Four ways to truly make this the season of goodwill

Four ways to truly make this the season of goodwill

The Bath Christmas Market is only days away – soon our beautiful Georgian streets will be decorated with 150 twinkling chalets filled with festive treats that will excite our senses.  ... Read More

Delicious new places to try in Bath this winter

Delicious new places to try in Bath this winter

Have you noticed the drop in temperature in Bath this last week or so? We have certainly been pulling out our winter woollies.  Winter is such a magical season, one that entices us to venture out... Read More

Four tips to add to your buy to let armour

Four tips to add to your buy to let armour

As a buy-to-let landlord, there is no limit to the amount of knowledge you should have in your lettings bank, from a complete understanding of the basics to in-depth knowledge of regional variations, ... Read More

Is your tenancy agreement up to scratch?

Is your tenancy agreement up to scratch?

If you have been letting a property for a number of years, or recently fallen into becoming a landlord, one document we suggest you have a detailed look over is your tenancy agreement.  The agree... Read More

An honest account of the current market

An honest account of the current market

As an estate agent it would be easy for us to paint a rosy picture to our clients of the current property market to win business, but that’s not how we operate at The Apartment Company.  We... Read More

The spooky decisions that are frightening tenants away

The spooky decisions that are frightening tenants away

Along our streets lined with Georgian facades and grand and distinctive architecture is hiding something ghoulish this Halloween.  Tenants who are seeking a property to rent are being scared away... Read More

Why our property management is staying at home

Why our property management is staying at home

There have been many well-documented changes in the lettings market over recent years, and most recently the tenant fee ban.  This ban has seen many letting agents re-think how they run their bus... Read More

How not to dampen your rental property

How not to dampen your rental property

Although we are still having the occasional sunny day, the truth is we are heading towards dark nights, cold, wet weather and, with this change, a particular problem can start to arise.  Damp is ... Read More

Sell your Bath apartment faster with these lesser-known tips

Sell your Bath apartment faster with these lesser-known tips

As soon as you tell people you’re selling your home, people will be eager to tell you their own moving stories and offer some bits of advice.  Even as you meet with potential estate agents,... Read More

Should your second home be your first home?

Should your second home be your first home?

There is a new kind of buyer entering the Bath property market, and one which you may not expect.  Busy lives can take us in many directions and, as such, there can be a lack of stability and con... Read More

Why buyers and tenants are turning their noses up at your apartment

Why buyers and tenants are turning their noses up at your apartment

There are many things you’ll do when preparing your apartment for sale or rent.  You will have taken time to make sure it’s looking great, but one of the most powerful mistakes you ca... Read More

What can you do to stop broken links in your chain?

What can you do to stop broken links in your chain?

When buying or selling an apartment it’s more than likely that you will be swept into a chain.  A chain is basically buyers and sellers that are linked together as they are buying and selli... Read More

Essential advice when buying a home from a distance

Essential advice when buying a home from a distance

Our beautiful city attracts visitors from far and wide – its Roman Baths alone are a sight to be seen, and no one can ignore the Georgian dominance throughout our streets.  As popular as it... Read More

Why you must always remember that history sells

Why you must always remember that history sells

We all recognise how privileged we are to live in a city so steeped in history – no matter where we turn there is evidence of the past for us all to enjoy.  When you live in a city with suc... Read More

Could you be missing a trick when selling your apartment?

Could you be missing a trick when selling your apartment?

The benefits of regular exercise are more understood today than ever before, it is not just the physical benefits but also the mental.  Cycling is one way to add activity into your life, whether ... Read More

Why Bath is the best place to live for families

Why Bath is the best place to live for families

Yet today’s culture sees many families thriving in a city environment.  Although Bath is a city, it has always had a warm and welcoming feel, as much as any town, which is why you will not ... Read More

Top four tips for apartment hunting

Top four tips for apartment hunting

When you are looking to buy an apartment, you won’t have the flexibility that many house owners have with regard to transforming the space to make it your own.  But just because you can&rsq... Read More

Increase your home’s appeal with a balcony garden

Increase your home’s appeal with a balcony garden

But with apartments often having a small courtyard, roof terrace or balcony as outside space, you can simply create your own oasis that will provide you that relaxing haven as well as increasing your ... Read More

How to survive the knife edge of the sales process

How to survive the knife edge of the sales process

This is where nerves and doubts can take told and, like us, we know you want the sale to go as smoothly as possible. So how do you survive the knife edge of the sales process?   Be transpar... Read More

How you can live a little greener in Bath

How you can live a little greener in Bath

For years, our nation’s most respected and beloved presenter, Sir David Attenborough, has been warning us about the impact of climate change on our planet.  The 92-year-old recently said th... Read More

Why we always want our tenants to feel at home

Why we always want our tenants to feel at home

We’re not too proud to say that we haven’t always got it right, but the lessons we have learned along the way we feel have established us as a letting agent who actually cares.  Worki... Read More

6 law-breaking mistakes landlords keep making

6 law-breaking mistakes landlords keep making

It’s no wonder that many landlords struggle to stay compliant, and are making mistakes without even knowing.  At The Apartment Company we always support our landlords, minimising the overwh... Read More

Why knowing what you want can lead to regret

Why knowing what you want can lead to regret

We’re guessing you have a wish list close to hand, have searched for properties online for inspiration, and scoured magazines for ideas.  But have you thought about the possibility that kno... Read More

How your apartment can attract Bath’s homeworkers

How your apartment can attract Bath’s homeworkers

Attracted by the flexibility it gives them, with no or reduced commuting hours, the ability to be there for the moments that matter is certainly a big pull.  But what are these homeworkers lookin... Read More

Should you stage your rental apartment?

