This is the second in a series of guest posts from carefully selected businesses with whom we work to make sure we can give our clients as comprehensive a service as possible. Today’s post is by Elaine Penhaul, MD of Lemon and Lime Interiors.
There are many factors to consider when choosing to buy a home. Size, cost and location are significant first considerations, but after that other, more emotional and psychological, factors come into play.
Buyers will generally ask themselves ‘is this home going to offer the lifestyle I want?’. Over the last few years, the housing market has changed significantly. No longer are houses snapped up in a frenzy of investment, with buyers knowing that they will be able to increase the capital on their property. There is far less stock on the market, and cautious buyers need persuading that moving at all is a good idea.
We have worked several times on Lychgate Homes projects which have been designed by David Granger Design. We love working with the team as the homes are beautifully designed and finished and offer great living spaces for potential buyers. For their most recent project, we worked alongside Dan at Lychgate, who had built The Bothy to a David Granger design, to create flexible living space for the broadest range of potential buyers. David’s team had designed the ground floor space to be either a large open plan kitchen/living area or to be subdivided with a stud wall to create a downstairs bedroom. The home was on the market for a while without the extra wall, and it was also unfurnished.
We were asked to consult and then furnish the house so that it would achieve the best possible price for the developer. In our consultation process, we discussed with the developer and the agent the profile of potential buyers who had already viewed, and what the agent’s feeling was about the market for this home. We then advised Lychgate to work to the version of the design with the additional wall and furnished the whole property including the new, ground floor bedroom. The property then realised an offer just below the full asking price, following a successful open day.
The key to our partnership with David Granger Design in this project, and with others we have worked on together, was that their schemes are designed to make it very easy to create an exceptional lifestyle property. There were no awkward spaces, no rooms built without thought for the furniture, and all the finishing touches had been thought through as the building was specified; sockets in the right places (a bugbear of mine is a lack of sockets in areas where clearly a family would want a lamp), beautiful quality doors, floors and windows.
We look forward to a continuing partnership with David Granger Design and to getting involved with projects at an early stage so that we can help realise fabulous lifestyle homes for the families who will eventually live there.
If you would like to know more about Lemon and Lime Interiors visit lemonandlimeinteriors.co.uk.