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Don’t Let Next-Door Syndrome Stop You Selling Your Waterford Home

Don’t Let Next-Door Syndrome Stop You Selling Your Waterford Home

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been a nosy neighbour at some point, haven’t we?

A ‘for sale’ sign goes up on a property in your street, and within minutes you’re online to find out what it’s on the market for.

Soon enough, you’re marvelling or shuddering at your neighbour’s taste in décor and deciding that your home is bigger, smaller, smarter or fancier than theirs.

There’s nothing wrong with this; in fact, if you plan to sell up yourself, it’s useful market research. But it’s also important to keep things in perspective, or you could develop what is known in the property industry as Next-Door Syndrome.

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.

Tenants’ Guide to a Safe and Relaxing Summer

Tenants’ Guide to a Safe and Relaxing Summer

At last summer is here, so what are your plans?

Have you booked an exciting getaway in an exotic location? Or is the aim to kick back and relax on home turf?

Whatever you’ve lined up, it’s worth taking note of the common concerns that can crop up in rented accommodation during the summer.

Paint it, Clean it, Fix it: Sure-Fire Ways to Increase the Value of Your Waterford Property

Paint it, Clean it, Fix it: Sure-Fire Ways to Increase the Value of Your Waterford Property

Before selling your home, you might be thinking about ways to increase the value or unlock potential so buyers can get a feel for what it would be like to live there themselves. But renovations are costly and may not pay off. So, what can you do to make a change without spending too much?

Whilst it’s always a good idea to spruce up a property before it goes on the market, the key is to know exactly what changes really add value before making any big decisions.

In this quick read, we look at ways to increase the value without spending an absolute fortune.

Is Self-Building Really Worth It?

Is Self-Building Really Worth It?

Come on, we’ve all done it. Switched onto a property programme and fallen into the daydream of building our very own house. A walk-in wardrobe, a home cinema, a room just for shoes… sounds great, doesn’t it? But what’s the reality of self-building?

On the one hand, building your own home seems like a great way to get everything you’ve ever wanted out of a property. On the other, are you really prepared for all that comes with building a house?

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…

Could Your Garden Threaten Your Waterford House Sale?

Could Your Garden Threaten Your Waterford House Sale?

Post-pandemic, having outside space has taken on a whole new level of importance and can add significant value to a property. But what happens when your garden oasis threatens the chance of selling your home?

Some lush green plants might look nice but could signal trouble for a house sale.

In this quick read, we look at the plants that may impact your selling price.

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 Give Your Bathroom a Cheap Makeover Before Viewings

How to Give Your Bathroom a Cheap Makeover Before Viewings

If a kitchen is the heart of a home, then the bathroom is the brains. It’s where you get a few minutes of privacy every day (unless you’ve got toddlers who like to come in with you). It’s where you do some of your deepest thinking, and it’s an area that could make or break a potential sale.

Buyers need to imagine themselves living in your property, and if your bathroom isn’t up to scratch, it could put them off.

In this quick read, we look at some ways to spruce up your bathroom without spending loads of money.

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.

Four Reasons to Market Your County Waterford Property in Spring

Four Reasons to Market Your County Waterford Property in Spring

Spring has officially sprung and with it comes a host of joys: longer days, trees in bud and flowers in bloom.

And if you’re selling a property, there’s something else to celebrate – a spike in buyers looking to make their next move.

Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for property sales.

While successive lockdowns and the post-lockdown property rush disrupted this seasonal order, normal activity is now resuming.

So, what’s the appeal of selling in spring? Here are four reasons why it makes good sense.

Quick Tips for Tidying Up before House Viewings

Quick Tips for Tidying Up before House Viewings

As the old saying goes, first impressions count. And when it comes to showing off your property, the way it looks will go a long way to impress potential buyers.

If your property is on the market, you’ll be familiar with the feeling of panic when your agent calls to tell you there’s a viewing scheduled. Not because you don’t want to sell it, but because you know you left your underwear on the bathroom floor and your sink is full of last night’s dishes.

This three-minute read is the ultimate lazy guide to sprucing up your home before house viewings take place.

<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 […]

<strong>Interior Design Trends of 2023</strong>

Interior Design Trends of 2023

If you’re thinking of freshening up the interior of your home this year, here’s a list of what’s trending on the design front.

Are you planning a mega makeover in 2023? Or perhaps you just want to make some modest changes to breathe new life into your home? Whether your project is big or small, here are some design ideas to inspire you.

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.

How Waterford Residents Can Fight Back against Rising Fuel Bills

How Waterford Residents Can Fight Back against Rising Fuel Bills

This two-minute read looks at how to trim down your energy bills.

Householders were hit with budget-busting energy price hikes in 2022 – a trend that looks set to continue well into the new year.

