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Do I need listed building consent to erect a timber garden shed/ studio?

An interesting discussion/ training session in the office today.

 
A potential buyer wants to erect a wooden studio (large shed) on a property we are selling.
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The property itself is Grade 2 listed which would normally mean planning permission would be required* however, the land the shed would sit on is not attached to the property or its immediate surroundings but, is accessed via a shared path and a 30 yard/ meter or so walk.
The legal definition of curtilage** suggests to us that the land does not form part of the curtilage of the main property. Accordingly, it does not form part of the listing in our opinion and, so, the shed/ studio will not need planning permission as long as it complies with the other permitted developments. Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
Please note: PDQ are not lawyers and we have advised the buyer to consult with their legal advisors to verify this opinion and would advise readers in a similar situation to take independent legal advice before proceeding with any actions that may incur cost or time.
If you need advice on a property you are thinking of selling or developing property in Mid or West Cornwall, give us a call or drop us a line below. Before employing any agent, always ask to see their CV. Here’s mine
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*References:

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Are you rocking the latest home trends?

Guest blog for PDQ by Angie Elliott of Vintage Home Living

dresserMoving house is usually the time when we take the opportunity to have clear out. It has become almost customary nowadays to make ‘piles’ of our unwanted goods according to their destination;  charity shop, recycling centre etc.

We begin to imagine our possessions in our new home and part with those that we don’t think will  ‘make the grade’ with a view to buying new. Of course, giving to charities is very worthwhile. However, according to GOFA; In 2007, a study carried out by The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) found that 10 million reusable items of furniture are sent to landfill by local authorities every year – almost 30,000 items every day!

Now in 2016, we are all becoming more aware that we do not have a finite ability to keep adding to landfill, together with a greater appreciation for long-lasting well made goods that will stand the test of time. Of course, the economy has helped to drive this, as purses are pinched, people look for cheaper furniture.

Previously, the flat packed fitted the bill. Once you’d chosen from a limited range, a Sunday afternoon spent with screwdriver, a cup of tea and a vocabulary to make your Grandmother blush would conclude with a blister on the palm of your hand and a shiny new piece of furniture that told the neighbours you’re trendy. However, a few years down the road, the toddler trundles and pooch paws soon saw to our manufactured board constructed piece, as it made it’s way to the recycling centre, having been crammed into the back of the family hatchback.

We then begin to long for something that will not need to be replaced in a few years, rather like the furniture that Grannie proudly left us. Of course, at the time, we already had shiny new furniture, so we consigned Grannies Welsh dresser to the back of the garage or shed to conveniently store half used pots of paint, only to be taken along with the said pots to the recycling centre before moving day.

There also comes a time when our personal taste matures and we favour items that make us feel comfortable instead of fashionable. Our buying choices may prefer that which is equally as cheap, but made well enough to last a few decades, future Grandchildren and just maybe, become something to pass on to them.

It makes sense to us then, to buy quality second-hand furniture, which, along with the recent introduction of furniture paint is allowing us to have quality furniture at a price that suits us, in the style we favour and in any colour or finish that we choose. If we want, we can paint it ourselves, no expletives required and the paintbrush hasn’t caused bodily harm! And guess what? We’re also rocking the latest trend!

Written by Angie Elliott

Vintage Home Living

Penzance

(Photo copyright Vintage Home Living)

 

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1,978 home-owners* in West Cornwall made one of the worst property decisions in their lives last year… They chose some of the most successful agents in the area to market their homes

1,978 home-owners* in West Cornwall made one of the worst property decisions in their lives last year…
They chose some of the most ‘successful’ agents in the area to market their homes

If you’d like to know what that mistake actually means and why you are statistically likely to make a similar mistake when you come to put your home up for sale or rent, you might want to invest a few minutes of your time and read this article. It could save you a lot of time, heartache and, possibly, even make you financially better off too.

The three key requirements most sellers have is;
1. to find a buyer
2. in a reasonable time and,
3. at a great or, at the very least, a fair market price.
All agents should be working for you towards that aim.

