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Mi-Move nearly top for new instructions

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Published: 06/01/2017   Last Updated: 06/01/2017 07:20:00   Author: Ashley Gray    Tags: Successfu, Estate Agent, Sutton

We are feeling very proud.

Over the past 12 months, Mi-Move has gone through some exciting changes, with new staff and new projects, all backed up with some good, old fashioned hard work! Although we have realised that our business has been gaining momentum as we've gone along, we were more than a bit staggered to see that according to Rightmove Intel between 1st Dec-19th Dec 2016, we had taken on the second most properties for an agent in the area.  This even better than being 7th out of 36 agents in the SM2 area which we achieved over the six months to October 2016.

Considering that we are currently a single office independent agency, it is a huge achievement, and reassurance for us that we are getting things right! We'd like to thank all of our clients for the support and encouragement that you've given us, and we can't wait to see how much more we will achieve in 2017!

To see what we offer and how we can help you sell successfully whilst saving on your fees call us on 020 3538 0558 or email info@mi-move.com or go straight to our valuation enquiry page

Mi-Move is a Top Ten Estate Agent in SM2

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Published: 17/11/2016   Last Updated: 06/01/2017 06:33:29   Author: Ashley Gray    Tags: Successful, Estate Agent, Sutton

In the last six months to October 2016 Mi-Move ranked 7th out of 36 agents in the SM2 postcode area according to Zoopla Pro which analyses the performance of estate agents by postcode area. The only local agents with more instructions in the area than Mi-Move were (in no particular order!!) Barnard Marcus, Burn & Warne, Your Move, Cubitt & West, Cromwells and Fine & Country.  And none of those agents offers a standard sole agency fee as low as Mi-Move’s at just 0.75% including VAT.  No wonder Mi-Move is beating many other local agents to get new business and challenging the big companies. 

In the combined areas of SM1 and SM2 Mi-Move ranked 13th out of 68 agents in the same period.

We might be small but we’re clearly powerful as our strategy of sensible fees with friendly, professional and personal service is paying off.  For Mi-Move and our clients who sell and save as well.

Help us get to the top by contacting us to see what we offer and how we can help you sell successfully whilst saving on your fees.

 

For an honest and realistic valuation of your home – for sale or rent – call us on 020 3538 0558 or email info@mi-move.com or go straight to our valuation enquiry page

Top 5 Interior Trends Spring/Summer 2016

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Published: 23/05/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:26:14   Author: Katie Nixon    Tags: Interiors, Interior Trends, 2016, Kitchen, Accessories, Indoor Plants

Now that spring has finally sprung, and you’ve done all you’re spring cleaning (ahem), now is the perfect time to update your interiors. Whether it’s just a strategically placed cushion or a full kitchen overhaul, here are the top 5 key trends for 2016 you need to know about…

TROPICAL BRIGHTS
Because we don’t live in sunnier climes, injecting some colour and print into your home can work wonders and one of our favourite trends is tropical brights. It might be something to do with the Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro this summer, but the shops are full of bold goodies. We love the new Henry Holland x Habitat range (from £35 – http://www.habitat.co.uk/henry ), which takes inspiration from his Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk collection. For smaller budgets try the George Home Copper Effect Pineapple Table Lamp (£20) or ‘Sun Shine On My Mind’ tropical print teatowel from H&M (£2.99).

MIXING UP MATERIALS
It’s not everyone’s dream to live in a ‘footballer’s wife’s’ house with shiny appliances and everything matching. If you want to integrate a variety of finishes one place you could start is in the kitchen. Combine wooden cupboard doors with marble or granite worktops or concrete finish floors with gold / metallic finishes. We love Ikea’s kitchen solutions as you can mix and match doors for that bespoke kitchen feel.

