Vendors With A Pet? Tips To Sell Your Home

Selling your home can be a lot of work, and vendors must overcome a lot of obstacles in their way. In the current climate, selling a house is a tricky proposition, and this is why Williams of Petersfield is here to ensure you receive the best standard of service, no matter your circumstances. If you’re a vendor with a pet, we have tips to help you sell your home. Continue reading “Vendors With A Pet? Tips To Sell Your Home”

Vendors And Buyers Want Help From Traditional Agents

When the housing market re-opened, there was a significant spike in demand, which is perfectly understandable. During lockdown, some people’s circumstances will have changed, and other people will feel like a change of scenery, after having spent a lot of time at home. Continue reading “Vendors And Buyers Want Help From Traditional Agents”

Property Demand Remained High During Lockdown

The re-opening of the housing market in mid-May saw a high level of activity in the housing market, but this shouldn’t have been a surprising outcome. There were many households whose lives had been put in limbo due to the housing market being paused. These people would have been keen to conclude their deals as soon as the market was up and running again. Continue reading “Property Demand Remained High During Lockdown”

How To Prepare A Home For Sale After Lockdown

With the Government announcing the housing market can re-open, a lot of people have been keen to engage the market as quickly as possible. Both Zoopla and Rightmove, leading property portals in the United Kingdom, have unveiled stats indicating there was significant pent-up demand in the market. Continue reading “How To Prepare A Home For Sale After Lockdown”

How People Are Responding To Working From Home

It would be fair to say many people are considering if remote working is the best thing for them, and their employer. There is a range of benefits associated with working from home, and if businesses can save money without compromising on quality, it is likely many firms will change their standard working practices. Continue reading “How People Are Responding To Working From Home”

DIY Work Is In Demand During Lockdown – Top Tips

With so many people spending more time at home, and looking for projects which will keep them active, it is likely there will be a DIY boom during lockdown. With many leading DIY and hardware stores re-opening, offering the chance for homeowners to buy equipment and materials, homes across the country will be restyled. Continue reading “DIY Work Is In Demand During Lockdown – Top Tips”

Remote Working Tips For Your Home

A significant number of people dream about working from home, although it is fair to present circumstances are not how people imagined how it would happen. If you find yourself working from home, the process may be strange and new for you. If you are looking for remote working tips for your home, we are more than happy to help.

You should look to replicate your standard workstation or area as best as you can. This may not be possible or feasible. However, if you can make changes, maintaining consistency at home will help you be productive.

You should get dressed

You don’t need to dress as you would typically for work unless there is a requirement to do so. However, it is beneficial to get out of your pyjamas, get washed and freshen up for the day. You might think working from home in your most comfortable clothes all day is “living the dream”, but this is a bad idea.

It may hamper your productivity, and it will make it harder to fall asleep at night. Getting dressed and ready for work will help you enter a more productive mind frame.

Create a space that is specific for work

Depending on how much spare room or space you have at home, this may be easier said than done. However, by creating an area for work, you will differentiate between home-life and work-life much more easily.

If you have a busy home, setting up an area where you can work, and not be disturbed, is of benefit. You may find that children and pets don’t necessarily respect these boundaries, but adults and older children will hopefully provide you with peace to work when you are in this area.

Having a specified workspace is also helpful in switching off at the end of the day. When you step out of the work zone, you can relax and focus on other matters.

Do you have the equipment you need to work?

While each person is different, if you have a desk-based job, there will be some equipment you need alongside your laptop, PC or tablet. Therefore, you will probably require:

  • A comfortable chair
  • A desk with enough space for your needs and which is at a suitable height to work
  • A broadband connection which allows you to work and communicate
  • Software to communicate with clients and colleagues

Some people find noise-cancelling headphones to be helpful, but this may depend on your home, your budget, and what work you are carrying out.

Make sure you take breaks

It is helpful to take breaks from work. If you want to catch up with colleagues, arrange a time where you can have a coffee and catch up. If you want to take a break with people inside your home, schedule it, as this will give you something to look forward to.

We appreciate this is a challenging time, but at Williams of Petersfield, we are here to assist you as best we can. If you are looking for any guidance or advice from a local agent, please get in touch with us today.

Technology Is Vital For Property Market

It is crucial we all follow guidance and advice in dealing with the Coronavirus situation. There is information provided by the Government for the housing market, and rest assured, the team at Williams of Petersfield are following this guidance and making sure we provide all our clients with the best standard of service. Continue reading “Technology Is Vital For Property Market”

March Budget – Housing Issues

The March Budget mainly focused on measures being introduced to halt the Coronavirus, which meant the housing market didn’t receive as much focus as people expected it to. Given housing was a priority for the Conservative Party in the build-up to the General Election, it is understandable that this was tipped to be at the heart of announcements.

Of course, times change, and there was a need to focus on halting Coronavirus, and providing support for those who need help. However, there were still some housing measures introduced, and as you would expect, there has been debate as to how suitable these measures are.

Stamp duty surcharge will be introduced

In 2021, there will be a 2% surcharge on stamp duty for non-UK residents buying property in the country. A lot of people have said this is a sensible move, and one which will help people buy property. Of course, there is also an opinion that this is unlikely to create the outcome many people hope for.

Some of the criticism levelled at the measure include the fact it is a measure mainly focused on the London property market. Another complaint is related to the measure being introduced next year, which means there is nothing to stop prospective non-UK buyers snapping up property this year.

Mark Hayward is the Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, and he has spoken about the stamp duty surcharge, saying; “If introduced, this policy allows those in the UK to have a better chance at purchasing a home. However, overseas buyers tend to purchase properties in prime central London which are completely unaffordable to most homebuyers anyway. Therefore, this move will not help those that need it most.”

Richard Donnell is the Director of Research & Insight at Zoopla, and he said; “The additional 2% Stamp Duty surcharge for non-UK resident buyers represents the latest in a long series of tax reforms, and may have a short-term impact on demand in higher value markets once it is introduced. For those who are looking at a longer-term hold, the additional upfront purchase cost will diminish in significance over time. In the interim, however, there will likely be some increased activity among non-UK residents looking to purchase before the new rules come into force.”

Is enough being done to support landlords?

There has also been criticism for the Government for not doing enough to support landlords and the letting industry. The Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlords Association issued a joint statement criticising the lack of backing for this sector.

The statement said; “The Government is undermining its own efforts to boost homeownership through its attacks on the private rented sector. By choking-off supply and making renting more expensive it is tenants who are hardest hit. Ministers need to wake up to the reality of the damage their tax measures are doing to the private rented sector and support landlords to provide the new homes for private rent we desperately need.”

Whatever move you intend to make in 2020, you can rely on Williams of Petersfield to provide you with support and guidance. We are pleased to provide you with a property valuation, which is an essential component in placing your property on the market. No matter what assistance you require, contact Williams of Petersfield today, and we will be more than happy to assist you.