5 Easy-Peasy ways your Walsall home can attract Tenants & Buyers with kerb appeal

5 Easy-Peasy ways your Walsall home can attract Tenants & Buyers with kerb appeal
5 Easy-Peasy ways your Walsall home can attract Tenants & Buyers with kerb appeal

Too often I am going to meet landlords and vendors in Walsall who have a perceived idea of how to present their home when looking for a tenant or a buyer.  I have always said that you want to present your home in a way which will take the prospect’s mind away from thoughts of excess expenditure and expensive necessary changes they may have to fork from their pocket in addition to paying that all important price tag.  The moment you have prospects thinking of where to place that all important sofa or ‘Will my bed fit in this room?’, is where you have created a chance of converting the prospect into a potential tenant or buyer.  Now that’s on the inside but how important is the outside and what can you do to make your Walsall home more desirable?

You want your home to stand out from the crowd.  You want tenants or buyers flocking to see what it has to offer.  First impressions matter, and how your home looks from the outside can impact how buyers view the inside.  Wow them from the kerb and they will enter with hope and anticipation. Disappoint them and it will take twice as much effort for your property to win them over.

Getting the right kerb appeal doesn’t take rocket science; here are 5 easy-peasy ways to attract Walsall tenants & buyers.

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Cash or Mortgage When Buying Walsall Property?

Cash or Mortgage When Buying Walsall Property
Cash or Mortgage When Buying Walsall Property?

In recent weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting up with a few investors who were looking to enter the Walsall Property Market.  There are so many approaches to investing in property and many ‘Guru’ type figures out there, all willing and able to help…all for a fee of course (some of the fees are eye watering)!!  Having attended the course, some of the investors found my Blog and decided to take me up on the offer of a meeting over a cuppa.  The common theme/ question that came up repeatedly was… “Do I buy with or without a mortgage”!?

For most Walsall people, a mortgage is the only way to buy a property. However, for some, especially Walsall homeowners who have paid off their mortgage or Walsall buy to let landlords, many have the choice to pay exclusively with cash. So, the real question is, should you use all your cash, or could a mortgage be a more suitable option?

Well, looking at the numbers locally…

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My BTL Deal Of The Week, Perch Road, Walsall, WS2 With Yields Of 5.78%.

A two bedroom semi detached house on the popular Reedswood estate in Walsall, WS2. The property has the perfect spec for rental.

There are two double bedrooms, one with fitted wardrobes.  A modern kitchen with integrated oven/ hob, a family bathyroom with shower, a fair sized rear garden and off-road parking. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre plus Reedswood Retail Park is just around the corner.

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The Best Type of Walsall Property For Buy To Let is…

The Best Type of Walsall Property For Buy To Let is…
The Best Type of Walsall Property For Buy To Let is…

In today’s Walsall property market, the Walsall homeowners and Walsall landlords I talk to are always asking me which attributes and features are likely to make their property comparatively more attractive and which ones may detract from the price. Over time buyers’ and tenants’ wants and needs have changed.

The conformist way of categorising property in Britain is to look at the number of bedrooms rather than its size in square metres (square feet for those of you over 50!). My intuition tells me that homeowners and tenants are happy to pay for more space. It’s a little obvious, the more bedrooms a house or apartment has, the bigger the property is likely to be. Also, it’s not only the physical additional bedrooms, but those properties with additional bedrooms tend to have larger (and more) reception (living) rooms. However, if you think about it, this isn’t so surprising given that properties with more bedrooms would typically accommodate more people and therefore require larger reception rooms.

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Brexit – What’s the ‘Deal’ with Walsall House Prices?

Brexit – What’s the ‘Deal’ with Walsall House Prices?
Brexit – What’s the ‘Deal’ with Walsall House Prices?

On a daily basis in Walsall I am talking to landlords and homeowners from all walks of life. Some are serial investors whilst others are accidental landlords or holding a small portfolio. I have always shared my thoughts on the local property market in Walsall and Brexit has come up a few times. Here are some links to past articles I have written on the topic:

25/04/2016  EU vote!! Which way should Walsall landlords vote?

