that bedding and freshening up the area can really help. Finally, consider a whole house spray. Make your own DIY refresher with fabric softener, baking soda, and hot water. Mix it in a spray bottle, then begin using it throughout your home.

3. Don't Forget the Windows: Many people worry about curb appeal, and many people worry about the inside of their homes. What most forget, though, is the transition between the two - the windows. Give them a good cleaning both inside and out. Not only will buyers notice that you've actually cleaned the windows, but they may also notice the additional light that filters in thanks to your efforts.

Cleaning your home before you sell can be tough, but with a bit of organisation at the outset and some hard work throughout, you'll have home buyers will be excited to see and ready to make an offer on. To learn more about how we can help you sell your home faster and for less, contact us today. 

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Does Lighting Actually Matter To Buyers?

If you're about to sell your home, you probably already know that you want to ensure it looks absolutely fantastic in every respect. What you may not know, though, is that there are spots that are fairly easy to overlook. One of the biggest is the lighting in your home. Strategic lighting can help make rooms look bigger, more open, and create the perfect mood for potential buyers. In fact, in some cases, it can make or break that sale.

Where to Begin

Ready for a home lighting makeover? It's easier than you think. Begin by replacing your current fixture bulbs with LED bulbs. Not only do they consume far less energy, but you can choose brighter options that will help change the way people see your space.

Once you've done that, it's time to take a closer look at any rooms that need still more light. In the bedroom or the office, you may want to consider adding a floor lamp or a table lamp. Either of these can give the lighting you want with a warm touch you'll absolutely love. In the bathroom, make certain your shower's interior is well lit. You will want to install a fixture that is rated for damp locations, like recessed shower lights, to help meet safety code requirements. In the kitchen, task lighting can help give potential buyers a bright spot where they need it most. You can typically install a small fixture under your cabinets to give you a bit of light and create the 'wow' factor you really want.

If you're still unhappy with the lighting in your space, it's possible to replace all of your existing light fixtures for a few hundred pounds, and that could help create a much different picture of your home for potential buyers. You may also want to add recessed lighting to areas that remain a concern even after your lighting makeover has concluded. If well placed, they can bounce light off the walls or ceiling to help reduce the shadows that are often common in various spaces within a home.

The way buyers see your home depends on the lights you have inside. One quick makeover could even surprise you!

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Three Home Selling Tips You Probably Want to Ignore

As you prepare to list your home, you're going to get advice from almost every corner. Your neighbour might know a little something about what really sells homes. Your boss has sold three or four homes, and he has a few tidbits here and there. Even your parents will be happy to tell you what you should or shouldn't do. With all of that advice coming your way, though, it can be tough to sort the good from the bad. Here are three tips you shouldn't take (from anyone) before you list your home.

1. You should only sell your home in the spring - Sure, sales of homes may increase in the spring, but that's not the only time of year there are potential buyers available. If you need to list in the summer, fall, or even in the dead of winter, you can still sell your home, and in some cases, it can happen more quickly than you initially thought.

2. You only find buyers if you have an open house - An open house is a great way to get people through the door and spread the word about your home. It's not the only way to do so, however. If you don't have time for an open house or it just isn't what you'd like to do, you can still market your home successfully and get an offer.

3. A traditional estate agent is really the best way to sell your home - Doorsteps has been proving this one wrong for years. Estate agent fees today can be nothing short of ridiculous, but with us, you can list your home for a flat £99. You get a free instant valuation, and your property will automatically be displayed to millions of potential buyers. If you're looking for a fast way to sell your home, but you don't want the high commission, Doorsteps is the way to go, not a traditional estate agent.

You're going to get plenty of advice as you prepare to sell your home. Make certain you sort the good from the bad and get off on the right foot!

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3 Reasons You Should Buy A Holiday Cottage

During the summer months, many Britons turn their focus to their well-deserved holidays. As we enter fully into another holiday season, you may be considering all your travel plans: where you'll stay, eat and sight-see during your vacation. But here's a question you may not have pondered before: is purchasing a holiday cottage more beneficial than letting one from someone else? Here are three reasons why we think purchasing a holiday cottage is the better option. 

1. You'll always have a place to go on holiday. 
When you choose to purchase a holiday cottage, you're actively seeking residence -- if only occasionally -- in an area you love. Purchasing a cottage in Yorkshire means you'll always have a place to stay during holidays, even during peak tourist season. What's more, purchasing a holiday cottage gives you a reason to go on holiday more -- after all, you'll want to make use of it enough to make it worth your investment. 

2. You can use it as a stream of income. 
Many cottage owners let their property temporarily to others whilst away. By owning your own holiday cottage, you are providing yourself with another way to earn an additional income whilst you're at your regular residence. The more attractive the location of your holiday cottage the more lucrative your letting-endeavours can be. Just be sure to block off certain times of the year when you have your own access to the house as well. 

