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Most property viewings happen in the first month of marketing a property. What can you do if your home isn’t attracting much attention?
Here are five tips to make sure your property has more viewings in 24 hours.
Ask your agent to boost your property on Facebook. They will be able to target people who live in your local area to generate attention. Make sure people can easily book a viewing from the post.
Set a date for an open house and invite interested people to attend. Most open houses run from about 11am to 1pm on a Saturday. You could get up to 30 people through the door on just one day.
Are your interiors inspiring? Hire a homestaging firm to help declutter and present your home in the best possible light. This is particularly important if your property isn’t furnished.
This is a big decision, but a reduced price will get a lot of new attention. If you need to sell quickly, this is a good option.
When you step into a house there is naturally one room which buyers gravitate towards. The important question is, which room convinces you to buy? If you’re looking to sell your home it is useful to know which room to prioritise for open houses, images of the property or facts about your home.
Read what some of our Guild agents had to say about their experiences of which rooms convinces people to buy.
Simon Davies, Branch Manager of Norman F Brown said: “I believe the kitchen is the heart of a home. The current trend is a space where everyone can be together. Historically this was the sitting room, but recently there is a shift to living kitchens, especially if there is an open-plan design with the sitting room. The best kitchen I have seen interlinks the garden with French Doors or Modern Bi Folds to bring the outside in and make the garden more inclusive.”
Simon Bradbury, Managing Director of Thomas Morris said: “The room which I believe most convinces a buyer to purchase a home is the hallway, although it’s not technically a “room”. Normally, it’s the very first internal part of a property that a buyer will see. Therefore, the hallways establishes the tone for their experience with the rest of the property by setting a positive or negative level of expectancy. The hall should be bright and feel warm (or cool depending on the time of year) and inviting. Clutter should be put away to make the area appear more spacious. Air fresheners, diffusers, scented candles or flowers are simple, but effective methods to enhance a buyer’s first impression of a property.”
Simon Miller, Partner of Holroyd Miller said: “Open-plan kitchens create the lifestyle of family and friends coming together in a space that can accommodate eating, drinking and socialising. The kitchen is normally the most expensive and time-consuming room in a home to decorate or renovate. A kitchen already supplied with good quality appliances and high-end worktops are favourable. Buyers are usually looking for minimum effort, focusing on moving in and opening a celebratory chilled bottle of fizz.”
Steve Wayne, Director of Benjamin Stevens Estate Agents said: “The centre of any home is often thought of as the kitchen. Depending on the size of your kitchen, it can often be the social hub of any home. It is where loved ones come together and a space in which you can get creative, both in design and culinary delights. The advantage of an eat-in kitchen allows for communal meals and socialising. Good food and communication makes for a happy household.”
Jenny Owen, Head of Marketing for Sawyer & Co. said: “A room with a view is always a great selling point for buyers. A well-fitted, spacious bathroom is really popular and at the moment.”
Pav Lotay, Account Manager for the Guild of Property Professionals Head office said: “For me, the living room is the most social space in a property and the area which I spend the most time in. This is the room that stands out the most and would convince me to buy. I look for a homely property: a spacious living room where I can see myself having guests to visit and putting up a Christmas tree.”
Are you looking to sell your property? Contact one of our Guild agents today. Find your nearest office here.
Between packing your things and preparing for your first night in a new home, moving house takes a lot of organisation, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips to take the stress out of moving.
Pack by room and decide when and how you will organise your things. Organise your belongings into boxes and plan how they will fit in the moving van.
Start packing as soon as you can. Choose non-essential items first, then pack your essentials like furniture and kitchenware on the week of the move.
Feeling rushed will make your stress levels skyrocket, so being slow and methodical is the best way to combat moving worry.
When you’re planning your move, take a small amount of time to think about the things that could go wrong and write them down, then think of ways to overcome these problems.
Ask for help from your friends and family to take the pressure off on moving day.
A healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help take the edge off your moving stress. Taking care of yourself also means that you deserve a treat every now and then, so consider a takeaway on your first night in the new home to reward yourself for all the hard work!
