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20May

 

What to look out for when viewing a property

Viewing and buying a home is a huge milestone in your life. This sometimes means you can become slightly distracted with the excitement of where you can put furniture and of the potential to have a fresh start, that you could miss some important things that you should consider when you are viewing a house. It is important to view your new home to its full capacity and ask as many questions as you like, this is your chance to find out whether the property is right for you. Castles Estate Agents have put together some tips which can ensure you make the most out of your viewing.

 

First Impressions Count

When you are viewing a property your first impression should not be overlooked. Before your viewing, it might be a good idea to do a drive by to see the property from the outside. You can get a really good feeling about the neighbourhood and what facilities are around your potential new property. You can do this in the day time, night time or both to assess different things like noise at different times of the day and traffic.

Be Thorough

Buying a new home is a big milestone in someone's life and also one of the biggest purchases of your life. No one will mind if you're having a thorough look whilst at a viewing. Check all of the cupboards, under the skin and ask to see the attic or basement too. Maybe consider taking a small torch to in case there is no lighting.

Check The Outside Of The Property

 

It is really important to check the outside of the property too. You need to keep a keen eye of for things like damp, peeling paint or tide marks. You should also consider asking the homeowner or estate agent how old the roof is to see if work will have to be done in the future.

Take Someone With You

You should never go to a viewing alone. Two pairs of eyes are better than one and any questions you may forget to ask could be remembered by the person you are with. It is also always sensible have someone to bounce ideas off and to get a second opinion.

Storage Space

Storage is a very valuable trait in any home but can often be overlooked. You will need to think about where you will keep towels, bedding, the hoover and other items that you won’t want out and about in your home.  

Which Way Does The House Face?

 

It can be difficult to tell the difference between a north and south facing home, this could sound irrelevant but in the Summer it can make a big difference. The way your home is positioned could make the difference between a home which is full of light and warmth to one that is constantly dark. Don’t be shy about taking a small compass with you or you might have one on your phone. Try and figure out which room you are more likely to spend time in during the day and discover from there if there is enough sunlight entering that room.

What Is The Area Like?

You won’t be spending all of your time in your home, you will want to enjoy the neighbourhood you are living in. It may be worth spending the day in your potential new town to discover if it has everything you would want. Ask yourself questions such as does the town have a shop, restaurants or bars? Is the public transport good? Is there a school nearby for your children? Small questions such as these will help you choose the perfect area for you and your family.

Photographs

Taking photographs of a property at a viewing can sometimes help you see things later on which you overlook during a viewing.  A picture can speak a thousand words, don’t just take photos of each room as a whole. Take some detailed photos as these are the photos which could help you see potential problems later on. Please seek permission of the homeowner before taking photos.

Be Prepared

Before your viewing, it is important to write down any questions you want to ask. Once you’re in the house it can be easy to forget any questions you may have had before because of pure excitement. You should also write down any concerns you may have so that the estate agent can reassure you. You could also do a video walkthrough of the home so that you are able to see how the home flows and the rooms connect in general. Please seek permission of the homeowner before taking videos.

 

Castles Estate Agents

 

 

Here at Castles Estate Agents, we have supported thousands of people who are selling their properties and are able to offer expert advice and experience working in the market to help you buy a home or conduct a sale. If you are thinking about selling your home or are looking to buy your next new house please visit our website today for more information or call us on 01793 611 677.

 

20May

Renting In Swindon

 

Swindon is a rapidly expanding and vibrant town in the south of England. Swindon is a perfect town for people who are searching to settle down, have new employment opportunities or raise a family. Swindon has a population of 209,200 people and is situated between Bristol and Reading, because of this Swindon has a high job satisfaction rating and is a happy place to live in general. If you are considering moving this year Castles Estate Agents are here to help you make the best decisions whether you are looking to rent or buy in Swindon.

Location

 

Swindon is a bustling town in Wiltshire, Southwest England. Swindon is known for being one of the best value towns for renters. In a recent study, it was shown that Swindon in regards to workers monthly salary only 11.5% of it goes into paying rent. This is 50% lower than the national average in the UK.

