House buyers and renters decide within few seconds whether your house is ‘the one’. Updating the front and inside of your property for instant first impression can help bring those buyers and renters in and have them hooked on your home.
Basic updates that can give you the required first impression are;
Kerb appeal – make your property attractive from the road. Mow the grass, move bins, clean windows, impressive front door with lighting’s/flower decor, and tidy the garden and surroundings.
De-clutter – clear out the junk and depersonalise the space. Ditch or store away personal stuffs, kids’ drawings, and unnecessary items. The main goal is for potential buyers or renters to envision themselves in your home, and they can’t do that if your stuff is everywhere they look. All signs of you should be gone and replace with special items and features that appeal to your target buyers or renters.
Fix or replace faulty items/workmanship – little things like switch, lighting’s, door handles, cabinet nobs, tiles, paint, wall paper can be a deal breaker.
Make small improvements that pack a punch – focus your attention on the kitchen, bathrooms, and flooring, you can boost a tired home’s overall appearance for less than you think.
Standout furniture and fittings – Where possible invest in furniture and fittings that will give lasting impression on your target buyers or renters. For example fire place, wardrobe, bath, light fittings. The aim is to have an item that gives a wow factor in almost every room.
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When Andy Ruiz Jr bought a new white Rolls Royce his father was not happy.
“I told him ‘Andy, this is your last car, don’t buy any more,'” Andres Ruiz recalls.
“I said, if anything, buy a Rolls Royce and rent it out, make money. You can make $30,000 a month on it.”
The newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world’s first purchase after he dethroned Britain’s Anthony Joshua in July was a car for his mother Felicitas , he has since bought his dad a new truck.
He also paid $1m cash for a new home. Ruiz will earn more than $10m in Saturday’s rematch in Saudi Arabia.
“Like a father, I told him to stay humble – don’t spend the money, invest it in houses,” Ruiz Sr tells BBC Sport.
The advice, at least on car purchases, did not stick. The 30-year-old recently bought a Mercedes G550 jeep – a car that sells for over $100,000 – and as cameras filmed him pulling on to his driveway he simply said with a smile, “another one”.
Space – some of us have it and some of us don’t, but whether you live in a five-story mansion or a compact studio flat, you’ll want to make the most of every square inch you have. Luckily there are few tips that could get you making the best space from your home – whatever its size.
With a little creative thinking, any look can be created, despite the architectural restrictions, for example a lower ceiling immediately makes a large room feel cosier or a dropped lighting raft adds elegance and a desire mood to a room.
Having simple furniture that you can see through, such as the fine wishbone chairs, minimises fuss and helps make the room look bigger.
To make a space look more interesting, add small but significant details such as side and table lights, spotlights, handles on wardrobes, doors and units.
Textures add warmth and comfort to a room for example chenille, brushed cotton and velour will really help to warm up a space if it feels a bit corridor-like.
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Three people have suffered serious injuries after the car they were travelling in crashed into a house and caught fire.
The incident on the Isle of Lewis happened on the A857, after the junction with the A858, known as Barvas Corner, at about 01:30.
Three men in the car, aged 22, 32 and 36, and a 61-year-old woman who was in the house were rescued by police.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with road traffic offences. Sgt Donald Sinclair, of Police Scotland, said: “Our inquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing and I am appealing for anyone who saw the crash or who saw a blue Vauxhall Zafira being driven on the A857 before 1.30am to come forward.
The car ended up standing upright on its bonnet, leaning against the house.
The driver and two passengers of the blue Vauxhall Zafira were taken to Western Isles Hospital for treatment to serious injuries.
Thinking of using the Help to Buy scheme? Be sure to weigh up the pros and cons – and check you’re not overpaying – before taking the plunge.
First-time buyers could be paying a premium of up to 22% if they use the government’s Help to Buy scheme to purchase a home, a study has found.
It showed that the average person taking their first step on the property ladder using the Help to Buy equity loan initiative paid £303,450 for their home – 10.3% more than those who bought without using the scheme.
The premium paid by first-time buyers using Help to Buy was more than double this level in Yorkshire and the West Midlands at more than 20%, according to Reallymoving.
Its chief executive, Rob Houghton said many first-time buyers find it difficult to raise a deposit and, as a consequence, are turning to Help to Buy – a scheme which operates only under the new-build sector where homes can command higher prices.
He adds that this is in addition to a premium applied for buying under Help to Buy.
“In many cases, first-time buyers simply don’t have the deposit required to explore other options, such as buying a second-hand home, which may offer considerably better value,” he said.
In UK property purchase, the key point is when contracts are exchanged – right up until that point any party in the chain can withdraw with no penalty. This can lead to financial lost, tears, anger and lots of frustration.
Once contracts are exchanged everyone is bound by the terms of the contract – if anyone wants to pull out after that point it will cost them many thousands of pounds, as a starting point it is usually 10 per cent of the purchase price and then any damages that flow from their actions. Because of this, generally the best advice is to buy the property and put it on the market as soon as you can. Depending on the market at that time you may lose a little money, but potentially considerably less than if you’d withdrawn from the sale.
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