Converting a derelict property into a beautiful home is a dream for many. But what do you need to know before embarking on a renovation project?
Renovation projects can be few and far between. When one comes on the market, many people may try to snap it up to make a profit or create their dream home.
Register your interest with your local Guild Member to hear about suitable properties as soon as they come on the market. Also, check your local auction house.
If you have seen Grand Designs, you know that building projects often go over budget. Plan realistically and have a large contingency budget.
There is a lot of legal work to do before starting a build. Check building restrictions in the area or on the property itself and apply for planning permission.
Conduct several surveys before building starts to assess the building and work out exactly what you need to do.
Who is going to project manage the build? A professional could do everything for you, or you could do it yourself. From coordinating tradespeople to liaising with the planning department, arranging inspections, organising paperwork and get everything signed off.
The Guild is a network of the best 800 independent estate agents around the country. Find out why you should choose them to sell your home.
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The Guild of Property Professionals is launching in Northern Ireland for the first time.
The Guild carefully selects independent estate agents to join their network of almost 800 Members across England and Wales, and now in Northern Ireland.
Wilsons Auctions are the first Members in Northern Ireland. They are the largest independent auction company in the UK and Ireland. The company auction everything from land to cars, commercial vehicles, plant and machinery and prestigious items from super cars and planes to high-value watches, designer goods and much more.
Peter Johnston, Group Operations Director at Wilsons Auctions said: “We are thrilled to be the first Member from Northern Ireland to have been signed by The Guild. This is a fantastic opportunity for Wilsons Auctions to be part of such a prestigious network of members across the UK and to lead the way for estate agents in Northern Ireland to benefit from their expert services.”
The Guild operates on an exclusive basis, so there can only be one Member in each territory. The agent is selected on their quality of service, so it is a great way for customers to decide which estate agent to instruct.
“We are delighted to have launched in Northern Ireland,” said Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild. “It is a milestone in our development and marks an exciting opportunity to expand in a country we have not reached before.”
The Guild will host an exclusive event at Titanic Belfast to launch The Guild in Northern Ireland to local estate agents.
To celebrate The Guild’s 25th birthday, we are running our first competition! To celebrate the anniversary, we are giving three people the chance to join our birthday celebrations with a delicious cake from the English Cheescake Company.
Simply like and share our pinned competition post on Facebook or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a delicious cake.
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The closing date for entries is on Thursday 19th July 2018. The winners will be contacted shortly after, and they will be announced on social media once they have collected the prize.
By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
1. The Guild’s Cake Competition is open to residents of mainland UK only.
2. The competition is free to enter.
3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age, or under 18 with the permission of a parent or guardian.
4. There are two steps required to successfully enter the competition; to share the competition post, and to follow/like The Guild page. To participate, you need to either;
a. Retweet on twitter or share on Facebook the competition post that is pinned at the top of the page.
b. Follow us on twitter or like the page on Facebook
Once all steps are completed, you will be entered into the competition.
5. The information explaining how to enter the competition forms part of these terms and conditions. Entrants to the competition are bound by the entirety of these terms and conditions.
6. Winners will be chosen at random by The Guild of Property Professionals team.
7. There will be three winners. They will be contacted via private message through The Guild of Property Professionals Facebook and/or Twitter pages.
8. The three winners will each receive one birthday cake with approximately 10 servings posted to their address. The prize will be delivered on a weekday (Tuesday to Friday) in July or August. Please note that cakes will arrive frozen and require eight hours of defrosting in a fridge before they can be eaten. No cash alternative will be provided and the prize is non-refundable and non–transferrable.
9. The Guild of Property Professionals cannot be held responsible for any issue arising from the fault of English Cheesecake. This includes, but is not limited to, a faulty cake being delivered, allergic reactions as a result of consumption, and the cake not being able to be delivered to the home for any reason (including delivery to remote locations and failed delivery resulting in a spoiled cake).
10. Entrants may be required to take part in media activity surrounding the competition. By taking part in the competition, entrants consent to the participation in such activity fully.
11. No responsibility is taken for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete due to server functions or failures, virus, bugs, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any other causes outside the control of The Guild of Property Professionals.
