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Spring cleaning before your big move

Many people sell up and move home in the spring and summer, which makes right now a perfect time for a spring clean before the ‘big moving day’ to save you both time and money before a house move.

Remember that reducing clutter can help you focus on your plans to move, reducing the stress involved. Here are Redstones tips for making your spring cleaning much simpler:

1. Be prepared
Start cleaning a few weeks before you plan to move and ensure that the right tools are in place, including the correct amount of dusters, bins bags and cleaning products! Start looking into finding a professional removals company too.

2. Declutter effectively
Go through your house and work out what you do and don’t want to take with you to your new home. Don’t waste time and money on packing, moving and storing any furniture and items you no longer need.

3. Start cleaning
Clean your own house as thoroughly as possible for the new occupiers and think about arranging for your new property to be cleaned. It’s always better to clean carpets and windows without having to empty rooms again. You could tackle this yourself or there are plenty of cleaning companies that charge reasonably for this service.

4. Some useful cleaning tips
You don’t necessarily have to throw everything away. Save old towels and bed linen for the move. They can be used as dust sheets, for wrapping furniture or for covering carpets if any painting is taking place. Remember that some of your old belongings can still be valuable, so consider eBay or a garage or car boot sale. Finally, ensure you wear comfortable and protective clothes when moving and keep rooms well ventilated if working with chemical cleaning products.

Cleaning your current home and ensuring your new home is clean and comfortable too takes some organised effort but will help you settle in faster in the long-run.

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Speeding up the home selling process

When you’re selling your home, often the last thing you want is for the process to take a long time. So, what is the best way to improve your home’s ability to sell? Redstones recommend that you try these top tips:

Understand the market
One of the main reasons for a house not selling is because it’s priced too high. Despite the money you may have spent on the property, you need to go with what the housing market in your area dictates. Look at the prices of comparable homes and ensure your home is priced competitively.

‘Fixer upper’ homes can be difficult to sell
Nowadays, more people are looking for homes they can move into quickly, without conducting significant repairs. Avoid making your home look like a ‘fixer upper’ by fixing any damage, painting the home to freshen it up or tending to the garden to make your home an inviting prospect.

Location, location, location
The location of your home is vitally important to a buyer. Emphasise the good points about your location to buyers, including access to amenities, schools or even strong broadband access!

First impressions count
Keep your home neutral, simple and uncluttered. When buyers come around for viewings, it’s important that they can imagine it as their home, with their belongings.

Always be flexible
Just like you, remember that buyers are busy people. Always be flexible about when you can show them around your home. Also, to compete with other homes in the area, make sure you are prepared for viewings by keeping your home clean and orderly to make the best possible impression.

If your home isn’t selling as quickly as you would ideally want, why not give some of these tips a try? Alternatively, Redstones offer tailored advice to help. Discover even more about the home selling process with Redstones.

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Is running a property franchise for you?

If you’re ever considered running your own business, how does the idea of operating a Redstones estate and letting agency grab you?

As we gear up for our Open Days on the 18th and 25st June, we’ve been reflecting on why our current franchisees are glad they made the decision to work with us.

Earle Kenlay, Director of Redstones in Hale & Altrincham is in process of expanding his business. He says, “Redstones is one of the best property franchises in the UK due to their business terms and the size of the territory on offer.”

It’s a sentiment that Richmond Franchisee, Brinder Bains fully agrees with. He says, “With Redstones, I’ve gained the independence of running my own business but with the support of a recognised national brand. My decision to join Redstones was the best business decision I’ve ever made.”

Find out for yourself why owning a property franchise is so rewarding by coming along to our Open Days to meet our team face to face. You could potentially transform your career and find out what it’s really like to run your own highly successful property business.

We’re even offering a lucky winner the opportunity to become a Redstones franchisee with their own FREE large territory – an extremely valuable offer!

10 successful applicants can also benefit from a reduced franchise fee (£9,995 rather than £14,995) if they complete their application form by 30th June 2016.

With our professional and innovative business practices, as well as on-going support, your estate agency and letting business will certainly thrive with us. Discover if our Redstones lettings franchises are for you and visit our Open Days.

