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Meet the agent - James Machell, Partner at Knight Frank in Horsham

PUBLISHED: 14:04 20 May 2014

James Machell

James Machell

Archant

James Machell tells us what to spend our money on, and says that first impressions are vital

If I had £10,000 to spend on my property, what would you recommend that I do?
I would recommend the bulk of the money be spent on a kitchen, that being the heart of the house and the area where buyers put their focus.

The remainder I would suggest is spent upon ensuring that elements of detail are finished off. For example, the broken tile on the back roof is replaced, the cracked floor tile is replaced, the slipped gutter put right etc... First impressions are everything and all the minor detail, if not rectified, can add up to create a significant lasting reminder of where money needs to be spent putting things right.

What are you finding to be the biggest selling point for Sussex homes at the moment?

Those that offer the commuter either good access to roads or stations to the capital continue to sell well.

Views are also always well received in conjunction with a well presented, clear, clean and tidy home.

40 Carfax, Horsham, RH12 1EQ; 01403 339180; KnightFrank.com

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The home i wish I’d bought

I wish I’d bought, if I’d had the funds, a Grade II Listed house called Little Swains in Tismans Common near Rudgwick. I have always described it as a very complete family house with a perfect blend of character, such as timber beams which are not over-bearing, a large open fireplace and it’s a very attractive looking house from the road. It had the benefit of modern upgrades such as under-floor heating in places, recent bathrooms etc, and had been very well maintained which, when considering an older house, is vital. The garden was just over an acre, which is plenty for the children yet not so much that it is overly demanding to keep on top of. It is surrounded by delightful open countryside, great for walking or for jumping on my mountain bike, and with neighbours that are neither too close nor too far away. Furthermore, there is still scope to add value in the future (something many people look for in a house these days) by adding to or replacing the garage and creating additional accommodation. The location means its within easy reach of a variety of great schools, as well as being a convenient 10 minutes from Horsham and 20 minutes from Guildford.

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