New decade – new way of thinking!

New decade – new way of thinking!

2020 is now just days away, and we’re all starting to think about the months to come. A new year can hold promise, potential and excitement, giving everyone a new start and a fresh slate for new... Read More

A forward thinking agency that still gives a personal service

A forward thinking agency that still gives a personal service

While we have been making changes within our agency recently, we want to be clear about what we are trying to achieve and why. Mostly, we want our customers to know we are not a hybrid or an online ag... Read More

Communication, connection, and teamwork

Communication, connection, and teamwork

We recently did some research and listened to clients and customers to find out the biggest frustrations they have when making property transactions. In the UK property market, a massive 60% of seller... Read More

New Year Tips to Kick Start Your 2020

New Year Tips to Kick Start Your 2020

It is nearly that time again, Christmas will be here before we know it and then it will be out with the old and in with the new. Post-Christmas can be a strange time, the run-up to the New Year can be... Read More

Ready to Buy in the New Year?

Ready to Buy in the New Year?

  Research suggests the property market naturally tails off before Christmas as people concentrate on the festive season. Once the bells chime in the New Year there seems to be a shift of ener... Read More

Can You Sell Your Property While Tenants Live There?

Can You Sell Your Property While Tenants Live There?

If you own a property that you rent out and you decide to sell it, you may be concerned about your tenants and what you can or cannot do legally. This is a very common question, so here is a quick gui... Read More

What’s on Your Wish List this Christmas?

What’s on Your Wish List this Christmas?

As we get older and take on the responsibilities of adulthood, Christmas stops being about lists for Santa and starts becoming lists of things we have to do. The meal, the shopping, the presents for e... Read More

Are we right for you?

Are we right for you?

Finding an estate agent to market your home may be one of the most important decisions you ever make. When thinking through your options, you need to consider your needs and priorities first. There ar... Read More

The evolution of David Lee Estate Agents

The evolution of David Lee Estate Agents

As new plans come into action for our estate agency, we look back at what got us to where we are today and shed a little light on the inspiration for our new direction.   2004   ... Read More

One location, full service

One location, full service

Discover why we’re changing to a single, easy to reach location for our customers.   Last week we posted about how times are changing, and with that, estate agency is changing. Peopl... Read More

Moving in Check List This Winter

Moving in Check List This Winter

When it comes to moving to a new house this can be a stressful time. If you are moving over winter, there can be a few extra complications that make moving abit more difficult than usual. Let our hand... Read More

Lighting Your Home for the Perfect Sale

Lighting Your Home for the Perfect Sale

When it comes to selling your home then you need to put in a lot of work to show it off in its best light. You want people to be able to see the true beauty inside your walls and be able to see themse... Read More

Kitchen Tips to Make Christmas a Breeze

Kitchen Tips to Make Christmas a Breeze

When it comes to Christmas dinner it can seem like an absolute marathon to prepare and get ready for. All this depends on how many people you are cooking for, but the number of different dishes and si... Read More

Bedroom Décor This Winter

Bedroom Décor This Winter

As the weather begins to turn colder, you will want to adjust your bedroom accordingly. You want it to be a cosy oasis of warmth to get you through the winter months. So have a read at our ideas on ho... Read More

Times are changing and so are we

Times are changing and so are we

Estate agency and the way we buy and sell houses has changed a lot over time. Considering how fast paced normal life has become, shouldn’t agents adapt to give more care to their customers and m... Read More

Preparing your home for autumn

Preparing your home for autumn

Summer is at an end and the leaves are beginning to turn. As the world changes to colours of red and gold, you need to start looking at what you can do to get your home ready for autumn. Along with au... Read More

Is your home Instagramable?

Is your home Instagramable?

When it comes to social media, we all want to look our best. With Instagram it can seem like an expensive dream to make your home look good enough to showcase. However, whilst much of it is down to li... Read More

A beginners guide to mortgages

A beginners guide to mortgages

When it comes to buying a home, it can be a scary prospect. This is likely to be the biggest purchase you will ever make. When it comes to mortgages, it can be easy to get confused by the variety and ... Read More

Need inspiration to change your home?

Need inspiration to change your home?

