25Nov

The verdict is in, working from home is here to stay!
 
Government guidelines state that employees need to work from home, where able, over the course of the second national lockdown.
 

However, when asked, over half of respondents claimed that they would continue to work from home on a permanent basis. Out of those who did not wish to work from home permanently, the majority blame the lack of a home office to operate from.


So, how can you create a working space if you don’t have a whole room available?

 

Share space – Look at areas around your home where you can make a room multi-purpose, with the addition of a desk and chair in your spare room, kitchen, living room or dining room.
 
This will not only use up wasted floor space but offers a practical solution. It is also a great way to prioritise your home décor pieces.
 
For example, if you are lucky enough to have a spare room, a large double bed that is rarely used can be replaced with a sofa bed.


Re-purpose furniture – If you have an unused piece of furniture, such as a dressing table, you can re-purpose them into a sizeable desk space.
 
This option is not only eco-friendly and cost effective, but super easy, as you can simply transform the current location of the furniture into your office zone.
 
Our top tips for creating a cosy yet productive home office space is to position yourself away from any distractions like windows, and use plants and candles for a more homely feel.


Staircase solutions – The area under the stairs is often overlooked, so this can be a great solution to needing a home office.
 
Ideally, an open staircase without risers is best for this hack, but this can be adapted depending on the space you have to work with. The area under the stairs is notoriously dark, so good lighting is key here – this can be yellow or white light, depending on the vibe you wish to create.
 
If you want to go all out, bespoke built-in office spaces are a great way to utilise the entire area.
 
 
Cupboard office – This revolutionary workspace solution, nicknamed a ‘cloffice’, is a great alternative to a clunky desk in the middle of a room.
 
To create this, use a spare wardrobe or large cupboard – this works even better with built-in furniture.
 
Use shelving to create an area to hold your computer and files, and decorate to your taste. The best part about this hack, is that you can close the doors on your home office after your work is done for the day. Perfect to help maintain a healthy work-life balance.
 

Utilise outdoor space – If you’re lucky enough to have a summer house or garage, these can be transformed into a dedicated home office.
 
Summer house solutions are great for the winter. Just add a heater and invest in a secure locking system to keep your items safe, and you’re good to go!
 
For a garage, this may be slightly more expensive, but will work all year round. To start, cover the concrete floor with rugs or a fitted carpet to warm up the space and pay attention to the walls, as these may need insulation.
  
 
To find out what properties have recently come onto the market in your area, contact your local branch.

25Sep

Since estate agents were allowed to return to work in mid-May, we've been inundated with new potential buyers, new properties to the market - and new sales agreed.

Across the Mansell McTaggart network, we've seen

- new potential buyers up 55%

- new properties to the market up 68%

- new sales agreed up 159%

This is the result of a combination of, first, pent-up demand with buyers and sellers holding back until after the December election and whose plans were then thwarted by the onset of the pandemic; and second the slashing of Stamp Duty to 0% for first homes up to £500,000.

 

10Aug

The outstanding natural beauty of the High Weald and enchanting Ashdown Forest make Crowborough a standout Sussex destination, and it provides the perfect setting for Saffron Grove by Brookworth Homes.

 

This stunning redevelopment of an existing site introduces nine 2 and 4 bedroom homes that blend seamlessly with the local environment whilst bringing a modernised residential dimension to the town.

First impressions captivate as landscaping and exterior aesthetics concur with the area’s character and panoramic landscapes that envelope this collection of new homes. High quality design and material selections reflect local architecture yet the facades have been individually treated to ensure variety in their appearance.

Step inside, and each home is specified to an extremely high standard throughout. Interior architecture maximises space and flow, kitchens are fully equipped with integrated appliances and every room benefits from fitted carpeting or Amtico flooring. With high quality chrome furnished internal doors, bathrooms with a separate bath and shower cubicle and an en-suite appointed to master bedrooms, Saffron Grove presents exceptional residential standards in a highly desirable town-meets-country location.

Call Mansell McTaggart Crowborough on 01892 662668 to find out more about these desirable homes.

06Jul

The first full month of trading in the property market after Lockdown saw it bounce back strongly. June this year compared to June last year, saw big rises in both buyers and sellers, translating into a 30% rise in offers.

14May

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

14th May 2020

 

Following the government’s announcement on kickstarting the housing market after Lockdown, we are pleased to say that we are once again open for business.

As it’s clear we are all going to have to get used to new ways of buying and selling property over the next few weeks, we hope you will understand the measures we have had to put in place to keep everyone safe – and in advance, we thank you for being considerate and patient while we all work together to get moving again.

 

FOR VALUATIONS AND VIEWINGS WE WILL…

• ensure that our property details give as full a picture as possible, to minimise unneccessary viewings

• ask if you are free of symptoms before every visit – if you do have symptoms, we are unfortunately required to refuse the viewing

• sanitise our hands before we enter a property and / or wear protective gloves

• keep at least a two-metre distance from you, and won’t shake hands

• wear face coverings where a 2m distance is not possible

• keep printed documents to a minimum

• at viewings, wipe all touchpoints in a property after our visit

• wipe all touchpoints in our cars after every trip

• not organise ‘open house’ events, or back-to-back viewings

 

FOR VALUATIONS AND VIEWINGS WE ASK YOU…

 

sellers:

• while we remain happy to offer free of charge property valuations for insurance, re-mortgage or general interest purposes, we ask that you accept this via video-call over a home visit

• when we accompany viewings to your property, to open all internal doors and turn on appropriate lights, and then vacate the property for the duration of the visit

 

potential buyers, we ask you to:

• request to view properties only if you are genuinely interested after fully viewing its details on our website – many now have video-tours

• wash hands before and after the viewing

• ask that you bring face coverings and gloves

• refrain from touching surfaces, handles, switches etc

• make your own way to a property, and not rely on a lift in our car

• have no more than two people viewing a property at a time, and only if from the same household

 

IN THE OFFICE, WE WILL

• only allow meetings that are pre-arranged

• thoroughly and regularly clean and sanitise our offices

• try to keep two metres apart from colleagues and visitors

• wash our hands whenever we return to the office from elsewhere

• wipe house-keys when they return to the office

• if one of us feels unwell we will follow the government guidelines at that time

 

As we all know, the situation and the guidelines are changing regularly and quickly, and we will adapt our working practices however we need to keep our colleagues and clients well.

There is more detail on the government’s guidelines, including advice on how to proceed once offers are made and moving day approaches. Click here to read the advice.

Once again, thank you for being considerate and patient while we all work together to get moving again.

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