Our garages often become storage rooms, hoarding items we now have little use for but converting this space can completely transform your home.
Whether it gives you a dedicated office, a bigger kitchen, or an additional bedroom, a stylish garage conversion will afford your family some much craved extra space. Not to mention, it will add a substantial amount of value to your Bridgend home.
Check If You Need Planning Permission
The work for garage conversions is generally internal, and therefore does not require planning permission.
However, the rules can vary hugely depending on the alterations you make to the windows and doors. Therefore, it is always best to check with your local authority in Bridgend before beginning any work.
Consider a Double Story Conversion
If your budget permits, a double story garage conversion is a stunning addition to the home. A mezzanine works fantastically, transforming an otherwise dark, unused space into an area your family will love.
Use the bottom story to create a comfortable, relaxed living area – the perfect annexe for guests to enjoy. This allows visitors to stay in your home, but have their own slice of privacy.
The top floor can then become the bedroom. Use large windows to allow natural light to flood into the room, overlooking the garden if the layout of your garage permits.
Don’t Forget Insulation and Ventilation
If your garage is separate from your main home, it was likely built with entirely different regulations. If its original purpose was to house a car, the ventilation and insulation will not be sufficient to create a living space.
It will be worthwhile to have a professional look over the room, ensuring the finished product not only looks spectacular but functions perfectly.
The garage should flow from the main home, with consistency in the architecture and the styling techniques. Use the same doors and windows to help blend the conversion, and ensure skirting boards and coving follow into your new space.
Plan for Natural Light
To create a stunning room, you must contemplate the light sources. Unfortunately, garages usually have little to no windows, which does not equate to an ideal living space.
Adding a large glass panel or bi-fold doors that open onto the garden is an excellent way to incorporate the maximum amount of natural light.
Create a Utility Room
For smaller garages, a utility room conversion is a great idea.
A little extra space to put our washing machine, tumble dryer and other cleaning equipment in is always welcome. Garages are often connected to the kitchen, making them ideally located for a purpose-built utility room, with the added bonus that this dedicated area allows you to live out your Pinterest styling dreams.
Build a Home Gym
Especially in the colder months, a home gym can make committing to regular exercise much easier.
Gym equipment takes up a surprising amount of space. You can carefully hide a small set of weights and a yoga mat in another room, but if you plan to advance to larger pieces of equipment such as a spin bike or treadmill, a dedicated space is essential.
Transform Into a Playroom
A playroom is another popular option for a garage transformation. These rooms are often cluttered and filled with mountains of toys, so having a dedicated space to allow the children to get messy is fantastic.
Alternatively, those with older children can create a stylish and cool place for teenagers to hang out – a snug. This can be designed relatively inexpensively, using bean bags and an overhead projector to build a relaxed movie room.
Create a New Kitchen
Garages that are connected to your home are often right next to the original kitchen. This offers an incredible opportunity to extend and renovate your kitchen, knocking through to create one large open plan room.
It might be that the floor level of the garage is slightly lower than the original kitchen, so play around with split level design ideas before committing to a releveling of the whole area.
Consider a Home Office
The way we all work has changed dramatically over the past 18 months, and the demand for a home office has never been higher.
Working from our dining room tables is no longer viable as a long-term plan, and therefore an unused garage creates the perfect opportunity to build a dedicated office.
Ensure there is plenty of natural light, as a dark room does not lend itself to productivity. Additionally, consider a multifunctional space that doubles as a playroom in the evenings and weekends, to ensure you get the most from your garage conversion.
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Moving home can be a lengthy process, sometimes taking several months. A lot of buyers use Christmas as a self-imposed deadline, often so they can host the festivities in their new home and start the new year in their new house.
However, if you’ve still not put your house on the market then don’t fret, as it’s still entirely possible to sell up and be moved into a new home in Bridgend and move into a new one in a matter of weeks rather than months.
Prep Your Property
If you want a quick sale then now is the perfect time for a clearout, so you can showcase your property in its best light.
