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Useful Tips for selling2015 saw a huge increase in the asking prices of properties in the Altrincham area, which you can read about here. In certain parts of Hale, Altrincham, Timperley & Sale demand for properties is still extremely strong and you need to act quick if you’re looking to move in to these areas. In fact it’s not uncommon for homes to be sold for 10-15% above the asking price. However if you need to sell your existing property at the same time, you may want to check out the following tips to ensure it sells as quickly as possible without merketing it lower than its true value. Over the years you’re likely to build up a collection of items personal to you that make your house your home. However potential buyers need to be able to visualise and see themselves and their possessions in the property, and for most people that’s easier to do when the property has been de-cluttered. Minimal is always better. If you can pack away some of those personal possessions and store them away there will be other benefits also. It will help clean up the appearance of the home, and there will be much less for you to do when the actual time comes to move. Depersonalize and reap the benefits.Serious buyers are likely to thoroughly inspect your home when making the decision whether to purchase or not. An untidy and unclean house can indicate that the property hasn’t been cared for and first impressions can have a huge bearing on the purchasers final decision on whether to proceed or not. Consider hiring a cleaner. Although there is an extra cost , it can save you considerable time and stress in what may already be a hectic time. Show homes are generally always sparkling for a reason. Make sure you create the right first impression.We’re not talking full scale redecoration of your home here, although sometimes this can be necessary. However if there are scuff marks or minor damage to walls you should at least consider touching them up. We would also recommend having light and neutral colors like beige or stone. Just like with de-cluttering it’s a lot easier for potential buyers to visualize how they would have the property as their home with these neutral colours. Also consider re grouting in bathrooms and showers to freshen them up. These simple jobs whilst taking time and a little bit of money, could literally add thousands of pounds to the offer price from buyers.Remember that first impressions count. When potential buyers come to physically view the property the first thing they are likely to see is the exterior. Make sure the garden is tidy and mowed. If it’s the right time of year plant some bright flowers. Paint any tired looking woodwork to freshen it up. It’s not just the front of the property that needs tending to. Make sure the back is kept clean and tidy also. Just like with the de-cluttering inside the house, doing the same outside will give a better impression of the space available. You don’t want to give the impression there’s lots of work needs doing. The more things buyers find, the more reasons you are giving them not to purchase or offer less than the asking price. If your gardens do need a lot of work, then you should consider getting professional gardeners/landscapers in.Getting to the stage of viewings on your property is great. However normally before this happens you need to have generated the interest in the first place. With over 95% of property searches now starting online, you really should be ensuring that your property is listed on the major property portals. The main two in the UK that most people will have heard of are Rightmove and Zoopla. There is a third portal trying to gain ground – On The Market, however at the time of writing they are still a long way off the first two. You should be making sure your Estate Agent advertises on two of these with Rightmove being one of them, and ideally Zoopla being the other.Getting your property listed on the main property portals will ensure your property is shown to as wide an audience as possible. However if the photography is not up to scratch you run the risk of it being passed over as potential buyers search. Remember first impressions count, and if the images don’t look good neither will your property. Your Estate Agent should be using professional equipment and know how to take good quality photographs. Do you really want to see the agent in the mirrors in the pictures? If the agent turns up to take photographs with their camera phone you know you’re in trouble.Most buyers have already formed an opinion within the first 7-10 seconds that they walk into your home. There are a few subtle tips to help generate that all important opinion. Lamps can be placed in dark corners to create a warm glow. Aromatherapy diffusers can be used to welcome viewers with a pleasant aroma rather than musty odours. If you smoke inside the house, open the windows and let some fresh air in a few days before your property goes on sale. Don’t forget fresh flowers for that final touch. Remember the goal is to help the potential buyers truly feel they could