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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.  Transport  Does the area provide an easy commute to the office? It’s fair to … Continued

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: How to Know if you are Ready to Buy a Home

Getting into the property market and owning a home is a milestone that many aspire to. Buying a home can have an impact on your financial situation for the rest of your life. However, while the idea of owning a home is exciting, it is vital that you only take that step when you are completely ready to do so. This is because being a homeowner requires desire, sustainability and a long-term financial commitment.   Aside from finding the ideal first home and dealing with the sometimes-complicated home-buying process, there … 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: 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 do you know when it’s time to sell your home?

Have you decided that it is time to sell your home?     Are you thinking about putting your property on the market, but aren’t sure when or how? It can be difficult to know exactly when you should sell your home. However, there are times and seasons when selling your home is almost certainly the right thing for you. Whether your reasons are personal or market-driven, we’ve identified some of the best times to think seriously about selling your property. 1. Your family needs more space Your family may not be … 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 get more from a Property Viewing

Are you getting all you should from your viewings?   Most property viewings happen in the first month of marketing a property. What can you do if your home isn’t attracting much attention?  Here are five tips to make sure your property has more viewings in 24 hours.    1. Run a social media campaign  Ask your agent to boost your property on Facebook. They will be able to target people who live in your local area to generate attention. Make sure people can easily book a viewing from the … Continued

Guild Blog: Up-andcoming areas in 2019

It seems everyone is searching for the next up-and-coming areas to move to but how do you find the next budding hot spot?   Is it the development of transport links, good schools or just an expansion of the city?  We asked Guild Members to identify key areas around the country that are rising in popularity.  From Croydon to Cardiff, here are the up-and-coming areas in the UK for 2019:    1. Jeff Dowton, Managing Director at Smart Property Online St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings: “This seaside resort may seem an unusual … Continued

Guild Blog: Is Brexit Keeping First Time Buyers Out of the Property Market?

While the government has put several things in place to boost the first-time buyer’s market, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its full impact on the housing market, deposit requirements and property prices have left many would-be homeowners waiting on the sidelines for now.   Brexit According to Chris Sawyer, Managing Director at Sawyer & Co, operating in Brighton and Hove, the area is showing evidence that Brexit is having a significant impact with first-time buyers. “We are seeing first-time buyers showing fragile confidence in the market, which is understandable given … Continued

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