Let me start by saying that in 2014, my market share** of newly marketed homes in West Cornwall was just 1.5%. My largest competitor had 12.5%.

That firm, along with the other five main agents, accounted for 45% of all newly advertised properties in the area between them. Volume and turnover of property is crucial to their profits.

A higher chance of finding a buyer?
However, having taken on 45% of all new instructions you might reasonably have expected them to account for around 45% of all completions (sales). But, here’s the thing… these firms only accounted for 32%.

True, hundreds of people still sold their homes through these agents (more than my firm sold) but several hundred of their customers’ homes that, logically, statistically, should have sold… Didn’t. In retail, this sort of loss is called ‘wastage’. 

For every 100 homes our competitors were given to sell last year they only found buyers for  less than 60 (My  clients, on the other hand, enjoyed a 75% success rate)

Despite this unfortunate (for the customers involved) loss, the volumes of scale these firms command make for great advertising and marketing war-chests so, again, you might expect the buyers for the sales that are agreed to be found more quickly and efficiently than by smaller agents.

So their customers sold more quickly then…?
The average time spent on the market until sold for the customers of the big five was a tad over 17 weeks. The area average for all agents was two weeks less. The best time? Just under 7 weeks (6.6 to be precise). Once again, customers who had chosen some of the best known names in the area had lost out.

Best price?
It can be dangerous to make comparisons between asking prices and selling prices for a whole host of reasons as I’ve mentioned previously in this blog post. That said, with those caveats declared, the figures taken at face value, will not make comfortable reading for the agents involved and, even less so for the owners of the properties that may have been affected. The average selling price of the big five was 89.6% of their average asking price. The closest average sold figures to the average asking price in the area was 97.9% – a potential average loss to customers of over £16,500***

“…life’s most successful people don’t just blindly follow a crowd. They look at alternatives.”

Why did so many people get it so wrong?
Most people chose those firms because they appear successful and as humans we are hard-wired to follow a crowd. But life’s most successful people don’t just blindly follow a crowd. They look at alternatives. They consider other options that may be more beneficial to them and their families, even if that means breaking with convention and moving away from the apparent comfort of the herd.

I’ve been selling property and training estate-agents for over a quarter of a century now and I believe  I’ve consistently shown that having a smaller, manageable, register of clients means a team can provide a better standard of service and, achieve far better results for those clients as a result.   Chris Wood

I welcome feedback so please feel free to leave constructive criticisms or ask questions below. If you could also take a second to rate my blog and pass it on to others who you think may find it interesting that would be great. Thanks.

Chris Wood of PDQ Estates Ltd

PDQ Estate Agents website

About Chris Wood: Chris is an estate agent with over 25 years of property experience. His business, PDQ Estates Ltd is based in Penzance and Helston, West Cornwall and was included in the Daily Telegraphs’ list of the UK’s top 20 best small estate agents “who go above and beyond to help their customers” in 2013.

He has worked with all sizes and types of businesses from single office independents to the management team and board of RBS and Tesco.

A former President Elect of the NAEA and board member of NFoPP until he resigned in 2009, Chris has always championed the highest professional standards forestate agents in the UK.

No stranger to the media, he has appeared on various programs including BBC, News 24, ITV, independent and BBC radio and is a regular contributor to trade journals, local and national Newspapers. Chris is on KloutLinkedIn Ecademy Facebook and Twitter – In his spare time; Chris likes to keep fit and was a long-standing member of the Territorial Army.

In 2010 he mobilised for a tour of duty in Afghanistan with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade but was medically evacuated back to the UK before deploying to his forward base with his unit and is now  medically discharged from the army.


