Lettings Agents across
North West London
We pride ourselves in offering a personalised, competent, convenient proactive service to all our customers. We do so in finding the right home, property or investment for you.
We will work with you to reduce the time, effort and cost of the buying, selling or letting process, so our clients not only get accurate valuations, but receive excellent customer service.
Moving To London For The First Time
1. Accommodation in London is expensive:
Regardless of where you decided to move in London, it is expensive. Be prepared for the cost of buying or renting and do your research into whether you will have enough money to cover your outgoings.
2. Search for like-minded people ASAP:
Generally, when first moving to the city it is a great idea to get into shared accommodation. It’s not only a great way to meet new friends but having people around you that have been in London longer than you have is handy for advice and tips. Not only will you learn the city’s ways a lot faster by hanging out with them, but your flat-mates’ advice will also boost your moral if things become tough.
3. Avoid unnecessary expenses:
Keep your costs to a minimum, your rent and bills will take up a significant amount of your monthly money anyway. Don’t buy a car. The expense is prohibitive and traffic speed in central London averages 10 mph, about the same as in horse-drawn days, 150 years ago.
4. Get a scooter:
If you do decide to be independently mobile and hate public transport then get a scooter. They are cheap and you can weave in and out of all the traffic!
5. Know how to get around:
If you do choose not to have a car or scooter when living in London, then familiarise yourself with London’s public transport system and getting around the city using alternative ways is crucial to save yourself time, stress and money.
One thing that you will quickly realise is that often it is easier and cheaper to walk places as opposed to getting even the tube. Not only will it keep you fit, your effort will be amply rewarded by the variety of architecture, the smells and activity of street markets, and the unexpected views down little streets and alleys.
7. Red buses are awesome:
Most other places you will live in the UK the bus service isn’t great. However, in London they’re not only sometimes a nicer travel experience than the airless tube, but also much cheaper. You pay when you board but remember you can only use contactless credit or debit card.
8. Be vigilant:
Street crime in London is not common regardless of what the papers say, but don’t invite it by carrying your mobile phone, camera, wallet, or handbag in such a way that thieves can easily snatch it. London is a huge city, and just like any other metropolitan cities, there are neighbourhoods that are safe and those that aren’t safe at all.
9. Londoners aren’t all bad:
It a common misconception, even though you may encounter a few bad apples, generally Londoners are polite. They say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ at supermarket checkouts and hold doors for each other. If you want to fit in with the culture, the people, and become a true part of London, do likewise.
10. Take advantage of all the choices:
You are moving to one of the biggest cities in the world and it has almost anything you could ever want. Good food? It’s here. Good clothes? Everywhere. Awesome clubs? Plenty. Good beer? There will be a pub within walking distance of your home!
Looking to Invest in Property?
Sounds like a good plan? So how do you find an up and coming area? Looking for the following criteria is a great start to your search:
If the area already has good transport links or there are plans to improve or add new links then it’s worth looking at property in this area. Once a transport hub has been established you have more than likely missed the boat.
Before you see a rise in prices it is worth paying a visit to the local council offices and ask about any plans to improve transport connections.
Shops and Business Premises
Has the area just opened a new business park? Are young entrepreneurs opening businesses? That’s a sign that the place might be on the up. Take a walk up the local High Street this will give you a lot of information. Are empty properties being replaced with independent shops such as upmarket cafes, trendy barbers, family-run small bakeries and boutique clothes shops? This means people with money to spend will be coming into the area.
Is the local council spending money to do up places that have been neglected? Are the parks, community centres, kids playgrounds and empty properties being tidied up and given a new lease of life? This type of rejuvenation will make the area more attractive to property buyers in the future.
Are the schools in the area doing better than in the past? Parents are always on the look out for an area with a good school. Have a look at the Ofsted reports for the schools in areas which look like they are up and coming. If they are doing well, that’s a good sign.
Sands End in Fulham is a good example of how rejuvenation and improved transport links is turning the area from a run-down industrial quarter into a sought-after part of London with new housing and Victorian terraces selling to willing buyers.
Battersea is fast becoming another jewel in London’s crown. The power station has recently been refurbished after lying empty for around thirty years and the nearby development of Nine Elms is already being marketed to buyers looking for property at over a million pounds.
Another area which is being re-developed and has more plans for future improvement is Elephant and Castle. It has excellent rail connections and plans have been approved for the building of new homes, amenities and shops.
Make Your Home Ready To Sell
Your home will appear larger and more attractive if it isn’t filled with clutter. Now is a good time to get rid of any unwanted or unused items that are taking up space in your home. De-cluttering now means you won’t be taking any junk into your new home either. If there are things you can’t stand to get rid of storing them in a cupboard or drawer will keep surfaces clear. Your home will be easier to clean and will look tidy while your home is on the market.
Clean the Windows
Potential buyers always look out of windows. They want to see the views from the front and the rear. If you have sparkling clean windows the rest of the house appears to be clean too. Browse the web for a window cleaning company in your area so that you can get the upstairs windows cleaned without having to climb ladders yourself. Also, make sure any doors you have with glass in them are clean too.
Check the Exterior
If you’ve got a garden, then mow the lawn and do some weeding. Even if you’re not green fingered a tidy garden will be much more appealing. If you have broken toys or pieces garden furniture throw them away. Get rid of anything that’s just lying around. If you have wooden window frames that look tatty, give them a paint. It might be worth finding a handyman who will come round and do any bits and pieces to the exterior. Make sure the front door is painted if it is solid. A well-painted front door will look smart and give a good first impression.
Paint any rooms that need freshening up. You can use white paint to make it more affordable and it will give your buyer a blank canvas to work from if they want to add colour. Don’t forget skirting boards and the loft hatch if you have one.
Tidy the Garage
If you have a garage give it a tidy up and sweep through. Clean any windows and make sure there’s enough room to get into it. If you use it for storage, try and make sure most things are in boxes. Seeing old clothes and pieces of furniture lying about might put people off.
Make the house smell good
If you’ve got a dog or a teenager with smelly trainers, now is the time to get out the Febreze. A few squirts combined with a plug-in air freshener will do the trick. If you know people are coming and you’ve got a coffee, put it on. Not many people dislike the smell of coffee, even people who don’t drink it. If you smoke, it might be a good idea to stop smoking in the house, especially if you are redecorating.
Don’t forget you could be competing with similar properties in your area, so making your home looks fresh, bright and tidy it just might give you the edge against someone with a similar property who hasn’t been quite so prepared.
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