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Top 10 homes with a sea view

All this hot weather is reminding us of our dream to move closer to the sea. This week we’ve picked our top 10 homes for sale with sea views.

1. The perfect place to dine al fresco.
Six bed, South Cornwall, £1.7m – Lillicrap Chilcott

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2. Look at the colour of that water, we just want to dive in.
Seven bed, St Ives, West Cornwall, £1.5m – Lillicrap Chilcott

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3. If you’re a fan of ultra modern you’ll love this beach front home.
Five bed, Littlehampton, £1.8m – Glyn Jones & Co

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4. Living on the cliffs you probably couldn’t get a more breathtaking view.
Three bed, Cornwall, £1m – Stags

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5. Plenty of room for entertaining the whole family with this superb decking area on the beach.
Four bed, East Sussex, £950,000 – John D Wood & Co.

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6. Open plan living at its best, wow.
Four bed, Brighton, £2.2m – Winkworth

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7. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a sea view every morning?
Four bed, Gwynedd, £2.9m – Beresford Adams

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8. A balcony, a pool and a sea view – heaven.
Seven bed, Bridgend, £1.5m – Watts & Morgan

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9. You don’t have to win the lotto to get a sea view.
One bed, Plymouth, £84,950 – Cross Keys Estates

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10. A little piece of heaven. What’s not to like?
Seven bed, Porthmadog, £1.1m – Jackson-Stops & Staff

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July 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM Leave a comment

Phil’s Top Property Tip of the Month – Step outside and start repairing this summer

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Have you ever pulled onto your street and noticed a few things you could do to spruce up your home? Well, summer is here so get outside and crack on with that ‘to do’ list!

Longer days, shorter nights and better weather mean there is no excuse to stay inside. Whether you are looking for a big project, or a small one, summer is the perfect time to enhance the exterior of your home.

Kerb appeal is a big factor for buyers, so keeping on top of basic maintenance could make a huge difference in the future. Remember, prevention is better than cure! Here are a few suggestions to consider…

  • Tidy up the front garden: Spend a few hours updating the front garden. It is an area that should always be aesthetically pleasing to those passing by or more importantly potential buyers. The garden says a lot about your home and should be at the top of your summer to-do list.
  • Clean out the garage: The garage is an easy location to dump rarely used items, boxes and miscellaneous objects. Take a sunny day to open up your garage door and take stock. Be ruthless and clear out anything that you haven’t used in the last year or two. You’ll be amazed how much you won’t miss things. It’s only about a day’s worth of work and can increase storage space and the appeal of your house.
  • Examine the exterior: Check the outside of your home thoroughly for signs of wear and tear. Peeling paint and years worth of grime can detract from the kerb appeal of your home. Thorough cleaning and repainting can make the world of difference. For a less time-consuming task, simply painting your front door a new colour will give it an instant facelift.
  • Let the light in: Take some time to clean every window in your home. Wash the windows and windowsills both inside and out and check all the seals around the window panes. While you’re up a ladder it’s a good idea to check all the gutters and and clear out any obstructions.  A handful of leaves or a stray tennis ball blocking a gutter can lead to thousands of pounds worth of damage. Wash the windows and windowsills both inside and out and check all the seals around the window panes. This tedious task should only take a day, but will enhance the exterior and interior of your home.
  • Check the roof: Never neglect your roof – it is the shelter over your head. The summer provides the perfect opportunity to examine the roof for damage, leaks, and missing tiles. If there seems to be a serious issue you should contact a professional.

Ensuring the outside of your home is in the best possible state not only gives you the pleasure of living in an attractive, well maintained home, but it also helps add value and boost the appeal of your property when you decide to sell. First impressions are everything, and you want to ensure the outside of your home leaves potential buyers hungry to get inside.

