We are less than one week away from the launch of OnTheMarket.com; a brand new property portal that has been designed to rival the existing duopoly namely; Rightmove and Zoopla.
As things currently stand; estate agents pay a monthly fee to advertise property on websites like Rightmove and Zoopla. Nearly 90% of people searching for property will make their initial search online so there is no questioning the power of the internet and these portals.
Estate agents who have signed up to OnTheMarket have been asked to drop either Rightmove or Zoopla. Members are only allowed to advertise on OnTheMarket and one other major portal.
OnTheMarket will be dedicated to presenting properties in the best possible light with nothing to divert or detract from their strengths.
No clutter from irritating and distracting third party advertisements
No spam mail
No unnecessary information overload
In addition, OnTheMarket.com will be the only portal to be endorsed by both the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).
It is considered the most eagerly-awaited launch of its type in many years and already has the whole property industry talking with thousands of agents across the UK already promoting the new portal.
When your home is on the market you want to achieve the very best price you can, as quickly and efficiently as you can and so does your agent!
Know-how on the ground
Potential buyers will always know that when they express interest in your property, it will be via an agent who can:
Answer all their questions
Who they can speak to or meet locally
Who can help them to view your property
Your property is not a commodity and the personal touch counts and at Ellis & Co Golders Green we pride ourselves on being progressive in our approach and we are delighted to have signed up to OnTheMarket and look forward to the public launch.
Why have Ellis & Co Golders Green joined OnTheMarket.com?
We sincerely believe that OnTheMarket.com will become a replacement for the competitor portals and we are confident that Ellis and Co Golders Green, OnTheMarket.com and Rightmove.co.uk will provide the strongest platform to advertise our client’s property.
We are GOLD members and we are proud to be supporting this new venture. If you would like to ensure that your property is listed on this new property portal, make sure the agent you choose advertises at OnTheMarket.com.
We’re proud to be a part of one of the most eagerly-awaited events in the industry and look forward to all of our customers, past, present and future, joining us “on the market”.
We hope you are enjoying our new look monthly newsletters; March is our Home Staging month. We grabbed a moment with our featured expert Sharon Johnston to see if she would share some of her home staging secrets.
As you know it is home staging month at Ellis and Co Golders Green. As our home staging expert can you tell us what is meant by the term ‘Home Staging?
Home Staging is styling and presenting a property to stand out from the crowd. You want to highlight its strengths and detracting from any weaknesses. The aim is to broaden appeal and sell quickly for the best price.
How important do you think it is for vendors to stage their home for a sale?
Very! A buyer will first look on the internet at property sites and will make a snap decision to view based on the images they see. The photographs can only look good if the property looks its best. Buyers will also see many different properties; yours needs to be the one that stands out for the right reasons. There should always be a wow factor people will remember.
Is it OK to have colour in your home, or is it better to have a blank canvas?
All neutral will be bland, so colour is good, but should be brought in through furnishings and accessories, thus leaving a blank canvas that buyers can use for their own look. If a featureless house, colour can be introduced on a feature wall or a large colourful canvas can be used.
A main element to home staging is de-cluttering, what would you advise if you didn’t have time to do it yourself?
Bring in a professional. As little as four hours working with a professional will achieve great results. They will be focused and impartial, making difficult decisions much easier to make. They also take items away. Follow the mantra of TheSpacemakers which is based on the 4 Cs. Cherish, Charity, Cash or Chuck. Everything will fall into one of these categories. Your home can look twice as light and spacious with clever de cluttering and no one needs to take their clutter with them!
People always say it’s Kitchens and Bathrooms that sell houses, so what are your top 3 tips in staging your bathroom?
1. Fresh white towels that are exclusively used for viewings only are essential. Or if an all white bathroom that hasn’t got much of a wow factor, use coloured towels in aqua or coffee to add some colour. Only white loo rolls are permissible!
2. Only have a few aspirational premium branded toiletries on show ie Chanel 5 perfume, The White Company liquid soap.
3. Remove all other items from bathroom – no potties, bath toys, old soap tablets and ensue loo seat is always down (for viewings and photos)
Our signature touch is to place a white orchid in the bathroom for a boutique hotel feel.
What finishing touches would you add to a kitchen for viewings?