When it comes to giving your home a makeover it can be hard to know where to start. However, not all changes need to be big and bold. Sometimes it is best to start with small changes and let them morp... Read More

Your furniture is talking to you: Signs you need to redecorate

Your furniture is talking to you: Signs you need to redecorate

There’s nothing like living in a home where everything seems to suggest you’re comfortable and happy. However, when your furniture begins to talk to you and a quick look at a magazine or... Read More

Top tips on how to budget your bills with your social life

Top tips on how to budget your bills with your social life

Spending time with friends and acquaintances is great but it's also one of the easiest ways to spend a lot of money without even noticing it. From drinks, show tickets and dinners, to taxis and ... Read More

Need help moving as a single parent?

Need help moving as a single parent?

Moving is hard and time-consuming at the best of times. It’s even harder and more complicated for single parents who have more than themselves to think about. You don’t have another mind... Read More

Decorating your house on a budget

Decorating your house on a budget

When it comes to the build-up of buying a house, without a choice, you have to spend a drastic amount of money from your deposit fee, valuation fee, stamp duty and the list goes on.   Fee... Read More

Who’s happier – renters or home owners?

Who’s happier – renters or home owners?

There has always been a great debate over whether renters or owners are happier. Many years ago, buying a house was part of growing up. You were not accomplished until you had a property in your name,... Read More

Should you make your home “smart”?

Should you make your home “smart”?

It’s gadgets and gizmos that help you control and secure your home remotely, and cut your energy usage and bills.   You can control when you lights and heating come on and off - via a... Read More

Keeping your home cool and comfortable during summer heatwaves

Keeping your home cool and comfortable during summer heatwaves

Britain has had better weather than the Mediterranean, Hawaii and The Bahamas so far this summer, and with the majority of homes not set up for air conditioning, it can be a struggle to keep your home... Read More

Buying a renovation property: A guide

Buying a renovation property: A guide

Buying an empty house that needs a bit of renovation and restoration can be very exciting. You are presented with a blank canvas that allows you to change anything you like and design the house of you... Read More

Landlord tip: invest in family homes

Landlord tip: invest in family homes

So it stands to reason that many tenants today could be looking for a home to raise a family.   If you’re a landlord looking to expand your portfolio with a perfect property for a lon... Read More

Refreshing your home for a summer sale or let!

Refreshing your home for a summer sale or let!

While you’ve probably updated your wardrobe for the heat, have you thought about revamping the home décor to fit the new season? This is especially useful for those looking to sell or let... Read More

Tips to adding luxury to your home

Tips to adding luxury to your home

Dress your walls A wall covered with eye catching, beautifully framed works of art can add character and elevate the style of your home. Look for art that pleases you as you will be seeing it daily... Read More

Tips for hosting a perfect bbq!

Tips for hosting a perfect bbq!

It is great fun being invited to a BBQ, especially since you don’t need to worry about hosting, cooking or cleaning up afterwards. But, that said, if you do fancy hosting one for yourself, then ... Read More

Landscaping is the best way to add value to your home

Landscaping is the best way to add value to your home

The study shows that by landscaping your outside space you could add as much as 77% to the value of your property with the estimated cost averaging £2,750 compared to around £80,000 which ... Read More

How long does the moving process take?

How long does the moving process take?

In a perfect world, an offer would be accepted and you would be unpacking boxes six weeks later. However, this isn’t a perfect world and there are many factors that can affect the timeline of yo... Read More

Period property vs. new builds: the positives of both

Period property vs. new builds: the positives of both

Not much divides opinion among homeowners like the period property vs. new build debate.   Period properties are full of character; they embody British architecture at its finest, be that t... Read More

Refresh your garden shed in time for the summer!

Refresh your garden shed in time for the summer!

