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Why sell your London house to Vivo Property Buyers?

Selling your home in London can be a daunting and challenging prospect. The process is lengthy and complicated, with a variety of associated fees and an everpresent risk of having your house sale fall through due to endless property chains. However, it doesn’t always have to be like this. You could simply get an offer from Vivo, the best rated fast property buyer in Trustpilot, and sell your house in as little as 7 days, avoiding many of the pitfalls that are inherently connected to selling on the open market in London. But why are quick sales so hard to come by in the Capital?

Selling your home in London can be a daunting and challenging prospect. The capital’s property market is somewhat different to the rest of the UK, so it’s advisable that as a homeowner you know the factors which influence it before attempting to sell. This is particularly true for first-time sellers as the process can be a bit overwhelming as it involves multiple steps, each with varying degrees of complexity and associated costs. Here at Vivo Property Buyers, we look at what makes the London property scene unique, why it may be difficult to sell on the open market here and look at your options should you decide to pursue an alternative house selling method.

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The open market in London is slower than the rest of the UK

It’s vital to treat the London housing ‘bubble’ separately from the rest of the UK. According to Post Office Money, it takes an average of 102 days to sell a house in the UK and it becomes 24% longer when it’s in the capital.

But what can you do when you need to sell your house faster? Maybe you need to get rid of an inherited property, or are in risk of repossession, or need to split assets after a divorce? For circumstances likes these, Vivo can help you break the slow cycle. You can get a no-obligation offer in 24 hours and full payment in less than 3 weeks. This is not only faster than the average, but faster than real estate agents and auctions. Here are the main reasons why Vivo can work for you:

Get a secure London house sale

One of the main risks of the open market is that no house sale is guaranteed until you’ve exchanged. With Vivo, once you have accepted our final offer, the house sale is locked-in and secure. No last-minute snags, just a quick and stress-free way of selling your London house fast, from Croydon to Barnet, from Romford to Hounslow.

We pay all legal fees and costs

The excitement of selling your house can sometimes make you forget that estate agents charge a percentage of the final selling price, meaning that a proportion of the payment you receive is taken. Adding to this are all the other costs that accumulate like solicitors and legal fees. Here at Vivo Property Buyers, we pay for all the cost associated with the house selling process, including the removal of unwanted furniture and a professional house clean, so there are no nasty surprises or hidden fees when selling to us. Not only that, we even pay for you additional legal advice if you feel you should need it.

You may save money in the long run

In order to conduct a quick sale Vivo offer 85% of your property’s market value. But with the slow nature of the property market, especially in London, you can actually get more for your money in the long run.

The process of selling a house can be very stressful, even more when we are talking about a house in London. Even if you are at a state where you are not sure a fast property buying company is the service you need, get in touch with us to hear some honest and impartial advice – if we don’t feel like we are the best option for you, we will let you know!

See how much a fast sale to Vivo can save you in the long run

Sales process 6 months
Open market
7-14 days
Vivo Property Buyers
Market value (advertised price) £400,000 £400,000
Agreed price (average 5% discount) £380,000 £340,000
Final price after post-survey negotiation (average 3% discount) £368,600 £340,000
Estate agent fees (2% + VAT) £357,542 £340,000
Solicitor fees (average £2,000) £355,542 £340,000
Cosmetic repairs to property £354,542 £340,000
Council tax & utility bills (£400 per month) £352,142 £340,000
Monthly mortgage repayments (£2,100 per month) £339,542 £340,000
Gas safety certificated £339,442 £340,000
Risk of sale breaking down High risk Secured sale

Final Price
£339,442
Final Price
£340,000

Our process allows you to sell fast in London

So you want to sell a house in London fast…

Now that we’ve seen how selling to Vivo can make the complex and stressful process of selling your house quicker and simpler, let’s take a look at London’s unique property market. London is one of the capitals of the world and therefore plays by its own rulebook. Keep on reading to understand the context in which you will be selling your house and why acting now can help you avoid a lot of headaches.

 

What makes London so different?

London is a fascinating city, one that attracts around one-quarter of UK’s university graduates every year, drawn in by good career prospects and progression. As a result of the large influx of young professionals looking for accommodation in the capital, rent prices have risen significantly which has subsequently caused a knock-on effect for London house prices which, according to the UK House Price Index, is 125% higher the national average. While this may be good news for those looking to rent out their investment property it has become a huge obstacle for many London property buyers (particularly young families) looking to get their foot on the housing ladder.


