Fordingbridge Estate Agents
Fells New Forest Property can offer you all the advantages of using a local high street agent with expert local knowledge, qualifications, a proven track record and the highest level of customer service. With over 75 years combined experience in selling property in the New Forest and surrounding areas, Fells New Forest Property are the number one choice for your property needs whether you are buying or selling in Hampshire and Dorset.
Fells New Forest Property
5-7 Southampton Road,
Ringwood Hampshire BH24 1HB
You may wonder exactly what traditional high street Fordingbridge Estate Agents actually do? Or if you should consider some of the other options, such as selling your property yourself, use an online agency or selling at auction. Whichever option you choose you should not, however, underestimate the services of a good estate agent.
One of the first things it’s worth considering is, do you respect the agent who you are intending to instruct? After all they will probably be representing you with the sale of your cherished and generally highest priced possession. A very good agent should be viewed as your trusted and respected property consultant. They will have a clear understanding of what your property is currently worth, what changes could be made to add value and the current market conditions.
Getting The Best Valuation
Everyone will want to sell their house for its maximum value – and all too often estate agents are chosen purely on the basis of whichever gives the biggest initial valuation or the lowest fee. This can be a big mistake. Always remember that an overpriced house will put off some potential buyers before they’ve even viewed the property. A good estate agent will be able to advise on the correct asking price, getting this wrong could either not enable you to sell your home in a timely way or could result in you under pricing the property and not realising it’s full value.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and what to expect
Once you instruct an estate agent, this is what you should expect them to provide:
• Provide a free in depth consultation to ascertain the seller’s expectations and requirements.
• Estimate the value of your property
• Write property details and arrange for photographs to be taken
• To market and promote the property for sale online, in local press, via their own database of buyers and their presence on the high street
• Pre-screen prospective purchasers
• Represent the seller in negotiations with prospective buyers
• Make sure that the price agreed is acceptable to the seller and buyer
• Monitor sales as they proceed and liaise with all interested parties including, solicitors, surveyors and other estate agents, throughout the entire process including exchange of contracts and completion.
• Keep abreast with trends in the relevant property market.
Once you have established some interest, your estate agent will be able to advise you on the following:
• What is the status of your potential buyer?
• Is the buyer part of a chain and if so, how complex is the chain?
• Is the buyer paying cash or needing to get a mortgage?
• Do they want to move at the same time as you?
• Are they a first-time buyer?
Sometimes the highest offer won’t be your best offer
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Local Amenities
There are many things that can drive up the price and saleability of a property. A good local estate agent will know the value of the local infrastructure and amenities, and will be able to advise you on the right asking price. There are many things that will also influence this including:
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Home improvements
There are many personal factors that will influence the asking price and saleability of a property. Almost any improvements that have been made to a property will push up the value, particularly if they’ve been done to a high specification. At the top end, this can be an addition such as a swimming pool, tennis courts or personal gym. Even something as simple as keeping period features will add value to a property.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Aesthetics
It’s really important to show your home to its best advantage. It’s essential to keep the property clean, tidy and well maintained. Houses with good views, especially with a sea view often command a higher price.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Potential to Improve
The potential to be able to improve or extend a property will also help with the price. There will be a premium on properties that can be altered in such a way as to add a bedroom or an additional bathroom, even having space to build a garage will add a value to the property.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Property Ambience
Never underestimate or forget that a property that has been looked after and cared for will be more appealing to buyers and this will be reflected in the asking price. A good estate agent will be more than happy to advise you on the best ways of presenting your property for sale and any improvements you could make that would add value or improve saleability.
Instructing a Solicitor
Your Estate agent should be able to suggest a number of good conveyancing solicitors that have a proven track record of providing a fast and efficient service.
Arranging your EPC Certificate
Your estate agent will provide you with a range of companies that can undertake this on your behalf.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Viewings
Dependant on the vendor’s requirements and the interest the property generates, your estate agent will either arrange an open day, accompanied individual viewings, or, if you prefer you may wish to conduct the viewings.
Accepting the Offer
Once you have accepted an offer, it is worth remembering that there is nothing in law to prevent you from changing your mind and accepting a higher offer from someone else. You should also bear in mind that when an offer is made and you have accepted it, the potential buyer can also withdraw, for example, they may not receive a mortgage offer, or the survey may show up some structural problems that will need attention.
Your estate agent will be able to advise you on the merits of any offers your receive and the offer most likely to meet your requirements.
Exchange of Contracts
When contracts are exchanged, and before completion, the buyer may wish to visit the property, for example, to measure up for carpets or to get an estimate for building work.
You should inform the utility companies and telephone/internet suppliers that you are moving and ask for final readings to be made on completion day.
