Category Archives: Moving Home

Property extensions – adding value to your property?

Extending your property? One of the frequent reasons given for wanting to achieve a higher sale price than a similar neighbouring  property is an extension or significant upgrade. Usually the vendor expects not only to recoup the cost of the development but a mark-up as well. In reality it’s a bit like buying a ten…

Quick online property sale

Sometimes I get to hear of a property that just won’t sell. I then wonder what the vendor must be thinking and how they must be feeling. Some vendors are quite relaxed about the fact they haven’t sold their house even after two years or more. Others I’ve spoken to can’t even remember the sale…

Clear the clutter to make an impression

You may have recently seen Phil Spencer’s new series Secret Agent about successfully marketing your house. In which case you will have been surprised at the way some people present their homes to prospective purchasers and the vendors then appear surprised when the visit isn’t followed up and their home appears unsold for a long…

What makes your dream home?

We all have a secret desire to own that dream house, the house that is not just £50,000 more than our budget allows, but is possibly a few million pounds or much more than we could ever afford. This is what makes it a dream. Do you and your partner agree on what makes a…

Viewing properties for sale

Properties for sale in Rawtenstall Recently a friend told me of their experiences when viewing properties in Rawtenstall. Whilst the vendors were very pleasant and polite, on one occasion the vendor showing them round couldn’t actually answer the questions about heating systems. For most buyers this is a key factor in purchasing a property as…

Rossendale and Accrington properties – selling online

Selling in Rossendale or Accrington? It’s spring, the nights are getting longer and the temperature is rising. Why don’t we sell our house and buy a nice cottage in the country? Well it’s not difficult to be seduced by the pictures of those lovely cottages advertised in the property press at the weekend. How much…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition

All properties need maintenance. It’s a fact. But some jobs are bigger than others. Spring is only just around the corner so start with some of the little jobs now in preparation for those hard to face bigger jobs. It only needs a bracket replacing A trip to your local DIY store for a replacement…

Safety in the home

Step on the gas In our homes there are basically two services that we should monitor on a regular basis; one is electricity, the other is gas.  On this occasion I’m not writing about energy saving but our own safety in the home. Many people heat their homes and cook using mains gas and thankfully…

Surveys – why bother?

Is it really worth having a survey done, paying upwards of £300 which you could put towards the cost of a new bathroom? False economy. You can almost guarantee that you will save the cost of the survey by reducing the offer on the house you intend to buy. Don’t think because the house is…

EPCs increase the saleability of your property

Energy Performance Certificate The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has never been more important to home owners.  The recent hikes in energy bills have meant that we all need to reduce our energy usage in whatever ways we can. For those of us considering buying or renting at the moment the EPC is now something which has taken…