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You don’t even need to be contemplating a move to think about making the most of your home. Upgrading your surroundings for maximum comfort; opening the door to a place that fills you with joy; adding value for when you come to sell, rent, or refinance: these are all meaningful and valuable considerations for you and your future.


Perhaps you’ve just bought a property and have taken on a real fixer-upper. Maybe you need more bedrooms, a bigger kitchen or another extra space, but don’t want to move away. Or you could simply have been where you are for a while and want to repurpose, remodel or renovate.


Wherever you’re at, this week’s blog is all about exploring your options, not only for your homelife today, but also for an insight into the minds of property buyers. So let’s take a look at the qualities they’re looking for, and, crucially, what they’ll pay extra for.


How to sell quickly and get the best price


Countless surveys show that the priorities of most people selling a property are getting the best price, and finding a buyer fast. Nobody wants to sit on the market for months, particularly with no viewings at all, but neither being told that no-one likes their home.


In case you’re thinking that selling fast means selling low, it's usually the opposite. The first month when your property is for sale is the time you make the biggest splash: as a new listing on the block, you get extra promotion by the property portals for the first two weeks that your home is live, while buyers will act with extra enthusiasm for a property that’s fresh.


It's also far easier to achieve a higher price on a home that hasn’t gone stale. With so much information available to buyers around how long a property has been on the market and whether the price has been reduced one or more times, it's easy for someone to use the data to negotiate downwards. But when your property is new to the market, the odds are weighed in your favour.


So there are many positives to finding a buyer while your home is truly hot property, and we like to call them the FIVE Ps: price, photography, presentation, profile and passion. Here’s how to make the most of them.


How to choose a buy-to-let property


What kind of property makes a good rental investment? Is it better to buy an old or new home? What sort of location will attract the tenants you want? And what should you look out for to avoid buying into hassle? These questions and more are answered in this week's blog to help you identify the right kind of property to begin or expand your portfolio


While there's probably a person for any property if the price is right, being a landlord is about getting the highest, rather than lowest, return. So when you're choosing a buy-to-let property, your priorities should be regular and continued occupation combined with ease of finding tenants, which means anything too specialist, no matter how lovely, might prove to be hard work.


Staying focused on properties that will work as a business is the way to make your landlord life as easy and profitable as possible.



Absolutely everyone we meet has a different story. Why they bought the home they live in; why they’re selling it now; what they’ve enjoyed through their time in residence. Indeed, one of the many delights of estate agency is hearing all these tales and listening to hopes and dreams for the future.


While we’re talking to people about their move and discussing whether we’re the right agent to sell their home, there are a number of commonly and mistakenly held beliefs that raise their heads alongside the individual concerns of each particular owner. These beliefs surface so regularly that almost everyone we meet expresses one or more of them, so it’s clearly time to voice them properly, in public, and for all to see, to finally clear the air and send them back from whence they came.


So let’s get straight to work.

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