Why Choose Homecastle?
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    Homecastle is the longest established ( since 1974) Estate Agents in South Norwood which remains in private Independant ownership. We provide the highest level of customer service giving our customers peace of mind allowing them to feel reassured they are in safe hands at all times. We have built up an excellent reputation over the years and have extensive knowledge of the area. Being members of the Property Ombudsman ensures we adhere to a strict code of practise.
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Attracting Your Buyer
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    When it comes to selling your property, it is down to you to present your house as one that appeals to prospective buyers. There are several small precautions you can take to ensure that the snapshot of your home that is seen by buyers is one that entices them towards the property.

    Repairs and maintenance

    In order to sell your property for the best price possible it is advisable that the house is presented as unblemished as possible. However, before any renovation is undertaken, it is worth calculating the maximum potential value of your property. It is senseless to spend £20,000 on property improvements just to add £10,000 on the sale price. Research through property papers and liaise with estate agents to work out asking prices for similar properties. Several maintenance tips when selling your property include:


    • Finish off small DIY jobs - touch-up chipped woodwork and replace washers on dripping taps.
    • A well-kept garden, pathway and fence are immediately appealing.
    • Water can cause major problems in unwanted places. Check your roof and guttering and replace broken tiles. It's worth casting an eye over the drains too. A drain cleared before a blockage occurs is easier on the nose and the wallet!
    • A regular lick of paint will keep a property looking good and keep deterioration at bay. A newly-painted front door with shiny brass fittings always creates a good impression. When selling, a surveyor will be able to spot if attempts at 'sprucing up' your property are simply quick fixes - he'll be much more impressed by ongoing maintenance.
    • Cutting the lawn can be a last-minute pick-me-up. Feeding it a couple of weeks beforehand will brighten it up and make it look healthy.
    • If your fitted kitchen units look tired, simply replace or paint and varnish the doors. This will be much cheaper than buying a new kitchen. If the units are in fairly good condition and only look dated, just replace the doorknobs, handles andtaps. Another economical trick is to fit good, solid worktops on to existing units.


    Look and feel

    When selling your property a lot can be achieved by transforming the personal aspects of the house. The potential buyer wants to envisage them and their family living in the property, so create a warm and positive atmosphere to your home to help them along with the process. Several tips for this include:


    • Paint walls - a pale, plain shade maximises the feeling of light and space and enables buyers to imagine their possessions in the property. Research shows that most buyers prefer natural, earthy colours to bright, bold shades. Although there's a wide range of paint colours available, magnolia is still the top-selling colour.
    • De-personalise your rooms by removing personal items such as family photographs and children's drawings which may distract potential buyers. Buyers should be looking at the property, not the owner's possessions. Removing clutter makes it easier for buyers to imagine their own belongings in a room.
    • Plant pots can provide colour in your garden. If you don't have the time to fill your own, you can always get some ready-made.
    • Flowers and a bowl of fruit will brighten up a room and provide a pleasant smell.
    • Organise rooms - a property will be more appealing if rooms have a specific purpose and this allows buyers to see the full potential of the property.
    • Revitalise a bathroom with a green leafy plant, new taps, a shower curtain and a light pull. All these items can be picked up cheaply from DIY warehouses.
    • Coloured bathroom suites are out and old-fashioned white is back in vogue. If you've got an avocado or pink bathroom, consider investing in a white suite. It will add value to your property.
    • Restoring fireplaces and period features, such as ceiling roses and cornices, can add thousands of pounds to a property. If you don't have a fireplace, a striking picture can work equally well. If you decide to install a fireplace, look for an original period grate and surround in reclamation yards.
    • Pick up more ideas in Homes DIY and Design Inspiration sections.


    Other additional hints when selling your property:
    • Avoid strong food odours - don't cook food such as fish or curry before a viewing as the smell will linger. The smell of freshly-baked bread or fresh coffee is said to provide a welcoming feel to a home.
    • Ask friends or family to look after any pets during viewings.
    • Try and make viewers feel comfortable. Offer them a coffee and ask them if they need any further information about bills or local amenities.
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Buying Tips
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    Before you buy, make sure you remember the following:

    Be prepared to view as soon as possible - the best properties in the market generate the most interest, so don't waste time when it comes to buying your new home

    Put yourself in a position to buy - qualify yourself for a mortgage as soon as possible. When buying a property it is worth providing your estate agent with as much information as possible, from your property being chain free to your readiness to proceed with the purchase.

    Multiple viewings - try and view the property more than once at different times of the day especially at weekends, when everyone is at home and at rush hour to check how local roads may be affected by congestion. If this property is to be yours, then you need to have as much information as possible about not only the house but also the surrounding area.

