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06 Sep 2017

Four reasons why September is a great time to sell your home

If you’ve had your house up for sale recently or you are considering putting it on the market, this month is an ideal time to attract buyers. It’s also a great time to consider kerb appeal and spruce up the appearance of your home.

Google search trends have revealed that traffic on property websites Rightmove and Zoopla can decline by as much as 30 per cent starting from November. This means that listing your house at the start of September will give you a two-month window in which to sell.

So why is September such a great time to put up the ‘for sale’ sign?

  1. People are determined to be moved in time for the festive season, which means buyers are more pro-active.
  2. Many school admission deadlines are due in February, so buying a house in the area you are after improves your chances of getting children into the school you want… better get a move on!
  3. September should (in theory) provide nice enough weather to get good pictures of a house before it goes on the market.
  4. Buyers who have typically been on holiday or busy with children during the summer months are now back in the market and giving searches their full attention.

According to the Right Move House Price Index for September 2016, there was an uplift in Rightmove website visits of 8 per cent in the first full week of September, after the end of the holiday season.

September is also a good time to look at your home and consider replacing outdated or just plain boring windows and doors. You would be surprised at the difference this can make.

Property experts say putting in new windows can make a house instantly smarter, warmer and quieter. Just make sure the replacements are the same as the original to reflect the age and style of the property. If you have a modern home, go for modern windows. If you have a period home, consider the same style as the originals, but modern quality. The potential cost is around £5,000 to £7,000 and could potentially increase the value of your home by around 5 per cent.

doorexampleNew windows and doors don’t need to be plain white; they come in a variety of colours and designs. Target Windows supplies Solidor composite doors, which even offer a door designer – take a look on the Solidor website here.

We also supply products by Profile 22, the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems. The company’s Optima range offers exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security – and comes in a range of colours.

Adding a conservatory can raise your house’s value by between 7 and 15 per cent (if it’s part of a full-blown extension). This could cost between £5,000 and £30,000 (for a full extension).

You should select a design that complements the style of your home. Make sure there is still plenty of garden left, as even a small conservatory can add value to your home. Think about its position: a south-facing conservatory needs ventilation and shade, while a north-facing room requires good heating.

Check with your local planning department whether you need permission to build. If you’re within your home’s permitted development allowance (your local planning department can advise on this) and your conservatory is separated from your house by patio doors, you may be exempt.

The additional area needs to add functionality to the existing layout of the house, either as an enlargement of an existing room, or a room in its own right. Above all else, it must feel like a part of the rest of the house and not an ugly add-on.

Target Windows offers a range of conservatories and orangeries. To get some inspiration, browse the conservatories on our website and fill in the form to request a call back for a no obligation quote or advice from one of our experienced sales team.

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02 Aug 2017

Open up your outdoors! Why you should consider a veranda for your outdoor space…

A unique approach to your outdoor space is surfacing and it’s not something we’re used to.

Verandas are a thing, it’s a fact. We’re more used to seeing them on our TV sets though because it’s not something we automatically associate with Britain – they are much more likely to pop up alongside the ranch style properties of outback Australia for example.

But not anymore! A new trend for these stylish and comfortable outdoor areas is promising to add a little international flair to our alfresco living. Interested?

If you’re still a bit unsure about what a veranda is, it’s a slightly raised area that connects to the side of your home and usually has a roof with open sides. They are basically an extension to your home and have some fantastic benefits. Here’s why you should consider one:

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Everyone can have one

The good thing about verandas is they come in pretty much any shape you need and they fit to the side of your house, so if you own a home, there’s a very good possibility you can own a veranda too.

Extra living space

Who doesn’t need a little extra space? With a veranda, you have the opportunity of creating an extra living space, an alfresco dining room, or even a play room for the kids.

Sun shade

Playing outdoors in the sunshine gets a big tick from us over the summer but when those hot days get too much, a veranda offers the perfect respite for shaded sand or water play, or just a cosy spot of reading.

Be outside even when it’s raining

If you love the outdoors as much as us, you won’t let a little thing called rain get in the way of you enjoying the fresh air. But don’t get wet; spend that outdoors time under the protective layer of a veranda.

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When you have summer entertaining to do, there’s nothing better than retiring after dinner to a comfortable and stylish outdoor space to enjoy the light nights of summer. Furnish your veranda with outdoor sofas and chairs, and brighten up the space with colourful cushions and accessories.

Style points

When it comes to your house looking good, verandas are certainly going to win you style points. Attractive in design and personalised to your taste, they become an extension of your home’s interior design. Whether you choose patio flooring or decking, structural pillars make pretty features, and the cover gives you a weather-proof area.

Value-added comfort

Aside from giving you an extra area of comfort, adding this kind of design to your home will undoubtedly add value to your property if you intend to sell up in the future.

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Affordable luxury

While some outdoor buildings can be costly, verandas are a relatively affordable luxury and can be adapted to almost any type of home.

So, are you ready to find out more?

Good news! Verandas are now available from Target Windows – call today for a no obligation quote or advice from one of our experienced sales team. Oh, and did we mention that with every veranda sold during August you’ll get a FREE patio heater on us! Don’t miss out on this amazing summer saving!