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Top 10 tips on how viewings can sell homes fast

To sell your home fast, making a good impression during viewings is key. Good presentation and making a real effort to showcase your home at its best is therefore essential.

Here are our top 10 tips on how you can really impress during a viewing:

  1. Many buyers will drive outside a home during a viewing, so keep the garden tidy outside, paint the front door or add some plants or baskets to the front of the property to make it inviting
  2. Toilets and bathrooms are important so clear away all those toiletries and medication, as well as children’s toys and put out some clean, folded towels. Ensure bath and shower fittings are clean too with no unsightly mould.
  3. Declutter living areas and let the light in, whilst showcasing your best features such as a fireplace
  4. Keep the house warm in winter during a viewing but let the fresh air and natural light in
  5. Always turn off the TV or distracting music during a viewing, so your home can be fully appreciated
  6. Keep the kitchen clean and completely clear from any clutter, including dishes to showcase it at its best. Any inviting aromas such as freshly brewed coffee is welcome though!
  7. Remember that buyers may look in cupboards and lofts, so keep those spaces in order
  8. Bedrooms should also be cleared, boxing away all toys and shoes
  9. Gardens can be huge selling points, so keep yours clear and tidy, get rid of the weeds and introduce some welcoming potted plants
  10. If you love pets, remember that your potential buyers may not, so perhaps a friend or neighbour could take care of them during a viewing

Following these simple tips can make a big difference and help your home sell much quicker!

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Redstones opens new Hayes office

On Saturday 5th August, Redstones was delighted to open its latest franchise in Hayes, West London. Redstones is growing fast as a leading estate and letting agency, quickly and confidently expanding its reach throughout the UK, particularly the London region.

The Hayes launch was an ideal opportunity to welcome potential local property buyers and landlords to the brand new offices, whilst explaining the business strategy of the Hayes office and how it intends to set itself apart from competitors.

The new office benefits from a prime High Street location, although similarly to all franchises, it will have a strong online presence.

A new business offer that is capturing the interest of those is Hayes and beyond is Redstones new launch offer to sell your property from £666, including VAT.

New franchisee, Pasoon Ebrahim stated that, “The launch was a great event for all that attended and helped to solidify strong relationships that I’m building in the area. There are lots of excellent business opportunities in Hayes and I believe the new branch will be a fantastic addition to Redstones growing network of high quality, value for money and reputable estate and letting agencies.”

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Understanding costs and returns as a landlord

Particularly if you are a new landlord, getting your head around the costs you will incur and your potential return on the property or properties you rent is essential.

Buy to let investing comes from two income streams – rent and the capital growth of the value of the property increasing.

The property market fluctuates, so it is possible to lose money if property values go down, if your outgoings exceed rental yield or if the property is vacant for any period of time. Being a landlord is a medium to long-term investment.

The costs involved are the costs of purchasing the property for rent including stamp duty, valuation, legal costs and mortgage arrangement fees. If you are renting your property as a business, Class 2 National Insurance is payable and so is income tax, which is payable on rental income minus day to day running costs.

Day to day running costs include landlord’s insurance, letting agent’s fees, mortgage interest, annual safety checks, redecorating and general maintenance.

But how about the profit you will earn? Here’s a useful article about calculating rental yield.

Also, if rent arrears are a worry, our Redstones Platinum Total Care service is invaluable, as it offers guaranteed rent paid on time, every time, whether the tenant has paid or not!

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Redstones ready to dominate London

As part of Redstones expansion strategy, we have focused on our franchise program for quite some time now, encouraging new and highly motivated potential business owners to take advantage of the Redstones brand and service offerings to build their own prosperous property business.

Renowned for its competitiveness and broad range of properties for sale and to let, we’re heading South, with Redstones now ready to dominate London! There are a number of new London based Redstones branches opening in the pipeline, including new branches in Hayes, Iver and Dartford. Plans are also in place for further branches to follow.

Bobby Bansal is our regional manager for the London territory. He has extensive hands-on experience of property management and a broad range of contacts in the field, including many new motivated and experienced individuals who wish to join Redstones as franchisees.

Bobby states, “Redstones is working hard to expand in the London region and we’re received lots of interest from new franchisees. Initially, Redstones will establish 6 offices in the region. As well as the branches that are due to launch soon, plans are in place to launch new offices in Slough, Harrow and Milton Keynes too.”

Watch this space for more news soon, as Redstones continue their exciting expansion efforts in London.

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Government stamping out rental of energy inefficient homes

Calling all landlords and tenants! Please be aware that as of the 1st April 2018, all properties in the private rented sector will require a minimum energy performance rating of E or higher. These regulations apply to new lets and renewals of tenancies that come into effect in April 2018 and apply to all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.

Therefore, it will become unlawful to rent a property that breaches the requirement of a minimum E rating, although some exceptions do apply. For any breaches, civil penalties of up to £4000 will be imposed.

Please note that Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) will be required for many types of property, including individual dwellings, self-contained flats, bedsits, shared flats and self-contained accommodation. The fixed penalty for those failing to provide an EPC certificate when required is £200 per dwelling and there is a six month time limit for any enforcement action to be taken.

