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Staging a Property to Sell

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In an uncertain market, staging your property to attract buyers is crucial to standing out from the crowd, achieving the best price and possibly even clinching the sale.

First impressions really do count so, once you have decided to sell, you need to get to work on making your home buyer-ready. Firstly, put aside sentimental attachment to you home and belongings and look at the property as potential buyers will see it. This will help you set about depersonalising the space.

You’ll probably need to spend money on bringing your property up to scratch – possibly on work that feels pointless. But, most likely, you’ll reap rewards with higher offers and a quick sale.

Read on for our essential guide to staging your property, room by room:

The bathroom

Bathrooms and kitchens definitely sell houses, and if yours are looking a bit dated, a revamp could pay off. If you can’t stretch to a full bathroom refit, think about replacing taps, mirrors or other fixtures and fittings.

Replace any broken tiles and mouldy sealant and give the place a good clean, scrubbing away all limescale deposits. Tidy away random toiletries and shampoo bottles and give the place a spa-like feel with rolled towels, quality scent diffusers and tropical plants.

The kitchen

A new kitchen can be transformative, so think about a refresh if your units are looking tired. It’s cheaper to replace your cabinet doors, while retaining carcases if you can. Clear away all the clutter, mend anything that’s broken and make sure it’s all spotless for an elegant finish.

The living room

The first step to transforming your living space is to clear it of all the trappings of everyday life. Put away anything that personalises the place too much; family photos, children’s drawings, birthday cards. It’s worth having a big declutter too, throwing away or donating to charity possessions you no longer love or need.

Make sure bookshelves aren’t overstuffed with books – remove any that are looking tatty. The advice is to leave at least 10% of your bookshelves as free space.

If your home is overloaded with furniture, which you want to keep, think about putting it in storage. Never ram it all into a garage or spare room – your prospective buyers are more than likely to peek inside.

The bedroom

Make sure your bedrooms have a calm, relaxed feel, with clean and neutral colour schemes. Keep the rooms tidy and impersonal and think about upgrading your bed-linen, adding cushions and throws.

Sort through wardrobes to ensure they’re not crammed full of clothes. There are plenty of storage solutions, from Ikea and the like, to help turn your wardrobes into a carefully-ordered space.

If you tend to use a spare bedroom as a study or storage area, show buyers its true purpose. If you don’t have a bed, borrow one from a friend or buy second-hand. Similarly, if you have a double bedroom with just a single bed, make sure it is clear that the room can accommodate a double. This is all part of helping buyers imagine themselves in your space.

Around the home

Sprucing up your home with a lick of paint could make all the difference to securing a sale. This is especially true if your existing colour scheme involves dark or bright shades.

White and pale hues have the advantage of reflecting light to make your rooms appear, not just bright and airy, but bigger too. You can also give the impression of size by adding a mirror or two and glass fixtures and fittings.

Replace patterned or dingy carpets with light floor coverings and remove any dark and imposing pieces of furniture. If you’re keeping your carpets, have them professionally cleaned to get rid of any stains or lingering smells and if you have pets, think about sending them on brief holiday while you sell!

Outdoor space

A recent survey estimated that a good garden landscape design could increase the value of a property way above the initial outlay. You may not have time for a big redesign, but getting to work on the garden is essential. Cut back overgrown shrubs, so your viewers can see how big it is and imagine themselves using the space. Cut the grass too and clean the patio and any garden furniture. If it’s looking a bit sparse, a few planted pots can make a difference.

And never underestimate the power of kerb appeal. Your front garden is the first thing buyers will see, so it needs to make a welcoming impression. Give your front door a lick of attractive-coloured paint and polish your door furniture. Clean your windows and, if you can, add a window box or two.

Don’t begrudge doing all this work on a home you will be leaving soon. In most cases it absolutely pays off. Investing a bit of time and money in sprucing up your property can help you to win over potential buyers and it might secure a higher offer too.

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

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There’s only so much chocolate you can eat, so if you’re spending Easter at home this year, we’ve pulled together five top Wimbledon-based ideas for a bit of a change of scene:
 

 

 

Wimbledon Easter sorted

A night at the ballet

Celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre this Easter, with a 21st century take on this iconic show, almost a quarter of a century since it was first performed. Described as thrilling, audacious and emotive, Bourne’s Swan Lake is best known for its male ensemble, which shattered conventions and took the dance world by storm. You can catch the show on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Paddling free

Talking of lakes, Wimbledon Park has a beautiful one with a packed programme of watersports sessions for all ages and abilities. If your children are looking for something different to do over the Easter holidays, check out the lake’s four and five-day multi-watersports camps for ages eight to 16. During the sessions they can have a try at sailing, kayaking and canoeing – as well as raft building and team games on dry land. Courses run throughout the holidays and cost from £230.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Down the rabbit hole

