Hidden Dangers

Hidden Dangers

Often when surveying a property there are limitations on what we can, and more importantly can’t see. One area of concern is often the roof condition, in particular hidden gulleys or ele…

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A warm welcome to Sam McDonald!

A warm welcome to Sam McDonald!

Sam McDonald has joined the James Sellicks Group as one of their General Practice Surveyors and the Business Development Manager for the group. Sam is a member of the Royal Institute of Charte…

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The London and Country Property Show

The London and Country Property Show

What an exciting day. Polly and Rita travelled to London Olympia to represent James Sellicks Estate Agents at our first London And Country Property Show.  Armed with brochures and i…

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Buy-To-Let Landlords

Buy-To-Let Landlords

General Data Protection Regulation - Buy-To-Let Landlords By 25th May 2018 all landlords need to ensure their business is compliant with GDPR. It does not matter how many properties you let,…

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Removals

Removals

Moving your home to a new one can be a daunting task and choosing the right removal company to help with the physical and mental organisation can really help to reduce the stress, after all, t…

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COMPETITION TIME!

COMPETITION TIME!

Your chance to win a luxury Easter Hamper on us by Otters Fine Foods of Oakham. TO ENTER: Simply post a photograph on social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) using the hashtag #SpringHa…

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HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT HOUSEWARMING COCKTAIL

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT HOUSEWARMING COCKTAIL

Before joining #TeamSellicks, Barney Dewhirst had his own pop-up bar. He says you can never go wrong with a simple and easy Mojito (if made correctly that is!) – here he shares his perfe…

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Leah Hutchins

Leah Hutchins

Hi my name is Leah. I joined James Sellicks Estate Agents in October 2017 as part of the lettings team. I absolutely love working at James Sellicks, all the staff are friendly and welcoming.…

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What should you do if your water pipes have frozen?

What should you do if your water pipes have frozen?

Frozen water pipes can burst and cause major problems if they aren't dealt with straight away. The first sign of a frozen blockage will be if you turn on the tap and no water - or just a tric…

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To celebrate our move into London

To celebrate our move into London

Instruct our agency in March and we will exhibit your property at the London and Country Property Show in Olympia on 17th April 2018 and include a free advert in ‘Acquire’ magazine…

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Great service at James Sellicks

Great service at James Sellicks

This week I have received a review from the vendor of Phoenix Square, a stunning two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. Phoenix Square is truly unique building set in the heart of Leicester's v…

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Local sponsorship to help purchase defibrillators

Local sponsorship to help purchase defibrillators

We were very proud to have sponsored the above concert last weekend in Medbourne Church for a very good cause which was enjoyed by all! The concert featured JANETTE MONROE , who  is one …

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New Surveyor joins our team……Jonathan Headley BSc MRICS

New Surveyor joins our team……Jonathan Headley BSc MRICS

Shire Surveyors are delighted to announce that Jonathan Headley has joined our successful and established company. Jonathan Headley BSc MRICS qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1989.  …

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Your permitted development rights

Your permitted development rights

Many people assume that projects like building an extension, porch or loft conversion will require planning permission. But that is not always the case. You can complete all these types of sch…

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How to rent - The checklist for renting in England

How to rent - The checklist for renting in England

Assured shorthold tenanciesWhen you enter an assured shorthold tenancy (the most common type) you are entering into a contractual arrangement. This gives you some important rights but also som…

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Clearing the clutter? Can you help Age UK at the same time?

Clearing the clutter? Can you help Age UK at the same time?

We are appealing on behalf of Age UK Leicestershire to anyone who has any items of furniture or bric-a-brac they no longer want to please get in touch as soon as possible.   Age UK Lei…

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Valuation Matters

Valuation Matters

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say. That certainly applies to buying a new home. Here we have a very interesting situation which poses a number of questions. The view to the front…

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Hambleton's

Hambleton's "Wines of the Moment"

Admit it. It’s a profession to envy and one most of us fancy ourselves experts in already. However, Dominique Baduel, the sommelier of Hambleton Hall proves it’s a little trickier …

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What a year 2017 has been!

