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<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">The paint colours that could decrease the value of your home</span>

 
Smartening up a room is a great idea to attract prospective buyers, but certain paint colours could put a negative effect on the value of your home, potentially decreasing its value.
 
The use of trendy colours can date a property and be costly to update. So, what are the key colours that experts would suggest avoiding?
 
Dark brown
 
Darker paints can produce a bold and rich feeling, however, when this comes into contact with wooden furniture, there's the possibility that this will create an odd and jarring look for the room.
 
Citrus green
 
Whilst a bold contrast might suit your own tastes, there's a high chance that viewers will struggle to visualise the space as their own.
 
Bright yellow 
 
Despite its positive connotations, overuse of yellow can be overwhelming, especially where used heavily in a small space.
 
Bold black
 
This colour often comes across as daring, dramatic, and striking.
 
While it can lift a wall in an instant, research suggests it can make a front door appear uninviting.
 
Instead, a medium to dark grey with a white trim would give the same powerful impact without being overpowering.
 
Have you had a recent valuation of your home? If you've recently renovated, you could see high returns from your home, contact us today.
 
 
 



<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">Selling should always come before buying</span>

 
House hunting takes time and effort, so when you've finally found a property you want, it can be crushing to lose out in favour of another buyer.
 
In a competitive market such as the one we've experienced so far in 2021, homeowners have their pick of offers and buyers, but there are a number of factors that you could consider in order to stand a better chance of being chosen.
 
First and foremost, whilst it's a negotiation, you want to be careful not to lowball them and risk offending the seller, especially where the house is fairly and accurately priced.
 
It also helps to have already sold your property or purchase without a chain holding you back. By being in this position, you will benefit from the following:
   
Sellers will take you more seriously
 
Having your current property listed on the market or Sold Subject to Contract (SSTC) will demonstrate your motivation to progress quickly with the sale.
 
You'll be able to avoid making any hasty decisions
 
If you secure your new purchase before finding a buyer yourself, you might find that you're willing to accept offers far below your expectations.
 
You have a better insight into your budget
  
If you anticipate selling at £250,000 but your agent helps you sell above asking price, you have additional funds to put straight into your next purchase, meaning you may be able to afford the home you want rather than settling.
 
In need of our expert advice? Contact us today to discuss selling, whether you're looking to start right away or in the new year.
 
 
 



<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">Budget-friendly practices for November and December</span>

 
At this time of the year, it's only natural to be more conscious of your budget, with the Christmas holidays likely to leave many families and households short on funds in the following months.
 
One in three Brits will get into debt by overspending over the festive season, resulting in a total debt of £2.5 billion per year across the UK or £200 per person, on average.*
 
The most expensive outgoings are gifts and food, with £102 spent on food for the day itself and £70 on drinks.
 
How can you have a budget-friendly start to 2022?
 
The first area to address when cutting back for Christmas is to set spending limits for gifts.
 
It can be very easy to go overboard when piling up presents underneath the tree. However, agreeing to a maximum amount or going for handmade and meaningful gifts can leave you feeling less guilty and strapped when it comes to January.
 
As food is the second main culprit behind overspending, it's also worth planning meals and events ahead of time, so that you don't lose track of where your money's going.
 
Christmas can be a wasteful time, so use your leftovers wisely and cut back where possible on unnecessary purchases.
 
Sometimes it can be all about presentation.
 
With the right dining room staging, you may not need to go over the top decorating, opting instead for inexpensive decorations or simple seasonal additions, such as candles and the right lighting.
 
Are you budgeting for a home move?
 
Whether it's for your first home or simply the next step on the property ladder, having the right start to the new year will massively improve your chances of having the financial flexibility to go ahead with your plans.
 
Remember to be mindful of your credit card usage over December, as overly relying on it could signal a level of unreliability to lenders and reduce your chances of being accepted for a mortgage.
 
If you'd like more information on how to get ahead with your property plans, contact us from our website.
 
 
 *Milsted Langdon