House prices vs income

In addition, London for some can be a chaotic place to reside. It has seen many people begin to sell their homes for pastures new and a slower pace of life, relocating to areas surrounding the capital’s commuter belt, such as in Kent and Surrey. Properties here tend to offer greater space and value for money. Moreover, a recent study by the ONS indicated that more than 340,000 families moved out of London in 2018/2019, a record number since the organisation started collecting this data from 2012, and with the average price of a semi-detached in the capital being £740,908, it can be viewed that this figure is far above the budget of many first-time buyers. To further illustrate the disparity between income and house prices, data from the ONS shows that in areas such as Camden and Fulham median house prices were 21 times earnings, making home-ownership an unrealistic goal for many local residents. If you add in the detail that lending criteria has been getting tougher recently, there has been a reduction in ‘ready buyers’ which is bad news if you’re looking to get a quick buyer for your property.


Are you one of the lucky ones?

However, if you own a home in one of the more affordable areas of London such as in Tower Hamlets, Croydon or Newham you are more likely to succeed in getting a relatively quick London house sale with prices still being affordable to most of the general population. You have to be fast, however, as up-and-coming areas of London often don’t stay cheap for long. This can sometimes result in the London house buyers being far pickier than in other areas of the UK, with potential buyers seeking value for money. Unfortunately, this can hold up the process (a buyer may be selling to someone, who is selling to someone…) and house chains can get quite long meaning that there is a high risk of the house sale falling through.

Now, if you’re one of the lucky ones who has managed to buy in London and are now looking to sell to move to a larger house in the city or to another location all together, you will need to consider the best method to do so which will work to your needs. We previously found that the house selling period can be one of the most stressful periods of your life. So, it’s important to understand all the common problems and how you can deal with them to have a better chance of selling your home.

What could stop you from selling your London home fast?

The process of selling a house on the open market can be incredibly complicated and requires a high level of organisation and coordination from every party involved, and although the London property market moves quickly, this method can make for a lengthy process. One of the first hurdles which can affect timings is finding the right buyer- one who is willing to pay close to your asking price and is committed to push the sale through quickly. Even after you have found a suitable buyer, there still remains a number of legal hoops that you have to jump through, which can often be complex and time consuming, making it hard to sell your house fast in London.

Even after all the back and forth the sale still isn’t set in stone and no one is legally tied in until they have exchanged. It’s not unheard of that even after months of legal work the sale falls through at the final stage, leaving you back at square one. Due to the issues that can arise from an open market sale, it is worth exploring all the options available to you for selling your house in London before you rush into anything.

London house sales, what are your options?

There are various ways you could choose to sell your house in London, each one has its pros and cons but it depends on the level of personal commitment and time you are willing to put into the house sale process.
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Estate Agents

This remains the most popular method of selling a house in London but it can be difficult, costly and drawn-out. If you have decided that this is the route you’d like to take, the first step before choosing an estate agent is to look at their cost structure – find out if they charge a fixed rate or a percentage based commission. If you do opt to go with an estate agent that charges a percentage rate, try to negotiate it down as most commission rates aren’t set in stone.

Furthermore, estate agent contracts can be wordy and a bit confusing. Read through everything carefully and if you are not happy with certain aspects, ask the agent if they can negotiate on this. Also, ensure not to sign a ‘sole selling rights’ agreement and only opt for ‘sole agency contracts’ or ‘multiple agency contracts’. By signing a ‘sole selling rights’ agreement, you are only allowed to sell your property via the agent. This means that even if you find your own buyer, let’s say a friend wants to buy your property, you will still have to pay the agent their commission. Similarly, a ‘sole agency agreement’ means that you are only allowed to sell your property via the appointment, however, if you do find your own buyer, there is no commission due to the agent. Finally, a ‘multiple agency contract’ means that several agents can have a go at selling your property, giving you more flexibility.

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Private sale

The bulk of the cost associated with a house sale comes from estate agent fees, therefore you could save money if you decide to opt for a private sale. A private sale is when the seller deals directly with the buyer, bypassing the conventional method of using an estate agent. The obvious caveat that comes with removing an estate agent from the house sale process is that most of the leg work around legalities and contracts now falls on you. It’s these details that add to the complexity of selling your house privately.

In addition to learning the legalities surrounding a house sale you also need to learn about your local property market so you can price your property correctly. Once you have a better feel for the dynamics of the local housing market it’s time to find a willing buyer. This is the longest part of the process beginning with choosing the right platform to advertise your house and scheduling time out from your daily routine to arrange viewings. This stage is made more difficult as you are not able to advertise on property portals where most house buyers search such as Rightmove, Zoopla or Primelocation as this is only for agencies to advertise one.

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Auctions

Auctions have become increasingly popular amongst owners looking to sell their house fast. This process can be particularly attractive if the property in question is not selling in the open market due to structural issues or undesired features, as many auction buyers are looking for houses they can reform and sell for a higher value. It also has the advantage that a bidding war by two or more interested buyers can raise the price of the property way above the initial price.

