It has been a fun few weeks, and here are some edited highlights of the variety of unique homes I’ve been to see as well as a peek behind-the-scenes for some happy moments, day-to-day business and the odd, unusual happening.
One of my favourite Mondays began with being instructed to sell a timber frame 16th-century barn near Stansted in Hertfordshire. With a third of an acre of land along with outbuildings and a garage, I expected plenty of early interest, and, sure enough, this remarkable historic property is now under offer.
After taking on such an exciting instruction on Monday, Tuesday brought me back down to earth with a bang and a day full of admin. It’s not a side of estate agency that many people see, but there’s plenty to do with ensuring that new properties are uploaded to our website, descriptions are signed off by owners, photoshoots are booked, offers are checked out and that the legal work is proceeding well on the homes we have under offer. It’s all part and parcel of the job, but a whole day of it can be pretty intense, so I was pleased to sneak in a viewing in Hoxton: a neighbourhood I always enjoy visiting.
Wednesdays can often mean gearing up for completion days on Friday, and today saw me picking up various sets of keys as well as sorting the champagne and wine ready for the buyers and sellers. Is there anything more momentous than stepping over the threshold of your new home and uncorking a bottle to celebrate the occasion? Perhaps uncorking two bottles!
Is Thursday the new Saturday? It feels like it today with no less than ten viewings scheduled on an extremely popular home, a large and unusually remodelled Victorian house in the Harringey Ladder. With so much interest – we even have an offer already – I was sure we’d achieve the asking price for the owners, and I was excited to see what the viewings would bring. Sure enough, a sale was agreed, but you can still read about the house here.
On Friday, I’m mixing and matching, running around like a headless chicken with two completions where I’m meeting the buyers ate their new homes, which are conveniently a long way from each other! One is a converted workshop and repurposed music studio in Clapham; the other a magnificent maisonette converted from a tall Victorian house opposite Hackney Downs – a pair of indisputably unique homes! Plenty of darting around with a bunch of viewing appointments shoehorned in for good measure – it possible to be on your feet all day without your feet actually touching the ground? It felt like it!
One Saturday saw me arranging photos for a micro-house in Highbury. We received a ton of interest the moment it went live, and my hopes for achieving a quick sale were not disappointed. It’s a real standout home on the street and proudly modern; a dramatic departure from the local Victorian vernacular and unsurprisingly popular with its 360-degree views of London from a private roof terrace.
You can read about the house here.
After that, I checked on another property where the sale was about to complete, just to ensure there wasn’t any dampness after the seller had a damp survey undertaken. Since listing the property, I’ve gotten to know the next-door neighbour really well, and she’s lived there for about 40 years. She told me how the smoke alarm batteries in the home we were selling had run out, leaving it beeping constantly. So I ended up spending the rest of the day going up and down a ladder to remove all the batteries from the smoke alarms so the neighbour could enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
They do say that being an estate agent requires multiple skill sets!