Preparing your property for an Estate Agent Valuation

If you’re thinking of selling your property, the first step in the process is getting an estate agent valuation so you can find out what your property is worth in the current market and appoint the right agent to market your property.

There are many things that are out of your control when selling your property; including market conditions, location and the style of your property, but there are things that you CAN control. This blog shares our top tips on how to prepare your property for that all-important Estate Agent visit.

Clear the clutter

Potential buyers don’t want to be distracted by all your clutter, they want to clearly see the space and be able to imagine their own furniture in it. Clutter can be items that are left lying around that don’t belong in that space, or they can be items that you’ve kept for so long and no longer have a use for – and that now need a better home.  Now’s a good time to clear out and tidy up so you can show off your property in the best possible light.

Clear outside areas

Regardless of what time of year it is, your property needs to look just as good outside as it does inside. Clear up any autumn leaves and ensure your lawn is mowed so that your garden looks clear and well presented.

Discuss reasons for selling

During the valuation it’s a good idea to discuss your reasons for selling the property with the agent. This enables them to price your property effectively.  If you are wanting to sell your property quickly, for example, then it needs to be priced at a point that will generate as much interest as possible in the quickest possible time.

Extensions and planning

If you have done any restorations or extensions to the property, point these out to the agent so they can appreciate the improvements you have made.  If you have been granted planning permission to extend or build, have the paperwork at hand so that the agent can verify it and it can be mentioned to potential buyers.

Get the kettle on

An estate agent valuation is not just about finding out what your property is worth, it’s also about choosing the right estate agent.  Sitting down with your estate agent during the valuation is a good way to find out whether they’re the right company to sell your home and whether you feel you have enough rapport with them.

Ask them about other properties they have sold in the area, how they proactively market your property and how they give sellers feedback on viewings.  All these questions are vitally important to ensure you choose the right estate agent.

Also, a nice cup of tea never goes a miss!

If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact your nearest Wright Marshall branch for a free, no obligation valuation.


5 tips to make your house move in Cheshire stress-free

It’s a well-known fact that moving house is up there will one of the most stressful experiences in life to ever go through.  Finding the right property, getting the best price for your current home, co-ordinating moving dates and being swamped by boxes are just the tip of the iceberg. However, with plenty of years under our belt of buying and selling properties, we’ve put together five tips that help reduce the stress of moving house.

  1. Clear the clutter in advance

Once you’ve decided to sell your property, it’s a good time to start decluttering. All those clothes that don’t fit you anymore, toys that the kids have outgrown and bric-a-brac that you’ve been saving for a ‘rainy day’ – moving house is the perfect time to clear the decks and give them to a better home.  Doing this as soon as you’ve put your property on the market will allow your home to look less cluttered and reduce the stress of packing.

  1. Have all key information to hand

During the house sale, keep an electronic folder in your email of all-important correspondence from your solicitor, estate agent and removal company.  That way, anything important can easily be located from your phone on the week of the move without you having to trawl through lots of paperwork.

  1. Use a good solicitor

We can recommend good solicitors in the area who we know have a good track record in helping to expediate the sale of your property and deal with matters professionally. There’s nothing worse than being ready to exchange but solicitors are dragging their heels and holding things up. Our sales team help keep a track of sales progress on both sides of the chain and update you regularly, so you can plan your move in advance.

  1. Start packing when contracts are signed

As soon as contracts have been signed, you can start planning the logistics of your house move and begin the dreaded packing process.  A professional removals company can help pack up your items for you on the day of the move, but some prefer to pack themselves; giving you chance to sort through items as you pack.  Label boxes smartly so that the removals company know which room each box belongs and create a ‘Moving Day Survival Kit’ box with essential items you’ll need as soon as you get to the new property.

  1. Arrange cleaning

Home owners are expected to handover their property in a clean and presentable state to the new owners so don’t pack your bleach until you’ve done a good clean round! You may even want to employ a professional cleaning company to look after this important job for you.

With a bit of forward planning and a good estate agent on your side, the stress of moving house can be easily reduced, allowing you to enjoy the first few moments in your new home.


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How to find tenants FAST on your Cheshire rental property

Whether you’re a first-time property investor, or a landlord with multiple properties, the number one challenge is to always have good tenants occupying the property.  An empty property can be a real drain on your investment, but so can the wrong tenants. With this mind, we’re going to share our top tips on how to find the right tenants fast for your Cheshire rental property.

Get online

Over 90% of people start the rental property search online. A good letting agent will have your property listed on Right Move and On the Market within just a few hours. Rightmove is the largest online property portal, receiving 127.5 million visits per month according to Homeowners Alliance.

Wright Marshall invest in premium listings on Rightmove that feature your property at the top of the rental listings to help it stand out from the crowd and generate more interest.

A picture paints a thousand words

High-quality professional photographs that show off your property’s best features can make the difference between a viewing and someone clicking on to the next property.  Our professional photographers use a wide angled lens to show each room off to its full potential. They’ll also utilise natural light within your property to create that beautiful airy, clean and spacious feel that tenants are looking for.

Understand the layout

The layout of the property could be a game changer for finding the right tenant. If you want your property to appeal to families, they’ll be looking for open plan space downstairs.  If they have older children, they’ll want decent size bedrooms. We produce accurate floorplans to help attract the right tenants and ensure your property is correctly represented online.

Competitive rental price

Every landlord wants to achieve the highest rental price for their property, but it’s important to be realistic too – and with tenants being better equipped with information online in their hunt for the right rental property, they’re choosing more wisely and cautiously.  We have a good sense of the market and demand for rental properties in Cheshire, so we know how to set a fair and reasonable monthly rent.

Understand your market

A clear understanding of which segment of the tenant market is best suited to your property will allow you to better position and present your rental property as well as helping you find suitable tenants quickly.  If your property appeals to families, for example, you will need to highlight local schools in the area, parks and open plan features within the home.  If it’s young professionals, then they’ll be keen on knowing what local transport links are in the area, what local amenities are within easy reach and also whether the landlord is willing to be flexible on furnishing the property. With a vast database of prospective tenants, we proactively call round to those we feel will be most suited to your property which has given us a strong track record of successfully let properties in the Cheshire area.


If you need help or advice finding suitable tenants quickly for your property, please contact your nearest branch for a free rental valuation.