01932 221 331
38 High Street, Walton on Thames
01932 221 331
38 High Street, Walton on Thames
Walton on Thames

Selling your home in Surrey? Start with sustainable decluttering

When you open that door to your first home, or your next home, you never know how your life will
change during your time there. One thing we know for certain is that inevitable collection of stuff
that starts to fill every drawer, cupboard and room in your home. When you decide to place your
home on the market a simple dust and vacuum is not going to be enough; one of the first things you
need to do is to get rid of your clutter. The quickest way may be to bin everything you no longer
want or need. As easy as this may be, it isn’t good for the environment. This is why, when you
decide to sell your home in Surrey, you should start with sustainable decluttering.

Why do I need to declutter?

There are many reasons why you should declutter your home when preparing it for sale. When
potential buyers view a home they want to be able to imagine themselves living there. If your house
is filled with numerous collections or bursting to the brim with personal mementos, all a buyer will
see is you and your family. Personal items can also make a buyer lose focus – when they are
intrigued by you they are failing to see how they can make your property theirs.


A full or disorganised room will make the space feel smaller, and one thing all buyers are looking for
is space. Clutter is space sucking, and instead of seeing the true possibilities a room holds, potential
buyers will be struggling to see how they will fit in. Marketing your home with beautiful images is
certainly going to catch a buyer’s eye, but an image of a home in need of decluttering will just be
ignored, and this is the last thing you want when selling your home.

Start with electronic waste

We are positive that if you start looking through drawers, the back of cupboards and in your garage
you will no doubt find an array of electronic devices from old mobile phones, televisions, printers,
used printer cartridges and game consoles. Separate the electronics you find: those that work and
those that are broken and could possibly be used for parts. There are many charities looking for electronics which they refurbish and donate to those who are digitally excluded. Should you be
looking to dispose of your broken devices, search your council website for the correct way to do so.
At James Neave, we would suggest this be your last resort, as you may find that even parts can
be useful to someone rather than going into landfill.



Have those good intentions gone?

January is now behind us and that New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy could mean that you
have some unused sporting equipment gathering dust in your home. Many of these pieces of
equipment are big; they can take up so much space making the room feel a lot smaller than it
actually is. Be proactive and honest, if you’re not using it then sell it or donate it to someone who
will really appreciate it.


The ‘Just-in-case’ curse

Time to get to your clothes, and we guarantee that you will have items in your wardrobe that you
have kept ‘just in case’. It is time to be realistic – do you want all those clothes cluttering up your
new wardrobe and still never being warn? Empty your wardrobe and drawers and get tough; only
keep those clothes that fit, you love, and you actually wear.


There may be some items that really have seen better days, but there will be many which are in
excellent condition and perfect to donate to a local charity. You may look at trying to sell some on
Facebook Marketplace to make a few extra pennies – ideal to help you purchase a little something
for your new wardrobe.

Hard to part with

It is funny how things like books, DVDs, and albums can be hard to part with; many people are mini-
collectors and have more books on their shelves than they are likely to read. If you are a book lover,
of course keep those that you love, are on your to-be-read pile or are hard to replace. Go through
your entire collection and, again, it is time to make some tough decisions, or pack them away ready
to decorate your new home.

Family photos are extremely personal; pack these away whilst your home is on the market, this
again will help potential buyers to see themselves, not you, living there. Artwork is subjective, what
someone may love, others could loathe. If you think the art in a room is distracting it may be worth
removing it, even if it is only for viewings, so a buyers eyes are focused on what is important.

Sustainable move

We all have a responsibility to do our bit to help the environment, and we hope we have given you
some ideas on how to get your home ready for sale in a sustainable way. Decluttering is an essential
process for preparing your home for sale, and helps to give buyers the best experience when viewing
your home.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in Surrey and want advice on the best way to
prepare your property for maximum impact, contact our team on 01932 221331.


What home buyers in Surrey can learn from online dating this Valentine’s Day

All those who have ventured into the world of online dating will know what an emotional roller coaster it can be. From an online profile, you make decisions on what you see, and as a result you choose to slide right or left. Making such judgements based on a what is portrayed is what you do when you’re looking for a home in Surrey. As online dating is more the norm these days, you have, no doubt, picked up some knowledge to help ensure the date you pick has a higher chance of being successful.  These tools can also be used when looking for a property, which is why we believe home buyers can learn a lot from online dating this Valentine’s Day.

You can only tell so much from a photo

Whether it is online dating or social media, we are all guilty of posting photographs that depict our happy times, but rarely do we share our whole life.  The photos that you choose for your online profile may have even had a filter added to enhance your appearance in some way. Have you ever turned up on a date and realised the person in front of you hardly resembles the person you had expected to meet?



