House hunting, as we all know, can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride. The initial excitement that comes from looking for a new house can leach away in a succession of viewings and if the search goes on long enough you may even end up settling for second best. With that in mind many buyers are going down the flat route instead.
The Popularity of Flats
Despite doubts voiced in the the noughties that there was a potential over supply of inner city apartments overhanging the market, their attractiveness to first time buyers has ensured that they outperformed all other property types over the last decade, narrowly beating semi-detached properties into second place.
When a country’s economy improves, one of the obvious effects is the demand for better housing and property. Based on the law of supply and demand, the increased desire for these properties, which are in low supply in most parts of the UK, can drive prices up. This is also the expectation in the next 4 to 5 years when it comes to houses for sale in Chichester.
Whilst Chichester might not be London, it is considered to be one of the top choices when looking for houses for sale due to the variety of its local attractions. While property prices in Chichester tend to be at a premium, the projected regular increases over the coming years have given many people a reason to think that now may be the best time to start looking for properties in the area.
Properties need more than just a few buffs and wipes here and there, especially during the winter months. While property managers in Chichester can take care of some of the small repairs, you would also need to do your homework and ensure that everything is as it should be when the cold weather sets in.
Before The Winter Months
Long before the air gets chilly, you need to make sure that you have already checked your property over thoroughly. Pay special attention to the pipes, heaters, gutters, and roof of your property. While you’re at it, make an effort to check if your doors and windows can still be closed properly. Schedule any maintenance work early so that your property is structurally sound regardless of the worst that the weather can throw at it. Aside from checking the interior of your property, it is also recommended that you take a good look at paths etc. to clear them ahead of a potential freeze.
We live in an increasingly image dominated age where the “lifestyle” selfie posted to Facebook or Instagram is becoming ever more important. With that in mind it is worth considering the benefits of freshening the look of your property and weighing up the pros and cons of a furnished let. A property to rent in Chichester is likely to leave you with room to be creative in terms of leaving your mark, and there are some things you can do to make your rental house not only show your personal style, but also stand out in the market.
Gone are the days when you have to scour the yellow pages for the right letting agent in Chichester. With the advancement of technology, everything is right at your fingertips if you know how to use it. As a good rule of thumb, letting agents who answer within 24 hours of an enquiry is a good sign. A quick response rate says a lot about the likely relationship.
Before you dive in and start looking for a letting agent, however, you need to understand the role that they play first. Simply put, a letting agent is a coordinator between the tenant and the landlord. This is particularly the case if the landlord happens to own several properties or is too busy to manage their property themselves.
For years, Hancock Lettings and Estate Agents has been known for our encyclopedic knowledge of the Chichester property market. In fact, our extensive knowledge and expertise in the area is the reason why our company is regarded as an established independent agent specialising in selling, letting and managing properties. Recently, we celebrated a few notable achievements such as reaching record house sales in the Boxgrove area and a record number of houses rented in Chichester. Now, we are yet again celebrating another milestone at the start of a new year as we continue to expand throughout West Sussex.
According to Alarms4Life, people are four times more likely to die in house fires if they don’t have smoke alarms in place. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a major threat since it kills an estimated 30-50 people each year in the UK. To reduce the risks and possible casualties due to these hazards, new safety laws have been implemented since the first of October 2015. Landlords are now required to fit their properties with smoke alarms on every floor and carbon monoxide alarms in properties, which have solid fuel. To do our part, Hancock and Partners’ property management team ran a promotion to offer all landlords in Chichester free installation of alarms during October.
Prior to the implementation of the new safety laws, approximately 50 per cent of all properties managed by Hancock and Partners had already been fitted with smoke alarms. Once the new legislation was announced, our property management team in Chichester quickly took action.