At a minimum, it’s a good idea to declutter and tidy the house and garden. Improving your property’s kerb appeal by cutting the front lawn and putting a couple of plants out the front can also make a bigger difference than you might think.
And if any rooms are looking tired or outdated then a lick of paint could do just the trick. Go for neutral colours too, because when combined with a room that’s been decluttered, it gives potential buyers a far clearer idea of how they’ll use the space if they move in.
Get Your Finances In Order
To give yourself the best chance of moving quickly you’ll need to have everything in place as soon as possible, particularly when it comes to finances.
Speak to a mortgage broker about how much you can borrow, and what your options are regarding porting your mortgage. You should also get your mortgage in principle arranged in plenty of time too.
You’ll also need to have at least three months’ wage slips available, as well as your most recent P60. Another thing you’ll need to check is that you have instant access to all of your funds, as many savers will often deposit large amounts of savings into an account that doesn’t provide instant access in order to get a better interest rate. So make sure you’re able to access your funds when you need them.
Weigh Up All Offers
If you’re fortunate enough to get multiple offers on your property then you may have to compromise a little on price in order to meet your Christmas deadline.
For example, first-time buyers and cash buyers are ideal when you’re looking for a quick sale, but they might be offering less than someone else who is part of a lengthy chain.
Ultimately it comes down to how important your Christmas deadline is, but if it’s absolutely vital to you, then you may have to accept a slightly lower offer to get the ball rolling quickly.
Make Sure Your Property’s Being Marketed Properly
It’s highly likely that your estate agent will advertise your home on the major property websites, on their website and social media too, but it’s worth double-checking that this is the case.
Make sure you have a ‘for sale’ sign put up outside too, as you never know who might be looking around the area on the off chance of seeing a place they like on the market.
Basically, you want your property to be seen by as many people as possible, so when you’re speaking to estate agents, find out how and where they plan to advertise your home, to ensure it’s getting plenty of exposure.
Don’t Cut Corners
Just because you’re in a rush to move into your new place, don’t allow it to cloud your judgment when it comes to the important things.
For example, it’s always a good idea to get a survey carried out on the new property, even if it could mean a slight delay in completing the purchase.
Surveys can flag up some pretty big issues, so it’s better to find out about them before you’ve committed to buying a place than after you’ve moved in.
And on the subject of cutting corners, don’t fall into the trap of choosing the cheapest solicitor and estate agent to handle your property transaction. Although it might take some extra time, it’s always worth speaking to a handful of agents and solicitors to get an idea of their timescales and their professionalism. After all, it’s important to deal with professionals that you can trust and who’ll look to meet your deadline, rather than those who don’t pick up the phone and leave your file on the bottom of a mountain of case files!
Talk To The Experts
Here at Moving You, we will do our utmost to get you moved into your new home by Christmas – but you’ll need to get in touch quickly!
Contact us today on 0333 4041188 or email us at email@example.com.
We know that it can be very frustrating for homeowners if your house has been on the market for a while without attracting any offers.
If this sounds familiar, here are a few common pitfalls that could be preventing potential buyers from making an offer on your home, and how you can fix them.
1. It’s Overpriced
A common mistake among homeowners is to want to overprice their home deliberately with the intention of letting a buyer haggle so they can get the true asking price that they’ll be happy with.
The biggest issue with this is that when a property is overpriced it excludes a number of potential buyers. For example, a buyer with a £300,000 budget won’t spot a property that’s on sale for £310,000, even if £300,000 is the figure that the homeowner would actually be happy to accept.
It’s far better to allow your estate agent to price the property realistically in the first place!
2. It’s Lacking Kerb Appeal
Be honest with yourself, does your property look attractive from the outside?
Research has found that a lot of buyers make their mind up about a property before they even step through the front door, so if your home is looking tired and worn on the outside, then it could be putting buyers off.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to improve the kerb appeal either. Just putting a couple of hanging baskets up and making sure the window frames are clean can make a big difference.
It could even be something as simple as cutting the front lawn or moving the wheelie bins so they’re not directly on show.
