Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Why Spencer loves S7 - #Sheffield


It’s no secret that Spencer loves Sheffield but let us tell you about why we love S7.
Where to start?!

S7 covers a huge number of areas, all of which offer something different. Running along the Abbeydale Road corridor, Sharrow, Nether Edge, Carterknowle, Millhouses & Beauchief are all within the postcode providing an enormous range of property, outstanding schools, shopping and a fabulous lifestyle to boot.
Nether Edge, Holt House & Carterknowle and Dobcroft are all ofsted outstanding infant & primary schools based within the postcode and are all incredibly popular with families in the area.
There are countless numbers of bars, pubs and restaurants running along Abbeydale Road with an enormous range of cuisines to choose from, be it Polish, Chinese, Chilean Tapas to name but a few and of course there’s always The Broadfield Pub for its famous pies!
Of course there is also the Antiques Quarter to potter around and get lost in corners of, looking for a quirky piece of furniture or a trinket for your new home. If that isn’t your thing then there are plenty of independent shops from artisan bakers, international supermarkets, health food shops and florists to keep you entertained.
S7 has everything from apartments, terraced houses, Victorian villas to new build detached properties, something for every budget. A great way to understand the wide range of properties available is to use a rightmove map search and of course, register with local agents like Spencer
At Spencer we pride ourselves in marketing the very best properties that South West Sheffield has to offer so it’s only natural that people would come to us to sell their property.

If you’ve always fancied living in S7 or have a house to sell then give us a call to arrange a viewing or to discuss selling your property – 0114 2683682

Thursday, 18 May 2017

EPC CHANGES FOR 2018 #Spencer #wearespencer #Sheffield #Property #Blog

EPC CHANGES FOR 2018

Image result for epcIf you are renting a property out you should be already be aware of the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). Up until recently there has simply only been the need to have an EPC visible on a property to let it out and the tenant must be supplied with a copy on the move in date. However, as of 1st April 2018 there will need to be a minimum energy rating needed to rent out a property in the private sector.  As of this date, new lets and tenancy renewals must have a minimum energy performance rating of E. This will come into force for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.

Any Landlords who do not comply with this new rule should not rent out their property however if they do still proceed to tenant it with a rating below E the property would be deemed to be substandard and not fit to rent. Trading Standards could be able to impose a fine of up to £4,000. Due to this, we are encouraging our landlord’s to check their EPC readings now and get any works need doing asap so there is not a mad rush nearer to this date.  I am sure contractors will be very busy close to 1st April 2018. Some properties may only need a few little things doing to improve the reading while others may need substantial works.

There are various different methods that can improve the EPC readings. Firstly, the cheapest things to do are getting a smart metre for the property as accurate usage of energy used can help. Low energy lighting and light bulbs can also benefit this. It can be as simple as changing a light bulb. Have adjustable thermostats fitted on radiators to make sure you are not heating empty rooms unnecessarily. Most of a building’s heat is lost through poor sealing of doors, windows and through poor insulation in both the roof and walls. There are government backed incentive schemes to help reduce the cost. Renewing or adding if not already present, new window and door seals can eliminate drafts. Insulation in attics should always be installed or if already present, renewed and thickened.  Whilst it can be quite a big job having cavity wall insulation put in, it will significantly improve the EPC reading. Getting a new smaller more modern boiler can reduce energy bills as they are now made to run a lot more efficiently.
When the assessor goes to the property to carry out the EPC tell him all about the insulation you have had fitted, smart reader, new low energy light bulbs etc. Ask them to take in to account any changes and improvements made to a building since the last EPC. Don’t be afraid to tell them and show them as it will help with the reading.

Energy efficient properties with a better reading will have greater appeal to purchases and investors and this will show in pricing of properties. Therefore, if your property is on or below E on the energy rating we fully recommend you start making changes sooner rather than later.

If you need any further information regarding EPC’s or anything relating to renting your property out, please do call the office on 0114 2683682, email rent@spencersestateagents.co.uk or just pop in to the office at Spencer The Estate Agent 496 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PP for a chat.



