Living In London
About Living In London
Welcome to Living in London, a multi-award winning independent estate agent serving areas in and around SE16 since 2002. Built around exceeding the expectations of clients, Living in London was created by three landlords who all own property in London. They realised they were paying high fees and receiving lacklustre service from the traditional estate agent. Living in London was created to offer a service by landlords, for landlords.
Living in London provides services including sales, lettings, property management and investments from our offices in Canada Water and Marine Wharf. Our Canada Water office is ideally situated in the tube station, which sees 1.06 million passing potential customers each month. Due to our on going success, this year we were able to expand into a new office at Marine Wharf which acts as a customer service hub, housing our property management, accounts and marketing teams. Our local expertise and bespoke approach to each client has helped us achieve positive, lasting relationships within our communities.
Recognised for our outstanding service, Living in London was voted best estate agent in SE16 two years in a row in the allAgents Customer Experience Awards. Our expert Property Consultants have also managed to clinch the awards for top three agents in SE16 in the allAgents 2016 People Awards. On top of this, we've been named 'Estate Agent of the year' and 'Best Independent Letting Agent in London' in our first year of entering the BUILD Real Estate and Property Awards.
Pop into one of our branches to meet the team and discover how we can assist with marketing your property, finding your dream home or finding the perfect tenant for your property.
The Living in London Team
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Make sure it’s love at first sight when holding a viewing
15 February 2017 419 Views
The first thing they see
Whether you have an extravagant front garden or a front door in an apartment building, make sure the front of your home is well-presented. Mow the lawn, de-weed the pathway, trim the hedges, invest in some potted plants, and consider giving the front door and windows a lick of paint. Essentially, the goal is to make them want to come in. If the property has communal areas, ensure these are looking their best and contact your management company if necessary. It’s no good having an amazing, spotless, beautiful apartment if by the time the viewer gets to it they are put off by the poorly managed communal areas with paint flaking and stained carpets, or worse still, lifts out of order. People don’t want to spend £500k + on a property that will give their friends and relatives the impression it’s in a poor block.
Let there be light
It may sound obvious, but to ensure your property shines in its best light, turn on the lights and open the curtains and blinds before a prospective buyer or tenant enters. You want them to focus on the appeal of the property, not fumbling for light switches and tripping over furniture. Let as much natural light in as possible. If you’re holding a viewing in winter, you may want to consider investing in some additional sources of light or rearrange furniture to create a radiant atmosphere.
It goes without saying that the property should be thoroughly cleaned prior to a viewing, but something that often gets forgotten or overlooked is de-cluttering. Ensure surfaces are clear in bedrooms, bathrooms and especially the kitchen – the kitchen is a huge selling point. They need to visualise themselves using it as their own so organisation is key. Kid’s rooms can turn into a bit of a warzone so it’s important that at least for the viewing, toys are tidied away. If mould is starting to show around the edges of the bath, you may wish to replace the sealant as this can be quite a turn off. Remember, there are no barriers during a viewing. Prospective buyers and tenants will examine every nook and cranny of the property, so ensure cupboards are well organised and make sure you hoover under the beds.
Don’t air your dirty laundry
Viewings can be short notice so be aware that you could have visitors while you’re away or with little time to prepare. Don’t let rubbish build up, regularly empty the bins and don’t leave last night’s take away on the side just in case someone needs to pop by. Don’t leave anything out that you wouldn’t want viewers to see. This can be anything from personal post to underwear. We also recommend getting into the habit of making your bed look presentable and putting shoes away.
Home is where the heart is
You’re not just selling the property; you’re selling a lifestyle. Viewers have to picture themselves living there so extra touches often go a long way. It’s a bit of a cliché but the smell of fresh baked bread or brewed coffee always go down a treat. If it’s cold outside, turn the heating on so the property is warm and inviting and they won’t want to leave in a hurry. Every aspect of the property needs to be inviting so ensure nothing is neglected.
Top tip from Branch Manager Elizabeth Miller: “Display fresh flowers, pretty perfumes and nice looking bottles of wine to create an air of opulence and luxury when viewing.”
How do you feel walking round the property? Would you want to live here? Presentation and organisation are vital during viewings but for something extra, check that your agent is aware of any special features the property has; the view from a certain window at a particular time of day… Something you could only know after living in the property to accentuate its personality.
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