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Should You Take Your Kids to Property Viewings? The Pros and Cons Explained

Should You Take Your Kids to Property Viewings? The Pros and Cons Explained

If you’re looking for a new family home in Waterford, viewings will play a key role in your quest to find ‘The One’.

While marketing photos, videos and virtual tours serve an important purpose, nothing rivals seeing the décor, layout and location with your own eyes.

Viewings also give buyers the chance to discuss the property with the agent and learn more about its history and the seller’s situation.

With all this in mind, where does that leave parents? Should they take their children to viewings or make other childcare arrangements?

Five Home Staging Tips for Homeowners

Five Home Staging Tips for Homeowners

Are you planning to sell your home this year? or just curious about what your property may be worth in the current market?

Good news – this article will give you five easy-to-follow tips highlighting how effectively staging your home can boost its appeal to potential buyers.

Styling your home can also potentially speed up the sale and even increase the value of offers you receive.

Let’s dive into the staging tips…

Spring Selling Tips to Fast-Track Your Waterford Property Sale

Spring Selling Tips to Fast-Track Your Waterford Property Sale

Springtime in Waterford is not just when the natural world comes back to life but also when the local property market shakes off any winter blues.

And if you’re mulling over a move in 2024, the spring months between March and May could be the perfect time to sell your property.

Here are six spring selling tips…

Top Renovation Tips for Waterford Landlords

Top Renovation Tips for Waterford Landlords

Planning to renovate your rental? There’s one thing you should know before you start pulling up carpets or ripping out cabinets.

It will help you avoid a costly and avoidable mistake that many landlords make, and it’s this.

Don’t let your emotions cloud your decision-making…

What Waterford Couples Need to Know before Moving In Together

What Waterford Couples Need to Know before Moving In Together

If talk between you and your partner this Valentine’s Day turns moving in together, there are a few practical things you should know first.

Here at Liberty Blue Estate Agents, we pride ourselves on being as helpful as possible.

But dishing out relationship advice is a step too far – even for us.

So, if you’re considering moving in with your partner, we’ll leave the big decisions and lovey-dovey stuff down to you.

However, if you decide to co-habit, we have some useful, albeit unromantic, advice for you…

Top Tips to Help You Save for a Mortgage Deposit 

Top Tips to Help You Save for a Mortgage Deposit 

One of the biggest challenges first-time buyers (FTBs) face is getting a mortgage deposit together.

Saving a large sum of cash while covering all your living expenses during a cost-of-living crisis is no mean feat.

However, having a good plan and clear goals can make this daunting task more achievable.

Moving Home – A Mum’s Thoughts

Moving Home – A Mum’s Thoughts

Recently we shared a teenager’s thoughts on moving home, today it’s mum’s turn to tell us how she felt when selling up and moving…

The perfect home

“The journey to a new home began excitedly, especially when we found the ‘one’ – the property we loved and wanted.”

Emotional Triggers in the Home-Buying Process – Inside the Buyer’s Mind

Emotional Triggers in the Home-Buying Process – Inside the Buyer’s Mind

Recently we’ve been delving into the psychological aspects of home buying.

It’s fascinating stuff.

For sellers, it can offer invaluable insights, helping them better understand how they (and their estate agent) can achieve the best possible price for their home.

Buying a home is not just a financial transaction; it’s a deeply emotional journey influenced by many psychological factors.

Let’s investigate some of these.

Season’s Greetings: A Landlord’s Guide to Tenant Appreciation

Season’s Greetings: A Landlord’s Guide to Tenant Appreciation

Here are five little things that can make a big difference when it comes to building goodwill and rapport with […]

Seven Ways to Prepare Your Waterford Rental for Winter

Seven Ways to Prepare Your Waterford Rental for Winter

Forecasters predict this winter will be cold and dry – making it likely we’ll get lots of snow. 

While this is excellent news if you’re a skier, if you’re a landlord, it means there’s no room for complacency when it comes to maintenance and repairs.

Freezing temperatures can cause all sorts of property damage, so it’s vital that your rental is ready for the tough months ahead.

Here’s a list of seven ways to winter-proof your property to avoid expensive repair bills and ensure that you and your tenants can rest easy on cold, dark nights.