Should you stage your rental apartment?

Apartments that are well presented certainly have an edge when it comes to viewings, but should you stage a rental property?   Why stage?   Home-staging is often discussed in rel... Read More

Why is Bath the best city for first-time buyers?

Why is Bath the best city for first-time buyers?

We are all told that location, location, location is important, and if you haven’t made a particular city your home, you may be taking time to consider where the best place to invest is.  M... Read More

How can you retain the capital value of your rental apartment in Bath?

How can you retain the capital value of your rental apartment in Bath?

The need for rental property never decreases, giving you fantastic opportunities.  Should you be a landlord of a portfolio of one property or many, we know that you want to be achieving good capi... Read More

Essential tips for renting your apartment in Bath for the first time

Essential tips for renting your apartment in Bath for the first time

The amount of legislation and regulations you need to adhere to as a landlord is overwhelming, and the constant negative press is overbearing.  Yet your desire to rent your apartment or purchase ... Read More

Why a smaller home could make you happier

Why a smaller home could make you happier

This is not always the case. In fact, the wealth of period architecture in Bath means rooms tend to have great proportions.  Yes, for some, apartment living may mean a smaller space, but did you ... Read More

Tenants, how to make your rental feel like your home

Tenants, how to make your rental feel like your home

When renting, you can sometimes feel in a temporary state yet, as you end a long day at work, you need to return to a place that feels warm and loved. It needs to feel like home.   Your ren... Read More

Four heart-warming reasons to embrace apartment living

Four heart-warming reasons to embrace apartment living

Should you wish to upsize, downsize or ‘sidesize’, you may have thought about the style of property you’re looking for.  But before you choose a house over an apartment we have ... Read More

Is it time you changed perspective to find your next home?

Is it time you changed perspective to find your next home?

We have our favourite coffee shop, where we often grab a naughty treat; the restaurants where we eat with family and friends; and the green spaces where some of us like to take a run from time to time... Read More

4 habits of successful sellers

4 habits of successful sellers

There are certain habits that we typically see in those homeowners whose property sells successfully and swiftly.  So what are their secrets, and how can you adopt them?   1. Grill est... Read More

Would Jane Austen have been a property addict?

Would Jane Austen have been a property addict?

Her novels are filled with fascinating characters, beautifully described with all their quirks.  She seemed to notice every small detail, those that could be seen and, more importantly, felt.&nbs... Read More

We value tenants as much as landlords

We value tenants as much as landlords

In the words of our new Lettings Manager, Nicola Wilkes, “It’s a landlord’s property, but it’s a tenant’s home,” which is why at The Apartment Company we value tena... Read More

Why you should be prepared for the busy viewing season

Why you should be prepared for the busy viewing season

January is always a busy month when it comes to apartments coming onto the market.  Yet often some sellers rush to ensure their properties are online on the hot days on Rightmove, but for success... 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

The Instagram appeal attracting buyers to Bath

The Instagram appeal attracting buyers to Bath

With the stalls filled with aromas, sparkles and delights, it was a treat just to wander around and take in everything on show.  Although we must admit, we couldn’t resist sampling one or t... Read More

Finding a home shouldn’t be this hard

Finding a home shouldn’t be this hard

People are often at different stages of the process, from those tentatively taking their first steps, to the seasoned movers who can’t wait to get started.  The funny thing about property i... Read More

The difference the right estate agent can make.

The difference the right estate agent can make.

On paper, they might have exactly the same provision, with identical floor plans, and both well maintained. Yet one is winning in terms of popularity with potential buyers, whilst the other is struggl... Read More

Why selling your apartment in winter could be the best decision you make

Why selling your apartment in winter could be the best decision you make

You may have considered moving home but then decided to wait until the New Year.  Is this the right move? Or, could selling your apartment in winter be the best decision you make?   Be... Read More

Why buying an apartment needs more than a feeling

Why buying an apartment needs more than a feeling

If it’s a top or a pair of shoes then, although annoying, you can live with it, but what if it’s a property?  We want to make sure that the apartment you purchase is based on a decisi... Read More

Has selling your home become stagnant?

Has selling your home become stagnant?

We can only imagine how confused you are about the situation, but can we stress that decreasing the price of your property is not the only solution when the process of selling your home has become sta... Read More

Bath still a mecca for Londoners seeking a more affordable home

Bath still a mecca for Londoners seeking a more affordable home

Not only do we want to love where we live, but we seek to find a place of solace in our busy and chaotic lives, one that gives us access to the leisure activities we enjoy and where we will be happy t... Read More

Why are we so negative about renting?

Why are we so negative about renting?

So consumed are we in ‘generation rent’ and the negative connotations this evokes that we can often lose sight to the benefits and joys of renting a property.   We are not the o... Read More

Georgian come out on top as the most popular period homes

Georgian come out on top as the most popular period homes

But when it comes to the most popular style of period home in Britain, estate agents have said it’s Georgian, according to a recent article in the Express.   No matter where you look ... Read More

Are you ready for a change?

Are you ready for a change?

Things tend to go back to a sense of normality, even though life continues at a rapid rate and, yes, dare we say it, our thoughts turn to Christmas.  But this time of year alwa... Read More

First-time buyers, do you know what stamp duty you need to pay?