Here are some ways to claw back some cash on your heating bills and help the environment at the same time.

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.

Quick Fixes to Attract More Buyers to Your Waterford Home

Quick Fixes to Attract More Buyers to Your Waterford Home

So, you’re keen to sell your home in Waterford, but you’re just not getting any offers. What’s going on? How can you make your home more attractive to potential buyers?

In this two-minute read, we look at some of the things that may be putting buyers off (that you can easily fix).

Tips for Marketing Your Home to Families

Tips for Marketing Your Home to Families

This two-minute read looks at how to ensure your home appeals to buyers looking for a family home.

When it comes to devising a marketing strategy to sell your home, the first step is establishing your target buyer.

For example, if you’re selling a slick, minimalist penthouse studio, there’s no prizes for guessing that your target will be young professional buyers.

But if it’s a house or garden flat that you’re bringing to market, then buyers with families should be at the forefront of your mind.

How to Smarten Up Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget

How to Smarten Up Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget

Discover how to make your kitchen look fresh and modern without spending a fortune in this two-minute read.

Smartening up your kitchen is an excellent way to wow buyers and add value. If you can’t afford a full-scale high-end refurbishment, try these cost-saving DIY tips.

Moving Home with Kids Made Simple

Moving Home with Kids Made Simple

Moving house is stressful, moving house with kids… well, that can be a recipe for meltdowns, tantrums, and sleepless nights. […]

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Waterford? Read This First

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Waterford? Read This First

When searching for a new home, do you scroll past properties that look a little worse for wear? You know the ones, where the carpet hasn’t been changed since the 70s and the floral wallpaper is curling off the walls?

Lots of buyers look for newly renovated or new-build homes due to fear of the doer-upper. If that sounds like you, we’re here to tell you that you’re potentially missing out.

Older, seemingly ‘unloved’ properties may look scary, but they’re often hiding bags of potential.

Here’s what to consider when buying a doer-upper.

Waterford Property Market Update – March 2022

Waterford Property Market Update – March 2022

There is so much going on in the world today between the invasion of Ukraine and rising fuel and inflation. It’s certainly turbulent times.

One thing that has remained constant over the last two years is the shrinkage of the supply of rental property and properties for sale.

Waterford Property Market Update January 2022 Liberty blue Estate Agents

In this report, I will give you a brief snapshot of what’s happening in the housing market in Waterford right now.

How to Choose the Right Solicitors in Waterford

How to Choose the Right Solicitors in Waterford

This two-minute read will help you learn about conveyancing solicitors and how to find the right one for you in Waterford.

What exactly is a conveyancing solicitor? This is the person who does all the legal paperwork for you when you are buying or selling a property. The following are our top tips on how to find the right one for you…

What Tenants Want: The Changing Face of the Rental Market

What Tenants Want: The Changing Face of the Rental Market

This two-minute read looks at the changing rental market and what it means for landlords.

With the rental market changing enormously over the past decade, savvy landlords need to stay on their toes to make the most of their investment.

What Waterford tenants want…

The Art of Compromise – What Buyers and Sellers in Waterford Need to Know

The Art of Compromise – What Buyers and Sellers in Waterford Need to Know

This two-minute read looks at the, sometimes inevitable, part compromise plays in many property transactions. When it comes to buying […]

Regina’s address to the Minister for Housing

Regina’s address to the Minister for Housing

This morning, Monday the 31st of January 2022, Regina had the chance to address Darragh O’Brien TD, the Minister for Housing. Here is what she had to say…

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What Waterford Landlords Need to Know

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What Waterford Landlords Need to Know

In this three-minute read, we examine the dangers posed by carbon monoxide.

We recently read a statistic about carbon monoxide detectors that left us scratching our heads. According to the NSAI, a whopping 55% of Irish homes do not have a carbon monoxide alarm.

Did you know that by law, any room in a rental property with a solid fuel-burning device or a gas appliance (such as a boiler) should have a working CO alarm? You can find the minimum standards required in an Irish rental property here.

€1.4 Million in Funding Allocated for Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub

€1.4 Million in Funding Allocated for Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub

We are thrilled to learn that Dungarvan has been allocated an investment of €1.4 million for a digital transformation hub, which is to include; 90 co-working spaces, an incubation, innovation and commercialisation hub, training workspaces and a digital knowledge facility.

Waterford Property Market Update

Waterford Property Market Update

There is a lot happening in the Waterford property market at the moment…

The Waterford Rental Market

In relation to the residential rental market, in December, legislation capping rent increases at 2% per year in Rent Pressure Zones passed both Houses of the Oireachtas. This new law also provides for tenancies of unlimited duration.

I don’t see this being hugely problematic for landlords. Why not? I hear you say…

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