Residential Property Sales and Lettings

Streets Ahead is a Bristol Estate Agent with a difference

If your looking to buy, sell or let your property in Bristol you have come to the right place.

“Location, location, location” may be the cornerstone of wise property investment, yet many people are unaware of the importance of location in making the right choice of estate agent.

Estate agency is an intensely local business. At Streets Ahead, we are more conscious than most of the over riding importance of providing a local service, delivered passionately by local people.

Our combination of experience and local expertise delivers unsurpassed market knowledge of the immediate Bristol area, so whether you’re buying, selling or letting in BS7, BS5, BS6 and BS9 and surrounding areas you can expect to receive the most relevant and up to date comment and opinion when it comes to property valuation, market intelligence and strategic marketing advice.

We believe that close customer contact, regular communication and straight-talking expert advice is what you deserve. This can only be delivered via a wholeheartedly independent estate agent with its clients’ best interests at heart.  You have a choice of Estate Agent, so choose wisely! Choose Streets Ahead Ltd.


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12Apr


This month, many new regulations are coming into force that will affect the property industry. Karen Manning, Director of Streets Ahead, Bristol, highlights these key laws and discusses what impact they could have on the UK's housing market.


April is a game changing month for the industry due to a number of new laws coming into force. Here is a brief overview of the changes that you can expect to see this month.


The recent budget confirmed that an additional 3% of Stamp Duty will be introduced on second homes, in an attempt to curb the growth of the private rental market.


Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents believes that this will have an impact on prices: ‘When the cost of buying a private rental property increases, rents would normally follow suit as landlords seek to maintain their margins / returns. For that reason, one likely effect is a rise in prices and rents.’


The government has also announced that HMRC is removing the ability of landlords to deduct ‘wear and tear’ from rental receipts before income tax is applicable. Again, it is thought to possibly increase the price of rents as Marcus Whewell explains, ‘Although many landlords have complained that this could dramatically reduce the yields from such properties, in a free market, rents could simply adjust to cover this extra risk.’


Other imminent changes include an increase of an average £58 for Council Tax on properties in Band D. This is the consequence of hundreds of councils around the country increasing rates by up to 4% - the largest Council Tax increase for eight years. On the other hand, properties that are rented from a housing association or the council will see a rent decrease by 1% each year for the next four years, starting from April.


Karen Manning says, Bristol still remains a great place for property investment with a large number of professionals renting property throughout the area.  Bristol has strong finance and commercial sectors in the City Centre, retail centres both in the City Centre and out of town, Business and Science parks to the north of the City along with the new super hospital at Southmead all of this and the very large student population from both University of Bristol and University of West of England create a very buoyant rental market all over the region.


Streets Ahead, 415 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8TS. 0117 9520829


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Member of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents (The Guild) The Guild is a national network of approximately 800 carefully selected independent estate agents, working together to consistently raise standards of excellence and professionalism in the industry. The Guild facilitates and supports its members providing marketing, business and technology solutions to ensure a ‘best in class’ service delivering a key competitive advantage: trust and confidence.


07Mar

Importance of having a for sale board


Now that we are moving into a more digital based marketplace, it may be said that some people think that there is no need to promote a property with a for sale sign at the property but this is certainly not the case. There are a number of strong benefits that come from placing a for sale sign at your property if you are motivated to sell your home.


Of course, we understand that there may be mitigating circumstances for not displaying a board but these should be discussed with your estate agent at the earliest opportunity.


You can alert your neighbours to your sale


Whilst many people will have close relationships with their neighbours and that they may have already informed them of their intention to move however your next door neighbours can certainly help you find a buyer.  If your neighbour is not aware of your intentions then a for sale board may spring them into action by discussing it with their friends and family who have always said that they wanted to move to that area. After all, your neighbour lives there so that is a strong endorsement.


