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Tips for packing

Published: 14/02/2015   Last Updated: 14/02/2015 14:22:09   Author: Caoimhe MacPartlin    Tags:

We know how packing can be a stressful and daunting task, so here s a few tips to help with the process.


Before you start


• Make a priority packing list.
• Take time to go through your belongings, this is the perfect time to have a clear out. Decide what you want to keep, what to send to the charity shop and what can go in the bin.
• Make sure you have enough boxes and get them in a variety of sizes. Also make sure you have enough bubble wrap, strong tape, and self seal bags. Save old newspaper to act as lining for the boxes.
• Make sure you don’t pack too much into the boxes as they may be too heavy to carry. The last thing you need is the bottom falling out of a box.
• Check your contents insurance will cover damage or breakages during the move.
• Keep all hazardous materials, such as bleach and paint separate from the rest of your possessions.


Think ahead


• You will not be able to unpack everything on the first day so pack an essentials box for your first night in your new home. This should contain tea, coffee, snacks, cups and a kettle.
• If you are moving with your family, have an overnight bag prepared for everyone and make sure there is enough toiletries.
• Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
• Try and have all laundry finished before you move, you do not want to be packing damp clothes.
• Make sure that the items you need least are loaded up first.


How to pack sensibly


• Packing always takes longer than you think, so take all things into consideration whether its reminiscing over old photos or discovering that you need to dismantle the wardrobe to fit it out the door.
• Begin at the top of the house and work downwards.
• Make sure your boxes are not too heavy; you don’t want to injure your back.
• Clearly label your boxes and keep all the boxes for each room together.  Also visibly mark the boxes containing fragile items.
• Ensure that everything is well lined; pillows and blankets are useful for wrapping valuables or protecting furniture that may scratch or break easily.
• Pack all important documents together, such as passports, birth and marriage certificates and keep them in a safe place

Published: 12/06/2014   Last Updated: 05/12/2014 15:10:40   Author: Melisha Pall    Tags: Total Of First-Time Buyers Soars To Seven-Year High Due To Government's Help To Buy Scheme

March saw more people buy their first property than any other month since August 2007.

More than 31,400 first-timers signed property deeds last month, according to a study  conducted by LSL Property Services.

The 'help to buy scheme' meant the average deposit needed to secure a first home dropped by 10 per cent this year to £23,802.

Average prices paid by first-timers have increased by six per cent over the past year.

David Newnes, director of estate agents Your Move and Reeds Rains, part of LSL, said: “The number of first-time buyers has returned to a pre-recession high.

“Help to Buy has allowed the bottom of the market to stay buoyant despite property prices increasing. He later went on to say that the  bank of Mum and Dad is no longer the only go-to cash reserve for aspiring homeowners.Parents have seen their savings diminished by inflation and low interest rates.

Now the Government is stepping in to fill that void and help first-time buyers struggling to save for a deposit to get onto the property ladder.

In London, the average deposit for a first-time buyer was £67,955 – more than double the UK average of £30,046.

But despite this higher rate of deposit in the capital, newcomers were not put off. There were 12,700 first-time buyer sales in London between January and March – the most for any region.

London up 15.9% in a year – highest rate since credit crunch

Published: 16/04/2014   Last Updated: 16/04/2014 13:54:25   Author:     Tags: London Up 15.9% In A Year – Highest Rate Since Credit Crunch

London has hit a new record for the second consecutive month, with the price of property coming to market up by 3.6% (+£19,818) at an average of £572,348. The year-on-year rise of 15.9% represents a jump of £78,713, a level not seen since November 2007, before the credit crunch.

New seller asking prices hit record highs in all four southern regions, as the London ripple effect spreads out. Buyers with a finite budget are often looking for a lower minimum entry level or better value outside London but within acceptable commuting distance. This has a knock-on effect as increased demand chases a limited property supply, with the South East being the main recipient.

There is an encouraging upward trend in the number of properties coming to market in London so far in 2014, up 13% on last year. In time this increased supply and churn of the housing stock will help give a greater balance between supply and demand, but for the present with prices at a new record level, it is evident that demand is still outstripping supply and fuelling prices.

“Foreign investors and their influence on London”

Published: 02/11/2013   Last Updated: 02/11/2013 14:10:31   Author: Ben Felfeli    Tags: Foreign Investors And Their Influence On London

As London continues to thrive and be celebrated as the most ethnically diverse city in the world, it’s attraction from foreign investors seems to be growing at a rate of knots.

Now of course this is good for our economy, but it has its flipside; as property prices get pushed up, the people of London are being pushed out (London property buyers that is). And as we meet more potential buyers and read more in the press, this is becoming an all too familiar story.

