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New Year, new me

January 8, 2022
Property-News
The new year encourages many of us to make positive changes in our lives. A popular choice is pledging to do more exercise, while some people might decide to learn a new skill. But if you were one of the many sellers who put their home on the market last year and you haven’t yet found a buyer, this new year you’re probably resolving to get that sale! As estate agents, we find that pretty much every new year brings with it not only a flood of requests from homeowners for valuations
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How saleable is your home?

December 9, 2021
Property-News
Selling a home might not be an exact science, but there are a number of factors that will make a huge difference to how successful your sale will be. Our experience has shown us that homes that sell quickly and for a good price tend to have certain key things in common, so we’ve developed a checklist that we can use to analyse the saleability of any home. We rate various elements of your marketing approach across five categories, awarding up to a maximum of five points for each element to give y
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7 Tips to sell your home in winter

November 7, 2021
Property-News
If you’re ready to move, you might be wondering whether to put your home on the market now or wait until the spring. Well, although winter may traditionally be a quieter time for home-moving than spring and summer, the market is still very much open for business and selling your home in this colder season does have its benefits. As those who aren’t in a hurry to move tend to hunker down and focus on festivities, buying and selling activity usually dips a little over the wi
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Downsizing, upsizing and right-sizing – Make the right move for you

October 10, 2021
Property-News
Are you thinking about making a change to where you live? If you no longer need all the rooms in your home, you might have decided to downsize into something smaller. Or perhaps it’s the opposite – you need more space, in which case, it could be time to upsize into a new place. On the other hand, if you love your home and it’s in the perfect spot, maybe you’re toying with the idea of getting the extra room you need by extending. A report from UK Finance found that people stay in their homes f
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London? OR Essex...

September 29, 2021
Property-News
Travelling between Rayleigh and London does not take long – just over an hour in the car and about 45 minutes on a train on a good day. But while distance wise the two locations are not far apart, and it is an ideal place to live for a relatively quick commute, the cost of buying a house is dramatically different and you may find yourself taken aback when you see just how wide that financial gap is between the two areas. We took a look at the cost of a five-bedroom ho
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Our top tips for selling your home this Autumn

September 24, 2021
Property-News
Our top tips for selling your home this Autumn The sun may be making less appearances, the dark evenings may be drawing in earlier, but don’t let the arrival of Autumn make you think now is not a great time to sell your home because it most certainly is – and there are things you can do to boost your chances of getting a sale through by Christmas. And these are things you likely will not even think of – and you can be forgiven for that as, as anyone who has ever sold
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Should I switch estate agents?

September 16, 2021
Property-News
When you signed the contract with your current estate agent, they might have seemed like the perfect people to sell your home. But perhaps the promised viewings haven’t materialised and now you’re itching to move but there’s not an offer in sight. When sellers aren’t happy with their agent, it’s often because of a lack of communication, so maybe that’s an issue for you. If the calls and emails from your agent have dropped off recently, you could be feeling as though yo
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Thinking of changing estate agents? Our smooth move guide

September 8, 2021
Property-News
A great agent will be focused on selling your home at the best price, in a timeframe that suits you. If everything goes well, they’ll put the right value on it, market it effectively, then negotiate and progress your sale so you can move on to your new home as planned – and they’ll make the whole process as pain-free as possible. That’s what we strive to achieve for every one of our clients, and it’s what every seller hopes their experience will be. But it’s not always
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Summer selling for an Autumn move

August 25, 2021
Property-News
Summer is a great time of year to sell your home. With bright, sunny days, gardens at their greenest and flowers blooming, your marketing photos will look fabulous! More daylight hours and generally better weather than at other times of year give people much more opportunity to view your home at its best and brightest. And there’s nothing like a sunny day to put people in a great mood, which means they’re more likely to have a positive mindset when they’re viewing. So
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Our advice for moving home with pets

August 11, 2021
Property-News
Moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do and while it is ultimately worthwhile- a change is as good as a holiday - it is not just a mentally draining process for humans with our animal family members also going through a bit of an ordeal with the upheaval. Dogs, and especially cats, have a tendency to not react well to change and upheaval and it can be quite traumatic for them to leave a place that they have come to think of as home – don’t forget that they have no idea that
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Things to do to your Essex home before the end of Summer!

August 4, 2021
Property-News
We are trying not to look ahead to the Autumn and Winter months just yet, but they will be here before we know it and with that in mind, there is some TLC you can show your home that is far easier to do while it is summer. The reason for that is you are more likely to be able to take advantage of your garden, (British summertime weather dependent), and that will come in handy if you are at the stage where you think your home could do with a deep clean. So, take a day,
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A Summer at Home in Essex!

July 28, 2021
Property-News
The world may be opening up but that does not mean that there are not still a ton of things that you can do at home if re-entering the busy world does not yet appeal. We've compiled some ideas of things you can organise at home this Summer that mean you won't even need to leave the house! Rose and Raff Garden Cinema and Events While cinema’s may be open again, you may still find the idea of bringing the theatrical experience home for you – particularly with movie premieres now having
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#IndependentRetailersWeek - we share our favourite Rayleigh-based independent businesses!

