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Top Tips to Declutter Your Home

Slow and Steady Approach… 1. Schedule 20 minutes 2-3 times a week to focus on a particular area- making that commitment will strengthen your motivation to get it done and the progress you make will maintain your enthusiasm to keep going with it. 2. Use the “4 box method”- have a box (or bag) for each of the following: Bin […]

Questions to ask your prospective Estate Agent...

1. Fees Make sure you are clear on any upfront fees, additional commission payment on completion, cancellation fees and anything else that may not be obvious. It is also worth asking if the agent intends to offer any prospective buyers any service which would result in a commission payment. 2. Marketing Strategy Ask lots of questions about their intended approach […]

Moving Day Tips 1 Start Early Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a checklist in advance so nothing gets forgotten.  Zoopla have a useful checklist you can […]

Questions to Ask When Viewing a Property

Questions to Ask When Viewing a House I often meet buyers who are overwhelmed at the prospect of buying a house.  Even experienced home owners can forget what’s important on a first viewing.  I have collated a list of fairly standard questions that I always get asked, as well as some others that I very rarely hear, but would be […]

Energy Performance Certificate's Explained

I’m definitely noticing a change in the temperature now so thought this was a good time to write about Energy Performance Certificate’s or ‘EPCs’. An EPC is a certificate which shows how energy efficient (or not) your property is.  The property is graded A to G, with A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient.  The charts […]

This is an interesting report produced by ZPG and drawing from a number of research reports undertaken recently.  Its useful as an estate agent to be aware of this- it provides a great insight into the changing demographic of first time buyers, as well as their motivations.  I think that having this information enables us to be more responsive to […]

Has Your Agent 'Got Your Back'?

I had a really interesting conversation today with a lovely lady I met through business networking.  She asked me what I had been up to so I told her what I thought was an amusing story of the various calamities of the week.  Her reaction was unexpected…she couldn’t believe the lengths I had gone to for my clients and was […]

If you are planning to sell your house in the near future, chances are you have done some research into adding value.  Its always a good idea to present your property in the best possible way, to stand out from the crowd and ensure you are a strong contender in a competitive market.  However, take care to consider the following…. […]

Making a House a Home

I love property and I find it fascinating to see the innovative ways people create atmosphere or space in their property.  There are countless websites, magazines and television shows dedicated to home improvement.  All of this is great, but what is it that turns a great property into a great home?  A house has a basic structure, with walls and […]

Understand the Conveyancing Process

Conveyancing can be a mystery to most people when buying or selling their house.  Most of the work involved and carried out by conveyancers and solicitors happens behind closed doors and its hard to understand what’s actually happening- if anything!  I understand that this is a stressful time for buyers and sellers (and me!) so I provide my clients with […]