First-time buyers, do you know what stamp duty you need to pay?

Over time, many decide to make their stay permanent and start to look for their first home.  Working with first-time buyers is always a thrill; their openness and excitement is infectious, but th... Read More

Why stability is the key to a successful tenancy

Why stability is the key to a successful tenancy

As such, bringing elements of security and stability into a tenancy can have an incredibly positive effect, attracting quality tenants, longer tenancies and, as a result, fewer issues and void periods... Read More

Why you should view a property like a tourist

Why you should view a property like a tourist

Yet, in the summer months, as the numbers of those keen to explore our hypnotic city increase, us natives like to travel and discover new and faraway towns and countries.  How we interact with th... Read More

Is it too hot for viewings?

Is it too hot for viewings?

Let’s be honest, all we want to do when we finish work is get outside, whether that’s indulging in a lovely drink with family or friends, or simply enjoying the outdoors.  We can unde... Read More

The landlords rejuvenating our lettings landscape

The landlords rejuvenating our lettings landscape

The lettings landscape continues to change and evolve, and the market today is vastly different to that of only a few years ago.  Yet through all the doom and gloom shared in the press, we are se... Read More

5 tips for becoming a first-time landlord

5 tips for becoming a first-time landlord

There is no doubt that with the vast array of architectural styles to choose from, apartments are certainly in high demand as the rental property of choice for those looking for a home in Bath. Bec... Read More

Why ‘downsizing’ is a lifestyle choice that’s not just about space

Why ‘downsizing’ is a lifestyle choice that’s not just about space

Typically seen as a solution for the retired, those whose homes now feel too big to manage once their children have moved on to homes of their own.  Yet today, in an era when people are starting ... Read More

Why many buyers are looking to reconnect with the river

Why many buyers are looking to reconnect with the river

As the city has grown, we have kind of turned our back on the River Avon. Now, thanks to the Bath Quays Waterside project, this is changing.  I don’t know if you have ventured down to the r... Read More

Top floor apartments vs. courtyard/garden apartments: which is right for you?

Top floor apartments vs. courtyard/garden apartments: which is right for you?

Courtyard/garden apartments If you’ve never seen the beautiful apartments that exist in the centre of Bath, you may not know which the “courtyard apartment” is. These beautiful Ge... Read More

Landlords, what mistakes are you making in your letting agent search?

Landlords, what mistakes are you making in your letting agent search?

It’s so difficult these days to know which is the best estate agency to go with, there’s so many out there now and they all make a lot of promises to be the perfect letting agent, so how d... Read More

Balcony and patio décor you’ll love this spring!

Balcony and patio décor you’ll love this spring!

Blurred Lines Over the past few years, outdoor furniture has evolved to mimic the look of your interior apartment décor. Wicker is out. Wood is in. Plush chairs and ottomans upholstered... Read More

What do I do if my apartment isn’t selling?

What do I do if my apartment isn’t selling?

From estate agent problems to overambitious asking prices, read on to understand what you can do to sell your apartment quicker and more easily.   1. The photos on your property's onlin... Read More

We are the apartment specialists!  But what exactly is a specialist agent and why should you consider using one?

We are the apartment specialists! But what exactly is a specialist agent and why should you consider using one?

Local estate agents are the obvious choice because of course they know their local area well. Perhaps you considered an online estate agent because of the fixed fees. You’ll certainly have consu... Read More

Would you buy a new home with bitcoin?

Would you buy a new home with bitcoin?

In its simplistic form, Bitcoin is a type of digital currency, which is based on blockchain technology, which is essentially a lender or list. This list is held by many computers around the world and ... Read More

Indoor gardening - bring a little of the outside to your apartment!

Indoor gardening - bring a little of the outside to your apartment!

Not only do container gardens add a touch of nature to your home, they also create unique and intricate designs that don't require a lot of maintenance. Take a look at these container garden desig... Read More

How to reap the maximum profits from your apartment sale

How to reap the maximum profits from your apartment sale

An example could be something as small as a crack in the paint on a wall. By simply applying some plaster and touch-up paint, you eliminated what may be an unstated concern that your home was poorly m... Read More

Rent Arrears

Rent Arrears

Being a landlord without a managing agent to support you can be hugely stressful… Responsibilities include problems at a property, tenant background checks, rules and regulations and vario... Read More

The art of completing

The art of completing

Once you’ve exchanged, you’ll now have a firm completion date, which is when the keys are handed over to the new property owners and both parties move and transfer legal ownership of the p... Read More

‘Sale’ through to exchange

‘Sale’ through to exchange

It’s very exciting to get an offer accepted on your home, but until you exchange, nothing is guaranteed. The gap between exchange and completion is relatively small compared to pre-exchange, and... Read More

Embracing Modern Technologies

Embracing Modern Technologies

We, like many, have had to embrace modern technologies alongside traditional methods, in order to create the best results for our sellers and landlords.   With the majority of people now se... Read More

What to do if you're not happy with your letting agent

What to do if you're not happy with your letting 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 home is no different but on... 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 prepa... 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 wron... 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... 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 yo... 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 pro... Read More

8 tips for getting the most out of letting your home

8 tips for getting the most out of letting your home

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. ... 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 ... 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 a... Read More

A busy start to 2018

A busy start to 2018

The Apartment Company (and the industry as a whole) have had a very busy start to 2018, which should be encouraging news for local apartment sellers.   Buyer demand has remained robust. Fro... Read More

Why people are downsizing to apartments

Why people are downsizing to apartments

We work with many clients who have lived in a house their whole lives, yet are looking to downsize to an apartment. There are numerous advantages for doing so, with a lock-up-and-leave option being hi... Read More

Tips to finding the best tenants

Tips to finding the best tenants

Anybody who has been a landlord will at some point have dealt with a difficult tenancy I’m sure… perhaps the tenant(s) didn’t pay their rent on time or they didn’t look after ... Read More

Our top tips for buy-to-let success

Our top tips for buy-to-let success

  We have many landlords who have built up a buy-to-let portfolio worth hundreds of thousands. 2017 was an excellent year for this sector in Bath, however, it’s vital you buy the r... Read More

Why isn’t your apartment selling?