July 22, 2021
Property-News
It’s #IndependentRetailersWeek this week and given recent events, we think it has never been more important to get behind business in the local area. We have picked just some of the best local businesses in Rayleigh and below you’ll find out more about them. From salons to gyms to pubs, you can tick off most of your needs without shopping outside the area and here are some places worth considering. Don’t just take it from us, here we also share some of their lovely cu
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The simple things to make your Essex home feel more relaxed

July 14, 2021
Property-News
Sometimes we look around our home and there is so much we want to change, that it can become quite stressful. Equally, sometimes our homes have recently undergone so much change that when we are finally happy with them, we feel a bit lost and forget how to enjoy the simplest pleasures our home can offer us. Here are a few simple things you can do in your home to help you to feel more relaxed and to de-stress. Become a plant parent to indoor plants! Plants have so many h
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Spotlight on: Rayleigh, its People, Places and Heritage

May 27, 2021
Property-News
Our headquarters is based in Rayleigh High Street with a huge community spirit, vibrant town centre and a rich heritage. Based at 1st Floor 91 High Street is the Rayleigh Town Museum where many dedicated volunteers spend time updating the archives of photographs and albums to retain the history of our lovely town. Housed in a 14th century timber framed building it sits pride of place in the centre of the High Street. https://www.facebook.com/rayleightownmuseum/photos/2560464924176908 Rayle
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Home Staging Ideas for Your Essex Property in Summer

May 26, 2021
Property-News
Summer is hot, and housing is expensive. If you are looking to sell your property this article contains home staging ideas for your Essex property. Staging means hanging things in front to allow natural daylight through your windows while still allowing privacy for relaxing after a long day's work while still keeping it clean and fresh for weekly viewing while its on sale. 1. Add colour inside Add a feature wall colour to your home to help you get organized. At the same time you'll raise the
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Market Boom leads to More Sales and Higher Prices

May 19, 2021
Property-News
The average UK property price has risen by 8.6%, which is roughly £20,000 in the past year. This is the highest annual rate since 2014 according to the Office for National Statistics. Over the year, house prices in England increased to £268,000 (up by 8.7%), in Wales to £180,000 (up by 8.4%) and in Scotland to £162,000 (up by 8%). The North West was the region that saw the highest annual growth in average house prices (11.9%), while London recorded the lowest positive growth (4.6%). The
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What do Buyers and Renters find Essential in the Current Climate?

May 19, 2021
Property-News
More than a quarter of UK homeowners and renters have claimed that their property priorities have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak. Previously highly-sought after and high-value property features have dropped down the priority list for homebuyers and tenants, as they now seek different factors when looking for a property that meets their needs and lifestyles. Easy commutes to work, proximity to local shops and restaurants, and local public transport links are no longer as desirable as t
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Master The Basics Of Renting Out Your Essex Home

May 19, 2021
Property-News
As an owner, you have the right to rent out your home. This entitlement comes with responsibilities. The producer of the home must be licensed to operate under the Residential Tenancies Act. Rules and regulations exist to ensure tenants are being adequately cared for and that landlords are being fair in their rent charges. In this article you'll find a list of things you need to know about renting out your Essex home. A full breakdown can be found on the gov.uk website for Landlord and tenant
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8 Top Tips for First Time Home Buyers in Essex

May 10, 2021
Property-News
Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases you will ever make. As a first time buyer, you are likely brimming with excitement and anticipation. You may have even set a deadline for when you’d like to move. It is understandable that you would also be nervous about the process. There are many factors to consider with this new responsibility. As a first time home buyer, there can be a lot of things you don’t know. If you are trying to find your feet, however, then the following tips
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Are houses in Essex expensive?

May 6, 2021
Property-News
Essex has always been known as a great place to live especially if you live in London and want to move out and be nearer the coast. While it doesn't fall into the most affordable place to live in the UK, with a great mix of properties and areas it really has something for everyone. From Colchester with its rich history, zoo and stunning villages to beach life in Clacton-on-Sea a popular resort in the summer months, Essex seems to have everything and more for living and working. An approxim
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The Perfect Essex-Staycation As Lockdown Eases

May 6, 2021
Property-News
Five-star lodge with hot tub set in stunning grounds with fishing lake Review by Cassie ??‍♀️ So in 2019 I stayed at this 5* AirBnB and omg, I totally fell in love! Its a fantastic place full of nature, fresh air and a welcome retreat if you're from a different part of Essex or you're thinking of moving to Essex and you want a good base before adventures during the day and come home to a real rural retreat. It's only 20-minutes away from Colchester which was the main event for the t
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Top Tips for Home Staging Your Essex Home to Sell

May 6, 2021
Property-News
It's common knowledge that staging your home to sell can give you a competitive edge. It's not hard to do, either with so many fantastic decor shops in Essex, England. With a few simple adjustments to the way you arrange furniture and careful consideration for the lighting in your home, you'll be on your way to selling your house fast. What is home staging? A common question that many people have is What is home staging? Home staging is a way to use decoration and design to make a home
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3 Fixes You Must Do Before You Sell Your House

April 21, 2021
Property-News
Your house needs to go through a fine-tooth comb before you put it up for sale. You just cannot throw your property in the market and wait for things to happen. Getting your property ready for selling can be a daunting task without a bit of planning. Here’s what you need to do before you put your property up for sale. 1. Update or Replace Electrical Items Replace the electrical panels and circuits that are obsolete. Call in an electrician and update those panels with safety switches and
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How to stay organised and productive working from home

April 21, 2021
Property-News
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can’t keep it together. Here are some of our best tips to stay productive, organised and distraction-free at home. Stay organised with apps or your tasks list on paper We love to use trello its free and has cards you can move around as you complete tasks. Another great app is evernote which allows you to add web elements as well as type notes and add bullet point tasks into notebooks (a bit like a virtual to-do list book!) Create a work a