June 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM 1 comment

Phil’s Top Property Tip of the Month – Blooming gardens bring in buyers

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It’s that time of year again when the Chelsea Flower Show inspires the green-fingered god and goddess in all of us, and thoughts turn wistfully to barbeques over long bank holiday weekends as temperatures start to soar.

Now is one of the optimum times to view a property – not only are the days longer and lighter, but gardens are beginning to come into full bloom and you can see the outdoor space on offer in the best possible light. For many buyers, particularly those with young children, finding a property with a good quality, private and enclosed garden or outdoor space is a huge bonus.

And for those in built-up urban centres even the smallest roof-terrace can be regarded as a luxury. But there are a few things to bear in mind when considering a property with outdoor space:

Orientation – Like location, one of the things you can’t ever change about your home is its orientation. A North, North West or North East facing garden will get very little sunlight and rules out any dreams of that herbaceous border. Particularly if it is only small backyard, you may find it is constantly in the shadow of the property, and while this may discourage you from sitting out in it, the more serious implication is that shadowed gardens tend to never dry out after a heavy downpour. Instead, keep an eye out for South, South-West or South-East facing rear gardens. If you’re viewing a house on a dull overcast day, you might even want to take a compass to help you get your bearings! Lastly, consider what time of day you would like to catch the sun most – morning sun for weekend breakfasts perhaps or evening sun for the after work BBQ? Or maybe you prefer morning sun brightening the bedroom more than you do the garden?

Size – A large garden is an important asset in itself, particularly in prime city locations – so don’t get too fazed by a mess. Remember that size is more important than current condition – landscaping can be relatively inexpensive, and clearing old debris or overgrown weeds is often not such a mammoth task as it looks. You can never grow a small backyard – but you can revamp a generous garden and add value to your property in the long term. Outdoor space opens up the opportunity for a conservatory, extension, or garage – and in some cases, even an annex or a second property.

Trees – pay attention to them. They cast shade and cause patchy lawns, dead leaves and twigs can block drains, fallen branches can damage property, and rogue roots can crack driveways and even disturb the foundations of houses built on heavy clay soils or peat. Many mature trees can be legally protected – so it may not be as easy to get rid of that problematic Oak as you think.

Boundaries – check your boundary rights and responsibilities – they aren’t always clear, take many different forms and can lead to tensions with the new neighbours. You will usually be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the hedge or fence on one side of your garden. Remember that if you want more privacy in your garden, you’ll have to consult with your neighbour first before erecting a higher fence or planting tall trees.

May 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

Gogglebox’s ‘posh couple’ Steph & Dom put £3.5m home on the market

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May 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM Leave a comment

Phil Spencer’s property tip of the month – Should you buy a new home or a characterful older home?

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It’s not a straightforward answer and a lot of the decision depends on personal preference. Some people are diehard fans of brand spanking new homes where you can march in, not worry about doing a thing and get on with your life. Others wouldn’t want to be caught dead in a new home, preferring period property with personality.

Some see a period home as a black hole for cash, with the maintenance you have to lavish on it simply to keep it up to date and upright? Others see new homes as bland that are cookie-cutter boxes modelled on a computer plan provided by a developer.

Personally I believe both have their benefits and here are five points on each to help you make that decision.

Older re-sale home
*With a re-sale home, if you don’t like it you can quickly knock a few walls down, paint and install your own your vision and add value
*Likely to be found in areas that have ready made and long established communities
*All the services: broadband, telephone, electric etc will all be easy to re-establish from the previous owner
*No endless snagging list for an older property
*You tend to get more mature garden with a re-sale home. New builds tend to be just recently laid turf.

The new home
*New homebuilders generally offer a range of benefits that the second-hand market cannot hope to match.
*New homes are vastly more energy-efficient and therefore much cheaper to run than second-hand homes
*New home prices are now more in line with the second-hand market, so there is not so much of a ‘brand new’ premium any more
*New homes are packed with lots more extra features than most older properties.
*NHBC 10 year warranty peace of mind with new build homes

April 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM 2 comments

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