Our guide to buying and selling in Bispham
Think Blackpool is all bright lights and rollercoasters? You’d be surprised. At the northern end of Blackpool’s promenade sits Bispham.
New to the area?
Think Blackpool is all bright lights and rollercoasters? You’d be surprised. At the northern end of Blackpool’s promenade sits Bispham. Once a village in its own right, the area may long since have been absorbed by Blackpool’s expanding borders, but it retains a distinctly more relaxed feel.
Location, location, location
Do your homework to make sure this is the area for you. Walk the streets and promenade. Visit the shops and bars. Try and get an understanding of what it will be like to be here during the day and evening.
Redbank Road and Bispham Village form the gently-bustling heart of the area, with shops, eateries and a supermarket. Yet just beyond you’ll find quiet residential areas flanked by a peaceful, green promenade on the area’s western border, overlooking a near-deserted beach. ‘The prom’ is a year round favourite with families, joggers, dog-walkers, fishermen and cyclists.
Viewing properties in Bispham – simple tips:
- Take pictures as you go round. You’ll find they help jog the memory later.
- Visit at different times of day to get a complete picture. The bulk of Blackpool’s tourist spots are far to the south, although some parts of Bispham are on the Illuminations route. If you’re buying your Bispham property in winter or early spring, make sure to ask whether roads get busier or parking gets more difficult once the season begins.
- Don’t be shy. Flick switches, lift rugs, open doors. There’s no point in viewing a Bispham property without really viewing it.
- Chat to the neighbours: Not only is it a chance to introduce yourself; it’s also an opportunity to hear the opinion of someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in selling!
Get the right survey
You may be able to save money upfront when you choose a basic survey, but that might not be the survey that’s right for you. Bear in mind that a more detailed survey could help you save money in the long run. There are three types of survey:
- Condition Report: Ideal where your Bispham property is modern and in good condition.
- HomeBuyer Report: For properties of any age in apparently reasonable condition (the report will highlight things such as damp or subsidence).
- Building Survey: For old or unusual properties in Bispham, or where you suspect that work will be needed.
Build a realistic picture of your sale so you don’t face any nasty surprises. Ask your estate agent for their advice or research the following online:
- Selling times: Knowing how fast your Bispham property is likely to sell can help you time the search for your next property.
- Asking prices: What’s the current market rate for your type of property?
- Costs: How much will it cost you to sell your Bispham home? Factor in legal fees, lender’s fees, removal costs, storage and estate agent fees.
How much is your house worth?
Everybody’s ‘right price’ is different. A quick sale, for example, might make a slightly lower price more attractive. Not in a hurry? You may be able to afford to wait for a better offer. Fylde estate agents know the local market, and they’ll be able to value your property based on your circumstances. Start by asking for three valuations from three different local agents.
Choosing the right estate agent
The right estate agent for you isn’t necessarily the one who gives you the highest valuation. Check the fees you’ll be expected to pay (hybrid estate agents like IMOVE can offer better value because they don’t have the same overheads). Check their reputation. Talk to them to ensure they’re the right Fylde estate agent for you.
Putting your Bispham home up for sale
Selling your Bispham property quickly – and for the right price – means maximising its appeal to the widest possible market. Here are some simple tips for doing that:
- Kerb appeal: First impressions made on a ‘drive by’ can really stick. So make sure that when a prospective viewer drives by your property, they like what they see.
- Fix obvious problems: Left unfixed, they could reduce the value of your property.
- De-personalise and declutter: It can be hard for a potential buyer to visualise themselves living in your home when it’s heavily personalised to your taste. Create a ‘blank canvas’ to give buyers something to work with. Throw away clutter (or put it into storage if you can’t bear to part with it).
Preparing for viewings
You don’t have to be present at viewings. Often, letting us manage them can lead to better results. Make sure your property is clean, tidy and free from bad odours. And on a cold day, leave the heating on!