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Home Staging Guidance

Home Staging Guidance

Ideas to help sell your home… If you’re currently selling your house and keen to arrange viewings now that the market has reopened, we’re offering some advice and tips on how to stage your home, equally relevant whether you’re carrying out virtual viewing, filming a video tour or allowing potential buyers visit in person, subject […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

We support the Mental Health Foundation and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2020, taking place between 18 – 24 May. Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, they have raised awareness on topics like anxiety, depression, stress and relationships. The campaign reaches millions of people every year. This year, with our support, they can reach more people than ever. This year’s theme is KINDNESS. […]

Need a Leasehold Extension Valuation?

Need a Leasehold Extension Valuation?

As your lease runs down it dramatically decreases the value of your flat or apartment. The longer this goes on, the more expensive it will become to renew. On top of this, each lender has different criteria with regards to lease length and this will restrict the number of lenders in the market potentially cutting […]

RICS Client Money Protection

RICS Client Money Protection

RICS’ rules state that firms regulated by RICS shall preserve the security of clients’ money entrusted to it. This means that a firm regulated by RICS, like Watsons, will ensure that: Any client money is protected; Any money entrusted to Watsons is held in a special client account, separate from the firm’s own money; The […]

Watsons as a Managing Agent

Watsons as a Managing Agent

Operating since 1890, Watsons are specialist managing agents and understand the commitment required to maintain the blocks and estates that we manage. How do we differ from other managing agents? We’re a Local, Independent Firm We take great pride in our customer care, working with property owners to ensure that sites are managed in an […]

What does RICS regulation actually mean?

What does RICS regulation actually mean?

Watsons is an RICS regulated firm of property professionals. We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property, construction and infrastructure sectors worldwide. It accredits 125,000 qualified and trainee professionals and any individual or firm registered with the body is subject to their […]

Do I need a Home Survey?

Do I need a Home Survey?

Do surveyors work on behalf of both a buyer and a lender? This is a frequent misunderstanding of potential buyers, and the answer is a clear no – and here is why… The sole aim of a Mortgage Valuation is to satisfy  the lender that the desired property is worth the price you’re paying – or […]

Is your property registered with HM Land Registry?

Is your property registered with HM Land Registry?

What is HM Land Registry? Within England and Wales, HM Land Registry’s responsibilities are to provide: a reliable record of information about ownership of and interests affecting both land and property. owners with a land title, guaranteed by the government. a title plan that indicates general boundaries. You MUST register all land or property with […]

Home Surveys: Control Measures

Home Surveys: Control Measures

Watsons are still in operation! We can still carry out surveys on empty properties or those where the occupants are out of the property during the time of the inspection. We follow the latest Government guidance (26 March 2020) which states that work carried out in people’s homes can continue, provided the tradesperson is well […]