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Guild Blog: Good Tenants, Bad Tenants … and Amateur Landords

GOOD TENANTS, BAD TENANTS… AND AMATEUR LANDLORDS A recent report by a leading Insurance Company claims that one in seven tenants break the rules of their leasing agreements. The most common offences include a failure to pay rent on time, smoking and keeping a pet; but perhaps of even more concern is that it is claimed that one in eleven (or almost 10%) of renters are living contract-free. 25%    Failing to pay rent on time (or at all)21%    Smoking in the property  18%    Keeping a pet in the property   17%    Damaging or making alterations to the … Continued

Guild Blog: How to Survive the Rental Market

HOW TO SURVIVE THE RENTAL MARKET An increasing number of people are now renting rather than buying. In fact, PwC has recently predicted that by 2025, 7.2m households will be in rented accommodation, compared to 5.4m in 2015. With rising house prices, first-time buyers are renting for longer in order to afford. But the rental market can also be a challenge. As with most things, it’s much easier once you’re prepared, so here’s an overview of what you can expect so you can sail through the rental market.  FlatmatesMany of us … Continued

Guild Blog: What is ‘Right to Rent?’

WHAT IS RIGHT TO RENT? As of the 1st February 2016, no tenancy can legally commence until the right to rent has been established. But what exactly is right to rent? Here is a very brief overview. Before a property is legally rented, all landlords have to confirm that the tenants have the right to rent residential property in the UK. And, under Section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014, landlords should not authorise an adult to occupy a rented property unless the adult is a British Citizen, is a … Continued

Guild Blog: Seven of the best kitchens on the market

As a member of The Guild of Property Professionals we are part of a network of over 800 independent Estate agents in England and Northern Ireland. Have a look at these stunning kitchens in properties from some of our network agents. Are you thinking of moving to another part of the country? Why not pop into Joplings in Ripon or Thirsk and tell us about the new dream home you are searching for and we will pass this onto the Guild agent in that area who will be able to help you with your search. A place where family … Continued

Guild Blog: Why are people not viewing my property

Putting your property on the market is an exciting time. The photos are taken, the floorplans completed, and the home is perfectly presented, so it’s time to start the viewings. But how many should you expect? What if viewings are not as regular as you hoped? We asked Guild agents to share their tips and advice.  Check the price One of the biggest deterrents for a viewing is the price. “How does your home compare to competing homes on the market?” asks Ian Southall from Chess Moves of Tewkesbury. “Query your … 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: 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: Buyers Remorse – Are you buying the right home for you?

  While most people aspire to become homeowners, research has revealed that around 80% people who have purchased a property have at least one noteworthy regret regarding their home buying decision. Staggering numbers considering buying a property is often the largest financial decision a person is likely to make in their life time.    So why do so many people have something they regret after they buy a home? According to data compiled by an online estate agency, it takes people an average of 38 minutes to decide on 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

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. You can make a big impact without spending big money, too. Subtle, well-thought-out and inexpensive updates are sometimes all that is needed to make a lasting impression and give you the edge in the market. Here are some budget-friendly updates … Continued

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