Ready for Anything: The Waterford Landlord’s Emergency Checklist

Ready for Anything: The Waterford Landlord’s Emergency Checklist

As any experienced letting agent or landlord can advise you, ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to rental properties.

And that’s why it pays to follow the Scouts’ motto and “be prepared”.

Being prepared for any eventuality can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a full-blown catastrophe if you’re a landlord.

With that in mind, we’ve created a Landlord Emergency Kit.

Let’s dive into five essentials that can save the day.

Conveyancing Tips to Speed Up Your Property Sale

Conveyancing Tips to Speed Up Your Property Sale

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities.

Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good estate agent (we can help you with that). You may also need to speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund your next move.

But there’s another critical aspect of the process that often gets overlooked: the conveyancing (the “legal” transfer of a property from one owner to another).

So, to avoid unnecessary hold-ups that could make your buyer lose patience, it’s worth getting ahead of the curve and following these five conveyancing tips.

Time to Sell Your Waterford Home? Take Our Quick Quiz

Time to Sell Your Waterford Home? Take Our Quick Quiz

Are you pondering whether to sell your Waterford home? With the property market constantly changing, it’s natural to wonder if now is the right time.

To help you decide, we’ve crafted a fun, informative quiz.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be Waterford’s Top Landlord?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be Waterford’s Top Landlord?

So, you think you’ve mastered the art of letting properties?

With every tenant you place and every lease you renew, you grow more confident in your prowess as a confident, caring and capable landlord.

But are you one of the best landlords in Waterford?

We’ve put together a quick quiz to help you find out…

Moving Thoughts from a Teenager’s Perspective

Moving Thoughts from a Teenager’s Perspective

There’s a lot to consider when you start thinking about moving home.

This includes things like:

What the new monthly mortgage payments will be?
What’s parking like at the new place?
Are the new neighbours friendly?
It’s a massive decision to sell up and buy elsewhere.

When families are involved, our advice is to make your children feel part of the process, and listening to their thoughts, concerns and ideas helps them (and you) get your head around things.

We asked a 16-year-old whose family recently sold and moved to another home what was on their mind during the process.

It makes interesting reading…

Tips to Make Your Waterford Move Stress-Free

Tips to Make Your Waterford Move Stress-Free

Just the thought of moving home can make you break out into a cold sweat. It’s a life experience that many people think of as one of the most stressful things you can do. So how can you minimise those feelings of panic?

In this quick read, we look at ways to make selling your home a little bit less stressful and more manageable.

A Waterford Landlord’s Guide to Finding Tradespeople You Can Trust

A Waterford Landlord’s Guide to Finding Tradespeople You Can Trust

It’s up there with late rents, messy tenants and broken boilers on a landlord’s Headache-ometer. What are we talking about? […]

Five Property-Hunting Tips for Waterford Homebuyers

Five Property-Hunting Tips for Waterford Homebuyers

Buying a home is a huge decision – possibly one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime (no pressure then).

And to ensure you make a wise choice that suits your needs now and into the future, it pays to give the process a bit of thought before you start arranging viewings.

Here are five property-hunting tips that could save you time and money.

The Advantages of Selling in Autumn

The Advantages of Selling in Autumn

If you’re considering listing your property for sale, we have some good news and selling in autumn. 

Traditionally, there’s a surge in serious buyers coming to the market after the summer lull – so you’ve timed your move wisely. 

But what’s the psychology driving property hunters at this time of year? And how can you, as a seller, capitalise on buyers’ motivations to ensure you secure the best deal for your property? Let’s find out.

What Should I Do First? Sell My Waterford Property or Hunt for a Home to Buy?

What Should I Do First? Sell My Waterford Property or Hunt for a Home to Buy?

If your dreams of buying a new home rely on the sale of your existing property, then there’s one fundamental question you need to answer.

Are you going to look for a new home first and then sell your property – or do things the other way around?

While both scenarios can work out in the end, we think one option is far more favourable – and that’s getting your current property on the market first. Here are four reasons why.

Should You Rent or Sell Your Waterford Home? 

Should You Rent or Sell Your Waterford Home? 

If you’re fortunate enough to be in a financial position where you can rent out your home instead of selling it, should you take the leap?

After all, if you don’t need to sell to fund your next move, renting your property is an option worth exploring.

Here, we explore the dilemma of renting out a property instead of selling.

