10 Compelling Reasons to use an Independent Estate Agent in Frome and Shepton Mallett
October 28th, 2023
In the world of estate agency, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selling your home. While high street agencies have their appeal, in contrast, independent estate agents such as Melanie Lewis Bespoke Estate Agent, without a physical office offer a unique and advantageous approach. Here are ten compelling reasons why you should consider using an independent estate agent like me to sell your house:
- Personalised Service: As an independent estate agent, I can offer a more personalized experience for my clients in Frome and Shepton Mallett. This ensures that you’re not just another client in the system.
- Small client base: Without the high overheads of maintaining a physical office, I don’t need to sell 20 houses a month. For you that means you will have the benefit of my service from start to finish, helping to reduce the stress of selling your house and moving.
- Local Expertise: I possess an in-depth knowledge of the local market in Frome and Shepton Mallett, enabling me to provide valuable insights and help you navigate the specific dynamics of your area.
- Flexible Availability: With a smaller client base, I can offer more flexible hours, making it easier to accommodate your schedule and preferences.
- Proven Track Record: I have a track record of successful sales and satisfied clients, a testament to my expertise in the estate agency industry.
- Tailored Marketing Strategies: I can develop unique marketing strategies tailored to your property, maximizing its appeal to potential buyers.
- Dedicated Support: You’ll benefit from dedicated, one-on-one support throughout the entire selling process, ensuring you’re never left in the dark.
- Competitive Commission Rates: My commission rates are not the cheapest, nor the most expensive, but with my personal service you will certainly get more for your money
- Transparent Communication: I value open and honest communication, keeping you informed every step of the way, so you always know what’s happening with your property.
- Tech-Savvy Approach: I leverage the latest technology and online platforms to ensure your property gets maximum exposure, attracting a larger pool of potential buyers.
Choosing an independent estate agent offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional agency experience. With personalized service, maximising your spend, local expertise, and a commitment to transparency, you can confidently entrust the sale of your home to an agent who values your unique needs. If you’re looking for a dedicated, cost-effective, and results-driven approach, contact me today to discuss how I can help you sell your house efficiently and with the utmost care.
Redefining Estate Agency: Mel Lewis’s Personal Touch in the UK Property Market
July 11th, 2023
In a challenging property market, eXp UK’s Mel Lewis stands out with her bespoke services, local insights, and innovative use of digital platforms.
In a UK housing market where affordability is tightening and the property landscape is ever-changing, Mel Lewis, a personal estate agent with eXp UK, is making a name for herself by offering a bespoke and highly personalised service to home buyers and sellers in the Shepton Mallet area.
Reflecting on the market, Lewis comments, “With the housing market becoming more challenging, an increasing number of buyers are now starting to look a bit further afield.”
In particular, she highlights the area of Shepton Mallet and its surrounding villages,
areas gaining increasing interest, especially from those priced out of the Frome market.
“I have family in Shepton Mallet, and it’s been lovely to see it change and grow over the years,” Lewis shares. This personal connection, coupled with her deep understanding of the market, sets her apart in the realm of estate agents.
Unlike traditional high-street estate agents, Lewis operates on a smaller scale, focusing on a select number of properties to ensure that she can provide an exceptional, personalised service to each of her clients.
“I am with you from the initial valuation to handing over the keys to the new owners and am available outside of standard office hours, so you can always get in touch,” she says, underscoring her dedication to her clients and the personalised approach that defines her work.
Recognising the power of social media in today’s property market, Lewis embrac
es modern digital platforms to showcase her clients’ properties. She notes, “Almost 50% of 30 to 40 year olds buy a house they first saw on Facebook or Instagram.”
In addition to featuring properties on traditional property websites like Rightmove and Zoopla, she also ensures that each house is seen by a wider social media audience through the use of video teasers, reels, and stories.
Her standard marketing package incorporates many options that other agents do not provide. “My service offers a difference that can help your property stand out in the market,” says Lewis.
As Mel Lewis continues to break new ground in her field, she offers a refreshing and personal touch to the experience of buying and selling homes in the UK.
