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Letting News

How to save money whilst renting

Just because you don’t own the property doesn’t mean that you don’t have some control over your bills! Here are some ideas on how you can save some pennies – If you look after the pennies, the pounds look after themselves!

Hot Water Tank Jacket

If have a water tank it could be a good idea to get a wee blanket for it! Insulated tank jackets are widely available and could save you around £50 a year with as little as a £15 cost to purchase. This is an especially good idea if your water tank is an older model – newer ones tend to be better insulated. The jacket will help to contain the heat and not let it lose in your linen closet.

Only do a full load of washing

Only do your washing when you have enough for a full load, 90% of the energy used when using the machine is through heating the water so, reducing the amount of loads you have to do could save you around £10 per month!

Bulbs

If you have to replace any bulbs whilst you’re staying in the property then replace them with energy efficient ones such as LED bulbs. This may seem like a slightly expensive purchase but, they can save you a serious amount of money long term.

Appliances

If the kitchen appliances are your own then, you could consider swapping them out for some updated and more energy efficient versions. Your main focus when purchasing should be the energy efficiency and reliability.

If you’re looking for a property to rent we have a variety available here at Next Home and we are sure to have one to suit your needs so, call our team of local property experts today to find out more!

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Advice News Selling

Conservatories – How much value do they add?

Home improvements are a big business these days, often people are wanting to get the best possible value for their home and look for ways of increasing that!

Adding a conservatory can be a great way to add value to your home – its always an attractive selling point especially if your property sits upon beautiful garden grounds or has some stunning scenery! It is said that they add an oasis of calm and tranquillity together with adding light to a property.

11% of homeowners have paid for this quintessentially British add on with the average cost being £4,300.

You needn’t worry about temperature issues that could be typically associated with a conservatory, in recent years different roofing and insulation types have been developed to make the temperature easier to control throughout the year, making it useable all year round.

A study by Towergate Insurance conducted in 2017 suggest that a conservatory can add up to around 5% to the value of a property. In comparison it found that a loft conversation can add up to 15% but, it really depends what sort of garden or loft space you have!

Here are some tips for when you’re thinking about adding a conservatory to your home:

  • Check whether you need planning permission; contact your local council. This is a MUST.
  • Get a variety of quotes. Read reviews and ask family and friends who they have used.
  • Try to get the conservatory to blend with the rest of the house – so try and match it to existing windows or replace them at the same time so it will all match.
  • If you have a large property/budget then consider an orangery instead

If you’re wondering about the value of your home or if you’re considering selling then call our team of dedicated local property experts today! We will be delighted to help and advise you the best way we can.

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Advice Letting News Selling

How to choose an Estate Agent

Your first choice is whether you chose a traditional agent or an online agent.

A traditional agent will have an office that you can visit and will often offer a much better service than an online agent and they will normally take care of the sale each step of the way in return for a fee when the sale goes through – otherwise known as a commission fee. Online agencies normally charge an up-front fee and they don’t have offices you can visit so, often you have to deal with a lot of the selling process yourself – using a traditional agent takes that stress away.

Here at Next Home we are Perthshire’s favourite traditional estate agent but, we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to pick the best agent for you!

  • Start by making a shortlist of local agents
  • Narrow down your choices; look at reviews, ask family and friends who they have used and who they would recommend
  • Find out if they’re the right agent for you – go and visit them. See how they make you feel and how approachable they are. Always important when trying to get people through the door to view your property.
  • Get several valuations. The actual valuation is likely to be similar, if not the same but, again it and will help you to assess the agency; how punctual are they, are they polite, professional and knowledgeable?
  • Tell the agent what you need. If you need a quick sale then let them know. A good agent will be able to tailor their service to suit your needs. Be honest about your circumstances.
  • Ask lots of questions. Ask the agent about their marketing techniques, what websites they have access to, if they have a ‘hot’ buyer bank in place to get people through the door to view straight away. A ‘hot’ buyer is someone that is ready purchase and is just waiting for a suitable property to become available, a good agency will pro-actively work your property and introduce it to potential buyers.
  • Get the agent to explain what each fee is for and clarify when they’re due to be paid – understand what you’re paying for.
  • Choose your agent. It’s true when they say people buy people. You’ll get an instinct for who you want to choose but assess which pricing structure and service is best for you.

