What to know before upsizing to a bigger property

Going ahead with deciding to upsize your property is certainly not something that should be done lightly, but it is a decision which may be essential depending on your current housing situation, and how you want it to look in the future. Homeowners may choose to upsize their...


Top tips for preventing damp in your home

With summer having drawn to a close and the colder months quickly approaching, protecting your home from the issues these wet and icy seasons bring might be something you’re thinking about. One of the most problematic issues we may face in our homes is the accumulation of...


What to know before buying a new build home

New build properties have been on the rise in Britain, with one of the main reasons stemming from the UK governments commitment to building 300,000 new houses every year up until the mid-2020s . The rise of new homes has certainly impacted the housing market, but what does this...


Marketing your property and finding the right tenants

Utilising the expertise of an estate agent to market your property will certainly help find you the right tenant quickly. But how exactly do estate agents like Park & Bailey make sure your property gains the most exposure throughout the market, in addition to finding a...


Tips for selling when you have pets

Not every person looking to buy your home will feel the same as you do about pets. Our tips below offer advice on how to ensure buyers won’t be put off when viewing a property with pets. Have your carpets cleaned professionally, this should get rid of any pet odours...


Stamp Duty Tax: What is it and why do I need to pay it?

With Stamp Duty Tax being a hot topic of debate, we felt that it would be a good idea to dedicate a blog to explain what is it, and why buyers of a property need to pay it. What is it? Stamp Duty (also known as Stamp Duty Land Tax in England & Northern Ireland) is a...


Maintenance tips to reduce your home insurance bill

A vast majority of homeowners opt to protect their homes from loss and damages with the help of home insurance. The two most common forms of home insurance fall under ‘buildings ‘and ‘contents’ – with buildings covering the structural integrity of...


Five essential checks to make during a house viewing

Unless you’re purchasing a new home , it’s unlikely that you’ll find a property where all the appliances and fixtures will be in mint, or brand-new condition. With the property being previously occupied, it’s more likely that these fixtures have been used...


What to know before searching for a property to buy

When it comes to finding a property to buy , we can certainly praise the internet for making house hunting easier as we’re now able to browse hundreds of properties from the comfort of our own homes. With such a range to choose from, the likelihood of finding something to...


Top tips for making your property friendlier for the elderly

There can be a range of reasons as to why someone may wish to make their home more age-friendly. The most obvious (and perhaps, the most dampening) is that we do it for ourselves as grow older – requiring a more accessible home to get around in. Others may have elderly...


Tips to stop rental void periods

N o landlord wants the stress and worry of a rental void period. Unfortunately, they are quite common and can easily happen. If you are a landlord with a smaller portfolio, this can be damaging to your income. We’ve put together a few simple tips that should help you avoid...


Five reasons to use an estate agent to sell your home

Selling a home independently would prove extremely challenging for some – so it comes as no surprise that a vast majority of homeowners choose to use an estate agent to make what can be an overwhelming process far more manageable and streamline. Estate agents hold a vast...


Five checks you should make in preparation for a new tenancy

Whilst many landlords choose to work with letting agents who handle a majority of the admin tasks a new tenancy brings, it is important to be aware of some procedures which will ensure a smooth start for a new tenant in a rental property. To ease the inevitable stress of a new...


Home improvements that add value

Want to make your home a moneymaker? Certain improvements can add to the value of your home but, before you decide to start a project – you should know what return you are likely to get. How do you know if you are spending on the right project? Below are some of the top...


Tips to make a rental property a home

It can often be difficult to make a rental property feel like home. You can sometimes feel like you have no control over the decoration of the property. How do you make a rented property feel like a home without losing your deposit, annoying the landlord or putting your money...


Why isn’t my house selling?

You always hope your home will sell quickly , however, sometimes it can take a little longer than you hoped. We look at a few reasons why your home may not be selling, and how to fix them! Does your home have kerb appeal? Buyers will make up their minds about a house they are...


Things to do before every property viewing!

When you first marketed your home, you probably made sure it looked its best for each viewing — clean bedding, sparkling windows, flowers and everything spick and span. However, if you’ve had lots of viewings it can be difficult to make an effort every time, but make...


Is your garden summer ready?

As you can see the weather has started to heat up, so it’s worth taking the time to get your garden ready for the BBQ’s , pools and partying! You want to make sure your garden looks fab for the time of year when it becomes an extension to your indoor living. Take a...