To learn more about what sets her services apart, potential sellers can reach her directly at 07846 64 64 58
By Laura Linham
14th Jun 2023 | Property News
Top Tips for Selling Your Home
April 13th, 2023
In today’s market its more important than ever to make sure you house looks its best so here are some great tips to help you sell your home for the best possible price as quickly as possible
Make sure your lawn and borders at the front of your house are neat – grass cut and borders weeded. Potential buyers will often do a drive-by prior to viewing so every day should be considered a viewing day
Clean your front door. Its the first thing a buyer will see close up. Does it need a lick of paint or a wash over? As a feng shui practitioner my front door is always spotless. Its known as the ‘Mouth of Chi’ where all the good energy comes into your house. Good energy doesn’t like dirt! Then check your windows. Are they clean? If not get a window cleaner in
Go through your house with a critical eye. Does it need any sprucing up? Could any of the rooms do with a quick paint? What about that cracked tile in the bathroom you’ve been meaning to fix. Do the carpets need cleaning? Now is the time to do it
Go through your house as if you are seeing it for the first time. Do the rooms looks cluttered? Have you got lots of personal items on show? Buyers want to be able to see themselves living in the house. If necessary, put some things into storage. Its will be a very good investment
EMPLOY A GOOD AGENT!! I’ve put that in capitals because its so important. In the current market agents need to work harder to find you a buyer. If all they are offering is the traditional photos, floorplan and run of the mill description then prepare yourself for a long wait to find a buyer. And if they mention the word ‘radiator’ in the description, move on. If your house has central heating then of course it has a radiator. You don’t need to advertise it! Your agent should be offering you video tours, preferably agent-led not just a collage of the property photos. These show potential buyers how the house flows so they know before a viewing if it will work for them. And social media. Yes, the dreaded social media. With almost 50% of 30 and 40 year olds having bought a house they first saw on social media if your agent isn’t planning to advertise your house on Facebook and Instagram they are missing a big opportunity
Make sure your agent accompanies every viewing. You pay for their expertise and knowledge of the requirements of their buyers so they should never be asking you to do their viewings
So now you are ready for your house to go on the market with the knowledge that you have done everything you can to get the best price as quickly as possible
How To Keep The House Chain Moving
October 12th, 2022
Keeping The Property Market Moving
A property chain is a term used to describe a group of buyers and sellers buying and selling properties from each other. Each party is linked together in a ‘chain’. The chain has a beginning, a first-time buyer for example, and an end, someone who is selling and is not buying on. The rest of the chain is made up of people who need to both buy and sell.
In theory, there could be any number of links in a given property chain, which can make them problematic at the same time. If one person forgets to return a signed document on time, the whole process could be delayed for everyone. Or even worse, if just one person changes their mind about their purchase or has their mortgage application rejected, the chain breaks down completely.
Your chain can only move at the pace of the slowest party. So what can you do to prevent everything from grinding to a complete standstill?
Firstly, if you have a good estate agent, your chain should be progressed efficiently. However, it only takes one party in the chain to not be efficient in responding to their conveyancer’s requests to slow things down. Unfortunately, some of these matters will be out of your control, but there are some things you can do yourself to help progress your part of the chain.
- Employ a good, experienced estate agent and conveyancer/property solicitor. Ask them how long they have been doing the job for and how busy they are.
- Speak to your agent and conveyance regularly. Ask if there is anything they or you should be doing. Email is great for this; not so intrusive but reminding them to keep you updated.
- Get your finances in place early, especially cash for your deposit at the time of exchange.
- File everything. Keep copies of all correspondence relating to the sale of your property and the purchase of your new property, from all parties.
- Sign, date any paperwork promptly, including copies of your correspondence and notes of telephone conversations.
- Sign and return all of your paperwork promptly. Deliver documents by hand, courier or special delivery.
- Put clauses in your buying and selling contracts stating the dates of exchange, surveys and completion.
- Make clear your expectations, via your agent and conveyancer, on dates. Once a survey has been signed-off, and your mortgage has been approved, you can begin to talk about dates for exchange and completion. In a long chain, getting everyone to move at the same pace is difficult. Those higher up the chain will have agreed their sale/purchase later than you and will be behind you with mortgage applications, surveys, etc.
If you’re already in the middle of a sale or purchase and looking for guidance on what you can do to help keep your chain moving, the only real option you have, other than those mentioned here, is to chase up those who are falling short.
There are things you can do to help get it back on track. Communication is key to property chains keeping intact. Communicate, communicate, communicate. If you’ve chosen a good conveyancer, they’ll be happy to talk to you whenever and however it suits you. The key is to stay well informed and keep communicating, and always make sure to do your bit. Make a point of reviewing your tasks daily. If your ‘to do’ list is empty, call your conveyancer and ask if there’s anything else you could be doing.
No-one can predict the future and therefore, although you may come across issues, sometimes it is difficult to foresee them. Just because one of the situations does arise, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be overcome. A lot will come down to making the right choice when selecting your estate agent and conveyancer, but you can also do your bit by being proactive, too.
Make Your Home an Unforgettable Viewing Experience
October 12th, 2022
Tips to Make Your Home an Unforgettable Viewing Experience
When selling a home, property viewing is often the most important stage. The online aspect of property selling is becoming increasingly important in promoting the property and generating interest. Most buyers won’t buy a home until they have viewed the property at least once. This makes property viewing an essential component of selling a home.
