Noise prevention is cheaper than cure!

Noise prevention is cheaper than cure!

We are all affected by noise in some way or another in our every day lives, whether it be traffic disruption, a dog barking or simply having a conversation with someone. It’s certainly true that the issue is never out of the news for long; just recently, police in Lancashire threatened to seize cars after people living near the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale contacted police complaining about noise nuisance from the unauthorised Preston Car Cruise meetings. And whether you rent or own your home, anti-social and unhealthy noise in your community is one of the most stressful and upsetting forms of noise pollution around.

Did you know that it’s Noise Action Week this week?

From 18th to 23rd May 2015 neighbourhoods, local authorities, housing providers, mediation services, community support teams and others are supporting this annual event to raise awareness about how noise impacts on people’s lives, right across the UK.

Reasons to bring noise disruption to the attention of the masses include:

  • Noise nuisance in the UK is drastically under reported,
  • Noise is an indicator of public health; used to inform government policy in England,
  • The number of people disturbed by neighbour noise increased by a shocking 17% over the period between 2002-2012,
  • Exposure to loud music is risking over 1 billion young people’s hearing worldwide,
  • For each noise complaint a council investigates it can cost anywhere between £130-£7k!
  • By preventing noise, instead of reducing it, through education and awareness programs such as these saves tax payers money in the long run.

A serious issue for hundreds of thousands of people living throughout the UK, noise nuisance takes many forms, including:

  • Domestic noise, e.g. loud music,
  • Animal noise, e.g. dogs barking,
  • Pub, restaurant or club noise,
  • Car/Intruder alarms,
  • Construction site noise,
  • General noise, e.g. aircraft noise, train noise, etc.

Don’t forget that noise is defined as a form of anti-social behaviour, so if you are directly affected or know someone else who is you can do the following:

  • Keep detailed records of the noise nuisance (As this will be needed as proof if you decide to report it to your Council/Environmental Health Department/Landlord.)
  • You should always attempt to resolve the problem informally before taking higher action, so to begin with try mediation. (Information on this can be obtained from your local authority or from Citizens Advice.)
  • If that doesn’t rectify the situation, contact your local council who will take action against noise nuisance that’s having a negative effect on your health.
  • You may be able to get your landlord to take action, as landlords and housing providers have additional powers to deal with noise problems that arise in rented property.
  • You can also take action yourself, by taking out your own statutory nuisance action. This is known as ‘Section 82 Action’ which involved the aggrieved party making a complaint direct to the magistrate’s court. However, there are risks involved in taking your own action so we would advise that you seek legal advice for this option.

Ainsworth Lord Estates is proudly supporting this event, as we more than understand the importance of reducing the impact of noise on health in East Lancashire.

Want to get involved? Well simply visit http://www.noiseactionweek.org.uk/ today!

 

Cannabis Farm Spotting Tips for Lancashire Home Owners

Cannabis Farm Spotting Tips for Lancashire Home Owners

One of the latest stories to hit the East Lancashire headlines this week has been the discovery of a “sophisticated” cannabis-growing set-up in a Great Harwood property. This got me thinking about how home-owners can spot a possible drug farm, which in-turn will protect their own property as well their neighbourhood.

The afore mentioned case claimed to be growing the drug for personal use, however many are organised by criminal gangs which can bring further crime into your community. Sometimes these gangs have people working against their will via human trafficking too, with the number of those trafficked for slavery or other exploitation has risen over the last year in the UK.

Although a nationwide problem, did you know that between 2009-2012 more than 5,000 cannabis factories were uncovered across the North West? These contained over 345,000 plants with an estimated street value of £140 million! It’s also estimated that there are around half a million cannabis growers in UK homes! Plus in the space of four years, the number of cannabis farms detected by the police in the UK has increased by more than 150%.

So prevent cannabis farm funding organised crime in your community by looking out for the following signs:

  • Smell

Do you remember the passers-by who reported a pungent ‘herbal’ aroma coming from a Chorley house that led to the discovery of a £89,000 cannabis farm? A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “This was a great result of using community intelligence to find out illegal activity, from members of the community literally following their nose.”

  • Light

Residential growers need LOTS of light, so look out for foil coverings, constantly blacked out windows and/or curtains that never open.

  • Heat

Farms can be detected by infra-red cameras but as growers tend to use internal tents now, it is becoming a harder job to detect them in this way. However there will still be high levels of heat and condensation, so if you are suddenly beginning to get damp growth and/or your neighbours windows are continually misted up then you could very well be living next door to a drug farm.

