Nova News Editorial 05 Issue 2018


There used to be a marketing expression many years ago from  a local Brewery “ Make May a Mild month.” Well this month has been far from mild, the warmest for over 80 years, and June started off similarly.

The hot weather isn’t always a good thing for the property market but presently, in the Newport locality; agents seemingly cannot get enough property to meet the strong demand. Property new to the market is selling very well, as long as the price is right, irrespective of the condition of the dwelling, after all it is all relative.

I myself have had a busy and varied month, including a week away in the sun. During May I have had jobs in Bridgnorth, Essington, Market Drayton, Shifnal, Church Eaton, Madeley, as well as numerous tasks closer to home and covering a wide range of differing aspects of my work.

Some of my jobs will cover more than one of my services, I recently undertook a valuation for a client buying a house from a distance and suggested that I inspect the boundaries at the same time. Title plan in hand, I visited the property and fortunately found no discrepancy. This is a matter that I have discussed in this publication before and one that is never a problem until you find a discrepancy after the sale has gone through. Another client asked me to undertake a valuation of a rural property and whilst there I was also able to look at a boundary issue that they required some advice about.

An important matter to consider over the coming months is that the early Energy Performance Certificates are becoming time expired. If you are considering letting or selling your home, or if you have a property on the market, you need to be sure your certificate is in date. A certificate lasts for 10 years so if the EPC was carried out before June 2008 it will now be out of date. I have undertaken a number of assessments recently on time expired properties and I already have a considerable number of EPCs pencilled in for later in the year when they approach expiry date.

 It is something easy to slip your mind if you have had a tenant in a property for a long time. I will be more than happy to help if you require an updated certificate.