Photographs do tell the story about a home, but they do not give you the full picture. The angle used can make a room look bigger or smaller, and as much as they are a marketing tool to grab your attention (just like a dating profile), the only way to truly know if you are the perfect match is to meet in person.  Only when you are in a room can you know if you get the feeling that you could fall in love with the home you are standing in.

Do your research

In this day and age, it is essential to do your due diligence before you meet someone on a date: you want to make sure they are a real person, they are who they say they are, and Google becomes a necessary tool. The same can be said if you are looking for a new home. If you do not know the area the property is located in, personally and thoroughly, then do your research.



Start by looking at Street View so you can see what is in close proximity and also the condition of the neighbouring homes. You can then look at what other amenities are close by, such as coffee shops, stores, parks, places to walk your dog and everything else you enjoy doing. Remember, it isn’t just the property that needs to meet your requirements, ideally, you should also fall in love with where you live, too.

Get the facts as well as the images

You wouldn’t choose to go on a date with someone based on their photos alone, would you? It isn’t just how someone looks that will grab your attention, it is the details that are expressed in their written profile. Property descriptions, creatively written or lacking in content, can often give away details that images do not provide. They can inform you about rooms that are not photographed, and, frustratingly, as not all estate agents provide a floor plan with their listings, this is essential information.  They can give clues to the area, a covenant that the building is subject to, if there is a right of way, and many other factual details that could sway your decision on whether to view a particular home or not.



Stop over thinking

Dating rules, does anyone actually understand when you should text, etc? Often, we can over analyse and question everything when it comes to internet dating to the point that we can take the enjoyment out of the process.  Buying a property is a huge investment; you will have worked hard to raise the deposit and no doubt have been dreaming of what this home will look like. You will probably have to make a compromise or two along the way. It is great to ask us, as your estate agent, as many questions as you need to help you make a decision, but if you start to overanalyse you may find that you talk yourself out of that perfect home. Delaying putting in a offer could also see you lose out, especially in this current market in Surrey where buyers are aplenty and the number of properties for sale remains low.



Trust your gut!


You know very quickly if you and your date click or not, and research across the world has shown that it takes around 8 seconds to know if a home has stolen your heart or not. Remember not to just go solely on looks, it has to work for you in practical ways too. If you’re looking for a home to love this Valentine’s Day, at James Neave we hold the key to your heart.


To begin your home search today, call our sales team on 01932 221331.

What does 2022 hold for you and your home in Surrey?

With every new year we have expectations of the year ahead; we always hope it is better than the last, and during a pandemic we wish that even more. Yet, as we know, there will be a few challenges for us this year as economists predict that our living standards will deteriorate . But there is also some light too, whether you’re looking to move home or stay put, it is always good to be prepared. Our team at James Neave have come together to give you an insight into what 2022 holds for you and your home in Surrey.


Base rate increase

If you didn’t have your eye on the ball last month, you may have missed the Bank of England’s surprise decision to increase the base rate to 0.25% from 0.1%, after the Monetary Policy Committee approved the decision. This is the first rise in more than three years. How does this affect you?  The central bank uses the base rate to charge other lenders and banks when they borrow money, which in turn influences the rate at which you borrow and savers earn. This may only equate to a relatively small increase in your monthly payments for those with a variable rate mortgage, and if you have a fixed rate deal you can breath a sigh of relief as you are protected for now.  Should you be looking to secure a new mortgage you will find that the rates are higher.



Buying a home

If you were looking for a home over the last 18 months you will know you have been caught up in a frenzy where available properties have been few and buyers many. This lack of supply over demand saw house prises rise and many buyers missing out on properties and even not even getting a viewing.  We predict that this year will see things starting to balance out a bit. We have already seen an increase in requests for valuations from sellers in Surrey. It’s not just us that have seen an increase in valuation requests, Rightmove have also stated that they have seen a 19% increase in requests compared with this time last year. We’re excited with the range of homes that we predict will be coming on to the market in the new few weeks.



Selling your home

Last year was most certainly a sellers’ market but we do believe this year we will see more stability in the Surrey housing market, although we still expect it to be strong for sellers. "If you do decide to sell your home in the new year, your chances of finding a buyer are very high, as we’re still seeing huge levels of buyer demand, and not enough homes available to buy”, according to Rightmove's property expert Tim Bannister.  We have many buyers registered with us at James Neave who are still looking for their first or next home. If you’re curious about the current value of your property or thinking about moving, give our team a call.



Make your finances a priority

Regardless of what ups and downs this new year will bring, you have the power to get yourself in a healthy position financially. We can all make small changes here are there that can help towards a deposit, a new bathroom, or even simply improving your quality of life. When is the last time you did a rigorous assessment of your outgoings? You will be surprised by the number of people who don’t realise they are paying small subscriptions out for one thing or another every month. Be frugal about shopping and more so about what you waste – every positive change you make at home will have an impact one way or another to your monthly finances.