    Look beneath the surface - when buying a house it is important to make an impartial judgement based on every aspect of the property. Make sure you distinguish between major work and 'cosmetic' work. Don't let your judgment be clouded.

    Protect yourself - property surveys maybe expensive but they can uncover any major defects which may help you renegotiate on price or even reconsider the purchase.

    Location, location, location - research the local schools, shops, parking, transport and neighbours to get a good feel of what it will be like to live there. Your dream house may not be so idyllic upon further investigation.

    Don't rule out offering the full asking price - if you find your ideal home and it is priced correctly, consider offering the full asking price to avoid losing out. By bidding correctly and accurately for your desired property you stand a much greater chance of securing the house without being outbid or rivaled.

    Ask lots of direct questions about the property - if this is going to be the property of your dreams then ask as many questions as you can about it. Remember to ask about any previous building work that has been undertaken, as well as any major faults that have been highlighted.

    Remember, the estate agent works for the vendor - the agent is working on behalf of the seller so be willing and eager to view properties so that you're top of the agent's list to call. Stay in regular contact so they are aware of your interest in their properties.

    Don't be put off by a property that is on the market at a low price compared to others in the area - in this housing market some of the best deals are sold on behalf of developers and lenders and are priced to sell quickly. These properties include some of the best value houses around, so remember to give these your consideration.

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    In partnership with Move With Us we are pleased to offer a wide range of services designed to help you, whether you are buying a new property or selling your existing house. Our services have been specifically and carefully designed to ensure that you receive a high quality home moving service that is simple and hassle-free.

    We offer a comprehensive conveyancing service to help you with all the legal processes involved with home moving. Our panel of solicitors will take care of this side of the move, liaising between all parties regularly to ensure that the transaction is progressed as quickly as possible.

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    We understand the importance involved when choosing the right solicitor to oversee your home move. The legalities of the move is one of the most stressful and time consuming part of any property transaction and that is why we work with a national panel of solicitors to provide you with the best conveyancing service available.

    We will help you choose the most appropriate solicitor dependant upon your own requirements. These may be cost based, you may find parking facilities very important or it could be that online access is essential to you. We know and work closely with many practices and can therefore help you make the most suitable choice of solicitor.

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    We realise that in this current economic climate your mortgage is one of the most important aspects of the property transaction. You need a mortgage that is tailored to your lifestyle and income, so that you are not burdened with excessive financial pressure.

    The service we provide enables you to compare a wide range of independent mortgage providers to find the package that best suits your individual situation.

    The importance of a well structured mortgage plan cannot be underestimated; if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage then legal action is swiftly carried out. We are not a bank of advisor so the information we collect is not your application for credit or mortgage loan. However, our preferred partners are keen to receive your information and provide the best mortgage plan suited to you.

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    The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal document that provides details on the energy efficiency of a property. It looks at heating costs and carbon emissions, grading your home from A to G. It also gives both buyers and sellers information on the average cost of energy bills, with suggestions on how to save money with certain energy efficient measures.

    How is an EPC presented?

    The EPC displays two graphs. With the first including an energy rating, which measures the homes overall efficiency. If a property receives a high rating then it is more energy-efficient and this means that the energy bills are likely to cost less. An environmental impact rating is displayed on the second graph. This measures the impact on the environment and the emissions from carbon dioxide. This rating will provide a list of cost-effective measures and the potential rating of the building if these are installed.

    Who orders the EPC?

    The responsibility of ordering the EPC is with the seller and you will have seven days to receive it after putting your home on the market. As long as it has been ordered, the EPC does not need to be available when you first start marketing your property. If you need any more help with the necessary documents behind your home move then contact us today and talk to a trained member of staff.

    Important changes to EPC regulations

    Important changes to EPC regulations will come into action from 6 April 2012.

    These changes mean that EPCs will now be required for all residential and non-residential property offered for sale or rent. Moving forward, it will also be a requirement to attach the front page of the EPC to the property particulars in its entirety, rather than just the graph as was formerly the case.

    Furthermore, using reasonable effort an EPC will have to be secured within seven days rather than the previous 28 days.

    If you require any further information on EPCs, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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    Homecastle Reviews 

