Tips for landlords in Chelmsford as new electrical testing rules kick in

As if landlords don’t have enough to contend with, new rules on Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR) kick in next month. Final guidance from the government on this legislation is expected any day now, but here’s an overview. Every fixed electrical installation in a private rental property must be inspected and comply with the 18th Edition…

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Why Use a “Proper” Estate Agent? (Part 4 of 5)

This is the fourth instalment in our investigation into why property sellers will always do better using a “traditional” style of agency versus an internet-only approach (not that we regard ourselves as that traditional!) Putting aside issues of mis-valuation and a lack of human empathy required to generate sales, many people overlook the difficulty of…

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Why Use a “Proper” Estate Agent? (Part 3 of 5)

In our third article in the series, we focus on the aspects of Compromise and Involvement – two factors that only a “human” estate agent can deliver. Compromise. Experience shows that, more often than not, people will buy something markedly different to the property they initially envisaged buying. A well-trained agent understands the psychology of…

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Why Use a “Proper” Estate Agent? (Part 2 of 5)

One thing an online agent cannot generally do is provide a local property valuation expert to assess your property and suggest the most appropriate asking price. It may be tempting to simply rely on one of the online “valuation” tools available. These can be hugely misleading. Indeed, as a test, we randomly input a recently…

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