If you’re shopping in Wimbledon for Easter essentials, make sure you pop into Centre Court to experience Alice in Wonderland performed in silent theatre. This interactive, 15-minute show features everyone’s favourite Wonderland characters, including Alice and the White Rabbit. Plus, every child who attends will receive a free chocolate bunny.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Hunt those eggs

There’s more chocolate on offer up at Wimbledon and Putney Commons – but you need to find it. Starting at the ranger’s office, follow the trails to hunt the commons for Easter eggs. There’s a prize for every entrant. Or take part in the Easter colouring competitions with categories for all ages – including adults. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm Good Friday to Easter Monday.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Dine in style

If you’re getting together with family and friends, there are plenty of great spots for a chilled Easter Sunday lunch in Wimbledon Village. The Fox and Grapes, right by the common, is open throughout the holidays and promises to have the big days covered with some splendid lunch menus. There are plenty of other options too, from the historic Crooked Billet to the lively Dog and Fox and glamorous Ivy Café.

 

If you want to spend your Easter break looking for residential or commercial properties, Contact us today!

New UK-Wide Industrial Rent Set In Battersea, SW11

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Andrew Scott Robertson, South West London’s leading industrial agents, announces that, acting on behalf of a major fund, it has completed the letting of three units totalling 6,755 sq. ft. at Parkfield Industrial Estate, Battersea, SW11
setting a new headline rent of £30.00 per sq. ft. This rental level is believed to be the highest rent ever achieved for a standard open market industrial unit letting in the United Kingdom.

Parkfield Industrial Estate is located in the heart of South West London, close to Clapham Junction railway station. The estate extends to a total of 69,000 sq. ft. contained within 20 units. Andrew Scott Robertson have acted as letting agent on this estate since August 2016, when rents were in the order of £11.00-15.00 per sq. ft. 4 units were destroyed by fire in 2016 and practical completion of the rebuild was achieved in May 2018. The previous leases on these units expired within the construction period. 

A leading international auction house, has completed a new 10 year lease at a rent of £63,090 per annum on 2,100 sq. ft., equating to a £30 per sq. ft. rent. A provider of flexible commercial kitchen space, has also completed a 25 year lease, with 10 years term certain, at a rent of £30 per sq. ft. on 4,600 sq. ft. with just three months’ rent free.

Stewart Rolfe, Director of Commercial Property at Andrew Scott Robertson commented: ‘”The strong performance of the South West London Industrial Market is further exemplified by these lettings where high quality units in close proximity to the City and West End remain a priority for occupiers. The current demand for such units together with the reduction in supply due to conversion to residential have led to a substantial increase in rental levels over the last 12-24 months and, specifically a 63% increase in rental values on this estate.

Further information:
Tel.: 020 8971 4999 / Email: commercial@as-r.co.uk

Andrew Scott Robertson Launch a Lifeboat in SW19!

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If you think Wimbledon is just about tennis think again! Wimbledon Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors Andrew Scott Robertson pushed the boat out to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Saturday 30th June.  Director Ian Ailes, who organised the event with the RNLI Clapham Branch said, “You don’t see many boats in Wimbledon yet our nearest Lifeboat station is on the Thames at Chiswick just 7 miles away; the 2nd busiest lifeboat station in the country. It is manned 24 hours a day and has a response time of just 90 seconds.  So far this year they have attended 107 incidents and rescued 14 people and 3 dogs. Two of our Directors are Lifeboat supporters so we decided to organise a fundraising event on our Wimbledon Village office forecourt by offering to double whatever was donated on the day with a target of £1,000. We are very pleased to say we raised over £1,300”. 

Our photo features (L-R) Residential Sales Team: Rob Wells, David Faulkner, Samantha Cross and Professional Services Director Ian Ailes. 

Property of the Week: Welford Place – Could this Wimbledon home mean game, set and match for your property search?

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With one of the world’s top sporting events just days away, tennis fans could beat the queue and bag a year-round view of the on-court action with their very own Wimbledon home.

Situated just a stone’s throw from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the new owners could enjoy views of Centre Court and the magnificent London skyline beyond from the tranquil roof terrace. Perfect for enjoying a glass of Pimms on a summer’s evening!

Welford Place is a stylish family home offering 2,400 sq ft of luxurious accommodation situated in a highly regarded private development adjacent to Wimbledon Park Golf Course. The development boasts its own indoor swimming pool complex and secure gated play area. For further information or to arrange a viewing of this stunning property please contact Stephen Parsons MNAEA on 0208 971 6780 or email sales@as-r.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property of the Week: Downings House – where clever storage solutions combine style with functionality

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Whether you live in a large house or a small apartment, storage is a major topic for any homeowner. Living in a smaller home doesn’t necessarily need to mean living with less. You just need to be smart about how you organise the space you do have. Make every inch of your home work hard with well-thought out and space-saving storage solutions.

Completely transformed by architect Luis Trevino, our property of the week, a spectacular three bedroom loft style apartment in a handsome Grade II listed converted school, is packed with innovative design touches and makes clever use of space storage solutions that will come in handy no matter the size of your home.