Once you’ve made your decision call your agent and let them know the good news and then they’ll explain the next steps of putting your property on the market. If you’re thinking about selling your home then call our dedicated team of local property experts to get the ball rolling!

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Advice Buying News Selling

Fast broadband is now more important than schooling for house hunters!

Recent research carried out on a group of 2,115 people has found that a fast broadband connection has risen up through the ranks of priorities when searching for a home.

A recent survey carried out by broadband choices found that a fast and reliable broadband connection was topping the charts above being close to good schooling and nurseries (57%), close to family and friends (38%) and good local amenities at (35%).

Additionally 62% of people surveyed said that they would offer a higher purchase price on a property if superfast broadband was guaranteed.

If you need help searching for a new home or deciding what location to look in then call our dedicated team of property experts today, with their vast array of local knowledge they will be happy to help look at your choices and to assess what could be best for you and then see what properties could be available to you.

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News Selling

Did you know that every second someone contacts an estate agent about a home on Rightmove?

That’s right one person a second! Rightmove are the Property Giants of the UK property market and it is key to be featured on their website.

That doesn’t include the amount of people looking at your listing without contacting the Agent!

Estate agents that advertise their properties on Rightmove will not only be able to provide you with access to the largest, most active, audience of UK home-movers, they will also be able to provide you with valuable local market knowledge and expertise to help you price and present your property for success.

Here at Next Home we believe it is vitally important to the sale of the property that you are featured on all the main property portals, Rightmove included, and we advertise on all three main websites (Rightmove, Zoopla & OnTheMarket) as standard!

Thinking of selling? Call Perthshire’s Number One Agent now – it could be the best move you ever make!

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Advice News Selling

Do ‘Premium Listings’ and ‘Featured Properties’ help sell your home?

Next Home believe they do! With the market being so competitive right now it is so important to make your property stand out from the crowd! Next Home have invested in both the latest technologies and trends to really make your property stand out from the competition.

Both Property giants Rightmove and Zoopla offer Premium & Feature Listings. They help attract more attention and make your property seen by more buyers, quite simple really!

What is the difference between a Premium Listing & Featured Property?

There are a few differences between the two, the first being the cost! Next Home however can offer this to our clients as part of our Platinum Package, meaning that you won’t have to pay any more to have your property on all the best websites as a feature!

Below are some of the differences between the two:

Featured Properties:

  • Featured listing ensures your property is one of the first to be seen in any search matching its criteria
  • 3 photos in your summary
  • Listing includes blue box to help your listing stand out from the others on the page
  • Your listing is also included in the search results as normal, giving your property double the visibility
  • With the additional exposure, Rightmove stats suggest it increases enquiries and click-throughs by 50%, meaning you find the right buyer or tenant for your property more quickly
  • Featured Listings are used on desktop and all mobile devices

Premium Listing:

  • The Rightmove Premium listing ensures your property stands out from the property list as it’s highlighted in green
  • Includes 4 photos in your summary
  • Listing includes a styled green box to help your listing stand out from the others on the page
  • With the additional exposure, Rightmove stats suggest the Premium listing increases attention and click-throughs on your property by 30%, meaning you find the right buyer or tenant for your property more quickly
  • Premium listings are used on desktop and all mobile devices
  • Premium listing status continues throughout the period of marketing until your listing expiry or until sold/let.

So it really does show that having your property on with an agent who offers Premium & Featured Listings is key to selling your home. With up to 50% more interest in your property it would be crazy not too!

Next Home offer this to our clients as part of our package, we are Perthshire Number one Selling Agent for a reason, and this is just one of the many things we can offer you to sell your property for the best price!

Call us now if you are thinking of selling – it could be the best move you ever make!

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What could possibly put people off purchasing your home?

Now, we know that most of the time people are very proud of the home they have and that they want every viewer to feel the same way! So, we thought we’d tell you some points that might put people off your property, although unfortunately some of them you can’t do much about! Research conducted by Good Move.

  • Noisy neighbours
  • Signs of damp
  • A shared garden
  • Signs of cracks in the walls
  • 3’s on a Home Report
  • Front door opening onto a main road
  • No garden
  • No parking
  • Unattractive smells
  • High street or situated on a busy road

Obviously, you can’t do anything about some of these things such as location but, things like damp, cracks in walls or any 3’s on the HR you should really consider carrying out repair works to get these issues corrected.

