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Tips To Sell Your Home Fast

When it comes to putting your home on the market, getting a good deal is essential, but getting a fast deal isn’t far behind. The nightmare of property chains means a slow sale can leave you, and the buyers ahead of you, sat in despair. In a slow property market, competition can be fierce so showing your home in it’s best light is vital for a quick sale. Take a look at some of our tops tips to help your get your home sold fast!

Time to get in shape

Your house is the home you made it; it has your personal touch and all your possessions. When selling your home, it needs to be attractive to everyone, so it’s time to de-clutter. Make the house presentable by removing any excess furnishings – giving a neutral look that shows off the best features of your home. A depersonalised home is one which potential buyers can begin to see themselves living in.

Get the roadside appeal

When potential buyers see the for sale sign outside your home, the next thing they look at is your home’s exterior. If they don’t like what they see on the outside, they will not want to look inside. Get outside and get your home looking great for passersby. A fresh lick of paint, clean windows and a well kept front lawn are all it takes to give your home’s exterior the boost it needs.

Get the pros in

Once your home is in tip top shape, you need to show it off online to ensure a quick deal. Whilst all of us have access to a good mobile phone camera, a professional photographer can make a big difference. The professionals will help show your home in it’s best light – finding all the right angles to give potential buyers the best first impression.

Use multiple channels

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – the list goes on and on. In 2017 there are so many different ways to get your property out there in front of potential buyers. Share your advert across social media channels and ask your friends and family to share it too; you will be surprised how many people will see your property and you never know, they may become the next buyer of your home!

Price it right

No matter how great your home looks or how much you promote it, the price still has to be right! When placing your property on the market, ensure you get professional advice so the value is pitched just right. With a slow property market, overpricing your home is a surefire way to turn buyers off and may stop you getting the quick deal you need.  

When looking to move on up the property ladder, getting your current home sold in a timely manner is often crucial. You need to put your best foot forward when advertising your home online by making it as appealing to buyers as possible. By following our tips, you can give your home the best chance of a quick sale and give yourself the chance to move onto the home you have always dreamed of.  

If you need further advice on any of these points, whether it is pricing, decoration, or anything else – feel free to give us a call and we’ll be able to help. Reach us by calling 01325 621111 or emailing

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4 Ways To Add Value To Your Home

Whilst many of us purchase a home to live in; many consider their home to be a great investment – an asset to be nurtured and valued over time. Whether just ‘one in the chain’ or your forever home, working to add value to your home is a top tip of many professional property owners. But for most of you reading this blog, you will be preparing for a home move – trying to ensure you get the best deal for your current dwelling. There are many ways to add value to your home; some big, some small – but all are definitely worth while to add those all important 0’s to your property’s selling price.

Invest in more floor space

Perhaps the simplest way to add value to your home is to extend and create more liveable space. Whilst easier said than done, an extension project for a garage or conservatory will often ensure your house jumps a price bracket. On a tighter budget? Why not look to convert existing space – loft conversions are a popular way to add value to your home without breaking the bank. Often the first step to creating more space is to obtain planning permission; simply having this can be a great asset when getting the best deal for your home.

Upgrade the utilities

With continuing uncertainty in the energy markets, an economical home is a big tick for potential home buyers. Whether your home runs on electric or gas, upgrading to the latest A rated heating systems will be sure to add overall value. Away from heating – updating, servicing and certifying cabling and plumbing works will give valuers and buyers peace of mind in your property. As an extra tip, try installing modern insulation systems to guarantee a cost effective energy bill for the next buyer.

Time to become green fingered

The garden is often the place where lifelong family memories are created; a beautiful garden is a great asset to any home. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get working on the weeding, mowing, trimming and planting. To add true value to your garden, build a dedicated area for entertaining such as a patio or decking platform, ensure it is large enough for a hot summer barbeque! Remember, when someone comes to view your home, the front garden is the first thing they see – ensure it makes the right impression!

Iron out the kinks

Often it’s those small details that can make or break a property. Increasing value to your home doesn’t have to come with adding something new but by improving existing features. Fixing little defects such as peeling paint, condensation mould and broken locks will help show your home in its best light.