Six Must-Ask Questions for Couples Buying a Property Together in Waterford

Six Must-Ask Questions for Couples Buying a Property Together in Waterford

Buying a property with a partner can be an exciting next step in a relationship.

Swapping paying rent or living with family for cosy nights with your beloved in your own home can be a blissful prospect.

But before you arrange a series of viewings in a giddy rush of excitement, it’s worth sitting down and talking a few things through with your partner.

Buying together is a huge commitment, yet most couples seem to spend more time planning a holiday than planning their home search.

Getting some of the practical stuff nailed down early on will help you focus your search efforts and avoid arguments along the way.

Some of these questions may seem awkward, but once you’ve got through them, you can get on with the fun of searching for your new home together.

Why Good Property Photos Are an Essential Step in the Sales Process

Why Good Property Photos Are an Essential Step in the Sales Process

It’s often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but then (confusingly), it’s also said that first impressions count… Why are all these clichés so important? Well, when marketing a property, it’s a bit of both: how a property looks will catch a buyer’s eye before they pore over the finer details.

Photos of your property are what hooks the buyer, what drives them to pick up the phone to arrange a viewing, and what helps them imagine living in your home. So, property photography is an essential part of the selling process.

In this quick read, we look at how to prepare your home for photographs and what to expect.

Five Things Downsizers in Waterford Need to Consider

Five Things Downsizers in Waterford Need to Consider

The number of downsizers active in the housing market has skyrocketed in recent years, and is it any wonder?

With steep hikes in energy bills, interest rates and inflation, many people feeling the squeeze are rethinking how – and where – they want to live.

Downsizers are often stereotyped as empty nesters flying the coop to enjoy retirement. But due to economic issues, a wider variety of homeowners are now looking to make a change.

Bank of Mum and Dad: What Buyers (and Their Parents) Need to Know

Bank of Mum and Dad: What Buyers (and Their Parents) Need to Know

Every year, the Bank of Mum and Dad comes to the rescue by helping thousands of first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. It is estimated that almost half of first-time buyers currently receive financial help from their parents to purchase a property.

But for parents planning to assist their loved ones, or children hoping to get a helping hand, there are a few issues to consider first…

A Waterford First-Time Buyer’s Guide

A Waterford First-Time Buyer’s Guide

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, congratulations! You’re about to experience a huge life moment and finally have somewhere to call your own. The first-time buyer journey is exciting, scary, overwhelming… it’s basically all the emotions. So, what can you expect?

In this quick read, we take you through some of the initial steps of buying your first home.

Probate Property: What Buyers Need to Know

Probate Property: What Buyers Need to Know

Picture this: After a long and exhausting property search you finally find the home that’s just right for you. But then the estate agent mentions that it’s a ‘probate property’ and you’re left scratching your head.

While it’s a term that you’ve heard before, you’re not entirely sure what it means and if it could scupper your homebuying plans.

Well, let us explain…

Should You Sell Your Waterford Home to Family or a Friend?

Should You Sell Your Waterford Home to Family or a Friend?

If you’re selling a property, you might think that selling to one of your nearest and dearest is the answer. After all, when selling to family, they know what they’re buying, you’ll save on professional fees, and the home you love will be left in good hands.

But is it really that simple? Unfortunately, no.

In this quick read, we look at some of the things that could go (very) wrong if you’re thinking about selling to a family member or friend.

Are Mortgage Brokers Really Necessary?

Are Mortgage Brokers Really Necessary?

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to remortgage your property, getting a good mortgage deal is probably top on your list of priorities.

You could lose hours scrolling through comparison sites, frantically searching for the best lenders’ deals, and trying to find your latest payslips. Or you could do the sensible thing and get a professional’s help.

In this quick read, we look at why a mortgage broker could help you buy your dream home while saving you time and hassle.

What You Need to Know as a First-Time Landlord in Waterford

What You Need to Know as a First-Time Landlord in Waterford

Being a first-time landlord can feel daunting. There’s a lot to do before you can get your property rented out – such as repairs, legal obligations, admin, tenant-finding, contract signing, and so on.

But don’t fret.

A good letting agent will help explain all the ins and outs of the process. And can do most of the work on your behalf.

In this three-minute read, we discuss some of the essential steps you need to take before renting out your property.