live there.Open curtains, blinds and adjoining doors. This will ensure the property gives off an impression of being light, airy and welcoming.Make sure you’re as flexible as possible, but do advise if there are certain times that should be avoided. If demand is high, talk to us about having an open day to maximise viewings and create interest and competition between potential buyers. Avoid showing potential buyers the property yourself wherever possible. It can be difficult for them to feedback honestly when dealing with the seller, and as such you won’t get the opportunity to overcome any potential issues that could be resolved either there and then, or for future viewings.Don’t feel like you have to do everything on your own. We would encourage you to hire help where you can afford it, and your Estate Agent should be there and available to assist you along the way when you need help. What can I say? I didn’t write this whole thing for nothing! Here at Redstones we aim to provide knowledge, guidance, and become your advocate. We function on timelines to ensure a smooth process, and are here to prepare you to sell your home quickly with the least amount of stress. And if you work with someone like me, we can even make it fun Email Address: First Name: Last Name: Copyright © 2017 Local Property Information. Powered by WordPress and Alétheia.
By Marianne Power for MailOnline Published: 00:48, 27 November 2012 | Updated: 08:49, 27 November 2012 47View commentsThe party season is nearly upon us, which means we women have two sartorial choices — to tart up our trusty little black dresses with new shoes or accessories, or to run around the shops frantically trying to find something new (which inevitably will cost too much money and never be worn again).But what if there was a third way? What if, for the price of a High Street frock, you could attend that Christmas party in a designer gown by Alice Temperley, Roland Mouret or Stella McCartney?Like Cinders, your gown would magically disappear the next day, and you would be left with no financial guilt — just memories of being the belle of the ball. This is exactly what a growing number of online dress hire companies are claiming to offer — as long as you return the dress after your big event, of course. Rent-a-glam! Marianne logged onto the most popular dress hire websites of the moment to hire a selection of glamorous gownsSo, if you lust after a Herve Leger bandage dress but can’t afford the £1,000 price tag, you can simply rent it for three nights for £60. Who cares if it’s not yours to keep? You’ll have it long enough to make an entrance and be snapped in the pictures — which, let’s face it, is all most of us want.So is your dream dress just a click away? Or is waiting for the postman to deliver a dress you haven’t yet tried on the night before your big do a recipe for disaster? Marianne Power logged on to the most popular dress hire websites to find out...Designers include Roberto Cavalli, Byblos, Diane Von Furstenberg and D&G. They can do next-day delivery anywhere in the UK if you order before 1pm and have been known to deliver dresses on the same day if you are in the London area.Sizes: 8-14Prices: £35-£200 for two nights rental plus £9.50 postage, and £3.95 insurance. That-dress will rent you a frock for a week or longer if you are going away.Best for: Customer service. Staff keep notes on your shape, height and colouring and go to great lengths to advise you on which dresses will suit your figure.Worst for: Choice. This has a very small selection and the designs didn’t feel as on-trend as other sites. The Mikael Aghel dress (left) can be rented for £80 while the Milly metallic dress (right) costs £35 for a nightTHE DRESSESMikael Aghel feather-trim dressHire price: £80 RRP: £565 Not my favourite dress. I don’t think the shape did wonderful things for my figure, but I loved the midnight-blue colour — and the feathers added a bit of fun. Milly metallic strapless dressHire price: £35 RRP: £330Loved it! Flattering, cute and a total bargain. A perfect little black dress — but probably one you should buy rather than rent. I could picture myself wearing it again and again.The biggest dress-hire site, with 4,000 frocks and more than 150 designer brands available to hire at 70 to 95 per cent less than their retail value. Designers include Halston Heritage, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney.Sizes: 6-14Prices: £24-£215 for two nights, but you can order for seven nights, too. Delivery £10 for next-day. Optional insurance £7 to cover accidental damage. You can also pay a one-off fee of £30 to try three dresses up to a month before your event.Best for: Choice. The collection is huge, and they have more designer labels than anyone else. Worst for: Don’t expect great customer service on the phone. I was told that most of the dresses I asked about were ‘standard’ size, and I was not offered much in the way of advice based on my colouring or (hippy) shape. Pictured left is the Halston Heritage short red dress while right is a Ruth Tarvydas gold sequin gownTHE DRESSESRuth Tarvydas gold sequin gownHire