The only problem with having a garden shed is that if you don’t maintain it and keep it in a good condition, it can turn into a dumping ground and become neglected and damaged by the weather. ... Read More

Tips to getting a mortgage if you’re a freelancer

Tips to getting a mortgage if you’re a freelancer

It’s no secret that banks and building societies prefer to offer mortgages to those that work for employers and have an added degree of job security, than to those working for themselves. Howeve... Read More

Life hacks: 7 incredible ways to keep your home clean using Baking Soda

Life hacks: 7 incredible ways to keep your home clean using Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is something that almost all households will have somewhere in their fridge or in the back of a cupboard. Believe it or not, it is one of the most versatile and eff... Read More

Confusion among first time buyers could prove to be a costly mistake

Confusion among first time buyers could prove to be a costly mistake

But, sadly, new research suggests this is the case among a good proportion of first-time buyers, with many left ‘extremely confused’ when it comes to the various stages of buying a propert... Read More

The beginner's guide to growing your own food at home

The beginner's guide to growing your own food at home

Deciding on what to grow could depend on the space you have available. If you don’t have a garden, then you can still grow some vegetables using window boxes, grow bags or pots, just keep them i... Read More

Balcony spring inspiration!

Balcony spring inspiration!

Spring is finally here, we’re anticipating much warmer weather over the coming months. After spending the first part of the year cooped up indoors, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. &nbs... Read More

5 ways to make money from your home without buying a second property

5 ways to make money from your home without buying a second property

Earn money from renting out part of your home   If you only need money in the short term or just need to earn a little extra cash each month or now and then, thanks to the Intern... Read More

Succulents: The Growing Sensation

Succulents: The Growing Sensation

Rather than simply being standard plants, succulents have become an interior design accessory for many homes and workplaces.   You won’t have to look too hard to find succulents being... Read More

Housewarming parties -  the do’s and don’ts!

Housewarming parties - the do’s and don’ts!

Moving properties, especially for first-timers, is hard work and worthy of celebration once it is complete. But while you might have some wild ideas of throwing a legendary housewarming party it&rsquo... Read More

9 chores that take less than a minute

9 chores that take less than a minute

Thankfully, there are plenty of all important chores that you can do which take no time at all.   So, if you need to try out a spot of speed cleaning, perhaps for a visitor or just to make ... Read More

Tips for Allergy prevention in the home

Tips for Allergy prevention in the home

You can face allergies whilst out and about, whilst at work and even whilst you are at home.   You might not have much control over whether or not you come across your triggers whilst you a... Read More

Are You Prepared For The Dreaded Spring Clean?

Are You Prepared For The Dreaded Spring Clean?

Very few people look forward to spring cleaning their home as it takes up a fair amount of time and it isn't the most interesting of ways to spend the day. However, it’s something that needs... Read More

5 ways to make your home more relaxing and peaceful

5 ways to make your home more relaxing and peaceful

After all, it is the place that we go to after a busy and long day at work, the place that we unwind in and the place that we relax in.   Whilst our homes are going to feel relaxing to us, ... Read More

Bring the love in!

Bring the love in!

However, the trouble with this celebration is that you can’t always get out of the house to celebrate. Not only can restaurants and pubs be busy, which makes it hard to make a booking, but th... Read More

Property planning for 2019

Property planning for 2019

For some people this could be in their personal life, such as finding love, or perhaps getting fit. But for others, those aims can be a little different.   Property planning is one of the t... Read More

Should you allow tenants to decorate your let?

Should you allow tenants to decorate your let?

Not only are there some issues that can crop up during the course of your rental, but there are also likely to be some questions and requests that your tenants are going to ask too.   One o... Read More

Ideal plants and flowers to plant in January

Ideal plants and flowers to plant in January

When planting in January, you will need to use new compost and sow seeds as close to the surface as possible. This will give you the best chance of success. It’s also important to choose plants ... Read More

How to avoid the mistakes every new home buyer makes!

How to avoid the mistakes every new home buyer makes!

Buying a home is a long process and will require a lot of research, you don’t simply show up have a look around and then sign something and transfer the money.   There is a lot of wor... Read More

Colour trends for 2019

Colour trends for 2019

Whether you’re focusing on one room or the entire house, it’s helpful to know which colours are popular with others. There are a number of colour trends expected for 2019, many of which ha... Read More

Top tips on preparing for a mortgage appointment

Top tips on preparing for a mortgage appointment

Think ahead – and get your finances in order         Think about your monthly outgoings. It could affect your chances of being offered a mo... Read More

The top 20 features that will sell your home

The top 20 features that will sell your home

Which makes new research by GoCompare Home Insurance all the more valuable, revealing – as it does – a list of the top 20 must-have property features for the nation's buyers.  ... Read More

5 NY resolutions for selling your home in 2019

5 NY resolutions for selling your home in 2019

For many this could be buying or selling a home, a popular activity in the first few months of the year as major life decisions like moving jobs are made or interest in a property that was piqued over... Read More

Mortgage saving tips for the New Year!

