Housing market

8 Mistakes to avoid when buying a home

Searching for a home is exciting, but can also be stressful at times.  For most of us, buying a property is not something we do regularly, and so we follow the path that we believe is best.  At Maurice Kilbride we see buyers making the same mistakes – we don’t want you to fall into these traps and are here to help.  Why not take a moment and check if you are making any of these mistakes in your search for a new home? [···]

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6 ways to remain calm when selling your home with children!

Everyone with children knows that the point between calm and chaos is often virtually non-existent.  You could have made your home look like perfection and behind you, comes a trail of destruction! unravelling your hard work. Living in a home you’re selling is never easy and, we have to admit, it’s an even bigger challenge when children are involved, but it doesn’t have to be so stressful. This is one reason at Maurice Kilbride we have put our heads together to find six ways to turn the chaos to calm when selling your home with children. [···]

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How your bathroom can win over buyers

When selling your home, how you present it for sale is essential if you want to achieve the best price possible.  Home staging, as this is known, turns a property into one that attracts buyers and allows them to start imagining themselves living there.  You may have decluttered and cleaned your house to within an inch of its life, but home staging is about more than cleaning and tidying. One of the most important rooms in any house is the bathroom. So how can your bathroom dazzle and sparkle to win over buyers? [···]

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Could your garden be devaluing your home?

When you think about things that could be devaluing your home, you probably think of damp, subsistence, outdated décor, extensive repairs, and removing features from a period property.  But don’t forget to take a look outside, as one of the crucial areas of your home that has the potential to add and also decrease value and appeal is your garden and outside space.  How could your garden be devaluing your home? [···]

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How staging can tell the story of your home in Cheadle

You may have heard of the term ‘home staging’, especially if you have sold your home before.  Basically, home staging is the art of presenting your home in a way that immediately attracts potential buyers. It is more than decluttering, cleaning and organising; it’s about transforming your house into a potential home for someone else.  One technique experts use is to tell the story of your home through vignette staging. [···]

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Five unwritten rules for buying a home

You may be on the hunt for your first home or decided to move up or down the housing ladder.  There are many things to consider when searching for a property, but have you thought about what is the right etiquette?  To prevent you from slipping along the way we at Maurice Kilbride wanted to share with you five unwritten rules to buying a home. [···]

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What is happening in the Cheadle property market?

Three reasons to be excited about the value of your Cheadle home

We’ve seen it all when it comes to the Cheadle property market over the last 20 years. People have come and gone, homes have been bought and sold, families have moved in, children have moved out and empty nesters have been born. But one ever present reality in the Cheadle property market is the relentless march of house price growth, much to the benefit of local residents. [···]

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5 easy ways your home can attract buyers with kerb appeal


You put your property on the market, because you want to move and in order to sell you want your home to stand out from the crowd.  You want buyers flocking to see what it has to offer.  First impressions matter in life and in particular when selling your home! [···]

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Who really benefits from the tenant fee ban?

So, the Government finally announced its much heralded plan to limit tenant fees charged by letting agents and landlords in this country from the Summer of 2019, more than two years after first proposing the policy.

Supporters of the policy will no doubt be giving themselves a self-congratulatory pat on the back, but what will the reality look like post June 2019 for potential tenants  [···]

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Why the emotional value of your home is always the highest

Perhaps the single most asked question by home sellers during my 25 years in the property industry is “How much is my property worth?” I probably get asked this every working day! I get it, after all the price somebody is going to achieve for their home may have a very significant effect on their next move.

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