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Finding a property management franchise online

If you’re searching for a property management franchise online, here is the type of information we recommend that you gather in your research:

  1. Residual income – In the property management business, residual income is key. Estimate what level you expect to achieve on a monthly and annual basis.
  2. IT systems – The right IT systems, support and tools are an essential part of daily operations. Investigate how these systems will work. Nowadays, IT is much more crucial than having a high street presence. At Redstones, our sophisticated software is designed to make the daily operation of a property management company as easy as possible. All statements and invoices are on-line, giving landlords transparency and inspiring confidence.
  3. Marketing support – You will need to pro-actively build a customer base from day one. The right marketing strategy and approaches are crucial to this and we advise all franchisees on the marketing methods that really work.

With any franchise, a new franchisee should demand the right advice and support to get their business off the ground and achieving real success. Unfortunately, not all property management franchises online offer the level of support that they should for new franchisees. This inevitably leads to frustration and disappointment.

At Redstones, franchisees praise us for the level of support we offer. Earle Kinlay, the owner of our Hale & Altrincham franchise says, “Ultimately, it was Manjit Virdi, the Franchise Owner along with existing franchisees, who really sold it to me. Manjit was always available to answer any questions or concerns in an honest and open way and there was never any hard sell or pressure to sign up. The other franchisees I spoke to were just the same, giving their honest opinions and advice.”

Conducting your own detailed research, along with speaking to other franchisees, is a fantastic way of ensuring that you’re buying into the right property management franchise.

Find out what’s involved in becoming a valued Redstones franchisee.

5 things to know about starting your own estate agency

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own estate agency or letting business, Redstones offer fantastic franchise options that cover the five main ingredients for success.

Not all estate and letting agencies are alike. A successful business model is one that has been built upon real experience. At Redstones, we’ve refined our business model over the years to give franchisees the best possible chance of succeeding.

Here is how we get our new Redstones franchisees ahead of the game from the beginning:

1. Training
We believe that a solid foundation of training, whether or not the franchisee has previous property experience, is essential. An initial training programme is led by Redstones Founder and Managing Director, Manjit Virdi and includes support from property training professionals and the head office team. The programme results in an ARLA qualification.

2. Marketing
As advocates of a wide range of tried and tested marketing techniques, both online and offline; we know which techniques lead to high quality business generation. To help franchisees succeed in business, we are providing new franchisees that join our network in 2016 with the Redstones Marketing Ready Package, worth over £7,000.

3. Customer service
Many other estate and letting agencies fail when it comes to their customer service offer. We provide the tools that ensure excellent service, such as the ‘Switch Agents’ programme, which ensures that new business is gained based on the service delivered. We’ve also introduced Redstones Platinum Total Care; a scheme that ensures the landlord’s rent is paid on the date it is due, regardless of whether the tenant has paid on time.

4. Territories
Territory sizes are central to the success of an estate agent franchise. In contrast to many other property franchises, Redstones offers large territories of at least 100,000 households, as well as low set up costs.

5. Business growth options
Once you’ve successfully established your estate agent franchise, have you thought about the next steps? When one of our franchises is ready to grow, our business acquisition experts advise franchisees on how to build their business portfolio.

For further information, visit our Franchise website.

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Starting your own property management franchise just became easier

If you’re interested in starting your own property management and letting company, you may want to know more about how it all works before making the huge commitment of running a business.

It’s a great option for many professionals, but before owning a property franchise, potential franchises need to fully understand what it entails. From marketing to sales, managing systems, finances and the profits you’re likely to generate, at Redstones, we always find that potential franchisees have lots of questions for us. That’s only natural if they’re pursuing a new business opportunity!

For this reason, we are inviting interested individuals to our Open Days on 14th and 21st May 2016. Liaising with the Redstones team face to face offers an excellent opportunity to find out what being a Redstones franchisee really involves. We will also showcase our industry-leading and innovative services, which help franchisees win business.

In addition, we are inviting 10 successful applicants to take advantage of a reduced franchise fee (£9,995 rather than £14,995) if they complete their application form by 30th June 2016.

And that’s not all. We’re even offering a lucky winner the opportunity to become a Redstones franchisee with their own large territory, with our full support to ensure the business succeeds.

