What are the Different House Surveys?

When purchasing a property, there are several house surveys you can choose to have performed. We have listed them below with an explanation of each. A level 1 Condition Report covers the properties current condition, any urgent issues that need to be rectified with and any potential legal problems that could arise. This survey is undertaken on newer properties that are in good condition. The level 2 report is called a Homebuyers Report. It looks at everything in the Condition Report plus any issues that may affect the property and advise on repairs and maintenance that could be undertaken.  It will also include a property valuation and how much it would cost to rebuild. The third and final report is the Building Survey. This survey is an in-depth report on... Read More »

Kitchen extensions add instant value to your home

Kitchens are considered one of the most important rooms in the home, not only for their functional purposes but they also provide a modern social hub in your home. If you are looking to expand your home for some extra space, or are looking to sell your property at a better rate, adding a kitchen extension may be something to consider. Expanding the kitchen will instantly open up extra space within the home and can add instant value too your house price too. Extending your kitchen may require planning permission before any work can begin, and this can be a lengthy process. Get your extension plans drawn up by an architect and submitted for consideration as soon as possible to avoid any delays. Kitchen extensions allow you to create a... Read More »

Will renovating your home improve its selling value?

If you are considering selling your home, have you thought about increasing its selling value by doing to renovating to it. Selling a home that hasn’t been redecorated since you first moved into it, may need some updating before you put it back on the market. This increase in house value tend to come from new modern kitchens and bathroom, so this would be the areas you would want to consider improving the most. With kitchens becoming the central hub of a home it is even more important to get this right. You also need to think about the cost of improving your home before selling, and see if the increase in selling value will be enough to justify the renovation. You can seek advice from a variety of estate... Read More »

The importance of having your property valued

What many people don’t know is that the valuation of a property is a combination of skill, knowledge and a little bit of educated guesswork. If you’re considering getting your property valued, hopefully the following information will help you better understand the process. One of the most important, if not the most important factor in a property valuation is the location of the property – hence the saying “location, location, location.” Naturally, your house will be worth more if it is located in a more secure or affluent area. Additionally, the type of property and how these properties are selling in your area are also important in the valuation process. Regarding the strategies you can employ to increase the valuation figure, the best place to start is the kitchen. Most... Read More »

Working out the cost of interior design work – Painting

Repainting your home is a big decision, depending on the difference in colour. And one thing we recommend you never do is repaint over wallpaper. This can cause air bubbles underneath the wallpaper, problems later down the line. If you’re going to paint, please ensure the walls are prepared, and any details such as shelves should be removed, whilst wallpaper should be stripped completely. You should also lay newspaper on the carpet, and remove furniture from each room. This ensures that no drops of paint land on the floor or furniture leaving a permanent stain. Painting your home’s interior can take time, especially if you are doing work by yourself, so get your friends and family involved, and you can end up with a fresh looking house in no time.