Mortgage saving tips for the New Year!

If you’ve been planning to start saving for a mortgage then now is a good time to get things in place. You might even be able to make a head start on 2019 by saving up a little before the year i... Read More

The tricks to bleeding your radiator and ensuring a warm winter ahead!

The tricks to bleeding your radiator and ensuring a warm winter ahead!

Step 1: Turn your heating on   Remember to wait until your radiators are fully heated as you need to build up the pressure inside the radiator to be able to force the air out.   ... Read More

How much should you save up before you start looking for your dream property?

How much should you save up before you start looking for your dream property?

I think that is something everyone is going to know before they even start saving, but how much do you really need to save before you can go out and start looking?   Your mortgage deposit ... Read More

What is a guarantor, why do you need one & what does it mean?

What is a guarantor, why do you need one & what does it mean?

If for some reason the tenant cannot pay the rent, the guarantor will make the payments.   This most commonly happens when a student needs to have a parent sign onto the lease as a guaranto... Read More

Don’t wait until the New Year to tick moving home off your resolutions!

Don’t wait until the New Year to tick moving home off your resolutions!

But just because Christmas and the New Year are approaching that doesn’t mean it’s too late! You can still find and move into your new home before 2019. You’ll have to act quickly bu... Read More

The ultimate guide to moving home in bad weather

The ultimate guide to moving home in bad weather

At first, you might not really take the weather into consideration much after all your belongings will be in a moving truck or similar vehicle right? But that isn’t exactly true after all they h... Read More

Cosy décor ideas to snuggle down to!

Cosy décor ideas to snuggle down to!

There are plenty of ways you can do that and they don’t all involve turning your heating up or sitting in front of your fire. The tips are even simple so you won't have to do a lot of wo... Read More

What to do if you are not happy with your agent

What to do if you are not happy with your agent

We all hate feeling trapped and there is nothing worse than feeling that you HAVE to do something, even when you really don’t want to. Letting or renting a house is no different but once yo... Read More

Common pitfalls of letting a home and how to avoid them

Common pitfalls of letting a home and how to avoid them

Being a landlord is not as easy as people think. Whilst there are numerous benefits, the stresses of managing tenants and properties can be a minefield. There are various things that can go wrong so w... Read More

8 mistakes landlords make and how to avoid them

8 mistakes landlords make and how to avoid them

Being a landlord has many benefits but the stress cannot be denied and often managing tenants can be a minefield. There are various things that can go wrong but with a little knowledge and preparation... Read More

A guide to a successful property let

A guide to a successful property let

Being a landlord doesn’t have to result in fraught relationships, horror story rentals or unlimited amount of stress. Instead, being a landlord can be a hugely rewarding job and with a few steps... Read More

6-step guide to being a good landlord

6-step guide to being a good landlord

There doesn’t have to be a huge divide between tenant and landlord and having a good relationship not only means you’ll have less stress and hassle but it is also much easier than you thin... Read More

8 tips for getting the most out of letting your property

8 tips for getting the most out of letting your property

Renting out a property isn’t as easy as most people think. After all, you’ve got to understand the responsibility involved and you are probably holding down a full-time job as well. Howeve... Read More

10 questions every landlord wants answered

10 questions every landlord wants answered

Questions, Questions, Questions – we all have them but often they don’t get answered. Being a landlord is a huge responsibility and can be very stressful and confusing. There are probably ... Read More

9 reasons renting is amazing for a landlord

9 reasons renting is amazing for a landlord

If you have a property and haven’t decided what you’re going to do with it, you may want to consider letting it. Aside from the financial benefits, renting out a property can have a great ... Read More

Letting agreements explained

Letting agreements explained

The property world can be confusing but once you get your head around the different policies and terms, it really doesn’t have to be. We’re always asked about the different tenancy agreeme... Read More

What to do if you are not happy with your agent

What to do if you are not happy with your agent

We all hate feeling trapped and there is nothing worse than feeling that you HAVE to do something, even when you really don’t want to. Selling or buying a house is no different but once you&rsqu... Read More

Sell or Let?

