Tips for viewing a property

Buying a new home can be exciting but are you making the most of your time viewing a property?  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your tour. Make sure the majority of your time at a property is looking around the inside of the house.  We recommend 20 to 30 minutes to allow you to get a good feel for the place.  Walk around the outside of the house, checking for any cracks, loose roof tiles, problems with the guttering etc., that may cost you a lot to get fixed. A smell can be an important indicator of a home as well as what you see. Is there a musty smell?  This could indicate dampness or a smell of fresh paint like they may be... Read More »

Should You Convert the Front Garden into a Drive?

Have you been considering if turning your front garden into extra parking is right for you? Creating additional off-street parking can really add considerable value to your home, especially for housing in expensive urban areas. It can be an ideal solution if you struggle for parking, have multiple vehicles and have enough space in the front. The good news is that in many cases you do not need planning permission to create or replace a driveway. It comes down to area, material and ensuring you have PD rights. If it is a porous material, such as gravel or permeable asphalt or block paving and you have PD rights, you usually will not require planning permission. If it is more than five square metres of impermeable material, planning permissions will most... Read More »

Preparing your house for a home inspection

When you’re preparing your house for a home inspection there’s a few things you need to be aware of. An inspection is a hugely important part of the buying process, and you’ll be surprised how far a deep clean will go. Making sure your property is in the best possible shape is a great place to start when it comes to selling your house, but of course, you may not have the time and money to invest in all aspects of the building envelope, but getting everything inside looking nice and clean will always be a good starting point. Simplicity Making the house simplistic in style is another good option because it allows potential buyers to see the property for what it is. This means removing as much clutter as... Read More »

Bathroom Inspections: What to look out for

When you’re looking at a property that’s for sale and you’re planning on viewing the property soon it’s important to be aware of what you should be looking for. Bathrooms can be one of the most problematic of rooms for homeowners should something go wrong and it’s not just the money spent on plumbers and spare parts, it’s the downtime that people can’t really do without. You see, you can actually get by when your kitchen isn’t complete as you could always use a microwave, but when your plumbing system is down then you have a more serious issue on your hands. So, when you’re visiting that house you’re growing interested in, you need to make sure you have a good look around the bathroom. You should check behind the... Read More »

Is your estate agent working hard enough?

An estate agent is a person whose job involves selling and renting out buildings and land for clients. If you’re selling your home and you’ve hired an estate agent to help you, you’re the client and you deserve a good service. If you feel as though your estate agent is not doing a good enough job, then you need to find a way to rectify the problem. You could get a friend, or a friend of a friend, to pretend they’re interested in your property to see what kind of service they get, or you could be honest and frank and speak to them for yourself. It’s up to the estate agent to find the right buyer, and any potential buyers should understand the benefits of your home. If you... Read More »