*1,978 of those people who put their property up for sale last year; not all property owners. Sorry, we used a statistical sleight of hand to catch your eye in the sub-headline but, we hope you’ll forgive us. Thank you. By the way, if you are reading this, the chances are that you are one of the wise minority of people who actually take time to research their agents before they appoint one and, read the small print before signing any contracts. Even if you decide not to use PDQ after reading this, we humbly applaud your perspicacious character.
**Market data taken from agents advertising on Zoopla for all of 2014 for the West Cornwall area
*** based on an original notional average asking price of £200,000

CORNWALL HOUSE PRICES – MAY 2014

BREAKING – LATEST OFFICIAL HOUSE PRICE FIGURES ARE OUT – May 2014
Headlines – All Data supplied by HM Land Registry

  • 3.6% Annual rise (May 2013 to May 2014)
  • 0.6% rise month on month
  • 40% increase in volumes (February 2013 to February 2014 figures – current data not available at present)
  • Detached homes in the Duchy have risen 3.6% in the past 12 months
  • Semi’s have also increased 3.6%
  • Unsurprisingly, terraced homes have also increased… You’ve guessed it! By an average of 3.6%
  • And there are no prizes for guessing by how much the average flat has increased

FAQ:

  • “I’ve been on the market for a year with no interest, does this mean I need to increase my asking price?” – Almost certainly not. But, if you have been on the market for a year, you should certainly be talking to your estate agent about price amongst a raft of other reasons it may not have sold. See ‘My house isn’t selling, should I change agents?’
  • “House prices in my neighbourhood seem to have gone up by more than this/ less than this/ down. Why is this? “  – The figures given here are just average figures for the Duchy. Every town and village has its own micro-economic climate dependent on a whole range of factors such as the proximity of good schools, good employment prospects and, of course, access to our beautiful coast and countryside. Even within those towns and villages, there will be hot and cold spots of popularity. Your best bet is to talk to a good local estate agent for your area who will be able to give you honest, experienced advice.

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I welcome feedback so please feel free to leave constructive criticisms or ask questions below. If you could also take a second to rate my blog and pass it on to others who you think may find it interesting that would be great. Thanks.

Chris Wood of PDQ Estates Ltd

PDQ Estate Agents website

About Chris Wood: Chris is an estate agent with over 25 years of property experience. His business, PDQ Estates Ltd is based in Penzance and Helston, West Cornwall. He has worked with all sizes and types of businesses from single office independents to the management team and board of RBS and Tesco. A former President Elect of the NAEA and board member of NFoPP until he resigned in 2009, Chris has always championed the highest professional standards forestate agents in the UK. No stranger to the media, he has appeared on various programs including BBC, News 24, ITV, independent and BBC radio and is a regular contributor to trade journals, local and national Newspapers. Chris is on KloutLinkedIn Ecademy Facebook and Twitter Married to Amanda, they live in Penzance with their children who are slowly flying the nest, along with their three spaniels. In his spare time; Chris likes to keep fit and is a long-standing member of the Territorial Army. In 2010 he mobilised for a tour of duty in Afghanistan with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade.

Chris can be contacted on 01736 339143 / 01326 561561

 

 

 

Quote My Home

Quote My Home

middle manWhy adding a middle-man into your house-sale might not make the best sense

Thinking of using an agent quotation site?
There are a number of new sites popping up where you enter your house details to a portal and agents bid for your business.

On the face of it, they sound like a good deal: You let two or three agents submit proposals to you and you pick the winner – Great! – But, is it the best way to secure the best result for you and your home?

First of all – What are your primary aims for selling in the first place?

  • Do you need to sell quickly
  • Is price the most important consideration?
  • Or, do you need to move by a certain date?

Unless the bidding agents know this basic information, they can’t possibly advise you on the best course of action that right for you

Second – What do you actually want from an agent? – “Duh! Sell my home” – Apart from the obvious; after your primary aims for selling (above) this should be one of the top questions you ask yourself.

  • Are you just looking for the lowest commission?
  • Is a quality service important to you?
  • Have they got a good record for selling homes quickly?
  • Can they show they can achieve good sale prices?
  • Do you want your agent to accompany every viewing?
  • Are they open at weekend and cover evening appointments?
  • Are their staff trained/ qualified?
  • Have they suitable experience in the area?

