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Are you planning a well-deserved holiday but are worried about your absence affecting your chances of selling your property? To ensure your home remains viewing-ready while you are away we have five essential tips.


Keys And Locks

Using a trusted estate agent like Robins Estates means that prospective buyers can be shown around your home while you are away, ensuring that you don’t miss out on any potential offers. To enable your estate agent to show off your property in your absence, make sure that you leave a full set of keys and instructions on how to open any tricky locks/turn off the alarm.


First Impressions Count

Creating a warm welcome for potential buyers is crucial. Leave blinds, internal doors, and curtains open to allow plenty of natural light to flood your property. Arrange for your estate agent to collect your post and leave it in a pre agreed location in your property so as to avoid it piling up between viewings. To keep your outdoor areas looking their best, organise for someone to water your plants regularly. If you have someone coming in to feed your pets, make sure that you give your estate agent a copy of their schedule so that they can arrange viewings around it.



Ensure your home is viewing-ready before you leave. Clean the bathroom and kitchen, keeping essentials like toothpaste and washing-up liquid out of sight. Plump up cushions and sofas, vacuum the floors, and clear surfaces. Make the beds, tidy the bedside tables, and hide any washing in a basket. Store children's toys away in containers or cupboards to clear the floor. If you have garden furniture, leave it set up but store away non-waterproof seat covers and cushions.



Many people like to open their windows before viewings to allow fresh air to fill their home. Also popular is buying fresh flowers to lightly scent the air. However, while fresh flowers are lovely, they won't last until your return. If your holiday is longer than a few days, consider other methods to keep the air fresh for potential buyers. 

Leave your windows locked in the ventilation position to allow a constant flow of fresh air and strategically place a couple of reed diffusers to infuse the air with a light, fresh fragrance. Most importantly, make sure that before you leave, you empty and clean the fridge, fruit bowl, and vegetable rack and definitely don't forget to empty the bins!


Stay in Touch

While you enjoy your holiday, make sure that you maintain open communication with your estate agent. Let them know the best ways to reach you, such as email, WhatsApp, phone, or text. Let them know your time zone so that they know when it will be an appropriate time to contact you with any offers or queries.


By following these five tips, you can confidently enjoy your holiday, knowing your home is well-prepared for any viewings. Robins Estates ensures your property remains in the spotlight, even when you're away, increasing your chances of a successful sale without any unnecessary stress.


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Summer is the ideal time to take care of property maintenance tasks and ensure that your home stays in good condition. It is much easier to complete a variety of maintenance tasks to safeguard your property from the elements when the weather is nicer and the daytime hours are longer.



The unpredictable UK weather means that leaves and other debris accumulate in gutters quite quickly. During the summer, make sure to regularly check and clear your gutters to avoid obstructions that could result in water damage to your home. To ensure effective water drainage, tighten any connections that are loose or have leaks. To reduce future maintenance needs and debris buildup, think about installing gutter guards as well.


First impressions are very important when selling a property. In today's digital age, high-quality images are essential to grab potential buyers' attention while they are perusing property listings online. They can help pique their interest before they even set foot inside your home. This is why professional photography is an essential part of the property selling process in 2023.


The ability of a professional photographer to present a home in the best possible light is one of the main reasons professional photographs are essential when selling a property. A professional photographer has the training, tools, and expertise to capture a place's inherent character. They know how to emphasise the property's essential qualities using lighting, angles, and composition to produce visually appealing photos that draw the viewer in.


We’ve all been enjoying the recent hot weather. However, water companies have struggled to keep up with demand during such a prolonged dry period resulting in them imposing a hosepipe ban in many parts of the country. For many of us our gardens are our pride and joy and a well-kept garden can add a significant amount to the value of our homes. So how can you make sure that your plants don’t wither without a daily soaking from your hosepipe?



It was the hottest June since records began in 1884, according to the Met Office. While the country basked in the sunshine, the UK property market was heating up too. House prices rose by 0.1% in June, confounding economic forecasts and increasing the average cost of a home in the UK to £262,239.

Summer is always a busy time for the property market, with buyers and sellers mindful of the need to start the ball rolling soon in order to be able to move in time to be settled in their new home for Christmas. 

There are currently 3,043 properties available for sale in Nottingham, which is up 3.9% from 2,929 last month and up 5.59% from the month before.

Of the 3,043 properties that are currently available, 383 came on the market in the last two weeks.

The current average asking price in Nottingham is £330,762, and the median asking price is currently £275,000. 

Let’s take a look at the annual figures.  Properties in Nottingham had an overall average price of £257,929 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Nottingham during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £241,988. Terraced properties sold for an average of £184,304, with detached properties fetching £392,839.

Overall, sold prices in Nottingham over the last year were 7% up on the previous year and 16% up on the 2020 peak of £222,416.

Let’s take a brief look at what’s been happening over the last month with the property market in the NG9 postcode area.

The NG9 postcode covers Beeston, Stapleford, Lenton Abbey, Chilwell, Trowell and Bramcote. In that area, there are currently 443 properties available for sale, with 50 of those new to the market in the last two weeks. 


The average price of properties in the NG9 area is £355,725. The median price is £300,000.   

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