However, attempting to benefit from these advantages can be risky and come at a cost. To start with, despite being faster than real estate agents, the average house sale can take up to three months, and that’s as long as you manage to get your house sold. There is always a risk of getting no bids and thus having your property go through the whole auction process, and paying for all the fees, without ever getting a potential buyer. In this case, you will end up with an unsold property and a hole in your wallet of the size of an auction entry fee, typically around £500-£1000. If you are looking for speed and minimum risk, take a look at how Vivo’s service compares to auctions in this detailed table.

 

With this overview of London’s property market and its main characters, you should now be equipped with enough knowledge to give your next steps. If you have decided that it is time to accelerate the process and get a quick secure sale of your property in London, submit your details and get a no obligation offer in 24h.

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In order to sell your house fast, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners to use fast property buyers such as Vivo, especially if their house sale has fallen through. There are many online house buying companies and selecting which one is right for you may be quite confusing if this is the first time you’ve used a house selling method such as this. So, if you have decided that a fast property buyer is a right route for selling your house, you must make sure that you carry out all of the right due diligence to ensure that the company you choose is trustworthy and has a good reputation.

To help you on the way to picking the right property buyer to sell your home fast to, we have put together our top tips to avoid companies which could give you a bad deal or not treat you well:

  1. Check they are accredited – to ensure you are protected you should make sure that the property buyer you opt for is part of The Property Ombudsman and The National Association of Property Buyers. These boards have been established to regulate the fast property buying industry and have regulations which companies must abide by.
  1. Check their reviews – a good company should be proud to showcase their reviews, so go and check out the testimonials on their website, as well as from third-party review sites such as Trustpilot to ensure the onsite ones aren’t false. As the highest rated fast property buyer on Trustpilot, you can check out our wonderful reviews here.
  1. Get a few offers– make sure you talk to a few companies to source the best offer for your home. This will also give you a chance to get a feeling for how the different companies come across, for example, were they friendly and empathetic or distant and unhelpful? Investigate a property buyers’ set of ethics which will help you get a feel for the company you are working with. Just be aware that any professional fast property buying company needs to make a margin to be able to run their business. For this reason, if any of the initial offers are greater than 85% of the current market value it is highly likely that they will significantly drop their offer later down the line.
  1. Meet someone from the company – once you have selected the fast property buyer you wish to sell to, make sure you know who you are dealing with by meeting with someone from the company. Many fast property buying companies have an impersonal service as they are nationwide making it impossible to visit every one of the properties they buy.On the other hand, smaller companies are much more likely to be able to meet you in person as well as providing you with a bespoke service which accommodates all of your needs. We visit every one of the clients who accept our initial offer so we can get a better idea of your situation and ensure that you are 100% comfortable with our processes.
  1. Get everything in writing – as with anything as important as selling your home, you should always get everything in writing to avoid any confusion or forgotten promises. If you have a phone call with the property buyers, get them to send you an email (or vice versa) to make sure that it is documented and you can prove any agreements.
  1. Don’t sign until you’re sure – again, a rule for life, but make sure you read through everything they send you and, most importantly, the contract before you sign or agree to anything. Any good property buyer will give you the time and space to sign the contract and would be happy to answer any questions you have. Also, be aware that up until exchange of contracts, apart from your instruction documents to the solicitor, you should not be asked to sign anything at all. This is imperative as certain companies may tie you into a contract whereby they do not hold their end of the bargain and you are unable to sell to anyone within a certain time frame (usually 6 months to 1 year).
  1. Don’t rush – Finally, although fast property buyers are there to help you sell your house quickly, don’t rush anything; make sure you do it at a speed you’re comfortable with. The option to sell fast is part of the convenience and flexibility fast property buyers offer you, however, there should not be any pressure to do so.

If you’re considering the fast property buying root to sell your home quickly, please feel free to get in touch using our form and we can answer any of your questions. We always endeavour to give you the best price possible and will respect any decision or timescale you want to work towards – we’re here to make the process a simple and enjoyable one!

Decision on a house sale

Selling your home can be tough and there is often a lot of hidden costs with house sales. Up until recently, there has been only one way to sell your home – via an estate agent. However, with the growth of online services, there has been a shift in a property buying, which is great if you are looking to sell your home fast! Here, we look at two different methods of selling your property (estate agents and fast property buyers) and hopefully afterwards you’ll have a clearer idea if you’d prefer to go via the traditional route or sell your house fast to Vivo.

Finding you a buyer

Estate Agents: one of the main attractions of using an estate agent is that they have access to a large database of eager house hunters as well as local knowledge to help find you a buyer. They are well trained in property marketing and know how to ‘sell’ a house to the audience. They will take it on themselves to help arrange and conduct viewings of your property.