  • Ventilation

Extensive ventilation is needed, so if you hear a low hum starting up each and every morning then you could be living next door to a weed farm.

  • Security

Growers will need to protect their crop not just from the police but also criminals who make a living by stealing cannabis crops. So look out for out-of-the-ordinary security measures; such as bars on the windows, CCTV cameras, barbed wire, etc.

  • Activity

Commercially grown farms are usually uninhabited, so look out for signs such as never putting the bins out, a neglected garden and unsociable comings and goings.

Landlords should also be aware that if their insurance does not cover for “malicious damage,” they will be unable to claim against cannabis farm damage caused by fraudulent tenants.

If you are suspicious in anyway, then simply give Crimestoppers an anonymous call on 0800 555 111 or you can use their Anonymous Online Form right here.

We hope this has given you some insight into your community, which you can put to good use in the future to protect it against such issues. Need more help? Get in touch on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com.

Legionella Legislation applies to Lancashire Landlords

Legionella Legislation applies to Lancashire Landlords

The Legionella Disease has always been prominent and protected against within the UK hotel industry, but with the significant rise in tenants who rent from private landlords it has recently been extended to the private residential housing sector.

It reminds me of a ghastly story that made the North West news around February ‘15, where a poor pensioner from Cockermouth was suspected to have died from contracting the fatal disease in a socially owned property…

What causes the Legionella Bacteria in the first place?

Legionella bacteria infects the lungs and causes Legionnaires’ disease, or less serious strains. More often than not caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water, it is usually found in harmless quantities in water sources such as ponds, rivers and lakes. It only multiplies and becomes hazardous when it finds its way into artificial water supply systems, such as air conditioning systems and hot and cold water systems.

What does this mean for PRS landlords in East Lancashire then?

Protecting your tenants from the legionella bacteria doesn’t have to be a difficult task. To prevent it from forming and spreading you must now do the following:

  • Begin with a risk assessment carried out by a trained professional. They will be able to identify and assess potential sources of Legionella, or less serious strains of the bacteria, within your property.
  • By keeping up to date on your property maintenance, e.g. replacing old pipes, this will protect against the build-up and possible detrimental outbreak of legionella.
  • Regularly flushing out your properties hot and cold water systems when it’s vacant will help to avoid a build-up of the bacteria before your new tenant moves in.
  • By making sure that your water tanks are safely sealed and that the water is heated to 60°C or above will further protect against this deadly disease. (Legionella cannot survive above 60 °C or over)

Although not enforceable by the new law, we also believe a helpful extra is to provide all of your new and existing tenants with a basic ‘tenants guide to water hygiene’.

What if I don’t comply with the new rules?

  • If you fail to carry out the basics listed above, basically causing your tenant to contract the disease you can receive a criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000 per breach; per property.

Signs of Legionnaires’ disease include:

  • Headaches,
  • Cough,
  • Muscle aches,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • High fever,

There are also less serious strains of the legionella bacteria, which can cause Pontiac Fever and Lochgoilhead Fever. Often affecting previously healthy and young individuals, Pontiac Fever signs include:

  • Fever,
  • Shivers,
  • Headache,
  • Muscle aches,
  • Tiredness,
  • Dry cough.

Lochgoilhead Fever signs include:

  • High temperature,
  • Fever,
  • Diarrhoea,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Abdominal pain,
  • Headaches,
  • Joint pain.

We hope that you’ve found this information useful, and if you need any help with anything lettings related in the future please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our helpful team, on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com.

Spot a Cowboy Builder!

Spot a Cowboy Builder!

A builder operating in Darwen has recently been imprisoned for 27 months, after swindling his loyal customers out of their life savings.

Trading under the name Builddex, Bradshaw, plead guilty to thousands of pounds worth of fraud and bankruptcy offences at Preston Crown Court last month. The court heard how Bradshaw gained the trust of multiple Darwen homeowners over a 4 year period. He would promise clients work would be carried out, charge money up front and then never complete the work. He now owes many residents £36,000 to £38,000 where he left jobs unfinished or in a worse state, to the dismay of his customers.

The Judge presiding had this to say: “These are real people who have suffered loss, not Government departments or institutions, but people who have invested in their homes.