3. It’s Not Being Marketed Properly
Let’s face it, most buyers will go online at the start of their property journey, utilizing social media, estate agents websites and property portals such as Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket.
Your estate agent should be advertising your property across a wide variety of media, both online and offline to ensure you are reaching a rounded audience.
Check with your estate agent that your property is being listed to its full potential. If it’s not, then it may be time to find a new agent!
4. It’s Cluttered
Few things are as off-putting to a potential buyer than a house that’s packed full of clutter.
Buyers want to imagine themselves living in the property, so even though you’re still living there, make sure it’s as clean and tidy as possible before any viewings take place.
As much as possible you should be aiming to give buyers a blank canvas to work with so they can picture where their own furniture and possessions might go, so keep it tidy.
5. You’re In a Long Property Chain
If you’re moving into a property that’s part of a long chain this could be enough to deter some buyers.
Although this usually can’t be helped, if there’s anything you can do to get out of the chain, such as renting a property in the short-term while you wait for your purchase to go through, then it may be worth considering – especially if you’ve been struggling to sell for months.
6. Buyers Aren’t Seeing Its Full Potential
When you’re living in a property day to day it can be easy to forget how appealing it might be to a fresh set of eyes. It’s vital that your property is working as hard as it can for you to be sold.
For example, if you’ve been granted planning permission for an extension but you haven’t gone through with it, make sure your estate agent is aware. Similarly, if your neighbours have been granted planning permission with no problems then let your estate agent know about it.
These might seem like insignificant details to a seller, but to a buyer who’s trying to imagine the property in 5-10 years’ time, it’s great information to have.
And it’s not just big things like extensions either. Make sure your property is being displayed in its best possible light by making some subtle changes. Whether that’s using bright and airy colours to redecorate, or hanging up a mirror to make a room feel bigger, some minor changes can make a major difference.
7. It’s Poorly Maintained
It’s easy to let things slide at home, particularly if the issues aren’t causing you any major headaches.
However, buyers will usually notice the little details that you have learned to ignore, such as a missing pane of glass, a wonky fence post or over-flowing gutters. Seemingly minor issues like these can be enough to put some buyers off, because they suggest that there could be bigger issues lurking too, even if you know there aren’t.
So before your next viewing, just make sure all those little odd jobs and easy fixes are completed, as they could be making a bigger difference than you realise.
Is your home up to scratch and ready for market? Let us advise you. Moving You are your local property experts for the Bridgend area.
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Let Moving You Negotiate the Best Deal on Your Next Property in Bridgend
When you find your dream property in Bridgend you don’t want anyone else to have it, so it’s quite normal to want to jump straight in with an offer, but here at Moving You naturally we want all our clients to be happy and so that involves always negotiating the best price whether we are involved in the sale or purchase of a property. It’s always worth taking your time to negotiate the best deal – and here’s how we do it.
We know the local property market
Simply jumping in with a random offer, because you think that’s what the house is worth, can mean that you won’t get the best deal. We research the market thoroughly and keep a close eye on property prices. We make it our business to find out what other properties in Bridgend were listed for versus the price that was eventually paid. And we note how long homes stay on the market.
We work for you!
We are always working for you and it’s in our interest to achieve the best price for your property if you’re selling and negotiate the deal you are happy with if you are buying.
We can advise you regarding your ‘buying position’
We’ve been in business a long time and can sniff out certain types of sellers who are on the lookout for buyers in strong positions, such as:
If you can show that you’re in a good position to move and can complete the process quickly, then in our experience, sellers will offer a little more flexibility. Nobody wants to be stuck in a chain or waiting for someone else’s house to sell for the sake of a few thousand pounds, so this can invariably make an offer attractive.
We are professional and friendly at all times
We know that selling your family home can be an emotional experience, and some sellers will feel highly attached to their properties. After all, you may have spent years living there there and have lots of memories. Negotiations are always easier when empathy is shown and we pride ourselves on always being willing to work with our clients to reach an agreement whatever the situation.
