Want Your House To Sell For More? Do These Things

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The rollercoaster ride of selling your house comes with its fair share of trials and tribulations. Naturally, you’ll want to get the best value possible when you’re selling your home, but there are a lot of extra costs involved in getting a house on the market. This post takes a look at the ways you can dramatically increase the sale value of your home and beat the costs. But before you get started, make sure you know where you stand – get a valuation on your home. You can get a free and accurate valuation from sites like House Network . Fix Things First Before getting inspired to extend or put in place new or additional features to your home, make sure everything that’s already there is ship shape. Physical and structural defects to your home can severely damage value and put potential buyers off from making the purchase. Some important examples of improvements to make from the outset are as follows: Roof damage – leaks and missing tiles Damp Cracks or bowing walls Old or single glazed windows Rotten wood – joists or roof timbers Insect nests or infestation Collapsed floors or broken flooring Cosmetic Defects By far the cheapest and quickest way to increase the value of your home is to tackle the minor glaring issues your home has. Mouldy grout in bathrooms, chipped paintwork and tatty interiors are all easy and cost effective to improve, which makes a good impression at valuation and viewings. Going through your home room-by-room making an inventory of all the superficial problems is a great way to start. Making Improvements Working on rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen are the best places to make non-invasive improvements, and will really attract buyers. Making over these spaces doesn’t necessarily mean major structural changes. Getting rid of dated features […]

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Renting Out Your Spare Room: What the Law Says

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Recent changes in the law mean that landlords can now make up to £7,500 a year by renting out their spare room without paying any tax at all! The changes were announced in the budget of July 2015 and came into effect this month, and more and more people are taking advantage, renting out their rooms through sites such as RoomBuddies. However, to make sure that you benefit from the ‘Rent a Room scheme’, you have to make sure that you stick to the rules, so we’ve outlined what you need to know. Are you eligible? The scheme is open to any homeowner who rents out a room to a lodger (as long as they live in the property themselves). You may also be able to sub-let if you’re renting a home, but you’ll have to check that this is all ok with your landlord first. It’s worth noting though that the £7,500 tax-free only applies per home, not per landlord, so if you’re letting with a partner you’ll both be eligible to earn £3,750. Do you need to opt in? You only need to opt into the scheme if you earn more than the £7,500 threshold, although this is fairly unlikely unless you’re letting an expensive property in London. However, if this is the case, you’ll have to fill out a tax return and let HM Revenue & Customs know that you’re opting into the scheme. For more information about tax returns head to gov.uk. Are you allowed to charge extras? Some landlords choose to charge extra amounts for things such as meals or providing laundry services. While you can make these charges, they will be added to your rent to calculate your total income. How to pay tax If your total income from rent and other charges does exceed the £7,500 threshold, you will need to pay […]

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How to Get the Family to Fall Back in Love with the Kitchen

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The kitchen can be the perfect place to entertain family and friends, whilst it can also be great for chilling out after a long day at work. According to a 2015 report by Houzz, we spend an average of 12% of our lives in the kitchen. That works out at around 2.8 hours a day. Despite this, with our constantly busy schedules, there is a chance that it will become a space we use less often outside of cooking a quick meal. With this in mind, our tips on getting your kitchen back to being the ultimate social space in the house are perfect for anyone wanting to fall back in love with their kitchen. Colours If you find yourself spending less time in the kitchen, have you contemplated whether it’s to do with the look and feel of the space? By having a visually-appealing kitchen and making it look good, you’ll find that more people want to spend time in it. If it suits your tastes and interests, bright colours are a great way of creating a positive and fun space for the whole family to enjoy, whilst warmer colours can make the space feel cosy and inviting. Red can also be a great colour for your kitchen as it’s often associated with food and can help to bring out a fresh atmosphere that will really get you cooking up an appetite. Accessories Sometimes, the thought of having to clean up afterwards can be enough to put people off the kitchen altogether. Invest in creative, easy-to-use and easy to clean up tools that will help inspire the inner-chef in you. Food blenders, juicers and cake pop makers are all great suggestions to help bring out the fun and inventive side to cooking that the whole family can get involved in. Why not invest […]

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How to… Tart your home up for spring (and make it feel more expensive!)

