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City life vs country life - which is right for you? These two opposites bring with them two different ways of living. When looking at potential properties, it’s vital to consider where they’re located and if the location suits your individual preferences, tastes and needs. The hustle and bustle of the city contrasts greatly with the quiet retreat of the countryside, so this is not a decision that should be taken lightly!



What are the main differences between city life and country life?
When it comes to deciding between city life vs country life there are a number of things to consider. The two contrasting lifestyles offer varying levels of appeal to different people. For those that like to be in arms reach of places and people, the city is the place to be. Whereas  some may prefer to escape to the comfort of the countryside, it all comes down to personal preference.

Environment 
One of the most notable differences between city life and country life is the environment. City life is an extremely different environment to the rural living countryside, and those moving from a big city can often find themselves a little culture-shocked to say the least, and vice versa. Crowded and more fast-paced the city exudes excitement, whereas life in the countryside moves at a much slower peaceful pace. 

Distance to places
Living in the city means that everything is on your doorstep, from supermarkets, shops, pharmacies you name it. Everywhere is at a walking distance, encouraging people to exercise and reduce their carbon footprint. Whereas the country, in its secluded nature and rural areas, typically requires a car in order to get anywhere. 

Proximity to other people 
Cities are densely populated meaning that you are constantly surrounded by people, and properties tend to be smaller, at no small cost, with limited garden space. However, with huge numbers of people opting for the city lifestyle there is a chance you're near to friends and family, making organising plans much easier. The countryside however offers larger rural properties and more extensive outdoor space, but may be nearly an hour away from friends and family.

Noise
The levels of noise in the city and country also greatly vary. It’s safe to say that if you prefer peace and quiet, then big cities and they city life is not for you. The hustle and bustle of the city with it’s 24/7 traffic, chitter chatter in the street and busy restaurants may be comforting to some, but not everyone. Others may crave the luxury of peace and quiet and the fresh rural air that comes with country living.



Let's compare living in the city to living in the country 
When it comes to looking at properties, and you’re faced with the choice of living in the city or countryside, it can be hard to know where to start. Some crave the vibrancy and energy of city life, whereas others long for the peace and tranquility of country living. We’ve collated both the pros and cons of city living  and country life to help you decide which one is best suited to you.

City life 
City life, renowned for its liveliness and non-stop nature, overflowing with opportunity is some peoples ideal lifestyle.

Pros:

- Shops, Restaurants and Other Facilities 

Opting for urban living means that you’ll be surrounded by a diverse and extensive range of shops, restaurants, the city centre and other facilities. So one thing is for certain, you’ll never be bored or at a loss for things to do.

- Transport Links

Being centrally located offers accessibility to extremely well connected transport links that run from the early hours. This can also save the need, both environmentally and financially, for a car, which is one expense you could go without. 

- Employment Opportunities 

With a higher concentration of jobs, the city offers a range of employment opportunities. They also offer the chance to create a large network of contacts, making it a great place to excel in your career. 

Cons:

- Expensive

City living comes at a much higher price when it comes to both renting or buying a property, as there is high demand for limited living spaces. The lifestyle is also on the pricier side, shopping and eating out… they’ll all come with a heftier price tag.

- Pollution And Litter

It’s inevitable that heavily populated areas are going to suffer from greater amounts of pollution and litter. Air pollution, water pollution, sound pollution, you name it, the city has it!

- Congestion

More people means more cars and busier public transport. Congestion is a given when living in busy and heavily populated cities. Standstill traffic at rush hour and overcrowded public transport are the norm, so the quickest way you get places sometimes is by foot!

Country life 
Find yourself daydreaming of rolling hills? For some the thought of living in the countryside is a dream come true, and a welcomed escape from the busy nature of urban life. However the remote and tranquil country lifestyle is not for everyone. 