Why is this happening I hear you ask?

Well, with the banks competing to offer the “lowest interest rates yet” and a surge in property prices, current homeowners are more inclined to keep their property and induct themselves into the “Let to Buy” scheme.

What is this scheme?

Homeowners who purchased 5 or so years ago are releasing the equity on their properties in order to use the gained equity (plus any savings) to buy a new home. They then use the rental income from the first property to help with the repayments of the new house.

So as the scheme continues to spread, available property will decrease and the demand from both local buyers and foreign investors will intensify, resulting in an inevitably rise in property prices.

And just to add fire to the flame; what is most definitely a reality (albeit a scary one), is that soon, we will consider a 500k, 1-bed property to be of a reasonable price.

Help to Buy

Published: 10/10/2013   Last Updated: 10/10/2013 09:47:59   Author: Ben Felfeli    Tags: Help To Buy

Help To Buy

Help to Buy is a government scheme which could make getting on to, or moving up, the housing ladder more accessible. It helps existing home owners and first time buyers purchase a home with as little as 5% deposit.

There are two ways to purchase a property up to the value of £600,000 using Help to Buy:


•Mortgage Guarantee - available on both pre-owned and new build properties with a standard mortgage of up to 95% of the purchase price.


•Equity Loan - available on new build properties only using a government equity loan of 20% of the purchase price plus a traditional mortgage.

Mortgage Guarantee - Help to Buy

From October 2013, Help to Buy has been extended to make it possible to purchase any property under £600,000 - be it a new build or pre-owned home - with as little as a 5% deposit.

How does the Mortgage Guarantee scheme work?

The process of applying and repaying the mortgage is the same as it would be for a standard mortgage - there really is very little difference for the buyer. The scheme is intended to increase the availability of mortgages at competitive interest rates for buyers with a minimum of 5% deposit. The government are going to make this possible by guaranteeing repayment of the mortgage to the lender, this will be dealt with behind the scenes by participating lenders. There will be no additional paperwork or charges for the buyer.

Below is a quick checklist of who is eligible for the scheme:


•Available to both existing home owners and first-time buyers
•Buyers need a minimum of a 5% deposit
•Available on all previously owned and new build properties up to the value of £600,000
•Must be your only property
•Available for properties in the UK
•Borrowing from a participating mortgage lender

 

If you would like to know more about the "Help to Buy" scheme, please call us on 0207 449 9222 and speak to one of our trained sales advisers.

New office, new website and a new market Boom!!

Published: 27/09/2013   Last Updated: 02/11/2013 13:57:53   Author:     Tags:

After 110 glorious years on Haverstock Hill, we decided it was finally time to close the doors once and for all…but fear not! Our story hasn’t end yet! It’s merely the beginning of another great chapter.

That’s right, we’ve moved! You can now find us at our new home, 1 Chalk Farm Parade, Adelaide Road, NW3 2BN. It’s just around the corner, so if you’re in the area, feel free to pop in and say hello!

With big changes, comes even bigger opportunities, and our sales team is taking full advantage of this. With a variety of quality buyers ready to pounce like a hungry pack of wolves, our latest properties are in high demand and so is our team. The atmosphere in the office is better than ever, and we are relishing every second of it.

As for our Lettings Team, well they haven’t exactly had a quiet start in the new place. They’re enjoying a record number of successful letting agreements, this of course, is a double-edged sword as they try and negotiate good rental prices for both landlord and tenant…All part of the job though and I’m happy to report, it’s so far, so good!

CALLING ALL HOMEOWNERS!

Want to know how much you’re sitting on? With an ever-changing market, it’s hard to keep up to date with the latest valuation.  If you’re interested in getting your property assessed, call us today and we will provide a free valuation, with no obligations and advise you what your property is worth.

77 TOP TIPS WHEN PRESENTING YOUR HOME FOR SALE:

Last Updated: 28/01/2016 12:59:48   Author:     Tags: Presenting_Your_Home_For_Sale