Fast Property Buyer: rather than finding you a buyer, we are your buyer. Selling to Vivo removes the entire house selling process – which helps you to sell your house quickly. Furthermore, rather than a long chain of communication between agents and potential buyers, you can have a direct correspondence with your buyers (us) and a guaranteed sale (selling via an estate agent also carries the threat of a deal collapsing). Lastly, as we buy your property directly, there isn’t a long house viewing process or an invasion of your privacy. Plus, at the speed with which we can buy your home, you won’t even have time to put up a ‘for sale’ sign!

Selling price and fees

Estate Agents: they will work hard to get you the highest price for your property even though most buyers tend to offer under the market price. Estate agents will use their attuned negotiation skills and knowledge of the local property market to get you a house sale that you will be happy with. For their services (including photographs, floorplans etc), estate agents tend to charge between 1-3% (+20% VAT) of the selling price of your home as well as any legal fees.

Fast Property Buyers: as a general rule we tend to make a cash offer for your property at a 15% discount to its market value. While this may seem like a reduction, we do not charge fees like estate agents. Plus, rather than wait 3-6 months to sell your home in the traditional way, we can buy your property quickly in as little as 7 days. Therefore, you will be saving around 6 months’ running costs such as council tax and utility bills, which certainly adds up. Furthermore, we buy sold-as-seen, so there will be no costs added to renovating your property in preparation for a house sale or emergency fixes if a house survey reveals an underlying problem with your property. Often in the house selling process time equals money.

Time

Estate Agents: if you are in no rush to sell your home quickly, the estate agent may be the preferred choice for you. As previously mentioned, it takes around 3-6 months to sell your home via this method (but could be much longer) which may be ideal if you have yet to find a suitable property. The downside of this route is if you are looking to sell your home fast; you have to account time for house viewings as well as the agonising wait to see if the chain holds up.

Fast Property Buyers: one of the main benefits of using this method is that you can sell your house fast. Vivo Property Buyers specialises in buying property quickly and you can sell to us in as little as 7 days. This is perfect if you desire a quick house sale, whether you are relocating, have inherited a property or want a quick release of funds. There is no delay with the Vivo way.

Trust

Estate Agents: as this is the traditional method to sell your home, estate agents tend to be seen as very trustworthy. Often such agents have a long running history and have been part of the local community. In addition, many house sellers want to establish a relationship with the person in charge of selling their home and feel secure in having an office that they can visit if they have any issues.

Fast Property Buyers: this route has certainly had image problems in the past, with a couple of companies taking advantage of vulnerable house sellers. However, organisations such as The Property Ombudsman now help to regulate this industry and protect consumers. Furthermore, at Vivo, we’re contactable 24/7 and are always here to help.

Overall there has been a huge growth in the way you are able to sell your home in recent years, and we think it is great for house sellers to have a variety of options in order to make the best choice for themselves. Using a fast property buyer like Vivo may not be for everyone but is also ideal for many others, here are our top tips for using this route.

Therefore, if you do want to sell your house fast, get in touch and we can give no a no obligation offer for your house in 24 hours, helping you get a fast property sale.

Alternatively, if you are still unsure take our short quiz to find out what route is the best for you.

As property buyers, we help people sell their house fast. And because of this we view a lot of properties, therefore we have a trained eye to spot any potential property pitfalls and hidden house dangers. People looking to sell their house quickly may try pull the wool over your eyes for a fast house sale, so it is important you prepare and have a plan when you go look at potential new homes and be aware of typical estate agent jargon phrases. It can be very easy to fall in love with a ‘home’ before you have inspected the ‘houses’ fully.  Thus, whether you’re looking for a 1-year rental or a house to raise a family in, read our house viewing checklist below so next time you inspect a property, you’ll be able to see the full picture.

Research (part one)

Before you physically view the house, it is important to do some online research; find out what similar properties in the area are selling for to see if you’re getting a good deal. Has this property been on the market for a long time while other houses are selling quickly? Furthermore, check out rightmove.co.uk for a comprehensive view of an area’s local information such as schools and property statistics.

Research (part two)

When you have arrived at the property, check out the local surroundings. Is it in a pleasant area you would like to spend time in or opposite a pub that may cause rowdiness during later hours? We always recommend visiting the property and its local area during several different times of the day to get a good understanding of your potential new environment. This is especially relevant if the area is particularly busy during certain times in the day and there is no off-road parking. In addition, look to see whether any building work is likely to happen nearby which may be a disturbance initially, but can be a sign that the area is up-and-coming, which will add value to your property further down the line. Finally, look at the location’s proximity to services you value (schools, doctors, supermarkets).

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Orientation

Look at what way the house is facing, for example does it have the desirable south facing back garden? If so, it will give you plenty of natural light to brighten winter mornings and emphasise summer afternoons. Most iPhones have a compass setting if you don’t have your own to use, and as light makes such a big difference to our mood it’s a vital thing to check.