Pros:

- Less Pollution And Litter

The country is renowned for having less pollution, fewer cars and smaller numbers of factories than the city. You may get stuck behind a tractor or a herd of cows, but there won’t be any tedious rush hour traffic in the countryside. Making it a ‘breath of fresh air’ in comparison to the high pollution and little levels and standstill traffic in the city. 

- Community

The crowded nature of the city can sometimes make it hard to feel any sense of community. However with a lower population and a slower pace of life everyone seems to have time to get to know everyone in the countryside. You’ll be able to get your groceries from local businesses, fresh bread, fresh fruit and veg, you name it!

- Scenery

One of the undeniable benefits of living in the countryside is its beauty! You’ll be surrounded by an abundance of idyllic scenery and stunning country walks to explore on the weekends. This enhanced countryside living, and the slow pace of life that accompanies it, can have a positive impact on wellbeing, improving your overall quality of life.

- More Spacious

The countryside is sparsely populated compared to the city meaning properties and people are far more spaced out. This means that houses tend to be bigger with much larger gardens, making them perfect for those raising families.

Cons:

- Poor Transport Links

Unless you work nearby you’ll need to be prepared for long daily commutes to work and/or school. A car is also pretty much a necessity for those living out in the countryside, because although there are usually buses and trains these may not be regular and the train stop or bus shelter may be a drive away from your house. It’s beneficial to consider that although property prices, along with country lifestyle may be cheaper, you may end up spending this on your commute to work and driving to the supermarket.

- Limited Facilities

Unlike the city, the country has a far more limited selection of facilities. Although there will be a supermarket and some local shops in a nearby village, they will be very limited and you may need to travel into the city to get certain things. If you don’t live in or near a village there’s a high chance that you’ll need to drive in order to get to any sort of shop.

- Poor Signal 

Living remotely comes with the issue of having poor signal. Poor phone connection and internet connection are a given, unlike in the city where you get 4G or wifi no matter where you are.


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Spring is here! With the new season comes longer, brighter days after a cold and gloomy winter, prompting many people to start thinking about selling their homes.

Statistics suggest that the best time to sell your house is from mid-February until the end of June. This season brings all sorts of home décor possibilities, from bright colour palettes to florals, to simply the natural sunlight returning and brightening up your space. Here are some ideas for you to optimise the space in your home to add appeal to potential homebuyers:

A good old spring clean 
A deep clean to help sell your property might be an obvious tip, but it’s an effective and affordable one that can be overlooked during the sales process. It is a classic tradition that involves cleaning your home from top to bottom, including in the little nooks and crannies that don’t get a frequent clean. Don’t forget the windows, mirrors and the hard-to-reach corners. A clean and clear home could make all the difference in a buyer’s mind.



A fresh lick of paint 
Now that your home is clean, you have the perfect opportunity to freshen up the space with a lick of paint. Whites and creams are great for a crisp and clean feel, while pops of colour can add personality with minimal effort required. You could also add a new lease of life to the garden fence, garden shed or front door. 



Add fresh spring scents
Make sure your home doesn’t smell of fresh paint. The warmer (or at least milder) months are the perfect time to air out the house. Candles or air fresheners are great, too. Remember, when hosting a property viewing, opt for milder, inoffensive scents to not overpower the space as not everyone has the same preferences.



Blooming lovely 
Placing a vase of flowers in a room is an excellent way of bringing the outside in and adding fragrant floral scents and vibrant colour into the home. Seeing a bunch of beautiful flowers as you are viewing a home is sure to make you smile and associate the home positively with hand-picked spring flowers. 



Garden
Speaking of spring flowers, don’t forget about the garden! After a long, cold winter, the garden probably needs some attention. The front of the house and garden are the first things a buyer will see, so you’ll want them to be greeted by a lawn and shrubs that are neatly trimmed and a well-maintained pathway taking you to the front door. Even if you just have a modest lawn, it will make all the difference to have it cared for and looking its best. A prospective buyer will want to be greeted by gleaming windows and doors with frames that have no cracked paint or dirt.
Adding flowers in hanging baskets, window boxes or in a flower bed outside the home can add value to your property with minimal effort or cost.



