Tips for Packing When Moving House

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Previously we gave you some useful tips for moving in to your new Devon property, in this post we hope to help you with the arduous task of packing for your big move. Packing doesn’t have to be a nightmare task if you have the right tools and equipment.

One of the first things you should get is a good range of boxes in various sizes. You don’t want to use just large boxes and fill them with allsorts of things as these can easily become too heavy to lift. Also if you are packing small items in a big box there is a danger that they could break or get damaged.

Make sure you have a good supply of bubble wrap or old newspapers to help protect the more fragile possessions. In the weeks leading up to your move stop recycling your newspapers so you have a good supply for when you pack. Other handy items include strong parcel tape, pens and stickers for labelling boxes and sealable bags for any small lose items.

Here are some useful packing tips.

  • Keep potentially hazardous products like paints, sprays and oils in clearly marked separate boxes.
  • Load the removal van with the boxes you will need least first
  • Be careful when backing boxes not to put heavy items on top on lighter items
  • Make sure ever box is well labelled.
  • Boxes containing fragile items should be marked fragile
  • Make boxes of essentials you will need straight away such as a kettle, cups, plates, utensils, bedding, medicines and toiletries

Hopefully some of these tips can allow you an easy and stress free move.

Good Signs for the Housing Market

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2011 looks to have started well for Estate Agents in Devon and across the UK with the latest news from the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents).  The NAEA have reported that their members saw a rise in demand from house hunters in January as well as an increase in the offers from sellers.

January saw the number of registered house hunters reach their highest levels for 6 months with an average of 252 per branch, up from 227 in December, according to data from the National Association of Estate Agents.

The President of the NAEA said the figures were “encouraging” he went on to say “However, when compared with our report from this time last year, the market is still showing signs of consumer reluctance. Macro-economic issues such as the VAT rise and interest rate pressures continue to put many people off searching for property.”

The NAEA also revealed figures that showed the number of houses put up for sale in January were on average 69, which is up from 64 in December. When the NAEA questioned 700 estate agents across the country a massive 45 per cent had said they had seen an increase in enquires from those looking to sell their property.

In other good news the Department for Communities revealed that house prices increased by 3.8 percent during the year with the average price of a property now standing at £208,148.

Devon’s Property Increase

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Devon and its neighbour Cornwall were amongst the few places in the UK were property sales rose during November according to a recent housing survey.

According to South West surveyors there was a sales increase by over a fifth in the region. This compares favourably to other regions across the country which saw a decrease during November. The figures have been compiled by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

It’s perhaps not surprising that sales rose in Devon and Cornwall. The counties are amongst the most popular in the UK with people from all over the country flocking to the area looking for a new property or a second home.

Not only are the two counties popular they also provide a wonderful and diverse range of property to buy. You can find a Devon Property to suit all your needs be it a beach front apartment, chocolate box cottage, grand country manor or Victorian town house.

The region also offers a wonderful standard of living with access to some of the best beaches and countryside in the whole of the UK as well as great access to the rest of the country and thanks to its regional airports and airlines Europe and many global destinations are just a few hours away from your front door.

If you are looking for your own perfect country property there are many great Devon Estate Agents who will help you find the home of your dreams.

Tips for Selling your Home

Selling your home can be for many different reasons either positive or negative. A loss of job or divorce can lead to a forced sale just as much as a new job or moving in with a partner can. Whether it’s executed with a leap in your step or done with a heavy heart selling your Devon Property successfully will mean you have to do the same either way to get a buyer and move on.

Ideally, you want to be able to sell your home before you buy your next. Doing the latter can cause all sorts of problems and if you hold off until your property is sold then you are in an enviable position which sellers will find attractive. Often, you can ask considerably less than the property is worth and get an acceptance due to your ability to exchange quickly.

Although circumstances may not permit, try and sell your property in a robust market. Any Devon Estate Agents worth their salt will be able to talk you through property trends of the moment and help guide you with the whole process.

First impressions with houses count enormously so check out your kerb appeal. By that I mean, on arrival, how does your property fare? Well kept lawns and borders along with more substantial elements like pristine windows and paintwork, good pointing on brickwork etc can make or break someone’s opinion of the property, so much so that regardless of what the interior is like, their impression is formed and could be detrimental to the popularity of the property.

The standard on the outside should be kept throughout the inside of the property, a good declutter along with a neutral touch with colours and textures will go far when it comes to appealing to the masses: People won’t necessarily like your taste so go for the wider market appeal.

Why Sell

When it comes to selling property many of us believe people do it to upgrade on their existing property whilst few of us think it may actually be because the owner needs a quick house sale for cash. But interestingly, one of the main reasons people are selling their house is just that.

Other reasons include children’s schooling, divorce, separation and more increasingly, friends who have grouped together to buy a house and have subsequently fallen out. In these times of economic uncertainty though one of the prime factors people sell house for cash is to release equity and downsize. Whether people can afford to lose the space personally is another matter but as interest rates rise and more and more people are made redundant then the ability to repay the mortgage each month along with other household outlays, maintaining a family and a car and putting food on the plate gets harder and harder.

Of course, whilst you may have to put your house on the market for these reasons, the people that are looking around your house do not need to know this and you are well within your right to give any other valid reason you want to sell.

Unfortunately, some people find themselves in a situation where their house is run down and in need of restoration so will not easily sell on the open market. In this case, there are other options to choose and companies out there that will offer a good deal on your house.

