30 November 2016



Buying a static caravan holiday home is a major lifestyle choice. Caravans come in all shapes and sizes, and whether you are trying to buy privately or from a trader, new or used the process can be confusing for first time buyers. The key to making the right choice is to filter out all the bumf, leaving you with only useful and pertinent info.

We have a few tips to help make the process easier.


1.      Do your research

Take your time to shop around for the different types of caravans available and maybe more importantly the different prices. Sales representatives have a lot of information and should be able to answer most of your questions. However remember they are ultimately trying to make the sale. The process of searching for, and subsequently purchasing, a holiday caravan can be an overwhelming one. With so much choice on offer in terms of caravan models, location and choosing the unit that best suits needs means grappling with a vast amount of data.


2.      Lifestyle

Buying a holiday home should be approached in the right way. Don’t think of it as a financial investment, rather as a long-term lifestyle choice. Talk to a static caravan owner about the benefits of purchasing a holiday home unit. They are unlikely to mention things like “profits” or “financial investment”, as these is often non-existent.


3.      Renting/ Subletting

Renting and subletting your static caravan when you aren’t using it is a popular way to subsidise the running costs of the unit. While you are unlikely to turn a profit from your caravan, subletting in this way can help you recoup some or even all of the annual fees and running costs.

Subletting your caravan decreases the amount of time you can use it for holidays and personal use, so it’s important to strike a balance between maximising your revenue from renting and enjoying some quality time on holiday. Renting your unit to trusted family and friends will give you peace of mind that the caravan is being looked after.


4.      Get your insurance sorted

None of us like the idea of our goods being stolen or damaged. It is important to protect yourself in the event that something does go horribly wrong. Insurance premiums are affected by many things from where your caravan will be parked to the level of security your caravan has. Take the time to read the policy and check what you need to do as some policies will ask you to secure your caravan in a particular way.


Whether you are preparing for an adventure this winter or planning your summer holiday! Get specialist insurance for your static caravan now! Call our friendly team on 0800 294 4522 today!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Buying a static caravan holiday home is a major lifestyle choice. Caravans come in all shapes and sizes, and whether you are trying to buy privately or from a trader, new or used the process can be confusing for first time buyers. The key to making the right choice is to filter out all the bumf, leaving you with only useful and pertinent info.

We have a few tips to help make the process easier.


1.      Do your research

Take your time to shop around for the different types of caravans available and maybe more importantly the different prices. Sales representatives have a lot of information and should be able to answer most of your questions. However remember they are ultimately trying to make the sale. The process of searching for, and subsequently purchasing, a holiday caravan can be an overwhelming one. With so much choice on offer in terms of caravan models, location and choosing the unit that best suits needs means grappling with a vast amount of data.


2.      Lifestyle

Buying a holiday home should be approached in the right way. Don’t think of it as a financial investment, rather as a long-term lifestyle choice. Talk to a static caravan owner about the benefits of purchasing a holiday home unit. They are unlikely to mention things like “profits” or “financial investment”, as these is often non-existent.


3.      Renting/ Subletting

Renting and subletting your static caravan when you aren’t using it is a popular way to subsidise the running costs of the unit. While you are unlikely to turn a profit from your caravan, subletting in this way can help you recoup some or even all of the annual fees and running costs.

Subletting your caravan decreases the amount of time you can use it for holidays and personal use, so it’s important to strike a balance between maximising your revenue from renting and enjoying some quality time on holiday. Renting your unit to trusted family and friends will give you peace of mind that the caravan is being looked after.


4.      Get your insurance sorted

None of us like the idea of our goods being stolen or damaged. It is important to protect yourself in the event that something does go horribly wrong. Insurance premiums are affected by many things from where your caravan will be parked to the level of security your caravan has. Take the time to read the policy and check what you need to do as some policies will ask you to secure your caravan in a particular way.


Whether you are preparing for an adventure this winter or planning your summer holiday! Get specialist insurance for your static caravan now! Call our friendly team on 0800 294 4522 today!


16 November 2016



The days are short, and many of them, gloomy, cold and full of dramatic weather. Make the most of your long days spent inside by trying to make your home as bright and cheery as possible - a few simple changes can make a big difference.

Don’t let the dark and cold days of winter get you down. We have put together a few tips to help you freshen up your decor to help keep your home sunny and warm.


1.      Remove your screens

Mesh screens aren’t necessary if you aren’t opening your windows. Remove them, and be surprised at how much light streams through when there isn’t an extra layer blocking the flow.



