What our clients say about out Estate Agents Beeston
Lea Di Salvatore
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality
We are foreigners and we were prepared for the worst, given what they say about letting agencies in the UK... But that was not the case for Saint Property, and especially Jade. She was very helpful and we had no problem at all, she managed to find another tenant before the end of our contract (we had to move due to Covid) and we left everything in order and had no problem with the deposit. If you go there I recommend you look for her, she is very very good!
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Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness, Honest, Great communication
I am a former tenant, and I left the property about 1 month ago. I was a bit scared regarding the check out, because of the bad ratings but I was positively surprised. In less than one month Saint Property Service returned almost the entire value of the deposit. They only discounted 40,00 as they suggest the house wasn't cleaned. Well, I received the house totally dirty, but, as I didn't want to argue, I accepted. Also my last report regarding the Hob not working, wasn't attended.
I recommend this agency and suggest Alex / Curtis as point of communication.
Pon Ramya Gokul
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I just want to say a big heartfelt thanks for the service from Saint properties , with special reference to Jade. She's an amazing person. Knows the right details not just about the house but of the locality as well and helped us process things in a very professional manner. On the whole we were pleased with Jade's service in helping us chose the house!
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What is a Letting Agent?
How do letting agents work?
The role of a letting agent is to act on the behalf of the landlord, completing relevant tasks concerning the rental property. Because this is such a versatile relationship, you can often work with your letting agent to figure out the best distribution of tasks to get the most of your money’s worth. For the most part, though, the responsibilities of a letting agent can be categorised into two levels:
1. Let-Only – finding tenants and arranging property lettingFor the lowest tier of the letting agent’s offer, you can have your property advertised on their website and online by them to help attract prospective tenants. They will also arrange the initial organisation of the letting. This service includes photography of the property by the letting agent’s in-house or external contact photographer; promotion on the letting agent’s website and social media pages, with greater emphasis on targeted promotion; and viewing organisation. It is also the duty of the letting agent to perform credit checks, reference collection, deposit protection, drawing up and collecting the tenancy agreement, and the inventory of the property.
2. Complete service – full managementThis top end of the service tier means sitting back and trusting your letting agent with the full-time daily management of your property. A complete service would include all repairs and maintenance as well as the renewal and even facilitation of renegotiations. This service also includes rent collection, which involves using the letting agent as an impartial and professional party to act on your behalf. This means you get to avoid any awkward or difficult conversations with your tenant about their rent. Any problems that arise, such as tenancy deposit scheme disputes, will also fall under the letting agent’s remit and they will act on your behalf.
How much are letting agent fees?
How much are letting agent fees? Letting agent fees can vary depending on the number of bedrooms in the property, the monthly rent of the property, the level of service you choose, as well as the quality and establishment of the letting agent itself. Typically, you can estimate that the basic let-only service for a 2-bedroom house charging £750 PCM rent will cost between £700 and £900 for a decent letting agent (with an additional £120 annual tenancy renewal fee). This will include marketing, rental assessment, viewings, market appraisal and valuation, advertising on major websites, tenant vetting, document preparation, and letting advice. Then, for a 12-month full management service for a 2-bedroom house charging £750 PCM rent, you can expect to pay between £1800 and £2000 for a credible letting agent (with an additional £120 annual tenancy renewal fee). This will include all the same services as above with the additional inventory, property check, deposit protection, rent collection, property inspections, monthly statements, and ongoing property maintenance management.
What questions should you ask a letting agent?When it comes to choosing a letting agent, you need to be judicious and smart. Ask them lots of questions, take notes, and compare packages. Some good questions to ask include:
What kind of tenants will you market my property to?Most letting agents will have targeted promotional ads and a choice of various niche property websites. Good letting agents will be able to find the right tenant for your property - after all, you don’t want a family in a student house or students in a family house.
How long will it take you to find a tenant for my property?While, ideally, you’d like as short a time as possible to mitigate rental voids, it’s important that you find a letting agent who gives a realistic and reasonable answer. Too long and you ought to question their success; too short and they may find a tenant who is unsuitable. To learn more about letting agents, read our Letting Guide or get in touch with us today. You can also browse our Valuation page and Letting page for more information about letting your property through a trusted letting agent.
6 AMAZING benefits of owning a detached house
Today we will be identifying what exactly is the draw to owning a detached house and why detached houses for sale are becoming increasingly popular.
What is a detached house?First of all, let’s establish what is a detached house. A detached house is a house that is completely separated from any other houses. Meaning that it is free-standing with no part of it even touching another house.
This differs from a semi-detached house which shares a wall with one other house.
Let’s jump into the benefits of owning a detached house…
1. Detached Houses offer Privacy
What is a detached houses number one benefit? Perhaps the strongest benefit of owning a detached house is the absolute privacy that comes with it. I’m sure many of you will understand the pain inside when you’re trying to sleep and the next door neighbour starts blasting their music. By owning a detached house you remove the dread of being woken up at 3am by Oasis next door.
Owning a detached house also gives you the breathing space to play your music at whatever time suits you without having to worry about your neighbour being woken up.
2. Freedom to extend and renovate your detached house
Have you ever felt like your house needs something more to it, perhaps a new bathroom or a new bedroom? Living in a semi detached house would present countless obstacles when it comes to the renovations you desire. Perhaps your neighbour will be unhappy with the noise of the construction, or maybe the ideas you have would impede on the neighbouring house’s land.
Owning a detached house removes these issues and gives you the freedom to renovate and extend your house to your own heart’s desires.
3. Kerb appeal that comes with a detached house
When it comes to the attractiveness of a house, it’s kerb appeal is essential. It’s often difficult to judge the attractiveness of a semi detached house due to the fact the house isn’t really it’s own entity.