Moving with small children

Moving is known to be one of the most stressful things a person will do in their lives. This, incidentally, references the average adult and the stresses a house move will entail. For some, it is a leading cause of stress! But, how do the little people in our lives cope? They don...


Budget friendly upgrade ideas

You don’t need to break the bank to make your home stand out . You can make budget-friendly changes to ensure your home is more appealing to buyers. You don’t need to do costly renovations to make an impact, subtle changes can actually go a long way to increase the...


Gardening tips to help sell your home quickly

As spring turns to summer gardens start to come into bloom. As the days become longer and the temperature begins to increase, you might suddenly realise that you’ve not paid attention to your garden for a while and you want to get the BBQ out. It might be time to grab that...


Tips for moving to a new home with pets

Moving home is a lot of work and can be even harder if you have pets to take with you. We hope our tips below will help if you are planning to move with pets. Let your landlord know When looking for a new home , you need to make sure that pets are allowed. You don’t want...


National Nature Reserve boosts Croydon property prices

The South London Downs joins Ruislip Park and Richmond Park as the third such reserve. Its 1,030 acres of land will be protected from development, it includes Happy Valley park and Farthing and Coulson Commons. If you do live in the area, being near quality open space means you...


Things to do and avoid when selling a property

Selling your home can be time consuming and an emotional experience. Strangers will come to your home and view it, some may even criticize it, and you will more than likely receive offers under the asking price. If you have not sold a property before or are an experience seller...


5 ways to make an awesome first impression when selling

If someone is checking out your property, they will make their mind up within minutes of viewing it — a first impression lasts longer on a house viewing than when meeting people. Remember most buyers would have already seen your home online and then decided whether to...


Tips for a more eco friendly home

As a homeowner your actions have an impact on the environment, plus with details of new eco standards for new homes announced in the Spring Statement 2019! We thought we would share these tips to make your existing home more eco-friendly. Toxic free A lot of household products...


Maximise the value of your home with our tips

Looking to add value to your home? Your home is an investment so, you might ask the question how much is my home worth? If you are looking to get a market appraisal of your home, there are things you can do in increase the value first! If you are planning to make changes, you...


Preparing to sell your property in March

Spring is known for being a popular season to market your home. If you are thinking of selling, here are some things to think about before that sale sign goes up! Tidy your home Before inviting any agents to appraise your home, you should try to get it looking its best &ndash...


Design guide to investment refurbs

Have you decided to renovate a property you are renting? Or are you looking to refresh it before selling to get the best price? You probably know your budget and scope of works and have even lined up contractors… But what about the design elements? Sometimes landlords don...


How to pick the perfect housewarming gift

If you’re planning to visit a friend in their new home, you may want to have a housewarming gift in hand. Whether it’s something unique, a traditional gift, or something personalised to them, a gift will surely put a smile on any new homeowners face.  If you...


What lowers house prices the most

Your home reflects your personality, the problem is, the things that you love the most might be what is putting people off. Sometimes the improvements or changes you have made to your home might make is less attractive to buyers. Selling is a stressful process, so it’s...


Why move to Coulsdon

COULSDON sits on the edge of the North Downs on the London/Surrey border. It strikes the balance between town and country. It’s inside the M25, a ten-minute drive down the A23, yet Brighton is only an hour away by car, and with fast trains into several London termini from...


Moving day checklist

You’ve planned, organized, found the moving company, packed, and are ready to get out of your old place and into your new home ! To help you with a stress-free move, we’ve posted blogs for each stage of moving, this week is our last one! Here’s our checklist...


The day before moving checklist

It’s the day before , so it’s time to get really prepared for moving. You want to get as many of the small jobs completed today, this will enable you to purely concentrate on the main moving day tasks. We suggest you take final meter readings for all your utilities...


Moving Day one week checklist

It's one week before moving day! We're sure you are very excited about your move, but remember there is still lots to do… Make sure you tell official companies about your change of address. Inform the DVLA of your new address and don’t forget about banks and...


Moving day 2 week checklist

So, you now have two weeks left until your moving date, this is the time to confirm all important details and contact numbers with your removal company, estate agent and schools etc. If your removal company doesn’t provide additional services like un-plumbing washing...


Moving day 4 week checklist

Moving home can be a busy time and there is lots to organise. If you don’t prepare, it might all seem like too much. Here at Park & Bailey, we thought we’d put together a list of what you should do at each stage to make sure your countdown to moving is on track...