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House valuation

Organising the house valuation

26.07.16

Preparing for a house valuation can be difficult. The decision to put your house up for sale and move is probably one of the biggest you will make in your life. The process of selling you house all starts with an initial house valuation, and this is often the stage that many people hold their breath as they find out what their house is truly worth. Whilst a house valuation can sometimes compromise of factors beyond your control (e.g. the area you are selling in), there are definitely things you can do to help or present your house in a better way. In this article we look at some of these points.

1) Timing
When are you deciding to move? Selling in the middle of a recession or in the cold winter months probably isn’t the best idea (but that doesn’t mean to say that houses don’t sell during these times, and sell well, too!). Confidence in the market and economy can vary widely, and it is a good idea to keep this in mind and capitalise on the ‘good times’. This can affect your house valuation in a positive way.

2) Inner presentation
How your house is presented can make a very important difference to your house valuation. No one likes a house which is dirty or full of clutter as it gives off an unsavoury impression. Not only can this put off potential buyers, but it can also affect the valuer, resulting in them giving you a lower amount.

3) Inside
Following from the above it is a common misconception that it is just the bricks that sell a house and give it its worth. When you move, you will take all of your possessions with you; but many things will remain – the kitchen and its working area, the bathroom etc. If these are dated, heavily damaged, or unappealing in some way, your house valuation is likely to suffer. These days, it doesn’t cost much to spruce a house up where its needed and, whilst you may not like the idea of spending money, ultimately you will get this back (and probably more) in your house valuation estimate.

4) Outside
Many people forget the outside, but this should not be forgotten. Remember that first impressions count, and the exterior of the property will be the first thing anyone sees when viewing your house. The same is true of the person giving you the house valuation. Ensure any gardens are maintained, driveways cleared of excessive weeds and paintwork on the front of the property is attended to. All these things can make a big difference.

5) Ask questions
It is a good idea to make sure you leave yourself enough time to have the house valuation, rather than it being a quick appointment during your lunch hour. This is an important step and you’ll want to make sure you take your time. Have a list of questions you may like to ask as this can often make things much clearer.

6) Be sensible
It is perfectly natural to want the best and highest price for your house, and estate agents are well aware of this. Therefore, if you feel slightly unhappy with your house valuation quote, discuss this with the valuer – they should be able to set your mind at rest as to how they arrived at their figure. However, remember to be sensible. Theoretically, you can put your house up for sale for whatever amount you like, but a wise person will take account of the result of the valuation.

We hope that this article has provided you with some invaluable tips, and given you greater confidence when deciding to get your home valued. Good luck!

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Our office-warming

27.04.16

In light of our recent relocation and new staff members joining our team, we are inviting all of our valued landlords, vendors, buyers, investors and homeowners who are looking to sell/let their property to join us for an office-warming on Saturday 4th June 2016. The event will take place at our office on Frederick Road, between 12pm and 2pm. We will be welcoming our guests with Champagne & canapés, and even a close-up magician to dazzle us all with his mind-boggling slight of hand tricks.

The gathering will provide us all with a great opportunity to put faces to names, and to have a chat about the local property market with our property professionals. There is ample availability for parking outside of our office for the duration of the event. The full address for our office is:

The Coach House
14a Frederick Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 1JD

Feel free to get in touch should you require any further information about the event, or you would like to let us know that you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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The latest at Davidson Estates

12.04.16

The last couple of months here at Davidson Estates has seen a few changes. We’ve moved to our shiny new office, and we’ve also gained 3 new members of staff.

Taking care of the property management side of things is Andrew, our new Property & Maintenance Manager. Andrew has come to us from a background of high volume and complex maintenance issues, and brings with him 5 years of experience in nationwide property management. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of our portfolio of fully managed properties and, having worked with him for a month now, we can honestly say he never stops going the extra mile to keep our tenants and landlords happy!

Additionally, as of Monday this week, we have had a new Sales Manager and a Sales Assistant join us – David and Tanya. Together, they will be in charge of sales appraisals and negotiations, and will be the first point of contact for any sales enquiries.

We’re thrilled to see our team growing, and to see our company moving forward. We’re very excited for what the future holds for us, and we look forward to building many new relationships as well as continuing the ones we have built over the years with many valued contacts.

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Our new home

21.03.16

You may remember us mentioning our big move not so long ago, from our home of 4 years on Calthorpe Road, to Frederick Road. Well, you’ll be happy to know we made it here in one piece, and the office looks fab! There’s finally enough room for our growing team, and even space for a couple more. We also have a lovely seating area for visiting clients, right in front of the big arch window, and a luxurious meeting room on the second floor.

We are continuing to offer our outstanding lettings, sales and property management services, in addition to our investments department offering a wide variety of exciting opportunities for investors all over.

As you can see, our new location is every bit as pretty and picturesque as the majority of the premium Edgbaston addresses that we typically operate in. Our heart is and will always be in this beautiful district of Birmingham and its ever-buoyant property market.

If you’re in the area, feel free to pop in and say hi 🙂

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We’re moving home

07.03.16

Here at Davidson Estates, we’ve decided to up sticks and relocate, pack our bags and start afresh in a brand new location………2 minutes down the road. That’s right: on Wednesday 9th March, we will be leaving our Calthorpe Road office to move to our new home in Frederick Road.