2.      Swap your light bulbs

Time to pay closer attention to the colouring of your home’s light bulbs, the difference between a warm white, a cool white, and daylight bulb can greatly change the feel of a room. You might find that some bulbs work better in some rooms than others. Also, this is as good of a time as any to upgrade to LED bulbs for efficiency.



3.      Select light-colored drapery

Curtains with saturated colours and dark patterns will make the room feel darker. Install lighter-coloured curtains in their place for the winter months.



4.      Add plant life to your home

Accenting your home with plants can make it more inviting, colourful and even healthy, especially in the winter. Check with your local nursery for plants that can thrive indoors in the low-light conditions of wintertime.



5.      Don’t completely retreat from the outdoors

As tempting as it is to hole up inside where it’s nice and toasty, it’s refreshing and healthy for both mind and body to spend time outside. Taking advantage of any outdoor space you have, especially if you live in a climate that gets some mild days.

These tips are some great ideas to keep your home bright and your bills low during the winter. Maximising your fireplace, candlesticks and daytime light will help save electricity and make your winter brighter and warmer.

At Discount Insurance we offer competitive Home Insurance to help give you peace of mind during the winter. Give us a call on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote


Wednesday, November 16, 2016


The days are short, and many of them, gloomy, cold and full of dramatic weather. Make the most of your long days spent inside by trying to make your home as bright and cheery as possible - a few simple changes can make a big difference.

Don’t let the dark and cold days of winter get you down. We have put together a few tips to help you freshen up your decor to help keep your home sunny and warm.


1.      Remove your screens

Mesh screens aren’t necessary if you aren’t opening your windows. Remove them, and be surprised at how much light streams through when there isn’t an extra layer blocking the flow.



2.      Swap your light bulbs

Time to pay closer attention to the colouring of your home’s light bulbs, the difference between a warm white, a cool white, and daylight bulb can greatly change the feel of a room. You might find that some bulbs work better in some rooms than others. Also, this is as good of a time as any to upgrade to LED bulbs for efficiency.



3.      Select light-colored drapery

Curtains with saturated colours and dark patterns will make the room feel darker. Install lighter-coloured curtains in their place for the winter months.



4.      Add plant life to your home

Accenting your home with plants can make it more inviting, colourful and even healthy, especially in the winter. Check with your local nursery for plants that can thrive indoors in the low-light conditions of wintertime.



5.      Don’t completely retreat from the outdoors

As tempting as it is to hole up inside where it’s nice and toasty, it’s refreshing and healthy for both mind and body to spend time outside. Taking advantage of any outdoor space you have, especially if you live in a climate that gets some mild days.

These tips are some great ideas to keep your home bright and your bills low during the winter. Maximising your fireplace, candlesticks and daytime light will help save electricity and make your winter brighter and warmer.

At Discount Insurance we offer competitive Home Insurance to help give you peace of mind during the winter. Give us a call on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote


02 November 2016



The clocks have just gone back, meaning that the days are getting shorter as well as colder.

The summer can seem like a long way away, so if you’re looking to catch a bit of sun over the course of a weekend, we’ve put together a list of great places which are no more than a five hour flight!


·         Cyprus

The average temperature in November is 19 degrees and while this small country can be full of tourists in the summer, Cyprus is much quieter in the winter so the sun can be enjoyed in peace. Famed for beautiful beaches, wine regions and archaeological sites, Cyprus is only 4h 25m away.


·         Lanzarote

There are many flight options from the UK to Lanzarote, which take 4h 10m to reach the balmy Spanish island. The average temperature is 21 degrees – perfect for a quick winter getaway!


·         Mallorca

With a flight time of just 2h 25m, Mallorca basks in highs of 19 degrees throughout the winter. The Balearic Island is calmer in the cooler months and although it’s not exactly hot, there’s still plenty of sunshine on offer!





·         Malta

The average November temperature in Malta is 17 degrees and there is a flight time of 3h 15m. Visit the charming town of St Julian’s on the eastern coast which blends its fishing village feel with a thriving nightlife. There’s a great deal to do from exploring the 17th century Spinola Palace or strolling along the seafront promenade.


·         Tenerife

Tenerife is a top destination for Brits during the winter as a result of almost guaranteed sunshine all year round. The average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees and with a flight time of 4h 25m, the family friendly destination is well within reach.


·         Essaouira, Morocco

Located on the west coast of Morocco, Essaouira has an average temperature of 20 degrees and offers man beaches ideal for kite and windsurfing. There is also a historic 18th century medina for the keen photographer to shoot. A short flight of 3h 40m can get you to this paradise!





