The Guild of Property Professionals

We are proud Guild Members and have been for in excess of 20 years. As Members of The Guild of Property Professionals, we are selected to represent the UK’s largest network of independent estate agents in our given area. We can secure you a better result. The Guild is a...


How to add value to your property – Spare this idea some thought

Do you have a spare room at home?  Is it the room which time forgot? Is it where everything ends up getting stored /dumped or simply forgotten about?   It could be housing a vast collection of luggage, boxes of ‘stuff’ that’s bound to come in ‘...


Five tips to keep your dogs and cats calm this fireworks season

This weekend sees many firework events and parties happen across Brackley and the surrounding areas. I quite enjoy it although not everyone likes the noise and fireworks the events are accompanied by. For pets the fireworks season isn’t much fun at all. It can be...


HMO changes - Are you ready for 1st October?

Changes to HMO licensing in England and Wales from 1st October 2018 mean that in excess of 170,000 landlords will need a licence to let out their HMO (House in Multiple Occupation). The rules are tough, some even say draconian, but there will be no avoiding them and if you are...


A Moving Experience – Our Checklist

A Moving Experience – Our Checklist When you are moving home there is so much to remember. Once you’ve exchanged contracts there are still a lot of things to think about and to prepare. When you get your moving date the check list below will come in very useful...


What do Wimbledon and good estate agents have in common?

Tennis reminds us of a very important aspect of estate agency work.   The rallies which can go on for ages depending on how good the players are have a hint of negotiation about them.   The back and forth nature of the ball whizzing over the net can be like dealing...


Make your children part of the big move

When you are moving home there’s lots to consider. Choosing the best agent is vital. Finding the right area to relocate to is equally as crucial. Dealing with property chains is another key element. Sometimes overlooked amidst all this is the impact it will have on the...


What buyers and tenants are looking for in properties in Brackley

We live in a rapidly changing world. The speed of those changes, powered by ever advancing technology, can often seem bewildering. And what people want from their homes is also constantly evolving. Back in the mid 1980s people’s property wish list’s looked very...


Five things to consider as a tenant

We’ve written a lot about how landlords can reduce the risk of potentially troublesome tenants. However, it cuts both ways. There are unscrupulous landlords and indeed letting agents out there who potential tenants need to be made aware of. During our 40 plus years in the...


Why clutter can cost you thousands of pounds

Ask any agent who knows their stuff about what is the simplest and cheapest thing a seller can do to make their home more attractive to potential buyers and they’ll tell you this. Declutter. It’s not rocket science but doing it (or not doing it) can have a huge...


The easiest way to avoid a deposit disaster

It’s the situation every landlord and tenant dreads. An ongoing dispute over a deposit. It causes stress, is time consuming and can be expensive – for both sides. A report which came out recently showed that disputes over deposits were at their highest since 2007...


The Great Outdoors has a Big Impact on a Property's Value

At Davies & Partners we love it when the clocks go forward. The days are longer, the evenings much lighter and people are starting to venture outside again. Put simply most people love being outside when the better weather arrives. When spring takes centre stage, people...


  Finding your dream home can be a challenge. If your children have left home or if you have too much space, you might be looking to downsize. The main reasons to downsize are to release equity, be mortgage free, or to live in a home appropriate to the way you wish to live...


Are you ready for a project?

There is no getting away from property programmes on the televison talking about house renovations, but are you prepared to take on a project?   The issue definitely divides opinion - one person relishes the accomplishment of renovating a house, whilst another person...


Landlord Advice - Securing a tenancy renewal

No landlord wants an expensive void period between tenancies, but what are you doing to help keep good tenants longer?  If your tenant pays the rent on time, has a good credit score and is responsible and respectful to your property, you will likely want them to renew...


Landlord advice - Do you know your numbers?

As a property investor it is essential that you know your numbers.  When people talk about a property yield or return on investment (ROI) , what does it actually mean? These figures are crucial in assessing the viability of a property purchase whether you are focusing on a...


Lettings - It's not just a property...

There is no getting away from the 150 or so pieces of legislation governing the private rented sector. Have you got a Gas Safety Certificate, Right to Rent documentation, How To Rent Guide, Fire & Furnishings Regulations, EPC, Legionella Risk Assessment.........the list goes...


Advice - What is a Break Clause?

Many people talk about Break Clauses but what exactly are they? A break clause allows either a tenant or landlord to end a tenancy before the end of the fixed term. The amount of time before the end of tenancy will depend on specific clauses in the original tenancy...


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