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      Knowledgeable, efficient and responsive
      I recently sold my property using Homecastle as my selling agent. I was pleased with how knowledgeable Angus was of the local area during the process of getting property on the market and securing a buyer. I was also thought the progression side or the business was efficient and responsive - Dawn always got back to me by phone and email promptly. I would recommend Homecastle to anyone selling a property in South Norwood. Whilst the process of selling was stressful, Homecastle did all they be could to expedite the process. - Abbey
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      Excellent service all round
      The whole team at Homecastle are a credit to the company. From the first phone call through to completion of the sale, the whole process has been a breeze thanks to Angus and his team. They kept me up to date at every stage and I have never once had to chase them up for anything. Excellent service all round and I would highly recommend them. Gavin
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      Highly recommend, expert knowledge. 
      5 months ago Highly recommend Homecastle if you are considering selling your house. They have an expert knowledge of the local market, they valued our house in the middle of two other agents that were wildly different from one another. Lo and behold, Homecastle got it right and had an offer within our timescale. The after offer agreed process was fantastic and one that I perhaps didn't fully understand until going through. Never underestimate how much work goes into getting everything over the line, I really believe Homecastle added so much value to this. Thank you to Angus, Dawn and all at Homecastle! - Nadia 
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      Went above and beyond for a smooth sale 
      I used Homecastle for the sale. What I liked the most with them is unlike other agents in the area they were extremely ethical. They took great care to explain their contracts (which had no sneaky clauses such as sole selling or agency rights), explained the changes in government rules due to covid (e.g. in giving regarding end of tenancy notice) and did not inflate estimated sale prices just to win the sale contract. A big shout out to Dawn and Angus who went above and beyond to make my sale as smooth as possible. If I were to sell again in the area I would use them. - Jade 
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      You are in safe hands here 
      Recommend Homecastle very highly to anyone looking to buy or sell in South Norwood, they have served the area for many years and are clearly invested in it which is nice to see. We had some delays selling our house due to covid19 but they were on top of everything and saw us through to the end. You are in safe hands here.
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      Kept updated throughout the purchasing process
      We had a really great experience with Homecastle. Communication was always there and we were kept updated throughout the purchasing process. - Dominic 
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      Highly recommend! 
      Angus and Dawn couldn't have been more helpful over the sale of my wife's flat. The entire process was fairly straightforward and we were kept up to date continuously. We were interested to learn that they are the longest established agent in South Norwood, I believe going back to the 1970's and Angus explained that according to the right move website, no other agents sell more properties in South Norwood than they do and this has been the case over many years. Highly recommended!! - Abhishek
    • Seller Testimonial

      Homecastle are the best out of them all!
      "I have moved house no less than 7 times since 1995, using a variety of Estate Agents, including ALL of the agents in Crystal Palace & South Norwood. Without a doubt, Homecastle are the best out of them all & I wish I had gone to them first! - they are at all times courteous, friendly, hardworking(they are even open on Sundays)very efficient & highly professional. I can not recommend Homecastle too strongly. Whereas for poor service, one begrudges paying an agent their fee, in the case of Homecastle, it is certainly money well-spent!" Mick Shepherd(satisfied customer)(very!) 
    • Seller Testimonial

      Couldn't have chosen a more lovely, friendly team
      We couldn't have chosen a more lovely, friendly team, very professional and very efficient. We will miss our almost daily interactions. Sarah -  
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      We love our new home and still hope you will be able to come and visit us soon as we still feel you were totally instrumental to making our dream come true. I can't thank you enough for all your help and support over the past months. Having experienced other local agents we have no doubts that we choose the best agent to sell our property. Your dedication, professionalism and the personal touch you added to your services ( the flowers you sent for Theo's birth were an incredibly thoughtful gesture...)helped us through the various dramas and disappointments associated with any property sale. Your kind words and problem solving approach when things were not going according to plan and your genuine happiness and excitement when they were made us feel you had our best interest at heart and we were much more than a commission cheque for you . As I said to you on numerous occasions you always made us feel like you only had 1 house to sell: ours! Your constant feedback, your caring approach trying to arrange viewings around our needs , your insightful advice helped us keep sane and I believe make the right decisions throughout. From our experience you are miles ahead from the competition. Our only regret: not finding our property through you. ..You should consider creating a branch in Shirley :-)
    • Seller Testimonial

      You have all been extremely professional.
      Hi Dawn Just to let you know that I have just heard from my solicitor that completion has taken place!...Whoopee I know it has taken a while but I want to thank you and all the team for your help, support and patience throughout the whole experience. You have all been extremely professional at all times and have reduced my stress to the minimum by dealing with any queries, I may have had, in a timely fashion. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to any house sellers or purchasers in the South Norwood area and wish you all the best for your future endeavours With very kind regards Fiona
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      You have been part of making me very happy.
      Dawn, a really really big thank you. In fact I can't thank you enough. I have no words to thank you any higher. I really appreciate what you have done for me. You have truly gone over and above. You have been part of making me very happy..I will always remember this..Thanks Angus Jason and Jodie. You have also been great. Emily