When it comes to selling our homes, it’s only natural to want the best deal possible. Adding value to a property can be done in a number of ways from large structural changes down to the small pieces of correctional DIY. Our tips can help ensure no stone is left unturned, giving you the knowledge to add value both inside and out.

Ready to sell? Get in touch with us and let’s chat! We offer a professional service, unbeatable value and to provide a high level support base which is second to none in the property industry.

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Your First Mortgage – Preparing For The Property Ladder

Following the economic turmoil of the early 21st century, the property landscape has changed dramatically. Gone are the days of one size fits all mortgages; there are now many hoops to jump through before you can fly the nest to your own home. With the added uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the mortgage woes don’t look to be improving anytime soon. But all is not lost, our mortgage tips can help you get prepared for taking that first step onto the property ladder, showing lenders you are up to the challenge!


Work on your credit score!

Alongside the security of a deposit, lenders want to see a history of taking and paying back credit. Whilst you may think – ‘I don’t need a credit card’ – it may pay to have the conversation with your bank. Many high street names offer great deals on new and existing customer credit cards, often giving 0% interest as a welcome bonus. Whilst you don’t need to spend a lot, the simple act of taking credit and then repaying it on time, shows lenders you can manage your money and your debts.

There’s no getting around it – time to save!

Lenders have become a cautious breed, no longer even considering the possibility of a 0% deposit for your mortgage. Typically a 5% deposit will be the minimum you need, with the best mortgage deals being reserved for those with a 20%+ deposit. Being stringent with your money is essential, try looking for a Help to Buy or Lifetime ISA; these are typically government supported schemes, offering to top-up your savings if used to purchase your first home.

Consistency is key

As with your credit score, lenders like to see you as a reliability person in every aspect of your life. Looking to make a career jump? Wait a few months! By showing consistency and stability, lenders will be more likely to place their money with you. Once your mortgage is confirmed, making a career move shouldn’t affect your repayment terms. Whilst a dream for many of us, the uncertainty around being self employed can often turn lenders off! Alongside this, ensure you manage your personal admin effectively. Keep the electoral register, your bank and insurance companies up to date with any changes in address and contact details.


Be Savvy

As the time approaches to start seriously speaking with mortgage lenders, make sure to do your research and shop around. With many smaller names offering great deals on lending, taking the time to consider all options can end up saving you thousands in the long run. There are many online comparison sites, offering independent expert reviews across all the big names, helping you to make the smartest decision.       

Although the mortgage lending market has taken a blow, all is not lost for first time buyers. Take the time to save the deposits required and consider the personal profile lenders are looking for. Whilst many first-timers get knocked back, it is important to remain determined and work towards the goal of achieving home ownership.   


Thanks for reading! We hope you found these tips useful. And of course, if you’re considering buying a property in Darlington, feel free to browse properties for sale on our website.

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Coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

NEW BUSINESS ON THE BLOCK HOLDS COFFEE MORNING People up and down the country took part in last week`s Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning, the charity`s largest fundraiser for people facing cancer. Arc Estate Agents in Darlington introduced itself to the surrounding community through the popular charity fundraiser, which was held on September 25th 2015. Based in Stanhope Road South, the agency is the latest addition to the well established Arc Group family. After launching in July, they saw the charity event as one way of getting to know locals whilst helping a worthwhile cause. Andrew Chambers, Arc Estate Agents` Managing Director, said: “We have all been touched by cancer in one way or another, but recently we have had a couple of our own members of staff directly affected.” He added: “The importance of giving back to charity is an integral part of our business ethos and this is one way we are helping to support the local community and its causes.”

Arc Estate Agents pride themselves on being ethical, with fixed price fees and lower costs. Their high standards of customer service were evident during the charity event, which saw staff become better acquainted with visiting residents. Members of the community came through the door all event-long, with a homemade piñata cake proving especially popular. The agency had a successful morning, raising £161.84 by selling tea, coffee and cakes, as well as holding a prize raffle. Since Macmillan`s first ever coffee morning back in 1990, over £138 million has been raised for the charity.