12. Events may occur that render the competition itself, or the awarding of the prizes, impossible due to reasons beyond the control of The Guild of Property Professionals. Accordingly, The Guild of Property Professionals may at their absolute discretion vary or amend the competition, and the entrant agrees that no liability shall be attached to The Guild of Property Professionals as a result thereof.
13. This competition is organised and operated by The Guild of Property Professionals of 121 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AG.
14. In the event of any dispute regarding these terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the Competition the decision of The Guild of Property Professionals shall be final and no correspondence or discussions shall be entered into.
15. Contest not open to The Guild of Property Professionals employees and their immediate family members.
16. These terms and conditions also include the full terms and conditions found at https://www.guildproperty.co.uk/legal/terms.
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The home you purchase isn’t always your dream property, but you can turn your property into the home of your dreams with a few quick fixes. Here are some tips to upgrade your home for less.
1. Paint your kitchen cabinets
Freshly painted cabinets give the kitchen an update without the cost of a full renovation. Choose light colours to brighten the space.
2. Add mirrors
Mirrors can make any space seem larger and are an easy way to ‘open up’ a room.
3. Invest in landscaping
Consider adding some landscaping to the front of your property. A tree or two works well in a more rural environment, and never underestimate the power of a few potted plants in an urban home.
4. Add wooden floors
Wall-to-wall carpet is no longer a popular choice, as homeowners now prefer wooden floors that they can choose to put a rug on. Consider vinyl flooring in a wooden pattern to get reclaimed wooden floors for less.
5. Freshen the front door
First impressions count, so choose a front door in a neutral glossy shade or pick a bright colour with personality.
Do you want to find a home to spruce up? Contact your local Guild Member today.
To make your home appeal to the widest range of buyers, identify its strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of the most common property weaknesses and how you can turn them into strengths.
Weakness: The windows are outdated.
Weakness: Your kitchen needs an update.
Weakness: There are small, ‘awkward’ spaces in your home.
Weakness: Your house looks old.
Weakness: There’s no furniture in your property.
Are you selling your home? Contact your local Guild Member today.
Many people forget the first impression comes from the garden. Watch the video to get ideas and tips to help sell your home this summer, as well as make your garden a more enjoyable place to be.
1. Decluttering the garden can add value. Always start with tidying and give your lawn a fresh mow and tidy up any weather damage before a viewing.
2. Add some seasonal colour, like plant pots filled with flowers. This will add perceived value.
3. Start in the front garden, because this is where your potential buyer will start. The first impression counts.
4. Add a key selling point, like a summer house, play park or a jacuzzi if you want to turn your garden into a fantastic reason to buy the house. This requires major investment, but it could secure your sale.
5. If you’re looking to spend less, don’t underestimate the impact of a coat of paint on fences and sheds.
6. Style your garden with furniture. You wouldn’t show a room to a potential buyer without any furniture in it, so why show a garden without a table and chairs on the decking or patio?
7. If your home is overlooked, it’s a good idea to give the idea of privacy to the garden. If it isn’t too expensive, add hedges or trees in key spots.
Are you looking for a new home with a beautiful garden? Contact a Guild Member today.
Are you thinking about putting your property on the market, but aren’t sure when or how? We’ve identified some of the best times to think seriously about selling your property.
1. Your family needs more space. No matter if your family is growing or if the people in your house are growing restless, it’s time to consider a change.
2. Look to the seasons. The autumn and spring are known for being good times to sell your property.
3. You’re not excited to go home at the end of the day. Can you rest, relax and feel safe in your home? It should be a place where you feel comfortable, and anything less should have you looking elsewhere.
4. The local property market is flourishing. Speak to your local agent and look around your neighbourhood. More activity means it is a better time to sell.
5. You’re considering buying a new property. If you’re thinking of moving house, put your own home on the market first.
Contact your local Guild Member today to find out more about selling your home.
Have you ever thought of being an estate agent? There are some skills that will help you in the field. Here are tips from Guild estate agents.
1. Experience in customer service and sales will be a useful asset. Time working in hospitality or retail can give the confidence and skills needed to be an estate agent.
