They’re probably just trying to win the instruction." Fluffing the sale Your bank manager might be breathing down your neck but it’s a bad idea to launch your house on the market outside the optimal selling seasons of spring and autumn.
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We’re all tempted by the idea of buying a house, doing it up and selling it for a huge profit. According to Lochie Rankin of home finding agency Lichfields, property renovation is fraught with traps and even in a rising market you can lose large sums of money.
The Screen at the Phoenix is a relatively new addition, with the cinema holding regular screenings at the theatre.
We also have a thriving Youth Theatre and our talented group of Phoenix Theatre Singers.
“Copying other developers but at a lower standard just isn’t acceptable,” Barnes says.
Even if your budget is small, choose appliances, fixtures and fittings because you know they will last, not because they resemble something more expensive.
Based in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, The Phoenix Theatre is an amateur theatre group dating from 1923.
The theatre has an intimate stage with a 64 tiered seating area.
Getting fleeced by the builder Your renovation project is only as good as your builder – so scope out their work first and get references from past clients.
Before giving them the go ahead, make sure they've signed a fixed price contract – without this it is easy to get ripped off if the build continues for longer than expected, says Rankin.
“If your house is on the market for too much money it will sit there and go stale in today’s market,” he says.
“Buyers are too savvy these days and have a good idea of how much they want to be spending.” It’s a good idea to get a property valued by at least three estate agents – and ignore the one who comes up with the highest asking price.
And don’t scrimp on the exterior – the majority of buyers will decide if they want the property before they’ve stepped through the front door.