Light it up
As the natural light returns with slightly longer days in spring, your home will look and stay brighter. Consider adding layers of lighting to change the atmosphere of a space. Bulbs with a more yellow light will give a cosy feeling to the space. Overhead lights should be whiter to add an illusion of more daylight but avoid harsh fluorescent overhead lighting. Consider simple light shades that can be easily matched to different home décor styles.



Embrace the colours of spring with your interior design 
The natural colours of spring are a great inspiration and patterns such as florals, geometric shapes or stripes are a great addition against a simple base colour to add some personality. Natural hues of green or sky blue, accompanied by bright pops of colour, such as pink, orange or yellow, can breathe life into the simplest of spaces. On a backdrop of crisp white, the natural colours of spring feel fresh, lively and exciting to the eye.

 

Add some homely touches 
It’s all about balance. You want to avoid clutter in the house, whilst maintaining a lived-in aesthetic. You want the buyer to envision living in the space without being distracted by mismatched décor or clutter. Accessorise with colourful or textured cushions, scented candles and simple artwork to tie your decor together, or a mirror to add an illusion of more space. 



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Your property could be one of the biggest and best investments you make in your lifetime, so why not make the most of it by adding as much value as you can. The rule of thumb when it comes to adding value is to utilise what you already have. Any additions that are too costly might not bring you much of a return when the time comes to sell up, so work with the space you have and think about how it could be transformed to make it more useful.

We have compiled some of the most worthwhile home improvements and additions that can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Remember to always find out how much your property is worth before adding value!

Get spring ready in garden
As a nation, we value the addition of outdoor space, particularly after the events of the last few years. The pandemic encouraged buyers to escape to the countryside, shifting the need for outdoor space even higher on buyers’ wish lists. Making your garden feel like another reception room adds heaps of value to your home, especially if it is currently somewhat neglected. Simply adding decking or a patio and outdoor furniture can turn a garden into a great entertaining space. Summer houses are another welcome addition, particularly when staged as an extra room to enjoy. 

Make the most of the garden space you have
Whether you have a big garden or not, first impressions count! So, if you're selling your property you need to give the garden space that much needed curb appeal in order to gain the right attention! Even simple things like tidying up the lawn or sweeping up the leaves make all the difference.



Convert the garage
Most people would prefer an extra reception room to a garage. If you have permission to do so, then you could convert the garage to add extra square footage to your home. Depending on where your garage is located, they can make fantastic playrooms for children or home offices, which again, is another hugely important asset in today’s modern world of working from home. 



Add an additional bedroom with a loft conversion
Loft conversions are a sure-fire way to add value to your home. Most houses don’t require planning permission to convert the loft and they make really stunning rooms. 

How much value does a loft conversion add? Research conducted by the Nationwide Building Society found that adding a loft conversion can increase the value of your home by up to 20%.

Add a parking space
Having somewhere to park the car is a big plus for most buyers. In 2014, 29.6 million cars were registered for use in the UK, which is a 9% increase on the previous year. We clearly do like our vehicles and parking spots are becoming even more scarce, making them especially valuable. Even if your buyers don’t drive, they will value the space for when family and friends come to visit. If you don’t already have parking but do have a front garden, consider paving part of it to create off-road parking. You might have to apply to have the kerb dropped, but it’s still well worth investigating.



Add a conservatory and increase living space
Conservatories are another great way of adding square footage to your property. Consider adding one next to your dining area or kitchen to increase the size of this hugely appreciated space. And make sure you keep it at a comfortable temperature as any rooms that are too hot or cold could put buyers off.