·         Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canaries but boasts the biggest and best beaches. Enjoy the scenery which includes picturesque houses with North  African style flat roofs or get active by climbing to the summit of one of the many volcanoes. Fuerteventura has an average temperature of 21 degrees and a flight time of 4h 20m.

Get great value Travel Insurance before going away for some winter sun!




Wednesday, November 02, 2016


The clocks have just gone back, meaning that the days are getting shorter as well as colder.

The summer can seem like a long way away, so if you’re looking to catch a bit of sun over the course of a weekend, we’ve put together a list of great places which are no more than a five hour flight!


·         Cyprus

The average temperature in November is 19 degrees and while this small country can be full of tourists in the summer, Cyprus is much quieter in the winter so the sun can be enjoyed in peace. Famed for beautiful beaches, wine regions and archaeological sites, Cyprus is only 4h 25m away.


·         Lanzarote

There are many flight options from the UK to Lanzarote, which take 4h 10m to reach the balmy Spanish island. The average temperature is 21 degrees – perfect for a quick winter getaway!


·         Mallorca

With a flight time of just 2h 25m, Mallorca basks in highs of 19 degrees throughout the winter. The Balearic Island is calmer in the cooler months and although it’s not exactly hot, there’s still plenty of sunshine on offer!





·         Malta

The average November temperature in Malta is 17 degrees and there is a flight time of 3h 15m. Visit the charming town of St Julian’s on the eastern coast which blends its fishing village feel with a thriving nightlife. There’s a great deal to do from exploring the 17th century Spinola Palace or strolling along the seafront promenade.


·         Tenerife

Tenerife is a top destination for Brits during the winter as a result of almost guaranteed sunshine all year round. The average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees and with a flight time of 4h 25m, the family friendly destination is well within reach.


·         Essaouira, Morocco

Located on the west coast of Morocco, Essaouira has an average temperature of 20 degrees and offers man beaches ideal for kite and windsurfing. There is also a historic 18th century medina for the keen photographer to shoot. A short flight of 3h 40m can get you to this paradise!





·         Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canaries but boasts the biggest and best beaches. Enjoy the scenery which includes picturesque houses with North  African style flat roofs or get active by climbing to the summit of one of the many volcanoes. Fuerteventura has an average temperature of 21 degrees and a flight time of 4h 20m.

Get great value Travel Insurance before going away for some winter sun!




19 October 2016



Many dog owners live with the misconception that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than humans. This isn’t necessarily the case. Like us, these fur coated creatures are used to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us humans.

We have 5 winter care tips for you to keep in mind as you explore the winter landscape with your faithful four-legged friend.


1.      Go outside when the sun shines

If your dog feels the cold, try to walk him in the late morning or early afternoon hours when temperatures are little warmer. Spend time playing outdoors while it’s sunny.


2.      Indoor pets are happiest

Our family pets need to be indoors with us. The happiest dogs are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but live inside the rest of the time. Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.


3.      Let’s talk temperature!

Some dogs breeds are blessed with thick fur that keeps them warm naturally, even in very cold temperatures, but dogs with thin coats may need to wear a sweater or coat when out for winter walks. A good coat should reach from the neck to the base of the tail and also protect the belly. It’s important to remember that coats will not prevent frostbite on the ears, feet or tail.




4.      Cosy bedding

In addition to limiting your dog’s time outdoors on cold days, don’t let your pooch sleep on a cold floor in winter. Choosing the right bedding is vital to ensure your dog stays warm. Warm blankets can create a snug environment. Place your dog’s bed in a warm spot away from draft, cold tiles or uncarpeted floors.


5.      Protect your dog from heaters

Dogs will often seek heat during cold winter weather by snuggling too close to heating sources. Avoid space heaters and install baseboard radiator covers to avoid your pet getting burned. Fireplaces also pose a major threat so make sure you have a pet proof system to keep you heat-seeking pet out of harm’s way.

Paying special attention to your loyal friend’s wellbeing during the winter season will insure that you both enjoy the season to the fullest.


At Discount Insurance we know you care about your faithful companions, our Pet Insurance helps you provide them with the best care possible in the event of injury or illness.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Many dog owners live with the misconception that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than humans. This isn’t necessarily the case. Like us, these fur coated creatures are used to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us humans.

We have 5 winter care tips for you to keep in mind as you explore the winter landscape with your faithful four-legged friend.