Why isn’t your apartment selling?

If your apartment isn’t selling, it may be time to reassess things, as a slow market cannot be used to justify this delay in Bath.   Our City has a notoriously strong property market ... Read More

How to sell your apartment quickly in Bath

How to sell your apartment quickly in Bath

Bath has a very strong housing market, being in Rightmove’s ‘Top five highest growth areas outside Greater London’ for every quarter since Q4 2016. As we enter 2018, I expect this to... Read More

Our '12 Tips of Christmas' for tenants

Our '12 Tips of Christmas' for tenants

At this time of year, we recommend all tenants prepare their homes for the winter. Here are twelve 'tips' of Christmas to help prevent disasters such as burst water pipes, fires, a broken bo... Read More

Our Christmas and New Year opening times

Our Christmas and New Year opening times

There's only 1 week to go until Christmas. Oh where has December gone?!    This week, we’re open as usual from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-4pm on Saturday 23rd Decem... Read More

A rush of first time buyers as stamp duty is axed

A rush of first time buyers as stamp duty is axed

Goodness – what a week we’ve had since The Chancellor announced he’d be removing stamp duty for first time buyers. Interest from such buyers has sky rocketed as a result, and we are ... Read More

Stamp duty scrapped for first time buyers

Stamp duty scrapped for first time buyers

Last month, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced his Autumn Budget, which revealed a number of significant housing initiatives that should bring a lot of confidence for both first time buyers and... 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 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

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

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

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 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 an apartment is easy and doesn’t take any preparation – after all that’s what you’re paying the estate agents for, isn’t it? Wr... Read More

7 tips for planning a budget when buying an apartment

7 tips for planning a budget when buying an apartment

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

The 10 steps to buying an apartment

The 10 steps to buying an apartment

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

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

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

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

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

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 home, the ‘For Sale’ board is outside and the potential buyers have begun knocking at the door. There are a number of thi... 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

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 an apartment is no different but once you... Read More

Why you should put your home on the market over Christmas

Why you should put your home on the market over Christmas

It’s the season to be jolly, but is it the season to be selling your home?   YES! … as long as you are prepared to be sensible with the decorations. Some buyers are distracted ... Read More

Dangle the bauble of attractive pricing

Dangle the bauble of attractive pricing

Miles Shipside, director and housing market analyst at Rightmove has recently said, ‘… many sellers are trying to tempt distracted buyers to look at their property by ‘dangling... Read More

Bank rate rises to 0.5% - but don’t panic

Bank rate rises to 0.5% - but don’t panic

Last week, the Bank of England raised interest rates from 0.25% to 0.5%, for the first time in a decade – a move that most of the property industry have been expecting for some time now.   ... Read More

Why people are selling via online property auctions

Why people are selling via online property auctions

As part of our commitment to embracing the latest cutting edge technologies to sell our apartments, we are launching next month an online property auction service, in association with IAMSold who have... Read More

First time buyers continue to rise

First time buyers continue to rise

A 2 bed modern apartment   First-time buyers continue to rise… and I’m not surprised.    Initial reports back in June first reported this growing trend, as sale... Read More

More good news for tenants

More good news for tenants

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has pledged to offer private sector tenants greater rights, by making it compulsory for private landlords to sign up to an ombudsman redress... Read More

Over a quarter buy on the first viewing

Over a quarter buy on the first viewing

I do love Autumn, and last week we officially met the autumnal equinox. There’s something magical about the beauty of the leaves changing colour and falling onto the ground, providing a pretty s... Read More

'Accidental landlords' are benefitting from Bath's strong rental market

'Accidental landlords' are benefitting from Bath's strong rental market

Despite a good sales market in the last six weeks, as anywhere, there are occasions when sellers can’t attract the price they hope for. In this situation, homeowners either relaunch to market at... Read More

Buyer activity is heating up to move in time for Christmas

Buyer activity is heating up to move in time for Christmas

Like me, you may have already succumbed to the chillier weather. Whether putting the heating on or wrapping up in front of the fire, we’re happily reminded that we’re heading towards the f... Read More

Why use an estate agent to sell your apartment

Why use an estate agent to sell your apartment

Most people use an estate agent of some sort to sell their apartment. There are plenty of reasons for doing so… Selling requires good preparation. It’s also stressful, time consuming and ... Read More

How to make tenants like you

How to make tenants like you

As mentioned last week, a quarter of UK households are expected to be renting privately by the end of 2021. You therefore need to be the best possible landlord if you’re to attract those who wil... Read More

How to make your rental apartment feel like a home

How to make your rental apartment feel like a home

I read recently that with home ownership continuing to fall across the country, it’s expected that almost around five million will be renting by the end of 2021. Unsurprisingly, this is due to r... Read More