You never know who is passing by


One of the most important reasons for vendors having a for sale sign outside of their property is that you never know who is passing by your home. Someone who passes by on their commute, who is visiting friends, may not be actively looking to move but may like the area and decide to act on impulse. While a property is not the best example of an impulsive purchase (unlike a TV or a new car) but you will often hear people say “If a property comes up in that area I would be interested to move there”. A for sale board will trigger this process.


You can provide information with a for sale sign


A board at your property not only advertises the fact that your home is for sale, it can provide a phone number to call the estate agent, a website address for those looking to read more before making contact, or even a QR code, all of which will allow potential buyers to learn more about your property without enquiring with you directly. It used to be that a for sale sign would lead to people coming to your home, knocking on your door and asking questions but a well designed for sale sign can provide valuable information to potential buyers, minimising the fuss a property owner may have to deal with.


 


18Feb

How to stage a property to get the best price in the shortest amount of time


Staging your property is the best way to get the best possible price in the shortest amount of time, and this guide will help you to stage your property in the most effective manner.


While there are plenty of room-specific staging tips, if you're on a limited budget, it's best to focus on bigger-picture improvements and on the areas that will make the biggest difference to your sale price.


If you are pushed for time or money, the main areas to focus on with respect to staging are:


  • The exterior and entrance to your home

  • Living room

  • Kitchen and bathroom

  • The master bedroom

  • Outdoor living spaces


If you have the time and money, you should aim to stage your entire home but if you need to focus your energy somewhere then those rooms above are the places to start. Your actions in staging your property should include the following steps:


Cleaning


While potential buyers are delighted to see new kitchen appliances in your home, they will settle for seeing a spotless kitchen. The same applies to the bathroom and these are two areas of the home where you should be aiming to clean, clean and clean again until you have these rooms looking as good as they possibly can.


Remove the clutter


Clutter is one of the most common failings that blight the ambitions of people selling their home. Clutter will detract and distract from the positive aspects of your home and it will also make your home seem smaller. Add in the fact that clutter will give the impression that you don’t have any storage space and you have a lot of reasons why clutter will cause a potential buyer to turn away from your home.


Remove the personal elements around your home


If you want to sell your home, you want to make sure the potential buyer can see themselves living in the home. If your property is filled with personal artefacts and memories of you and your loved ones, it can make it difficult for people to picture this house as anything other than your house. There is a lot to be said for creating the sense of a blank canvas when it comes to selling your home.


Neutralise nasty smells


Whether you have pets, small children or there is something not quite right about your home, you need to work hard on ensuring it smells okay. You may have come immune to the smell of your home so this may be a task that you need help with. You want to remove anything which causes bad smells, you want to neutralise the lingering odours and there is also a great deal to be said for improving the smell of your home with fresh coffee, candles or baking.


Ensure each room has a defined purpose


You should be looking to maximise the available space in each room but there is also a lot to be said for ensuring that every room in your home has a clear and distinct purpose. Rather than having a room where things get placed for storage or left to lie around, use the space accordingly and show that your property has functionality in every room.


Redecorate


Giving your home a fresh look is a very sensible idea when it comes to staging your home. You should look to make your home as fresh as possible and you should also choose neutral colours. You may think that a bright orange paintjob will make your home memorable but it is unlikely to be memorable for the right reasons.


Can you improve the flooring?


Improving the flooring takes time and money so it isn’t something that is available for every property owner. At the very least you need to make sure that your floors are clean and tidy but if you have a chance to invest in flooring, wooden floors are a great option. This is because they add elegance and value while being a low maintenance option.


Other aspects to focus on include:


  • Furniture – renting furniture can provide a better feel and more functionality

  • Lighting – Try to have as much natural light in your rooms as possible

  • Exterior – The outside of your home will often create the first impression so make sure it is welcoming and attractive

  • Walls and ceilings – Be sure to check for cracks in the walls and ceilings of your properties and if there are any, fix them immediately

  • Final touches – Aspects like flowers, allowing fresh air into your home and using freshly folded towels can add a lot to your room at short notice


Finding the time and money to properly stage your home can be difficult but doing so will bring about significant benefits in the long term.