“The victims talk of the excitement at the prospect of improving their houses but are left with anxiety, distress and difficulties in their relationships. They speak of the misery of having to live in their houses as a daily reminder.”*

Cllr Yusuf Jan-Virmani, Blackburn and Darwen Council’s executive member for housing, said “I would advise everyone to be careful who you employ to do work on your property.”*

We definitely agree with Cllr Jan-Virmani and want all our East Lancashire readers to be wary of such rogue traders. Your home is your sanctuary, you’ve put your life-savings, possibly your inheritance, into purchasing your dream property; so you don’t want your future happiness dashed by crooks like these.

Remember the story of The Ribble Valley Roofer back in 2014? This rogue trader advertised displaying a Confederation of Roofing Contractors emblem when he was no longer a member, and even got on one Clitheroe customer’s roof threatening to remove slates if he wasn’t paid!

Be wary of the following when instructing a builder:

  • Very cheap quotes or estimates.

Get at least 3 different quotes.

  • Evades putting a quote/estimate in writing.
  • Reluctance to offer references.

A confident builder will get lots of their recommendations from previous customers, so a reputable one will have lots of people to put forward honest references. It’s also worth having a look on their website and social media feeds to see if they have any online recommendations.

  • Only accepts cash.
  • Asks for money up front.
  • Doesn’t offer a contract.
  • Is extremely keen to start straight away.

Cowboy builders tend to do lots of work in one area and then just vanish; often leaving shoddy or unfinished work and will be virtually impossible to track down.

  • Isn’t a member of a trade organisation or claims to be when they actually aren’t. RE: Ribble Valley Roofer

Ask if they’re a member of an approved trader scheme, e.g. TrustMark, then confirm it. You can also access up to 6 years of their CCJ history through Registry Trust.

So if you’re thinking of an extension or loft conversion, make sure you check with Ainsworth Lord Estates to see if it will add value, as not all building works will increase the value of your home. Contact us today on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com .

 

Private Rented Housing Fire Safety Advice

Private Rented Housing Fire Safety Advice

I’m sure you’ve heard about the awful story of a Flyde home recently being devastated by fire? Well this tragic story has compelled me to write a blog on fire safety in private rented accommodation this week, as we can’t stress enough the importance of fire safety but sadly many still don’t completely understand their responsibilities.

Did you know that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are to be made a mandatory requirement in both social and privately rented homes in England and Wales, from October 2015?

This follows years of campaigning by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and the British Property Federation, who hope that this will provide clarity to all landlords. Although thankfully a minority, the English Housing Survey 2013 estimated that 82% of privately rented homes had functioning smoke alarms fitted by diligent landlords and letting agents.

Scotland lead by example, as it’s already a legal requirement there to provide linked ‘hard-wired’ smoke alarms on stair landings and living rooms, along with heat detectors in kitchen areas and carbon monoxide alarms wherever a gas appliance can be found.

Director of policy at the BPF said: “It is quick, cheap and easy to install these pieces of equipment, so making them mandatory makes sense.”

According to the latest fire statistics for 2013/2014, fire and rescue services in Britain attended 212,500 fires within this period, which is a 10% increase on 2012-13. Dwellings with no smoke alarm accounted for 38% of deaths in home fires, with nearly one fifth of deaths occurring where no smoke alarm worked.

A survey by the BWF-Certificate Fire Door and Dorset Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) also found that:

  • 37% of those responsible for fire safety were not clear on their legal obligations,
  • 35% questioned said they would not be able to tell the difference between a fire door and an ordinary door,
  • 45% of business owners admitted they would not be able to tell is a fire door was ‘dodgy’.

Fire door safety is also an extremely important issue for landlords in East Lancashire to take note of, especially those with HMO’s (House of Multiple Occupancy).

This legislation has been further prompted by the tragic incident of Sophie Rosser; a 23 year old architect, who sadly lost her life when she went back into her apartment block to save her trapped fiancé after a fire broke out in her London flat. It was later revealed that the buildings fire alarm had not been working for two years and that there had also been problems with the self-closing fire doors.

Ainsworth Lord Estates will be proudly supporting the following national fire awareness events – Will you?

Fire Door Safety Week, taking place 14th-20th September 2015.

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Fire Prevention Week, taking place 5th-11th October 2015 –which is perfectly timed for this much needed legislation to take effect!

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We take great pride in the properties that we manage for our private landlords in Darwen and Blackburn, focusing extra care and attention on fire safety issues. Need help with managing your buy-to-let? Don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com .