HOUSEPLANTS
Bring the outside in with some easy to care for indoor plants taking their cue from the 1970s. Think yucca plants, spider plants and large, leafy palms in pots in the corner, or in indoor hanging baskets. A great way to introduce a tropical theme or simply to embrace your inner eco-warrior and ‘cleanse’ the air you breathe within your home. House of Plants has a large index of indoor plants and deliver to the UK mainland only excluding the Scottish Highlands and Island, Isle of Wight and where additional charges apply – www.houseofplants.co.uk

METALLICS
Having metallic home accessories in your space is still a strong trend and these shiny finishes are particularly effective in kitchens and bathrooms. Gold, brass, copper and rose gold can sit nicely in any room to add a modern, warm tone that moves away from the cold, sometimes soul-less feel of stainless steel and silver. Take a look at lighting from Next featuring bronze table lamps and pendants or Zara Home sells ‘Golden’ stainless steel cutlery and fruity apple and pear gold finish salt and pepper shakers . Cox & Cox also have some timeless glass bathroom accessories with brass lids.

MONOCHROME
Interior trends often take a lead from what’s on the catwalks, and this season is no exception. Victoria Beckham, DKNY and Missoni all showcased monochrome (black and white) in the form of stripes, ruffles and geometric dresses, tops and trousers and it’s easy to introduce this strong graphic print into your home. Marks & Spencer has a variety of monochrome thanks to a bold new crockery collection by Sue Timney (from £6) that will definitely impress your dinner guests. If subtle is more your thing, then their Manhattan collection features a simple black line on white or you can jazz up teatime with an Alphabet Mug (£6).


From the smallest touches to a larger scale project, these are easy ways to update your home style statement, even for those renting a property.
 
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For an honest and realistic valuation of your home – for sale or rent – call us on 020 3538 0558 or email info@mi-move.com . We’re also happy to advise on what small changes you can implement to make your home more attractive to renters or buyers.

BREAKING NEWS - Mi-Move Announcement

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Published: 10/05/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:31:54   Author: Katie Nixon    Tags:

Mi-Move is thrilled to announce that, in agreement with MLP Wealth Management Limited, the owner of Property Shop in Belmont, we have now taken over Property Shop’s existing lettings business with immediate effect. 

 

Property Shop will, in due course, cease taking on new business from its premises in Station Road, Belmont in order to facilitate MLP’s own internal expansion. We are very excited to be expanding our portfolio and hope to bring our high levels of customer service to new clients in the area.

Mi-Move will additionally provide a sales fulfilment service to Property Shop on all future sales enquiries received by them.

For further information, or to book a free valuation of your property – for sale or rent - please call Ashley Gray at Mi-Move on 020 3538 0558 or email ashley@mi-move.com.


 

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Published: 03/05/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:34:13   Author: Nicola Fraser    Tags: Landlord, Rental, Renting, Property, Diy

Here at Mi-Move Sutton, we provide help and advice to a range of clients. Prospective vendors, landlords and even tenants all have questions we’re more than happy to help with if we can.

Something that comes up again and again, especially for first time landlords, is how to present a rental property to achieve a good rental and attract the best tenants. Currently the property rental market is flooded with options, meaning it’s now more important than ever to showcase your property in its best possible light to beat off the competition. Here are the five things we believe are most important when trying to secure the best tenant for your property…

1) Functionality Beats Style

As a landlord, you might be tempted (budget allowing) to provide a swish, high-end pad for your tenants, however from our experience tenants will always prefer functionality over style. There is simply no need to spend thousands on a new top of the range kitchen if there is a ceiling on what you can charge in rent, which inevitably there will be. It doesn’t need to be ultra-modern, over-styled or super sleek as the majority of tenants are looking for a comfortable space to set up home with appliances that work.

2) First Impressions Count!

The exterior of your property is just as important as the inside, it’s what we in the trade call ‘kerb appeal, and it’s what prospective tenants see first. Put some thought into landscaping (or at least putting some plant pots out if you can), present a clean and painted exterior (touch up those windowsills) and a polished front door with a shiny new door number will do wonders. Make sure you also fix any cracked or broken steps, fences, gates and trim any overgrown bushes or trees to give a welcoming first impression making them think ‘I want to live here’.

