14 Steps to Protect Your Home From Burglars

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter what’s on your mind? Thinking ahead and planning for Christmas? Researching better electric and gas deals before the cold weather comes rolling? Or maybe you’re one of these people that see the shorter days as an opportunity to get nice and cosy in front of…

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What ‘No Sale, No Fee’ Really Means

Traditional estate agents like ourselves seem to have stopped using the phrase “no sale, no fee”, and this has allowed online only agents to gain a piece of the market. So here is a little reminder of what “no sale, no fee” means as far as we are concerned. At Martin & Co, we are…

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Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Would you like the good news or the bad news? Bad news you say? That’s not surprising as a recent Harvard University study found that when posed that question 82 per cent of people plumped for the bad news option first. And who are we to go against the findings of such brain boxes. So,…

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Buying on Instinct

Recent research concurs with our own view that most buyers buy on instinct, typically viewing their eventual home no more than twice before making a decision to buy. Buying a property certainly appears to be a decision of the heart over the head. In other words, the “I’ll know it when I see it” approach…

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Budget Tips in Designing Your House

Clearly, the better presented your home the greater your chances of securing an early sale at an impressive price. However, during these uncertain times it can be difficult to justify engaging an interior designer in the hope that your property and its value will be transformed. However, if you feel that your property could do…

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What Rishi Sunak’s latest pledges mean for landlords in Chelmsford

Chancellor Rishi Sunak made two big announcements about the property market last week and triggered a flurry of activity. Both initiatives represent attractive propositions for savvy landlords. But, as always, it pays to do your homework first. Stamp Duty holiday The Chancellor’s headline-grabbing announcement was a Stamp Duty holiday. He raised the threshold to £500,000,…

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Working with Tradespeople

When you buy a property that needs work, you usually hope to be able to recoup the cost of renovation by adding significantly to the future selling price. That’s the theory anyway! But getting the builders in can be stressful, and we have all heard stories of extortionate costs, unforeseen extras, no-shows, and poor, even…

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