Feature the highlights
For most viewings, the living room and kitchen are the main events. As the most used, sociable and visible spaces, it’s where buyers make a large part of their judgement. Whether your main living areas are classic rooms or open-plan, it’s time to showcase all their inherent characters.
Fireplaces are a natural focal point of any room and are high on the list of plus points for buyers. They can also be seductive at any time of year: a rack of chunky logs on the hearth, candlesticks and ceramics on the mantelpiece, and a large mirror or picture on the wall above are timeless ways to make them the centre of attention, whatever your personal style.
Special small spaces
Give your little rooms the big-star treatment. Nobody needs to go roller-skating in your spare bedroom, so concentrate on a fabulous feel and a clearly defined role. Having a dedicated home office, guest room, or nursery gives a small space a larger sense of purpose and value. Nurseries and single bedrooms are easy enough to arrange, but a common mistake with offices at home is using miniature furniture to create an illusion of space. The result is usually a room that’s impractical and unenjoyable to use, and it’s an unnecessary step: even the smallest bedroom will comfortably take an adult-sized desk and chair.
Bedrooms are our most private and personal spaces, but when looking for a buyer, they need to welcome in the world. Nobody knows more than hotels, so take a leaf out of their book to create a sanctuary of rest and relaxation. Headboards are the foundation of a showstopper, whether crushed velvet or rich walnut.
Modern or traditional, they give a bed an aura of grace and look great with pillows plumped and stacked against them. Paint the wall behind in a deep luxurious tone to complement and contrast with your décor. You’ll achieve peak boutique with a pair of bedside tables dressed with the rule of three used by professional stylists and photographers. Perfect accessories include lamps, clocks, books, vases and photo frames – play around until you find your favourite trio. At the bottom of the bed, a throw or blanket draped casually or carefully adds texture, comfort and warmth while softening the room’s acoustic.
By night and day, gardens and balconies are the icing on the cake at viewings. Whether it’s playtime, sunbathing, dining or thinking, having somewhere outside to unwind, relax and socialise is a valuable commodity in any home. Whatever space you have outdoors, look for opportunities to enchant. A table and chairs prove you have the room for dining under the sky, but it’s the styling that sends an irresistible invitation to sit down and stay. Small potted succulents or cactuses on the table are an instant and low-maintenance dash of green that’s not only hardy and handsome, it doesn’t need moving whenever you sit down to eat. Lightbulb chains strung overhead also look magical at night, with yellow-toned bulbs emitting a warm and cosy radiance without attracting insects.
Even if your garden or balcony is free of foliage, placing a few ready-planted seasonal pots around the dining area will elevate the appearance of your photos and your viewers’ experience.
Mirrors are perfect for a shot of glamour, extra light or filling a bare wall. Whether you’re going for classic gold, bold upcycling or a sleek modern frame, they give you the freedom for some playful garnish. Seasonal fruit and veg look fantastic on a kitchen countertop, and if you’re feeling particularly arty, try displaying them directly on the surface.
Otherwise, a bowl brimming with colourful fresh produce is a universally tasty sight and talking point. Fluffy towels and robes add a spa-like quality to bathrooms, so treat yourself now to the ones you’ve been eyeing up for your new home and keep them just for viewings. Timber or bamboo accessories like bath shelves, caddies and dispensers add richness and warmth that goes with anything. For anywhere else you feel could use an extra something, Pinterest is your friend! Type in “how to style a…” followed by your room or furnishing of choice, and a world of inspiration will open up before you.
Also, during the property viewing itself, there should be opportunities to find out more about the buyer, and focusing on the following information can help create a picture of who is looking to buy the property:
- Where is the person moving from?
- What is important to them in finding a new home?
- What other properties have they recently viewed?
- What do they like/dislike about the current property?
- What is their buying position?
This information can help the seller provide the potential buyer with the information they want. It can also help to develop a profile of the person or people looking to buy property, which can help to shape the way viewings are conducted in the future.
Be ready to provide information about the property
It is also likely that the potential buyer will have questions, so it is important to be as prepared as possible. The seller should be able to answer questions like:
- How long the property has been on the market?
- Why is the property up for sale?
- The sales history of the property?
- Pertinent information regarding the property and surroundings.
There is also a need to create a positive impression, and this doesn’t just relate to the home, it relates to the person carrying out the viewing. You should make sure your estate agent is as presentable as possible. They should be present at the property before any viewer arrives and you should have all of the information.
Eliminate The Stress When Selling Your Home
October 12th, 2022
How to Reduce Stress When Selling Your Property
One of the most stressful events that we go through in our lifetime is selling a house. Whatever your reason for selling, you’ll likely have some stressful times throughout the process, so knowing what the most stressful aspects are can help you keep calm and collected.
