Free advice from your local property professionals

Free advice from your local property professionals




<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">22 Ways to reduce damp in your home</span>

You may be surprised at how effective these tips can be at minimising damp.
 
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<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">£5bn fund confirmed for victims of the cladding crisis.</span>

The Chancellor has confirmed that £5bn will be put towards remediating buildings with unsafe cladding.
 
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<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Selling should always come before buying</span>

 
House hunting takes time and effort, so when you've finally found a property you want, it can be crushing to lose out in favour of another buyer.
 
In a competitive market such as the one we've experienced so far in 2021, homeowners have their pick of offers and buyers, but there are a number of factors that you could consider in order to stand a better chance of being chosen.
 
First and foremost, whilst it's a negotiation, you want to be careful not to lowball them and risk offending the seller, especially where the house is fairly and accurately priced.
 
It also helps to have already sold your property or purchase without a chain holding you back. By being in this position, you will benefit from the following:
   
Sellers will take you more seriously
 
Having your current property listed on the market or Sold Subject to Contract (SSTC) will demonstrate your motivation to progress quickly with the sale.
 
You'll be able to avoid making any hasty decisions
 
If you secure your new purchase before finding a buyer yourself, you might find that you're willing to accept offers far below your expectations.
 
You have a better insight into your budget
  
If you anticipate selling at £250,000 but your agent helps you sell above asking price, you have additional funds to put straight into your next purchase, meaning you may be able to afford the home you want rather than settling.
 
In need of our expert advice? Contact us today to discuss selling, whether you're looking to start right away or in the new year.
 
 



<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Top tips to avoid damp and other damages</span>

 
Caused by a lack of proper ventilation or condensation, damp poses severe health issues to inhabitants where left untreated.
 
With the problem more prominent in the colder months, we take a look at some of the precautionary measures you can take to protect yourself and your home.
 
Clean down windows and sills every morning
 
Mould can’t grow and thrive without moisture, so it’s important to dry wet areas where condensation has formed as soon as possible.
 
A kitchen towel, window vac or a squeegee will work very effectively.
 
Contain steam from cooking
 
When cooking, ensure you cover your food, pots and pans.
 
Closing the kitchen door whilst cooking is also a good idea, as this prevents steam from escaping the kitchen.
 
Get rid of bathroom moisture
 
Showering or bathing can cause a large amount of steam and moisture to build up.
 
To prevent this from happening, open the windows wide enough for the steam to leave the room or use exhaust fans to channel moisture to the outside of your home.
 
In order to avoid the growth of mould, clean bathrooms with mould-killing products.
 
How to get rid of rising damp
 
If damp and mould happen to get out of hand, speaking to a qualified surveyor is the best solution.
 
They will take a moisture reading in your home, identify the issue and give you advice on how you can resolve the situation.
 
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