1. When potential buyers visit have soft background music playing to create a feeling of welcome.
2. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage.
3. Clean your gutters, plants growing in them makes buyers wonder what else hasn’t been maintained.
4. Keep the entrance hall clear & enticing, so potential buyers want to see more of your home.
5. Make sure every room has a function & purpose – there should be no doubt what the room is used for.
6. Bathrooms needs to be clean, bright & airy, tidy away all toiletries & add a few luxury items.
7. A front porch is a very useful extra space, keep it well lit, tidy, swept clean & cobweb free!
8. Take a look at your window coverings, do the curtains need washing or the blinds need cleaning?
9. The master bedroom must appeal to both sexes. Keep bedding and decor in a neutral tone.
10. Try to keep on top of your laundry & put all dirty washing in a closed container.
11. If your attic is reached by a folding set of stairs that you pull down, be sure it’s well oiled.
12. Take advantage of the time of year to use hanging baskets or terracotta pots with plenty of bright flowers.
13. Don’t block any windows, keep curtains or blinds open & let the light shine in.
14. Check to see that all doors & windows are in good working order.
15. Start & end your viewing in the best room, this way buyers leave with it fresh in their minds.
16. Check the estate agency details & photos, does the description include everything, has anything been missed?
17. Dried flowers or a small plant on an entrance hall table can make a striking focal point.
18. Make sure your house doesn’t smell damp or stale.
19. A simple thing of adding more pillows to your bed makes the room inviting
20. Walk around the house to ensure that the path & perimeter of house are clear.
21. If you have a glass shower door, ensure it’s sparkling clean with no water marks.
22. If you have garden gnomes, it’s always best to remove them for viewings
23. Keep window sills clear & clutter free.
24. Don’t forget to clean external window frames as well as the windows.
25. Replace dirty shower curtains or better still put up a proper screen.
26. Remove small items from the patio/decking so that buyers are not distracted from the available space.
27. Ensure all floors are vacuumed before a viewing!
28. In the kitchen, don’t forget to clean inside your oven, you never know who might open it!
29. If children have name plates or have put stickers on their doors, now is the time to remove them.
30. Look out of your bedroom windows, is there anything in the garden that needs doing that you don’t normally see?
31. Make sure all clocks in the house are set to the correct time.
32. If you have rooms that appear slightly dark, simply change light bulbs for a higher wattage.
33. Clean or if necessary update all the door handles.
34. A good use of lighting is to put tall lamps in corners, this makes the rooms look larger.
35. Don’t have a calendar up or a board pinned with appointments on etc.
36. Don’t cut off or block corners or alcoves in your rooms, show how they can be best used instead.
37. If you have a workshop at home, make sure it is clean, tidy, organised & safe!
38. Exercise or gym equipment is best put away so as not to clutter rooms
39. Buyers don’t usually like homes that are decorated in a too specific style, ie. country, high-tech modern.
40. The colour of your front door can stop you from getting a sale, avoid pink, orange, yellow, purple & grey.
41. May seem obvious, but make sure you have a for sale board up outside your property and that it is clearly viewable no matter which way you drive up or down your road.
42. Before choosing an estate agent, find out how they’ll market your property.
43. Don’t have extra heaters out in rooms as this implies the heating you have isn’t sufficient & it’s a cold house!
44. Make sure you clean the exterior & interior of your barbecue.
45. Don’t have desk fans out in rooms as this implies the room gets too hot.
46. Some buyers will be put off if your garden is very high maintenance.
47. Don’t leave out prescription medicines, store them away safely.
48. Make sure all your electrics work properly & are up to date.
49. Having a pebbledash finish on your property can seriously devalue it.
50. Polystyrene ceiling tiles not only look old fashioned but are a real turn off to buyers.
51. In the kitchen, cabinets appeal more if they are light coloured.
52. Ensure your estate agent states that your property is chain free, if it is, as it’s a good selling point.
53. Make sure it’s clearly understood what is/isn’t included in the sale.
54. Check that all your switches & sockets are flush to the wall.
55. Ensure your property has DPC (Damp Proof Course) at least two bricks above ground level.
56. Try to avoid any types of taxidermy, be it a stuffed cat or fish!
57. Hardwood floors add value & elegance to a home.
58. Your buyer should never be greeted at the door or the pathway/drive to your house by your dog!
59. Polish all door furniture as this shows a cared for home.
60. Make sure there are no signs of condensation anywhere.
61. If you’re selling a flat, details what areas are communal ie. garden, parking.
62. Let buyers know if your boiler has been serviced recently.
63. Make sure you have your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done.
64. In the kitchen, roll out shelves double usable space & can be fitted to fill awkward corners.
65. Make sure there is no peeling wallpaper.
66. Make sure the shower door opens & closes easily.
67. Replacing the kitchen counter tops can instantly update the look of your kitchen.
68. Avoid having strong smelling foods in the fridge eg cheese.
69. If space allows, double vanity basins add an extra feature in the bathroom.
70. Fake period features in an inappropriate setting can put buyers off.
71. Don’t be cooking or baking when a buyer is viewing your house.
72. Don’t have loud music playing in any room.
73. Don’t hang clothes or dressing gowns on door hooks.
74. Don’t leave out your empty bottles for recycling.
75. If you’ve been renovating, make sure the skip has been taken away.
76. Make sure to get rid of carpet dents if you’ve been moving furniture around.
77. Remove any evidence of that party the night before, ie wine bottles, party streamers, bowls of peanuts!

