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The housing market is dependant upon confidence; confidence is underpinned by a strong and growing economy. The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announced on the 3rd March contained a number of important and significant statements and policies which will bring some encouraging comfort for the housing market. None more so than the forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility which predicted a substantial rise in economic growth for the UK over the next 3 years. This represents a solid foundation for the housing market for at least this period of time, but more likely for a little while longer.
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We all know that moving home can be an incredibly stressful time. We want to help make your move all about making memories in your new home and eliminate any stresses! Luckily for you, we have collated our top 5 tips for making home moving a breeze…
- Devise a Checklist
Our first tip sounds like a simple step that we’re sure you have already started to take. However, how many times have we made a list and forgotten something important? We suggest creating a list for each room. Take your list and walk around each part of your home and note down everything you need to pack in order of importance, this will also help you to declutter in the process. After all, the last thing you want is for your lovely, comfy sofa to be the final item moved into your beautiful new lounge as you will definitely need somewhere to relax for a little while on move in day.
- Pack a “Comfort Box”
When you’re packing all of your items and dismantling those heavy pieces of furniture, it is so easy to forget the little things. And, as the saying goes, it is often the little things that count! We suggest packing everything that you would take for a 1 night stay away from home: change of clothes, essential toiletries, phone and technology chargers and anything else that will help you settle in such as your favourite book or candle.
- Arrange for your Bills and Utilities to be Transferred
This is likely to be a task that you are putting off, let’s face it we all dread having to organise our utilities, taxes and insurance, don’t we? Take it from us though, it feels so good to be sat in your new home knowing that the heating will be on to keep you cosy and you can access your favourite tv show to settle down and watch on your first night in! Also, it frees up a lot of time you can spend getting your new home looking its best.
- Ask for Help!
Don’t be a hero. You will only realise how many items you have accumulated in your home when it comes to packing them all up and taking them to your new home. So, if someone offers to help you move, even if it's just collecting boxes for you or watching your little ones, take them up on it!
- Create a Budget
As well as being stressful, moving into your new home can be expensive. Does your new home need a fresh lick of paint and new carpets before you unpack? Don’t forget to budget for them. Also, you are likely to have larger items that you can’t pack and transport in your own vehicles, so make sure that you have set some money aside to either get help from experienced removal companies or to hire a van to take your items yourself.
We are with you every step of the way! Aside from our fantastic 5 top tips, we have experienced staff who are on hand to help you with the sale of your home and the move to your new home.
Start your home move journey and arrange a FREE VALUATION by visiting us at paulcarrestateagents.co.uk or pop into your local Paul Carr Estate Agents Office where a member of our sales team will be happy to help.
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As soon as your home is up for sale, it’s not long before those all-important viewings begin, and we want nothing more than potential buyers to walk away from your home thinking “it’s the one”! We are going to give you our top tips on how to make your home look its best.
First impressions are important, so your front garden or driveway is where we will begin. To make your outdoor areas appealing:
You may hear “tidy” a lot during your home sale, but it is definitely one of our most important tips. The front of your home needs to be welcoming to viewers, so be sure to remove any weeds, leaves or rubbish to create a pleasant and accessible path to your front door.
Especially during the colder months, our gardens are often filled with bare trees, leaves and need a bit of colour. Add a couple of pot plants or a flowerbed to make your home stand out from the rest.
When viewers are on the way, be sure to keep your driveway or the front of your house clear. For a lot of potential buyers, parking is a must, so this tip ensures that they can easily park and puts a tick on their list of desired features.
Once you’ve got them past the garden gate and wowed them by your home exterior, you need to create a warm and welcoming interior that makes the viewers get that “at home” feeling as soon as they walk through the door.
During the winter months, entrance halls and homes in general can feel dark and dreary. Open blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible and if needed, don’t be afraid to turn on lamps to give your lounges and bedrooms a bright uplift. This will add a cosy touch, too!
This sounds like an obvious tip, but there’s more to this one than meets the eye… Make sure that clutter is put away so that viewers can see all the space that your home has to offer. Also, using a room spray or lighting a candle before a viewing can create a sensory memory in a viewer's mind that they will remember.
There are always those odd jobs that we never quite get around to completing! However, the last thing you want is for a viewer to turn on the bathroom light and the bulb to have gone. We recommend walking around your home and making a checklist of anything that needs fixing. This aims to avoid any negative thoughts entering the viewers mind.
Our last top tip is to welcome your viewers into a warm home. Particularly during the chilly weather, you wouldn’t want to come home to a cold house, so ensure your heating is on to add to that positive sensory experience.
We are sure that following these top tips will help you set the scene for the viewer and give them the best insight into how your property could become their new home from home!
Don’t forget that we have experienced staff who are on hand to help you with the sale of your home from start to finish. For further help or to arrange a FREE VALUATION get in touch by visiting us at paulcarrestateagents.co.uk or pop into your local Paul Carr Estate Agents Office where a member of our sales team will be happy to help.
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Thinking of becoming a landlord?
You may be considering purchasing a property on a buy to let basis for the sole purpose of renting it out, or planning to move and don’t need to sell your current home, or you may even have inherited a property. Whatever your situation, becoming a landlord for the first time is a big decision which alongside the financial benefits, brings with it certain important obligations that you need to be aware of.