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Whether you’re selling your property, or would like to tart it up for spring, making your home look (and feel) more expensive is an important pastime and well worth the time you will spend on it. Here is all the goss from the Property Experts at GetAgent.co.uk (Those guys Compare Estate Agents & talk about increasing property prices all the time, so they know their stuff…) on how to get the look this spring! Garden Outside Lighting Get ready for spring and up-do your garden with new outdoor lighting and patio heating. Adding round glass bulb fairy lights the heights of your garden to give your evenings that satisfying and inviting glow, coupled with built in electric heaters to give you warmth, you’ll be able to entertain and use your garden long into the evenings. If you have lighting already, consider replacing plastic coverings with glass bulbs to give them that expensive feel and dazzling shine. Clean Up Over the winter, decking can become dangerously slippy and unusable. Spend a sunny afternoon jet washing down your decking, giving it a good clean and refreshing it with new wood stain. Not only will this make it safer to use, but also give your seating area a fresh, brand new and expensive feel. Whilst your at it, painting fences & trellises with wood stain will make the border of your property look brand new. Accessorize your Garden                                       To inject spring into your garden, treat yourself to new seat cushions, pillows, sunshields and accessories. Adding a splash of colour into a green space is forgiving for even the most flowerless gardens, giving that fresh bright look and feeling of expensive style. Ensure you use complimenting colours to the flowers in your […]

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Serviced apartments set to become the fastest growing hospitality segment in the UK

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The latest Savills World Research report has named the serviced apartment and apart-hotel sectors as the ‘fastest growing’ hospitality segments in the UK.   The report which was produced in conjunction with The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP), shows that the sector is expected to double over the next two years, with the purpose-built supply expected to expand by an average of 8.4% per year until 2017. This forecast expansion is much greater than the 6% growth in the budget hotel sector and 2.6% for all hotels expected in the same time frame. The rise of the serviced apartment The future provision of the serviced apartment and apart-hotel sectors is set to outstrip previous expansion in the UK. The report outlines improving sector awareness of extended stay options – helped by websites like Airbnb – as one reason behind the growth of the industry. The 48 operators surveyed by ASAP plan to increase stock by 52% by 2018 (both nationally and globally). Although London leads the way with over 1,200 additional units expected by 2017, it’s not the capital which is benefitting from a demand for extended-stay accommodation. “While London previously dominated purpose built expansion, the future growth hotspots over the next two years are expected to be Scotland and the Midlands with average growth per annum of 21.1% and 13.4% respectively,” the report stated. The report also outlines that supply constraints in the UK make it an ideal market for expansion. London, for example, has only one third of the amount of units as Hong Kong (relative to overseas business visitor numbers). According to the report, despite an undersupply of units, the industry has been driven by ‘the evolution of customer preferences and improving concept and brand awareness.’ With travellers more open to less traditional types and styles […]

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How to Prepare Your Property for Rental

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Decorating and furnishing your home can be a challenge, however it is a more daunting task when you are preparing the property for someone else. How you decorate and accessorise a house for rental can be the difference between securing new tenants and not. Naturally with a project such as this, it can easily be mistaken that it has to be costly to successfully achieve a desirable finish, when in fact it is quite easy to prepare on a budget, provided you do your homework. That being said, the cheaper you choose to go may reflect on how often you have to renovate. What is more, choosing to furnish your home before rental will have a dramatic affect on the amount of rent you can charge, and what type of tenant you can expect to attract. De-personalise Removing ‘your mark’ on the property is a vital step of preparation; although you may wish to showcase how homely the place can be, having the decor you had when living there will not have the effect you’re hoping for. New tenants will not relish being greeted by a nursery theme if they do not have children, and even if they do, they will likely want to put their own stamp on the theme. Even if you intend to live in the house at a later date, it is likely that yours and your family’s tastes will change by the time that happens. Be Furniture Smart While it is wise to purchase furniture that has no particular sentimental importance to you, it is also smart to consider the dimensions of the property you’re furnishing. If you have a compact bedroom to decorate, it would be foolish to include a large bed that dominates the room, especially when you need to consider storage space. Luckily there are plenty of double beds available that give you sufficient sleeping room while maintaining a small size, as demonstrated by […]

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5 top tips for a quick house sale