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Roofs and guttering

Another important point to add to your property viewing checklist is to examine the state of the property’s roof. Firstly, examine the condition of the roof tiles – are there any missing or rotten? This may result in roof leaks which are notoriously expensive to fix. Secondly, beware of flat roofs – they have often been implemented as they are quick and inexpensive to assemble but frequently have poor drainage systems, leaving ponding water which can cause damp and are prone to leaking. In addition, check to see what conditions the guttering is – are there any damp patches beneath them or blocked drains? These are all problems which will need to be fixed and can cause additional problems inside the house.

Ponding water on flat roof

Windows and doors

The two features can say a lot about a property’s overall state as they are ‘breaks’ in the building’s structure. Look for cracks in the frames and well as rot and ensure that they are able to open smoothly and are draught proof. They should be functional and structurally-sound. Plus, any cracks in the ceiling or walls should be inspected as they could be a warning not to buy as they may indicate severe structural issues.

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Water, heating and light

These are very simple things we often take for granted in our own homes but it is important to examine them in a new place. Make sure taps are working effectively and that the shower pressure is not going to leave you out in the cold – it can be a sign of plumbing problems too! Test the central heating’s effectiveness and whether the house is efficient at retaining heat. Turn on the boiler and work out how long it has been since it was serviced. Also ensure that all the electrical switches work well and determine whether the property has enough power outlets for your needs.

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Damp

It’s a horrible thing and hard to deal with. Be aware of black mouldy areas around windows, corners and skirting boards. Look to see if any rooms or areas of the property looked poorly ventilated as this is the biggest cause of dampness. Often when staging a house for viewing, homeowners will paint over damp areas, so look for newly painted rooms and if you suspect anything, quiz the seller. Having a damp property will definitely make you miserable and can seriously endanger your health. Tell-tale signs are often omnipresent so make sure you don’t miss them on your visit. Even if you cannot physically see them – trust your nose for its unwelcoming scent.

Damp houses may be why owners are looking to sell their house fast

Ask questions

It is important that you shape you view of the property with as much information as possible. Therefore, quiz the letting agent and house seller to get the biggest picture possible. You can always start off slowly before asking the bigger questions. Go in softly with 3G availability and internet speeds but eventually move onto reasons why they are selling the property. It will say a lot about the house if they are looking to sell it quickly. Enquire about any recent renovations or work which may uncover underlying issues. During your viewing – we recommend bringing a friend or loved one, someone to give you impartial advice and support when asking specific and interrogative questions.

What’s included?

Ask what aspects of the property (white goods, curtains, carpets etc.) are included in the price. It can certainly affect how much or little you bid and may even give you a sweet surprise or unwelcome guest.

Take your time

One piece of advice we cannot stress enough is to take your time. Do not make a decision of this magnitude in a matter of minutes based on first impressions. It can be easy to fall in love with a house rather than focus on the practicalities of the property. You may have found your ‘dream home’ but it is a long term investment so take photographs, compare notes and discuss the realities and possibilities of any move. Being over eager can cost you thousands in repair bills.

We hope this house viewing checklist will help you secure your dream home in the future. If you have found your next property and want to sell your home fast, get in touch with us and Vivo can buy your home in as little as 7 days!

With the changes in stamp duty in April 2016 and Britain voting to leave the EU, the stage is set for a 2016 with dampened house prices.

Uncertainty in the UK economy internationally and domestically has made many people uneasy about making investment decisions. This unease is particularly evident in the commercial property sector, where as many as seven investment funds have been put on hold or are seeing partners trying to withdraw. Despite this, the same cannot be said for

wealthy foreign investors trading in US Dollar recently. London has seen a rapid period of property transactions with buyers quickly jumping at the chance to buy up prime London property with their sudden Dollar to Pound advantage. However, for the vast majority of the UK which isn’t buying and selling prime London property, some have been struggling to sell.

Selling house fast after Brexit with Vivo Property Buyers

So how does this impact you?

Recent Savills research suggests a low transaction market with cautious buyers. For lenders, it’s business as usual at the moment, but this could change due to them tightening their lending criteria if “downside risks persist”. At Vivo Property Buyers, we see this as a potential slowdown in the market where values are likely to fall and buyers for your home are likely to become more cautious in the next 6 – 12 months. Therefore, risks of a buyer pulling out for your home could be greater than ever and the price you can sell at may erode when by the time you find another buyer.

So, if you’re worried about your buyer pulling out and getting a lower price in the future, Vivo Property Buyers could be a solution for you. We can buy your home within the timeframe you need and allow you to move on into your next property; it’s simple, fast and takes all the stress out of the Brexit effects on the market. If you want to find out more about the differences of using a fast property buyer compared to a traditional estates agents, read our article here.