If you are looking for the lowest fees, it’s simple, there are plenty of online agents who will take a few hundred quid up front from you and stick your home on Rightmove with little to no incentive to sell your home or negotiate a better price. So why bother with a bidding process in the first place?

All of the other questions, are best asked when you ask those agents out to your home, where they can bid for your business having seen your home, appreciated what your needs are and formulated and discussed a marketing plan that suits you and your budget.

Ask any consumer journalist and they will tell you to do your own research and then ask out three agents where you can give them a friendly grilling using pre-prepared questions (at PDQ, we even send out a list of questions to ask us and words/ phrases to be wary of to help make the process easier). You still end up with three agents bidding for your business but, the end result is far more likely to be the one you want and; let’s be honest; when was the last time that adding a middle-man into the equation helped make a situation better for the consumer?

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Chris Wood

Chris Wood

PDQ Estates Ltd

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About Chris Wood: Chris is an estate agent with over 25 years of property experience. His business, PDQ Estates Ltd is based in Penzance and Helston, West Cornwall. He has worked with all sizes and types of businesses from single office independents to the management team and board of RBS and Tesco. A former President Elect of the NAEA and board member of NFoPP until he resigned in 2009, Chris has always championed the highest professional standards forestate agents in the UK. No stranger to the media, he has appeared on various programs including BBC, News 24, ITV, independent and BBC radio and is a regular contributor to trade journals, local and national Newspapers. Chris is on KloutLinkedIn Ecademy Facebook and Twitter Married to Amanda, they live in Penzance with their children who are slowly flying the nest, along with their three spaniels. In his spare time; Chris likes to keep fit and is a long-standing member of the Territorial Army. In 2010 he mobilised for a tour of duty in Afghanistan with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade.

LATEST OFFICIAL HOUSE PRICES FOR CORNWALL – APRIL 2014

LATEST OFFICIAL HOUSE PRICES FOR CORNWALL

Chart showing House Price Index for Cornwall in April 2014

Cornwall HPI 2014

The figures for Cornwall back up what we have been saying for some time:
That there is a fragile recovery going on in the local market with sensibly priced, well marketed homes selling quickly.

* Choose a good agent with local market knowledge who backs up their valuation with hard written evidence of actual sale prices, not asking prices
* Talk to your agent about why your home hasn’t sold yet, they should be sending you weekly reports about interest levels and discussing solutions with you
* Have a realistic expectation of sale times. The median time on the market for ALL agents in the area is currently 26 weeks. Yes, 6 months! (Data from Rightmove)
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I welcome feedback so please feel free to leave constructive criticisms or ask questions below. If you could also take a second to rate my blog and pass it on to others who you think may find it interesting that would be great. Thanks.

Chris Wood of PDQ Estates Ltd

PDQ Estate Agents website

About Chris Wood: Chris is an estate agent with over 25 years of property experience. His business, PDQ Estates Ltd is based in Penzance and Helston, West Cornwall. He has worked with all sizes and types of businesses from single office independents to the management team and board of RBS and Tesco. A former President Elect of the NAEA and board member of NFoPP until he resigned in 2009, Chris has always championed the highest professional standards forestate agents in the UK. No stranger to the media, he has appeared on various programs including BBC, News 24, ITV, independent and BBC radio and is a regular contributor to trade journals, local and national Newspapers. Chris is on KloutLinkedIn Ecademy Facebook and Twitter Married to Amanda, they live in Penzance with their children who are slowly flying the nest, along with their three spaniels. In his spare time; Chris likes to keep fit and is a long-standing member of the Territorial Army. In 2010 he mobilised for a tour of duty in Afghanistan with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade.

