How to prepare for your home survey?

How to prepare for your home survey?

When a buyer shows interest in your property, their mortgage lender will send a surveyor to confirm its value. To identify potential structural problems with the property and to check areas that the valuation survey does not cover, it is likely that your buyer will...

What does the latest house price data mean for you?

What does the latest house price data mean for you?

Will your home keep rising in value? Should you hold off from moving? And will there be a housing crash? Here’s what the latest data from Zoopla's House Price Index means for you. There’s a lot of noise around the UK housing market. And it can be hard to know when to...

What does a building survey look for in a garden?

What does a building survey look for in a garden?

A well-kept garden can add thousands of pounds to a home's asking price, according to studies. Some types of trees and plants, however, can cause damage to the property, so buyers should be careful. There are many factors that could affect a property's structural...

Brum goes for gold and green

Brum goes for gold and green

Over 4,500 athletes from 72 countries will compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham over the next two weeks. But once medals are awarded, what will be the legacy of the games on the property market in the UK’s second-largest city? Birmingham was not the...

How to improve your home’s EPC Rating

How to improve your home’s EPC Rating

Rising energy bills and a much greater emphasis on greener living mean a good EPC rating is now more important than ever. This article helps you to get a better one.  An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is valid for 10 years and shows you how energy efficient a...

Looking to sell your home? Now’s the time.

Looking to sell your home? Now’s the time.

As the housing market starts to slow, if you’re looking to sell your home, now’s a good time to do it, according to the latest signs in Zoopla's House Price Index. The average UK property price has remained broadly unchanged this month, rising by just 0.1% since May....

Sustainable property is top of the agenda for Generation Z

Sustainable property is top of the agenda for Generation Z

While once it may have seemed a luxury or even a quirky asset, sustainable property is even a top priority for Generation Z when looking for a home.  When people think about what would be on the wish list for a 16-25-year-old seeking a home of their own, many might...

Halifax makes major change to mortgage deposits

Halifax makes major change to mortgage deposits

Starting July 01, Halifax is lowering the minimum deposit required to secure a mortgage on new build homes from 10% to 5%. “We recognise that getting a deposit together is still the biggest hurdle faced by most first-time buyers, and these changes could reduce the...

Carpenter Surveyors take a gamble at annual Summer Soirée

Carpenter Surveyors take a gamble at annual Summer Soirée

This weekend the team at Carpenter Surveyors attended its ‘Summer Soiree’ get together at the Grand Hotel in Birmingham.   The team enjoyed a Casino experience followed by a meal in the city at Gaucho.  The Summer event, which happens each year, was even more special...

Latest planning applications data shows a decline in all figures

Latest planning applications data shows a decline in all figures

Experts are one in saying that the number of homes being built is not enough. Of the 109,900 applications for planning permission from January to March 2022 in England, district level planning authorities decided on 96,000 and granted 84,000, data published by the...

Should stamp duty be scrapped?

Should stamp duty be scrapped?

The government should abolish stamp duty to ease the financial burden on homeowners and help fix the country’s housing crisis, according to a large section of people polled in a new survey by Yorkshire Building Society (YBS). Titled ‘Housing Britain: the challenges of...

It’s now easier for first-time buyers to take out a mortgage

It’s now easier for first-time buyers to take out a mortgage

The latest move by the Bank of England to relax mortgage affordability rules should make it easier for first-time buyers to take out a mortgage. The Bank of England has announced plans to relax mortgage lending rules from August 1 in a major boost for first-time...