To get started, just fill in this quick form or call us on 0800 773 4922. We guarantee the sale, pay all of the fees and you’ll always have direct contact with us with no middlemen.

As spring becomes summer, gardens are starting to come into full bloom and sun hats are replacing our umbrellas. With the days becoming longer and temperatures beginning to rise, we’ve all suddenly realised that we haven’t paid attention to our gardens in a while and the in-laws are coming over for a barbecue next week! Before you trip on your rake looking for the watering can, it is important to note that gardens are now becoming an increasingly important part of house sales too. Traditionally, most people look inside when they are looking to sell their house, such as putting in a new bathroom or sorting out the kitchen, but more and more house buyers want kerb appeal and having an impressive yet simple garden is the best way to sell your house fast. Here are our top gardening tips to make your house look great even if you’ve not got a lot of time on your hands.

Pleasant Garden

  • Tidiness
    Our first tip is simple and anyone can do it – tidy your garden! While children may enjoy playing outside, always make sure when you have house buyers over for a viewing that the garden areas are well presented, free from bikes, paddling pools and space hoppers (the list is endless!). We haven’t forgotten about adults either, make sure any garden shed or outhouse looks properly maintained and orderly. Always ensure that any tired garden furniture is recycled or removed too, as house buyers are incredibly put off by clutter as it suggests a house may not have been looked after properly. Once the broken swing is out of the way, the next step is everyone’s favourite – weeding. While it may not be the most exhilarating job in the world, weeds take up essential nutrients, water and fertiliser intended for other soil and plants in your garden, so it is important you always keep them in check. Maintaining them will ensure your flowers and grass reaches its full blossoming potential and also that your garden doesn’t look unkempt. It is important to treat your garden like any other room in the house and ensure it is clean and presentable, as houses with untidy gardens typically receive undervalue offers.

Clean Lawn

  • Neatness
    Our next step is to ensure that when you are ready to sell your house make sure it has ‘kerb appeal’. That’s right if your house is attractive from the outside when a house buyer steps out onto the kerb, you’re more likely to get that house sale you desire. Firstly, always make sure there is a nice path en route to the front door. It sounds simple, but it’s a journey you make several times a day so ensure it’s pleasant for the viewer. In addition, make sure that any bushes or hedges are nicely clipped and any lawns are clean, neat and freshly trimmed – who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut grass?! If your garden is a mostly non-grass surface such as decking, driveways or a patio, guarantee they are clean, glossed and replace any broken tiles. A nice touch is to paint current garden furniture and plant pots; it may sound simple but a fresh coat will invigorate the space which could be the difference between a sale. The importance of neatness can never be underestimated when it comes to house selling, especially in your garden. It shows that you are organised and detail orientated, but more importantly serious about making a sale.

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  • Mulch
    Now you have made your garden clean and tidy, it is time to add a bit of sparkle to ‘wow’ house buyers. One such ingredient we love to use is mulch. It is a material that you can spread on soil and flower beds to improve its fertility as it gradually decomposes, but also gives it a neat and tidy appearance. Its covering effect protects your plants from weeds in the winter but also maximises moisture in the summer. It is best to lay mulch in late spring and after you have weeded the area.

Mulch for plant growth

 

  • Colour
    Once your garden is ready to grow plants and flowers, the question is what ones are the best option? A classic favourite is sunflowers – bright, cheerful, and easy to grow, just make sure they don’t overgrow! Secondly, we love geraniums as a low-maintenance blooming flower that is both colourful and reliable. Another gorgeous blooming flower is sweet peas. Adding fresh colour to your garden, they are wonderfully scented which will attract home buyers to your property. We do, however, advise caution with chrysanthemums are they are quite an infamous flower type for triggering allergies such as hay fever. Even if you do not have an attractive flower bed, we still recommend you incorporate blooming flowers into your garden space. Container gardening is very popular and low maintenance, and if you paint or purchase some nice pots or tubs, they can really add style and positivity to your living space. This method is particularly successful if you have a small garden or perhaps even just a balcony if you are looking to sell your flat.

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    Alternatively, if you are blessed with a large garden, perhaps you should consider utilising that space with a stylish garden room? They can work as an office or leisure space and, importantly, their flexibility adds value to your house. With an abundance of natural light and garden views, there are a multitude of benefits of having a garden room especially as they are also low maintenance and have low running costs. Some outhouses are used as spare guest bedrooms, personal gyms or even home cinemas, but there is a growing trend to use this space for holistic purposes. These spaces are great if you are looking to relax in your garden, and are an increasingly popular choice for those who want to unwind from the stressful days at work or simply escape the hustle and bustle of living in a city. We’ve recently invested in our own garden office!

