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09Nov


Do you know about the different ways to sell your home? There are lots of different ways to sell your home, but the main two options are paying a flat-fee up front, which is favoured by DIY models, and the 'no sale, no fee' model, that you'll find on the high street. 

There are different types of estate agent model out there, but at The Guild, we recommend the 'no sale, no fee'. This means that you don't have to pay until your house is sold, so there is no risk of having to pay for no results. 

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The 'no sale, no fee' model is used by nearly all 'traditional' estate agents, which means your friendly local estate agent who has a shop on the high street. Be sure to look for this when you decide to sell your home. 

When you choose the 'no sale, no fee' option, it means that your estate agent wants to sell your home as much as you do - they won't get paid if they don't! 

What are the differences?

DIY model 

  • Payment is due no matter if the agent sells your home or not
  • Pay a flat fee up-front 
  • Usually conducted online 


'No sale, no fee' model 

  • No commission is taken until the sale goes through 
  • Agents are paid on commission, so they want the same as you: to sell the home 
  • Usually has a high-street office, giving consumers an in-person point of contact 


The choice is yours, and you are free to pick the model that best suits your needs. At the Guild, we recommend the 'no sale, no fee option because agents with a commission-based fee structure aren’t paid until they get results, meaning their priority is the same as the homeowners: to sell the property. 


Contact us on 01364 652652 to find out more.  For a FREE instant online Valuation click here.




01Nov



Lots of people become property developers, where they can take a neglected home and turn it into a beautiful house that lots of people will want to buy. Keeping to a strict budget can mean that there is a lot of profit to be made here, but getting carried away can mean that the developers do a lot of work for little or no reward. 


Doing a property renovation can be more work than people anticipate. Plus, you need to get the property for the right price, no matter if that is buying it from an estate agent or bidding at auction, to make sure that you sell for a profit. 


Sawdye & Harris are part of The Guild network which is made up of the best 800 independent estate agents around the country. Find out why you should choose us to sell your home


30Aug



06Aug


Keeping Your New Home Damp Free


Damp is one of the most common problems that affects UK homes and if it is not taken care of, it can cause major damage to your property.

Our guide looks at the main causes of damp – and, more importantly, how to combat them.

What are the main types of damp?

There are three types of damp to be aware of; rising damp, condensation and penetrating damp.

Tackling rising damp

Rising damp can be costly to sort out and can become harmful to your health if not treated. Rising damp is caused by groundwater finding its way into a home through stone or brickwork and then working its way from the ground up. The most effective way to manage rising damp is through a course of damp-proofing.

Dealing with penetrating damp

Water can work its way into a property through the walls as well as the roof and floors; this is called penetrating damp. Growing circles and blotches on walls and ceilings and wet and crumbly plaster are typical signs of penetrating damp. Potential weak spots on the property exterior such as poor pointing or damaged masonry can also be an indication of damp, causing possible problems further down the line.

The key to removing penetrating damp is to eliminate the source. Check the sealant on exterior doors and windows as these may need stripping and replacing. Check for any missing mortar or areas between bricks that may need repointing.

Managing condensation

Condensation is one of the most common forms of damp in the home and its harmful consequences are often overlooked. Condensation can be caused by drying wet clothes indoors, taking a shower or having a bath and boiling the kettle to name a few.

Bathrooms and kitchens are often the rooms most affected so proper ventilation is essential. Make sure you have a working extractor fan in your kitchen and bathrooms, and ensure all rooms including bedrooms have functioning vents.

Condesation on Window

Watch out for black mould

Black mould is caused by an excessive build-up of moisture; it is difficult to remove and can have serious health implications.This type of mould is not just unsightly, but it can attract mites and, in extreme cases, could cause respiratory problems. Mould and mildew eradication kits can be purchased online but any cleaning products that contain bleach can also tackle the problem.

Keep an eye out for ‘tide marks’

If your damp-proof course is defective, one of the first ways in which this will manifest itself is in ‘tide marks’ at the bottom of walls. You need to pinpoint the source of the problem, have the necessary building works done and use a dehumidifier to dry out the room affected.

Check your guttering

If your guttering is damaged and you have rainwater streaming down the side of your property, it will only be a matter of time before the water finds its way into your home. Check your guttering regularly for blockages or other problems.

Dry your washing outdoors

Drying damp clothing on a clothes-horse in the spare bedroom can cause excess condensation and add to you damp problem. Try to dry clothes outside whenever possible, or make sure to hang them in a well-ventilated room.

Washing Line

Source: NAEA Propertymark

29Jul

Choosing the right estate agent to sell your home can be difficult. You need to trust your agent, and choose a company with knowledge and integrity, who can get the best result for you. 

The Guild is a network of the best 800 independent est ate agents around the country. Find out why you should choose them to sell your home. 




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