We will work to secure the best deal
In many cases, negotiations initially start with a firm no on first offer! However, this is perfectly normal. If your first offer is rejected, we will work with you on a second offer and advise you if any counteroffer is forthcoming, liaising with the seller throughout.
We understand that buying a house can be a stressful process, and sometimes when you find the right property, it’s easy to get carried away. However, it’s advisable to speak with us regarding your budget before commencing negotiations so that we can handle this for you, allowing you to get the best deal on your dream home.
Call the team at Moving You today on 0333 4041188 and let us negotiate the best deal on your next home.
There are over two million apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, so of course, there are apps out there for every purpose. There are all kinds of apps, such as scheduling apps to help you manage your time, coupon apps to help you find deals, and language apps to help you learn a new language. What you may not have thought of before are all the apps that exist for homeowners, including those that can help stay on top of chores, apps for DIY projects or interior design inspiration, and apps to help you sell your old belongings for cash.
With so many to choose from, it can be daunting trying to search through and find the ones that are the best and most helpful, so here’s our handy guide to the top smartphone apps all homeowners in Bridgend should consider.
This app is basically like having an assistant to help you with everything to do around the house. All your chores can be organised within this app so you don’t lose track or forget to do them. You can customise your notifications too, so the app sends you alerts to remind you to get your tasks done. You can also customise your schedule so that you can create a plan that fits around your life, making it even easier to stick to your chore list and get everything ticked off.
HomeSavvy even has a directory for local businesses in case you need to run to the shop and grab some tools or supplies to help get the job done.
Bills Reminder (free, in-app purchases for premium content)
If you are forgetful, then this is the app for you. There’s no fear of missing important payment deadlines with this ‘bills reminder’. Paying late fees is the worst, so Bills Reminder helps you stay on top of your payments. It allows you to organise your bills in categories and by due date and sends you alerts when it’s time to pay them. You can also use it to make automatic payments if you set it up with your banking information, and it has expense tracking capabilities as well.
This lifestyle app is perfect for those who throw out or lose product manuals and directions after buying and building a new appliance or furniture. Centriq will store all of this for you and is so easy to get set up. All you have to do is take a picture of the product label or nameplate of your new piece of furniture or appliance and this app takes care of loading it and saving it for you. It also offers information about parts, product recalls, and DIY videos if you need to do a simple repair.
Colour Capture (free)
Planning on renovating or redecorating? Don’t do it without this handy app. If you see a colour anywhere, whether it’s in a shop, at a friend’s house, or in a restaurant, you can take a picture of it with this app and it will match it as closely as possible to a Benjamin Moore paint shade. It’s also useful if you’re undertaking a painting project as you can create colour palettes easily in the app.
The Family Handyman (free)
For fans of DIY projects around the home, this is the perfect app. There’s a catalogue of over 4,000 tutorials and tips to help you with any projects you’re working on so you can get them done quickly and correctly the first time. Although it’s primarily American, there are plenty of handy hints, tips and tutorials for you there.
Bubble Level App and Stud Finder App (free)
Why go digging through your tools for a spirit level or a stud finder when you can just use your smartphone? The stud finder app is so useful when you are trying to hang something on your wall. Simply install the app, calibrate it, and then move your phone along the wall until it beeps, thus detecting where the studs are. The Bubble Level app is also so handy. It’s not just a spirit level, but also a ruler and has metal detecting capabilities to help you find wires behind your walls. These two apps are a great combination for simple DIY projects that every homeowner should have in their phone.
If you’re trying to declutter and sell some old belongings but shudder at the thought of holding a car boot sale, Shpock is the perfect app. It’s essentially like having a virtual car boot sale without having to do all the work involved in setting it up. All you have to do is take a picture of the item you’re selling, post it to the app, and wait for interested people to message you.
We’re always interested to learn about new home and property apps that are useful to homeowners, so do let us know here at Moving You if you have a favourite!
Take the right viewpoint when setting your Bridgend home up for a sale