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    Another reason we advocate focusing on your garden when you are selling your house is the health and mindfulness benefits it provides. House sales are a very stressful situation, so spending time outside around nature is great in helping you to relax and unwind whatever the property situation is. The popularity of gardening for well-being has led to the rise in ‘horticultural therapy’. Often in the processing of selling your home you can feel particularly burned out or drained, and gardening has been shown to have energising effect. It has also been found to lower blood pressure, boost your immune system and be a stress reliever. Furthermore, the gentle exercise is good for you as well as fresh air, vitamin D and a renewed connection with nature.

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While you should always enjoy your garden, always remember that it is a valuable asset. Gardens are the first thing people see when viewing your house so it is always important to leave a good first impression. Subsequently, they play a big role in the house selling process, so if you live in a city and have a garden, it can be quite rare so it’s important that you capitalise on a potentially unique selling point. Alternatively, if your house is in the suburbs or countryside where gardens are far more common, it is important that your house and garden stand out from the competition.

Nevertheless, if having green fingers is your worst nightmare and perhaps you do not even have a garden at all and are wondering how to sell your home fast, there is always Vivo Property Buyers. We buy homes fast and your property is sold as seen. To get in touch, fill in a simple enquiry form and you could sell your house in 7 days!

As spring approaches in the property industry, the age old debate arises; when is the best time to sell a house? Just like the weather, the property industry is affected by seasonality, there are some months where houses sell much faster than others, with more buyers on the market. However, there are times when the property markets seems to go into hibernation, but does that mean there’s an opportunity due to less competition? While there are a lot of confusing arguments and counterpoints on this topic, read our seasonal house selling guide to help make the right decision for you.

Spring

A house in spring, the best time to sell your house
As a general rule, springtime is considered the best time to sell your home fast. Coinciding with the start of the new financial year, the housing market is at its busiest with lots of potential buyers. With people free from the distractions of Christmas, it is the season to get deals done before the summer holidays. However, with lots of competition on the market, it may be difficult to get the price you are after. Nevertheless, spring is the season where your house looks its best. Gardens come into bloom, and the longer hours of daylight can really make the difference to how someone feels about your house. Find out how you can use your garden to incentivise a sale this spring.

Summer

A house in summer, a tricky time to sell your house
The sunlight hours of spring only lengthen in summer, and this season can really emphasise key selling points of your house. Riverside properties make for perfect viewing in summer while sunlight can also make rural properties appear less isolated than in the colder months. The extended hours also make viewing times more flexible. Sadly house selling in this season isn’t always straightforward. Why? Summer is the season where people can be at their busiest. With summer holidays and children being off school, momentum with house selling can stutter and deals can become protracted. Something nobody wants to add to an already stressful situation. As a quieter time of the year, it may be worth using this time to add to your property, such as an attractive home office.

Autumn

A house in autumn, a good time to sell your house
In many ways, autumn is becoming the new spring. With summer over, there are fewer distractions for potential buyers, which can make it an ideal time to sell. With the weather keeping fair, gardens still look as attractive and days are not quite yet as short as they are in winter. However, it must be noted that deals have to be done quickly as the market generally grounds to a halt as soon as the Christmas season commences. To help with the smoothness of any potential deals, you may want to ensure you’ve carried out these three must-do autumn property maintenance checks.

Winter

A house in wintery snow, a difficult time to sell your house
Traditionally, the property market is at its slowest in wintertime, and you aren’t advised to try to sell your house during this period. With bad weather during this season at its peak, it may be worth flood proofing your home if you are at risk as it could ruin any chance of a house sale in the following spring. However, with Christmas being a time spent with loved ones and family, it is increasingly becoming a time where people’s interest in buying a new property surge. Interestingly, Boxing Day is one of the most popular days of the year in which people are searching online for their potential new homes. With fewer other houses on the market, you may find yourselves with less competition and serious buyers on the hunt for a quick sale.

Conclusion
Having considered all the seasons to sell your house, ultimately when to sell your house depends on what is best for you. Rather than wait for buyers and market conditions, it is important that you sell your house when you need to, and here at Vivo, we think that there is no time like the present. While you could bide time and select a specific season, sometimes there are factors, such as a building site next door, that are out of your control which could affect your sale. At Vivo, you won’t need a for sale sign grabbing the attention of all your neighbours for months on end. As specialist property buyers, we offer a quick sale that works for you, all year round.

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Moving house is a big step in your life. You will naturally have a lot of emotional attachments to where you call ‘home’ and transporting all your possessions in a single day can be hectic, busy and often stressful. But fear not, Vivo Property Buyers are here to help. Listed below is our moving house checklist which features all of our top tips and advice to make your moving out day as comfortable as possible. Considering you can sell your house fast to Vivo in as little as 7 days, your moving day may be closer than you think – so we recommend you read without delay!

