Adding value to your property

Making your property stand out amongst the crowd can help secure a purchaser or tenant more quickly than your competition, and also increase value. We hope these tips will help.     Mirrors  Hanging mirrors opposite windows maximises the impact of natural light...


Buyers Advice: Make the most of your viewing

It’s one of the most important purchases you are likely to ever make, yet many people spend more time viewing and checking a new car than they do viewing a new home. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your visit. Don’t rush Don’t rush your...


News: Budget 2017 Stamp Duty changes - our initial reaction

The Chancellor announced yesterday that from 22 nd November Stamp Duty (SDLT) would be abolished for First Time Buyers up to £300,000.00 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For those First Time buyers purchasing up to £500,000.00, SDLT will only be payable on the...


Landlord Advice: Why do we prepare an inventory?

Why are inventories so important? I understand why a good inventory and schedule of condition is so important. Having been employed as an adjudicator in tenant and landlord disputes, I have first hand knowledge of ‘the good, the bad and the downright ugly’ attempts...


Sales Advice: Sales Market Overview - Q3 2017

As a general overview, the property market in Brackley has followed trends of the South East/Midlands regions. Interestingly, Nationwide Building Society have recently reported that London house prices have fallen for the first time in eight years. Similar lenders have suggested...


Tenant Advice: Can I redecorate my rented property?

Traditionally rented property colour schemes tend to be neutral with the majority consisting of off white walls and woodwork. However, there are occasions where a tenant might want to add their own colours, especially so where they have lived in the property for a number of years...


Advice: Property jargon buster!

You might be new to buying, selling or renting property. If so, this list of commonly used expressions might be of some help but please feel free to contact us for any further help.   Absent landlord A landlord described as “absent” is one who cannot be...


Sales Advice: Moving House With Pets

Do’s and Don’ts For Moving House With Pets Moving house with pets can be stressful – for both you and them. Cats and dogs in particular become very attached to their own territory and a house move can be very disruptive and disorientating. We have put together...


Sales Advice: Buying a Leasehold Property

Buying a Leasehold Property - What You Need to Know Did you know that four in 10 new properties in England and Wales are now sold as leasehold, ranging from one bedroom flats in city centres, to four bedroom detached homes in rural areas? Before you buy a leasehold property, it...


Advice: Spring gardening chores

Spring is upon us, the sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to come back from the winter weather.  Your garden needs some help getting back in condition though, so it’s time to get the supplies from the garden centre, pull out the...


Sales Advice: Sales Market Overview - Q1 2017

As a general overview, the property market in Brackley has followed the trends of South East/Midlands regions. Britain’s housing market cooled in December as sales activity fell and estate agents were less optimistic about prospects in the first quarter of 2017. The...


Landlord Advice: Avoiding the 'void' periods

  There are, unfortunately, times when a property isn't tenanted and this is commonly known as a ' void ' or ' vacant ' period. We all agree that this is far from ideal - not only is valuable rent not being paid but there is nobody to keep an eye on things should a...


Sales Advice: Conveyancing - what does it actually mean?

  You have found the ideal property. You have arranged the mortgage and the seller has accepted your offer. The only thing left to do is instruct a solicitor to deal with the legal part, before you can arrange a moving date and get the keys! But what is actually involved in...


Sales Advice: Property presentation tips.

1. First impressions count Most buyers will have made a decision about your home within a few seconds of standing outside your front door. Essential things to do include tidying the front garden, painting the front door or window sills if looking a little tatty, plant flowers...


Landlord advice: New EPC Rating System

From 1st April 2018 it will be unlawful to let a property (new tenancy or a renewal) unless there is an EPC (Energy Performance Certification) in place with a rating of “E” or above. From 1st April 2020 this requirement will become retrospective and affect existing...


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