Finding a trustworthy estate agent

Finding a trustworthy estate agent

Peter Greatorex of The Apartment Company explains the benefits of using a Member of The Guild of Property Professionals to sell your apartment   Choosing the right estate agent wh... Read More

Landlords are still expanding their portfolios, despite extra Stamp Duty

Landlords are still expanding their portfolios, despite extra Stamp Duty

The lettings market is one that is very much alive and kicking. Concerns about the extra Stamp Duty charges that were implemented earlier this year seem to have had little effect, as figures from HMRC... Read More

How to get your offer accepted and beat the competition – and it’s NOT about who offers the most money

How to get your offer accepted and beat the competition – and it’s NOT about who offers the most money

As Rightmove recently reported in their House Price Index, more buyers are buying, whilst interest rates and unemployment continue to be low. Exacerbated by a shortage of available property for sale, ... Read More

Buying Listed? 77% of our apartments for sale have been given such status...

Buying Listed? 77% of our apartments for sale have been given such status...

  Cavendish Crescent - Grade II Listed      England and Wales boast over half a million listed buildings, each with their own story to tell and all boasting national im... Read More

Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

MIND THE GAP! No, I’m not talking about the giant white letters on the London Underground… I am referring to ‘void periods.’   These are when there’s a gap be... Read More

Is your apartment rental-ready?

Is your apartment rental-ready?

I’ve spoken a lot recently about the financial rewards associated with being a landlord in Bath. However, a steady rise in rents over the years has meant tenants’ requirements have changed... Read More

Rents continue to rise despite buy-to-let challenges

Rents continue to rise despite buy-to-let challenges

According to a new report by ARLA (May 2017), rents have risen to the highest level since July 2016. The supply of rental stock increased by eleven per cent over the last twelve months, whil... Read More

What to know when buying an apartment

What to know when buying an apartment

Peter Greatorex, Managing Director of The Apartment Company explains what to know when buying an apartment.   As I blogged earlier this year, apartment living can be just as great as l... Read More

Don’t choose your estate agent based on who offers the lowest fee

Don’t choose your estate agent based on who offers the lowest fee

It’s vital you choose a good estate agent, so the cliché ‘you get what you pay for’ is so important when picking one. I always advise friends and family not to pick theirs bas... Read More

New record for house prices

New record for house prices

The price of property coming to market has risen for the fifth month in a row, whilst year-to-date sales agreed are two per-cent higher than the previous election of 2015, according to Rightmove&rsquo... Read More

A rise in the use of letting agents

A rise in the use of letting agents

An increased number of landlords are relying on letting agents to manage their properties, according to recent research by the National Landlords Association (NLA). Peter Greatorex, Managing Director ... Read More

Landlord event a success

Landlord event a success

I spoke a while ago about how our lettings department had grown over 300% in the last four years, as demand for good quality apartments in prime locations continued to grow. Shortly after this, we hos... Read More

The future of property viewings at The Apartment Company

The future of property viewings at The Apartment Company

As part of our drive to being the best at selling apartments in Bath, The Apartment Company has embraced more cutting edge technology, which allows members of the public to experience a property viewi... Read More

Lets for Pets

Lets for Pets

It is no secret that we are a nation who love their pets. In fact all of us at The Apartment Company own pets - one of whom, Socks, joins us at work every day.   According to The Dog’... Read More

Know your lease!

Know your lease!

Being apartment specialists, we are experts in ‘all things leasehold.’ Before selling your apartment, we recommend you fully understand your lease to ensure you speed up the selling proces... Read More

The Power of PR

The Power of PR

Most independent estate agents in our area rely on local and online advertising only to promote their homes for sale. Yes, these are essential elements of the marketing mix, but buyers come from afar,... Read More

First-time-buyers - read the small print of low mortgage rates

First-time-buyers - read the small print of low mortgage rates

Yorkshire Building Society has been splashed across the news pages this past week. They have just launched the lowest mortgage rate ever to be made available in the UK, at 0.89% and I expect other len... Read More

Bath boasts the 3rd prettiest street in the country

Bath boasts the 3rd prettiest street in the country

Bath doesn’t just outperform the rest of the country in terms of capital growth and rental returns. Our city also boasts the third prettiest street in the UK, according to a survey conducted by ... Read More

Bath's rental market continues to impress despite recent challenges

Bath's rental market continues to impress despite recent challenges

This month, the lettings industry saw changes begin to mortgage tax relief. Unsurprisingly, various reports have confirmed that the number of investment purchases dropped in March as a result, but... Read More

First time buyers are back

First time buyers are back

A recent report by the Council of Mortgage Lenders has found that there are more first-time buyers climbing on to the property ladder for the first time since the financial crisis of 2008. In 2016... Read More

Landlords… beware of £4,000 fine

Landlords… beware of £4,000 fine

Landlords - are you aware that you only have one year left before any property let out in the private rented sector will need to meet a minimum energy performance rating on an Energy Performance Certi... Read More

Top mistakes sellers can make and how to avoid them

Top mistakes sellers can make and how to avoid them

When selling your apartment, your aim is to attract the highest possible price as quickly as possible. However, there are a number of mistakes that a lot of home owners make. Despite house price growt... Read More

Why you should be 'dressing to impress' in Bath

Why you should be 'dressing to impress' in Bath

Emberton House    Bath is a very glamorous city, well acclaimed for its shopping, Georgian architecture, spas, restaurants, boutique cafes, hotels and so on. It’s of no surprise ... Read More

