Posts Categorized: Moving Home

DO YOUR OWN HOUSE SURVEY – Part 2

EXPENSIVE DEFECTS Planning to do your own initial survey – what must you look for? The state of the décor shouldn’t worry you too much as even if the property is well decorated you will probably change it within the first couple of years. What you should be looking out for are any serious defects… Read more »

DO YOUR OWN HOUSE SURVEY? Part 1

Part 1 Can you do your own initial survey ? Yes. You certainly can take a careful look at any property that you are thinking of buying ahead of instructing / paying for a RICS qualified Surveyors report. These are a number of things you should be able to see, and then consider. Flat Roofs If… Read more »

Increase the Value of your Rental Home

First impressions count, and this is never more true than with rental properties. Preparing a property for rent means a lot more than just advertising it and showing prospective tenants around. If you want to get the best possible rental income / return from your property, you may well need to make some changes before… Read more »

The Rise And Fall Of Online Estate Agents

Let’s turn again to the topic of Online Estate Agents. The money currently being spent on TV commercials (propaganda) extolling the virtues of these new players in the Property business is simply eye watering as are some of the outrageous claims of savings made along with the lack of respect shown to High Street Sales… Read more »

Selling a House after Divorce or Separation

A standard joke in the Property business is “where would we be without the 3 D’s? Except it’s no joke. The Buying and Selling of houses is driven in a good part by the Deaths of property owners, by Debt reduction (downsizing) and by Divorce.  So what happens to the house in a divorce? Sadly… Read more »

Choose a good solicitor

We are sometimes asked by clients to recommend a local Conveyancing Solicitor and we are pleased to mention a number of very good ones we work well with on a regular basis. This is not in itself a tricky question. Our problem comes when the client is thinking of working with an online only Solicitor,… Read more »

Planning Permission – Improvements & Extensions

It is with some apprehension that I will now do my best now to throw some light on the tricky topic of planning permissions. Truly we are embarking together along a path where angels fear to tread – but here goes. Provided you don’t want to extend your property by more than three metres beyond… Read more »

Harrogate – The Teflon Town

I had to chip ice from my car windscreen this week before driving into the office. Winter has arrived and it’s the season of roadworks around the town. In reflective mood, I got to thinking  ‘where does the property market overall stand today as we head towards Christmas?’. Well the national papers are still happily… Read more »

Don’t over price your property!

It is a natural instinct for many sellers in Harrogate to think that it’s a good idea to go to the market with an over ambitious asking price. And why not ? – given that our overall local market is so buoyant and demand for good quality homes in the town in every price range… Read more »

Why To Buy The Best House On The Worst Road

A great many urban myths are just not true – but some are. It is absolutely true that you can turn an ugly duckling into a swan and achieve a very considerable capital growth on a new home or an investment property by buying well and then imaginatively improving / extending to add value without… Read more »