9th December 2015
Although the Brighton market is broadly unseasonal, January is a busy time for property wherever you are. The New Year means new starts, and Boxing Day is the annual peak for online traffic on property websites.
That means there's no better time than now to get your house together for 2016. So where should you start?
The better state the house is in, the better the chance of getting a good price. Aesthetically it's more appealing, but it also means potential buyers have to do less work to imagine it as their home – the more work they imagine having to do, the less they will want to buy, especially if the asking price is high.
It's not worth replacing kitchen units or buying a new bathroom suite, but simple renovations like replacing the kitchen door and drawer fronts can make a world of difference. And it's well worth making all those repairs you've been putting off for years.
For the same reasons, a lick of paint, a clearing out and stringent cleaning will go a long way towards attracting buyers.
Of course they'll have to do it all themselves should they buy the place, but humans are simple creatures, and it's easier to like something that's immediately alluring than to grind mental gears to get there.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Don't neglect the outside in your quest to dress the inside up. Keep the garden in good condition. Clean the steps. Paint the door. Sweep up leaves.
People are quick to make judgements, and they start when walking up the driveway.
Focus on getting the best price – talk to two or three agents but don’t let yourself be lured into going with the highest valuation.
When a property goes on the market for more than it’s worth, there is a danger of actually losing out – it becomes more difficult to sell, falls stagnant on the market and then loses an amount of its asking price, which could actually take it to less than it was originally worth.
Our strategy is to value the property correctly and then put all of our energy into marketing the property to ensure a smooth and successful sale and to get the seller the best deal possible.
Which brings us to the final step – choosing an agent to represent you. You need an honest agent, with strong local knowledge who isn't just out to make a quick sale at all costs (unless you are). Qualities we at Maslen pride ourselves on.
For more tips on selling your house, have a look at our essential seller's guide.
Excellent communication and advice throughout. It felt very reassuring to be in good hands.
Mrs Brooker Buller Road
Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...
Mr Lavender Fiveways
Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...
Mrs O'Connor Hove
I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.
Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road
Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend you and use you again.
Ms D Edmonds Horton Road
Very helpful and patient team.
Mrs Shea Selborne Place
Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes Road
Very happy with the service we got from you guys, everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Thanks!
Mr Brown Titian Road
Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with.
Ms Ansloos Lewes Road
Excellent customer service throughout. I will definitely recommend you, and use you again. Thank you.
Ms Longley Kingsbury Street
Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again.
Mr White Fiveways
The whole team were very committed from start to finish.
Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road
Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!
Miss Jasper Taunton Road
As always, an excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road
First class service from a first class team.
Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway
We cannot recommend Maslen's estate agents enough.
Many thanks to Paul, Donna, Janette and the...
Linda & Les Wigmore Close
Nick and Paula are total stars! They were incredibly supportive and present throughout. Thank you!
Miss O'Haire Hove
Very thorough & very informative.
Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave Road
Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.
Mr Hope The Brow
Exceptional service throughout the process - should we decide to sell in the future we wouldn't hesitate to use your agency. You're a cut above the...
Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways
Best Estate Agents ever experienced - professional, approachable, competent and exemplary.
Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road
Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...
Ms Warren Hove
It was an amazing experience, everyone involved were fantastic.
Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean
Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.
Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey Road
We were delighted with the service received from all the staff with whom we had contact,
Dr Crichton The Ridgway
A really good experience.
Mr Tibble Lewes Road
I found the service to be courteous, friendly and efficient.
Mr Upton Buller Road
Already recommended you! Thank you.
Mr Edwards The Ridgway
Ben and Paula were calm and reassuring throughout a very difficult process!
Ms Easterbrook Bear Road
Thanks for an excellent service.
Mr King Hove
Best Agents in Brighton.
Mrs Field Tarner Road
We were very impressed with the Nick from start to finish.
Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road
Outstanding service from Sharon. James is an asset to Maslens & Harvey was so helpful and polite.
Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road
Very impressed with the service. Sharon Wareham works tirelessly, very professionally and is always there for advice.
Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue
The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!
Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace
Sharon was excellent - kept us well informed, thank you so much!
Ms Waters Cowley Drive
Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale.