Sssh! Why apartment owners are selling ‘quietly’ in Bath

Sssh! Why apartment owners are selling ‘quietly’ in Bath

30 per cent of our sales this year have been sold via ‘quiet marketing.’ Once the trend for the super-wealthy in London for exclusive property, this has become an increasingly popular meth... Read More

Apartments make nice homes too

Apartments make nice homes too

Walcot Parade - £350,000 Apartments make wonderful homes for many people, from young professionals and second-home owners to downsizers. Deciding whether to live in an apartment or a house ul... Read More

First impressions count - how to prepare your apartment for sale this spring

First impressions count - how to prepare your apartment for sale this spring

Henrietta Street - £350,000 It's fair to say that we have started to see signs of spring - warmer weather, longer days, songbirds, snowdrops, daffodils and… property-hunters! &n... Read More

Bath boasts the highest increase in property prices whilst being ranked the third best area for rental growth

Bath boasts the highest increase in property prices whilst being ranked the third best area for rental growth

I was at the latest Guild of Professional Estate Agents property conference recently, whom we are a member of, where we were told that the UK rental sector has really grown over the last five years. T... Read More

Maximise your properties at our Free Seminar

Maximise your properties at our Free Seminar

On the 9th March we will be hosting, together with Bath accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, a free seminar for landlords and property owners, which will provide you with the unique opportunity to meet t... Read More

Welcome to Bath’s first digital estate agency office

Welcome to Bath’s first digital estate agency office

Again The Apartment Company are leading the way by introducing Bath’s first digital estate agency office.  Using an interactive through-glass screen, your dream home really is a touch awa... Read More

Essential advice for first-time buyers

Essential advice for first-time buyers

The property market may have been challenging for many, but according to figures just released, there was a rise in first-time buyers in 2016, 335,750 to be exact according to the Halifax. Halifax sta... Read More

Are you taking the right steps as an accidental landlord?

Are you taking the right steps as an accidental landlord?

Not every landlord sets out to become one, in some cases, it is a solution for a change in circumstances.  You may have inherited an additional property and for sentimental reasons are re... Read More

Buy to Let – The silver fox of the property market

Buy to Let – The silver fox of the property market

The letting industry had a tough run throughout 2016, but it seems to not be putting people off investing in property. Even with all the regulations and legalities, many believe that bricks and mortar... Read More

Choosing the right agent has never been so important

Choosing the right agent has never been so important

Why will using an apartment specialist be different to the many estate agents in Bath?    If you are selling your apartment then you want to be sure that you're in expert hands. ... Read More

How we captured the magic of Christmas

How we captured the magic of Christmas

Video plays a huge part in our lives today, aided by mobile devices we can watch it whenever and wherever we like.  In fact, YouTube reports mobile video consumption rises 100% every year. ... Read More

Landlords, don’t forget your most important asset this winter

Landlords, don’t forget your most important asset this winter

This week I’ve woken to see ice on my car windscreen and the grass covered in frost, winter is coming, or is it here?  Now if you believe the weather forecast, then snow is on its way, The ... Read More

Give your buyers some magic and sparkle

Give your buyers some magic and sparkle

Lights have been switched on, Christmas adverts are competing for our attention and around the UK many of us are starting to feel a lot like Christmas.  The season itself is more than an event;... Read More

Presenting your apartment for the best rental return

Presenting your apartment for the best rental return

What are today’s tenants looking for?  By understanding their wants and needs you can ensure that your apartment is presented to achieve the best rental return.  At The Apartment Compa... Read More

Don’t let paper be the cause of your move being delayed

Don’t let paper be the cause of your move being delayed

When selling your home there are so many things to think about, finances, finding the right agent, getting the right offer, finding a new home, packing, removal company, and the stress of the move i... Read More

The one thing you should never neglect when selling your apartment

The one thing you should never neglect when selling your apartment

We all love space and sometimes we can have more than we need especially when our children leave home. But what happens to that spare room, does it get transformed into that hobby room you’ve al... Read More

Triple gold for The Apartment Company in the allAgents awards 2016

Triple gold for The Apartment Company in the allAgents awards 2016

We have been celebrating this week as the allAgents.co.uk awards for 2016 were announced.  We are incredibly proud to have won three gold awards and silver, and what makes these awards so special... Read More

The sweet treat for moving home

The sweet treat for moving home

This week we celebrate Chocolate Week in the UK, which culminates bringing the best of the industry together for The Chocolate Show at Olympia in London.  The aim of the week is to promote inde... Read More

5 vendor regrets you need to avoid when selling your apartment

5 vendor regrets you need to avoid when selling your apartment

It is one of the busiest seasons of the year for people looking to buy and sell homes. Many are pressing to be in their new abode before the end of the year, they view homes visualizing where they wil... Read More

Lights, camera, action and sold

Lights, camera, action and sold

Last week I met with our videographer to plan our next series of videos, from our exceptional popular Christmas tale last year to our selling advice, each video continues to build awareness of The Apa... Read More

Why it’s important to not let technology dominate estate agency

Why it’s important to not let technology dominate estate agency

I was chatting to a friend of mine over the weekend and he was telling me about a food festival he had been to. “Our family had a wonderful time, it wasn’t just the stalls but at the heart... Read More

Top five tips for buying a listed apartment

Top five tips for buying a listed apartment

Many buyers seek period properties, but when a property is listed, people start to get nervous.  The term ‘Listed Property’ relates to those properties that have been placed on the ... Read More

Homebuyers are demanding these two things

Homebuyers are demanding these two things

As our society and economy changes over the years so do the needs for our homes. Advances in technology make things possible today that was not available in the past. I was watching the first Lethal W... Read More

Your back to school guide to selling your home

Your back to school guide to selling your home

As your kids are looking to return to school, many people are thinking of putting their homes on the market so they can be moved in before the festive season begins. To give you an insight into what t... Read More

What can our GB Olympic champions teach you about selling your home?