Top 3 reasons to move to East Lancashire

Top 3 reasons to move to East Lancashire

It’s not really surprising that with the London and South East housing price bubble, that more of you are looking further afield to live and work, outside the UK’s over saturated capital and further afield to other areas of the UK.

We believe now is the perfect time for you to buy or rent property in East Lancashire – here are three reasons why:

Low Prices

The North West is experiencing the lowest annual house price growth of any English region year-on-year, with average house prices now around £175,000. This presents ideal opportunities if you’re a first time buyer looking to get on the property ladder in Lancashire.

Examples of great houses currently for sale, ideal for first time buyers and/or those looking for a great price in Darwen and Blackburn.

Click for more East Lancashire houses for sale on Zoopla

Click for more East Lancashire houses for sale on Rightmove

We are also happy to announce that we’ve experienced a definite increase in first time buyer interest in East Lancashire, especially with the new Help to Buy ISA announced.

Regeneration

Investor interest is growing within East Lancashire and the surrounding areas, with many forecasts predicting radical new ideas to improve Lancashire neighbourhoods and housing.

A true region of contrast, the North West has so much to offer you and your family having something for everyone.

For example, a leading IT recycling specialist with headquarters in Lancashire has created more jobs, after receiving a business grant from the government’s Regional Growth Fund. More info here.

Lancashire has also recently smashed the record for new businesses launched in the area in a single year, with 5.7% more active companies than there were a year ago and 32% more than 5 years ago!

Renting out property in East Lancashire

Thinking of letting out your property? Well now could be the best time!

The North West is starting to catch up with the rest of the UK rent wise, experiencing a resurge in rental growth within Darwen, Blackburn and other Lancashire areas; now on an equal basis with London and the South East for most of last year. So if you’re considering becoming a first time landlord or expanding your portfolio, now is the time to benefit from the increasing North West rental yields.

Looking to rent in East Lancashire?

If you’re looking to rent in East Lancashire you can find much lower and cost effective housing options in the Darwen and Blackburn areas than many other areas in Britain.

For example:

Darwen – Studio to rent £325 pcm compared to the average £650+ studio flat in London.

Blackburn – 2 bed semi-detached house to rent £440 pcm compared to the average £1,200+ 2 bed terraced house for rental in London.

Darwen – 3 bed terraced house to rent £445 pcm compared to the average £1,000+ 3 bed terraced house for rental in Hampshire, South East.

With many up and coming businesses and other regeneration schemes going on in Darwen and Blackburn, the areas also have beautiful views, a great community spirit as well as easy to access transport links to the vibrant and historic areas of Preston, Blackpool, Southport, Liverpool, Manchester and Chester to take advantage of.

So if you’re thinking of moving to our beautiful region why not get in touch with us and we can give you much more info and reasons to live here, whether you’re looking to buy or rent. Call us today on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com

 

General Election 2015: Spotlight on the Lancashire Community

General Election 2015: Spotlight on the Lancashire Community

A general election used to be quite an easy affair for Lancashire residents, only having to choose between The Labour Party and the Conservatives. But widespread dissatisfaction of the current government coupled with a recent seven-way leader TV debate has given voters across the country more choice than ever before.

Regarding key housing issues, the UK’s 3 main political parties pledge the following if they were to get into power on May 7:

The Conservative Party
By 2020 the Conservatives want to make 200,000 starter homes in England available to first-time buyers, deliver 10,000 new below-market rented homes, relax the financial obligations expected of developers to enable more affordable housing options and extend the equity loan section until 2020 for the Help to Buy scheme.

The Labour Party
By 2025 they want to have doubled the amount of first-time buyers, build 200,000 houses per year, set new targets in order to upgrade the energy efficiency of privately rented properties, initiate a form of ‘Mansion Tax’ and completely reform the PRS “to get a fairer deal for private renters.”

The Liberal Democrat Party
Planning to build 300,000 new homes per year, the Lib Dems also want to introduce a ‘Mansion Tax’, create incentives for social landlords, scrap the ‘Bedroom Tax’, as well as building 30,000 ‘Rent-To-Own’ homes by 2020.

So in the run-up to the 2015 General Election on May 7, what’s going on in Lancashire and what issues do our community care about most?

Firstly, onetime Blackpool MP Harold Elletson has created a new political party to specifically represent the North of England community; The Northern Party. Launched on the 1 of April (although far from an April Fools joke!) they plan to contest at least 5 major seats in the Lancashire general election, as well as 4 key marginal seats.