price: £69 RRP: £640At the Copa-copacabana... This dress looked much more demure on the site than it did on me. I even had to pin together the slit because it was so indecent. Not sure where one would wear a frock like this, but it would definitely get attention. Halston Heritage short red dressHire price: £49 RRP: £585The perfect Christmas party dress. Luxurious silk material, very flattering bodice, and a skirt that begs to be swirled. Snap this up, quickly.This Manchester-based site specialises in full-on glamour, offering a huge selection of full-length gowns, rich in beading and detail, many of which have featured in Hello! magazine and on The X Factor. Sizes: 6-32 but they can bespoke-make for any size, shape and length.Prices: £50 up to £120 for seven days.Best for: Women with fuller figures. Matthew, who runs the company, regularly hires dresses to bigger women and goes to great trouble to advise them on the right dress for their shape, taking measurements over the phone to make sure they will fit. A lot of the dresses, though glam, are made of comfortable and forgiving jersey. The site also offers bespoke dresses to buy: their tailors will create a made-to-measure gown in your chosen style in just four days. Worst for: Value. The hire price is around 50 per cent of the cost of the gown — much more than the other sites.The Pia Michi long gown (left) normally sells for £265 but can be hired for £90 while the Pia Michi green leopard-print dress (right) can be hired for £69THE DRESSESPia Michi long green gownHire price: £90 RRP: £265Very comfortable (the dress is made from heavy jersey) and I loved the colour — but it was very long. Best worn with mega heels. Pia Michi short green print dressHire price: £69 RRP: £110A very average dress. I liked the colour but it didn’t feel ‘designery’ enough to justify hiring it for £69, especially when I could have bought it for just £41 more.This site stocks more than 1,000 designer and mid-range dresses, which can be hired for about one-tenth of the retail price. The company deals directly with the designers — from Alice Temperley to Matthew Williamson — so they have a high percentage of current-season stock. Styles vary from full-length gowns to short cocktail dresses, as well as great costume jewellery, bags and even coats. Price: £37-£215 for four to eight days. Next-day courier service available from £6.95. Minor spills and damages are covered in the cost.Sizes: 6-20.Best for: A head-to-toe look. As well as a great collection of dresses, this site hires out fashionable costume jewellery that can retail for up to £500 a piece. Worst for: A couple of the dresses I liked were not available in my size, and they warned me that styles are already getting booked up for Christmas and New Year. So act quickly. Marianne Power said she loved the purple Nicole Miller gown (left). She labelled the Temperley dress (right) 'unbelievably beautiful' but would not have the opportunity to wear itTHE DRESSESNicole Miller purple asymmetrical gown Hire price: £165 RRP: £1,165 I didn’t spot this dress on the website — it was the site’s stylist who suggested it — but I loved it. Amazing flowing skirt, perfectly fitted bodice — I felt like a princess. The perfect black-tie dress. Temperley gold lace floor-length dress Hire price: £195 RRP: £1,950 Unbelievably beautiful. I’ve never tried on a dress like it … the quality of the lace, the weight of the material. If only I had the kind of life that would give me the opportunity to wear it. Anyone want to take me to the Oscars?Ever look at a celebrity picture and wish you had their wardrobe? Well now you can - temporarily, at least. this site rents out designs worn by Cheryl Cole, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and, er, Myleene Klass and the cast of The Only Way Is Essex.Sizes: 6-14 (but most designs are in size 8-10).Best for: Younger women on a girls' night out - lots of sparkly, barely-there frocks, tutu skirts and Herve Leger bandage dresses (which start at £59 to hire, compared with £100 on other sites).Worst for: Realistic sizing. The bandage dresses would happily fit size 14 hips but many of the other dresses I liked the look of were available only in size 8-10.The silver mini dress (left) would certainly make an impact while the bandage dress (right) was flattering, comfortable and sophisticated and a million miles away from the High Street imitationsTHE DRESSESHerve Leger's bandage dressHire price: £99 RRP: APPROX £1,000Am I deluding myself in thinking that this is actually quite flattering? Very comfortable and surprisingly sophisticated. While I still can't understand the £1,000 price tag for these dresses, the real McCoy is a million miles away from the High Street imitations.Silver sequin mini dressHire price: £49 RRP: £300J-Lo eat your heart out! This is the kind of dress I would never in a million years buy, but I liked it. For the right party, you would certainly make an impact. Beautifully but and heavy, high-quality material. Share what you think The comments below have not been moderated. 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