How to Sell Your Waterford Home When You’ve Got Pets

How to Sell Your Waterford Home When You’ve Got Pets

Don’t let your beloved family pet stop you from achieving the best selling price for your property. Follow these tips to ensure buyers aren’t put off making an offer on your home.

Given that 52% of Irish households have a pet*, you might assume buyers wouldn’t bat an eyelid at the prospect of viewing a property where a furry or feathered friend resides.

But many property hunters are put off when they visit a home where there are obvious signs and smells of pets.

The reasons for this aversion to animals can vary; a buyer may have an allergy, have had a bad experience in the past, or love their own animals, just not other people’s.

How to Prepare for an End-of-Tenancy Inspection

How to Prepare for an End-of-Tenancy Inspection

It’s widely recognised that moving house is one of the most stressful (and annoying) life events you can experience.

If you’re nearing the end of a tenancy agreement, there are a few things you can do to ensure your check-out inspection goes well and (upon moving out) you get your tenancy deposit back in full.

In this quick read, we go through ways to make moving out easier for you and your landlord.

Get Summer-Ready with These Simple Garden Jobs

Get Summer-Ready with These Simple Garden Jobs

Remember lockdown when we had nothing to do? Gardening became a fun pastime, and having outside space was a luxury. Well, now that the spring sunshine is back and you don’t need to wear four layers to keep warm, it’s time to make gardening cool again.

Bask in those rays (however weak they may be) and get your hands dirty. Dust off that spade and get the broom ready.

In this quick read, we explore some easy ways to get your garden looking its best.

<strong>Turn Your Waterford Rental Property into Somewhere You Love</strong>

Turn Your Waterford Rental Property into Somewhere You Love

Whether your rental property is a blank space you just sleep in, or it’s a new family property, it’s important to make it feel like home. So, how can you fall in love with your rental without breaching tenancy rules?

You could be a long-term renter or maybe an house-sharer, but one thing is for sure, making the space your own will immediately change the way it looks and feels.

In this quick read, we look at ways to love your rental without falling foul of any tenancy agreement rules and stipulations.

IPAV Reiterates call for abolition of Rent Pressure Zones

IPAV Reiterates call for abolition of Rent Pressure Zones

Commenting on the latest Daft.ie Rent Report for Q 4 2022, IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, has […]

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Your Waterford Home for Sale

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Your Waterford Home for Sale

Are you planning to sell your home this year? Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for your next move.

Have you got an exciting plan for 2023? A move to a bigger home to accommodate your growing family? Or perhaps you want to downsize and start afresh in a different part of the country?

Whatever your goal, the best way to turn your dream into reality is to secure a good price for your current home. And to help you achieve this, we’ve put together a checklist for preparing a property for sale.

Why Good Contractors are a Waterford Landlord’s Secret Weapon

Why Good Contractors are a Waterford Landlord’s Secret Weapon

If you’re a seasoned landlord, chances are you’ve experienced at least one out-of-hours call from a panicked tenant about a leaky toilet or boiler breakdown. Why is it these things never seem to happen at a reasonable hour?

Repairs and maintenance of your rental portfolio can be costly and stressful, so having trustworthy tradespeople is invaluable. You need someone who you know will get the job done and (hopefully) won’t charge you exorbitant fees to do so.

For newer landlords, finding a good contractor should be at the top of your to-do list.

Property Inspection Tips for Waterford Landlords

Property Inspection Tips for Waterford Landlords

Inspections are a key part of managing a tenancy so it’s imperative that landlords get them right. Here are some top tips to ensure landlords don’t miss a thing. A two-minute read.

We’ve all heard horror stories about nightmare tenants who cause huge amounts of damage to a rental property, leaving the landlord up to their neck in repair bills and legal costs. Or maintenance issues that were left and became problematic.

Thankfully, there are ways landlords can minimise these risks and one key strategy is to conduct regular inspections.

How to Maximise your Budget and Buy Your Dream Waterford Home 

How to Maximise your Budget and Buy Your Dream Waterford Home 

Buying a home comes with a lot of dreams, needs and wants, but there’s another consideration, too – budget. Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder or moving on to bigger and better things, how can you make every euro count?

Maximising your budget might seem impossible; after all, a downstairs toilet is a must, and you’ve always hoped for a driveway and south-facing garden. But are these wants and desires preventing you from finding something you can actually afford?

