My neighbour’s house is also on the market



Is your neighbour selling their home too?  Are there other properties for sale on your road?  Should you sell your house if your neighbour’s house is for sale too?

Selling your home when your neighbour’s house is already for sale is sometimes unavoidable, especially if you live in a popular residential location and you are in a position that you need to sell up.  You may be seeing this situation as a bit of a nightmare, or an extra stress you can do without.  It’s not, however, necessarily the disaster you may think.  Read on and find out why…

It’s inevitable that this situation will sometimes occur, particularly in built-up and popular residential areas where you may find 2 or 3 properties for sale on the same street, often side by side.  Certain times of the year also make this more likely, for example, spring or early summer when the number of ‘new to the market’ properties is at its highest.

Here is our advice to help you deal with this situation and see it in a more positive light:

Remain positive.  This is not the disaster that it may seem, in fact, it could actually work to your advantage.  If you think about it, anyone who books a viewing to see your neighbour’s home is highly likely to view yours too.  The fact that 2 properties are on the market has no real negative relevance at all – both houses are different and both have their own individual selling points.

See it as healthy competition.  A bit of healthy competition never did anyone any harm.  Use the situation to your advantage and make your home look better than ever. It will give you even more incentive to present your home to its absolute best for every viewing.  Don’t be defeated… de-clutter, tidy and freshen up your home so that it shines out from the rest.  It might be worth investing some time on brightening up the exterior too, as your house will be noticed by anyone viewing next door.  Place an attractive potted plant either side of your front door, and give the door a clean and polish.  Plant some colourful flowers in the front garden and put up a hanging basket.  This will boost your kerb appeal.

Chat with your neighbour and work together.  You are probably friends with them anyway, or at least say ‘hi’ over the garden fence.  Why not suggest you both work together to ensure you don’t undermine each other’s sale.  If your properties are both similar in size and layout, their valuations are probably similar too, so you could both agree on a price that you won’t go below, or you could both agree to discuss any offers with each other before you accept.  That way, you stand strong together and you won’t jeopardise one another’s price.

If your neighbour’s property sells first, don’t take it personally.  Your houses will be totally different in décor and ambiance, so the fact that one sells first is purely down to the viewer’s personal taste.  From a marketing perspective, it is great news for your house… one house ‘SOLD’ nearby helps the area to look popular and desirable.  It gives the impression to a vendor that they may need to act quickly to buy in your area.  Use this situation to your advantage and run with it.

Every person and every property are unique.  Your house is perfect for somebody out there; all you need to do is be patient and wait for your buyer.

A buyer will always opt for the property that ‘feels right’ for them.  It’s not always the ‘show home’ that sells the quickest – it’s important to remember that your buyer is out there somewhere and your house is perfect for them.

Have you ever found yourself in this position?  Have you ever been house-hunting and viewed more than one on the same street?  What was the outcome?

We would love to hear your opinions and thoughts on this topic, or any interesting stories you may wish to share.  Maybe you would just like a chat about property.

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Should I sell my house?


Are you thinking about selling your house?  Are you perhaps wondering if the time is right? Maybe you have a rental property and want to release some equity?

Often in life this decision is made for us; perhaps due to debt or divorce for example, but it’s not necessarily always so ‘cut and dry’.  Often it’s a difficult decision, especially if there is no major reason to move; perhaps you just have ‘itchy feet’ or maybe you are yearning to do a property up and make some cash.  Maybe you are simply bored of your current home and want a fresh start in a new area.

There are so many reasons why people move home… some good and some not so good.

We have put together these tips which may help you decide if the time is right:-

  • Is it a seller’s market?

Are properties in your area selling quickly and close to the asking price?  Keep your eye on the local market and do your homework.  Rightmove is an excellent tool for this; simply put in a search for all property within a similar price range in your area,  but remember to tick the box that says ‘Include property that is under offer’.  This way you can keep abreast of local sales trends. Moreover, talk to a reputable and honest estate agent (like us) who will be happy to advise you on the current market situation in your area.

  • Have a free valuation

Any decent estate agent will offer a free valuation of your property, with no obligation whatsoever.  Explain to them that you are unsure so they can talk you through your options.Once you have an idea of what price your home may achieve, you will be able to make your decision from a more favourable and informed place.

  • Have your needs changed?

Does your house still fit all your requirements?  There are many circumstances that may change the way you use your home… perhaps you have started a family and need another bedroom; maybe you have met someone who also has kids and you need to double the size of your home; have you started to use your home to run a business? Whether you are planning to upsize or downsize, it might be worth writing a list of what you need from a possible new home, and compare it to what you have now.  Will a move benefit you or your family?

  • Have your financial circumstances changed?

Perhaps you are thinking of moving because your financial circumstances have changed (hopefully for the better).  If you are lucky enough to find yourself in a position where you can afford to increase your mortgage, you may be looking to upsize to a ‘dream home’.  On the other hand, maybe your finances have changed for the worse and you need to rethink your mortgage situation.  Either way, you can discuss this with your estate agent/ mortgage provider and see where your options lie.

  • What is your gut feeling?

Have you just started to entertain the idea of moving home, or is it something that has been lurking in the back of your mind for years?  It may sound like a silly question, but it’s actually extremely relevant.  Sometimes in life we might find ourselves feeling a bit ‘down’ or ‘fed up’ with things, and we might see a house move as the ‘end of all our problems’…  a way out, in other words.  It is important that you are honest with yourself.  Do you genuinely want to move, or does something else have to change?  Follow your gut and you won’t go far wrong.

  • Write a list

Grab a piece of paper and write a list.  For and against.  Get everything out of your head, however small, and add it to your list.  It will probably help you just by writing it down!  You could even let all the family join in so you have everyone’s opinions included in your ‘brain dump’. Now, sleep on it.  Forget it for a day or two so your brain has a chance to clear itself.  When you are feeling relaxed and ready, get your list out and look at it with ‘fresh eyes’.  It may suddenly all become clear.

We hope these tips will help you to make your decision.  It’s a big one, let’s face it, and it needs to be right.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this article.  Do you have any tips we have not included?  Can we be of any further help?

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