Ms Daly Woodingdean
Harvey was helpful and easily reachable at the beginning of the process and Sharon kept us informed and was always happy to help.
Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road
Very, very happy we chose you, felt right from the start! Thank you!
Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road
Superb service as usual, I would always recommend you.
Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close
A very committed team who made the sale process very easy.
Ms Rees Ticehurst Road
Very comprehensive and professional. Nice people to work with and highly recommended.
Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road
The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.
Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens
A completely painless experience from start to finish. Thank you.
Mr Woolven & Mrs Bessant-Woolven Lewes Road
From start to finish the sale was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner.
Mr Gibbs Lewes Road
Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.
Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road
Extremely efficient. Nick and Paula are excellent. The weekly phone calls were much appreciated.
Ms Gray Lewes Road
Ben was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Martin, Paula, Sam and Will are all hard workers.
Ms Goodey Franklin Road
Thank you for everything!
Ms Tucker Willow Close
Very professional service. Thank you!
Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road
Very impressed with all dealings with Maslen. Paula Carter was in particular very knowledgeable and helpful.
Mr McBlane Hove
Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!
Mr Witten Lewes Road
All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.
Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens
Sharon was excellent, she kept us informed at all stages and was a really calming objective influence in the process.
Ms Frederick Channel View Road
Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks.
Ms Greene Lewes Road
In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...
Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean
Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.
Mr Standing Newmarket Road
Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.
Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road
I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.
Mrs Porter Taunton Road
Paula is amazing!
Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place
An efficient, professional and friendly service. Helpful and a pleasure to do business with.
Mr Beddington Brading Road
Thanks David, all very professional.
Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road
The whole team were excellent, each one of them felt like family. Sharon had a lot of sorting to do at times but coped very well, a true profession...
Mr Vernon Woodingdean
Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.
Miss Coleman Buller Road
A very positive experience - I had most contact with the Fiveways office and they were so friendly and helpful.
Ms A King Balfour Road
Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent
Ms McGrigor Milner Road
I would recommend Maslen to anyone.
Mrs Tripp Woodingdean
First class service. Friendly and professional.
Mr Thorne The Avenue
Excellent service as always
Mr Field Ringmer Road
Sharon, Harvey and James were all excellent - very professional. Totally opposite to what I have experienced with other agents. Maslen have restore...
Ms Lyons Woodingdean
You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.
Mrs Parkin Fiveways
The sale was dealt with swiftly, professionally and successfully. Thank you Maslen!
Mrs Lincoln Hove
We were very pleased with services provided by the Fiveways office.
Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road
Excellent service from the Lewes Road branch. Martin Timms secured a quick sale & at a good price & Paula Carter worked really hard to secure...
Ms Schulte Bear Road
All very professional, kept updated throughout. Very pleased - Would recommend.
Mrs Hammond Hove
Fantastic service. By far the best agents we have ever used, I cannot recommend you highly enough.
Mr Field Mafeking Road
Great service, always polite and friendly. Excellent contact and info all the way.
Mr Wells Bishops Road
Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"
Mr Grundy Bishops Road
Brilliant. Well done to Sharon and the Woodingdean team.
Ms Curtis The Ridgway
Paula was fabulous and we felt really informed and supported.
Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road
All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale.
Mr Johnson Fiveways
Graham Griffin provided us, and continues to provide us, will all-round excellent advice. We trust his knowledge and expertise.
Mr Blackmore & Ms O'Sullivan Financial Services
A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.
Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close
Very pleased with the service. Many thanks to Sharon and the boys!
Mr Flynn Woodingdean
Paul was absolutely brilliant.
Mrs Tasker Fiveways
Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team.
Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean
Excellent Service from start to finish.
Mr T Mole Cromwell Road
Very impressed with the efficient and friendly service, the staff were a pleasure to deal with.
Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road
Paula was absolutely amazing!
Mr & Mrs MacKay Lewes Road
Cannot express our appreciation enough of all the efforts made by the Woodingdean team - they were fantastic.
Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean
It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...
Mr McLagan Lewes Road
I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...
Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road
The staff were very helpful, an excellent service. I would recommend you to others.
Miss Hockly Fiveways
Paula's role was brilliant. Having someone office based and available was so appreciated and her promptness an impressive service - every Estate Agent...
Ms Wynn-Jones Baxter Street