1.      Go outside when the sun shines

If your dog feels the cold, try to walk him in the late morning or early afternoon hours when temperatures are little warmer. Spend time playing outdoors while it’s sunny.


2.      Indoor pets are happiest

Our family pets need to be indoors with us. The happiest dogs are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but live inside the rest of the time. Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.


3.      Let’s talk temperature!

Some dogs breeds are blessed with thick fur that keeps them warm naturally, even in very cold temperatures, but dogs with thin coats may need to wear a sweater or coat when out for winter walks. A good coat should reach from the neck to the base of the tail and also protect the belly. It’s important to remember that coats will not prevent frostbite on the ears, feet or tail.




4.      Cosy bedding

In addition to limiting your dog’s time outdoors on cold days, don’t let your pooch sleep on a cold floor in winter. Choosing the right bedding is vital to ensure your dog stays warm. Warm blankets can create a snug environment. Place your dog’s bed in a warm spot away from draft, cold tiles or uncarpeted floors.


5.      Protect your dog from heaters

Dogs will often seek heat during cold winter weather by snuggling too close to heating sources. Avoid space heaters and install baseboard radiator covers to avoid your pet getting burned. Fireplaces also pose a major threat so make sure you have a pet proof system to keep you heat-seeking pet out of harm’s way.

Paying special attention to your loyal friend’s wellbeing during the winter season will insure that you both enjoy the season to the fullest.


At Discount Insurance we know you care about your faithful companions, our Pet Insurance helps you provide them with the best care possible in the event of injury or illness.


28 September 2016



There are millions of small businesses out there serving a wide variety of niche markets. If you can think of it, there’s probably someone who’s making profit from it.

These are eight companies who prove that you can be successful running any type of business.


Potato Parcel

If you have a hard time sending post cards to family members or getting your message across to someone, you can deliver it in the form of a Potato Parcel.

Customers can compose ‘all kinds of fun messages’ in 15 words, including those with more colourful language but they will censor message that have hateful, harmful or threatening content.


The leftover sock saver

Doing laundry is a difficult task for many. Throx customers fight the infamous ‘sock monster’ by selling socks in threes, not pairs. That way, when you lose one, you’ve still got a backup sock to keep the other company, so you can keep wearing your favourite pair and doing your laundry worry-free.


An organization for cuddling

Everyone likes a good cuddle, but what if you don’t have the option of an embracing partner?

Cuddle Party is a ‘playful social event designed for adults to explore communication, boundaries, and affection.’ Cuddling with strangers may sound like a strange concept, but there’s value in their mission to teach boundaries, consent, affection, communication and non-sexual touch.


Furniture for slobs

Slobproof, is a furniture and design company that builds custom chairs, sofas and ottomans with specially engineered fabric that withstands spills and other messes without staining. Debbie Wiener, the company’s founder and CEO said her design style marries the, “common sense of a Jewish mother with the muscle of a professional wrestler.”


Wedding Wagon

Need to get married quickly on a budget? The Wedding Wagon is a unique mobile company founded in Las Vegas that provides a full wedding ceremony out of the back of a van for just $129. Customers can choose when and where they want to get married and the wedding wagon will meet you there with a minister, a witness and a fully decked out mobile chapel.


Fantasy dating game

This dating website is like a grown-up version of “Truth or Dare”, and its way more interesting than a run-of-the-mill date.

Fantasy Dating Game allows single women to earn points by flirting with guys at Starbucks, slipping their number to cute bartenders and going on actual dates. The site’s creator Suzanne Casamento said her site empowers women to take charge of their own love lives and gain confidence through dating.


Mystery marketplace

SomethingStore is a revolutionary company bringing costumers who love surprises the opportunity to purchase a brand new mystery item, or a ‘something’. According to the company’s website, “your ‘something’ may be a cool shiny gadget, rare book, party game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, and so on.


Anonymous delivery for smelly friends

MyFriendSmells.com specialises in helping those looking for ways to tell a friend that they should take better care of their hygiene. According to the website, “Everyone has a stinky friend. A classmate, co-worker, boss, sibling or other stank suspect. Those days of smelliness are over – here is your chance to tell them what’s up.”

The company promise total anonymity and says there is nothing the recipient can do to link the package back to you, and that each package comes with a short note that is not mean and does not contain profanity.


Our Commercial Property Insurance supports a wide range of businesses. So whether you’re in the business of stranger cuddling or potato post, call us for a quote on 0800 294 4522 today!