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Selling a property can be a tricky business, but these top tips from Quick Move Now could help you achieve the quick house sale you long for. Do your research: Before you put your property on the market it’s important to do your research.  Looking at estate agent websites and online property portals is an easy way to see what other properties are currently on the market in your area and the sort of thing your home will be competing against.  You should also look at the price range of similar sized houses in your area to get an idea of realistic asking price… Be realistic: …but it’s important to also be realistic about the price you’ll eventually receive in the sale of your property – an ‘asking price’ can be very misleading! According to Rightmove, the average asking price in England and Wales is currently just over £300,000, but the Land Registry says the average selling price of a property in England and Wales is currently £190,275.   Recent sold prices in your area are readily available on property websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Make the best of your property: If you’re planning to move, you’re not going to want to spend thousands of pounds on your property, but it’s important that you make the best of your home so viewers get a good feeling in the property and can envisage how they might live in it.  The last thing you want is for your house to feel like a ‘project’ property, so ensure any DIY jobs are finished off and touch up any paintwork or décor that’s looking a little worse for wear. Declutter: It’s wise to ensure your property is looking as neutral as possible, without making it look ‘clinical’.  Decluttering will help the property to feel more spacious and […]

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Designer Metal Furniture

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Designer Metal Furniture – what makes it perfect for high-traffic dining room and living room? What’s so special about metal furniture? Most pieces are meant for people’s backyards and patios. Wrought-iron for example, is a pretty common type of material used for tables and chairs. It features a vintage-like allure that makes outside spaces look warm and comfortable. Believe it or not, metal furniture is no longer aimed at exterior areas of the house. Many homeowners are starting to include these pieces inside their residence too. Metal comes with a wealth of benefits. It is durable, stylish and versatile complementing all types of décor principles. Give your dining room a modern-vintage feel Modern-vintage furnishings are the newest trend in home décor. The industrial and mid-century styles are starting to appeal to modern homeowners around the world. Many of these pieces evoke the past, so if you want to give your dining area an old-fashioned allure with a hint of elegance, then you need to refresh your current décor with a metal dining table. Choose a glass top to cut back on the industrial feel, and make sure the chairs have similar tones. If you don’t want to add dining chairs, you can keep it casual with benches or bar stools. Soften the décor of your room with seat cushions and meal time will be a lot more fun and enjoyable. Glass & metal coffee table for the living area A glass and metal coffee table is the ultimate trend in home décor. To give your space an extra touch of glam, invest in a table with unusual shaping. An octagonal shape for instance, will completely change your room’s lining. Metallic legs and a glass top as main materials should be enough to give your area an industrial appeal. What’s great about metal […]

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The Day I Bought A House

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With the imminent stamp duty changes, my dear mum and I recently decided we’d like to cash in and buy a couple of rental properties before the extra 3% charge kicked in. I had to take my ‘estate agent hat’ off for a change and take on the role of the property purchaser, something that  I am ever grateful for as this has served as a great reminder of why I became an estate agent in the first place. I would like to point out at this stage that I am not writing this blog in order to slate the competition or moan about other estate agents. In fact, none of the estate agents we dealt with while on the hunt for a new property are our competition as we were looking in the Colchester area – so that’s that sorted! I also don’t plan to name any names, any names have been changed to protect the innocent (or not so innocent!). I have merely been interested by the whole experience of dealing with estate agents an going through the property buying process and thought we could all learn a thing or two from what I found. So the first step in the process was to get myself on Rightmove. I signed up to an alert for properties in Colchester and started my search. What I hadn’t appreciated having not bought a property myself for some time now is how time consuming the search can be – it made me realise how long our poor buyers spend doing their research online before they get in touch with us. It also made me understand how frustrating it can be when all the information is not present on Rightmove. Despite being an estate agent myself I couldn’t help but skip past the […]

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10 Reasons To Consider Purchasing A Park Home

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Whether you are a first time buyer, or nearing retirement and feeling you might to like to downsize, park homes offer a fantastic opportunity to experience the perks of living in a comfortable and perhaps quieter setting. If you are looking at the possibility of purchasing a park home then this will obviously be an important purchase that will take careful consideration and research. Residential park homes are a popular purchase for a number of reasons, therefore before weighing up your options, we’ve teamed up with Justin Alitt from SellMyParkHome.co.uk to take a look at how at what some of the advantages to buying your own park home could be and what it could do for you! Cost Cost is an important consideration with any purchase you make, and this will be an important factor when it comes to your park home. One of the benefits with purchasing a park home is that the majority of park homes are less expensive than brick-built properties. Park homes may also be regarded as a cheaper option through which they often include furniture and other appliances ready for when you move in. An article published on This is Money discusses how one couple found purchasing a park home a more financially viable option after returning from their villa in Cyprus. You can access the article here and find out why purchasing a park home was both an affordable and easy option for this couple. Security Feeling safe in your home is essential, therefore another one of the benefits of residential park living is that they are often thought of as being a safe and secure option. If you are planning to use your park home as a holiday home, then you’ll also want to know that your park home is secure whilst you are away. […]

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