Our guide to buying and selling in Cleveleys
Cleveleys sits on the Fylde coast between Blackpool and Fleetwood. For years it has been a genteel alternative to Blackpool, and even at the height of summer you’re unlikely to find it so busy that shopping, driving or parking become too much of an issue.
New to the area?
Cleveleys sits on the Fylde coast between Blackpool and Fleetwood. For years it has been a genteel alternative to Blackpool, and even at the height of summer you’re unlikely to find it so busy that shopping, driving or parking become too much of an issue. Its bustling high street is the focal point of town, but it’s the newly modernised sea front that has won accolades in recent years.
Location, location, location
To really get to the heart of an area, you need to visit. Walk Cleveleys’ streets and you’ll find plenty of wide avenues with an appealing and varied selection of properties. Visit the area twice if you can – during the day and again in the evening – and sample its shops, bars and restaurants.
Remember, it’s a lot easier to improve the things you don’t like about your property than it is to improve the things you don’t like about the area.
Viewing properties in Cleveleys – simple tips:
- Take pictures as you tour the property. They’ll help jog your memory later, especially if you’ve plenty of houses to view.
- Make the most of your viewings: Ensure that by the time you finish a viewing you’ve seen everything you wanted to see and asked everything you wanted to ask. You’ll kick yourself otherwise!
- Chat to the neighbours: It’s a chance to introduce yourself, and a chance to check a few facts with someone who’s unbiased.
- Need a school? Many Cleveleys schools are oversubscribed. If you want to get the school of your choice, you’ll need to find a Cleveleys property in the catchment area. Check OFTSED reports and admission criteria before you buy.
Get the right survey
It’s always tempting to opt for a cheaper survey when you’re buying a property. Yet choosing the right survey for you could save you lots of money and stress in the long run. Choose your survey depending on the condition of your Cleveleys property:
- Modern and in apparently good condition: choose a Condition Report.
- Cleveleys properties of any age in apparently reasonable condition: choose a HomeBuyer Report. It will give you more detail, and identify major issues such as damp or subsidence.
- Old or unusual Cleveleys properties, or where you suspect work will be needed: choose a detailed Building Survey.
You’ll find selling your Cleveleys property is easier if you go in with your eyes open. Ask your estate agent for advice, or research the following online, to build a realistic picture of your sale:
- Selling times: How fast are you likely to sell? How could you speed things up?
- Asking prices: What’s the current market rate for your type of property?
- Costs: How much will selling your Cleveleys property cost? Remember to factor in all your likely expenses, including legal, lender and estate agent fees, removal costs and storage.
How much is your house worth?
The ‘right price’ for your property is really a combination of personal choice, circumstances and what the market will support. We know the local market, so whether you’re looking for a quick sale, or to maximise value (or a bit of both), we’ll help you sell for your right price. Ask us for a valuation.
Choosing the right estate agent
Get three valuations from local estate agents, but don’t automatically opt for the one that gives you the highest valuation. Check the fees you’ll be expected to pay (online estate agents like IMOVE can offer better value because they don’t have the same overheads). Check their reputation. Talk to them to make sure they’re the right estate agent for you.
Putting your Cleveleys home up for sale
A swift, successful sale means maximising your property’s appeal to the widest possible market. Here are some simple tips for doing that:
- Kerb appeal: Create a great first impression by cleaning, tidying and touching up all the parts of your property a viewer will pass from gate to door.
- Fix obvious problems: They could give a viewer the perfect excuse to make a lower asking price, so if you can, fix them.
- De-personalise and declutter: It’s tough for a viewer to see past heavily personalised décor. Creating a blank canvas makes it easier for a viewer to see the possibilities. 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. On viewing day, make sure your property is clean, tidy and free from bad odours. And on a cold day, leave the heating on!