3. You'll have a place to retire when you become a pensioner. 
Perhaps you have a lovely flat in South London now, with all the attractive features that come with living in such a grand city. But what happens when you become a pensioner? Perhaps then you'd rather be somewhere else, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. By owning your own holiday cottage, you'll have a place to live -- an extended holiday of sorts -- throughout the remainder of your life. 

Owning your own holiday cottage has many advantages. If you're interested in finding a holiday cottage of your own, browse the 
online property sales section of Doorsteps' website to discover your very own holiday home.

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This One Feature Could Sell Your House Fast

A recent survey from GoCompare.com of nearly 2,000 Britons shows some surprising trends among modern UK home buyers, the Express newspaper reports. Survey respondents were asked what they felt were 'must-have' features when buying a home in the UK. According to the survey, more than anything else, today's Britons want one main feature in their home: a good mobile phone signal. 

Yes, you read that correctly: a good mobile phone signal. So popular is the mobile phone signal, in fact, that it outpaced even the now lowly bathtub as a property 'must-have'. 

Talk about priorities. 

More Survey Surprises 
The GoCompare.com survey found other interesting 'must-haves' among the survey's British respondents.
Other findings, per the report: 

  • The majority of Britons surveyed said they most desired double-glazed windows, secured doors and central heating -- no doubt the result of the UK's ever-changing weather.
  • Speaking of weather: gardens are also essential 'must-haves'. Apparently, most Britons want to savour and maximise the few fleeting days of summer we're afforded in the outdoors.
  • Driveways and dedicated parking spaces are other outdoor areas most dreamed about by British home buyers. A total of 53 per cent of respondents said they'd love to have their own in their new home.
  • Reliable broadband, space for a large telly and electrical outlets -- lots and lots of electrical outlets -- were also mentioned as 'must-haves' by survey respondents.

What Was Once 'In' Is Now 'Out' 
Though the report listed many new and interesting features that British home buyers are looking for in their new homes, some longstanding 'must-haves' have been downgraded to 'maybes'. Some of the items still valued but now found to be less desired, according to the report: 

  • Good schools
  • Shower cubicles
  • Friendly neighbours
Keeping Up With Desired Features 
What Britons seek in their new homes are changing, as the GoCompare.com survey shows, and home sellers must understand what modern home buyers are looking for. Luckily, you don't have to go it alone. If you're looking for some of the best 
Rightmove estate agents UK has to offer, you need not look further than Doorsteps. Our team of dedicated agents can help you sell your home for as little as £99, and we'll make sure the buyers know your property has a good mobile phone signal. For more information or to see how we can help, visit our website or contact us today. 

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3 UK Property Hot Spots

The overall UK property market continues to show steady progress and growth, as evidenced by various cities around the nation. Depending on your location, you could find yourself in some of the UK's most prised property hot spots, as determined by the Property Reporter website. Do you live in one of the following towns? If so, you're in luck: property in these cities tend to sell the fastest. 

1. Southampton 
Located along England's south coast, Southampton has always been known as a vibrant port city. But to its residents, Southampton could be known as a hotbed of property sales. Most houses in this town stay on the market for around 40 days -- far less than many others in other parts of the UK -- and are valued at nearly £286,524, according to online property website Zoopla. And when a house sells in Southampton, its new owners tend to stay there longer, too -- an average of 7.2 years, to be specific. That's good news for the seller, who has less competition from fellow sellers in a city with high property demand from buyers. 

2. Nottingham 
Whether you're a uni student looking to buy your first house or a seasoned member of the local economy ready to sell your home in this central Midlands city, your chance of buying or selling a decent property in this town is very high. In the past 12 months, nearly 10,000 homes have sold in Nottingham, averaging £194,448 per sale. What's more, homeowners in this community tend to stay an average of only 2.8 years, a positive for buyers looking for a wider selection of available property. 

3. Canterbury 
You don't have to be just a tourist to enjoy Canterbury. In fact, this city -- a pilgrimage destination for centuries -- holds one of the most prised property markets in all of the UK. Properties here go quickly -- so quick, in fact, that most are gone in less than a month. If you're a property owner in Canterbury, you'll stand to make a decent amount of quid, too -- nearly £339,836, on average. 

Do you have property in one of these UK property hot spots? If so, Doorsteps' 
online estate agents UK office can help you sell your property for as low as £99. To learn more, visit our website or contact us today. 

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A Brief Guide to Using An Online Estate Agent

Have you ever asked yourself, 'What do I need to know to sell my property through an online estate agent?' If you have, you're not alone. 

Because online estate agents are still a relatively new concept to some, we've compiled this Q&A to guide you through common questions about buying and selling property with an online estate agent. 

Question: What is an online estate agent? 
Answer: An online estate agent is a property agent who helps you sell your home to prospective buyers online. Just like a traditional estate agent, online estate agents handle many aspects of the home sale process. Some of the responsibilities of an online estate agent include: 

  • Writing unique and compelling property descriptions for an online audience
  • Handling communications with prospective buyers who may have enquiries about your property
  • Assisting with property viewings and price negotiations when a potential buyer shows interest in purchasing your home

Question: How does the home sale process with an online estate agent work? 
Answer: Selling your property online with an estate agent is a fairly simple and straightforward process.
To sell with an online estate agent: 

  1. Reach out to the estate agent. Working with an online agent begins with the seller reaching out to an estate agent. This could be in the form of an email or a phone call. To make the processes move as quickly as possible, a prospective seller should gather the following items before reaching out to the estate agent. 

