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Whether you're a lifelong tenant or are renting while searching for your dream home, it's important to make your living space feel like home. Here are nine things you can do to make your rented home your home sweet home.

 

Talk to your Landlord
Before starting decorating or making any lasting alterations, it's crucial to request your landlord's approval to avoid jeopardising your deposit.

 

Little Things can Make a Big Difference
Once your landlord has given you the green light, put together a list of affordable, non-permanent improvements that can enhance your living space.

 

Moving from your forever home is a huge decision. It can be place where you raised your children and where a lifetime of memories were created. Yet, there comes a time when your much loved home may no longer align with your needs. Whether it's the practicality of managing a larger property or the desire to be closer to loved ones, downsizing is a deeply personal and multifaceted choice. While financial considerations can certainly play a role—unlocking equity for inheritance planning or bolstering retirement funds—the decision is never an easy one.

 

How can you approach this life-changing choice?

 

In the ever-changing landscape of the property market, selling your home can appear to be a daunting task. Just over a year ago, properties practically flew off the market, and bidding wars were the order of the day, inflating prices to unimaginable heights. However, times have changed. The prevailing winds now blow in a different direction, characterised by higher mortgage rates, stagnating property values, and an air of economic uncertainty. In this challenging environment, the balance of power between sellers and buyers has unmistakably shifted.

 

Potential buyers have adopted a cautious 'wait and see' approach. Sellers, in turn, find themselves navigating turbulent waters, working diligently to secure offers at their desired prices. A worrying trend, known as gazundering, seems to be on the rise, adding to the woes of those trying to sell their properties.

 

The question on everyone's lips is: Why do some homes stubbornly linger on the market while others find new owners with ease? There are several common pitfalls that sellers fall into, and the good news is that many of these can be rectified with the right approach. This blog will explore the five key areas where sellers might be missing the mark and explore what can be done to course-correct.

 

Twinkling lights are appearing everywhere and there is a chill in the air. Christmas is definitely on its way! We expect there to be a flurry of activity in the coming months as the drop in inflation boosts the mortgage market. Several mortgage lenders have already cut their rates in recent weeks. 



House prices rose in the UK for the third consecutive month. According to the Nationwide House Price Index house prices grew 0.2 per cent between October and November which is an excellent sign that the property market is starting to stabilise and return to normal. 



The Boxing Day Boom is on its way. Last Boxing Day visits to Rightmove rose by 54% compared to the previous week. There were over 51 million visits between Boxing Day and the first working day of the new year. If you would like to make sure that your property is market ready in time to take advantage of this please do get in touch. We’re now booking into the new year and have availability for a couple more clients. 

 

Are you considering selling your property in Nottingham but are thinking about waiting until January? While many sellers traditionally postpone listing their properties until after Christmas, there's a golden opportunity to get a head start on selling your property in 2024 by preparing to sell now.



We have already witnessed an increase in homeowners seeking valuations compared to the same period last year. As more homeowners are gearing up to move, it looks like there is going to be a much bigger selection of properties for potential buyers.



So before the big rush begins these are the compelling reasons why preparing your home for sale before the festive season kicks in is a savvy move:

NAEA The Property Ombudsman Trading Standards DPS Zoopla Primelocation OnTheMarket CMP NAPSA Shortlist