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What is checked in a property inspection?

25 June, 2015

Inspections are a central part of the lettings industry. Agents need to check a property's state of repair before advertising it for let, whilst landlords will want to ensure everything is being well maintained once tenants are found. The residents, meanwhile, can use inspections as a way to raise any questions or concerns. So what exactly happens during a property inspection? If you're and landlord wanting to...

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A guide to Wokingham's local schools

23 June, 2015

Wokingham borough has a total of 63 state-run schools; a mix of academies, local authority establishments and free schools. This covers the towns of Wokingham and Finchampstead, across to Three Mile Cross and up to Twyford. The area also boasts an excellent array of fee-paying schools catering for nursery, primary and secondary-aged pupils. Wokingham Schools As one of the area's larger towns, Wokingham has a...

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A guide to buy-to-let in Wokingham

21 May, 2015

A regular feature in family-friendly location lists (notable for its low crime rates, great schools and excellent transport links) Wokingham has plenty to shout about. The Berkshire town was even voted one of the 20 best places to live by the Sunday Times in 2014. Situated within easy commuting distance of London, Reading, Basingstoke and Guildford, Wokingham makes a great base for anyone after a balance between rural and...

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How to present your living room for sale

8 May, 2015

As the room you probably spend most of your awake time in - and a hub for family life - it's likely potential buyers will place great interest on your living room when viewing your property. Following on from our previous blogs covering other areas of the home, the living room is less worthy of investment when compared with the kitchen or bathroom. Unlike the others, there aren't many changes you can make to the...

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How to present your garden for sale

17 April, 2015

We all know first impressions are key when it comes to selling a house, and the 'kerb appeal' of your house is integral to creating the right response from a viewer. Front gardens play a large role in this and can have a big impact on how a property is perceived before the buyer even steps through the door. It's not just what's at the front, though. Rear gardens can often be dealbreakers, with many Brits...

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How will the general election impact the property market?

10 April, 2015

With the UK heading quickly towards its next general election, the coming months promise to be an interesting period for the country's property market. After a much-needed spell of growth and fresh optimism among buyers, sellers and lenders alike, the odd bump is starting to appear on the road to recovery. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), 46 per cent of its members...

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