How we can help
The Paul Carr Residential Lettings Team are here to help you on every step of your journey to becoming a landlord. Our team has a wealth of experience of the local lettings market and we already let and manage over 1,000 properties in the North Birmingham area. Our aim is to make your role as a landlord as stress and hassle free as possible and we are here to help you navigate the complexities that can be involved.
Getting the right rental income for your property
We understand that you want to achieve the maximum amount that you can for your property while still making it an affordable price to attract a tenant. Our team have an expert knowledge of the local lettings market and we’ll carry out a full market appraisal of your property to ensure we can advise you of what is a realistic and achievable rental price for your property. If you are just at the stage of thinking about what and where to buy, we can help you with that too.
Making sure that your property is both legal and safe to rent
There’s over a hundred rules and regulations that you will need to comply with, to ensure that your property is being rented out both legally and safely. And with legislation continually changing it is important that you know what your responsibilities are. Our team have the experience and knowledge to provide you with all of the guidance that you need and we will ensure you receive practical advice at every stage, from before your property goes on the market, right through to managing the tenancy and looking after your interests on an ongoing basis.
Legislation that you need to comply with
There are essential inspections that have to be carried out in order to let your property, including certifications for energy performance (EPC), gas and electric safety. The EPC needs to be ordered before your property can be marketed, while the Gas Safety inspection is required every 12 months and the Periodic Electrical Safety inspection every 5 years. We have dedicated and trusted contractors who are able to carry these checks out for you quickly to ensure there are no delays getting a tenant into your property.
When renting out a property you need to have dedicated landlord’s insurance rather than just householder’s insurance in place to protect you. We have a strong relationship with HomeLet who though their insurance arm Barbon can arrange for the appropriate cover for your property, as well as protection against unpaid rent and the payment of legal expenses, if required.
Finding the right tenant for your property
One of the most important parts of being a landlord is finding the right tenant for your property. As soon as your property is ready to let, we will market it via the appropriate marketing channels including On The Market, Rightmove and the Paul Carr website, through our branch and our tenant matching system and by erecting a ‘to let’ sign.
Our Team will then carry out accompanied viewings on your behalf with prospective tenants, who we insist can only submit an application to rent your property once they have actually seen it and we have actually met them. For every prospective tenant we will obtain up to three references - a credit reference, an employer reference and where appropriate a current landlord reference. We also ask our referencing service provider to make additional checks such as a CIFAS check of the national fraud database, and their own database which would highlight past failed rent payments. We carry out these checks to help minimise the risk of rent arrears and other problems.
It is important to be aware that any income that you receive from renting out your property must be declared and may be subject to taxation. We would recommend that you seek professional advice from a financial advisor or accountant who will guide you on the steps that you need to take based on your personal circumstances.
Being a landlord doesn’t just stop when you have a tenant in your property. There will be inevitable issues that a landlord has responsibility for sorting out, such as any repairs or dealing with broken down appliances or boilers. Our team is here to support you and your tenant through our online 24/7 repair reporting facility. As a matter of courtesy, we will always contact you then instruct one of our trusted contractors to undertake any work that needs carrying out.
Remarketing your Property
And when your tenant decides it’s the right time for them to move on, we can deal with all of that too. We’ll reassess the market rent and guide you on any work needed to ensure your property remains attractive to the tenants allowing us to find you the best tenant for your property. We’ll also handle everything to conclude the current tenancy making detailed checks to the property, dealing with the paperwork and contacting service providers.
Get in touch with the Paul Carr Residential Lettings Team
Paul Carr Residential Lettings experts are here to help you every step of the way in becoming a landlord.
To find out more give our team a call today on 0121 726 9417.
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Paul Carr, Principal of Paul Carr Estate Agents, takes a romantic look at the property market this February.
We've reached February, the month of snow and romance.
Most of us are looking for something in February - a dozen roses under a hundred pounds, warm clothes, the ideal summer holiday and even a new relationship.
It's the time of year when we might look for a meaningful partner, one who will protect and sustain us, gaze adoringly at us and be there come what may. Some cynics will say that if you want all those things you should buy a puppy. But what do they know?
February is the time to take finding a partner seriously. They come in all types: the strong and the silent, the loud, glamorous or dashing, the cheeky, the refined, the understated, the ugly duckling or the beautiful swan. The great thing is, there's a partner for everyone.
So where do you go to find this romance - an estate agent of course! Meet one of these matchmakers, and he or she will delight in introducing you to your perfect home - a home partner.
It may not happen all at once. After all, finding the perfect home partner is a bit like finding the perfect person partner. Both are wonderful to have but tricky to find.
Will Brexit, the snow, the state of the pound or the winter blues stop love this February? Of course, they won't. So, don't let them get in your way when finding your perfect home.
It's hard to think of a better time, over the past ten years or so, for first time buyers. Also, for families, this is the right month to think about moving for children's schooling later in the year, and downsizers have plenty of superb urban and rural options. Mortgage rates are still low and many of our sellers are highly motivated. February is a great month to find a home that suits your soul. So, jump into the market and fall in love with your next home - before someone else does.
Happy Valentine's Day.