Plan the move

Depending on your situation, look into hiring a removal company for your big day. Get quotations from several companies to see which is the best one for you and whether they will provide packaging materials such as boxes – don’t necessarily opt for the cheapest one. If you are unsure on who to use, we recommend checking The British Association of Removers. Alternatively, check if family members can help you on the day and look into hiring a van for the move.

Packing and labelling

From around six weeks before you move, start packing up the things you use less often such as out of season clothes. Additionally, ensure all of your boxes are labelled and organised by room to make unpacking as simple as possible.

Clear your house

After packing most of your belongings, if you’ve decided not to take certain items, it might be worth asking a rubbish clearance or removal company to take these items on your moving day. If any of your unwanted items are still in good condition, look into donating them to a charity.

Cancel registrations

Close to your moving date, remember to unregister from the doctor, dentist, vet and optician etc and look into registering with places closer to your new home. Also, do the same for online services such as internet providers and look whether they would be able to transfer your service to your new home.

Update important information

First things first, ensure you’ve updated your home insurance so that you are covered from the moment you move into your new home, in case of any unexpected issues arise with the house or any contents are damaged with the move. Another important thing is to redirect any mail to your new address. This can be easily done via the Royal Mail’s Redirection scheme. Furthermore, contact your bank, mobile phone provider, TV Licensing and any other bills notifying them that you have changed your address.

Council Tax

As well as letting friends and family know your new address, inform your change of address to your local council. You may be moving to another council constituency and have to pay a different tax band. Failure to keep up to date with these payments can resort in a court case and can be easily overlooked during the busy first few months of a house move.

Measure your meters

A key thing to remember is to always keep a recording of any meters (gas, electric) or the day you moved out of your former property and the day you moved into your new one. Take a dated photograph for evidence when it comes to closing former/creating new utility accounts so you don’t more than you have to do.

Buy light bulbs

This may sound like a small thing, but sellers often take their light fittings with them, leaving you left in the dark! Moving day is often a long day and moving items around via candlelight is definitely not recommended!

Get a sitter

Moving with children and pets can make the proceedings a little more difficult. If possible, arrange for a family member or close friend to mind your kids and animals on moving day. Make sure you update the address on your pets’ name tags, especially as they may wander due to their new surroundings.

Confirm times

Make sure you’re crystal clear on what time the new house will be vacant so that you can coincide with the arrival of the removal and waste collection companies.

Keep the keys to hand

Put the new keys in the pocket of something you’ll be wearing on the day – this can be a sanity-saver!

The key to a straightforward, hassle-free house move is to do as much as you can, in terms of packing and making arrangements, well in advance, so that all you have to do on the day is close the door and hop in the car!

Although we specialise in helping to give you a fast house sale, this does not mean you will have to move out straight away. We offer a flexible service where we allow you to stay in the property for an agreed amount of time before you make your big move. To get a no obligation offer for your property, get in touch with us and you can sell your house fast!

Property buyers and sellers are notorious for using jargon in order to sell homes quickly and, understandably, it can get rather confusing – but we’ve got it sussed!

Here’s a quick and easy guide to what property professionals say vs what they actually mean:

“Conveniently located” = The property is on a main road, next to the post office, opposite the school and there’s a Co-Op around the corner. It’s close to everything!

“Bijou” = There are no two ways about it, this property is tiny.

“Cosy” = There’s about enough space to swing a cat – realistically, a small kitten.

“Catchment area” = There’s a good school. Be prepared to go into battle with pushy parents for a place for your precious ones.

“Easy-to-maintain” = It’s small. Cleaning and decorating this place won’t take you long at all.

“Low maintenance garden” = Concrete.

“Well connected” = A bus rolls through your village every fourth Thursday and there’s a trusty taxi to take you to the train station in a neighbouring town.

“Period” = Old. Think beams, low ceilings and cricked necks.

“Charming” = Old and probably (definitely) on the small side.

“Upcoming area” = This neck of the woods is still a little rough around the edges but in a few years your property will be worth a heck of a lot more. Now’s the time to invest!

“Rural” = Think Emmerdale only fewer buses and even fewer people, however, the sheep population is booming…

“Viewing recommended” = It might not look great from the outside but inside there’s a wealth of space and potential.

“Quirky” = This property is far from your standard two-up-two-down terraced. Think different architecture, art-deco or even a treehouse!

“Reduced” = No one’s shown any interest and the owner is so desperate to sell the house he’s giving it away!

“Sought-after area” = It’s over-priced and popular. Be prepared to part with some serious cash.

“Put your own stamp on it” = Get your hard hat on. There’s work to be done. A lot of it.

“No onward chain” = The previous occupant has gone or they’re selling to a property buyer, either way, you’ll be able to move in straight away.

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