Monday, 8 May 2017

#Spencer's 5 reasons to use an Independent Financial Advisor - #Sheffield


Good financial planning can be beneficial for all; attaining your dream home and providing security for your future.

No 1: Dream home
Finding the right Mortgage can appear complicated and scary. Financial jargon to the less familiar can make mortgaging our homes seem a daunting and impossible process. An IFA could help to simplify the process, get you better rates and also find lenders who may be better suited to your requirements.

No 2: Protecting our loved ones
Should the unthinkable happen an IFA can offer guidance assessing your needs and personal situation, providing options to help ensure your personal tragedy does not turn into a financial crisis.

No 3: Retirement
We all work hard for our money! Investment is key to providing a good quality of life throughout our golden years. An IFA can help to sift through the many rules and regulations pensions deliver and provide answers to our long term financial prospects.

No 4: Objective approach
With more money than ever spent on advertising, how do we know who is genuine? And what really is the best option for us?  An IFA can outline both the positives and negatives, they know the market inside out and can offer much needed objectivity within a competitive market.

No 5: Saving Money
What is the best way to save money? Who can I trust? An IFA can help assess your needs and attitude to risk. Once your investments are secure an IFA can offer support in starting you saving journey.

Contact us at for more advice on supporting your financial needs

+44 (0)114 268 3682
469 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PP
Tina Hall

Negotiator

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Hallam Primary School #Sheffield Draw their Dream Homes


At Spencer (The Estate Agent) we’re really lucky to be able to work with the local community by sponsoring local football teams like Hallam FC and Ecclesall Rangers, provide prizes for Easter egg hunts for the South Yorkshire Twins and Multiples Association, and coordinate knitting for The Jessop's Hospital NICU, to name but a few.
  

 This month, together with Hallam Primary School in Fulwood, we have run a ‘Draw your Dream Home’ competition and the pictures are absolutely brilliant! From a dog-shaped house to an eco-friendly hut, we’ve seen it all. The whole school got involved and it was seriously difficult to choose a winner, so in the end we chose three winners from each year group. But that was still incredibly tough!
Managing Director Nicola Spencer & Co-Director Lee Bullen Assistant Coach at SWFC took their twins to Hallam to give out the prizes in a special prize giving assembly and it was fabulous to meet the artists themselves.

The winning pictures will be on display at our office at 469 Ecclesall Road until the end of April for anyone who would like to come and have a look. We’d love to see you!
Well done to all the amazing children, we have loved being involved. 

www.spencersestateagents.co.uk 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

#Spencer loves New Builds and Renovations! #Sheffield #Property


Did you know that Spencer specialises in new builds and renovations? Well, we do! 
We are currently selling to suit any budget; from a one bed apartment at £95,000, to a high end luxury four bed detached home in S10 for £845,000, to a whole row of renovated apartments for upwards of £1.6 million (you could let us manage it; did you know that we now offer block management as well as residential letting management?)
We have a variety of exciting new build developments coming to market this year ranging from high end City Centre apartments to semi-rural conversions. We’re proud of the relationships we have with many local & national house builders and these relationships often mean we’re first to hear of new developments before a spade is even put in the ground. 
At Spencer we also have buyers looking for a one off new build home in SW Sheffield or even a developer to build a bespoke home for them. Think wine cellars, cinema rooms and views! 

So please register your details with our office on 0114 2683682 if you're interested in hearing about new build properties or if you're in the market for selling one. We would love to hear from you to talk bricks & mortar. It's our thing!! 

New homes and developments at Spencer
-              Ten new build flats off Dore Road
-              Six flats, two cottages, and two detached at The Fleur de Lys, Totley
-              24 Converted apartments in the city centre
-              14 new build apartments just outside the city, near the train station
-              Two traditional new build detached houses in S10
-              A modern detached house in S10
-              14 converted apartments in the city available to investors in two blocks
-              Three properties in a converted mill in S6

-              Two super modern houses in S10

Monday, 6 March 2017

Renting can be scary! NOT with Spencer. #Sheffield

Renting can be scary!

