Testimonial: S Simpson

We appointed Jane Kirk from Joules Estate Agency to sell my late mothers house in Dane Bank, Denton, Manchester during 2023, a decision I am pleased to say we got right because throughout what was one of the most difficult markets for selling property that we have seen for many years. Joules were fantastic, providing guidance and feedback over a protracted sale period when buyers were fairly scarce on the ground.

Jane was always excellent in communicating with me and provided great insight into how to approach the sale, albeit fully respecting the vendors perspective when securing the buyer. I believe, having helped us to secure a sale, she then went above and beyond in proactively liaising with both ours and the purchasers solicitors to try to ensure that momentum in the sale was maintained and issues addressed.

Joules were also great in accompanying the purchasers in visiting the property on a number of occasions in order to provide them with access to cost their plans for refurbishment and Jane built a strong rapport with them, which helped to create a good degree of pragmatism between the vendors and purchasers, when issues arose during the legal process, which inevitably they do.

The sale completed at the end of February and I have nothing but praise and thanks for the levels of service that we received from Jane and the team at Joules, it was first class.

– S Simpson 

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Keeping Up Appearances: Our Property Maintenance Checklist

As a UK landlord, keeping rental property in its best condition is not a choice – more a crucial obligation. Consistent property maintenance guarantees tenant satisfaction, protects your investment, and prevents costly repair work in the near future. With many people opting to purchase property as a means to let to desperate renters who struggle to buy property in Stockport, Joules Estate Agents Stockport decided to help with a property maintenance checklist to help you adhere to local regulations and best practices, helping to keep your rental property in top condition.

Exterior Considerations

The first image a potential renter will see will be the property exterior. It can look great on the inside all day long, but if it looks a mess on the outside – renters will already have made up their mind that it is not for them or not worth the rent you charge.

Scan your roof, gutters, and siding for any signs of wear and tear, and don’t allow any found issues to linger. Fixing any issues today will save you from any pricey water damage or structural headaches tomorrow. Keep your paths and walkways clear and in excellent condition, including levelling any uneven slabs or decking. It’s no good if your renter trips or falls on their first visit.

Jazz up your property’s curb appeal by trimming all lawns and bushes to a level that boosts the overall value. These small differences are mighty when quality renters are looking for a home.

Maintenance Contracts

A common complaint in rented properties is when heating system breaks down, sometimes resulting in days going by before any engineers are called out and arrive to fix the problem. These are chiefly the most common falling-out points between tenants and landlords.

One way to avoid this is by booking a yearly service and maintenance check-up on all systems. Taps, pipes, and toilets are areas that need the most urgent attention to ensure they are working as they should, with leaks and unexpected disasters leading to costly water bills and repairs. Avoid these by setting up contracts with reputable professionals in plumbing, electricity, and joinery in the area.

Thorough inspections of your electrical systems, outlets, and wiring every year will ensure that your property is safe for tenants and meets the safety standards that keep you out of trouble.

Work With Estate Agents

One of the biggest aces up your sleeve when seeking advice on renting a house is independent estate agents Stockport. At Joules, we provide much more than a property maintenance checklist or avenues on how to sell a house and buying property advice.

Contact our office today for help in buying property to let and begin your landlord journey.

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Going On Holiday Whilst Your House is on the Market: A Safety Guide

If there is one thing the seemingly endless month of January taught us, we all need a holiday away from the cold weather. The Spring season – with impending half-term holidays coming up – has seen many people book quick getaways to sunnier climates.

However, if you currently have your home on the housing market to attract people looking to buy property in Stockport, you may feel uneasy about leaving it vulnerable whilst taking a well-deserved break. Have no fear, the Joules Estate Agents Stockport team is here to help ease your mind with some advice to make you feel more comfortable being away from home whilst it is on the market.

Safe Home Whilst Away

Unfortunately, whether you are moving house or not, a holiday will bring worry about keeping your home and possessions safe from potential burglars or vandals. Unfortunately, sometimes homeowners do not help the situation by being unprepared.

According to insurance company Aviva, two-fifths of people going on holiday fail to check their doors and windows before leaving for the airport. That is an open invitation for any burglar in the area to access your property. Before you get in any taxi to start your trip, fully check all windows, doors, garages, and outbuildings to ensure they are locked – and remove all keys and store them safely or give them to a trusted party.

Don’t Advertise

We know it is exciting to be going on holiday and letting everyone know about it, but putting those holiday countdown trackers and holiday photos on your social media pages is like a walking billboard that your home is accessible with no risk of anyone being at home.

As secure as you feel your social media pages are, not everyone who can see your posts will have the same levels of security – and one unwanted party accessing a friend’s account will give all the information they need that your property is currently unoccupied. It is an eye-opening thought, isn’t it?

Save your snaps until you get back, and feel more secure by having a trusted neighbour move your post and maybe turn on some lights in the evening to dissuade anyone from thinking you may be away.

Don’t Fuel the Thought You Are Away

Take some extra measures to ensure your home looks occupied for the time you are away. That can be doing some gardening and cutting your grass before you leave and asking friends or neighbours to park their cars in your driveway.

If you have external security lights and cameras, make sure they are in full working order before leaving. That will put off most burglars and will at least give you an alert through mobile technology if someone is on your property.

Don’t fret about how to sell a house with a holiday on the cards. Contact the team at Joules estate agents Stockport and have peace of mind that your home is in safe hands.

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