    Testimonials from Buyers

    • Buyer Testimonial

      Efficient, friendly and helpful. 
      We didn't actually end up buying our property with Homecastle - however we would have done if we could. We were shown round many properties by Coral, who works for home castle, last summer and her service was exceptional. She was efficient, friendly, helpful and found us so many places to look at. It just so happened we found a place in one the streets she showed us but was with a different agents. We were actually disappointed that we couldn't say we bought with Coral as she was absolutely superb. - Stan 
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      Very approachable, prompt & professional.
      From the outset the whole team were very approachable, contactable, prompt and professional. Both Dawn and Angus were amazing throughout. It is great to see local agents manage a transaction with the level of transparency and integrity that Dawn showed. I am looking forward to dealing with Homecastle again in the future and highly recommend them. Ryan 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      We are so pleased with the service & patience 
      Homecastle have just helped us to buy our first home and we are so pleased with the service and patience they had with us. Angus in particular was always there to give us a word of advice which was much appreciated. - Sharonna
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Nicoleta was very professional and helpful
      I have been extremely impressed with the efficient service I have received from Homecastle Estate Agents who I have just recently purchased a property through. Nicoleta was very professional and helpful when it came to negotiating the purchase of my new property and has kept in touch throughout the process. Should I need to use a local agent to buy or sell a property in the future I would definitely work with Nicoleta @ Homecastle again and would also be happy to recommend to friends and family. - Vidura
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Best ever Estate Agent, had a wonderful experience
      Best ever Estate Agent, had wonderful experience with Homecastle, they been very helpful in our process in finding our ideal home! Hats of to Dawn who was on top of everything and update us all the time !Many thanks to Nicoleta who was very knowledgeable and very patient, Highly recommended! You won't be disappointed. - Andreea 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Dawn was great at keeping us updated 
      Buying through Homecastle was a really good experience. Dawn was great at keeping us updated and they were on top of the process the whole way through. Would definitely use them again. - Paul 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Would fully recommend the team and service 
      Homecastle and our estate agent Jason were a great help to our house search and eventual purchase. Both Dawn and Jason helped answer our many questions, were great go betweens liasing with vendor and solicitor and enabled many visits to the house. Would fully recommend the team and service to anyone searching in the Norwood area. - Jenny 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      The level of service we've received was fantastic
      We worked very closely with Jason Neophytou and Dawn Holmes when purchasing our property with Homecastle - the level of service we've received from start to finish was fantastic. As first time buyers the process can seem daunting but we didn't feel that at all with Jason and Dawn. I wouldn't hesitate in working with them again in the future. - Kirsty 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Very friendly, efficient and professional 
      Dawn and Angus were very friendly, efficient and professional throughout the process of buying our house through them. They were very quick to answer any questions we had and we couldn't recommend them highly enough. - Alex 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      They were patient, helpful and understanding.
      I received great service from everyone at Homecastle. They were patient, helpful and understanding. If it weren't for Jason, I wouldn't have got such a great deal on my purchase! - Katherine 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Helpful and informative from start to finish
      Highly recommended. Jason and Angus could not have been more helpful and informative from start to finish. The whole process was very smooth and easy. Would definitely use these guys again in the future. - Tim 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Professional and supportive 
      I sold my home with Jason and the Homecastle Team. They were all excellent. Professional and supportive throughout the entire process. Highly recommended. - Lucy 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      One of the best agents I've encountered
      We didn't end up finding our home through Homecastle but Jason was incredibly helpful and one of the best agents I've encountered - friendly, knowledgable and not pushy. - Will 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Great Estate Agents. Brilliant customer service
      Great Estate Agents. Brilliant customer service. Everybody is genuinely very friendly and supportive. They keep in regular contact and can't seem to do enough to help you through the process of a purchase. Can't recommend them highly enough. - David 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Top notch service overall - recommended
      We've had a really good experience buying with Homecastle. Jason has been diligent and attentive - coming back quickly with straight answers to any questions we've had. Top notch service overall - recommended. - James 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Jason was really friendly and professional
      Had a great experience with Jason at Homecastle. He was really friendly and professional and always extremely quick at responding to phone calls or messages. He was really helpful whenever it came to finding out any information I needed to get from the vendor. Would highly recommend. - Sarah 
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      Had a wonderful experience with Homecastle
      Had a wonderful experience with Homecastle everything went so smoothly and efficiently and the lovely young man Jason saw to that. Nothing was any trouble I recommend them to anyone buying or selling. - Patricia 
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      Reliable, helpful and very friendly  
      Jason was excellent throughout the whole process. Reliable, helpful and very friendly without being pushy or using any tricks associated with estate agents. We would like to thank Jason and Angus for helping us to purchase our first home. - Nicholas 
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Would highly recommend Homecastle 
      Jason has been a very warm, genuine and helpful estate agent. I felt comfortable with him from the start, he is incredibly quick to answer emails, doesn't feel pushy and has kept me updated every step of the way so far. Would highly recommend Homecastle to any first time buyer looking to feel well looked after. - Amy 
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