Here at Spencer we specialise in helping first time renters. It can be a very daunting moving into your first home or even moving from an owned property in to a rental property but we are here to help. We talk tenants through every step of the way making it as stress free and as clear as possible. We offer a ‘hand held’ service to anyone one who needs one.

Here are a few bits of information you may find helpful.

Once you have decided you are wanting to rent a property you now need to decide:
How long do you want the tenancy for? We usually suggest 6 or 12 months to start with (6 months being our minimum)
What can you afford? The letting agent or landlord should be able to advise what you can afford monthly.
Decide which area you would like to rent in
How many bedrooms?
Are you wanting it furnished or unfurnished?
Do you have pets?

Most letting agents insist that people view a property prior to taking an application and we are no different. We need to ensure you like the property and have seen it with your own eyes. We understand how important it is to be happy in your home and feel that if you are happy then you are able to deal with the rest!

Read up on who you are potentially going to be letting the property through and look out for landlords who belong to an accreditation scheme. You may find a fantastic property to rent however the letting agent or landlord could be dreadful and not look after you whilst you are in there. Always read reviews! We are licenced and audited by ARLA, part of Property Mark who are the most notable in the industry.

Check all fees before you agree to anything. Some companies have hidden fees for example: tenancy renewal agreement fees, check in and out fees.  By law, a breakdown of all fees should be clearly visible to you in the letting agent’s office and on their website.

Please ensure you have the correct documentation ready when applying for a property. Landlords and agents will want to confirm your identity, immigration status, credit history and employment status. They will want to see your passport and visa and /or residence permit (if you have one).  Also if you have bad credit history please declare it at this point so we can advise the best way to get you through the referencing, it doesn’t mean that you will fail the referencing if you are on top of any previous debt.

Also Check which government scheme your deposit will be registered with throughout the duration of the tenancy. This must be done by law and will protect you.

When moving in to a property please ensure you have from your landlord or letting agent (as a minimum):
Copy of the signed tenancy agreement
Copy of the most recent How to Rent Guide
Valid Gas Safety Certificate (if gas in the property)
Deposit protection information
Copy of the Energy Performance Certificate
A detailed inventory with photos. If you are not supplied with an inventory by the agent or landlord, please do your own inventory along with photos with dates and times on.  This is to protect you at the end of the tenancy.

Never be too scared to ask questions or query things you are unsure about.  Everything should be very clear for you to understand. If you wish to discuss renting any of our properties or would like us to rent out your property, please contact the office on 0114 2683682, email rent@spencersesateagents.co.uk or pop in to the office based on Ecclesall Road.


Zoe Addenbrooke, Spencer The Estate Agent, 469 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PP

Friday, 24 February 2017

Spring is springing.… Interiors by Spencer. The Estate Agent.

Throughout the winter months, we all been eagerly await the Springtime; longer lighter days, snow drops, daffodils, and ‘smilier’ faces. So why not beat the clock and bring Spring indoors, and brighten up the house too!

What better place to start than with Pantone colour of the year – Greenery...

This fabulous spring like colour is perfect to be accessorised with soft pale wood or deep strong copper. Think woodlands, lush meadows, and warm sunny days!

Florals and leafy patterns are still very much the trend this season, and the statement wallpapers and fabrics from House of Hackney will grab all of your visitors’ attention and provide quite the talking point.

If you’re not bold enough to go whole hog then why not add a few statement soft furnishings instead? Henry Holland is about to launch a new fabulous range at Habitat and feel sure that he will release some exciting statement patterns. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!


If you need some help, ask Spencer. 
We can come and help you transform anything from one room, to an entire house, to an entire new development, and we LOVE it! Feeling passionate about your career is everything and we will do everything to please. Pop by our offices where we already have spring fever!