Are you heading away for the upcoming school holidays and have you thought about your Home while you are away?
Did you realise the huge increase in Social Media usage can compromise the security of your home. Recent research by Together Mutual Insurance found 760,000 people posted they were at the airport and that was only in a 30 day period!
Firm advice from Michael Fraser – of the BBC’s “Beat The Burglar” – ‘Don’t post anything online – save it until you come back.’
Other than not posting selfies at the airport here are a few of Michael Fraser’s other top tips to beat the burglars & help you keep your home safe during your next holiday.
Obscure the front window
Have two locks on the front door
If you have a cage on your letterbox leave it open so the post drops to the floor instead of piling-up to indicate that you’re not there
Get people to come round and alter the curtains or blinds, someone who you really trust
If you look at a row of parked cars, a robber will choose to take a car that has its wheels facing the road for a quick getaway instead of one with its wheels turned in towards the kerb
Here’s a helpful infographic produced by Michael & the Met Police to Beat the Burglar!
Prior to marketing your property we will have chatted to you about the unique elements of your home. These can become useful selling tips, how friendly (or distant!) the neighbours are, proximity to good schools, red kites in the garden! Make sure you pass these on to us and we will build our marketing with these in mind.
In order to ensure we work with you to maximise the success of your viewings we have also prepared for you a thorough checklist of things you can do prior to a viewing. Speak to us about anything you would like explained further and always ask us if there is something we can do to make the process easier, we accompany all viewings unless otherwise arranged. Viewings are our forte!
Our Viewing Day checklist for Sellers & Landlords:
A quick tidy up including a vacuum and sweep is a good start
Tidy your entrance and water any pots you have to make things looked cared for
Remove any post or flyers
Consider opening a window to air your home out, let us know and we will ensure we have shut these afterwards
Make the beds. You’d be surprised how many people forget this!
Have the dog taken out for a walk or left with a friend. Let us know about any cats – if they can be outside for the viewing even better but at least if we are aware of where they might be we can ensure we move quickly past them.
Clear all dishes and clutter from the kitchen and put out fresh clean tea towels
A clean oven is always a good idea prior to viewings as people often open the oven
Empty all your bins and bring in any street bins and recycling
Ensure wet towels are in the wash and put out fresh folded towels in the bathroom
In the winter months ensure the heating is on well before the viewing and definitely light the fire if you have one. In the hotter months ensure we are able to open windows should your home need fresh air.
Box up any clutter that has accumulated and pop it in your car if nowhere else!
Leave any necessary keys out for us in a pre-arranged spot – window, back door, garage and loft keys etc
Turn all your house lights on and remember any under bench kitchen lighting, porch lights & garden lighting – we will do this on arrival even during the day but great if you have beaten us to it.
Consider Home Staging if you really want a huge impact – chat this through with us in more detail
If you have a parking space consider moving your car so viewers can park in your space – this will make their experience more enjoyable and put them in a good mood to view your property
A fresh vase of flowers does wonders as does lighting a scented candle, it might sound a bit cliché but fresh coffee really does smell great and can often mask any recent food smells.
Recently we have found that we are one of the only Letting Agents locally who actually manage our Rental properties right here from our office in Rickmansworth.
Other agents either outsource their management completely or have a centralised Property Management office based in a completely different county!
We wanted to explain why local Property Management is so important to you and your property investment.
We know in detail the types of tenants our area & your style of property attracts & can target these tenants specifically & quickly.
We know all the styles & types of properties our area houses and can advise and inform based on this detailed property expertise. We’ve properties we’ve managed for over a decade on our books – that’s some pedigree don’t you think!
We know the area expertly and can advise you on relevant local information, current letting trends, & expected rental values, therefore gaining you the best return for your investment quickly.
We go the extra distance for our Landlords & properties because we are right here on hand, available for you to come and have a chat with or accompany you to your property. We are not in a call centre on the other side of the country oblivious to the variables of your property & unable to visit it or meet with you.
We know the transport links, commuting details & local area amenities such as leisure facilities, local schools & child/elderly care options, so we can inform & attract the best tenants for your property.
We have excellent long term relationships with local contractors so we can react to your property needs quickly, with the best person for the job giving minimal disruption to your tenants & ultimately your property & investment.
Our responses are obviously quicker than an agent who has outsourced their property management because we are right here beside your property investment & can visit within minutes of any emergency.
We do regular property inspections by an experienced independent LOCAL inventory clerk.
We are immediately available to advise you on your investment prospects should you decide to sell or even purchase a further rental property.
We do not outsource our Property Management, we only trust our own expert team to manage your property investment & tenants, to us this is the only approach that works.
Is your Property Manager local to your property? Need to rethink your Letting Agent?
Call and we’ll be happy to pop around for a chat anytime , at your convenience, ….because we are local & easily available…. important isn’t it!
Phone Trend & Thomas Lettings on 01923 713 680 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have heard the rumble of activity amidst the online property portals open to Estate Agents recently and we wanted to give you our summary of the situation and how it will affect our clients and marketing plans.
Last Monday saw the arrival of a new online portal called OntheMarket.com
This portal does a very similar job to the existing market leaders Rightmove and Zoopla with one very large difference – this portal is owned and operated by a consortium of Estate Agents. Emerging quite simply because Agents were tired of the duopoly of the big players causing mounting fees and very little in return. The fees were increasing, functionality was not improving and Agents felt duped that they were losing control of their marketing choices.
For this reason the concept behind OntheMarket.com was excellent. An advertising and marketing choice created by Agents, for Agents with hugely reduced fees in comparison to the existing portals & potentially providing much needed competition to the market with the hope it would reduce the stronghold of Rightmove and Zoopla.
All admirable goals and we support the concept wholeheartedly. Trend & Thomas not being shy of a little competition to the market…with 6 Estate Agents in the High Street it’s not a game for the faint-hearted! However, in order to shake things up, OnTheMarket.com had one very serious condition – in order to join, benefit from hugely reduced fees and gain shares in the burgeoning company – you had to drop one of the other main portals – Rightmove or Zoopla.
The arrival of OnTheMarket.com has been a long term process and we have been watching the development of the portal over the past 12 months along with the reactions of Rightmove and Zoopla, other Agents, the press and most importantly, the public.
OnTheMarket.com launched last Monday and we have watched the week with interest.
Our findings after week one:
Not enough budget to provide TV Advertising to match the competition
Not enough budget to ensure market leading functionality
Not enough diversity of properties listed to make it the go to portal for buyers, tenants.
So after a year of research and debate Trend & Thomas would like to announce our 2015 advertising and marketing decision – we will be staying with Rightmove & Zoopla.
Despite the great shake up OnTheMarket.com can give the industry and the attractive reduction in fees, we have come to the decision that the best interests of our clients are foremost and the giants of Rightmove and Zoopla have much bigger budgets, better current functionality, more exposure to the public and more back end support to fix issues and develop future technology.
While we herald the success of OnTheMarket.com we don’t feel it will currently give our clients & their properties the best advertising and marketing exposure. For the time being it will actually reduce the number of people being exposed to their property. From our research in this first week of OnTheMarket.com there is over 80% more online activity via Rightmove alone in our local area, than there is via OnTheMarket.com
We will continue to monitor developments and report any updates and news to you, but for now we are staying with the market leaders for the sole benefit of our clients.
OnTheMarket is not currently InOurMarket – but you can help us with our research by answering our poll: