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Guild Blog: How to Make a Good First Impression

When it comes to selling your home, making a good first impression is vital. Here are our top five things to avoid when trying to entice prospective buyers:   1. Poor light Light and warmth are two of the most important factors to attract a potential buyer, especially in the colder months. Make sure your home is well-lit: open your curtains or blinds and if there is low natural light, turn on some lamps.   2. Noise Most people expect their home to be a place of peace and tranquillity. … Continued

Guild Blog: Top 10 Ways of Adding Value to your Home

We all want to add value to our homes. After all, property is one of the best investments so why not make the most of it. The rule of thumb when it comes to adding value is to utilise what you already have. Any additions that are too costly might not bring you much of a return when you sell, so work with the space and think how it could be transformed to make it more useful. Here’s a list of some of the most worthwhile alterations and additions that … 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 … 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: How to Renovate on a Shoestring Budget

Wanting to make a good impression and make your home stand out in the crowd doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are numerous budget-friendly ways that you can use to make your property more appealing to potential buyers and increase your chances of selling for the highest possible price. Wanting to make a good impression and make your home stand out in the crowd doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are numerous budget-friendly ways that you can use to make your property more appealing to potential buyers and … Continued

Guild Blog: Moving? How to Feel at Home Fast

The sale is complete, you have the keys in your hand and the moving van has delivered your household contents to your new property. All that is left is for you to unpack and turn your new house into a home.    Here are a few tips to help you settle and make the labour-intensive process a smooth and easy as possible:   Many hands make light work Dividing the work among friends and family who are willing to lend a hand and get involved will make things move along … 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 … Continued

Guild Blog: How to Personalise a Rented Property

HOW TO PERSONALISE A RENTED PROPERTY Current statistics suggest that in years to come, renting is only going to become more popular – that doesn’t mean we have to resign ourselves to a life of off-whites. We take a look at ways to give your rented space some personality and style without breaching your tenancy agreement.  1. Plants In a pale colour scheme, a green leaf can really pack a punch. Although often assumed quite complex to grow, an orchid will give your home an elegant touch of colour. For the … 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: “I … Continued

Lifestyle Magazine – Ripon Canal Basin by Alan Kaemena

We were very lucky to receive a more industrial shot of Ripon taken by Alan Kaemena for our Lifestyle Magazine front cover.  Alan has been taking photos for over 40 years and usually prefers to take photos containing people.  The reflections on the canal water caught his eye one morning and that is how this photo made its way into his camera.        

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