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A property addict By Judith Jenkinson. GalBraIth in ayr is located on a busy high street surrounded by a number of solicitors, surveyors, estate and letting agents.
No matter how the market is performing, some selling decisions will directly aﬀect how your property is perceived and the sale or rental price achieved. Here are 12 top tips from Scott Holley.
the rural dream became my reality six years ago when my husband and i bought our current home from galbraith, just outside Symington. At that point i had left my previous career as a country house agent and was a full-time mum to my two girls and about to embark on a series of renovations to our new home. When the call came asking if i would consider returning to the world of estate agency i knew the time was right. i've always loved my job and being back selling country houses on my home turf is a dream come true. i think any good agent should have a genuine interest in property styles and architecture and while georgian houses are a personal favourite i love discovering the history of any property. this has earned me the additional role of writing press releases for all our properties, which allows me to be a little more creative and ﬁnd a quirky angle on a property that will catch a journalist’s eye. With both girls oﬀ to school now, i have more time to get back out on the road pitching for sales. the Ayrshire market is fairly competitive and while we are well known as the rural specialists i love rolling up my sleeves and pitching for properties in town as well. Most clients have their own story to tell and by the time we've shared a cup of tea at the kitchen table i'll understand their motivation for selling – sometimes an exciting move, other times a stressful situation. if you can get to know your clients and build a level of trust in each other, in my opinion, it helps make the whole transaction a little easier. When my work day is over it's back to being a mum, looking after our little ﬂock of ryeland sheep, walking the dog, feeding the chickens and, as if life wasn't busy enough, Santa delivered a lovely chestnut pony into the back paddock on Christmas eve. Life is hectic but i wouldn't have it any other way.
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Selling and letting: Choose the right agent for your property. this is the most important step. A good agent will provide honest advice and conduct themselves professionally. For most people, their house is their most important ﬁnancial asset and one with many important memories. Your agent should be qualiﬁed and experienced to guide you from start to ﬁnish and remove as much of the work and stress from the process for you as possible.
When choosing an agent, make sure they have a powerful and eﬀective marketing capability to put your property in front of the right buyers and tenants. A successful agent will ensure you have professional photography and ﬂoor plans, a critical component that will set your property above competitors and a key tool to ensure your agent secures editorial coverage in local and national publications.
Correct pricing for selling or letting will determine how successful the marketing campaign is. Sellers and landlords should not rely on many of the online indexes which give average rental and sale prices. these can be misleading because they can use data which has been skewed. An experienced and trustworthy agent will be your best source of accurate knowledge when it comes to the right price.
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First impressions matter. Any exterior work needing attention should be taken care of before the house goes on the market. this could include repainting exterior joinery, fences, repairing broken rainwater goods, keeping the drive weed-free, power-washing the patio, making sure the front door is clean and that all windows are cleaned regularly inside and out. A tidy, well-kept garden is also important and you should consider planting some new ﬂowers to
treat the viewing like your house is having a job interview with the prospective buyer.
provide colour and cutting the lawn to put the viewers in the right frame of mind. treat the viewing like your house is having a job interview with the prospective buyer. it’s a balancing act to have your home presented in a way that is de-cluttered but not clinical. those looking to buy and let can sometimes ﬁnd it diﬃcult to visualise how they would use a room when it is empty but equally can’t visualise it as their