2. Good knowledge of the local property market will be very useful. Think about starting as an administrator to get an idea of the business, build customer relations and to discover if this is the right career for you.
3. Buying and selling houses is a stressful process that can result in emotional clients. Estate agents need to be patient with their clients because this will be one of the most important decisions of their lives.
4. There is clear progression in estate agency, providing you with clear goals and chances to move up the ladder.
5. Estate agents will juggle a lot of tasks, like visiting clients and landlords to do valuations, arranging viewings, and negotiating between buyers and sellers.
6. It is often required, but not necessary, to be able to drive to appointments.
Are you looking for a career in estate agency? Contact your nearest Guild agent today to see if they have positions available.
Are you dreaming of building your own home? It can be a complicated process, so here are some top tips.
- Carefully consider the land’s location, size, and surroundings. Would the property fit in with the neighbours? This will be crucial to get planning approval.
- Always do a land registry search. It’s affordable and can tell you a lot about the land you’re considering. The search will tell you if the property is registered. Unregistered land can take time to get papers in order.
- There are many checks to do before you build. Depending on the scale of your project, you’ll need a bat survey, an asbestos test, and a geotechnical survey. Check there is no Japanese knotweed on the property, and ask the Council if there are any tree protection orders. Without these, unexpected building costs can arise, which can add thousands of pounds to your build cost.
- Put an inquiry into the planning department for £140 to see if they will grant full approval to build. It’s good to do this before you buy to guarantee approval.
- Employ an architect or an architectural designer. Visit the RIBA website to find a list of local firms.
Are you looking for land? Contact your local Guild Member to find out what is on the market in your area.
So you’ve completed on your new home and can’t wait to move. You’ve even started thinking about how to decorate. Although there’s one thing you might have forgotten... you’ve got to move out of your home first. Between packing your things and preparing for your first night in a new home, moving house can seem overwhelming. However, moving from one property to another doesn’t have to be stressful! We have put together a few moving house tips, to remove the stress from your moving experience. You can also read our blog post on ways to stay calm when moving house.
As with any daunting task, staying organised is key. Pack by room and decide when and how you will organise your things. Once you’ve assigned items to labelled boxes, consider the moving van. How will the boxes go inside? Will you need to take multiple trips? Once you’ve worked these things out, you’ll have a plan for your moving day which should give you peace of mind.
There’s nothing worse than having a moving van booked and realising that you’ll need to pack all night to be ready. Start packing as soon as you can. Choose non-essential items first (decorations, etc.), and pack your essentials like furniture and cutlery the week of the move.
When you’re moving house, be sure to allot more time than you actually need. Feeling rushed will make your stress levels skyrocket, so being slow and methodical is the best way to combat moving worry. Extra time allows you to be more careful when you’re packing and unpacking, and it also takes into account the inevitable moving day setbacks.
There are sure to be bumps in the road when you’re moving house, so remind yourself to stay flexible. Having a plan is a great way to stay organised, but don’t be afraid to deviate from it when circumstances require.
When you’re planning your move, take a small amount of time to think about the things that could go wrong and write them down. Once you’ve got your list, think of ways that you could overcome these problems. A backup plan will help take stress out of your move, because you’ve already thought of potential solutions.
Moving house is a huge task, and it becomes even bigger when you have to do it all yourself. Ask for help from your friends and family (most of them will be willing to lend a hand for a few slices of pizza) to take the pressure off. You’ll be finished much faster, and the more people that are involved, the easier moving to your new home will be.
You’ve lived in your old property for some time, so give yourself a moment to think about all the good memories you associate with the space. If you’re in the mood to entertain (and you haven’t packed all the plates and glasses), have a party and invite your friends to say goodbye to your old home in style.
Purchasing a new property and moving into it can be extremely draining, so be careful to take care of yourself throughout the process. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help take the edge off your moving stress. Taking care of yourself also means that you deserve a treat every now and then, so consider a takeaway on your first night in the new home to reward yourself for all your hard work!
