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How long have you been in business?
Walter’s has been in business since 1790 so we’ve definitely got some experience! Look for an agent that has been in business for at least 15 years, this’ll prove their selling ability.
How many potential buyers do you have on your books?
We’ve got around 800 potential buyers and we regularly update our lists to ensure we show your property to those who are still looking.
Where do you advertise your properties?
Walter’s use a combination of a modern showroom, social media, weekly email mail out, OnTheMarket.com, Rightmove and our own website to advertise. If your agent doesn’t advertise online, avoid at all costs!
Will you do accompanied viewings if needed?
If your agent charges extra for sending an agent to do viewings then they should be avoided. At Walter’s we do not charge extra for accompanied viewings.
Will you obtain viewing feedback from viewers?
At Walter’s we chase up all potential leads and pass the feedback on to you.
How long am I tied into a contract for?
We like to provide a flexible service and will accommodate where we can. If an agent wants to tie you into a contract for 6 months, you should avoid them.
How much will you charge?
Again, we like to provide a flexible service that will suit everyone’s budget so it is worth discussing the options available to you. If an agent charges a fixed fee, it is worth asking them what is included and how they
Will I pay upfront?
Avoid going to an agent who charges you a fee without selling your home. There is no incentive to sell your property if they’ve already got your money.
Will you help me find my own home to move into?
If you are looking in the same area Walter’s will help you find your next home as well as selling yours. Most agents should be able to do this for you.
Will you recommend a solicitor for us to use once a sale is agreed?
Your agent should be able to provide you with the names of some firms to help you through your sale.
Would you do a joint agency with another agent?
Your agent should be open to liaising with another agent to secure a sale on your home. If they aren’t, it might be worth it to go with one who will in the event that your property isn’t selling as quickly as hoped for.
Are there any additional selling costs?
Some add on extras for viewings, photographs, printing brochures. These things should come as standard but ask in the first instance to avoid any hidden costs.
What can I do to make my home sell better?
Your agent should be able to give you some advice on competitive pricing, home décor, making the best of the property etc. If they aren’t comfortable giving you a straight answer then it might be worth going with someone else.
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Today's post is brought to you by the colour Ultra Violet which has been selected as Pantone's Colour Of The Year. Ultra Violet is a deep bluish violet shade which conjures images of royalty and luxury whilst shying away from ultra feminine purples. This colour highly contrasts last year's shade, Greenery. The colour is very strong so it might be worth adding accents into the home if you're shy of bold colours.
We've got some suggestions here that will help you give your home a lavish look with this year's colour.
H&M Home Jacquard-Weave Satin Duvet Set - £34.99. This is beautiful way to add a lot of colour to your bedroom with little effort. The Art Deco leaf pattern lifts the colour and gives a little more interest than the flat colour.
Zara Home Golden Sun-Shaped Mirror - £69.99. Adding a mirror to a wall can change the dynamic of the room significantly. This Art Deco 1920's inspired investment piece channels the luxe vibes of Ultra Violet. The gold will contrast the colour excellently.
B&Q Marble Tealight Candle Holder - £2. Clustering candles with holders on a mantle or shelf is an inexpensive way to update a room, they also beautiful to burn on an evening to create a little more atmosphere. We've chosen this marble holder as it's a great way to modernise subtly and contrasts violet really well.
Argos Habitat Evelyn Cushion - £4. If you've got a neutral sofa chucking a few en vogue pillows will lift the over all colour of the room as the serve as a focal point. We love the yellow on this cushion as it contrasts Ultra Violet well.
Dulux Paint, Purple Pout - £13.83. If you're not shy of colour and fancy a big change you can always go the whole hog and paint your walls in this year's colour. If you aren't 100% sure, just paint one feature wall or the alcove of an unused fireplace.
Swiss Cheese Plant - £20.94. Contrast this years colour by bringing the outside in with some big leafy plants. If you're wanting to be a bit more on the nose with your house plants, pick something with purple flowers like lavender. If you can't keep a plant alive there are plenty of realistic looking faux plants on the market.
Argos HOME Diamon Cotton Throw, Grey - £4.99. Again, add comfort and style with a throw. These can be picked up relatively cheaply these days and we recommend grey accessories to contrast and compliment Ultra Violet's strong vibrancy.
Purple Agate Drinks Coasters - £19.45. These beautiful coasters are a very subtle way to bring the colour into your home. These could be used as candle plates as well.
Purple Ultimate Towel - from £1.60. The bathroom is an often neglected area of the home, bring yours up to date with some beautiful fluffy Ultra Violet towels.
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An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate, these certificates are awarded after an EPC Assessment has been carried out by a qualified assessor. This assessment looks at all aspects of the energy efficiency within your property from energy saving light fittings to the level of insulation. Certificates are required when a property is built, sold or rented (there are some instances where a certificate is not needed).
Some properties do not require an EPC, these are:
o temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years
o holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy
o listed buildings
o residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year
A certificate is required within 30 days of marketing your property and is valid for 10 years. So, if a property has been bought and then sold within the last 3 years the EPC will still be valid for another 7 years.
The certificate its self will give a colour coded, alphabet and number rated score based on the typical energy usage and cost. The rating ranges from A, being the most energy efficient to G, being the least energy efficient.
Example of an EPC rating
The certificate will also give a list of recommendations to improve the energy efficiency which can include anything from replacing all bulbs with energy saving ones to installing solar panels. These recommendations can save a lot of money. The recommendations are clearly labelled so you can see the initial cost compared to the typical savings over 3 years. The Energy Saving Trust can give some handy hints and tips on how to improve your home’s efficiency – www.hec.est.org.uk
You can check to see a property’s EPCs by going to EPC Register all you need is the postcode and number of the property.
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How many of these colours do you have in your home? Do you agree with all of the reasonings behind them?