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Our guide to buying and selling in Poulton-le-Fylde

Poulton-le-Fylde is a historic market town, with cobbled streets and an inviting, thriving centre with plenty of independent stores and good eateries. It’s a relatively affluent area, with some of the lowest crime rates across the whole of the Fylde coast.

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New to the area?

Don’t confine yourself solely to Poulton-le-Fylde properties. Search for properties in Carleton and Stanah too. They’re both close by. And don’t forget, that Poulton-le-Fylde also encompasses the pretty villages Over Wyre; Hambleton, Stalmine, Preesall and Knott End-on-Sea.

Location, location, location

Poulton-le-Fylde is a historic market town, with cobbled streets and an inviting, thriving centre with plenty of independent stores and good eateries. It’s a relatively affluent area, with some of the lowest crime rates across the whole of the Fylde coast.

If you can, walk the streets, town centre and parks. Visit the shops and bars. Try and get an understanding of what it will be like to be here during the day and evening, then target your search to the areas you like best. Remember, it’s a lot easier to improve the things you don’t like about your Poulton-le-Fylde property than it is to improve the things you don’t like about the area.

Viewing properties in Poulton-le-Fylde – simple tips:

  • Take snaps as you go round. It’s amazing how quickly you can forget details when you’re viewing lots of properties.
  • Visit at different times of day. If you’re seriously thinking of a buying a particular Poulton-le-Fylde property, don’t just limit yourself to one visit after work. Go again at a different time of day. It could highlight different flaws.
  • Don’t be shy. Flick switches, lift rugs, open doors. There’s no point in viewing a Poulton-le-Fylde property without really viewing it.

Get the right survey

Yes, you can save money upfront with a basic survey, but a more detailed survey could save you lots of money in the long run, and help you negotiate a better selling price. There are three types of survey:

  • Choose a Condition Report where the Poulton-le-Fylde property you’re interested in is modern and in good condition.
  • Choose a HomeBuyer Report for more detail (a HomeBuyer Report will highlight things such as damp or subsidence). Ideal for properties of any age in apparently reasonable condition.
  • Choose a Building Survey for old or unusual properties in Poulton-le-Fylde, or where you know they’ll need work.

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How much is your house worth?

There’s a difference between how much your house is worth and ‘the right price’. If you need a quick sale, for example, your right price may be different to someone who’s happy to wait. 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 agents.

Choosing the right estate agent

Don’t automatically choose the estate agent who gave you the highest valuation as the right agent to sell your Poulton-le-Fylde house. There’s more to it than that. Check their fees (hybrid estate agents like IMOVE can offer better value because they don’t have the same overheads). Check their reputation. Have a chat with them to decide who you’d find it easiest to work with.

Putting your Poulton-le-Fylde home up for sale

Remember you’re selling in a market. Other sellers are vying for buyers’ attention too, so you stand a greater chance of selling if you maximise your property’s appeal to the widest possible market. Here are some simple tips for doing that:

  • Kerb appeal: A buyer could make a snap decision based on nothing more than driving by your property. So move the wheelie bins. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint. Fix the gate and tidy the front garden.
  • Fix obvious problems: Big issues (damp, wiring, roofing) will be spotted. You’ll sell for more if you fix them. Smaller issues (dripping taps, cracks, damaged surfaces) can suggest your home hasn’t been well-maintained, so don’t ignore them.
  • De-personalise and declutter: It’s tough for buyers to see themselves in your home when it’s full of your personality. Try toning things down by removing personal effects, or repainting in neutral colours. Be as ruthless as you can, and if you can’t bring yourself to throw things away, put them into storage until you’ve sold.

Preparing for viewings

  • Don’t feel you have to be present at viewings. Often, letting us manage them can lead to better results
  • Make sure your property is clean and tidy
  • Eradicate any bad smells
  • Cold day? Leave the heating on

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!

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