The home you purchase isn’t always your dream property. However, you can turn your property into the home of your dreams with a few quick fixes. Some property additions can even add value to your home. Take a look at our best tips to upgrade your home for less.
Paint your kitchen cabinets
If you’re looking for an easy way to update the look of your home, paint your cabinets. Freshly painted cabinets give your home the update it needs without the cost of a full kitchen renovation. Choose light colours to brighten up your space, but don’t be afraid of colour: light blue or pale green both look fantastic in a kitchen.
Update your fixtures
New cabinet door handles or knobs on the sink can make a surprising difference in any room in your house. Choose modern door handles to update your kitchen, and you can even consider painting your sink knobs to give them a much-needed facelift.
Mirrors can make any space seem larger and are an easy way to ‘open up’ a room without knocking down a wall. Hang a large mirror on an open wall, or consider a gallery wall of smaller mirrors for a room that’s tricky to decorate.
Invest in landscaping
Kerb appeal is king, so be sure that the outside of your home is attractive. The entrance to your home should be neat and tidy, and consider adding some landscaping to the front of your property. A tree or two works well in a more rural environment, and never underestimate the power of a few potted plants in an urban home.
Add visible storage
Adding storage is a great way to add value to your property, and visible storage is an extremely easy way to make use of the more awkward spaces in your home. Look for spaces like nooks in corridors, eaves, spaces under stairs, space above sinks, and wall space for mounted cupboards. Adding visible storage in these places is a great way to showcase your personality as well as cut the clutter.
Add wooden floors
Wall-to-wall carpet is no longer a popular choice, as homeowners now prefer wooden floors that they can choose to put a rug on. Many types of wooden flooring are available on a budget, so consider vinyl flooring in a wooden pattern or get reclaimed wooden floors for less.
Freshen up your front door
First impressions count, and there’s nothing less appealing than a front door with peeling paint. You can stay classic and choose a front door in a neutral glossy shade, or pick a brighter colour with some personality.
Are you interested in finding the perfect home to spruce up? Contact your local Guild Member today.
Every seller wants to get as much money as possible for their home. But as a buyer, you want to pay the market price.
Here’s how to spot an overpriced home.How long has it been on the market? If it’s more than 60 days, it may not have sold because it is overpriced. However, some high-end homes can be on sale for a longer period.
Discover more top tips to make sure you pay a good price for your next home in our video.
Are you looking to move house? Find your nearest Guild Member today for help throughout the moving process.
Do you need to move to a bigger property? It may be a better time to upsize than you might think. A cooling market means that prices at the top of the market are remaining steady, so you could get more house for your money while achieving a good sale price for your own home.
Find out more in the quick video:
Want to start your property search? The Guild has properties from Members around England and Wales. Find your dream home today.
Big or small, the villages in England are always a treat. From St. Ives to Castle Coombe, we’ve all seen their many wonders. But what if you’re looking for an experience that’s off the beaten path? We’ve found some of the most charming villages in the UK that you’d never heard of.
1. Cerne Abbas, Dorset
Cerne Abbas is a Dorset treasure that’s certainly worth a visit. Located along the River Cerne, the village grew up around an abbey and is known for its lovely architecture and the ‘rude giant’ that features in its fields.
2. Hellidon, Northamptonshire
A quaint village in Northamptonshire, Hellidon is perfect for those searching for a quiet retreat. Try one of the many country walks, or if you fancy something a bit sportier, the pool and spa just outside the village is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
3. Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Saltaire is a town next to the River Aire that was a thriving industrial village in the second half of the nineteenth century, and it is incredibly well-preserved today. The mill has now been converted into an art space and a shopping arcade. Walking through the town can make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
4. Framlingham, Suffolk
This market town is full of history and mystery. First known for its connections to the Howard family of Tudor fame, Framlingham is the birthplace of many other notable Brits such as Ed Sheeran. The ‘Castle on the Hill’ referenced in Sheeran’s hit single is a must-see.
5. Presteigne, Wales
Presteigne is a town right on the border between England and Wales. It’s surrounded by stunning untouched countryside, which makes it perfect for a rural retreat, but that’s not all Presteigne has to offer. There’s a vibrant high street and cultural centre, and the annual Presteigne Music Festival is an internationally known event that’s not to be missed.
