Category Archives: Advice

Jan
10th

KELVIN FRANCIS TIPS ON HOW TO STAGE YOUR HOME TO SELL FAST

In America, most Vendors, before placing their house on the open market, instruct Interior Designers to completely redecorate and stage their home. In the UK, we do not go to this extreme, but as a Vendor, you could consider ‘staging’ … Continue reading

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Dec
24th

FLOODING

In view of the increasing likelihood and seriousness of the flooding risk to some properties, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors recommends that property owners and prospective purchasers, should be aware of any flood risk to their property. Prospective purchasers … Continue reading

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Nov
18th

A LEASEHOLD HOUSE IS A DEPRECIATING ASSET

When purchasing a house, always check the tenure, which is the form of legal title ownership registered with the Land Registry in England and Wales, which will either be Freehold or Leasehold.  The majority of Leasehold properties are flats, being … Continue reading

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Jul
29th

NEGOTIATE

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”.  Famous words by Don Vito Corleone in the Academy Award winning film ‘The Godfather’ is not applicable in today’s real world, when you have found the home of your dreams, but … Continue reading

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May
7th

DRIVES AND PATIOS

Building or laying a new patio or driveway, will probably be the most money you will spend in the garden.  A new driveway or patio, will enhance the value of your home, when you decide to sell, but make sure … Continue reading

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Apr
23rd

SUBSIDENCE

    Have you ever noticed unexplainable hairline cracks in your home, doors or windows sticking for no apparent reason, or rippling wallpaper that is not caused by damp, and thought nothing of it? If you spot any of these … Continue reading

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Mar
28th

INVESTING IN A FREEHOLD PORTFOLIO

  All land in England and Wales, whether or not it is registered at the Land Registry, has a Freehold Title. The Freehold Title, may be subject to a Lease, such as in a flat or block of flats, who … Continue reading

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Mar
18th

GARDEN ROOM OFFICE

Working from home has become more popular, with technological advances in recent years.  However, the need to have that quiet workroom/zone, away from the main hustle and bustle of the family house, can be a difficult one, without considering extending … Continue reading

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Mar
12th

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Question:  How does one ensure that the garden is sunny, when house hunting? Answer:  When deciding to buy a home, never forget to bring a compass with you to assess the amount and timing of sunlight in the garden, in … Continue reading

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Jan
28th

ART AND ANTIQUES AT AUCTION

Art and antiques auctions, have been a successful method of buying and selling fine art, for centuries and are a barometer of the market at local, national and international level. If you are selling art and antiques at auction, you … Continue reading

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