Previous legislative changes mean that all property advertisements since 2013 have contained EPC ratings and SAP ratings and since October 2015, landlords have had to provide EPCs to tenants.

Currently, almost 10% of privately rented homes in England and Wales (4.2 million properties) fall below the E rating.

Manjit Virdi, Managing Director of Redstones explains, “The idea behind the changes are to ban the renting of the most poorly insulated homes in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions, whilst improving the housing stock available in the country by ensuring landlords make efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.”

He continues, “Redstones have advised all the landlords we feel will be directly affected by this but if anyone, either a landlord or tenant, has any concerns, we would encourage them to get in touch with us.”

Introducing Dartford’s new franchisee, Amar Gill

As part of Redstones drive to expand into London, we’re pleased to announce that we’re due to open a new branch in Dartford led by our new franchisee, Amar Gill.

Amar Gill Redstones Dartford

Amar Gill Redstones Dartford

Proving that our franchisees come from many sectors, Amar previously worked in insurance for 12 years but wanted a career change, having developed a passion for property by dealing with different types of property in the insurance sector.

Having family members with franchises, Amar had been researching franchising as a career option for 4 years and felt that the franchise market was growing from strength to strength.

Wanting to become his own boss and having previously worked for a family business, Amar says, “Being a Redstones franchisee is the same business model, as you become part of a family and grow together.”

He continues, “As soon as I saw the franchise model at Redstones, I knew it was the right move for me. It ticked all the boxes.”

Amar has enjoyed learning about all aspects of the property market through structured training, from sales to accounting and has experienced peace of mind in knowing that he can pick up the phone and call the franchise team anytime if he has a query. His exciting plans for the future include employing staff and expanding into different locations.

His advice to anyone thinking of buying a Redstones franchise? “If you have a passion for something but you are not sure how to start the business, franchising is the way forward. Having people around you that you can learn from while being your own boss is very reassuring.”

Redstones Hayes – Open / Launch Day – Saturday 12th August 2017 10am – 3.00pm

Say “hi” to the new Redstones Hayes Office

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Redstones to open new Iver branch

As a well-known brand in the property market, Redstones is thriving by broadening its reach and developing new franchises all the time. The latest is our Iver branch. Located in Buckinghamshire, Redstones Iver is due to launch over the next few weeks.

The MD of Redstones Iver is Bobby Bansal. Bobby is also a regional manager for the London territory and has extensive hands-on experience of property management. He says, “I’m working hard to spread the word about Redstones Iver and what we hope to achieve as an office, which is part of Redstones larger drive to expand substantially throughout the London region. Having gained vast familiarity with the needs of buyers and landlords in Iver, I’m confident that we have the right service offers in place to see the Iver branch go from strength to strength.”

Working with a brand name such as Redstones, which has already proven its credibility in the property market, has many benefits for franchisees. By adhering to a tried and tested business model, franchisees have increased security that their new business will flourish. Redstones also provides a structured training programme and continuous support to get franchisees off the ground.

Finally, location is everything in the property business and in contrast to many other property franchises, Redstones offers access to large territories to maximise profitability.

If you’re interested in establishing your own prosperous property franchise, visit our Franchise website, call 01922 235 350 or email franchise@redstones.co.uk

Say “hi” to the new Redstones Hayes Office – Saturday 12th August – 10am – 3pm.

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Eye-catching new sales and letting boards launched

As part of a regular drive to refresh the Redstones brand, a new design for Redstones’ sales and letting boards has been launched, which eagle-eyed sellers, buyers and landlords will notice soon!

Redstones Board design

Redstones Board design

Manjit Virdi, Managing Director of Redstones explains, “We are a marketing led company who work hard to protect and position our brand effectively. The new board design is all part of that.

In a crowded market, it’s vital for us to have an even more eye-catching board design that will stand out to serious buyers or passers-by and help promote and showcase properties as effectively as possible. Sales and letting boards have always been an important marketing tool to us, which is why we refresh their design every 2 years or so.”

The new boards help ensure that properties attract the right attention and the new board design extends to premium gallow boards, the swinging boards used to sell high value properties.

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Say “hi” to the new Redstones Hayes Office

As a rapidly expanding estate and letting agency, Redstones has recently experienced huge growth through developing their franchise network, particularly in London.

The most recent franchise due to launch is the Hayes office in West London. Operated by new franchisee, Pasoon Ebrahim, potential new franchisees, landlords, buyers, property development professionals and all those interested in the local Hayes property market are warmly invited to an open day at the new High Street office, a prime location in Hayes on Saturday 12th August – 10am – 3pm. Address: 03 Coldhrbour lane , Hayes , UB3 3EA

Managing Director of Redstones, Manjit Virdi says, “Come and visit our new Hayes office, it’s an excellent opportunity to see the exceptional service we have on offer and how we plan to excel in the challenging property market in Hayes. Of particular interest to many will be our launch offer to sell your property from £666 including VAT. This exciting new launch offer is sure to interest the local property market.”