6. St Mawes, Cornwall
A fishing village situated on the end of the Roseland peninsula, St Mawes is one of the most picturesque villages you’ve never heard of. It’s almost completely surrounded by the sea, which means that the views are spectacular. The community is known for its close ties and welcoming nature, making it a real Cornish gem.
7. Aysgarth, Yorkshire
Aysgarth is located in part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s home to Aysgarth Falls, one of Britain’s loveliest waterfalls, which featured in the film Robin Hood.
8. Higher Bockhampton, Dorset
Higher Bockhampton is tucked deep into the Dorset countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and high hedges. This village is the setting of Thomas Hardy’s first five books and is where Hardy was born. You can even visit Hardy’s cottage, which is now a National Trust property.
9. Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire
It doesn’t get more English than this North Yorkshire village. There’s a lovely quiet stream, plenty of pubs, and moorland sheep graze throughout the village. It’s the perfect ice cream picnic spot during the summer months.
10. Lustleigh, Devon
Lustleigh might be the most picturesque village in England. It’s one of Devon’s most well-maintained villages. Thatched cottages surround a 13th century church, bookended by the Primrose Tea Rooms and a village shop. Have a pint at the pub while you watch a cricket match on the local pitch.
Are you looking for a home in one of these hidden gems? Contact your local Guild agent today.
Selling a property can be challenging. Sometimes a property will fly off the market, but in other circumstances, it could take longer to find a buyer. Why not make the process go faster? By home staging your property perfectly, you could attract a buyer sooner.
A well-staged home will allow the buyer to imagine living there and being able to put their own stamp on the property.
Watch the video to find our top tips.
Are you thinking of selling your home? Contact your local Guild Member today. They can also advise you on the best way to display your home and may be able to recommend a local home staging firm if you would like to accelerate your sale.
Converting a derelict wreck into a beautiful home is a dream for many. But what do you need to know before embarking on a renovation project? Here are some top tips from Guild Members.
1. Finding the right property
Renovation projects can be few and far between. When one does come along, there can be many interested parties. Some people interested in making a profit from the renovation, while others will want to create their dream home.
“Finding a major renovation project is never easy,” admits Stuart Mills from Rickman Properties. “Get to know your local agents instead of just looking at websites. Talk to the agents, go in to meet them and explain what you want to achieve. Give them confidence in your ability to go through with a purchase, rather than just being another hopeful looking to make a quick profit.”
Make sure you check all the sources available to you. John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse says: “Finding derelict homes or barns to convert can be tricky. Properties such as these can be in high demand and will often be found at auctions or in private adverts in the local press.”
The auction house is a particularly good place to find dilapidated homes.
“Those properties that are particularly tired or have other complexities may be sold at auction and therefore local, online and national auction houses are a good place to look,” suggests Stefan Collier from Joplings. “You may be able to contact the auctioneers directly to see if any properties can be bought before or just after the auction to avoid an expensive snap purchase in a rush of auction room excitement.”
2. Setting a budget and getting finances in order
If you have ever watched an episode of Grand Designs, you will know that personal building projects often go over budget. It’s important to plan realistically and have a large contingency budget.
“Given the likely structural integrity of run-down properties, the big issue may be finance,” says John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse. “Buying at auction will require you to have funds or finance in place before you attend and to have done your homework with surveys beforehand.”
Martin Moore from Morris Marshall & Poole agrees. “Costing such projects is notoriously difficult. To avoid running out of money during the work, check and recheck repeatedly before committing and always allow a generous contingency to cover the unexpected.”
3. Legal considerations and planning application
From planning permission to area restrictions, there is a lot of legal work to do before building can start.
Edward Dixon from Simmons & Sons says: “One has to be extremely clear-headed about major renovation projects and start with the most basic questions, such as ‘is the work I am wanting to do legal?’”