Photo credit: Business News Daily

Anethe Carvalho 


Wednesday, September 28, 2016


There are millions of small businesses out there serving a wide variety of niche markets. If you can think of it, there’s probably someone who’s making profit from it.

These are eight companies who prove that you can be successful running any type of business.


Potato Parcel

If you have a hard time sending post cards to family members or getting your message across to someone, you can deliver it in the form of a Potato Parcel.

Customers can compose ‘all kinds of fun messages’ in 15 words, including those with more colourful language but they will censor message that have hateful, harmful or threatening content.


The leftover sock saver

Doing laundry is a difficult task for many. Throx customers fight the infamous ‘sock monster’ by selling socks in threes, not pairs. That way, when you lose one, you’ve still got a backup sock to keep the other company, so you can keep wearing your favourite pair and doing your laundry worry-free.


An organization for cuddling

Everyone likes a good cuddle, but what if you don’t have the option of an embracing partner?

Cuddle Party is a ‘playful social event designed for adults to explore communication, boundaries, and affection.’ Cuddling with strangers may sound like a strange concept, but there’s value in their mission to teach boundaries, consent, affection, communication and non-sexual touch.


Furniture for slobs

Slobproof, is a furniture and design company that builds custom chairs, sofas and ottomans with specially engineered fabric that withstands spills and other messes without staining. Debbie Wiener, the company’s founder and CEO said her design style marries the, “common sense of a Jewish mother with the muscle of a professional wrestler.”


Wedding Wagon

Need to get married quickly on a budget? The Wedding Wagon is a unique mobile company founded in Las Vegas that provides a full wedding ceremony out of the back of a van for just $129. Customers can choose when and where they want to get married and the wedding wagon will meet you there with a minister, a witness and a fully decked out mobile chapel.


Fantasy dating game

This dating website is like a grown-up version of “Truth or Dare”, and its way more interesting than a run-of-the-mill date.

Fantasy Dating Game allows single women to earn points by flirting with guys at Starbucks, slipping their number to cute bartenders and going on actual dates. The site’s creator Suzanne Casamento said her site empowers women to take charge of their own love lives and gain confidence through dating.


Mystery marketplace

SomethingStore is a revolutionary company bringing costumers who love surprises the opportunity to purchase a brand new mystery item, or a ‘something’. According to the company’s website, “your ‘something’ may be a cool shiny gadget, rare book, party game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, and so on.


Anonymous delivery for smelly friends

MyFriendSmells.com specialises in helping those looking for ways to tell a friend that they should take better care of their hygiene. According to the website, “Everyone has a stinky friend. A classmate, co-worker, boss, sibling or other stank suspect. Those days of smelliness are over – here is your chance to tell them what’s up.”

The company promise total anonymity and says there is nothing the recipient can do to link the package back to you, and that each package comes with a short note that is not mean and does not contain profanity.


Our Commercial Property Insurance supports a wide range of businesses. So whether you’re in the business of stranger cuddling or potato post, call us for a quote on 0800 294 4522 today!

Photo credit: Business News Daily

Anethe Carvalho 


21 September 2016




Selling your home is a doodle at the moment. In London there are between 7 and 10 buyers after every home. However, there are farther flung parts of the country where it’s far from a sellers’ market. Here are our tips on how to sell your house in 24 hours.


Light, make-up, action

Your house must be treated like the star of the show. Unless it looks appealing in the photographs, you won’t find an audience. William Tellwright, manager of John D. Wood, has a sales service that specialises in pre-photo shoot spruce-ups. “Our photographers will plump up cushions, re-pleat curtains and de-clutter work surfaces,” he says.


Be ready to scramble

Research shows that sales brochures without spelling mistakes sell homes three times more quickly than those that contain errors. Try and check the agent’s particulars. What is the best day of the week to go public with a listing? Friday, because that’s the day house-hunters plan their weekend viewing schedule. You want your house to be near the top of the property search engines. “A vendor who is prepared to have viewings at short notice, and to keep their home in a suitable state is definitely preferable,” says Geri Moore, director of Hunters


Don’t always go for the highest valuation

Think twice before going with the agent who says your house is worth £20,000 more than a rival firm suggests. “It’s always tempting to go for the highest price, but if the market changes and your property is still sitting around six months later, it has cost you money,” says Will Watson of Middleton Advisors.


Sell in a conservation area

Buying in a conservation area is almost a cast-iron guarantee that the value isn’t going to drop. Witness the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment in the St Leonards area of Exeter, which was sold within 24 hours by Wilkinson Grant, for £145,000. The same agents sold another three-bedroom, listed property in Exeter in 48 hours, without the buyers’ even viewing it.


