Meet the agent - Darren Middleton, Hamptons, Haywards Heath
PUBLISHED: 11:51 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:51 21 July 2014
Quick Q and A with Haywards Heath estate agent Darren Middleton
If you could only improve one room in your home, which would it be and why?
Most people will say the kitchen, but I have to admit that I am not the greatest cook, so it would not be my choice. For me it would have to be the bathroom. I love the idea of an over-sized bathroom with a central claw foot bath, which would be large enough for all 6’2 of me and then a wet room area and perhaps even a steam room. There are now so many types and size of suites available, whether you chose the contemporary or more traditional route.
If you had to give sellers one tip, what would you tell them to do when selling their house?
When I visit clients they often ask me what they should do in order to improve their chances of selling and mostly my answer is the same –“very little.” I find that most buyers, particularly families, really want to see a home in action and get a feel for how the house works for the current owners. This allows buyers to imagine themselves living there. Clearly a room scattered with toys might be a step too far, but going down a minimalist route is too far in the other direction and can make homes start to feel a little clinical and unlived in. If buyers are upsizing or indeed, downsizing, they will want to get a feel of a different type or size of home and can only rely on the current owner’s lifestyle.
Of all the houses you have sold, which is the home you wish you’d bought and why?
From over 20 years of seeing some of Sussex’s most beautiful homes, there is one that sticks in my mind. Great Saucelands (pictured below) is a beautiful Grade II-listed family home in a lovely secluded position in Ardingly set amongst the rolling countryside and within a short stroll of Ardingly reservoir. This attractive home is set in 3.5 acres with wonderful gardens including a walled rose garden, woodland, an orchard and family friendly lawns. The property dates back to 1580, retaining much charm and character throughout. For me this delightful home is somewhere you could imagine living for many, many happy years.
Hamptons, Haywards Heath 01444 419140; www.hamptons.co.uk