If the buyer is paying a deposit, this will be paid to your solicitor at exchange of contracts. The solicitor will hold this deposit until completion.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Completion
You must arrange to leave the property empty by completion day and to hand over all the keys. This normally happens at 12.00 noon on completion day.
Your solicitor will receive the rest of the purchase price from the buyer and will pass this, together with the deposit, to you.
A good agent will always get as many interested parties to come and see your house in person as possible and will represent you at all stages of the negotiations.
To arrange a free valuation for your property or to discuss the current market trends, please call Fells New Forest Property now on Tel: 01425 689131
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Removals
Once you have exchanged contracts and been given a completion date, there’s no time to lose.
If you intend to use a professional removal company, start selecting one well in advance. The British Association of Removers (BAR) will have a list of companies in your area. Alternatively you can contact for local estate agent for a recommendation.
Ideally get two or three quotations based on a thorough inspection of your entire house, including the garage, loft and garden. Make sure you remember to mention any items that may need to be picked up from elsewhere. Remember that removal firms don’t usually accept responsibility for any damage to items, that they have not packed themselves. Also, watch out for a ‘pairs and sets clause’, this means that the insurers will not pay the cost of replacing any undamaged items that form part of a set, such a tea service, when replacements cannot be sourced.
It may be worth considering carrying out the removals yourself, maybe you are moving out of a furnished property or are a first-time buyer, or perhaps you have few heavy items and plenty of friends who can help! If you are undertaking the removals yourself, allow plenty of time for packing. Many insurance companies don’t include contents insurance for moving your goods yourself, so check your insurance policy and arrange extra cover if necessary.
Packing tips and hints
• Make sure you have enough heavy-duty boxes and packing materials. Alternatively a local removal company may be prepared to sell you cartons and other items you may need.
• Don’t fill boxes too full otherwise they will be impossible to lift.
• When packing boxes of china and glass, make a thick layer of crumpled newspaper at the bottom of the box. Wrap large items individually and place smaller items around them with plenty of packing material.
• Label boxes as you go along with a list of contents, by room and with any other useful information.
• Lift any heavy items with your knees bent and your back straight to avoid any strains.
• Remember that the order you pack the van on leaving your home will be the reverse of how it is unloaded. Items you will want to unpack first should go in the van last.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Storage
If you are unable to move straight into your new property, you may have to put your belongings into storage. Many removal companies have their own storage facilities, so it is worth checking this as early as possible. If they offer this service they will be able to store the whole contents of your house, except for items, which are flammable or perishable. Check if non-perishable foods will be accepted if they are packed carefully to discourage any vermin attack.
Your household insurance company or the storage company you instruct can arrange cover for your house contents during the storage period. Make sure it is a sufficient sum to cover all risks. Before items such as carpets, curtains, rugs and blankets are stored it is advisable to make sure they have been cleaned to avoid damage from moths.
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Living in the Fordingbridge Area
Fordingbridge is a small country town on the banks of the River Avon. It has a population of 6,000 and is situated on the River Avon, within easy reach of the natural beauty of the New Forest and the sandy beaches of the south coast. Fordingbridge was an industrial town and commercial centre, and boasted many trades such as brick making, pottery and textiles. It was also well known for its smuggling and the infamous Captain Diamond! This well-known `Smuggler King’ spent much of his time Fordingbridge in a local hostelry!
The town has developed into an excellent place for visitors with its beautiful scenery, nature havens and cycleways. The Avon Valley Path, a 34-mile footpath passes through the town and provides a perfect countryside walk. The Fordingbridge Museum, houses local history exhibits, and has a Visitor Information Centre located in King’s Yard. There is also a Roman villa in the nearby village of Rockbourne, which is open to visitors during the summer.
Fordingbridge Property Prices
Properties in Fordingbridge have increased in value over the past 12 months by 10.58%. The average asking price is currently £403,000. For a detached property, you will expect to pay around £551,000, for a semi-detached home £307,000 and terraced homes £279,000.
There is a good range of schools in Fordingbridge:
Fordingbridge Junior School – http://www.fordingbridgejunsch.co.uk/
Fordingbridge Day Nursery and Pre School – http://www.fordingbridgedaynursery.com/
The Burgate School and Sixth Form – http://www.burgate.hants.sch.uk/
Western Downland C Of E Aided Primary School – http://www.westerndownland.hants.sch.uk/
Fordingbridge Estate Agents and Leisure Centres
Local Council Details
If you are planning to move to Fordingbridge, and need information on schools, planning permission, parking permits or council tax, council planning permission meetings are held on a regular basis. Simply contact: www.newforest.gov.uk/