If kettle and toaster looking a bit tired, invest in new matching chrome items.
Wherever possible, ensure there is an area for eating, even if it’s a pull down table with a couple of stools.
Dress the eating area with nice coloured trendy mugs and a cafietiere and a basket of croissants
Vase of fresh flowers – if kitchen a little bland, brighten it up with red gebera
Add some fresh colourful tea towels as an accent colour to main kitchen colour ways
Store old and dated cookery books and introduce some current cookbooks to appeal to a wider audience.
If your property is empty, how would you make it attractive to buyers?
We would recommend buying in some key furniture and soft furnishings, as many people cannot visualise the room’s purpose. This is of equal importance for the marketing of the property in the brochure and on web sites that the rooms look fantastic. We often ‘dress’ empty properties and this can be done on a relatively small budget. The items can then be sold on to the buyer or on Ebay. Key rooms to dress include the living room/dining area and the master bedroom. If bedrooms are a small double, it is essential to show it can take a double bed (but be canny and choose the smallest double bed you can buy) and dress the bed with fresh bedding and add cushions and throws to tone or contrast with bedding. Place a mirror or picture over the fireplace. If a living room/dining room/kitchen area is in an open plan format, use furniture and rugs to demarcate the different zones.
What would be your top 3 ‘Don’ts’ with regard to home staging?
Don’t use a strong colour that only a few people will like, for example acid yellow or fluorescent orange
Don’t have a wide array of personal photographs throughout the home
Smell! Bad smells will put off homebuyers so it’s imperative the smell doesn’t put people off. We all get used to the smell of our home and no longer smell it. Pets, stale tobacco and highly spiced cooking are all key offenders. Don’t be tempted to mask it with strong smelling home fragrance as some fragrances are too over powering. Authentic nice smells are always preferable to highly perfumed artificial fragrances, so it’s true baking jam tarts or some spiced buns really does give a homely welcome.
Is it expensive to stage your home?
No it shouldn’t be. At Dressed to Sell we suggest investing 1% of the asking price to achieve the best results. A good home stager will work with the items you have already and look at what you may have in storage already. And another way of not spending unnecessarily is that if the existing sofa is about to be replaced, we might recommend buying a new one now instead of waiting until after the move.
What would be your key message for our home staging month?
Your property is probably the most expensive item you own. Make sure it is presented looking its best for viewings and marketing so you can sell for the best price possible in the quickest time. For those that are short on time, I would recommend you use an expert and invest in ensuring you have a successful sale.
Thank you so much to Sharon for sharing some of her Home Staging Secrets.
Sharon Johnston started her career as a stylist on glossy magazine, Tatler and later ran a public relations business specialising in luxury goods and home interest brands. For more than a decade she has been helping people make the best of their homes. Whether it’s home staging a property to sell, de cluttering, restoring order and making the best of the space available with storage solutions and practical advice, or unpacking and organising after a move.
B – believe it is out of date, ugly and a waste of time
It is true that the ‘for sale’ sign has been around for generations. It is also true that as with most businesses, estate agency has developed and evolved. We have been adopting new technologies, embracing best practice and changing the typical stereotypes. We are a new breed, social media savvy, proactive in our approaches yet still very much at the heart of the communities in which we serve.
Yet in this ever-changing industry, the some would say the ‘dated’ for sale board remains. A beacon on your property journey or an eye sore in your suburban streets.
At Ellis and Co we stand by our for sale signs. Not as a symbol of our
existence but as one of the most powerful marketing tools we have. It is true that the number one method of finding property is online through property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla. But hot on its heals is our sign. Why in this digital age are signs still the second most effective way of marketing your home?
Unlike our grandparents generation we sadly no longer know everyone in our street or neighbourhood. Word of mouth is the most powerful and effective resource, having the board outside your home can start a chain of conversations, which can lead to potential buyers.
Similarly the same goes for people passing by your home. Many buyers visit areas of interest exclusively looking for property on the market. Having the board outside will ensure they know about your home more quickly, again leading to a possible viewing and a potential sale.
As a vendor we want to ensure that we provide you with the best possible service. Our signs serve a purpose – to sell your home.
One thing we can guarantee is that we will not use tactics like this to sell your home: