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Why run your own property franchise?

Many people decide to become franchisees for a whole host of reasons. These reasons include being their own boss. Being in charge of a business gives you more control of your career and work-life balance.

Property franchises such as Redstones also provide all franchisees with initial training and ongoing support to ensure the best chance of success. In fact, 9 in 10 franchises report profitability, which is an impressive statistic when you consider that 1 in 2 new independent businesses will go bust within the first two years.

Franchising therefore represents a risk-averse way to be more in charge of your life and gain better work-life balance, with a strong support network behind you.

At Redstones, our extensive experience of the complex sales and lettings market means we have developed a tried and tested business model. If our franchisees adhere to this system, they are highly likely to succeed.

To work with us, it’s vital that the franchisee is passionate about the property sector. We always recommend to potential franchisees that they need to pick a franchise that reflects their genuine interests.

If you think Redstones could represent a great franchising opportunity for you, consider these points:

  • Do you have a real passion, interest or knowledge of the property industry? It’s a growing and relatively stable market when compared to many other industries.
  • How do you rate your relationship building and communication skills, as these abilities will be central to your success?
  • What is your general understanding of Redstones as a business? Is it the type of business you would like to operate and will it give you the work/life balance you need?
  • Does Redstones meet your budget requirements? Franchises range from £500 to £1 million and the total cost of setting up a Redstones office is only around £20,000.

Find out more about becoming a valued Redstones franchisee.

Redstones - The Green Deal

How a garden can increase the value of your home

If you are selling your home, it’s worth considering the impact of your garden in increasing its value. A recent study by the Home Retail Group stated that in Britain, we spend £80 billion on our gardens and two fifths of us would refuse to choose or consider a home unless it had a sufficient garden.

In fact, one in seven homeowners believes that their garden has added more value to their home than their original investment.

If you wish to enhance the value of your home, use plants, flowers, furniture and lighting creatively, keeping the garden well-lit and maintained to add potential value. It needs to look easy to maintain if you’re planning to sell in future. Good quality garden furniture, a patio and well maintained grass are all attractive. Selling in summer is a good idea too, as buyers will be able to picture themselves relaxing in the garden.

Keep fences well maintained and create privacy. Another good tip is to create defined spaces, such as a set area for a barbeque, an area for seating and a greenhouse/shed area.

Conservatories also help to create additional space and offer the best return on investment when upgrading your home, as does your garden and any extensions. Conservatories create space without the need for planning permission depending on their size and they are exempt from building regulations. Many can also be constructed at a reasonable price of £5,000.

With a pleasant garden being a key selling point for many homes, it’s time to give it your full attention now!

At Redstones, we are pro-active at offering you valuable tips that will help you present your property at it’s very best when selling. Discover some great reasons to use Redstones.