Why is selling a house so stressful?
One of the most stressful aspects of selling a house is the length of time it takes to actually achieve your sale. Generally, your house is the most expensive asset that you have, so there’s also an element of fear of something happening to that and leaving you in a difficult position. The selling process, on average, takes 6 months. In those 6 months, you’re likely to have concerns of a sale falling through, or if your property hasn’t generated much interest, you might worry that you won’t achieve a sale at all. This can cause huge amounts of stress, especially as it’s likely that you’re relying on the sale of your house to buy elsewhere. If you’re in a chain, stress levels can also increase, as you’re at risk of not only your sale having issues, but if someone else in the chain has a problem, it can break the chain for you all. Selling without a chain is less stressful, but much rarer, and still comes with its own set of risks too.
Leave plenty of time for the sale process
Far and away, the biggest source of anxiety when selling your home is feeling that your move may not happen when you need it to.
The speed of buying and selling is far from an exact science, so allow yourself enough time and flexibility to meet your ideal dates. Having plenty of breathing space will make it easier to make decisions calmly and to carry on with your work and home life as usual.
Take it step by step
Just like a house, moves are built from the bottom up. Nothing can happen without the foundations in place, and buyers are the building blocks of your plans.
So, if there’s only one piece of advice you follow, make it this: find a buyer for your current home before committing to your next one.
It’s completely understandable to feel so confident when estate agents are telling you they can sell your home quickly, and with all those beautiful listings staring out seductively from the portals, the temptation to view can be hard to resist.
But you’ll face stiff competition from buyers in stronger positions, and the fear of losing the home you’ve set your heart on can leave you desperate to sell, even in a fast market. Feeling compelled to accept the first offer you get is not only stressful; it could also mean taking thousands less than your home is truly worth.
Pick an estate agent with a plan
Imagine your sale as a series of time bubbles. With each subsequent one becoming less effective, your agent needs a plan to maximise response early on and then maintain momentum.
Your first two weeks on the market are usually the most active. Your home appears online, portals give you a shiny ‘New Listing’ label and send out alerts, your agent calls their registered buyers, and new enquiries come in. You’ve also decluttered to perfection, and you tidy up enthusiastically to prepare for a flurry of viewings.
The following two weeks are also busy. Responses are still coming in from the people who couldn’t get around before – maybe they were away, or tied up with life, or holding off till they got a buyer of their own – and anyone who liked your home on their first viewing has arranged to come back for a second look.
At this point, after about a month on the market, you’ll have hopefully found a buyer or have offers coming in. If not, you’ll at least have enough feedback to know whether a sale is likely, or if you need to change tack.
Here’s where a plan becomes really important. Before choosing who to entrust with the sale of your home, ask each agent what they’ll do after those first four weeks if you haven’t got a buyer. How will they keep you on track to sell?
Accepting the right offer
Getting an offer is exciting, and you might even be lucky enough to have multiple buyers competing against each other, so let’s explore what makes a good one.
There’s much more to an offer than money, and your buyer’s position is every bit as important as the price they put forward.
- Everyone who makes an offer on your home should be able to confirm:
- whether they need to sell another property;
- if they have a buyer yet;
- full details of any chain involved;
- proof of funds (mortgage, cash or both);
- that their deposit is readily available;
- if any money is coming from somebody else who also needs to see your home;
- when they want to move.
Getting these questions answered will help you identify a strong and secure offer with a timescale that fits your own. Just like a jigsaw – all the pieces need to be in place for the puzzle to be complete.
Expect the unexpected
Bumps in the road can come from survey results, mortgage valuations and the conveyancing process. They can happen to any home in a chain, but they don’t automatically mean the end of your move.
You can’t plan for everything, but instructing a solicitor as soon as your home goes on the market can reveal and resolve any potential legal issues, giving you a draft contract ready to go the moment you accept an offer.
And getting timeframes confirmed for every link in the chain when your sale is agreed, along with any booked holidays that might affect your moving date, can avoid fraught conversations as you approach exchanging contracts.
It’s also worth remembering that, despite the ups and downs, things generally work out.
Do your research
Often, the most stressful part of selling a house is not knowing what the process is and if things are moving as they should. Before you sell your house, do some research, and look into how long it takes and what each step is, from finding your buyer to exchanging keys. An aspect that lots of homeowners forget about that is incredibly important and often time-consuming is the conveyancing process, so understanding what delays are normal here can give you some peace of mind. Selling a house is rarely a quick process, so knowing this from the start can save unnecessary stress further into the process.
It’s hard to altogether avoid the stress of selling, but these tips can help you reduce your stress levels and make your selling experience the best it can be. Some things you have no control over, and sometimes just accepting that can help you reduce your stress levels, but that isn’t so easy for most homeowners.