Yet another happy customer

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Last Updated: 10/03/2016 12:35:44   Author:     Tags:

This lovely lady just bought her new home through us.
Peppiatts once again successfully matching the right person with the right property.
If you want your property sold, call us to see if we can find your properties match!!

Fresh bread, newly cut grass and hot coffee….

Last Updated: 04/10/2013 16:02:00   Author:     Tags: Property

All things that make a house feel like a home. And that is exactly what all potential buyers want to experience when viewing a property.

The key to selling your house is to not only make it look beautiful, it’s got to feel it as well. When the buyer enters your house, you want to hit every single one of their senses to create a lasting impression. It’s these little touches that will help your home stand out from the rest and will make it just that little bit easier to sell or rent.

So now your house feels great, here are our top tips to making it look great:

1. Declutter before putting your house on the market; make sure you have a good clear out to make your home feel fresh.

2. Spend money on basic repairs to ensure the house is in good working order.

3.  If you have pets, make sure they’re out when a viewing is taking place, you may love them, but potential buyers may not.

4. If you are in the house whilst there is a viewing, make sure you have everything you need incase of any questions. Utility bills and notes about any maintenance work is a good start.

5. Don’t spend hundreds of pounds on expensive decorations such as wallpaper and paint. This is obviously very subjective and as soon as you move out, it may all change.

6. If you have a garden, make sure it looks tidy, mow the lawn and pot some beautiful plants to make sure buyers get a great first impression.

Interview in the Ham & High with Jess Innes

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Last Updated: 16/06/2016 11:12:14   Author: Caoimhe MacPartlin    Tags:

What’s special about your agency?

I think it’s great that we are an independent agency. It means we have the opportunity to provide a really personal and tailored service to each client, whether they are new landlords needing a bit more guidance or a portfolio landlord.

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in Finchley Central with one of my best friends.

What’s your favourite thing about your current property?

It’s a period conversion with high ceilings and modern feel yet retains lots of character which I love. We also have a huge garden which is great for barbeques or parties and we’ve also just built a studio down at the bottom for a gym (or bar)!

If you weren’t an estate agent what would you be?

I used to run a pub and if I didn’t get into estate agency I think I would still be there or doing something in the hospitality business. Running a small B&B somewhere in the countryside maybe.

If you could buy anywhere outside London where would it be?

If I could I would love to buy a house on the beach in Barbados.

What’s your dream house?

My dream house has always been one of those huge white town houses in Belgravia with pillars outside.

What’s the most shocking thing you’ve seen on the job?

I was shocked at the difference in rental values when I started working here after coming from North Finchley – rents really vary depending on area and it took some getting used to.

How has the local property market changed since you started out?

Again, my area changed so my market changed drastically. It’s very competitive here, there are always new agents opening up and others rebranding.

What are the most common mistakes clients make?

Landlords sometimes hear on the news that the rental market is exploding and rents have gone up drastically. This can leave them expecting more than their property is worth which is where we have to step in and explain that their property needs to be realistically priced in order to gain the interest which will generate a good offer.

What are your top tips for the local area?

We are located in the middle of Camden Town, Hampstead, Belsize Park and Regent’s Park so we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do, eat and see. Living in any of these areas will mean you will never go a weekend bored with nothing to do; there’s Camden Market and bars, Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill to name but a few. I haven’t come close to trying all the restaurants there are around.

C.H. Peppiatt

Price per square feet

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Last Updated: 05/11/2015 17:57:01   Author:     Tags: Price-Per-Square-Feet

Why are we so concerned with the price per square feet (or price per square meters) for some areas in London and not others?
 
We were recently instructed to carry out a property valuation in Southgate N14.For those of you that do not know the area it is in North London and  quite a bit out of our area, but fortunately we are an independent agent and some of us live round north London so why not. However being based in Chalk Farm, we are accustomed to valuing properties in NW1, NW3, NW8 and NW5 whereby the properties are valued per sq ft.

 When we looked at the comparable evidence of properties sold in southgate we found that some sold at £380 per square ft and others at £620 per square ft. It does not make sense!! We managed to do a some further research into its true value. Well, we took the instruction on and we managed to get it under offer. Always a nice feeling when we beat the other agents to selling a property.
 
Do you know what the value per square feet is for your property? If you are situated in any of these locations, Chalk Farm, Primrose Hill, Belsize Park or Camden then why not give us a call.  Its been incredible how the prices have changed in the past 18 months. Call us now to learn what your property is worth per square feet.

Whats the rush?

Last Updated: 12/02/2016 13:48:01   Author:     Tags: Whats The Rush??

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