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Top Tips for Protecting your Home in the Winter

Top Tips for Protecting your Home in Winter … Check the roof.  Have any broken or missing tiles or slates replaced and other damage repaired.  Keeping the rain out is one of the most important things you can do. Clear out the gutters. Clear out leaves, moss and debris from rainwater gutters, downpipes and gullies.  Reset any displaced joints. Check the roof insulation. Birds, squirrels, rats and mice can displace the insulation in the roof, and so can we when rummaging about. Check the insulation and consider increasing it, as … Continued

Guild Blog: How Stamp Duty Changes will Impact the Market?

In his third Budget as chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that he will extend the cancellation of stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on properties up to £300,000 to first-time buyers of shared ownership properties valued up to £500,000.  He also stated that the measure would be retrospective so that any first-buyer who has bought a home since the last Budget will benefit.   The government has done much to enable first-time buyers the opportunity to get into the market and removing stamp duty on all shared equity purchases up to £500,000 is another … Continued

Guild Blog: Secret Tips to Sell and Move in Before Christmas

Buying a property can be complicated, and so getting it right is pivotal to speeding up the process. Whether you are a first-time buyer, or an experienced home owner, our Guild agents are here to help. We have collected our secret tips to help you sell and move in before the holidays.     1. Preparation Preparation is always key when it comes to selling your home. Simon Davies from Norman F Brown said: “Make sure your photos are taken before Christmas decorations go up and be prepared to accept … Continued

Guild Blog: How can you tell if an area has good community spirit?

Both Ripon and Thirsk have shown true Community Spirit over October and November with the Halloween Pumpkin Trail and the Commemoration of 100 years since the end of The Great War.  Check out our page to see what the local area has been getting up to … https://joplings.com/lifestyle-magazine-silhouette-soldiers-by-john-durkin/   Buying a property and moving to a new area can be a daunting prospect. There is nothing that will make your new house feel like a home like making new friends and getting involved in local events. Being involved in the community … Continued

Should you buy, sell or trade up before Brexit?

There is no doubt that Brexit has already had an impact on the property market with many adopting a wait-and-see approach until the final deal has been made. As March 2019 and a final decision edges closer, many people are wondering whether they should take advantage of the current situation and buy or trade up, while house prices have subsided. On the other hand, some people are conscious that a hard Brexit could see the housing market slow down and are trying to decide whether now is a good time … Continued

Guild Blog: The Guild comments on the Autumn Budget

The Guild comments on the Autumn Budget … Briefly discussing the housing market in his third Budget as chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that he will extend the cancellation of stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on properties up to £300,000 to first-time buyers of shared ownership properties valued up to £500,000.  He also stated that the measure would be retrospective, so that any first-buyer who has bought a home since the last Budget will benefit. According to Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, removing Stamp Duty on all … Continued

Guild Blog: How do I know if my house is haunted?

Halloween is known for its eerie tales, creepy ghouls and mysterious occurrences. We have put together a collection of spooky stories, inexplicable sightings and things to look out for. Here is a tongue and cheek look at how you know if your house is haunted.    1. What’s the history? School Lane, Turville – This quaint three bedroom property is based in a small village in Buckinghamshire and comes with an intriguing history. The tale of ‘The Sleeping Girl of Turville’ plagues this adorable village with a mystery that is yet … Continued

Guild Blog: Splashing Out: Bathroom Bliss

From palatial master en-suites to private powder rooms, beautiful bathrooms are a statement and unique feature that are often considered to be one of the most important rooms in a home. We look at some of the best bathrooms on the market.   1.Virginia Water, Surrey – £7,500,000 Set within the heart of the Wentworth Estate, this seven-bedroom detached family home, which is arranged over four floors, has been completed to an extremely high specification. Located at the end of a private road, the property sits in a stunning quiet … Continued

Guild Blog: How to Avoid Over Home-Staging your Property

Are you thinking of selling your home?  Are you wondering whether to decorate or de-clutter your space?     Have you ever seen a property that just seemed to be trying a bit too hard? Over home-staging, or trying too hard when decorating a property in order to sell it, is a surprisingly easy thing to do. Our agents share their stories of homes they’ve see that have been over home-staged, and what you can do to prevent this problem.   1. Be genuine  According to Steve Barron of Drivers … Continued

Guild Blog: The Top Ten Mistakes you may be making when buying a house.

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting things you can do. Between looking through beautiful new houses and choosing the perfect area, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of new-home ownership. However, ignoring the details could end up costing you. Our estate agents have seen it all, and have identified the top mistakes that people make when purchasing a new home.     1. Looking at property without setting a budget  “Taking a hard look at your finances is critical before you begin to … Continued

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