“Don’t think that just because you have the imagination and drive to save an old building that the local Planning Authority will agree with you. There may be any number of restrictions in place which might not be immediately obvious, such as those imposed by Listings, Heritage requirements, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and so on. Start by looking into the background of the building and the Local Planning Policy for clues. Councils now offer dedicated pre-application advice for a fee, which is not the same as a planning application but gives a good insight into the issues that might arise.”
4. What surveys do you need?
It’s important to conduct several surveys before building starts to assess the building and work out exactly what you need to do.
“Start with a specialist building surveyor and a structural engineer who, between them, will be able to start building a picture of how much work will be needed,” says Edward Dixon from Simmons & Sons. “Older structures will need careful examination of roof parts, wall strength, and foundations, whilst 20th Century properties and former industrial sites should have an asbestos survey as well.
“Another point that is particularly relevant for rural properties is the supply of utilities. That old barn may make an ideal home, but where is the nearest water main or electricity supply? If they must cross someone else’s land to get to you, there will be costs involved and legal agreements to be drawn up.”
Stefan Collier from Joplings has further advice. “Derelict properties are often empty for some time and therefore can be prone to structural, damp and timber defects. Therefore, it is essential to instruct a chartered surveyor to carry out a full Building Survey on the property. This will outline the current defects and give you advice and help to plan for any intended alterations.”
5. Choosing your contractors
Now that all the property research has been done, it’s time to start thinking about the build itself and the people that will need to oversee it.
Stuart Mills from Rickman Properties says: “Carefully consider who is going to project manage the build. There are qualified people for this; you can get the architect, or if you are brave and have the time to devote, you can do this yourself. This involves coordinating all the tradespeople, such as when they should be on site and what they should be doing. Plus, they will liaise with the planning department, arrange inspections of works done, and get everything signed off. Getting the paperwork right is vital; the last thing you need is to get toward the end of the project and find you cannot move in because of paperwork that has not been completed.”
6. Thinking about profit
“Buying and rescuing a derelict property can be a difficult task, however, if you get the right professional advice along the way, you can create a truly fantastic and individual home. I have also found that well-finished period and character homes get an excellent reception on the market and, therefore, your investment could prove lucrative in the long run,” says Stefan Collier.
Are you dreaming of your own renovation project? Contact your local Guild Member to find out about properties on the market that could be suitable.
Are you thinking about putting your property on the market, but aren’t sure when or how? It can be difficult to know exactly when you should sell your home. However, there are times and seasons when selling your home is almost certainly the right thing for you. Whether your reasons are personal or market-driven, we’ve identified some of the best times to think seriously about selling your property.
Your family may not be expanding, but if the people in your house are growing restless, it’s time to consider a change. As young children grow into young adults, many parents move into properties where each child can have their own room. Adding private spaces and larger rooms can also accommodate your family’s needs, so bear that in mind when you’re looking at properties. Knowing that your family needs more space is a key factor in determining if you should put your home on the market.
The autumn and spring are known for being good times to sell your property, and for good reason. Potential buyers aren’t busy with holidays and Christmas parties during these seasons. The spring coincides with an increase in sunlight and a blooming garden, both of which do wonders for the appearance of your property. In the autumn, the fading light and multicoloured leaves add a romantic touch that’s unparalleled. If you’re selling, try to time putting your home on the market with the beginning of the season.
Whether you’re expecting a child or welcoming a parent, there are plenty of family expansions that will require more room for everyone. If you know that your property won’t be able to accommodate everyone, it’s time to put your home on the market.
Is your home a place where you can rest and relax? Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood? These are all signs that it’s time to start looking for a new home. Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed, and anything less should have you looking elsewhere.
Have you been toying with the idea of moving for a few years, but never knew when the time was right? Putting your home on the market when it is flourishing will increase your chances of a speedy sale. But how do you know when the market is flourishing? Speak to your local agent and look around your neighbourhood. Are there plenty of sold boards around? This is a good indication of the state of the property market in your area.
If you’re thinking of moving house, put your own home on the market first. That way, you’ll be free to make an offer when your dream home comes along. Worried that a buyer won’t want to purchase your house because you haven’t secured another home? Most buyers are very understanding, and will appreciate your honestly if you’re up-front with them about not having found another home.
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