The magnificent reception room makes full use of the double height ceilings. Custom built floor to ceiling units add storage and save space, whilst serving a dual purpose as a room divider to separate the open plan living room and kitchen.

In the stunning kitchen, white-on-white storage is the perfect example of the power of going monochromatic. The luxury units blend seamlessly with the surroundings and low level cabinets around the perimeter create extra seating, great for entertaining, and proving that you don’t need to compromise between style and functionality.

Storage can be found in the most unlikely of places and at Downings House the architect has made ingenious use of the space underneath the stairs, transforming it into a hideaway office – perfect for whether you work from home or need a place for the kids to do their homework. The floating stairs add to the feeling of space and openness.

In the bedroom, mounting ceiling lights either side of the bed frees up space on top of the bedside tables.

And if you are struggling for how to bring light into an internal bathroom, why not consider glass walls to bring in light and add an extra touch of elegance and style?

When it comes to decorating a small house or apartment, the key to keeping a space both functional and tasteful is to decorate minimally. At Downings House, the walls are kept neutral throughout, creating a fresh palette which reflects and optimises the natural light that floods the space.

Downings House is a gem waiting to be discovered…

For further information on this property click here

Proud sponsors of The 8th Annual Pirelli Golf Tournament

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We are delighted to announce that we will once again be sponsors of The Annual Pirelli Golf Tournament.

This year’s tournament will take place on Friday 11th May 2018 at Mitcham Golf Club, once one of the most exclusive courses in the country. The event will raise funds for Mitcham Cricket Club and will include the presentation of the prized Andrew Scott Robertson Cup awarded for the lowest individual score.

 

 

 

 

Property predictions: what next for property in 2018?

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Looking back at 2017, one constant that has been proved yet again is the continued robust nature of the London property market. Despite the political and economic uncertainty of Brexit, the changes introduced to the landlord tax relief and the Bank of England’s rise in interest rates, the property market as a whole has proved to be incredibly resilient.

2017 was a great year for us as a company. Our sales turnover was up on the previous year and the team’s hard work and relentless commitment to delivering exceptional service – and achieving the best possible results for our clients – paid off with a Gold Award at the highly prestigious British Property Awards as the top estate agent in Wimbledon for customer service.

As we look ahead to 2018, we are confident that the market will continue to hold its own. Whilst there is continuing economic and political uncertainty in the run-up to Britain’s departure from the EU in 2019, the continued low rates of lending still make today’s market a good time to buy. As ever, the phrase ‘Location, Location, Location’ is true when it comes to the demand for property in Wimbledon, and that has encouraged more agents to open offices in SW19, giving potential vendors even more choice than before. However, with 11 sales and 7 lets already agreed in January we are off to a very positive start and, despite increased competition from local and online agents alike, we are even more determined to make 2018 our best year ever!

 

Five star customer feedback

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“It is said that selling and moving home is one of the most challenging times in your life. It was made easier by choosing ASR to manage the sale of my property. From the initial meeting to the day of completion the team gave an exceptional level of professionalism, commitment and focus, maintaining regular contact and giving feedback after every viewing. Once my property was under offer, Teresa and William kept in close contact, giving good support and advice when needed and ensured good communication between my buyers and the respective solicitors. Thank you. ”

ASR Commercial in the News

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We are pleased to report that Ian Ailes FRICS, Commercial Director for Andrew Scott Robertson was featured in the recent RICS Q3 2017 UK Commercial Property Market Survey.

The RICS survey is widely recognised as one of the best indicators of developments in the UK commercial property occupier and investor markets. The results of the Q3 survey show that both investor and occupier demand edged up during Q3 for UK commercial property, but there is still a significant difference between sectors with industrial clearly outperforming.

Survey in brief

  • Rent expectations upbeat for industrial space, but flat for offices and negative for retail
  • Pick-up in both domestic and foreign investment demand at the national level
  • London continues to display more cautious sentiment with 73% of respondents in Central London sensing the market to be in some stage of a downturn.

The view from ASR

Ian Ailes comments in the report “The market is suffering from a negative view and there is nothing on the horizon likely to improve perception. The next event is the Chancellor’s autumn statement but we need something positive in it to incentivise businesses ie less taxation which will generate a larger tax collection. Money is cheap but no one wants to borrow if rates may rise. The Bank of England needs to address this. Threats of interest rate rises are over recessionary. Domestic SDLT needs to be reduced or made fairer to stimulate sales and so new builds from which the economy takes its lead.”

The view from RICS

The feedback to the Q3 survey reflects some of the broader macro issues, with the underlying momentum in the occupier market a little firmer further away from the capital. This is also mirrored in valuation concerns with around two thirds of respondents viewing the London market as being dear.

A key issue going forward will be how the market responds to the likely first interest rate rise in a decade next month. Given that expectations are only for a modest tightening in policy, the likelihood is that it will be able the weather the shift in the mood music. But this remains a potential challenge if rates go up more than is currently anticipated.

To read the survey in full click here.

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