Posts with tag: Good Move

Budget supermarkets bigger draw for homemovers than school catchment areas

Published On: February 20, 2020 at 9:09 am


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Budget supermarkets are now a bigger draw for Brits looking for a new home, the latest research from Good Move reveals.

The data gathered by regulated property buyer Good Move reveals that 39% of UK adults said that it is desirable to live near a discounter, such as Lidl or Aldi. School catchment areas seem to be less of a priority than supermarkets, with 29% selecting this as a reason to choose a new location.

This desire for deals appears to be strongest amongst the younger generations, as 54% of 18 to 24-year-olds say they’d want to live closer to a budget supermarket. 

Top of the overall list of priorities, however, was a scenic view, with 44% of UK adults saying that they’d prefer a property with attractive surroundings.

These are the top 10 most desirable amenities to have nearby, according to those who participated in the survey:

  1. Scenic views – 44%
  2. Budget supermarkets, such as Aldi, Lidl, and Iceland – 39%
  3. Local restaurants/bars – 37%
  4. Traditional pubs – 36%
  5. Independent shops – 34%
  6. Walking trails – 33%
  7. High-end supermarkets, such as Waitrose and Marks and Spencer – 32%
  8. A certain school catchment area – 29%
  9. Coffee shops – 28%
  10. Local library – 25%

When asked specifically which stores they would like to have nearby, it was actually Tesco that received the most votes, followed by Asda and then Aldi.

The study also revealed what Brits first research when they move to a new area. When asked what details they seek out about a location before anything else, 21% said public transport connections, showing the nation’s desire for reliable and easy travel.

Overall, the top five details that Brits first research when moving house are:

  1. Public transport links – 21% 
  2. Schools – 20%
  3. Crime rates – 17%
  4. Amenities – 17%
  5. Broadband speeds – 11% 

Ross Counsell, Director at Good Move, said: “Everyone has their own priorities when moving house, but it’s interesting to see how the overall patterns are changing. 

“Budget supermarkets are definitely growing in popularity, especially among the younger generations, and their presence in a region is now making a place more desirable to live.”

Good Move’s tips to help sell your house this winter

Published On: December 9, 2019 at 9:12 am


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When it comes to selling your house, it’s known that winter isn’t the best season for success. Whether it’s the bad weather putting people off viewings or families wanting to stay settled for the holiday period, everyone has their reasons to wait for the new year.

Looking at the facts, Government data shows that the six colder months of 2018/19 (October to March) saw a decrease in transactions. There were around 10,000 fewer monthly house sales in the UK than the following six warmer months (April to September 2019).

To help those keen to fight the odds and achieve their goal of moving in winter, Good Move has put together its tips. These ideas will help to make sure demand for a property stays hot, even during the colder months, making it easier to sell your house this winter:

1. Get rid of discouraging DIY tasks

From shaky windows to drilled holes left in walls, spend time fixing the little DIY jobs in your house. They might just feel like tiny inconveniences while living there, but to potential buyers, these represent yet another job to do after the ordeal of moving house. Quickly touch up any paintwork, such as skirting boards or the front door, to make your home as attractive as possible.

 2. Be sparing with scents

It makes sense to fill your house with pleasant smells to entice buyers, but remember that not everyone likes the same fragrances. Try and avoid strong-smelling air fresheners and candles as they can put buyers off, and opt for neutral scents, like fresh cotton, instead.

Baking sweet treats like cookies, or perhaps mince pies if it’s around Christmas, leaves a homely smell that will give viewers positive thoughts towards your house, and leaving pastries out on the side for people to help themselves will help viewers feel welcome

3. Keep it cosy

There is perhaps nothing more inviting than a nice warm home, so make sure you are offering that welcoming experience to everyone viewing your house. They have likely had to navigate an unfamiliar neighbourhood to get there, so make sure your home is warm and cosy (but not too hot!). Even little details like warm lighting or knitted throws on the sofa can help people imagine themselves feeling cosy and at home in your house.

4. Let in some light

As the days get shorter, even an early afternoon viewing can feel gloomy in the winter months. Lighting up the house will help to combat this. Keep all the curtains and blinds open (unless the view outside is particularly unsightly) to let in as much natural light as possible, and turn on as many lights in the house as necessary. A well-lit room feels bigger and more inviting and makes people more likely to associate positive feelings with the house.

5. Keep the garden tidy

Many people tend to neglect the garden during winter as it’s colder and people spend less time outside. But for house viewers, the garden is often a big part of their decision process. Ensure your outdoor space is tidy and well-kept to help buyers see its potential for the warmer months. Additionally, during snowy weather, make sure your path and driveway are free from snow and ice. Slipping over on the way to the front door isn’t going to leave a favourable first impression with potential buyers!

6. Keep pets away

As much loved as they may be, pets can put off prospective buyers. Some people viewing the house may have allergies, while the lingering smell of pets, especially a wet dog smell, can be a turn-off for buyers who aren’t animal lovers. Where possible, keep your pets elsewhere during viewings and make sure to vacuum well to get rid of stray hairs that can trigger viewers’ allergies.

Ross Counsel, Director at Good Move, comments: “Winter can be a really difficult time to make a sale, with the gloomy weather, people’s reluctance to move house during the colder, shorter days, and even buyers and estate agents taking time off for Christmas. Often, things can pick up in the new year as more people are looking for a new start, but if you’re still struggling, hopefully these tips will go a long way. 

“Alternatively, you can try using a quick house sale company like Good Move, which will complete your sale within three weeks with no chains involved.”

Would a murder or paranormal activity put you off purchasing a property?

Published On: October 28, 2019 at 11:19 am


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New research has revealed the most common turnoffs for Brits looking for a property to purchase.

This research from regulated property buyer Good Move shows that over half (58%) of those involved with its survey would be put off purchasing a property if there had previously been a murder at the property. 44% would reject a house if there had been reports of paranormal activity.

However, more practical issues seem to be higher up on their list of concerns, such as a shared garden (73%), signs of damp (75%) or cracks (73%) and having a short leasehold remaining (76%).

The biggest red flag for those looking to buy is noisy neighbours, with a huge 85% of people saying this would put them off purchasing a property.

The top 10 issues putting house buyers off purchasing a property:

  1. Noisy neighbours (85%)
  2. Short leasehold remaining (76%)
  3. Signs of damp (75%)
  4. A shared garden (73%)  
  5. Signs of cracks on the walls (73%)
  6. Front Door opening onto a main road (70%)
  7. No parking (69%)
  8. No garden (66%)
  9. Smelly (63%)
  10. Busy or high-speed roads nearby (62%)  

Over 40% of UK house buyers may have admitted that they would not be put off by the fact that a murder took place onsite, but this would cause them to expect a discount of almost a third (32%) of its market value.

The research also highlighted that buyers would expect a 30% reduction if there had been reports of paranormal activity…

The top five features that buyers would expect the biggest discounts for are: 

  1. Existing tenants (34%)
  2. Murder (32%)
  3. Paranormal Activity (30%)
  4. Pets left behind in the property (26%)
  5. Being next door to a cemetery (25%)

Ross Counsell, director at Good Move, said: “Although everyone has a different idea of the perfect home, it’s clear from our survey that certain things will put off most people. 

“On the bright side, some of these put-offs are easy to address, so if you are looking to sell your house, make sure you sort out small things like cracks and damp. 

“These little actions can make a huge difference and help you to make your house more attractive to buyers.”