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25 Years in estate agency

20140124-071202.jpgOn May the 15th 1989 I started work in Jose Collins in Penzance as a negotiator.
Over the next 12 years, I took and passed Reading University, College of Estate Managements’ Certificate of Residential Estate Agency and, The National Association of Estate Agents Certificate of Practice in Estate Agency (parts i & ii).
I spent 6 months working in Redruth and then went on to Helston with Black Horse Agencies as a Senior Negotiator. From Helston, I was promoted to the flagship office for Cornwall in Truro. By this time, I was holding a senior role in the Cornwall branch of The National Association of Estate Agents.

I then moved back to Penzance with General Accident Property Services (now YourMove) to save a branch that was due to close which was promptly turned around into a profitable success. After four years in the corporate world and, having now started to work for the NAEA Nationally, I decided to take the independent route and struck up a partnership with another local firm of estate agents, setting up a new office in Helston.

Unfortunately, the partnership did not work out and so, in 2001, I went solo, setting up PDQ “Where your home is number one, not one of a number!”

Since then, my team and I have won numerous accolades for our customer service and innovation in estate agency and I have also worked at governmental level with The National Association of Estate Agents, to try to bring greater professionalism and consumer protection into estate agency.

PDQ were also the first estate agents in the UK to hold The Campaign for Plain English’s ‘Honesty and Clarity’ mark and I was selected by Tesco/ RBS to act as their sole consultant on an eight month estate agency project.

In 2009, I re-joined the Territorial Army with a view to deploying to Afghanistan. For the next 18 months, as one of the oldest Riflemen ever to go through basic training at Catterick, I trained hard in order to serve with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade’s Herrick 14 tour.

Unfortunately, I was sent home ill within a week of arriving in Afghanistan and spent the next ten months unable to drive or walk any great distance. Fortunately, during this time, the office was being more than ably run by my trusted colleagues, Helen Oliver (now Retallack) and Jenny Smallwood who, also set up the new lettings department which, within just the first few months of opening was shortlisted for a National award. It was during my illness that I started to pioneer the use of Social Media to help promote customers homes’

Since my return to the business, I have been working hard to expand and build the business back up after the tough economic times of the past few years and the office now employs 8 full and part-time people, and is rapidly gaining market share across West Cornwall to match it’s reputation as one of

“Britain’s best small estate agents – The top 20 small estate agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers.” As mentioned in The Telegraph, in January 2013

I have never kept count of the number of transactions I have been involved with over the years but, it must run into many thousands. I take great pride and pleasure (and some terror) to have been so closely involved with the purchase and sale of so many people’s homes over the past quarter of a Century. Marketing someone’s home is a terrific responsibility and one that I take very seriously and, I know my colleagues do too. Selling a property is usually carried out at other times of upheaval in life such as a change in jobs, family circumstances etc and so, often carries with it a great deal of stress for the owners and buyers. Our job, as agents, is to try to help reduce that stress whilst still ensuring that our customers achieve the best price possible for their home.. I can’t say whether there will be another 25 years, as that would take me well into my dotage but, I am certainly looking forward to helping a few thousand more people find their dream home before I hang up my laser tape measure.

Chris can be contacted at Helston on 01326 561561 or in Penzance on 01736 339143 or, you can follow him on Twitter, FacebookInstagram and Pinterest: @PDQProperty
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About Chris Wood: Chris is an estate agent with over 25 years of property experience. His business, PDQ Estates Ltd is based in Penzance and Helston, West Cornwall. He has worked with all sizes and types of businesses from single office independents to the management team and board of RBS and Tesco. A former President Elect of the NAEA and board member of NFoPP until he resigned in 2009, Chris has always championed the highest professional standards for estate agents in the UK. No stranger to the media, he has appeared on various programs including BBC, News 24, ITV, independent and BBC radio and is a regular contributor to trade journals, local and national Newspapers. Chris is on Klout LinkedIn Ecademy Facebook and Twitter Married to Amanda, they live in Penzance with their children who are slowly flying the nest, along with their three spaniels. In his spare time; Chris likes to keep fit and is a long-standing member of the Territorial Army. In 2010 he mobilised for a tour of duty in Afghanistan with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade.

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