It’s exciting when someone has booked through Deakin-White to view your property. They like what they’ve seen online – the pictures and the supporting floorplan have aroused this buyer’s curiosity to take a look in person.
Your work has just started because presentation really does matter. It will involve a little extra work, but if your property sells quickly, then the effort has been worth it. It’s time to impress.
Occasionally we have accompanied people on viewings and the presentation has let the property down, leaving a negative impression. It is true that some interested viewers can see past the clutter and dirty clothes, however, achieving the best presentation possible is preferable.
We can give you the best advice on presentation – why not utilise our experience to help you sell your property quickly and efficiently:
Prior to the appointment being booked, potential buyers will look at your property before confirming their appointment. Do think of the external aspect of your home so if the garden could do with a tidy, windows need cleaning or small items of DIY (i.e. painting, repairing of wood) can be quickly implemented.
When someone walks in, we found the more light that is coming into the property the more enthusiastic people are. This will mean drawing the curtains and letting in the light and turning on all lights and lamps. If you can open the windows for a period, this will add the fresh feel to your property. Make sure coats and shoes are tidied away and are out of site, and magazines, post and newspapers are similarly out of view. Make sure children’s toys are packed away tidily and that the TV and radio are not on. A few flowers, in vases, can add to the experience. Finally, if you have pets, do you have a friendly/family member neighbour who could look after your dog or cat? Your tastes in domestic pet might not be the choice of the visitors, especially if they’re allergic to pet hair.
Viewers are going to appreciate you live in your property, but please do put all dirty laundry in the washing basket and make the beds. Don’t forget to open the curtains. Remember you are trying to sell the property. Put books and reading matter away tidily; just think what you’d like to see as you walk around a property. A dust and a vacuum before you go to work is good practice, in case you get a last-minute viewing when you’re unavailable.
Bathrooms and toilets
We love toiletries, sponges, toothbrushes and make up – they help us look beautiful. However, this accumulated array can add clutter. Tidy it away – it will only be temporary. Tidy the towels, clear around bath/shower and toilet and make sure the bathroom and toilet(s) are clean. If you can, open the window to remove any stale odours.
Clean the surfaces, cupboard fronts and appliances. Ensure all foods had for breakfast/lunch/dinner are tidied away, and the crockery that you’ve used is washed up and placed back in the cupboard it came from. Give the floor a clean and ensure all doors are closed. Clear any family mementoes or clutter into a safe place until you’ve sold. Don’t forget, this is for a brief period whilst the process of viewing and selling your property is in full swing.
A green/outdoor space is a plus for many buyers, so make best use of your space, if you have one. Make sure the garden areas are tidy, rubbish is collected and ready for collection. Do cut the grass at least once a week and give a trim to any out-of-control bushes and trees. If you can, put some pots with seasonal colour out. It does inspire visitors. Don’t forget to clear away any pet mess. Finally, if you have children, make sure their toys and bikes are packed safely away out of sight, if possible.
A Night At The Movies, Saturday 17 June from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm at Grove House Gardens
This Saturday Dunstable Town Council & Deakin-White present another great FREE event for all the family to enjoy. Pop down to Grove House Gardens from 3pm with your deck chairs and picnic and enjoy an evening of great bands playing a variety of music from the movies.
3.00 PM - A Band Apart
The Quentin Tarantino Tribute Band
A Band Apart formed with the intention of bringing life once more to the great tunes from the iconic Tarantino cult films, from Reservoir Dogs to Kill Bill.
4.10 PM - Movies Mayhem
Lights, camera and action as this fantastic show brings to life the sounds of the big screen. This non-stop movie tribute act features some of the best loved soundtracks from your all-time favourite movies including Fame, Bond, Footloose and Pretty Woman to name just a few.
5.20 PM - Bootleg Blues Brothers
Direct from the hit touring production, these two renowned soul singers recapture the lunacy, music and the essence that is The Blues Brothers!
Enjoy all the hits from the film and a whole lot more in a show that is the best of its kind. The Bootleg Blues Brothers are without doubt, THE top UK Blues Brothers Tribute!
6.30 PM - A Night at the Movies
A live stage show re-creating classic movie moments. Hit Songs from Rock ‘n’ Roll in Grease, to perfect “ABBA” pop from Mamma Mia, and from Dirty Dancing to Saturday Night Disco Dancing
All Saints Academy wanted to thank the Emergency Services
After the recent tragedy in Manchester, the staff and pupils of All Saints Academy wanted to thank the Emergency Services for all their hard work. Pupils and staff filled 12 boxes with goodies and had them delivered to the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Station and Greater Manchester Children's Hospital.
Nicholas Carter, Student Voice Co-Ordinator, said “the response we've had from our staff and students is incredible. The idea originated from our wonderful students and their actions are testimony to their kind and considerate nature. The Student Voice Team from All Saints Academy would like to say a big thank you to Deakin-White who provided funding for Welch Couriers LTD to be able to courier our boxes to Manchester for us.”
Ed Harrison of Deakin-White commented “It’s great to see community spirit like this in our town and when we were approached by All Saints Academy to offer assistance we were more than delighted to help and shows what a great place we live in and how the younger generations have so much to offer our town”.
Today is a day for a purple celebration – with the Deakin-White 2nd year anniversary. The town has been painted purple over the past 2 years awash with their boards and lots of happy customers rating them as 5 stars.
And what some 2 years it’s been. The busy team have become a household name and a pinnacle support for local events including being headline sponsor for all the town events, to supporting church and school fetes alike. All this whilst helping over 800 people move home, meaning the team has grown from just local boys Ed and Sam to a whopping team of 10 to accommodate demand - creating 8 new local jobs and bringing together an expert team with combined experience of 50 years’ in house.
And their accomplishments haven’t gone unrecognised with a Gold Award from the British Property Awards for the Best Estate in Dunstable and Best Estate Agent Single Office out of 700 offices by My Home Move in May 2017. In 2016 they also won ‘Outstanding New Business’ at the Dunstable & Houghton Regis Business Awards!
Ed Harrison Director said “It’s been an amazing two years and dream come true. Being local we will always support our town and our move to the quadrant with a 10-year lease goes someway to demonstrate our commitment. We are looking forward to many more years to come as we raise the bar for standards in our industry and support the local community.”
The team will be celebrating in style this weekend with a big team and family meal at a local restaurant and celebrations over the weekend – obviously all purple themed!
On Monday 5th June 2017 a new networking group was launched in Dunstable, exclusively for Dunstable businesses. The first event attracted 28 local business owners and senior management who enjoyed a delicious meal at The Olive Garden on West Street while forging new relationships.
The Pride of Dunstable President Ed Harrison & Vice President Steve Spicer hosted the evening and presented to the local business owners their concept for the group and why they decided to create the supper club.
The Pride of Dunstable Supper Club plan to meet on the first Monday of every month at a different venue around the town to help boost the local economy and showcase the wide variety of restaurants and venues Dunstable has to offer. Their next event will be on Monday 3rd July.
Ed Harrison – President of Pride of Dunstable said ‘This not for profit group aims to create a strong local business network of professionals – whilst giving back to the community. As a member, alongside the opportunities from being part of this business network, local businesses will also benefit from exclusive access to talks from local government, community peers and more, putting them at the forefront of the local community information. We also plan to offer educational programmes for businesses and their staff to help them grow.
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Ed (President of Pride of Dunstable), Oscar (Owner of the Olive Garden), Steve (Vice President of Pride of Dunstable)