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9th May 2014

Negotiation skills: How to get the best price for your home

Crack negotiation skills can make the difference between leaving your home with enough money to buy another and install a new kitchen. However, few people feel confident about their negotiating skills, so here are our top tips to get you started.  Well-informed is well armed Be confident in the price you've set – take a look at properties in the area with the same location/layout/configurations/upkeep as yours. The more confident you are...

4th May 2014

How to declutter your home – and wow potential buyers

Want to know the top secret to showing off your property to its best advantage? Clear out personal belongings and free up more living and storage space. Tap in to your inner minimalist and follow this our quick guide on how to declutter your homebefore selling. Get a second opinion: Before you begin ask a trusted friend to look around your home and tell you honestly what they think. This will...

2nd May 2014

Buying a House Checklist – What to look for when viewing a home

We all know that buying a house can seem a daunting task. As agents, it's our job to make it that little bit easier for you. Many of our clients tell us that when they first laid eyes on the house they bought they just knew that it was "the one". That's all well and good, but buying a house has to be through more than the heart alone, a...

28th April 2014

Selling your home: How to spruce up your garden for a spring sale

First impressions count and not just when you’re meeting people. Gardens create an important first impression of a property. An attractive outdoor space can add thousands to the selling price of your home, while an unloved plot can knock money off and scare away potential buyers. Spring is the best time of year to sell a house - and to show off your garden. So pull on a pair of heavy-duty...

24th April 2014

Online estate agents: we’re not bothered about Poundland selling homes

Poundland entrepreneur Steve Smith has set up an online estate agency called EstatesDirect.com – offering a cheap service to sell homes online. The company offers a flat-rate fee to sell homes online. So, are we shaking in our boots, worried that the start of yet another online estate agent will dry up our healthy flow of customers in Buckinghamshire? On the contrary, we’re expecting many more of these ‘cheap’ online agencies to jump...

3rd March 2014

Online experts will get best price for your Rickmansworth home

The entrepreneur, who has managed a local estate agency in the town before setting up on her own, has worked in the area for over 15 years. “There is nothing you can teach me about Ricky – I’m an area expert and that explains our success at getting the best prices for our clients in this market.” The team has just sold a house during an open day in Rickmansworth that went...

3rd March 2014

British Pie Week 3rd – 9th March

Sweet or savoury?  Shortcrust or filo?  Home-made or shop-bought?  Whichever one you choose the pastry must be crispy and definitely no “soggy bottoms”!  The best pie I ever tasted was my Granny’s Steak & Kidney Pie – steaming hot from her Aga.  No new-fangled fan or gas oven for her, so she would be thrilled with the come-back of the traditional kitchen Aga, always hot and ready to be used. ...

21st January 2014

How to sell your house online this year – and why you still need an estate agent

How to sell your house online this year – and why you still need an estate agent The business of selling homes – as with every other type of industry – has moved online and selling or buying a home in Buckinghamshire is no exception. Vendors now have a bewildering choice of websites to market their properties on, with zoopla.co.uk and rightmove.co.uk being the major ones. The homebuyer’s first port of call nowadays...

20th January 2014

Tips for moving house with children – read our guest blog post

Tips for moving house with children – read our guest blog post This month we’ve written a guest blog post for Chiltern Chatter entitled: Tips for moving house with children <http://www.chilternchatter.com/features/seasonal/1445-tips-for-moving-house-with-children>  If you haven’t yet discovered this great new local website with lots of useful information about what’s happening around Buckinghamshire, you’re missing something. We all know that moving house is pretty stressful, but with kids in tow it becomes a different ballgame...

12th January 2014

Why should you sell now?

According to Country Wide research there are nearly ten potential buyers for every property for sale. Stock continues to remains low with the number chasing every home continuing to rise. Low stock and high demand is the best recipe to sell your home and achieve the highest price possible....