What is in your 2022?

New year plans and resolutions can often change or be put on the back burner as life takes over, but whatever you do this year, always keep a watchful eye on what’s happening financially around you. Placing yourself in a financially savvy position will only be of benefit when you decide it is time to move home in Surrey, and when that time comes, we will make sure that your money is invested wisely.

Four New Year’s resolutions to refresh your Surrey home in 2022

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As the bells chime and the sound of Auld Lang Syne lingers in the air, we see a new year as a fresh start, a clean slate as it were, and many of us make resolutions. With aspirations to get fitter and healthier very often on the cards, yet have you thought about making a few resolutions for your home which could be easier to keep? Whether you have plans for a move in 2022 or not, your home is a place where you relax, recharge, spend time with loved ones, and we think it deserves a pamper or two along the way. That’s why our team at James Neave have come up with four New Year’s resolutions to refresh your Surrey home in 2022.


1. Why wait until spring


The tinsel is coming down, and the lights are being put away for another year, and whilst you are de-Christmasifying your home what better time to have a sort out, too. With all the new goodies you have received and that pile of kids’ toys battling for space in the cupboards, what better time to have a sort out so your home is all sparkling ready for the year ahead. After you have done reorganising, what about a deep spring clean? You can pull away the cobwebs of the past year and feel like you are having a brand new start. 



2. Let’s get organised


How organised is your home? If you’re a fan of The Home Edit you can be envious of how they completely transform people’s spaces into a dream  of organisation. With containers and baskets and lots of labels, a space which was a bit chaotic transforms: everything has a place, and things can be easily found – imagine that!!  Now, you may not wish to organise your wardrobe, fridge and cupboards to such an extreme extent, but there is something to be said for having a few ‘organisers’ to help keep things tidy. 



3. Add some colour


One of the most cost-effective ways to completely change the look and feel of a room is to change the colour scheme. Colour has a powerful way of affecting our behaviour, moods and thoughts; it can soothe us when we feel frazzled and can also heal our energy when we need it too. Even if you are not brave enough to add colour to your walls, you can do it through accessories and artwork. But which colour should you choose? 



Pantone have invented a new shade for its colour of the year 2022: Very Peri is a happy periwinkle blue. They describe Very Peri as the “happiest and warmest of all the blue hues.” Blue certainly seems to be the colour of 2022, as it is also the choice of Dulux’s colour of the year – Bright Skies™. Dulux describe Bright Skies™ as a “light, airy and optimistic blue that’s good for the soul. It promises to open up and revitalise your home.”


4. Fill with green


In the spirit of getting healthier in the new year, how about spreading that to your home too. Adding plants to your house not only adds beauty and a touch of comfort but also offers strong health benefits too.  Our homes can been filled with what are known as ‘off-gas’ pollutants which come from man-made materials; many houseplants can absorb these toxic substances, making them efficient air cleaners.



NASA scientists have actually done extensive studies on the air cleansing power of house plants and have even put together a list of indoor plants that cleaned the air most efficiently, including many household favourites such as: aloe vera, spider plant, peace lily and Chinese evergreen. House plants improve more than your home’s air – they also have healing powers for you, too.  They are also known to improve your mood and lower stress and anxiety as well as reducing fatigue.  If you work from home they can help to improve your performance and focus, who knew adding some green to your home could have so any positive benefits.


There’s no place like home


With the days short and colder, it is known that refreshing your home can boost your mental health, and who wouldn’t want to start the new year feeling refreshed too.  And should your hard work start you thinking of pastures new, then we are here to ensure you keep the resolution of a new home too. 


To find out about what is happening in the Surrey property market, give our team a call on 01932 221331.

Rocking around the Christmas tree (is there room?)

At James Neave Estate Agents we are certainly no Scrooge, but we would advise that you consider how you decorate your home this Christmas should you still be wanting to welcome potential buyers.  We all have our own personal styles and creative flair when it comes to festive décor: you may be more a minimalist and only have the odd accessory here and there or, like many people we know, go full out and can’t wait to fill your home, inside and out, with everything Santa related.

Christmas decorations, no matter how beautiful, can also be a hinderance: they can obscure some of the many gorgeous features in your home which you know buyers will fall in love with. Whilst you are decorating this year, thing about which decorations you place where, for example, does it enhance your feature fireplace or hide it?  Christmas trees are a space-sucking structure we add to our rooms, and of course we are not saying don’t have one, but bear in mind that the more things you add to each room the less spacious it will start to feel.



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