Selling a house and moving addresses can be one of the most stressful things you can do. Today, people’s lives are generally busier and the time and effort it takes to choose an estate agent, negotiate a selling price, organise viewings and keep up to date with progress can be a real nuisance. How can you make the process simpler and make your home look attractive to potential buyers? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ease the pain of selling your home.

Here are our top 5 tips on selling a property.

  1. Choose a reputable estate agent

Invite several agents to your property to assess it and give a no obligation valuation, so you can get a fair assessment of an asking price.  Estate agents may value differently; however the selling price is usually similar between different agents.  Examine the value of similar houses for sale in your area, in addition to the selling prices of sold properties, so you have an idea of your property price range. Do some research into estate agents’ experience.  For instance, have they sold properties like yours before?  Do they have good reviews? Are their agents experienced?  How do they showcase properties? These are all crucial factors to consider when deciding on your estate agent as they handle everything from advertising your home to organising viewings, so choose wisely.

2. Make your house look good

It’s important that your house looks its best during the estate agent’s assessment and viewings. Having a clutter-free, clean home is crucial as first impressions count. Make sure to complete any DIY projects and that general maintenance is up to date, for example some rooms may need a lick of paint to give them a fresh look. Some buyers like to know the house they’re viewing is completely ready to move into, so it can only help if everything is ship-shape.

3. Good photography

You’ve tidied your home and taken the time to brighten it up with a new coat of paint, so there’s nothing worse than receiving your property spec sheet and finding it looks dull in the pictures. Photography can make a big difference to the interest in your home and it’s often what potential buyers base their bookings on. Therefore, it may be worth investing in a professional photographer or photographing your home yourself. This way you can approve or change what you think is necessary before spec sheets are printed.

4. Should you be present during viewings?

It is your decision whether you prefer to be available during viewings, but it’s always worth checking with your estate agent if you’re unsure. The agent should always manage the viewing and it is helpful for you to be there should there be any questions from the buyer. If you decide to be present during viewings, shine a positive light on your home but don’t over exaggerate. Have utility bills and guarantees handy, don’t be too sensitive about faults or decor choice – everyone has different tastes.  Most of all relax and let the viewers take their time.

5. Organise yourself

Any delays in the selling process could result in your buyer backing out of the deal. Slowing down the procedure may give them an opportunity to look elsewhere. The best way to avoid this is to make sure everything your end is organised.  The fastest way to manage the sale of your property is to hire a conveyance solicitor to act on your behalf. This way the sale should be swift and stress-free.



So whether you’re selling a Penarth or Cardiff Bay based property, we hope these tips will help you. Good luck!



Top five restaurants in Penarth

When searching for Penarth based properties to rent or buy, it is important to find out as much as you can about the local area. As well as having good schools and low crime rates, Penarth is a hub for culture, arts and entertainment and has an eclectic mix of bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from.  To help you start this new chapter in your life, we have put together a selection of our favourite restaurants that will enable you to relax and enjoy this lovely town.

Pier 64 

Situated on a purpose-built boardwalk in Penarth Marina, Pier 64 offers breathtaking views and encompasses all the sights and sounds of a modern day marina. Pier 64 serves an array of culinary delights, including succulent steaks and fresh seafood, to diners as they soak up the atmosphere. Serving locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant is an ideal choice for any occasion.


The Fig Tree

The award winning Fig Tree offers affordable and contemporary fresh food. It is set in a beautifully restored Victorian beach shelter which has a veranda and roof terrace, ideal for summer evening views over the Vale and Bristol Channel. The Fig Tree has a modern, classic and affordable menu which is certain to tempt all members of the family. Passionate about their food, the chefs often host special evenings such as Spanish wine tasting and a vegetarian banquet, providing a great opportunity to socialise with friends and meet new neighbours. 


Bar 44

Proud of its Spanish roots, Bar 44 offers one of the finest Tapas dining experiences in South Wales, combining local Welsh produce with sizzling Spanish ingredients. Diners can choose between three and six dishes that have been carefully crafted to stimulate all palates. Aside from a bespoke menu choice, Bar 44 offers an extensive variety of craft beers, wines and cocktails.


The Old Custom House

Set in the beautifully designed Custom House building, the highly acclaimed Old Custom House is the home of two restaurants, El Puerto and La Marina.

Overlooking picturesque Cardiff Bay, El Puerto’s wooden floors and warm tones give it a warm Mediterranean feel. With an open plan kitchen and counter brimming with meat, game and fresh fish, El Puerto offers a wide selection of delicious dishes. The restaurant also benefits from a 45ft long bar, making it the perfect place to socialise.

Less energetic than its European counterpart, La Marina is a popular refuge for those that crave serenity away from the hustle of a busy city. Famous for fresh fish dishes, the restaurant provides specialities such as lobster and brill. Aside from fish, La Marina boasts a great meat and game selection, in addition to traditional Sunday lunch and a la carte options.

Whether you choose to dine during lunch or in the evening, The Custom House is an unforgettable experience.


Café Des Amis

Set near the Welsh waterfront, Café Des Amis’s quaint décor which comprises of carefully placed paintings, scattered candles and warm lighting. Diners can experience the delightful evening menu containing items such as Soup de Jour and succulent Spring Welsh lamb or try the selection of traditional Petit Plats, all served at a reasonable price. Homemade pastries are a customary treat, adding to the French ambience of the restaurant. Translating as the ‘café for friends’, Café Des Amis can be used as a place to catch up with old friends, family dining or for a perfect first (or 100th) date.