Provide extra rooms

Strategically place a boot room, perfect if potential buyers have muddy children or dogs. If you’re selling in the winter, make sure you light up a log burner, with piles of freshly-chopped wood beside it and don’t forget outdoors, because an unkempt garden will put people off in the first impression.


Play hard to get

When north London agents Aston Chase wanted to sell a prime property in Hampstead, they advertised in the newspapers, and turned down all requests from buyers for a viewing. It was let slip that the owner wanted to make pre-sale improvements. This generated what Aston Chase’s director Mark Pollack calls a “fever-pitch level of interest”. It worked. The plan resulted in “a virtually instantaneous sale at a very substantial record price for the area”.


Start packing before you’ve even sold

People won’t see your family snaps as charming bric-a-brac, but as house-shrinking clutter. “Try to look through the eyes of an incoming purchaser,” urges Matthew Abernethy of Kay & Co. “It’s your home, but they are viewing it as their future home.”


On the case

Send emails every couple days to everyone involved: estate agents, your solicitors, their solicitors and surveyors. Whether you are in the white heat of London or the more sedate markets elsewhere, it makes sense to approach selling your house as you would any business deal. Be professional, punctual and to the point, then watch your house fly off the shelf.


Discount Insurance can offer you Home Insurance at great prices, allowing you to find the right cover to meet your needs. Give us a call at 0800 294 4522 today!


Image source: Gradnja 

Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, September 21, 2016



Selling your home is a doodle at the moment. In London there are between 7 and 10 buyers after every home. However, there are farther flung parts of the country where it’s far from a sellers’ market. Here are our tips on how to sell your house in 24 hours.


Light, make-up, action

Your house must be treated like the star of the show. Unless it looks appealing in the photographs, you won’t find an audience. William Tellwright, manager of John D. Wood, has a sales service that specialises in pre-photo shoot spruce-ups. “Our photographers will plump up cushions, re-pleat curtains and de-clutter work surfaces,” he says.


Be ready to scramble

Research shows that sales brochures without spelling mistakes sell homes three times more quickly than those that contain errors. Try and check the agent’s particulars. What is the best day of the week to go public with a listing? Friday, because that’s the day house-hunters plan their weekend viewing schedule. You want your house to be near the top of the property search engines. “A vendor who is prepared to have viewings at short notice, and to keep their home in a suitable state is definitely preferable,” says Geri Moore, director of Hunters


Don’t always go for the highest valuation

Think twice before going with the agent who says your house is worth £20,000 more than a rival firm suggests. “It’s always tempting to go for the highest price, but if the market changes and your property is still sitting around six months later, it has cost you money,” says Will Watson of Middleton Advisors.


Sell in a conservation area

Buying in a conservation area is almost a cast-iron guarantee that the value isn’t going to drop. Witness the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment in the St Leonards area of Exeter, which was sold within 24 hours by Wilkinson Grant, for £145,000. The same agents sold another three-bedroom, listed property in Exeter in 48 hours, without the buyers’ even viewing it.


Provide extra rooms

Strategically place a boot room, perfect if potential buyers have muddy children or dogs. If you’re selling in the winter, make sure you light up a log burner, with piles of freshly-chopped wood beside it and don’t forget outdoors, because an unkempt garden will put people off in the first impression.


Play hard to get

When north London agents Aston Chase wanted to sell a prime property in Hampstead, they advertised in the newspapers, and turned down all requests from buyers for a viewing. It was let slip that the owner wanted to make pre-sale improvements. This generated what Aston Chase’s director Mark Pollack calls a “fever-pitch level of interest”. It worked. The plan resulted in “a virtually instantaneous sale at a very substantial record price for the area”.


Start packing before you’ve even sold

People won’t see your family snaps as charming bric-a-brac, but as house-shrinking clutter. “Try to look through the eyes of an incoming purchaser,” urges Matthew Abernethy of Kay & Co. “It’s your home, but they are viewing it as their future home.”


On the case

Send emails every couple days to everyone involved: estate agents, your solicitors, their solicitors and surveyors. Whether you are in the white heat of London or the more sedate markets elsewhere, it makes sense to approach selling your house as you would any business deal. Be professional, punctual and to the point, then watch your house fly off the shelf.


Discount Insurance can offer you Home Insurance at great prices, allowing you to find the right cover to meet your needs. Give us a call at 0800 294 4522 today!


Image source: Gradnja 

Anethe Carvalho