Whilst staying within the beautiful B15 area of Edgbaston, we will have our very own office, which has been fully renovated and decorated throughout and looks just lovely. It’s the perfect bright and cheery environment for our bright and cheery staff. The office is also situated right next door to our favourite solicitors, Seymour Luke, which we’re super pleased about.

Situated in an executive period building within the Calthorpe Estate, our heart remains in the B15 Edgbaston property market; and our lovely new location is even more telling of the type of area we operate in.

Our new address will be: The Coach House, 14a Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1JD. Why not pop in and see us some time?

Now – does anyone fancy giving us a hand with the move?….

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The new Edgbaston Village

19.02.16

Plans for the new Edgbaston Village are well underway, as planning permission has been granted to Calthorpe Estates to create six brand new retail units, premier student apartments and Grade A offices on Greenfield Crescent. As well as this, just around the corner, on Harborne Road, works will soon commence on properties opposite Morrisons supermarket to convert them into luxury one and two bedroom rental apartments, and the Birmingham Medical Institute Conference centre will be being transformed into an attractive new restaurant and wine bar called The Physician.

If you check out the Edgbaston Village website, you can see an artist’s impressions of what the new retail units on Greenfield Crescent and Harborne Road will look like. The units will be available from Autumn 2016, and are anticipated to welcome even more visitors to the area, which is already home to many charming bars and eateries such as El Borracho de Oro (exquisite Spanish restaurant and tapas bar), The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge and The Blue Piano, which serves an enchanting mixture of Thai food and live jazz music – played on an actual blue piano by guest musicians.

At Davidson Estates, we’re already ecstatic to be able to call Edgbaston home, and we’re super excited for things to come. With so many improvements having taken place in the city recently, we can’t wait to see what more Edgbaston has to offer us.

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Fully managed, or let only?

11.02.16

According to a survey carried out by Romans Property Group in January 2015, 75% of people would prefer to rent an agent-managed property.

In the residential lettings game, there are many types of landlords out there. Some prefer to leave their property in the hands of their local estate agent, while others would much rather keep a closer eye on things and manage the property themselves, appointing contractors they already know and trust for any maintenance issues that crop up.

The majority of landlords (on our books anyway) have entrusted their favourite estate agent to look after their property, find them good tenants and collect their rent every month, and then manage the property throughout the tenancy, taking care of maintenance, cleaning and inventory reports. This service is obviously offered for a small percentage of the monthly rent, and allows the owner to enjoy their investment, hassle free. This does appear to be favoured by many tenants as well as landlords, being as there will usually be one point of contact for them at the agency who is dedicated to looking after move-ins, move-outs and everything in between, not to mention a middle-man between themselves and the landlord, someone who knows what they’re talking about, should disputes ever arise. However, some landlords prefer to have a much more hands-on approach with their properties, and will happily roll up their sleeves and fix any maintenance issues themselves. These, the more attentive landlords, will usually always maintain their property to a high standard in order to achieve the kind of rental prices they desire. So, in these cases, your home is sure to be well looked after.

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Market your property this Christmas

01.12.15

We know, sounds crazy! Right?

Well, Rightmove seem to think it’s a splendid idea; especially being as, last year, they had over one million visitors to their website on Christmas Day alone, and it appears that millions of property hunters visit the site throughout the whole Christmas period. It seems that, as soon as the dinner’s been eaten and the Queen’s speech is over, people jump straight back into the property search. Perhaps it’s because the Christmas period is actually the only free time they have had to have a proper look at the market. Or, maybe they feel that they make their best decisions after a couple of glasses of mulled wine. Either way, the statistics show that December and January are not as quiet as you may think, and that it may just be a great idea to pop your property on the market for the festive season.

When you think about it, it makes sense to get your property out there for people to look at over the festive period, when everyone is home from work and generally not as busy as usual. People tend to just find themselves half watching what’s on TV and half browsing through properties for sale on Rightmove and Zoopla. Well, it makes sense to us, anyway.

If you are considering putting your property up for sale, simply contact us to arrange for a visit from our Sales Director for a valuation. Similarly, if you have a property to rent out, our Lettings Manager will provide you with an estimation on rental income and guide you through marketing the property through us.

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Invest with us

25.11.15

Are you interested in purchasing a property as an investment? Maybe 2 or 3? Well, we may have a few tricks up our sleeves!…

We are currently involved with developers across the country, and they all have some exciting things in the pipeline. Whether you’re looking to expand your portfolio of properties, or would like to give the investment game a go for the first time, we can advise you on the whole process of investments and property management with us. Armed with our new Investment Sales Manager, David, our investments department is growing, and we are exploring some fantastic opportunities on offer from a number of national developers, selling to investors far and wide.

We know as an investor that you’ll want to see a quick return on your investment, and with exclusive access to over a thousand discounted luxury apartments nationwide, now has never been a better time to invest in property with us. With returns of up to 30% within 12 months we are able to offer you a risk free investment with fantastic rewards.

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We’re expanding

29.10.15

October has seen us gain two new members of staff: David and Rhianna.

Rhianna is our Sales Coordinator, and it is her responsibility to monitor the progression of sales and to ensure a smooth transition between the point of agreeing the sale right through to completion for both the seller and the buyer.

David is our Investment Sales Manager, and he will be working closely with national property developers which will enable him to source the best investment opportunities for our clients before they reach the open market. If you are interested in taking advantage of any of the incredible investment opportunities he is currently involved with, just give him a call on 0121 455 7727 or email him at david@davidsonestates.co.uk.