Guild Blog: Can your garden add value to your property?

Can your garden add value to your property?

 

Many people forget the first impression comes from the garden. Watch the video below, to get ideas and tips to help sell your home this summer, as well as make your garden a more enjoyable place to be.

 

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1. Decluttering the garden can add value. Always start with tidying and give your lawn a fresh mow and tidy up any weather damage before a viewing.

 

2. Add some seasonal colour, like plant pots filled with flowers. This will add perceived value.

 

3. Start in the front garden, because this is where your potential buyer will start. The first impression counts.

 

4. Add a key selling point, like a summer house, play park or a jacuzzi if you want to turn your garden into a fantastic reason to buy the house. This requires major investment, but it could secure your sale.

 

5. If you’re looking to spend less, don’t underestimate the impact of a coat of paint on fences and sheds.

 

6. Style your garden with furniture. You wouldn’t show a room to a potential buyer without any furniture in it, so why show a garden without a table and chairs on the decking or patio?

 

7. If your home is overlooked, it’s a good idea to give the idea of privacy to the garden. If it isn’t too expensive, add hedges or trees in key spots.

 

Are you looking for a new home with a beautiful garden? Contact a Guild Member today.

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 much faster. Delegate the work out by providing a list of tasks to each person. It is best to focus on the larger jobs first, such as moving and placing furniture and then working down to the items that you would be able tackle on your own if need be. If possible, get at least one room set up as quickly as possible so that helpers have a place to put their feet up and take a well-deserved break during the process.

 

Put safety first

It takes a few days to feel settled in a new property and often even everyday sounds can be strange or unnerving. Making sure you and your family feel safe in the new environment will help everyone feel settled sooner. Ensure all the doors and windows close and lock properly. Also, make sure that each family member has a set of keys to the property. If you think it’s best to change any of the locks, schedule a locksmith and change the codes to any coded entry points, such as automated garage doors and security systems.

 

Get to grips with the electrics

Ensure you know where the fuse box or circuit breaker is and how it works. Have a look at the boiler and heating and familiarise yourself how it turns on and off and how to set it.

Also, remember that often electric cables are hidden behind walls, so before making any holes in the wall to hang something, make sure you know what is behind it. It is possible to buy cable detectors from DIY shops.

 

Update all your details

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your paperwork done and update your details. Redirect your mail online with Royal Mail, notify utility providers and the council. Also, fill out a change of address with your bank and employee and ensure that all the relevant service providers, clubs and creditors have your new address on record. Changing addresses also means re-applying for the electoral role. Remember also to make the time to change the address on your driver’s license.

Don’t pressure yourself to do all of this in one go, but the sooner you get them done, the more settled you will feel.

 

Make the place yours 

Changing the colour of the walls and putting up your personal items and photos will make the house feel like a home and can make the rest of the unpacking a much more pleasant experience.

 

Take time to breathe

There’s no deadline or rush, it doesn’t have to all be done at once. Take some time out to have a family dinner, watch a movie or go on a social outing. Or just relax, step outside to meet the neighbours and take time to enjoy your new surroundings.

 

If you are looking to move to a new home, contact your local Guild agent.

Guild Blog: Are you a First Time Buyer? What to Avoid when Buying a Property for the First Time …

What to avoid when buying a property for the first time …

 

First Time Buyers

Buying a home for the first time can be an emotionally driven experience, especially when you consider the various elements that need to be taken into account. While there are several new and exciting things that go into buying a home, it can be a complicated process to negotiate. Often, it’s easy to focus on the smaller details and lose sight of the larger picture while possibly making mistakes.

First Time Buyers

 

Here what you need to avoid along the way…

Not getting a mortgage in principle

Once you have made the decision to buy a property, the temptation to jump into the search with both feet will be overwhelming. However, rushing in before speaking to your bank about the mortgage they are prepared to offer you could lead to disappointment. Imagine you find a house you love, only to learn it is not within your price range when applying for the mortgage. While not a requirement or guarantee, getting a Mortgage in Principle will provide you with a written estimate from a lender, giving an indication of what you can borrow.

It’s possible to apply for a Mortgage in Principle through a mortgage adviser such as L&C or directly with a lender. They will provide you with the reassurance that you are looking at properties within your price range and they will let the seller know you are serious and qualify to buy the property.

 

Not working out what you can afford

There might be a difference between the mortgage you qualify for and what you can comfortably afford in real terms. It is always advisable that you leave some cushioning in the budget. Look at your finances and make a list of your expenses before determining a budget for a property to gain a clear idea of what you can afford. Don’t stretch your finances too thin, as this will make you vulnerable if unforeseen circumstances rear their head.

 

Focusing on the flaws

You shouldn’t compromise on your ‘must-haves’ but placing too much focus on the home’s flaws might have you miss the things that really matter. Fixtures can be replaced, rooms can be made open-plan or walls can be added to create your dream home with a property that meets your essential criteria.

