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Let go of your home and reveal a house to sell

28/01/2016

How and when to market your home is one of the biggest decision most of us make and traditionally the spring market is a good time to launch.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, who covers Balfours South Shropshire and Herefordshire region, urges vendors to first prepare; make the conversion from a home to a house being marketed. “Put yourself in the shoes of the buyers – how would they like the property to look? It sounds basic but by reversing the vendor mind-set and taking on the thought process of the buyer can be extremely helpful.”

“Next step is to be honest about those thoughts!” adds Scott. He says basic targets should include decluttering, ensuring that each room has maximum light, with the curtains drawn, blinds lifted and light bulbs working. Light is a great asset of space.

“Personal paraphernalia detracts from what would otherwise be a really nice house, cottage or flat. When selling the ultimate target is that it will no longer be your home; to achieve that goal someone else has to visualise it as their home.  The potential vendor wants a feeling of spaciousness and to see space, space where they can put their belongings, yes and even their clutter!”

From the moment a potential buyer arrives they will be forming impressions, says Scott.  So if the lawns are mowed and the garden looks loved, it is going to create a more positive feel. Outside garden clutter is another bane for agents and should be minimised.  From plant pots, to BBQs and children’s’ bikes ideally they should all be out of site.

Animal free zone

Scott hesitates: “There’s one more thing, pets: While Shropshire is a rural county and lots of us have dogs, cats and other pets, we do have to be mindful that for some people they can be a negative influence. It is a good idea to limit creatures to one room of the house where they can be managed during a viewing. It might also be a good idea to pop a scented freshener in the room that animals normally frequent.”

What about re-decorating or those dream alterations and makeovers? So long as décor is clean, don’t bother, the buyer will want to put his own ideas and make the house into their home – isn’t that what you wanted to do when you moved in? If you would like to discuss marketing your home with Scott, then call him on 01743 353511.

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Land, barn and cottage to be auctioned

28/01/2016

Two parcels of land at Lydbury North, one with a useful set of farm buildings, the other with a detached cottage in need of full refurbishment are to be auctioned next month.

Agents, Balfours Property Professionals are auctioning Blue Barn, Lydbury North with 6 hectares 3.4 hectares of permanent pasture and 2 hectares of woodland . The barns comprise of both modern steel frame buildings stone farm buildings.

Neighbouring is the second lot of 5.74 hectares of predominantly grazing land with Stanley Cottage: An idyllic three bedroom property perfect for full restoration, plus outbuildings. The cottage has a private water supply and no electricity.

The two lots are scheduled to go under the gavel at 6.30pm, on February 24, at the Three Tonnes Bishop’s Castle, unless sold previously by private treaty. Agent Tim Main says: “The cottage is one of those idyllic rarities, particularly coming with a useful sized parcel of land and in such a beautiful location. It is the sort of project that will grab someone inspired to live the dream.

“Blue Barns are a very useful set of cattle and stone buildings, which could double the land capacity of Stanley Cottage land. The cottage is one of those rare properties to skip a century of modernisation; it has its own bore hole and no electricity. This opens the challenges to tap into the efficiencies of 21st century energy sources,” adds Tim.

Blue Barns has a guide price of £125,000 and Stanley Cottage of £245,000. For more information call Tim Main on 091743 353511.

 

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Old Police House locks in Penthouse perfection

27/01/2016

Opportunity to purchase a prestigious and sumptuous penthouse apartment in the heart of Shropshire’s county town has been launched to the market. Balfours Property Professionals are marketing The Penthouse, The Old Police Station, in Shrewsbury town centre.

The two bedroom apartment is fully modernised and chain free, it provides two bedrooms, one en-suite and the other with generous bathroom. Balfours residential town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, says: “Offers of this calibre, space and location don’t come up every day.”

He continues: “The kitchen not only has wow factor, it is very practical too with a full suite of appliances in place. Add to this the lavish reception room providing dining and sitting areas and you have a great place from intimate dining to party entertaining. And the ultimate zing is the roof top terrace putting zest in the gin, as the sun go down.”

The property provides a private car parking space and both bedrooms have significant fitted wardrobes. Balfours are marketing The Penthouse with a guide price of £365,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

Penthouse kitchen

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Sales team gain office manager

20/01/2016

A new post of office manager has been created at the Balfours new residential estate agency office in the town centre. Abigail Barker took up the post as Balfours moved to The Square, Shrewsbury last month.

Head of residential sales, Tim Main says: “We are delighted to welcome Abigail to the team. We have enjoyed steady sustained growth over the last 5 years within the sales department which not only meant we needed more space, but also greater co-ordination for maximum efficiency.”

A true globe trotter, Abigail grew up in the Middle East and has also lived in East Africa and Sydney. She says: “Shrewsbury is a fabulous town, which offers a great lifestyle. To be working in the heart of the town in such a beautiful building is great; I began my career in the world of property, so it is really exciting to be back in that sphere.”

Abigail enjoys the responsibilities of motherhood while still making time for her appreciation of fine wines and sampling Shrewsbury’s restaurants.   “I have enjoyed fantastic climates in different countries, but when it comes to primary school and everyday life – Shrewsbury is a very good place to be,” she adds.

 

Abigail Barker

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Barn - grand design dream

05/01/2016

Character barns ripe for conversion in accessible village locations are becoming an increasingly rare breed. However just such a Grade II listed Tythe Barn, with planning permission to convert to a two bedroom dwelling has been launched to the market.

Located in the popular village of Cressage this pretty barn is an open canvas; a copy of full planning permission is available from agents Balfours Property Professionals. 

Head of sales, Tim Main says: “This barn offers tremendous potential for those aspiring to their own ‘grand-design’ project. It also offers a great location; Cressage has good amenities, including primary school, while the towns of Much Wenlock, Telford and Shrewsbury are all within ten miles.”

The Tythe Barn comes with its own private parking and a large area for garden. It is marketed with a guide price of £100,000, for more information call Tim Main at Balfours on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk.

 

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New Year, new project

04/01/2016

A cottage renovation project in the sought after village of Cressage, has been launched to the market by Balfours Property Professionals.

Number Two, Shrewsbury Road, Cressage, is a pretty semi-detached three bedroom cottage, with its own parking and gardens. The current layout of the property comprises of entrance hall with kitchen, pantry, sitting room, and bathroom off. Stairs to the first floor open to the landing, giving access to three bedrooms .

Balfours, Tim Main, comments: “This is an ideal renovation project for a purchaser wishing to add value to their property. Cressage is a popular village which offers amenities including primary school, doctors’ surgery, shop and public house. Furthermore the historic town of Much Wenlock is just four miles away with secondary school and a great array of artisan shops including a renowned butcher. Shrewsbury and Telford are highly accessible, each less than ten miles.”

Two Shrewsbury Road is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £145,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk

 

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