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frequently asked questions

Q. When is the best time to sell my existing property?


A. Generally speaking spring time is the most favourable time to market your property when gardens tend to look their best and can really show off your home. Daylight hours are also extended giving rise to more viewing oportunities.


Q. Do I have to have a For Sale board?


A. No... not at all.  Howerver, 'For Sale' boards are designed to attract more buyers to your door.  If you are serious about selling it may be worth considering taking advantage of every opportunity and show buyers that you are committed to moving.


Q. How long will it take to place my property 'For Sale' on the 'open market' and internet?


A. Depending on the time of day that you instruct Lifestyle Homes to market your property - we aim to get your home 'live' within 24 hours.  A 'For Sale' board will generally be erected at you home within 24 to 48 hours.


Q. What about HIPs?  Do I need a Home Information Pack?


A. If your property is new to the market since the introduction of HIPS then you will need a HIP.

However, if your property has been continously marketed prior to HIP introduction - provided that you have not taken your property off the market for even one day - then you are currently able to continue marketing within the law with another agent HIP FREE until 31st December 2008.


Q. Could I market my property with more than one agent at any one time?


A. Some agents may offer joint or multiple agency contracts to secure your listing.  Selling your property this way promotes a competitive edge but do consider whether you may be liable to pay two sets of fees.

A prospective purchaser may also be overly cautious that your property is a slow mover and will then make an offer well below your expectations - if at all.


Q. Once a sale is agreed, how long will it take before I move into my new home?


A. This depends on the situation, the length of a chain, arranging funding, dealing with legal aspects and personal circumstances of all involved e.g. allocating time from work to enact a move.

It is not uncommon for a sale to take on average in the region of eigth to twelve weeks although some sales can take much longer if complications ensue. It has also been known however, for a cash purchaser to proceed to legal completion in a matter of a few weeks in the right circumstances.      


Q. How do I go about finding a home to purchase?


A. A good place to start is to research the area that meets  your needs.  Amenities, schooling, arterial road links and commuting time to work all worthy of consideration to name but a few.

A. Locating a property by For Sale board, local newspaper property guide, high street office have always been traditional methods. However, with the advent of the internet and property portals you can quickly and easily search for property in the location you desire - in price order from the comfort of your armchair. You simply need access to a computer connected to the internet... and log on!


Q. What should I look for in a property?


A. We all have different needs and desires such as to the way a property looks and feels and it's situation within it's immediate surroundings.

A. You may also want to consider the size of property, it's state of repair and any improvements and moderisations required.

A. If your chosen property has been extended it may be worth investigating if it conforms to current building regulations and that appropriate planning permission has been granted.


Q. How do I make an offer on a property?


A. All negotiations should be conducted through the appropriate channels - primarily the appointed estate agent. This will ensure clarity as the offer will be put in writing to the current owner of the property stating that it will be 'subject to contract' which helps towards avoiding potential confusion and confrontation at a later date.


Q. What do I need to do now?


A. Check that you have sufficient money available to complete your purchase. Should you need to raise finance (subject to status and lending criteria) it would be a good idea to talk to your chosen bank/building society or alternatively an independant financial advisor.

A. Shopping around for the right mortgage deal can be daunting - but don't be put off. Lifestyle Homes work closely with tried and trusted professionals who can lead a helping hand and know the market well.


Q. Will I need to appoint a solicitor/legal conveyancer to deal with legal formalities.


A. In the majority of cases - using a legal representitive is the preferred choice for many purchasers and sellers alike. Conveyancing can be time consuming and stressful if you are unfamiliar with the process itself.

A. Consider shopping around for a competitive conveyancing quote. You may also save time by asking the agent you are dealing with who they recommend as they may have forged working relationships with local legal law firms. Lifestyle Homes also work closely with local firms who will send you a competitive quote on request.


Q. Who are Lifestyle Homes?


A. Lifestyle Homes are an East Midlands Estate Agency with a difference. Representing property sales and lettings across Leicestershire, Newark, Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas our team of marketing professionals have more than 20 years experience in the field.


Q. Why should I consider Lifestyle Homes as the agent of choice?


A. Lifestyle Homes are open 9.00am to 9.00pm - 7 days a week which means potential buyers and sellers have more time to arrange viewings and appointments.

Lifestyle Homes see your property differently and this is key in determining the quality of your home representation.

Brochures are designed to impress visually and grammatically leaving little to the imagination. A valuable marketing tool to help your property stand out from the crowd.

Many photographs will be taken from different interesting angles to show your home off at it's very best allowing prospective buyers to make an informed choice.

Internet presence comes as standard but the way your home is portrayed is individual. See for yourself on, and also on our very own website

An eye catching 'For Sale' board that really stands out is available as part of our service to you. And... if you agree that the 'For Sale' board is designed to impress, wait until you see the 'Sold' board! 


Q. Who created this website?


A. Eazytiger of Syston, Lifestyle Homes preferred IT specialist of choice. 

The image of 'Old John' used on our homepage was provided by A&J Computers


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