    • Valuation: These can be obtained free of charge via Doorsteps' free online valuation tool, or may be done in person by an agent at a later date.
    • Snaps: Gather photos of the property that you wish to include with your listing.
    • Unique Features: Compile a list of unique property features or features you think will be most attractive to a potential buyer.

 

  1. The estate agent prepares the materials for listing. After you've contacted the estate agent, they'll begin preparing the items for listing. Most estate agents will list your property on some of the best property listing websites to gain the interest of prospective buyers. After the listing is made, agents will continue their communication with you, helping you schedule property visits from prospective buyers. They may even assist you with price negation, helping you to get the most pounds from the sale.
  2. Finalise the sale. In just a few short weeks, your property agent will help you make the sale you've been waiting for.

Question: How do I get started today? 
Answer: Doorsteps has online estate agents ready to help you get started. 
Contact us to get started today. 


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Why Scotland Offers Some of The Best Property Market Performance in the UK

Scottish property owners, take note: your area of the UK has seen more growth than both England and Wales, according to recent data posted on the UK-based website Property Forum

So what makes Scottish property so special? To discover more, let's have a look at some of the available data. 

Highest Annual Growth in the UK 
Over a recent 12 month period, Scottish property saw an average growth of 5.6 per cent. With this increase, the current average property sale price in Scotland is £148,952. Compare that with other property sales in the UK during that same 12 month period: 

  • England: English property value saw an increase of 3.7 per cent over the past year. That's nearly two points less than Scottish property growth. English property has a higher sale price when compared to Scotland -- the average sale price in England is nearly £243,639 -- but the rate of English growth lacks behind its neighbour to the north.
  • Wales: Welsh property grew slightly more than English property over the past year, to 4.4 per cent. Overall Welsh property value is also slightly more than Scottish property, with an average value of £156,495. Still, the percentage difference in overall growth could indicate the demand for Welsh property is slightly lower than that of Scottish property.

Month-to-Month Strong Growth 
It should be noted that even on a month-to-month basis, Scottish property is growing at a faster rate than that of other areas of the UK, including England and Wales. Geopolitics and the yet unseen outcome of Brexit aside, the value of Scottish property is predicted to continue to rise in the coming months. 

Sell Your Scottish Property Today 
Strong growth in the Scottish property market suggests that now may be the time to sell. If you're an owner of property in Scotland, Doorsteps is here to help you make the most quid from your sale. If you'd like to learn more about 
how to sell your home online, contact Doorsteps today. 

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How To Sell Property You've Inherited in the UK

Your relative has recently died. Upon their death, you inherited some property that they had owned in Yorkshire. The property is great -- a nice detached cottage, perfect for a summer holiday -- but you already own some lovely property in South London, where you reside full time. 

What should you do? 

Many people who inherit property after purchasing their own may choose to sell. If you're looking to sell your property after an inheritance, here's a guide to expenses to consider and steps to take to sell the property you've acquired. 

Expenses to Consider 
Upon inheriting property, you may need to deal with a number of expenses related to the property you've acquired, including taxes, home insurance and mortgages. 

  • Taxes: Depending on the value of the property you've been left, you may be subject to the Inheritance Tax (IHT). Generally speaking, IHT is not charged on the first £325,000 of the estate. However, you should always talk to a trusted accountant or legal professional when determining what taxes may be owed on the property you inherit.
  • Home Insurance: Depending on how long -- or even if -- you will live in the property, you may need to purchase home insurance. Unoccupied insurance should be purchased if the home will be unoccupied for more than 30 days.
  • Mortgages: If mortgage payments remain on the property after you've inherited it, you may be responsible for paying them.

Steps to Selling Your Inherited Property 
Once you have considered and handled the taxes, insurance and mortgage expenses, you are now ready to sell your inherited property.
To sell the property, you will: 

  1. Complete the probate. The 'probate' is the process by which you deal with the legal and financial aspects of acquiring your inherited property. It usually takes between six and 12 months to complete the probate process, where you'll handle resolving all claims and finances of the deceased. For more on the probate process in the UK, see this article from the Gov.uk website.
  2. Choose the method of sale. Once the probate is complete, you are ready to sell your inherited property. You have two sales choices when selling the property: 

    • Buying companies: You can sell your acquired property to a property buying company, who will in turn resale it for a profit. The sale will be quick. However, you will not receive the full market value of the property -- only a small percentage.
    • An estate agent: You can hire the services of an estate agent. This method makes the home sale process a bit longer, but you'll receive the full value of your home.

Ready to sell? 
Doorsteps offer some of the best online estate agents the UK has to offer, and we provide sellers with some of the 
cheapest estate agent fees around. If you're ready to sell your inherited property, contact us today. 

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