Why Use an Estate Agent

Whether you fall into the first time buyer category of buying a house or this is just another to add to your growing portfolio of Devon Property, choosing an estate agent is still one of the best decisions you can make. Whilst there are plenty of different ways you can buy a house these days, like so many things, the old way is often the best way.

Finding a reputable Estate Agent that has a wealth of experience and a wide offering of property, from old cottages in rural settings to modernistic apartments in the heart of the city, will provide you with not only the best and widest choice in terms of locations and price ranges but you will receive the ultimate customer care and advice needed.

Estate Agents in Devon will offer advice and guidance on all elements of buying, selling or for those looking and whilst it is a known fact that moving house can be one of the most stressful times in someone’s life, going with a reputable agent should help relieve the stress and make the move as easy as possible.

Another reason to go for a reputable Estate Agent is they will recognise the need to optimise their presence and should be found on popular online portals too. As times have changed, so too have good estate agents who recognise the need to diversify and vary their offering. So, if you are looking for other services than help with buying or selling your house, then check out a high street estate agent. You may be surprised with what else they have to offer, from surveying to property management right through to overseas properties.

One Way to Help with the Mortgage

If you have been struggling to make ends meet, fretting that you cannot keep up with your mortgage repayments and loosing sleep thinking about how to achieve a quick property sale, then there may be one thing you can try before it comes to that.

Thousands of parents have seen their children fly the nest and leave for university this week and whilst many may be feeling that ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’ others are already thinking of ways they can cash in on the extra space they now have in their home, in the form of lodgings.

Of course, you would have to allow the room that was once occupied by your child to be available on weekends and during holidays but many lodgers these days are flexible and often only want to rent a room during the week whilst they are at work instead of commuting.

Another alternative is to use the room as a guest house, charging by the night rather than the month. You could receive even more money a night if you installed an en suite in the room, as people prefer not to have to share bathroom facilities where possible.

This idea may not appeal to everyone and receiving cash for property may still be more of a desirable choice but it may be worth looking into the feasibility of sharing your house and earning some much needed extra cash. Offering breakfast and even tea could see even more money brought into the household, which could be much needed.

Location, Location, Location

They say that in the world of property, location is the most important element to buying a house. Consider for a moment what your needs are above and beyond the four walls you are purchasing. Do you require a school close by and if so, no doubt you expect a good one. Shops? What happens when you run out of milk or you fancy a bit of chocolate with the movie you are going to watch tonight? Can you walk somewhere or will you have to jump in the car?

Countryside? Are there walks available? Do you get to see a view? Does the countryside matter to you? What about a beach? Pubs, post offices, vets and local amenities are all other aspects people look for when they are buying a property; something Estate Agents in Cornwall are only too aware of.

It seems that the perfect Cornwall Property isn’t that perfect unless the additional criterion of buying a property is met. Of course, with growing demands for both the property and its surrounding area to be perfect, comes a need for some compromise, unless of course you have an unlimited budget.

A good estate agent will help you with your pursuit of finding a property and will have a wide range of properties in different locations for you to sample. There is a right property out there for everyone, it just may take a little bit of time to find and perhaps something may have to give a little, although you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

A Novel Way to Sell Your House

Anyone in the property market will tell you they’ve had a tough old time of late. The recession, government changes and a general downturn in spending has meant that houses on the market aren’t shifting. Not anywhere near fast enough anyway. People have had the unfortunate experience of having a house up for sale for as long as they can remember it feels like, often with not even one measly viewing. Whilst people will suggest they lower the price of the house, this is not always possible for the homeowner. For those that it is possible to do, they have found using Online Property Auctions can help. The auction format means that more often than not the house is sold for less than the market may offer but it will provide a quick property sale which for many, is highly desirable.

For people who have struggled to drum up any interest in their property it may be an idea to think outside the box. A farmer in Devon had his house on the market for nearly two years and has had very little interest. He has decided to offer a £20, 000 cash reward to anyone who manages to introduce him to a buyer. Spread the word people! Another optimistic seller has decided to try a different initiative. A businessman in Buckinghamshire has decided that anyone who ends up buying his listed house will get his 36-year-old Triumph TR6 – For free with the sale and a seller in Nottingham is offering a brand new Ford Ka with the sale of his house.

Whilst it is still a good idea to try more orthodox methods like Online House Auctions in the first instance, if the going gets really tough, consider what else you could offer alongside your property to incentivise the buyer.

Britain’s Most Haunted House goes under the Hammer

Houses are put up for auction for all manner of different reasons, whether the owner is after a quick sell, the house is in need of serious modernisation or it is purely that unique on the open market that valuing it is virtually impossible.

People attend Online Property Auctions for the vast array of different properties on offer and the bargains they can pick up, but even the most discerning property auction goer may find themselves a little surprised, if not shocked to come across one particular lot when they visit their next auction.

Wymering Manor is an eerie 17th century grade II listed building which used to be a vicarage. It also happens to be the most ‘haunted’ manor house in Britain and has made into the domesday book, on ‘Most Haunted’ on TV and has a gained an impressive reputation amongst ghost hunters for having high levels of paranormal activity at any one time. Activities include, to name but a few, children’s whispering, sudden changes in temperature and strange apparitions.

The council, who currently own it, are putting it under the hammer at a Residential property auction soon to try and save costs. The house certainly has a unique selling point and any potential buyer may see the opportunity to buy this and make some money offering breaks in the ‘Most Haunted’ House. Avid ghost hunters would surely relish the chance to experience just one night where they may come across any manner of paranormal activity: An experience surely worth gaining if not to just pass down to your grandchildren in story form one day.