On Tuesday 14th February 2017 I went to meet the Branch Manager, Andy Leo at Northwood Estate Agents. It can be quite a daunting experience walking into an Estate Agents, all those eyes raise up from their computer screen and stare at you. I have often felt like I should have a sign on my head which reads Sales or Lettings so I can be pointed, without speaking, in the right direction. I don’t know about you but it is never ever clear to me which people work for Sales and which for Lettings. I am a rabbit caught in headlights as soon as I walk through the front door. I loose all capacity to walk, or talk coherently.
Tuesday was a bit different, I had an actual meeting. So I dressed smart in the hope people would realise I was there on business. It worked!
I suggest you try the sign on your head!
I wanted to ask Andy a few questions about selling / buying a house from someone who manages this process everyday, to see if he could give some insight to help us, the Joe public.
Here are Andy’s replies to my questions:
HMS: What is the busiest month for people putting their house up for sale?
ANDY: Generally the spring months March – May
HMS: When are the busiest months for completion and Moving?
ANDY: May, June and July. Generally people like to be moved in by August to coincide with the school year.
HMS: How many sales on average do Northwood complete per month?
ANDY: Approximately 10 per month.
HMS: What are your top 5 things to look for when buying a house?
ANDY: I’m not sure I have 5, but this is what I think is important.
- Quality of the roof
- Wiring and the age of it
HMS: What about cracks?
ANDY: Often the cracks are nothing to worry about. People sometimes pay too much attention to the cracks, and not enough attention to the things they can’t see.
HMS: What are your top 5 tips to help sell a house?
- Make sure all lightbulbs are working. Lighting is probably the most important factor in selling your house.
- Make sure all the lights are on.
- If it’s cold have the heating on.
- If it’s warm have the windows open.
- The viewer needs to imagine themselves living there, so give them space to view the property. If possible let the Estate Agents carry out the viewings for you.
HMS: Finally, which areas of Leeds do you cover?
ANDY: North Leeds, Chapel Allerton, Alwoodley etc for sales, but a little bit further afield for lettings. We feel when a customer buys a house they need a bit more local knowledge than when renting, and North Leeds is where our expertise lies being based in Chapel Allerton.
Thank you Andy for your time and answering these questions for us.
So in Summary.
Look at the busy months and ask yourself these questions,
- Why are you moving?
- Do you need to be moved by a certain date?
- Do you have time to wait for the asking price?
Could you wait until the months where the demand is a little bit higher? knowing that you will get more viewers, possibly more interest, and perhaps that all important asking price.
I hope you have found this article helpful. I will be covering Chapel Allerton in my blog series ‘Areas of Leeds’ so keep an eye out for it.
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