Sell or Let?

When you move home, the decision of what to do with your existing property is a very important one. Most people find that they have to sell their current property, especially if extra money is needed ... Read More

A homeowners guide to a successful property viewing

A homeowners guide to a successful property viewing

You’ve finally decided to pluck up the courage and sell your family home, the ‘For Sale’ board is outside and the potential buyers have begun knocking at the door. There are a number... Read More

6 tips for a successful property viewing

6 tips for a successful property viewing

Your budget is in place, you’ve found your dream area and now it’s time to start viewing properties. Yet do you want a south-facing garden? Is an open-plan kitchen important? What is the E... Read More

Is your agent performing?

Is your agent performing?

The process of selling your property can be very stressful and every week it seems like there are new things to do and remember, deadlines to meet and documents to sign. On top of all of this, the las... Read More

The most common pitfalls when it comes to selling and how to avoid them

The most common pitfalls when it comes to selling and how to avoid them

Making a mistake when it comes to selling your home could cost you a lot – either breaking a sale or resulting in selling at a lower price than you deserve. Don’t fall into any of these mi... Read More

Rent or Buy?

Rent or Buy?

Buying a property is one of the biggest and most stressful decisions of your life. For some it’s the right decision but would you be better off renting? Benefits of owning There are a numb... Read More

10 questions every seller wants answered

10 questions every seller wants answered

Home buying comes with a number of different questions that you want answering yet there is no reason why home sellers won’t also have unanswered thoughts running around their head. Whilst the s... Read More

10 mistakes first time buyers make

10 mistakes first time buyers make

It's an exciting time - you've had your mortgage application accepted, you're ready to fly the nest and you've starting looking at your dream first home. Yet many people make common mi... Read More

8 tips for getting the most out of selling your home

8 tips for getting the most out of selling your home

The road to selling can be long and daunting but getting the most out of your property is easier than you think. First impressions count Nothing is more important than a first impression so make... Read More

The complete moving home guide

The complete moving home guide

Supposedly up there with divorce and losing a loved one, moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things to do in life. However it doesn’t need to be this way and instead of dreading ... Read More

Look who’s moving - Celebrity hotspots

Look who’s moving - Celebrity hotspots

We all like to be nosy, right? Well, what’s better than knowing where our favourite celebs call home – now we just wish we could live like them… You may think that most A-listers... Read More

How NOT to sell a house

How NOT to sell a house

Selling your home can be one of the most stressful periods of life as well as time-consuming. Everyone is desperate for a quick, hassle-free sale but with the possibility of strangers criticising your... Read More

Estate agent myths debunked

Estate agent myths debunked

Estate agents - some people love them, some people hate them! In a world that is Internet led, it is important to remember that not everything you read on the web is true. Myth 1: All estate agents... Read More

The 10 steps to buying a house

The 10 steps to buying a house

The steps to owning a house may seem complicated at first but owning your dream home is easier than you think. Follow this simple 10-step guide to buying a house and you’ll be well on your way. ... Read More

10 questions every buyer wants answered

10 questions every buyer wants answered

Questions, Questions, Questions – we all have them but often they don’t get answered. Buying a home is scary, stressful and confusing all at the same time, which in turn means hundreds of ... Read More

7 essential secrets you need to know if you’re thinking of selling

7 essential secrets you need to know if you’re thinking of selling

Lots of people wrongly assume that selling a house is easy and doesn’t take any preparation – after all that’s what you’re paying the estate agents for, isn’t it? Wrong! ... Read More

6 home selling myths debunked

6 home selling myths debunked

As you go through life, you’ll find that people are always there to give their advice and opinion – whether it is asked for or not. Selling your home is no different and you’ll find ... Read More

7 tips for planning a budget when buying a house

7 tips for planning a budget when buying a house

Buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases of your life and it’s essential to budget properly or you’ll find yourself in financial distress very quickly. With these 7 easy tips,... Read More

A smart home – technology for your house

A smart home – technology for your house

Whether you like it or not, the world is evolving and it was only a matter of time before our homes turned technical. The term ‘smart home’ has been penned, describing a place filled with Wi-Fi co... Read More