 

Falling in love blindly

On the other end of the spectrum, you shouldn’t overlook a home because of its flaws, but don’t completely ignore them either. The look of a home is one thing, but more serious issues such as structural damage are quite another. Often, once a buyer sees a home that they think is the one, their decisions will be based on the emotional connection rather than the facts. Be fully aware of all the property’s issues before you put in an offer. Ask your Guild agent to explain all a property’s past and current major or structural issues, or seek advice from a surveyor.

 

Waiting too long

It is crucial to make an informed decision when choosing the right home, but don’t take too long, otherwise, you could lose out to a faster buyer. Once you have found the right home, be decisive and take action to avoid disappointment.

 

Not thinking about the future

Consider aspects such as the home’s resale potential as well as your future plans. It might seem strange to think about selling the home before you have bought it but much of the home’s potential return on investment is based on decisions you make when buying, not selling.

 

Factors that will affect the home’s resale value include:

• Location

• Condition

• Type of property

• Number of bedrooms

• Garage or off-street parking.

• Investments in infrastructure, like HS2

 

Also, consider whether the home will meet your needs in the future. For example, you may not have children now but plan to shortly – this means needing an extra bedroom or ensuring that you purchase near a school with the desired Ofsted rating. Think about whether the home meets your situation now, but also if it can meet your evolving needs.

 

Are you looking for your first property? Contact one of our Guild agents today. Find your nearest office here.

 

 

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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 spot of approximately 1.5 acres, moments away from Wentworth Golf Club.

On the first floor, the master suite overlooks the garden. It incorporates a seating area and separate dressing room, which leads through to the very generous en-suite with his and hers basins. The bathroom’s contemporary design and clean lines blends seamlessly with the home’s overall styling.

For sale through Seymours (sales@seymours-westbyfleet.co.uk, 01932 354494).

 

2. Upper Farm Close, Norton St Philip – £600,000

Those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city living will find solace in this versatile five-bedroom detached home, which is in the charming village of Norton St Philip, eight miles south of Bath. The luxury suite compromises a large bedroom and separate dressing area. The en-suite bathroom features a panelled bath with electric shower overhead and a heated towel radiator which is perfect for cold winter nights.

For sale through Fidelis (info@fidelisinbath.co.uk, 01225 421000).

 

3. Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol – £1,795,000

Looking for privacy? Look no further. Built by Magenta Properties, this impressive new detached residence of 4,000 sq. ft. is situated in a private setting behind automated gates on the edge of the city. The five-bedroom house occupies a commanding, elevated one-acre plot, parts of which offer far reaching views across the Yeo Valley to the Mendip Hills and Bristol Channel on the horizon. Recently completed to the highest standard, careful consideration has been given to the choice of materials used in home, such as the tiles and fittings in each of the three bathrooms. The master en-suite is modern and uncomplicated in its design, featuring a frameless custom-built shower and floating vanity with his and hers counter-top basins.

For sale through Hydes of Bristol (post@hydes.co.uk, 0117 9731516).

 

4. The Townhouse, Squirrel Works – £625,000

An industrial façade fuses with contemporary cool in The Townhouse in Squirrel Works. The Grade II Listed, three-storey, Arts and Crafts factory was designed by Architect John G. Dunn and constructed in 1912 for SJ Levi and Company. Exposed brickwork, timber joists and steel beams add interest and character to the two-bedroom, New York style home. The en-suite bathroom remains true to the overall styling of the home, with subway tiles from floor to ceiling, Duravit sanitaryware and Hansgrohe chrome finish brassware.

For sale through Maguire Jackson (bham@maguirejackson.com, 0121 634 1520).

 

5. Westbury Sub Mendip, Nr. Wells – £1,200,000

Located minutes from the Cathedral City of Wells, the design of this six-bedroom new-build house is strongly influenced by Saxon architecture with post and crunk framing and oak timbers. One of five bathrooms in the home: the en-suite bathroom, features a marble-tiled floor and large shower area with peacock coloured wall tiles and two showerheads.

For sale through Roderick Thomas (wedmore@roderickthomas.co.uk, 01934 710220).

 

6. Yealm Road, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth, Devon – £1,600,000

This detached, six-bedroom, contemporary home in the sought-after village of Newton Ferrars offers panoramic estuary views over the River Yealm. The home has been designed to maximise both views of the beautiful surroundings, as well as the natural light flowing through the interior. A prime example is the skylight in the main bathroom, offering night time sky views for the avid stargazer. A large mirror and step-down bathtub complete the design of this modern bathroom.

For sale through Marchand Petit (newtonferrers@marchandpetit.co.uk, 01752 873 311).

Guild Blog: What to Look for when Moving to a New Neighbourhood

Packing up and moving to another city, or for that matter, another country, is a major undertaking. It takes a great deal of preparation and is imperative to do the necessary research and weigh up all the options before making the final decision. Regardless of whether it is relocating to another part of the country or abroad, there are essential elements that need to be assessed in each potential neighbourhood to ensure you will settle in.  Continue reading