3) Kitchen and Bathroom

The main areas prospective tenants look at when viewing a property are the kitchen and bathroom. This is what they usually will want to see first, so if you want to refurbish the property consider doing these two key rooms before doing anything else. Yes, these rooms might cost more but in the long run a great kitchen and bathroom will sell a property to a tenant. Don’t think you have to replace a whole kitchen as there are small changes that can be made for a fraction of the cost. If cupboard doors are looking a little worn or dated simply replace these, or alternatively paint them and fix on new door knobs. Lighting is key for both of these rooms so make sure it’s well placed - over cooking/washing up areas and near mirrors in bathrooms – and use the highest wattage bulb for these light fittings. In the bathroom simply replacing the taps, adding a new shower curtain or updating the toilet seat can give it a clean, fresh feeling.

4) Lick of Paint

A little paint can go a long way, whether it’s inside, outside or even just one wall! Painting one wall an accent colour is a great way to brighten up a room. You should really aim to re-paint your property every 5 years or so and white paint seems to be having a moment. Paint doesn’t cost a lot of money and it demonstrates to prospective tenants that the property is well looked after. Try to stick with neutral colours ensuring any prospective tenants furniture will ‘fit’ into each room. Remember, if tenants can easily picture their furniture in the property thanks to a neutral finish, it makes it easier for them to decide on whether they can see themselves living in your property or not.

5) Clean And Eliminate Odour!

Before showing your property to any prospective tenant, have it professionally cleaned. Ensure whoever does it cleans everything from the floors to the appliances, cupboards (inside and out), bathroom, the inside of built-in furniture, dusts high and low and cleans the inside of the windows. If your property is in a block and window cleaning isn’t part of the maintenance, it’s worth paying a little extra to get this done too. From our experience tenants are looking for a home that looks and smells clean; it’s definitely the first and foremost thing they are looking for. If your property has tenants still living there when it goes to market, ask them to clean the property as best they can, ensure the property is tidy and not cluttered and carry out a landlord inspection before viewings commence if needed.


Mi-Move can provide a step-by-step checklist for landlords or vendors on how best to present their property before it is released on to the market, we also have fantastic tradespeople who could carry out any work if required. Call us for a free rental valuation on 020 3538 0558 or email our property manager – louise@mi-move.com


 

Listen to Mi-Move's advert on Radio Jackie

Published: 02/04/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:33:38   Author: Ashley Gray    Tags:

Following on from the successful launch of our new website – www.mi-move.com - we decided to take a another step to increase our brand awareness by advertising on Radio Jackie. Hopefully by now, some of you might have already heard it on the school run, during your lunch break or on the traffic-filled rush hour home. We managed to catch it so we could share it with you.  We hope you like it. 

If you’re interested in selling or letting your home, or just looking for somewhere to rent or buy why not stop by our offices opposite Sutton station for a chat or email us at info@mi-move.com  to see how we can help.  Happy listening!


How To Raise The Rent - 5 Step Checklist

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Published: 29/03/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:32:53   Author: Katie Nixon    Tags: Rent, Landlord

Spring is in the air, or at the very least we are officially out of the winter season, so with that in mind and the start of the new financial year, it’s time to dust off your accounts books and see if you could be making more money from your rental property.

 

Typically, we don’t like talking about money, particularly when it means asking someone for more money for the same product (your rental property), but as a landlord you should be mindful of moving with the times and shifts in the most recent rental values.


At the end of last year the rate at which rental prices increased in London was by 4.1%, almost half as much again as the rise of 2.8% across the rest of England, proving once again that the allure of living amongst the bright lights, or at least within reasonable travel times of it, is still very strong indeed.


If you are lucky enough to already own a buy-to-let property, you’ll be breathing a huge sigh of relief as you will have missed out on the rise in stamp duty when purchasing a second home (see below bands and SDLT Cost - from 1st April 2016).

£0 - £125,000 = 3%
£125,000 - £250,000 = 5%
£250,000 - £925,000 = 8%

Here at Mi-Move we’ve put together a 5-step checklist to see if you’re charging the correct amount for your property…


1) The World Wide Web
The internet is a wonderful place and you can search for almost anything, so this should be your first stop when checking to see if your property is renting for the right amount. Choose Rightmove or Zoopla (the two largest property portals in the UK) to see what has rented recently in your area that is similar in both size and location. It also gives you an opportunity to virtually snoop around the competition.