Like everything else in life, buying a property needs a bit of compromise. You don’t have to bin your dreams of a garage or home office; you just need to think outside the box.

In this quick read, we look at ways to maximise your budget and get the home you’ve always wanted.

The Good Sense Guide to Selling Your Waterford Home 

The Good Sense Guide to Selling Your Waterford Home 

Homebuyers are heavily influenced by what they see, smell and hear, so here’s a guide to ensuring your property appeals to their senses.

Did you know that when it comes to impressing a buyer, you have just half a minute to make your property stand out?

Yes, you read that right. Most buyers decide if a property is the one for them in the first 30 seconds of a viewing.

So, with so much at stake in that short time, how do you make a good impression? Read on to find out.

Top Tips to Avoid a DIY Disaster at Home

Top Tips to Avoid a DIY Disaster at Home

Will your next home improvement project end in success or a desperate call to professional tradespeople? Here are five tips to help your DIY project run smoothly.

Repairing and refurbishing your own home can be immensely satisfying – and save you lots of money. But not every DIY task finishes well.

From crooked countertops to terrible tiles and dodgy driveways, it’s amazing how – even with the best intentions – things can go wrong.

The Fake Landlord Scam That All Waterford Renters Need to Know About

The Fake Landlord Scam That All Waterford Renters Need to Know About

Don’t let con-men trick you out of your hard-earned money. Read on to discover what the ‘fake landlord’ scam is and how to protect yourself.

The fake landlord trick has been around for years, but current market conditions mean that some renters are particularly vulnerable to this con right now.

Here’s how the fake landlord scam works..

Why Home Sellers Need Good Agents Now More Than Ever

Why Home Sellers Need Good Agents Now More Than Ever

The last two years have been hectic for the Waterford property market.

But now, the market is normalising, and homes are not selling as fast as they once were.

It’s also becoming harder to sell a home for a premium price.

Add to that the cost of living crisis and other global events hitting us in our collective pockets.

The good news is it’s still possible to achieve an excellent price for your home if the estate agent working with you knows how.

How to Stop Condensation from Becoming a BIG Problem

How to Stop Condensation from Becoming a BIG Problem

This two-minute read looks at some simple steps landlords and tenants can take to reduce the risk of condensation causing mould, damp and disputes.

What causes condensation?
When moist air is cooled by contact with cold surfaces such as walls, windows or mirrors, the moisture condenses into water droplets, AKA: condensation.

This can often cause unsightly mould and, in extreme cases, be unhealthy. Not just in terms of physical health but because it’s a common breeding ground for disputes between landlords and tenants.

The Ultimate Waterford Moving Guide

The Ultimate Waterford Moving Guide

There’s no doubt about it, moving home is one of the most stressful life events you can go through. As you wade through boxes, try to settle the kids, hunt for the toaster, and pay off all the moving bills, you’ll probably be trying not to scream and lose your cool.

So, what’s the solution? Can you make a house move less hectic for all those involved?

We think so. Here’s our ultimate moving checklist…

Home Improvement Ideas to Help You Sell Your Property

Home Improvement Ideas to Help You Sell Your Property

Whether you’re a DIY kind of person or prefer to hire a professional, home improvements are on the up.

Since the pandemic, savvy homeowners have been looking for ways to make their properties more comfortable and more desirable to future buyers.

So, what are the most popular home improvement trends?

How can you wow potential buyers with your use of space?

In this quick read, we look at some of the most popular ways to make your home more desirable to future buyers.

How to Be a Stress-Free First-Time Buyer

How to Be a Stress-Free First-Time Buyer

Taking that first step on the property ladder is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. No matter how old you are, buying your first property will make you feel like a proper grown-up.

Before you even find the right property, there’s lots to learn, so in this quick read, we’ve pulled together our top five tips for first-time buyers.

How to Wow Buyers with a Spacious-Looking Home

How to Wow Buyers with a Spacious-Looking Home

Find out how you can impress buyers by making each room in your home look as spacious as possible. A two-minute read.

Whether you’re marketing a one-bedroom apartment or a seven-bedroom mansion, the same rule usually applies – big is beautiful.

We’re talking about big rooms, of course! It’s well known that a home that feels spacious will always get a higher price than a similar property that comes across as cramped and crowded.

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