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With trends changing on a seasonal basis, it can be tricky to know where to begin with choosing a colour scheme for your bedroom, so we get some top advice from our very own Nigel Fitzgerald from Lock & Key independent estate agents in Melksham.

Not only do we need to ensure we’re staying up to date with life’s little odd-jobs every month, but we’ve also got the added stress of trends changing on a seasonal basis. With this in mind, it can be daunting when it comes to choosing a colour scheme around the home.

When buyers have choice, this can make them indecisive and prompts them to be selective and cautious before settling on the “right” property.

If you are selling, this puts a huge onus on you to ensure that your property absolutely shines in relation to other properties that are competing for your buyers’ attentions and, ideally, affections. However, this is not the time to listen to the fawning estate agent who suggests a massively inflated asking price, in order to secure your “valued instruction”. Having said that, we are seeing some impressive figures being achieved, although this is always relative.


A successful viewing is a key component of any house sale.


It might sound like a daunting task at first, but if you prepare correctly and follow the relevant advice, there is no reason why your viewings can’t pass without a hiccup and in fact, increase the chances of your home selling.

To help you on your way, we have compiled a list of the top things to think about when showing would-be buyers around your home.

Preparation is key

If your home is clean, uncluttered and pleasing on the eye, it stands to reason that more would-be buyers will be attracted to it. Carrying out some TLC will give your sales pitch a much-needed boost.

To do this, you will need to both de-clutter and de-personalise. Buyers want to visualise themselves living in the place they might one day call home, this is less likely if the house is full of quirky knick-knacks and personal items of great sentimental value. You don’t want your home to come across as soulless, but neither do you want to put prospective buyers off. A fine balance is needed.


Moving to a new school is usually the hardest part of a move for kids.


Switching schools means making new friends, getting to know new teachers, settling into a new school and figuring out how to navigate their way through a new system. Ensure you follow these tips for an easy and painless transition for both you and your child.

Visit the School First
If possible, before the first day of school begins, take a tour of the school with your child. Often, school administrators will encourage you to do this and provide an opportunity for you and your child to ask questions. If you have a teen, they will probably want to visit the school on their own. If this is the case, ask the school to have another teen show them around, so they have a chance to meet someone who'll be in their class. Just encourage them to do so if the school permits it.

Hi Folks, my summer observations are this, here we are mid-summer holidays, and the market is generally regarded as subdued. However, due to the continued lack of stock, we are still securing some excellent prices locally. Certainly, volumes are down but ask any buyer or seller and they are less concerned about “the market” and more interested in their own situation. This usually revolves around a single property, so volumes are irrelevant!

We are acutely aware of the personal requirements and emotions behind every sale, so we handle each property as if it were the only one on our books. The summer holidays are almost an annoying inconvenience to buyers who are keen to find a property and get on with their lives.

According to a recent report*, 23% of Britons say that a quiet location is the number one consideration when choosing where to live. This rises to 32% amongst people in their 50s (and surprisingly falls to 16% amongst Londoners).

The second most important consideration (16%) is proximity to friends and family with 14% seeking low crime, and 12% seeking good schools in the area. Interestingly, only 1% of people cite the historic movement of house prices as being the most important factor when assessing the desirability of an area.




Over half a million households living in owner occupied homes are expecting to move to a new home within the next six months, accounting for 3.7% of homeowners. This is according to the latest data released by the English Housing Survey for 2017/18. What does this mean for Melksham, well we can see who is buying what and their main reasons behind it. Younger owner occupiers are more likely to be looking for their next home than older households. 6.7% of 25 to 34 year old homeowners and 6.8% of 35-44 year old homeowners are expecting to move in the next six months compared to just 1.6% of over 65 year olds.

Moving to a larger property is the most popular reason why homeowners expect to move, with 37% of homeowners citing this reason. Those buying with a mortgage are even more strongly motivated by larger homes. 47% of those with a mortgage and looking to move, say that this is one of their primary reasons for moving.

Wishing for ‘nicer accommodation’ is the second most popular reason for looking to move, while being closer to family or friends is a strong motivator for the under 35s and over 65s. For more property related information you can call Lock & key independent estate agents in Melksham on 01225 707342

Hi Folks, so typically during the summer selling season there is a glut of homes coming to the market in our Melksham property market. However, this summer there has been roughly an 18 per cent fall in the number of homes for sale due to what I believe is the “protracted political hiatus.”

The once-humble garden shed is currently enjoying a revival – but in unexpected ways. Higher property values mean that space inevitably continues to attract a premium, and imaginative householders are cashing in on this by maximising every square inch of space.

Property-related TV programmes have inspired people into considering what can be done with minimal space and the once male-dominated garden shed is no longer simply used for storing lawn mowers, tricycles, gardens chairs and creosote. Today’s sheds are as likely to be used by women as their sanctuary in a frantic world.

I called Lock & Key as I liked their advertising and of course, they are local.

When Nigel came to look at my house, I found him to be friendly, open, honest and very professional without being stuffy.

Nigel listened, answered my questions and it was very evident that he knows his market. He was as interested in me, as a person, as he was selling my house. I felt reassured that Nigel and this team would 'look after' me through the process.

I had no hesitation in signing up for Lock & Key to sell my house. In fact within a couple of hours of leaving my house, I had a phone call for a viewing the following week. And talk about right people, right time, the day after the viewing, I accepted a full asking price offer! I am aware that I was lucky to sell so quickly, but even if it hadn't happened, I really believe that Nigel and his team would continue to work to find and help secure a sale.

Thank you Nigel and team for all you did in securing a sale so quickly and efficiently.

I thoroughly recommend Local & Key to anyone selling their home.

Mrs Ann Martin, Kenley Close, Melksham – July 2019

As British politics continues to be a bit of a bun fight, the great British homebuying public is taking a more pragmatic approach and appears to have disconnected from such trivialities, with buyer registrations nudging up by between 4% and 9% across the UK*. This year, the spring market appears to have overflowed into the summer, with no sign of any seasonal slowdown.

Although the summer holidays have yet to begin in earnest, anybody seriously looking to move house is unlikely to be deterred by the interruption of their annual holiday. Speculative buyers used to take a break over the summer, but today’s market is less sensitive to such traditions. So if you are selling and you are tempted to take your house off the market for the summer – our advice would be that you should not! There are currently 12 buyers chasing every listing (28 in London)* which is helping to maintain prices and if you are not on the market, we guarantee you won’t sell!

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