By Royal Appointment in Hertford – Homes comfortable enough for a King or Queen

 

Close your eyes and imagine the palace of your dreams.

On second thoughts, don’t close your eyes because you won’t be able to read the rest of this article.

That’s better.

Right then, when you think of palaces the one which springs to mind for many people in the UK, and indeed the World, is Buckingham Palace.

Truly a place fit for a Queen. And here’s why.

Queen Elizabeth’s London home is worth between £1billion and £2 billion depending on what internet source you look at.

Quite a difference in opinion but one thing is for sure, and that’s with the following features and benefits Buckingham Palace is up there with the most desirable residences in the World.

The palace has 775 rooms. That includes 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 78 bathrooms and 19 staterooms.

And if that wasn’t enough to gain a Royal seal of approval it also boasts a cinema, swimming pool, post office, police station, clinic and even a cash machine.

The latter, we find a little ironic as we’ve always been led to believe the Queen doesn’t carry cash.

But according to a survey carried out last year among 2000 homeowners across the UK, you don’t need gold plated taps to make a home comfortable.

The survey, carried out by a hotel company, listed 50 things people said were truly home comforts.

And in our experience in Hertford, the findings ring true.

Here are the top ten.

1- Your bed

2- A proper night’s sleep

3 – Home-cooked food

4 – Comfortable sofa

5 – Family around you

6 – Your favourite film or TV programme

7 – A cup of tea

8 – Getting into your comfy clothes

9 -Your own toilet

10 -Laptop/tablet/computer

We’d probably add reliable, fast broadband to the list.

What would you add?

We love helping people in Hertford find homes where they feel at their best.

So, if you are thinking of buying, selling, renting or letting get in touch with us.

While we can’t promise you a palace, we will do all we can to treat you royally.

Thanks for reading.

How to avoid a DIY disaster in Hertford!

 

The Do it Yourself industry in the UK is valued at around £7billion a year.

But according to a survey from consumer champion Which? DIYers are worth considerably more to tradespeople who are called in to rectify and repair some of the calamities left behind by household ‘Have a go’ heroes.

Check out these horror shows as reported by Which? Trusted Traders.

Plumbing the Depths

‘Many people try and fit their bathroom suite and then wonder why the water isn’t draining away. It’s usually down to poorly installed pipework or no fall/drop on the wastewater pipe. The worst I came across was an incorrectly fitted soil pipe which caused the bathroom to stink to high heaven. It ended up being costly for the homeowner.”

Boiler Madness

“We were called into a property where the customer complained his new boiler was leaking and he could smell gas. He admitted he had installed it himself, which was illegal because he was not Gas Safe registered. There were several potentially fatal errors he’d made such as pipes not being fitted correctly and the boiler being too close to the ceiling. Thankfully we were able to rectify his errors quickly and make the boiler safe for him and his young family.”

Not such Bright Sparks

‘The worst DIY I have seen was a 1.5mm lighting cable that had been used for a ring circuit in a house when it should have been 2.5mm. A cable like this on a 32Amp circuit breaker is likely to fail or melt under a high load or fault condition before the circuit breaker trips out, putting the whole house and anyone in it in danger.’

Call in the Experts

There are certain jobs around the home when calling in an expert is, without doubt, the best way forward.

It’s the same when you’re selling a property. There’s a lot more to successfully selling your home than meets the eye. Doing it ‘on the cheap’ can prove a nightmare at best and a disaster at worst.

At Abel, we’ve years’ experience of helping people in Herford sell and buy homes successfully. It’s what we do — day in, day out.

And as local property experts, we can also put you in touch with trusted tradespeople who can do your job properly. Feel free to get in touch, and we will be delighted to introduce you to them.

Ten simple things you can do in Hertford to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day

 

Monday 17 February is recognised as Random Act of Kindness Day.

It’s a chance to do something positive, and what’s not to like about that?

Its origins are in America, but the feelgood factor has spread much further afield and has made its way to Hertford!

And it doesn’t have to be grand gestures because when it comes to paying it forward, small things can have big impacts.

Below are ten simple things you can consider doing to get involved.

  • Let someone go before you in a queue.
  • Offer someone your seat on public transport.
  • Pay for someone’s morning coffee.
  • Pay a compliment to a stranger.
  • Text a friend and thank them for being them.
  • Do a 10-minute litter pick in your community.
  • Drop off some clothes you no longer need to a charity shop.
  • Say good morning, with a smile, to a stranger.
  • Write a Google / Facebook review for a local business who serve you well.
  • Be kind to yourself – Take 10 minutes out of your busy day and do something you enjoy.

We’d love to hear what you’ve done to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day so feel free to get in touch.

And remember folks, sharing really is caring, so if you found this article interesting, please ‘pay it forward’ by sharing it or tagging a loved one, friend or family member.

Revealed – The Love / Hate Relationship People Have with Homes in Hertford

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with romance in the air, we thought we’d share what makes people in Hertford love their homes.

According to a news article based around a national survey by a conveyancing company, here are the top three things people loved most about the homes they bought. And in our experience, people in Hertford get passionate about the same things.

  • A lovely location. 58 % of those surveyed said that being near good schools, transport links and shopping options was what they wanted most.
  • A price worth paying. People love properties that represent great value to them. Don’t confuse this with a ‘cheap’ price as that’s often driven by mistaken lust for a ‘bargain’, not true love. 37% of those surveyed thought this made for a special relationship.
  • A gorgeous garden. The great outdoors sparked more than 28% of people to declare amour for their home.

And 1% of people swooned over the street name when buying a place. Fancy living in St Valentine’s Way in Skegness anyone?

But the opposite of love is hate, and the survey also asked people what turned them off properties they’d viewed with an eye to buy.

  • Lacklustre location – 43% of people just didn’t fancy where it was.
  • The price was too high – 40% of those surveyed said overvaluations turned them off, big time.
  • Looks – Beauty is more than skin deep in successful relationships, but when it comes to the interior of a prospective home, 34 % of people wanted to look at something they found visually attractive.

At Abel, we do all we can to deliver a service and level of attention people fall head over heels for.

We love what we do and are passionate about serving the community in Hertford. So, if you have any property related questions get in touch.