2) A Change in the Local Landscape
Keep on top of changes to the local landscape, and we don’t just mean the introduction of a post box at the end of the road, although with the closure of many post offices we’re sure this would be a bonus. If there are major housing developments, positive changes to the access roads, openings of large retail stores and supermarkets or extensions to significant transport links into central London this will have an impact on rent prices as it could make your property more desirable.


3) Changes to Your Financial Expenditure
And no, this doesn’t include your children wanting a holiday to Florida. Within reason if your financial circumstances change in relation to your investment property then an increase could be viable. For example, if there is a significant increase in the maintenance costs associated with your rental property, or to assist in keeping up with a rise in mortgage payments on the property. With all requests to increase rent the rise should be fair, realistic and in line with similar properties in the area.

4) Talk to a Local Letting Agent – Hello Mi-Move!
Letting agents with extensive local knowledge will know, as it is their job to do so, what the climate is like in your area at any given time. By this we mean the number of people registering to rent and the number of available properties in the area at a specific time, especially those close to large places of work (such as hospitals, office blocks) and train stations. They also astutely keep an eye on what their counterparts are listing. Here at Mi-Move we can provide a free and honest valuation of your property along with very reasonable rates to become listed as one of our landlords. You’ll see from our testimonials that we’ve been in the property game for a long time and our number one priority is customer service.


5) Check The Tenancy Agreement
If you decide the time, and market, is right to increase the rent by far the easiest time to implement this is when the agreement expires – usually 12 months after signing a new tenant. This way you can simply ask you agent to re-draft the agreement with the change in rent. It is the most common method. There are alternatives but these can be lengthy, speak to your agent to get the best way forward if still inside the tenancy term.

If you think you could benefit from a free rent review, call us on 020 3538 0558, email us at lettings@mi-move.com  or pop in for a chat at our office – 1 Regent Parade, Brighton Road, Sutton, SM2 5BQ.

The Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Property

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Published: 29/02/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:32:21   Author: Katie Nixon    Tags:

Here at Mi-Move Sutton we frequently get asked what the magic formula is for selling a property – if only it were that simple.

 

Selling a property can be an emotional experience and sometimes hearing negative feedback about the place you call home can be upsetting.

 

However, there are a few ways in which you can enhance your property without spending a fortune that can be particularly helpful when we’re taking photographs or showing potential buyers around…

DO make sure that children’s toys/clothes etc are tidied away. Lots of clutter can put off potential buyers as they will think there isn’t enough storage space for their things

DON’T tell the potential buyer your life story or give them personal information that might either give them negotiating power or put them off, such as an impending divorce or recent death at the property

DO tidy the front garden and front door as first impressions really do count. Also make sure the windows are clean to allow as much natural light in as possible

DON’T forget to try and banish pet or smoke odours. Yes this is your home at the moment but you are trying to sell it and not everyone is pet/smoke friendly

DO go out where possible if viewings are taking place. The agent is the expert and is there to show your property off in its best light. If you do have to conduct a viewing be friendly but not overly so and answer questions honestly. It’s also best to leave price negotiations to the agent who has plenty of experience in this area

For a free, realistic valuation of your property email sales@mi-move.com

 

Mi-Move Estate Agents Sutton Launches Brand New Website

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Published: 31/01/2016   Last Updated: 23/05/2016 14:34:27   Author: Katie Nixon    Tags:

We are delighted to launch our brand new website that will ensure you can keep up to date with our latest properties in and around Sutton for sale and rent. Here you can check out our transparent fees, request a valuation, meet our team, read our blog and find out how we support our local community.

 

Working closely with Webdadi, we think we have created a website that’s easy to use that not only showcases our property listings but includes up-to-date area guides so you can check out the best schools, transport options and leisure facilities in the locations we cover.

 

Feel free to read through our testimonials to see how past clients have found using Mi-Move - a local, independent estate agent receiving good customer service whilst saving on fees.

 

If you would like to receive a free valuation of your property for sale or rent email us at info@mi-move.com or call us on 020 3538 0558

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