24/06/2016  EU Referendum – 67.9% of Walsall Voters Vote With Their Feet…

20/09/2016  Walsall’s Generation Gap & Brexit – Did the Older Generation Let Down the Young?

09/05/2017  The effects of a ‘Hard Brexit’ on the Walsall Property Market…

I have been holding off giving my thoughts, as I did not want to add fuel to the stories being banded around in the national press. However, it’s obviously a topic that you as Walsall buy to let landlords and Walsall homeowners are interested in…

We may or may not as the case may be, have a potential deal in the offering, there is still an amount of ambiguity about the exit plan so I am going to try and give you what I consider a fair and impartial piece on what would happen in Walsall if a hard Brexit takes place in March 2019.

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Walsall Landlords – Are you abiding by all the laws?

Walsall Landlords – Are you abiding by all the laws?
Walsall Landlords – Are you abiding by all the laws?

 

As the dust finally settles on the manic world of returning to work after a small hiatus, my thoughts return to the Blog.  I have been asked on many occasions where I get inspiration from when writing such ‘out there’ and ‘interesting’ articles (which I take with compliment).  The truth is a lot of my inspiration comes from talking to Walsall landlords and Walsall property owners.

Approximately a fortnight ago I was talking to a professional landlord who has an extensive portfolio up and down the country including a few in Walsall.  We got talking about Housing Law and all the regulations/ legislation that landlords need to adhere to.

Did you know, there are over 125 individual acts of legislation that landlords must adhere to if they’re to remain on the right side of the law?  Most landlords can’t name the specific acts but know and understand the basics, which are:

  • Tenancy deposit protection
  • Annual gas safety inspections
  • Energy Performance Certificates
  • Smoke alarms
  • Carbon monoxide alarms, and;
  • Serving of prescribed information

But, can you name the acts these rules come from?  Can you name the recent legislation that demands an energy efficiency assessment be ordered before the property to marketed to let and a valid EPC in place within 7 days and where reasonable to do so, this can be extended up to 21 days. This is detailed in the act The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

What about the relevant act that gives tenants the powers to report poor housing conditions?  This is covered by Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.  It is this act that obliges tenants to keep the property in a “tenant-like manner”.  Later acts gave tenants the right to complain without fear of revenge evictions making it a criminal offence to evict a tenant who requests “too many” repairs.

More legislation is working its way through parliament, being written into law, including the upcoming tenant fee ban, deposit cap and potential three-year minimum tenancies!!

Now, more than ever, landlords should give strong consideration to letting their property and managing it themselves.  With more than 125.. and counting.. acts of legislation that landlords must be aware of and adhere to, it is no wonder that we regularly see Walsall landlords and Walsall Letting Agents regularly falling short of fulfilling their obligations.

A full list of the 125+ acts are listed below:

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Walsall Property Blog is taking a well earned rest!!

Walsall Property Blog is Taking a Well Earned Rest!!
Walsall Property Blog is Taking a Well Earned Rest!!

 

Keeping a blog updated can be an exhausting affair and the last time I took a break was August 2017 so, I’ve decided to take a well earned rest!!  I hope to return to the blog towards the end of November 2018.

In the meantime, why not visit these property related websites to hone your property investor acumen?

http://www.landlordlaw.co.uk/ – This is a great resource of useful information, especially on legal issues and Tessa Shepperson’s Blog has some golden nuggets…

www.periodproperty.co.uk is, as you can imagine, the place to find a thatched, listed or historic home, while www.propertyauctions.com lists dates and reserve prices on upcoming auctions plus tips for those bidding for the first time (great resource if you are seeking a fixer-upper.

This resource/ guide from Martin Lewis is extremely useful for first-time buyers www.moneysavingexpert.com.

Think you can’t afford to buy a property just yet?  How about buying as a co-sharer with a friend or family?  Visit www.ourproperty.co.uk to learn more about turning this possibility into reality.

Whilst I’m away if there is anything you would like me to pick up on/ discuss/ write about upon my return please send me an email or message me via any of my social media sites.  Take care and wish me happy holidays…

Phone: 01922 311016

Email: salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk