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Why Selling Your South Devon Home Should Be a Team Effort

Why Selling Your South Devon Home Should Be a Team Effort

Selling a home is not a solo project – well, not if you hope to achieve top selling price. A three-minute read.

If there’s one piece of property advice worth remembering, it’s this: be wary of anyone who tells you that selling a home is so easy that you should do it yourself.

Many things in life are easy, like singing Baa Baa Black Sheep out of key or eating a whole packet of chocolate biscuits/family-sized crisps in one afternoon.

But what’s not a doddle is achieving top asking price for a property (and if you’re going to the effort of selling your home, that’s what you want, right?).

It takes a team with expertise and experience across a range of areas to nail a great sale.

Not even the most ingenious multi-tasker has the skills to cover all the bases themselves.

Here’s a list of who should be on your home-selling team.

 

Estate agent – a good agent will be an expert on the local area and get the asking price just right. They should be a pro at viewings and negotiations and have a savvy social media strategy to generate interest in your property.

 

Photographer – All top agents use a professional photographer for marketing photos. Most viewers start their property search online and expect to see high-quality images (not shadowy snaps that make a property look like a crime scene).

 

Conveyancer/Solicitor – Once the sale is agreed, you’ll need a good solicitor or conveyancer to handle the paperwork. Shop around or ask for word-of-mouth recommendations to find the right professional, as a good conveyancer/solicitor can speed up the process.

 

Removal firm – On the day you complete, you’ll want the logistics to run smoothly – and for your treasured possessions to be handled with care.

 

Proactive seller – Sellers are vital members of the team, too! A proactive seller rids their home of clutter, so that it shines in the marketing photos, and keeps the property tidy for viewings.

 

And a few special mentions

If you’re selling up to move to a new property, your team will also include a mortgage adviser to land you the best deal and a surveyor to inspect any property you’re considering buying.

 

Here at Chamberlains, we believe that selling a home is a team sport. Get in touch to find out more about our friendly, expert team.

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Quick Tips for First-Time Buyers in South Devon

Quick Tips for First-Time Buyers in South Devon

Taking that first step on the property ladder is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. No matter how old you are, buying your first property will make you feel like a proper grown-up.

Before you even find the right property, there’s lots to learn, so in this quick read, we’ve pulled together our top five tips for first-time buyers.

Be mortgage savvy

There are so many different options when buying a first home – whether you’re getting a loan from the bank of mum and dad, wading through Help to Buy admin, or going it alone. In every case, a mortgage is the first step you need to take.

For a rough estimate of how much you’ll need to borrow, there are plenty of online tools that can help. You could also speak directly to your bank or high-street lender about their mortgage deals. If you need some extra help, speak to us about a financial adviser or mortgage broker. We work with plenty of first-time buyers and have all the info you need.

Be real

When you first start looking, it’s important to be realistic about your budget. By looking at properties way outside your price range, you could find it harder to see the potential in those that suit your current financial situation. Get yourself a vision board and focus on the things you really need from a new home.

Be in the know

Newsflash: not all properties are on Rightmove or Zoopla. While these sites give you a good idea of what’s available and for how much, by registering with agents such as ourselves, we keep you in mind (and updated) before something even goes online.

There’s nearly always competition for a property, so it’s best to speak to experienced agents and register what you’re looking for instead of just relying on the internet.

Be open

You might have a very specific list of requirements, such as area, parking, outside space, and so on. However, it’s important to be flexible when you view a property. It might not tick every item on your list, but it may also have tonnes of potential. Always view a property before you rule it out.

Be calm

Once you’ve found a property, stay calm. If you’ve got your mortgage sorted, you’ve got a conveyancer, and you’re regularly in touch with your agent, there’s no need to worry. We understand there’s a lot to get done before you exchange; our job is to help you take any stress away.

We have served many first-time buyers at Chamberlains over the years, and we’re ready to help you get your feet on the property ladder. Contact us on 01626 365055 today.

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How You Can Stop Feeling Stressed in South Devon

Stress Management

Whichever way you look at it, modern life is stressful. And the 2020s? Well so far, this new decade has caused unparalleled levels of stress.

Whether it’s the pressure of daily life, the juggling of responsibilities, or the state of the world right now, stress can have physical, mental, and emotional repercussions for people of all ages. And it needs to be taken seriously.

April is Stress Awareness Month, an initiative that has been running since 1992, designed to highlight the causes and cures for stress. This year, the Stress Management Society is focusing on community, reducing isolation and loneliness, and increasing social support.

In this quick read, we look at some of the ways you can help to support others feeling stressed or anxious.

Get talking

Sometimes, feeling stressed can be embarrassing. People can feel judged or self-conscious when struggling to cope. Help reduce the stigma around stress by talking about such feelings. Whether at home or in the workplace, those suffering with stress may feel like their issues are valid and gives them space to open up.

Be kind

It sounds simple, and it is. By showing understanding and empathy for someone who is stressed, you can help to ease the burden. Whether it’s making a workmate a cup of coffee or offering to help with a pesky spreadsheet, you can really make a difference to someone’s day.

Share coping strategies

Letting someone feeling stressed know that you’ve felt the same way may help to reduce feelings of loneliness. Maybe your way of coping is by doing some simple breathing exercises or writing ‘to-do’ lists, everyone has their own ways of managing times of stress and sharing them could really help others.

Look after yourself

If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, take the time to acknowledge and understand your feelings. Don’t berate yourself or feel like you should be able to cope. Stress affects everyone in different ways and if you need to take some time to de-stress, that’s perfectly ok.

Talk to your kids

Whether you’ve got a stressed-out teenager about to sit exams, or your little one is worried about their friendships, it’s important to open the dialogue about these feelings and try to suggest ways they can feel better.

Children are like sponges, and things like the pandemic, or the current global situation can really impact them. Looking after your little one’s mental health is just as important as putting a plaster on a cut finger or kissing a bruised knee.

Thanks for reading.