It’s all well and good if your semi-detached house looks amazing, but what if the house it’s connected to is hideous? You can’t exactly knock on your neighbour’s door and ask them to make their house look nicer.
This is why owning a detached house is such a benefit. Your house’s appearance isn’t being dragged down by another’s which looks awful. It stands on its own two feet and can be judged on its own merit.
This also comes in handy if you plan on selling your house. You won’t need to angle your photos to remove the house beside yours. You can give your house the full limelight it deserves. For help in maximising your land, check out this page.
4. More Inside Space with detached houses
Typically, the size of a detached house is much greater than that of a semi detached house. With this, comes many benefits, one of that being the extra space to yourself.
Not only will you yourself be able to sample this valuable space, you have space to cater for your family and friends whenever they come over to visit. They will get the privacy they need
Owning a detached house comes in especially useful with families who have children or grandchildren. Kids will have the freedom to explore the house and have the privacy to play in their own space.
All of this will create a feeling of joy whenever friends or family come over to your house to stay. They will feel your house is as much of a home to them as it is to you. The only problem will be having to eventually get them to leave, which they obviously won’t want to do!
5. More outside space
Another of the novelties of owning a detached house is the likelihood of having more garden space. Obviously it’s no guarantee that you will have extra garden space when owning a detached house. But normally detached houses do.
In case you’ve never seen a garden before, gardens provide homeowners with the freedom to build, plant and grow anything (within reason of course). So if you ever wanted to have your own vegetable patch or plant a tree, now you can.
This also comes in handy with families with kids or pets. They will have the outdoor space to release their energy.
6. Option for a basement or an attic
Yes it’s true that many semi-detached houses or even terraced houses have their own basement or attic. However, the implementation of a basement or attic in a terraced or semi detached house can be a nightmare for homeowners. This is due to the fact that you will need to inform your neighbour of any plans you have. You will also have to form a party wall agreement with them.
Owning a detached house bypasses these issues as you will not need to inform your neighbours of any plans you have, nor will you need to arrange a party wall agreement. You are free to expand without the concern of any of your neighbours.
So there you go, 6 benefits to owning a detached house. If you’re planning on buying, selling, or just looking for property advice, contact us and we’ll give you the help you need. We're here to help you find the perfect detached house for sale in Nottingham.
7 Christmas House Decor ideas you NEED to know about
Here's what they are…
1. Go BIG with the Christmas house decor
Most people often opt for traditional sized objects when decorating their homes for Christmas. However, we believe this is a mistake and causes you to miss out on some exciting Christmas house decor.
Instead of using standard sized decorations, why not bring in oversized personalised Christmas decorations? Perhaps a massive hanging snowflake or even a table full of tall candles. This utilisation of varying sized decor will create a sense of child-like wonder and bring you back to how you felt when you experienced Christmas as a kid. Let’s be honest, who doesn't want that?
2. Use a colour scheme for each room
This Christmas house decor idea is a personal favourite of ours. By utilising this strategy, you can evoke a sense of wonder each time you enter a new room.
To action this, simply decorate each room with objects and furniture of a chosen colour or two. Perhaps for one room you could fill it with an abundance of red tinsel, red cushions and red snowflakes. The next room could be filled with a blue rug, blue tinsel and blue baubles.
You could even take this a step further by incorporating some LED lights to match the chosen decor. This will really bring home each room's personal colour identity.
3. Personalised Christmas decorations: create your own Christmas tree
If you’re like me, your house is filled with what feels like millions of books, most of which you have never read. If so, fear not!
Gather every book you can find into one spot. Next, stack these books on top of one another into the shape of a Christmas tree. The image above should give you an idea as to how this will look when complete.
This Christmas house decor idea works if you’re looking to spice up your traditional Christmas tree or simply don’t have the motivation to go out and buy a Christmas tree for this year.
This idea also works well as a fun project to undertake in the lead up to Christmas.
4. Decorate your plant pots
On average, Brits spend £77.90 annually on Christmas decorations. This Christmas house decor idea is filled with huge festive spirit at a minimal cost!
I’m sure many of you will have gardens filled with plant pots you don’t know what to do with. This Christmas, these plant pots may come in handy.
To create this amazing Christmas decoration, simply find an empty plant pot to use. Fill this plant pot with garlands of pine, then cover with lights and any other decoration of your choice.
You’ll find that this simple addition will work wonders in bringing the festive spirit!
5. Paint your Christmas tree
This may sound like blasphemy but hear me out! By painting your Christmas tree you are giving it a new lease of life. Upon entering a room with your new look Christmas tree, a feeling of festivity will be conjured inside of you.
White seems the most logical colour to go for when painting your Christmas tree. But why not be brave and opt for a bolder colour, red perhaps? Or even paint your tree multiple colours, the possibilities are endless!
6. Fill your room with candles
Candles are a staple of most households at Christmas. However, most households don’t utilise the impact of candles to their full potential.
This Christmas, I encourage you to align multiple areas of your rooms with a selection of candles. Not just any candles, but a wide variety of candles ranging from different sizes and styles.
Coordinating candles in this way will create a sense of warmth and excitement to your rooms that will significantly add to the festive spirit.
7. Bring nature into your home
Now I’m not recommending you go out into your garden and fetch a handful of soil, but certain plants and other environmental objects can work wonders in achieving a festive spirit. For instance, you could overhang your bannister with a small pine branch. Or display some pine cones around your rooms to spruce them up.
You could even go so far as to plant your own array of small trees, displaying them in plant pots on shelves or on the mantelpiece.
The utilisation of nature in these ways can give you a sense of the outdoors while inside, without bringing the cold in with it!
So there you go. These Christmas house decor ideas and personalised Christmas decorations will be the perfect antidote to the disappointing Christmas of 2020 and give you hope that the festive spirit is not lost!