Boost the value with kitchen renovations 
Kitchens are the heart of the home and there’s nothing more appealing than a big welcoming room in which to cook up a feast and entertain. If you only want to improve one room, then definitely concentrate on the kitchen and add a few wow-factor touches to really make it stand out. Consider upgrading the doors of your cabinets, and replacing the tiles and worktops in your kitchen to give the room an instant facelift, on a budget

Add an extension to the kitchen
Expanding the kitchen onto the side and to the full width of the rest of the property means that you will gain valuable space. As previously mentioned, a big open plan kitchen presents a warm welcome and inviting environment - which is guaranteed to add value to your property in the long run. 

Overhaul your bathroom
After the kitchen, your bathroom should be next on the list for an overhaul if it’s looking dated. Opt for a crisp white suite so it appeals to lots of people and add a few ultra-stylish features to make it a room to remember. This can be an expensive investment, however, if it's something that needs doing then it becomes a necessity. You may be able to get away with just a fresh lick of paint.



Make sure your home is structurally sound
At the very least, make sure you fix any structural problems before you put your house on the market to maximise your chances of getting your asking price. If your property is structurally unsound, buyers are likely to use this as leverage to negotiate as they will know they will have to invest money upfront fixing those problems. 



Turn your home green
Not literally, your house is fine the colour it is… BUT, making your home more environmentally friendly with the likes of solar panels, wind turbines and good insulation - this can increase its value. If your home is cheaper to run, it will stand out in the property market and you can usually add a premium to the price. 



Go for double glazing 
Don't have double glazed windows in your home? This is definitely one of the best ways to add value to your home. Double glazing is a standard in most new homes these days, if your home is relatively old, you may find that it still has single glazing. This puts you at a disadvantage, as potential buyers may be put off by this – so we recommend you get this sorted as soon as you can. 

Get that kerb appeal

There are a number of different ways to add value to your home and improve the kerb appeal of yours. This could be a fresh coat of paint, new plants in your garden, new iron fencing or a brand new front door. Whatever approach you to take, make sure your home looks appealing from the outside. First impressions count and will go a long way to adding value to your home!



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Moving to a new house can be a stressful time, particularly if a sale falls through. Don’t worry if this happens as there are often ways to get it back on track. Read through this blog article where we talk about the potential pitfalls to avoid during your negotiations and share some tips to help your sale move forward. 

Surveys
If something unexpected comes up in a survey, it may be a big enough problem to make the sale fall through. 

Typically we do see most house sales fall through due to survey reports. Unexpected work picked up on a survey may cause some purchasers to walk away from a sale. It is advisable that if works needs to be carried out at a property, it would be beneficial to rectify them before the property goes on the market.

Chain
A chain can fall apart for many reasons, and sometimes people can get bored of waiting and find a house elsewhere. The results of a single break can be huge, a sale falling through at the bottom of a chain of sales can potentially jeopardise all of the others, causing a domino effect. Being in a chain-free position as a seller can be a huge advantage. 



During a Negotiation
Negotiations can be a tricky time, and you can find yourself dealing with surprising demands. It is worth being flexible, and remembering that small details should not be a make-or-break on your deal. This is also where choosing the right estate agent for you can be important, as the agent will be negotiating on your behalf. 



People changing their mind and pulling out 
Situations change all the time. Someone could lose their job, a family member could become ill, or people can simply have second thoughts. At times, as much as the buyer wants to move ahead, they may just not be able to. The current market can make it very difficult for vendors to find an onward purchase and the economic uncertainty can trigger buyers getting cold feet or having issues with financing. 

What should you do next?
If a sale falls through, the best thing to do is to brush it off and get the property back onto the market without delay, commencing with a new marketing campaign. If the property has fallen through due to an issue arising from a survey, such as dampness or a structural issue, this should be discussed with the estate agent. 



How can you prevent a sale from falling through?
Don’t forget to check your mortgage status before putting in an offer to ensure that you will be accepted to buy the home. You should always remember to be patient, especially when waiting for sales to go through. The negotiation stage can be the most frustrating as you want the sale to move ahead quickly, but it is worth taking a step back and letting the negotiations take their course. 

The most important thing is to choose an agent who will be able to constantly chase your sale through, no matter if it is in a chain of not.


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