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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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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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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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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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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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What number is your house? Could it effect the sale price?

Recent research carried out by Springbok estate agent found that houses only one single digit number came into the top 50 – No.1 with its average price sitting at £289,879.

Triple figure numbers seem to be hitting the high notes in our current climate with the most valuable being No.713 with an average price of £612,847 swiftly followed by numbers 711 & 709 both with average values of over £500,000.

Apartment values pretty much sing to the same hymn sheet with No.1 sitting at 6th place and then with the most valuable number said to be No.500.

Do you fancy a change in number? How about a change in scenery? Then call your local property experts today!

Here at Next Home we have a huge variety of properties available all across Perthshire and beyond with an even wider variety of names and numbers! With names like Mullingar & Taigh Na Hiasgair we are sure to have a gem on our books for you! To find your next home call us today.

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Homes are selling fastest in Scotland!

Latest research found that the average selling time in Scotland is 12.6 weeks whereas it’s said to be 16.1 in England & Wales. That means that there is whopping 28.2% difference!

It is speculated that this difference is due to the difference in process here in Scotland with sellers having to provide a Home Report before the property goes on the market – not the case in England & Wales.

Here at Next Home we have an excellent relationship with a long established Surveying company so, there certainly wont be any obstacles when selling your home with Next Home! We are Perthshire’s favourite estate agent and we have an experienced team of sales negotiators and local property experts together with being one of the only estate agents with a dedicated marketing team!

We work until 9pm, 7 days a week to achieve the best possible results for our clients. To find out more about our success stories and our award winning service call our team of local property experts today.