Williams Hedge Residential & Commercial Estate Agents are based in Paignton and Kingskersell and cover Torbay and Teignbridge. Our Blog gives sellers and buyers, hints, tips and advice as well as up to date news about us, the Local Devon Market, the UK Market, mortgages and First Time Buyer News
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Williams Hedge are members of the NAEA
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is the UK's leading professional body for estate agency. Its members practise across all aspects of property both in the UK and overseas, including residential and commercial sales and letting, property management, business transfer, auctioneering and land.
NAEA was founded in 1962 by estate agent and entrepreneur Raymond Andrews. We were established with the goal of upholding good practice and high professional standards in UK estate agency. This struck a chord with the industry at a time when there was little representation for estate agents and has allowed the Association to grow phenomenally for over 40 years.
Today, with their head office based in Warwick, and their additional offices in London and Edinburgh, their key roles include providing help and guidance for property professionals across a broad spectrum of disciplines while continually campaigning across the UK to make the property market more efficient and user-friendly for the home buying and selling public.
Keeping Your Home WarmWe encourage property owners to take advantage of the simple solutions currently on the market that can help properties retain heat and save on energy costs.
By carefully assessing your home and taking practical steps to conserve energy, you will save money and guarantee a comfortable winter! For those looking to make these improvements, we have the following top tips:
- Cavity-wall insulation – Although this involves a rather noisy installation process, the benefits can be felt instantly. Insulating your walls harnesses the heat generated in the home meaning substantial savings on your energy bills. [A specialist installer should always be sought for this type of job so ensure you choose a member that is Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) qualified].
- Draught-Stripping – Installing specialist stripes of foam around windows and doors will significantly reduce draughts and air permeation in your home, helping to retain the heat and ultimately saving you money. [Costing around £50-£80 depending on whether you install it yourself or not, draught-stripping can save up to £20 per year for a gas-heated semi-detached house].
- Replacing your boiler – Replacing your old boiler with a new one can certainly help to reduce emissions and reduce your bills at the same time. Although the boiler scrappage scheme has now come to an end, trade-in incentives are still available for this kind of purchase. It is worth checking out the funding database on the Energy Saving Trust site for specific details on what is out there: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
- Loft Insulation – This well-established efficiency measure offers a cheap and easy way to top up insulation already installed. Boosting the thickness of the insulation to between 250 and 300 mm thickness is recommended for optimum efficiency.
- Pipe Cladding – Ensuring an external pipes are well insulated minimises additional heat loss and can reduce the risk of freezing if a property is left unoccupied during a cold period.
- Move furniture away from radiators – This can increase the feeling of warmth in a room by allowing the heat to flow more freely. Place foil behind radiators on exterior walls to reflect the heat back in to the room and minimise heat loss to the outside. You can use ordinary foil or purchase specially designed panels from a DIY shop.
- Replace windows and doors with double glazing – This can improve the aesthetics and saleability of your home, as well as save energy. However, it can be costly and the money you will save on subsequent energy bills is unlikely to cover the outlay. If you are worried about heat loss through windows, a cheaper option is secondary double glazing or using rubber draft stripping which is available in DIY shops and can also be used on doors.
Downsizing Your HomeIf you are planning on Downsizing your home, please read the below hints and tips to give you an insight into what is involved and how to do so quickly yet successfuly.
Please read our advice below on downsizing for more information:
- Plan your packing well in advance - Packing up a large home can be an off-putting chore, but planning well in advance can make it easier. Think about where you will be un-packing items and which room your belongings will be placed in, and then pack your boxes by the bookcase, shelf, or cupboard they'll end up in. If you haven't got it all mapped out just yet then simply make sure you label all your boxes clearly so when you unpack there aren't any surprises.
- Don't take what you don't need - Downsizing is also your chance to have a thorough spring clean and focus on exactly what you want in your new home, and what you don't. You may have furniture which is unsuitable for your new home, or that could do with replacing. So think ahead and make sure you have taken proper measurements of your new property so you don't struggle on moving day with items that you probably shouldn't have brought with you.
- Set up your utilities as soon as possible - It isn't nice to move into a new property and spend ages getting the gas and electricity up and running. So check with the agent and get the details of the previous utility providers so you can call them to set up new accounts. Also, make sure that your phone and broadband services are ordered prior to moving in as these often take a number of weeks to become active.
- Maximise space - Your new home might have less elbow room, but think carefully about the layout, and look at ways you can get the most out of the space available. Often if a house has been occupied for some time, the owners may have used a bedroom for storage or a study.
- Ask the professionals - Often the easiest way of getting the most up-to-date information that you need about moving home is to consult a respected, local professional. Agents who are members of the NAEA, which means they are experienced, qualified and licensed
Most Active Estate Agents in Paignton (Home Sales)
Buyers and sellers of Paignton property will probably find that these popular leading estate agents can offer above average market insight and property sales service.
61 - 63 Torquay Road, Paignton Devon, TQ3 3DT
51 Hyde Road, PAIGNTON TQ4 5BP
15 Hyde Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BW
57 Hyde Road, Paignton, TQ4 5BP
243a Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2HL
36 Hyde Road, Paignton, TQ4 5BY
52 Hyde Road, Paignton, TQ4 5BY
329-331 Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2EP
49 Hyde Road Paignton Devon, Paignton, TQ4 5BP
Park House, 27 Hyde Road, Paignton Devon TQ4 5BP