A visit to our Open Day could therefore prove well-worthwhile! Discover more about Redstones Open Days.

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3 simple steps to improve the quality of property leads

If you’re looking to sell your home or you’re searching for rental leads, an important marketing approach nowadays is to display property on property portals. However, how can you ensure that this practice will lead to high quality leads? Here are Redstones top tips:

  1. 1.       Be selective

Be selective when focusing on property management lead generation. By advertising on the wrong portals, low quality leads can be the result. At Redstones, we use only the leading property portals, which have been proven to generate high quality leads. Online advertising is invaluable but that doesn’t mean advertising everywhere.

  1. 2.       Focus on photography

Whether you are trying to sell your property yourself or looking for rental leads through lettings agents, we’ve seen some images that are far from professional! Despite the quality of smartphones nowadays, using the camera function of your phone is not recommended. If you really want to present your property at its best and attract the right interest, professional photography involving the use of a wide angle lens is essential. It’s important to remember that buying a home is aspirational for most people and quality photography should reflect this to attract buyers. See our great example of photography being used at its best to truly ‘sell’ a property.

  1. 3.       Excellent descriptions

As part of an effective marketing approach, excellent, well-written descriptions are required that accurately describe the property. It’s always useful to use dimensions and include all advantageous features of the property. This may seem to be an obvious point but at Redstones, the use of poor quality descriptions amongst even professional estate and letting agencies never ceases to amaze us.

Ultimately, property management lead generation is about adopting a truly professional approach to marketing efforts, in order to gain high quality leads. This is a real area of expertise for Redstones.

Discover more about our other recommended approaches.

How to succeed in the property business

At Redstones, we develop and work with potential business owners or new franchisees that show real promise – regardless of whether or not they’ve worked in property management before.

That’s because our comprehensive training ensures that we equip franchisees with the knowledge they require to get up and running in their territory. What is most important is that our candidates are focused, customer service oriented and willing to constantly learn.

So if you’re looking for an estate agent or letting agency franchise, Redstones welcomes those from all industry backgrounds, as long as they can demonstrate the drive and determination it takes to make their own business succeed.

Take the example of one of our newest franchisees, Bobby Dhaliwal, who is the Owner/Manager of Redstones Coventry South. Bobby’s background is in retail management and his main introduction to the world of estate and letting agencies was through investing in his own properties.

Bobby says, “That’s when I realised that there was a real gap in the market for estate and letting agents who focused more on offering excellent customer service to landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers, rather than just being focused on generating business.”

He continues, “I became interested in running my own property management business and working with Redstones has given me a real foundation, including the tools and training I needed to get up and running.”

All new franchisees complete a comprehensive training programme. Reflecting on this training, Bobby states, “I received some fantastic one-to-one coaching from the Director of Redstones, Manjit Virdi, as well as excellent technical advice; all set at a good pace.”

“Without such strong support, I would never have reached this far and would have just ended up making the same mistakes as others who try to run their own property business.”

Interested in starting your own successful estate and letting agency too? Discover more on our Redstones Franchise site.

Opening more doors for franchisees in 2016

For those looking for a fantastic new franchise opportunity in the real estate sector, it’s now an ideal time to consider owning a Redstones Property franchise; a lettings and property management business involving the management of your own property portfolio.

As a great new incentive, the first 10 successful applicants who complete an application form before 30th June 2016 will benefit from a reduced franchise fee of £9,995 (normally £14,995). The new franchisees will also benefit from staged/deferred payment methods and £7,000 invested back into their business via our ‘Marketing Ready package’ for local promotion. Typically you will need an additional £5,000 of working capital, depending on your personal circumstances.

Redstones is a web based agency and our tried and tested business model means that we’ve made it possible to run a full service property agency from an office instead of the high street; considerably reducing overheads.

Furthermore, an increasing number of people are renting rather than buying homes, making our property agency franchise an attractive option.

Redstones are a sales and marketing driven organisation, which ensures that our franchisees succeed in running a profitable business. We achieve this through comprehensive initial training, as well as a strong focus on marketing and on-going business support. In addition, Redstones territories are typically larger than those offered by other lettings franchises.

Take advantage of this special offer now and open more doors with Redstones. Find out more about the thriving business you could own in 2016.