Safety

Safety is a very important factor when renting a property. It is important that you ask your estate agents or property owners to show you any gas and electrical certificates which can mean the home has energy efficient meters, appliances, boilers and more which will save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Swindon has very low crime rates and is a very safe area to live in and raise a family. We would recommend walking around the neighbourhood to see how you feel about the area or do some or ask your estate agent for more information on the area.

Employment Rate

Swindon is very well known for its vast employment opportunities. The employment rate in Swindon is at around 80% which is exceptionally higher than in other areas in the United Kingdom. The town also has the 10th most productive workforce in Britain and the average weekly earnings are the 12th largest average wage.

Swindon is also the perfect town if you would like to commute into a bigger city while living the country life. Swindon is a very central town allowing people to be able to commute to places such as Bristol, Bath, Oxford and even Cardiff.

 

Culture

Swindon is such a popular town because as mentioned before you can live in the more rural outskirts whilst still working in the hustle and bustle of the town. Swindon truly is in the heart of the countryside surrounding, homes with the beauty of nature whilst still having some cultural aspects. Swindon has many parks that you can visit with family and friends. Swindon is also the home to many of the most memorial museums in the United Kingdom such as the STEAM museum of the Great British Railway. There are also many events which take place in the town at venues which include The Arts Centre and They Wyvern Theatre.

 

Renting in Swindon

 

While there is nothing wrong with trying to find a property to by yourself it is definitely more to your advantage to find an estate agent who is local to the area who can answer any questions you may have. We suggest you write down all of the questions you have before talking to your estate agents so they can have all of the information ready to help you rent the property of your dreams.

Castles Estate Agents

For advice and guidance on how to place yourself in the best position for renting a home in the area of Swindon. Get in touch with our expert advisors at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon for guidance through the entire renting process. Castles Estate Agents have years of experience helping people to find their perfect rental property. We have knowledge and expertise to make the process as smooth as possible. Contact us today through our website or call us on 01793 611 677.

 

 

 

16Apr

Selling your home in Spring is most certainly one of the best times for homeowners. This time of year is the most popular season for selling houses! Christmas is out of the way and now the sunshine is heating up the market as people are ready to move into their new homes for the Summer season. This Spring the market is blooming with flowers and keen buyers.

 

If you are thinking about selling your home at this time of year Castles Estate Agents would be more than happy to list your home and benefit you as a seller. To get in touch for advice and assistance to achieve the best price for your home or for more information call 01793 611677.

 

 

A Fresh Start

When it comes to selling your property, timing really is just as important as location. Spring is a very popular time of year to sell your home. Most people who are buying a new house would like to be settled into a new home before the new school year starts in September. People buying homes in Spring, usually do this so that their family have the Summertime to settle in before getting back into the routine of school. Even if you don’t have children this time of year could be perfect for you to take time off work as it’s a lot easier because it’s not in the Summer or Christmas holidays which is when most people go abroad.

 

Summer is on its way which is why so many people are trying to sell their houses now. Many buyers want to catch their breath during the Summer after buying and selling a house and just have time to relax and unwind.

 

Spring Forward

As the clocks go forward the days become longer! This means more sunlight meaning more opportunities for buyers to go out and look for a potential house to buy, such as your own. During the Springtime you have a whole load of buyers who have done their research on what they are looking for and are financially ready to take the plunge into buying their next brand new home.

 

Sunnier Days

We have to admit it...everything looks better when the sun is out and about. Your garden will have flowers blooming and the sun will be shining on your home hitting it in all the right places. The sunnier days will make your home extremely attractive to buyers and allow them to imagine what it would feel like to live there themselves. Your garden, porch and greenhouse will look extremely inviting to potential buyers.

 

Higher Prices

As this time of year brings more buyers, this means more competition and the potential of higher prices. During Spring there are a lot more chances for bidding wars and a higher sale price for you at the end of the process. During the Springtime, these bidding wars tend to happen a lot more frequently compared to other seasons in real estate, even though all seasons can be competitive and successful. Since the prices of property can be higher, this means that there is an increased chance of maximising the value of your property.

 

Millennials

Now more than ever millennials have started investing and show interest in getting on the housing ladder. A few years ago millennials claimed the top spot in the homebuyer rankings and have been named the most actives buyers in the country. Meaning they are out and ready to search for their very first property, away from home.



Estate Agents Swindon

For advice on selling your home this Spring, speak to our expert advisors at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon. We can guide you through the entire process. We have years of experience in helping people with buying and selling their homes. We have the knowledge and experience to help you make your selling or buying process as smooth as possible. Contact us today for more information on 01793 611677.

 

16Apr

 

The village of Wroughton is situated to the west of the city of London along with smaller cities such as Bristol, Bath and of course Swindon. Wroughton is filled with opportunity and allows you to live in a quiet place with the luxury of the city only a few miles away. Wroughton has become a place of interest for potential home buyers.

History of Wroughton

 

Wroughton is one of the biggest parishes in the United Kingdom. Home to around 8,000 people, this village is most well known for The Ridgeway, a national path which is connected to the ancient Uffington White Horse. The town is about 6km away from the larger town of Swindon. The traditional English village has a mixture of traditional and modern shops.

 

Property

 

When you are looking for property in Wroughton, you will find different areas which will offer you a vast range of houses and flats. The quiet village of Wroughton will offer you a range of Victorian and Edwardian terraces, flats, bungalows, cottages and semi-detached and detached houses. Some houses have large gardens perfect for those with children and some have a garage for a car or bike storage.



Schools and Work

 

Properties in Wroughton will provide you with easy access to many local schools in the area. Wroughton offers a number of primary and secondary schools alongside sixth form colleges too. For older children, the central location of this town allows easy access to a few close by universities such as Bath University, The University of West England and The University of Gloucestershire.

 

There are also many jobs available in different sectors of this village such as jobs in retail, IT, business, manufacturing and many more. Wroughton's location also offers the opportunity to work in a bigger city whilst going home to the beautiful countryside.

 

Wroughton is a very popular village to live and properties do become available on a regular basis, but due to its popularity, speed is of the essence to avoid disappointment.

 

Days Out In Wroughton

 

Wroughton offers a range of activities for families, couples and individuals.

 

Swindon town centre is a perfect place for you and your family. The town has a great selection of high street and independent shops to kick off your weekend. The town offers hundreds of cafes, restaurants and takeaway shops for when you’re peckish, and the town also has events on all the time such as concerts, parties and fashion events.

 

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate set in 260 acres of parkland. There are tea rooms and cafes, events and education programmes making this a fabulous day out for all the family. Dogs are allowed on the grounds and there are BBQ’s available to rent in the summer. The park hosts events all year round such as open-air theatres, live music and more.

 

Coate Water Park is a country park around 5km away from Swindon city centre. The county park has a 56-acre reservoir and in the 1970s a smaller lake was created. Now the water park is used as a water park, nature reserve and play area. It truly is a wonderful day out for the whole family

 

The BETTER Facility is a place for anyone who loves sports and activities. The facility offers a swimming pool, an ice rink, a gym, a spa and also some extreme sporting options. They even have libraries, children centres and regularly host events.

 

Transport/Commuting

 

There are 30 local bus services from Wroughton and the nearest train station is in Swindon which is only 6km away. The bus route is extremely regular and as Wroughton is such a central town, any bigger city would only be a short train ride away.

 

Estate Agents

 

For advice and guidance on buying a property in Wroughton speak to our friendly expert advisors at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon. We will guide you through the entire process with ease. We can help find you the property of your dreams and guide you in the right direction to make an offer on the home of your dreams. We at Castles estate agents have years of experience in helping people buy and sell homes. We also have the knowledge to make your buying process easier for you. Please call us today on 01993 611677 for more information.

 

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