Their leader Micheal Dawson claims that the party is a “northern rebellion against a system that has failed the North.” And despite its Lancastrian bias, Dawson insists the Northern Party has a pan-northern English focus and will represent Yorkshire, Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland too.

“The real choice in this election is between the Tory and the Labour parties. I am as northern as they come, born in Liverpool and representing Rossendale and Darwen.” claims Conservative candidate Jake Berry.

And Labour candidate Will Straw said: “It is great people in Rossendale and Darwen will have a choice at the election but the true party for the north of England is the Labour Party which has got a clear plan to put an end to the unfair and disproportionate cuts.”

Lancashire County Council currently have 39 Labour councillors, 35 Tory councillors, 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 independents and 1 Green Party councillor. And with Labour looking to win back the seven seats they lost in 2010 this could prove a real challenge for them, especially in the constituencies of Rossendale & Darwen and Pendle and South Ribble.

Main issues the Lancashire community seem most passionate about:

  • Improving the North’s economy.
  • Farmers, young farmers and local traders.
  • Fracking (the process of drilling into the earth and using water to extract oil and natural gas from inside shale rock) – The county appears to be divided on the current “Fracking” issue; where some welcome the prospects of extra jobs and money, whilst other fear possible damaging effects on the North Wests health and environment.
  • HS2 – More than a quarter of small and medium-sized businesses across the North West believe the high-speed rail project will have a positive effect on the region and their business. Those opposed to the HS2 rail link are The Green Party and UKIP.

As many of you are still weighing up all the options available to you, please let us know what the most important issues you face are. And if you haven’t registered to vote yet, there’s still time as the deadline is 20 April 2015. Click here to register to vote in the May election.

Find out how you can benefit from the General Election; if you’re looking to sell property, buy property or rent out property in East Lancashire and the surrounding areas – by contacting us today, on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com.

Tenants of private landlords should get new rights, says think-tank

Tenants of private landlords should get new rights, says think-tank

Have you ever thought that tenants need more rights within the private rented sector? Well at the beginning of 2015, respected think-tank Civitas aired their views on tenants in the PRS being given new rights to stay in their homes for as long as they wish.

To prevent North West landlords exploiting the shortage of homes to choose from, Civitas believe that tenants who rent should be provided with a guarantee that their rent will not increase above inflation. They also want tenants to be gifted new rights that would give them the same level of security as an owner-occupier; protecting them against retaliatory eviction and, in essence, allowing them to ‘rent for life’.

Did you know that 40% of the UK’s housing stock is currently privately rented?

And with predictions pointing toward the PRS accounting for one third of the UK’s housing stock by 2032, this would have significant repercussions and implications for UK buy to let investors and the future of the private rented sector, let alone the tenants themselves.

The report also claims that an increasing lack of affordability in the sector is being reflected in an expanding housing benefit bill for taxpayers, and that the amount of housing benefit rent subsidies claimed in the PRS has more than doubled (in real terms) over the last 10 years.

However it fails to mention the effect on PRS landlords when tenants fail to pass on their housing benefit portion of their rent, which leaves the landlord out of pocket and struggling to pay their mortgage. Furthermore, many still believe the ill-conceived perception (fuelled mainly by the mainstream media) that all landlords are ‘mega rich.’ We can honestly say that this is simply not the case anymore, as our average landlord client actually owns 1-2 properties and has 1 or more other jobs alongside their buy-to-let nest-egg.

At Ainsworth Lord Estates we completely agree that as private renting grows it is very important to ensure a fair deal to those who have little choice but to rely on it. However, building growth should not be hindered and new buy-to-let investors should not be deterred from the market by ill thought out proposals either. Especially in the North West, where the amount of regeneration schemes are increasing as part of the former housing market renewal programme.

  • What do you think would happen if private tenants were given these new ‘rights’?
  • Would this help good tenants or enable the fraudulent ones?

Whatever your views are on the issue please share them with us.

Want to let out your property in the North West, be it in East Lancashire or Liverpool, without the hassle of tiresome legislation and management issues that come with self-management? Then please get in contact with us today, as landlords ourselves we fully understand the importance of finding the right tenant, keeping on top of maintenance and of course rent arrears.

We look forward to hearing from you and becoming a successful and integral part of your buy-to-let experience!

Stamp Duty to boost the property industry

Stamp Duty to boost the property industry

The prayers of many buyers in the Darwen and Blackburn area were answered back in December 2014, in the form of the centrepiece of the Chancellors Autumn Statement; the abolishment of the Stamp Duty “slab rate”.

What is Stamp Duty?

If you who wish to buy property in the UK you must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) when purchasing a house, a flat or other land and buildings over a certain price.
Before the historic change, SDLT was charged at a single flat-rate for the entire price of a property and was described as one of the UK’s “most damaging” taxes ever. However in England and Wales, as of 4th December 2014 SDLT is now charged at increasing rates for each portion of the price.

What does this mean for buyers?

The slab system has been replaced by a band system, similar to how income tax works. So if you’re planning on buying property in Lancashire, you’ll now pay:

* nothing on the first £125,000 of the property price
* 2% on the next £125,000
* 5% on the next £675,000
* 10% on the next £575,000
* 12% on the rest (above £1.5 million)

So, for example: If you purchase a property for £175,000, you’ll pay £1,875 of SDLT. So if you have a property worth up to £937,500 you’ll certainly benefit from these changes.

Stamp Duty Land Tax calculators

So without the huge increases in tax once a property value enters a new “slab”, this is a much fairer system for all; where the savings are approximately £4,500 on the cost of an average home. It also supports around 98% of home-buyers, therefore encouraging more buyers to the market.

In Darwen, Blackburn and the surrounding areas at Ainsworth Lord Estates we are already experiencing a marked increase in potential buyers entering the market; which we believe (in part) is thanks to these stamp duty reforms.

What does this mean for sellers?

This move has been warmly welcomed by people looking to sell their home, as it’s inevitably increasing their chance of sale; what with the influx of optimistic buyers returning to the market.

At Ainsworth Lord Estates we believe that this is a progressive and positive step for the property industry and hope that it will also enable more regeneration opportunities right across Lancashire, as well as the rest of the UK.
2015 and 2016 are definitely the perfect time to be buying or selling, so if you’d like any further advice on SDLT reform and what it means for you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch; 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com.

Our Ultimate Guide to Viewings

Our Ultimate Guide to Viewings

So you’ve chosen an estate agent and prepared your property for sale, through various home staging techniques, and now it’s time for your first viewing.

How can I make the most of my property viewings?

Viewing a property is probably one of the most exciting elements of the house hunting process, so you want your prospective buyers to feel welcome and at ease from the start.

We all know that first impressions count and ideally you want your home to appeal to everyone who enters; as it stands to reason that the more prospective buyers who like your home, the higher the selling price will become.

So firstly, find out whether your agent offers the following:

  • Are they open 7 days a week?
  • Are they open in the evenings?
  • Are they advertising your property online, across many different portals?
  • Will they provide feedback on each viewing?
  • Do they offer the option of ‘mass viewings’ / open house viewings?
  • Is your agent informed on what the properties best features are and if there is any interesting history on your home?
  • Is your agent clued up on the good points of the area? E.g. the nearest schools, what the neighbours are like, local amenities, etc….

As the most pro-active Property Agent in the Darwen and Blackburn area, Ainsworth Lord Estates are open 7 days a week, until 8pm on weekdays. This means that our ‘viewings window’ is much larger and far-reaching than any of our competitors; enabling a quicker sale, at a better price.

Ainsworth Lord Viewing Tips, for a successful sale in the East Lancashire area:

  • If your property has parking included, leave this space free for the buyer as it will add to the whole viewing experience.
  • If you happen to be there whilst your agent conducts the viewing, by all means greet the buyer politely but then leave the rest up to your agent; they are the experts after all.
    If they are interested in buying your home, you can get to know them a bit more at the second viewing.
  • If you have pets, keep them out of sight; ideally away from the property altogether.
  • Make the property appear larger and lighter by leaving all internal doors open, as well as making sure that all lights are kept on during evening viewings.
  • You don’t want to appear pushy or desperate, so never ask the buyers if they’re going to make an offer on your property; again, leave this to your agent.
  • If you happen to overhear negative comments from the buyer about your home please don’t take it personally. Afterwards, take on board what was wrong so that you can put things right for the next viewing where possible.
  • Be prepared for interested parties to request a second/third/fourth viewing on your home.

You deserve an estate agent who not only understands the importance of viewings but who will also guarantee the best asking price for your much loved home.

For more tips and advice on viewings or anything else regarding the sale of your home, please get in contact with us today on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com