What can our GB Olympic champions teach you about selling your home?

Have you been gripped by Olympic fever? We certainly have, the inspiring athletes pushing themselves and their bodies to the extreme to have a chance of winning a medal. A place where one wobble, a sl... Read More

5 summer DIY jobs to prepare your home for sale

5 summer DIY jobs to prepare your home for sale

Nobody is thinking of moving home during the summer, right?   Wrong!   In fact, the busiest day on Rightmove last year was on the 10 August when over 43 million page views were r... Read More

Who are the biggest spenders when it comes to home improvements?

Who are the biggest spenders when it comes to home improvements?

How we used our homes has changed over the years, it is only 40 years ago when it was still acceptable to not have an indoor toilet and when only 37% of households had central heating. Technology has ... Read More

7 benefits of working with The Apartment Company

7 benefits of working with The Apartment Company

When you’re looking to sell your apartment you have various decisions to make, one of which is who will sell your home? To help you decide, we have put together 7 of the key benefits you will fi... Read More

Let herbs and nature enhance the selling power of your home

Let herbs and nature enhance the selling power of your home

As I was walking through Bath to a viewing the other day, I saw a ladybird. Nothing strange in that you may think but how often do you see them today rather than back in your youth? When viewing a pro... Read More

Why our letting standard attracts landlords and tenants in Bath

Why our letting standard attracts landlords and tenants in Bath

It is business as usual post-Brexit at The Apartment Company, and we have found that our lettings department is extremely busy at the moment.  As a landlord in Bath, you could be looking for a le... Read More

How is Brexit impacting the Bath property market

How is Brexit impacting the Bath property market

There have been many ‘project fear’ messages surrounding the Brexit decision and what will, may and won’t happen. If the last few days prove anything, nothing can be predicted and th... Read More

Buyers are choosing their heart over budget

Buyers are choosing their heart over budget

One of the many factors fuelling this trend is the lack of properties on the market and the abundance of buyers. One of the pieces of research was undertaken by the property portal Zoopla, Lawrence Ha... Read More

We’re celebrating Bike Week at The Apartment Company

We’re celebrating Bike Week at The Apartment Company

We are proud to be supporting Bike Week this week, which is running until the 19th June. Bike week aims to highlight the benefits of cycling whether you decide to give it a go for fun, commuting or ma... Read More

Can you do anything to stop a sale falling through?

Can you do anything to stop a sale falling through?

Which? Released the results from their February homebuyers’ survey that highlighted what is actually happening in the property market and why sales are falling through.  Interesting the top... Read More

5 sensory ways to prepare your home for sale

5 sensory ways to prepare your home for sale

Our senses are incredible; each is powerful in its own unique way but together they create experiences, evoke emotions and instil memories.  Buying a home is all about how our senses react as t... Read More

Can the sun make your apartment more attractive to buyers?

Can the sun make your apartment more attractive to buyers?

This weekend we were blessed with the hottest day of the year so far.  We craved to be outside to take full advantage of the glorious weather to relax, play and simple to have some fun.  I... Read More

Is your estate agent jumping?

Is your estate agent jumping?

As buyers and sellers, we often focus on sealing the deal of having an offer accepted; yet the trickiest part is still to come.  This is the time where your estate agent should jump into action a... Read More

Have you thought about an Open House to sell your apartment?

Have you thought about an Open House to sell your apartment?

This week will see us running four Open Houses, well apartments for clients, they provide the opportunity for many potential buyers to view a property simultaneously. Open houses are a culture that ... Read More

Bath is the Hot Spot for London Exiters

Bath is the Hot Spot for London Exiters

As the politicians debate their side of the of Brexit, there is another exit that we have been experiencing which has been growing. The announcement of electrification of the Great Western main line... Read More

Should price play a part when choosing an estate agent?

Should price play a part when choosing an estate agent?

Should price play a part when choosing an estate agent? Are you a devoted bargain hunter or a believer that you get what you pay for? When choosing an estate agent you need to undertake your researc... Read More

How social media is enhancing our service

How social media is enhancing our service

Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and like all businesses we have had to change, adapt and embrace what our industry brings. It would be easy as estate agents to sit back and continue to only u... Read More

Is your estate agent a good negotiator?

Is your estate agent a good negotiator?

We know that being able to negotiate is an essential part of being an estate agent. Your agent may be talking proudly about their excellent marketing strategy, but to ensure this strategy achieves t... Read More

Why you should use a specialist when you’re selling an apartment

Why you should use a specialist when you’re selling an apartment

With so many estate agents to choose from, how do you make the right decision for your and your property? If you’re selling an apartment, we want you to know the advantage of using a specialis... Read More

Open House – Are they a good strategy?

Open House – Are they a good strategy?