If you’re thinking about selling your home then contact your local property experts here at Next Home today! Our dedicated team work tirelessly to sell your home and achieve the best results for you no matter where or what property you’re selling – we’re Perthshire’s favourite agent for a reason!

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Landlords Letting News

Are you struggling to find a tenant?

We know that finding a new tenant for your buy to let property can be a stressful process so, we thought we’d give you a few top tips to avoid putting potential tenants off!

  • Clutter – Even if a property being let as furnished (a great way to achieve a higher yield) don’t overcrowd it with unnecessary items! People often have a lot of belongings themselves so, leave enough room for those!
  • Fresh coat of paint – A fresh coat of paint an easy and relatively low-cost way of brightening up a property and making it look more appealing.
  • Unfinished jobs – Even if you intend to get the jobs finished before the tenant moves in, don’t let viewings commence before the property is completely finished.
  • Clean, clean, clean – Make sure the property is clean! Set the standard for your tenant! You can’t expect your tenant to keep the property clean and tidy if it wasn’t given to them that way!
  • Make sure everything is in working order – Make sure all of the appliances are in full working order. Again it can deter a potential tenant if they think that you don’t properly maintain things because if there is ever an issue during their tenancy then it may give the impression that you won’t get it resolved in a timely fashion, if at all.

If you’re struggling to find a tenant for your property then you should consider having your property managed by us! Next Home is Perthshire’s favourite estate agency! Call your local property experts today to find out more!

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Advice Buying News

Top tips for First Time Buyers!

When you make the decision to purchase a home, the whole process can seem pretty daunting – so, we’ve got a few top tips to try and make the process easier!

Get your sums right

Make sure that you get all your costings sorted so you don’t get any surprise bills! Your solicitor and mortgage advisor will go through these with you but, it includes costs like: conveyancing, land registry and/or LBTT.

Research

Make sure you do your research! If you’re looking in a specific area look at what price other properties have sold for, especially ones that are similar to your criteria – the same amount of bedrooms etc.

Compromise

Be ready to compromise! You might think you know exactly what you want when you start looking but, unfortunately, you might not quite be able to find it for your budget or a particular area you’re looking at so, try and keep an open mind when viewing. Similarly, try and follow your head, not your heart!

Don’t rely on the web

The vast majority of people these days search for properties online but, don’t just stick to that – go and view properties, as many as you want. This helps you narrow down the location you want to live in and the type of property you want. It also helps to establish what you can get for your money.

If you’re a first-time buyer then call your local property experts today to help you with the search for your perfect home!

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Advice Holiday Homes Letting News

Maintaining your holiday let to kick off the season.

Being a holiday let owner comes with great responsibility and one of those is to keep the property up to the highest standard. With people in and out day in day out, it’s a great idea to put a couple days a side just to get it fixed up. Here are some things to look at!..

 

Decoration- Your holiday home may come with the usual wear and tear meaning suitcase marks on the walls and chipped paint. Giving your property a lick of paint can make the biggest difference.

 

Utensils/homeware- If you provide your let with kitchen utensils and with the amount they will be used in that year, it may be time for an upgrade.

 

External

Rainwater pipes and gutters- At least once a year you should clear the debris and check for leaks when it is raining.

Roof coverings- Check that everything is still sitting as it should especially after a storm as slates, tiles may be missing or have moved.

Garden- Shrubs, hedges and grass may need some TLC but also take into account fences and gates which may need a lick of paint or even repairs.

 

If you are looking for a holiday let, Next  Home have a range of holiday lodges. Click here to view- https://www.nexthomeonline.co.uk/property/?wpp_search[pagination]=on&wpp_search[per_page]=10&wpp_search[property_type][0]=property&wpp_search[sort_by]=prop_price&wpp_search[search_address]=&wpp_search[prop_price][min]=0&wpp_search[prop_price][max]=999999999&wpp_search[prop_bedrooms][min]=0&wpp_search[prop_bedrooms][max]=100&wpp_search[prop_prop_type_value]=-1&wpp_search[prop_prop_type]=Lodge&wpp_search[properties_sales_status]=1,2,3,4,5,7