Testimonial: B Duggan

“Joules worked very hard to sell my two properties. We had a series of setbacks which they tackled with lots of energy, keeping me well informed along the way.

They were very good at presenting the right information to wavering buyers and without a doubt added more to the eventual sale price than their fees. 

I don’t often recommend companies but Joules will look after your interests. They are a very experienced small and dedicated team and will fight to get you the best result.”

– B Duggan

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Testimonial: JN Stewart 

“Very highly recommended estate agents – whether you are buying or selling. Jane and her team there are professional, with great communication skills and very quick at sealing a deal.

Our property took less than 3 months to sell and complete and this was over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Again, highly recommended.”

– JN Stewart 

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House or Flat?: 2024 Suitability

It is the first week of January, and those eager buyers and sellers are getting things together to join the new year rush in the property market. If you are among the many looking to buy property in Stockport, deciding between buying a house or flat is a big decision that impacts your financial future and lifestyle.

To help figure out which kind of property suits your 2024 needs, the team at Joules Estate Agents Stockport has some crucial factors for you to consider.

Thinking Financially

One of the most integral aspects of buying a home is navigating the financial landscape around it. Whether you are looking for a cosy flat or a spacious house, each brings economic implications that you should understand for it to be a sound purchase.

If you are planning on getting a mortgage to purchase your property, you will require a deposit to put with the amount you are borrowing, typically a percentage of the total property value. Houses will tend to be more expensive than flats, which would mean a larger deposit. Mortgage rates can also vary depending on the lender, so it is best to explore the best rates. Owning a house means you are responsible for all maintenance costs. Flats will often have a management company handling some general maintenance, which usually results in a service charge.

Houses will have higher utility costs because of the extra space and maybe less energy efficiency than a flat, and larger houses will usually fall into higher council tax bands than flats.

Lifestyle

Your choice between a flat and a house will also be influenced by your lifestyle needs and preferences. These vary from person to person, but some common ground relates to everyone.

If you plan to have a family or pets, a house with multiple bedrooms and outdoor space is more suitable. Couples and singles may find a flat more than adequate for their needs. Flats tend to not have personal garden space – more communal areas or balconies. If you look forward to summers with the children and pets in the back garden, a house would be more suited for buying property advice.

Flats and apartments in a city provide a fast-paced lifestyle with many amenities outside your door, whereas a house is more suburban or rural, providing more quiet, laid-back lifestyles that families prefer.

When choosing between a house or flat in 2024, look beyond your immediate needs and consider your long-term life plans. Your choice of property can have a lasting impact on your financial and lifestyle aspirations. For more information on buying property or how to sell a house, contact the team at Joules today.

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Testimonial: Manuela and Julien

“We have been very happy with the services provided by Joules Estate Agent for the sale of our house in the Heatons. In particular, Jane, their Branch Manager in Heaton Mersey, has been absolutely brilliant from start to finish with a first-class service. Her knowledge of the housing market in the Heatons, her dedication and attention to details have been tremendously helpful to ensure a smooth and fast process.

Our house sale was completed within 2 months of contacting Jane, at a higher price than all the other agents estimated, and with much less stress than we were expecting. After completion, we had some issues with our mail redirection and Jane very kindly helped to send all our stranded mail to our new address, showing that she cared about her customers even when the job was done.

We cannot recommend Joules agency and Jane highly enough for anyone looking for an experienced and friendly estate agent in and around SK4.”

– Manuela and Julien

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What To Do After Moving Into Your New Property

Congratulations! You are about to start moving into your new property after going through a process of how to sell a house and buy property in Stockport. If you are new to the area, there will be a lot of excitement in establishing your comfort in everyday life.

Whilst moving is a stressful exercise, it’s typical for some things to have slipped your mind when settling into your new home. To kickstart your new chapter effectively, here is a little checklist to ease you into your new home.

First Things First

After moving in all of your stuff, it can be easy to crash and take things day by day on the unpacking front. However, here are some helpful starters on small but essential tasks awaiting you. The sooner you get them done, the better for you.

Start with taking the meter readings of the new property. You don’t want to be paying the previous owner’s usage, so jot down any readings and contact the current suppliers immediately to tell them you have moved in. That includes gas, electricity and water readings.

It would also be beneficial to find your fuse box so that you know where it is should you suffer any electricity trips. The same goes for your water valve. These you may not have taken the time to locate when viewing the property after all.

Give the New Home a Once-Over 

It is advisable to take a look around when moving into your new property and check everything is in order. If you should find anything faulty, such as light switches or plugs not working, missing keys for windows, broken locks or leftover belongings in the loft or under the stairs from previous owners, it can be disheartening.

However, there may also be old tins of paint matching the colours of the walls, spare bits of carpet or tiles from the renovation job, or instruction manuals and warranties for any white goods or electrical items – or the thermostat.

Introduce Yourself

With new property comes new neighbours, so take the time to introduce yourself and ask important questions – such as when the bin collection days are.

Everyone appreciates a considerate neighbour. It is best to establish a friendly relationship straightaway. It is a great way to place yourself in the community and learn more about what is happening in the area. A good relationship with your neighbour becomes even more important when you can take in deliveries for each other and keep an eye on each other’s homes when holidays happen.

These are small things that can get easily overlooked when you buy property in Stockport and move in, but they play a big part in enjoying a new home sought through estate agents Stockport.

For more information on buying property advice, talk to the friendly team at Joules today, the number one independent estate agents Stockport.

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Cosy Tips for Your New Home This Season

If you are getting ready to settle into your new home within the next few weeks, you only have to look outside to see that it will be a rough move. Rain, winds, coldness: for some buyers, it makes them want to wait until the new year and join the pre-spring rush. Others feel it is a good time to get ahead of the market and get settled in and create a nice cosy home before Christmas.

As we see the back end of storms and chilly evenings, there are ways that you can make your new home very warm and welcoming upon moving in. If you want a new home that is bright and cosy, here are some top tips from Joules estate agents Stockport to make your new home perfect.

Scent and Aesthetic

Whilst the spring and summer months have unlimited daily natural light to make your home welcoming, the darker months can make your new house feel colder without some touch-ups.

One great addition (that is also very cost-effective) would be scented candles placed around your living room. Not only does it illuminate your new home for free but they also provide a calming scented aroma, such as vanilla, cedarwood or pumpkin spice. As an additional step, you should invest in some eye-catching artwork, showcasing anything from warm landscape prints to family portraits, giving your home an added warmth and sense of ownership.

Break Out the Blankets

Nothing is quite as comforting as breaking out those plushy blankets and layering them over your sofas and beds for the evening. Placing fluffy throws, plaid blankets, and chunky cable knits around your living room and rest areas works wonders for added comfort.

If your bedrooms are ill-equipped for those chilly nights, layering your beds with throw pillows, blankets and a cuddly toy or two will make your new home feel like a haven. With it being a new home, why not treat yourself to some new duvet and bedding sets that make your home feel much fresher and new?

Set Up for Home-Cooked Dinners

If you have room for it, the Autumn home-cooked dinner season would greatly benefit from setting up a dining table and chairs, making your new home feel more spacious and separated.

With many newer homes having extended kitchen and living area space, there could be plenty of room for a set that is not in the way, and it will make you feel much more like a family. It can be very tempting to splurge on the expensive takeaways during this season, but making use of your kitchen and eating healthy meals is a much better way to enjoy your new home.

Preparing for a move in the Autumn/Winter season is all about creating a cosy home for a warm welcome. For more information on buying property advice, guidance on how to sell a house or other property enquiries, contact the team at Joules Estate Agents.

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