The Journal

Why Homeowners Should Sell Before They Start Looking

In this two-minute read, I look at the BIG reasons why your home needs to be up for sale at the very least before you start seeking a new one. Picture the scene. You’re house hunting and have been trawling the internet for what seems like forever. Then …

Want to Find Your Area’s Best Estate Agent? Start with Social Media

In this three-minute read, I look at the critical role social media plays in reaching out to potential buyers. When choosing an estate agent, it pays to channel your inner Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes and do a little online sleuthing. As we all know, …

How to Choose a Garden Room That’s Just Right for You

In this three-minute read, I look at the growing popularity of garden rooms as places to work and play. Garden room. Man cave. Home studio. Shoffice (shed/office). Call it what you will but having a standalone space in the garden where you can work, un …

Seven Ways to Speed Up the Sale of Your Home

In this two-minute read, I look at how sellers can fast-track property transactions. We’ve all heard horror stories about property sales that drag on for months or even years, leaving the seller frustrated and frazzled. But the sales you don’t hear muc …

Six Ways to Dress Your Home for a Successful Sale

In this three-minute read, I look at ways to present your property to achieve the best possible deal. Presenting a home in its best light can significantly bump up the selling price and speed up the transaction. So why don’t all sellers dress their pro …

Why Do Some Properties Hang Around on the Market?

In this three-minute read, we look at what sellers can do to avoid their property sitting on the market. Making a bad impression We’ve all heard the adage that first impressions are the most important. This is definitely the case when it comes to selli …

Tips for Buyers Looking for Their Dream Home

In this two-minute read, I give my best recommendations on how to find your dream home. Searching for your next home can be an exciting process, but it can also feel daunting and even frustrating at times. Use these suggestions to ensure that when you’ …

Choosing the Best Solicitor for Your Property

This two-minute read will help you learn about conveyancing solicitors and how to find the right one for you. Whether you instruct a conveyancer or a solicitor, they essentially do the same thing when it comes to dealing with a property transaction. Th …

How to Protect Yourself from Home Hijackers 

In this three-minute read, I look at a devious dupe that fraudsters use to rip off homeowners. Fraudsters will go to great lengths to make a buck – and that includes trying to steal a home from under the owner’s nose. Now, this may sound far-fetched, b …

Tips for Getting a Good Mortgage Deal

In this three-minute read, I look at how homebuyers can get a good mortgage deal. For most people, a mortgage is the biggest loan they’ll take out in their lifetime so, understandably, they want to land the best deal. But with hundreds of mortgage prod …

Finding the Right Removal Firm for Your Move

This three-minute read gives you a few ideas to consider when choosing your removal firm. Getting the right people to help you move home is so important. This means your estate agent, your conveyancer, and the people that will do the physical heavy lif …

Top Tip For Sellers: Get an Agent to Take Care of Viewings 

In this two-minute read, I look at why it pays to get an experienced estate agent to handle viewings. When it comes to selling a property, many people overlook the important role viewings play in the process. They mistakenly believe that viewings are s …

What Can I Do To Boost My Property’s Kerb Appeal?

This three-minute read will help you maximise the kerb appeal for your property. A HomeOwners Alliance survey showed that 68% of potential buyers felt a property’s kerb appeal influenced their decision. Use these quick and easy tips to help your potent …

How Property Owners Can Choose a Trustworthy Builder

In this three-minute read, I look at how homeowners can protect themselves from unscrupulous builders. We’ve all heard the renovation horror stories. The builder who does a runner halfway through a job, leaving a homeowner out of pocket and living in a …

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