The brightest, sunniest day of the year so far means a lot of different things to different people, however, if you are in the process of selling your home, it can mean only one thing – DUST!

Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues vendors have when selling their property is keeping their house in ship shape for vital viewings. It is imperative, that the home you are selling is bright, clean and wonderfully fragranced but it doesn’t mean you need to hire professional cleaners. In fact, you can spring clean your home perfectly for viewings by following our handy tips for successful cleaning and, more importantly, happy viewers who translate to a property sale. Embrace your inner Marie Kondo and let the decluttering commence!

 

Get rid of the clutter– Clutter is not a pretty sight when viewing a home, so do yourself a favour and rid your property of the bits and bobs no one needs to see. You’re going to be moving anyway, so you might as well get ahead and tidy up! Your home needs to look clean and polished without the abundance of books, ornaments and intricate figurines so that it appeals to buyers. They want a blank canvas, a clean slate and room to imagine their life in this home.

 

Let there be light– Lighting is key, you need to create light everywhere and let it flow through the house. This means cleaning the windows to leave them sparkle as well as ensuring every light fitting in your home is in good working order. Furthermore, during viewings it is nice to light some scented candles (not overly strong smelling) and have them popped in rooms for a lovely ambience.

 

Empty out cupboards– Those clothes you wore 30 years ago are probably taking up silly amounts of space so be impulsive and send clothes to a charity or recycle them – channeling Marie Kondo, if it doesn’t spark joy, let it go! If the kids have way too many toys and millions of miniature toys that they have little chance of playing with again, get rid of them. Remember would-be buyers love nothing more than having a nose around and the illusion of space is extremely important.

 

Think of the garden and flowers – Nothing says Spring like flowers, clean patios and tidy driveways. It is, after all, the first thing prospective buyers will see upon arrival to your home. Make it a good first impression by creating an outdoor space that is bright, appealing and functional. Paint the walls of the house, hose down the patio and varnish your fence too.

 

Kitchen basics – Be smart with your kitchen space and put away gadgets and appliances that will only disrupt prospective buyers’ vision. A kitchen should be fit for its purpose, clean, smartly arranged and stylish. Let viewers imagine their own kitchen concept without overloading them with your coffee machine (unless it is extremely fancy), smoothie maker and bread tins! Clean down counter tops and ensure cupboards are tidy in case eyes find their way into them.

 

Do the basics too – This includes hoovering regularly, mopping floors, polishing and bleaching the toilet bowl! These things genuinely matter to house hunters and they need to feel that the home is presented well to them, to encourage an interest or a sale. Freshen up cushion covers, throws and add texture to rooms with different fabrics. Check out interior design websites for inspiration regarding styling of bedrooms. Don’t forget to freshen up walls and doors with paint and put aside time to pop flowers/plants around, to create natural beauty points.

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

Check out our Property of the Week:

 

12 Sea View Court, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford via Kinsella Estates

 

Further details here: https://kinsellaestates.ie/property/12-seaview-court-kilmuckridge-co-wexford/

 

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718


 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

Property of the Week!

 

10 The Close, Clonattin Village, Gorey, Co. Wexford 

3 bed house & garden – Asking price €190,000

 

 

Further details here:

https://kinsellaestates.ie/property/10-the-close-clonattin-village-gorey-co-wexford/

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

Happy New Year to all, we hope you enjoyed a peaceful Christmas break!

Even in January, the sun is shining in Wexford (albeit between the rain showers). Beaches along the South Wicklow and North Wexford coastline were busy over the Christmas holidays, with families keen to escape the excesses of the season and blow away the cobwebs.

We know that this is a popular time of the year for people to make big and often life-changing decisions. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Wicklow/Wexford area, or indeed if you have been living away but dreaming of returning, 2019 might just be the right time to come home to Ireland’s Sunny South East.

2018 saw the rate of house price growth slow for the first time since the recovery. To be clear, property prices are still increasing, they are simply increasing at a slower rate. The market is still in difficulty in terms of low supply levels and consistent buyer demand. This is not as gloomy as it sounds, in fact, this translates into quite a competitive marketplace for buyers, which is good news for ready sellers.

For those interested in the new homes market, construction activity has improved over the past 12 months, up from 15,000 homes in 2017 to 18,000 homes in 2018. Output is nowhere near where it needs to be (35,000 homes annually), however, any improvement that will add to the stock of homes for sale or for rent must be welcomed. The industry is being urged by economists and market analysts to stop building three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses and to start building one and two-bedroom  apartments. I think this might be an over-simplification of the marketplace and doesn’t necessarily reflect our experiences in a large town like Gorey, which of course is very different to our experiences in smaller, rural towns like Carnew.

With an average home price of €334,000, North Wicklow remains Ireland’s fourth most expensive area after South County Dublin, Dublin City South and Dublin City North. Taking the entirety of County Wicklow into consideration, the  average house price increased 6.4% in 2018 to €333,804 according to Daft.ie or €320,000 according to MyHome.ie. Either way, this is significantly higher than the national average price of €254,000. Average property prices across County Wexford increased 7.3% in 2018 to €206,779.

Interestingly, one-bed apartments saw the greatest price increases, with one-bed units up 17.5% in Wicklow and up a massive 18.9% in Wexford. Five-bedroom detached homes in both counties saw the lowest rate of increase, just 1.7% in Wicklow and 3% in Wexford. This is consistent with trends nationwide. There is some positive news for home buyers with stock levels across Leinster increasing by 20% in the last three months of 2018.

Looking ahead into 2019, house prices across County Wicklow and County Wexford are set to increase further. National property price increases of 5% are expected, according to the latest Daft.ie and MyHome.ie reports.

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

As the Kinsella Estates team winds down for the Christmas holidays, we wish to thank everyone who has supported us throughout 2018 as we celebrated 50 years in business and to those who supported us over the past half a Century!

Merry Christmas and we wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!

www.KinsellaEstates.ie

 

 

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

Check out our Property of the Week!

 

38 Glen Richards, Poulshone, Gorey, Co. #Wexford

 

https://kinsellaestates.ie/property/38-glen-richards-cove-poulshone-gorey-co-wexford/

 

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718