Open houses are a culture that has crossed over from the US. Whereas in the states it has been customary for years, here in the UK there is an on-going conversation with the property industry as to ... Read More

10 reasons why your kerb can sell your home

10 reasons why your kerb can sell your home

We are now officially in spring, the warmer weather is coming, the days are thankfully getting lighter and there are signs of new beginnings. Spring is a busy time in the property market; buyers and... Read More

Give your apartment a Mother’s Touch

Give your apartment a Mother’s Touch

This morning I walked passed a florist, nothing new there but the array of colour and beauty caught my eye, and more importantly, it reminded me that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I ... Read More

Why is this the year of the first time buyer?

Why is this the year of the first time buyer?

Why is this the year of the first time buyer? Since the market crash, it has become more of a challenge to buy your first home. With 95% and 100% mortgages a thing of the past, larger deposits and s... Read More

10 unwritten rules to help sell your home

10 unwritten rules to help sell your home

Selling your home is not only about the things you can see, but also, those you can’t. Kind and thoughtful gestures you take the time to present to buyers will make your apartment feel like a ... Read More

Are you giving away your heart this Valentine’s Day?

Are you giving away your heart this Valentine’s Day?

Bath has a stronger connection with Valentine’s Day than you may think. The ancient Romans used to celebrate the feast of Lupercalia from the 13 to 15 February; it is believed that Valentine&r... Read More

Bath, the love affair that never ends

Bath, the love affair that never ends

What magic does our city hold? There is no doubt that our natural hot springs with steaming water have played an integral part in our past. Back in 70 AD the Romans were hypnotised by this region an... Read More

Why apartment living is hot property

Why apartment living is hot property

In cities such as Bath, there is a new wave of house buyer who wants an apartment over a house. Offering a luxurious lifestyle, the number of high end apartments coming to the property market is inc... Read More

Why the stigma of renting is fading

Why the stigma of renting is fading

When it started, who knows, but our desire for homeownership seems to be ingrained in our culture. Unlike our European neighbours where renting rather than owning is more the norm, we have a deep-ro... Read More

Why video tours will help sell your property quicker.

Why video tours will help sell your property quicker.

Ever since it’s launch in 2005 YouTube has been revolutionising the way we see and interact with video. It has continuously seen incredibly rapid growth, with millions watching everything from... Read More

Sellers are you ready? There are 20% more buyers looking for a home

Sellers are you ready? There are 20% more buyers looking for a home

Happy New Year!  We have eaten, drank and been merry and now it’s time to get back to some kind of normality.  But whilst we have all been celebrating, many of us have been online sear... Read More

How to get ready for moving 2016

How to get ready for moving 2016

It’s mad to think another year is coming to a close and I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop thinking where this year has gone.  Each year there are numerous reports predict... Read More

A Tale of Christmas through our Postcard of Bath

A Tale of Christmas through our Postcard of Bath

As the sun breaks through the frosty dawn, our scene is set.  Nothing can compare to the beauty that unfolds as you gaze across our fair city.  The fresh aromas of Arabica and Robusta coffee... Read More

Are you playing to your apartments strengths?

Are you playing to your apartments strengths?

Brrr, I think it is safe to say that winter has finally arrived, although we have been very lucky that it has taken so long. This time of year is always a little crazy with the festive season fast a... Read More

What Mog teaches us about estate agent service?

What Mog teaches us about estate agent service?

We all know first impressions count, and at this time of year the Christmas Adverts are trying to win our hearts as well as our loyalty.  The competition for the best Christmas advert is always a... Read More

Are you emotionally ready to sell your apartment?

Are you emotionally ready to sell your apartment?

Our homes are bursting with memories, from those special occasions surrounded by your friends and family, Christmas morning seeing those little faces light up with delight to those moments when a cudd... Read More

Top Tips to Attract Serious Apartment Buyers this winter

Top Tips to Attract Serious Apartment Buyers this winter

Selling your apartment is all about making your prospective buyer fall in love with your home at first glance. There is a real art to tugging on your buyers’ heart strings and making them see ... Read More

Can you tell a serious buyer by how they view your home?

Can you tell a serious buyer by how they view your home?

We long for them, we clean and tidy, and even add finishing touches such as fresh flowers - viewings are incredibly important.  No matter how much preparation you or your agents undertake, one th... Read More

Landlords, are you meeting the needs of the fashionable renter?

Landlords, are you meeting the needs of the fashionable renter?

It’s not very often that renting a property and fashion are brought together, but this week an article in London’s Evening Standard caught our eye.  London is seeing and inc... Read More

Apartment Prices Bath – The West London

Apartment Prices Bath – The West London

At The Apartment Company we feel blessed everyday to live in this stunning part of the world. You can’t help but get inspired by the abundance of green spaces and Georgian Architecture, we&rsquo... Read More

Reduce your maintenance costs, with the Apartment Company and Fixflo

Reduce your maintenance costs, with the Apartment Company and Fixflo

Maintenance costs can be a real issue, especially for smaller private landlords. But what if there was a system that could keep your costs as low as possible, save time, energy and effectively strea... Read More

Our Top Tips on Making the Right Offer

Our Top Tips on Making the Right Offer

So you've found the apartment of your dreams but have hit a brick wall when it comes to understanding how to make the right offer on it. So as a buyer, how do you go about getting the right... Read More

How the sun can help you sell your apartment

How the sun can help you sell your apartment

There are lots of myths surrounding the best times of year to sell a property, but it can be dependent on a number of different factors. At The Apartment Company, we think summer is a great time to ... Read More