Thursday, 27 July 2017

Renting can be scary - not with #Spencer of #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 based on what you earn.
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 for your own eyes. We understand how important it is to be happy in your home and feel that if you are happy at home than 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!

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, current and previous address, 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.

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 or pop in to the office based on Ecclesall Road.

Zoe Addenbrooke - Pictured 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

PARTY - All Welcome! @ Concept Interiors 13th July #Sheffield






Please come and visit Concept Interiors117 Bamforth Street, #SheffieldS6 2HE, and have a look around the new state of the art kitchen showroom on Thursday the 13th July 2017  
Pop along to watch expert chef, Thomas Samworth, who has recently opened the fabulous ‘No Name’ restaurant in Crookes. Come and see him first hand at work and sample some of his delicious food. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and he will offer his expertise whilst he prepares a selection of tempting dishes on our new Miele appliances! There will also be light refreshments available to include barrels of Bradfield Brewery beer from the pump, glasses of Prosecco, wine, and cold bottled beers.
Come and chat with the team who are knowledgeable and willing to offer advice and suggestions to help you create your dream kitchen or help with your trade needs for developments of any size. With a range of contemporary German kitchen displays, to the more bespoke, handmade kitchen with crafted wooden and painted finishes. There are over 10 fitted displays for you to wander round and take inspiration from, with our amazing kitchen worktops including Dekton, Silestone, Sensa, Granite and Corian.
So, if you are at a loose end on Thursday 13th July from 9:00am onwards you can call in or why not come to the Spencer Party from 3pm - 7pm. Everyone welcome! If you would like more information please email or contact us at Spencer The Estate Agent on 0114 268 3682 or

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Are you thinking of buying your first home?

Buying your first home can appear complicated and scary. The good news is you've never known estate agents like us.

We make the whole process of buying your first home as smooth as possible - We get to know you and what matters most, so we can help you find a place you’ll love, or the investment that will serve you best.

We’re born, bred and living in the beautiful parts of the city that we cover, so we can give real insights into life in Sheffield – the hidden gems, the local schools, the things that make this corner of the world one we love.

First things first – Know what you can borrow. We can connect you to impartial independent financial advisor to get you started. 

Know what you want  Start searching, think seriously about what matters most and what you will compromise on. Not only will it reduce the chances of you and yours disagreeing as you search, it will help Spencer help you find the perfect place.

Check out the properties below and let us know when you'd like to view! 


Monday, 26 June 2017

Internet Only Local Agent - can you have both? #Sheffield #EstateAgent #Blog

Spot the difference

It’s good to be different, isn’t it? We think so, and we like to think that we’re a bit different to your average estate agent that you find on a typical high street. Among the numerous reasons why, is something that we launched just over 2 years ago which has proved to be a very popular factor with many local homeowners throughout that time. Spencer The Estate Agent was the first estate agent in Sheffield to offer an Internet Only alternative to our everyday traditional service.

This alternative service offers everything you would come to expect including professional photos, floor plans, brochures, for sale board and the obvious online coverage of Rightmove & Zoopla. But where our service is different to that of the various well-advertised national online-only agents is that you and your prospective buyers will be dealt with by local, knowledgeable and experienced negotiators who will become as much of an expert on your own property as you are. The negotiator will visit your property and therefore will have a first hand understanding of everything a potential purchaser would need to know about it when looking to buy. This knowledge has proved to be invaluable when negotiating on your behalf meaning we can often attract sales at much higher prices than a less experienced or motivated online agent can achieve for you. Is it worth trying to save a couple of thousand pounds when a good agent could gain you tens of thousands of pounds by marketing it correctly in the first place?

Another difference that we feel is important is that all of our Internet only properties feature alongside all the other listings that we have for sale with no noticeable difference between the two. I’m sure I’m not alone in this but when I see a property listed with an online only agent I presume this is because the seller is looking to save money which makes me wonder what else they may have done with the property to try and save more money! The reality may be less sinister than this but I do believe that people prefer to buy from names and brands that they respect and trust. I’m sure if I listed every single online agent here now, more than 75% of the people reading this would not have heard of all the companies out there. On the other hand if you asked your average potential vendor of south-west Sheffield if they know of Spencer The Estate Agent, then I’m fairly certain that not only would the answer be yes but I would also like to think they’d have a fairly high opinion of us too!

To find out more about all of our packages or how we might be able to help you please call 0114 268 3682 and ask for Chris Spooner.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Do you want to be a Lettings Agent?

Do you love property? Do you love people? Do you want to do your best?

Do you have great communication skills and manners? Do you want job satisfaction?

Do you have experience in a lettings environment? Do you want to be a Lettings Negotiator?

Do you want to work for a fabulous, focused, family owned business?

If the answer is YES to all of these questions, then get in touch!!

We have an opening for a Lettings Negotiator in our close-knit team and we would love to hear from you if think the role would suit you.

You will be responsible for managing rental properties, finding tenants, conducting viewings and finding new business. 

We’re not your average estate agency, we work together as an organised team to get the best possible results for our clients. No two days are the same and we love that!

You’ll get to visit some amazing properties, learn about why Spencer is different to other agents and be part of an amazing team. What’s not to love?!

 - thank you! 

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


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 or just pop in to the office at Spencer The Estate Agent 496 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PP for a chat.