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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: What are the 10 biggest turn-offs for home buyers?

When it comes to selling your property, making a good first impression is imperative. Our Guild agents share their expertise and identify the top 10 biggest turn-offs for prospective buyers and how to avoid them.   1. Clutter Clutter is not only distracting, but it could indicate that the property does not have adequate storage. Nick Manson from Mansons Newcastle upon Tyne said: “De-cluttering is a great way to increase your chances of completing a sale, but that doesn’t mean that you have to part with your prized possessions. You … 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: Which room convinces you to buy?

Which Room Convinces you to Buy your New Home?   When you step into a house there is naturally one room which buyers gravitate towards. The important question is, which room convinces you to buy? If you’re looking to sell your home it is useful to know which room to prioritise for open houses, images of the property or facts about your home. Read what some of our Guild agents had to say about their experiences of which rooms convinces people to buy. Simon Davies, Branch Manager of Norman F Brown said: … Continued

Lifestyle Magazine – Fountains Abbey by John Durkin

We have received our lifestyle magazine in our Joplings offices and we think the #Ripon front cover is AMAZING!   Congratulations to John Durkin for the stunning Front Cover image of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden for our latest The Guild of Property Professionals lifestyle magazine. John is our youngest photographer who has entered a photo to be considered for our front cover image.  He has started studying photography at school and he is also a member of www.facebook.com/RiponCityPhotographicSociety If you would like to have a photograph considered for our magazine front cover, … Continued

Guild Blog: How to Upgrade your Home For Less

The home you purchase isn’t always your dream property, but you can turn your property into the home of your dreams with a few quick fixes. Here are some tips to upgrade your home for less.     1. Paint your kitchen cabinets  Freshly painted cabinets give the kitchen an update without the cost of a full renovation. Choose light colours to brighten the space. 2. Add mirrors  Mirrors can make any space seem larger and are an easy way to ‘open up’ a room. 3. Invest in landscaping  Consider adding some … Continued

Guild Blog: How to Turn your Homes Weaknesses into Strengths

To make your home appeal to the widest range of buyers, identify its strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of the most common property weaknesses and how you can turn them into strengths … Weakness: The windows are outdated. Hanging new curtains is an easy way to update your property. Install a simple metal rod and hang a neutral curtain with metal rings. Weakness: Your kitchen needs an update.  Purchase new white goods for your kitchen to avoid the cost of a complete renovation. When you’re updating, think stainless steel … Continued

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