What a year 2017 has been!

This year we are proud to be celebrating a huge milestone, our 20th Anniversary! We have had lots of milestones this year; from the launch our new website, starting our dedicated first t…

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First Moves - Market Harborough Late Night Shopping

First Moves - Market Harborough Late Night Shopping

As you may know we have launched a First Moves department here at James Sellicks which is a department dedicated to helping first time buyers and sellers, offering a full service that guides y…

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Why winter is the new spring for the property market

Why winter is the new spring for the property market

With Christmas just around the corner, moving house may be the last thing on most people’s minds at this time of year. Conventionally most people think that spring is the busiest time of…

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Minimum Energy Standards for Rental Properties

Minimum Energy Standards for Rental Properties

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required by law when a property is being rented.   As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the…

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The Renaissance of the Wood Burning Stove

The Renaissance of the Wood Burning Stove

Many things connected with home interiors comeback into fashion over time, however who would have thought the humble cast iron wood burning stove would make such a comeback in the 21st century…

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New property and development opportunity for sale by informal tender

New property and development opportunity for sale by informal tender

Exciting news from our Market Harborough Office this week!   Launched to the market this week is a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial family home ripe for renovation and redevelo…

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Villages

Villages

Recent housing market surveys, unsurprisingly, reveal that many homebuyers express the desire to move to a village.   The most common reasons for this include neighbourhood safety, prox…

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Condensation

Condensation

Condensation in residential property can be a recurring problem, particularly where warm moist air is generated in areas like kitchens and bathrooms, which then penetrates to colder parts of t…

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The responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

The responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

Landlord and Tenant repairing obligations The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 sets out the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant. The Landlord and Tenant Act came …

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Complexities in purchasing leasehold properties

Complexities in purchasing leasehold properties

In recent years the purchase of leasehold properties has become problematic due to lease terms, inflation of ground rents and poor management; because of this, I decided to put together a list…

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20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary

The arrival 22 years ago of my new boss in his shiny suit and white socks was a life-changing moment for me. My previous company was owned by a bank and it was clear that their primary focus w…

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What can a new kitchen do for you?

What can a new kitchen do for you?

Deciding to add value to your home with a new kitchen is a big and often costly decision to make but is also a great way to increase your chances of selling your house.  One should vie…

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Listed Buildings

Listed Buildings

I must declare a conflict of interest at the outset, in that I have a fascination for old buildings and architecture and for over 30 years have only lived in Listed Buildings. An affinity with…

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Girl Guides

Girl Guides

Hi, I'm Frances and I am part of the Lettings team. I’ve been involved in Girlguiding since the age of 7 and wherever I go and whoever I have worked with, they all know how passio…

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Sales Progression

Sales Progression

Hi, I’m Abbie. I joined #TeamSellicks in early 2017 as a Sales Negotiator and I love my job! Particularly (and possibly a little unusually!) the sales progression side of things. To a…

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Selling through an estate agent or privately

Selling through an estate agent or privately

It is possible to sell your property privately, but there are significant risks attached. For most people, selling a home is the biggest and most important transaction they will ever make. Usi…

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Family comes first for 100 year old Patriarch

Family comes first for 100 year old Patriarch

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kirsty. I handle the administration for the Leicester office, and have done so for the past 17 years. I tend to prefer a supporting backgrou…

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Leicesters beautiful industrial architecture rejuvenated into stunning city centre living

Leicesters beautiful industrial architecture rejuvenated into stunning city centre living

Over the past 20 years here at James Sellicks Estate Agents we have acted as consultants for a number of developer clients, advising on high specification developments with the majority being …

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Self-Storage Solutions

Self-Storage Solutions

When moving house people often need to use a storage facility, if they are going into rented, temporary accommodation or even downsizing. With many local storage facilities now available in th…

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Standing the test of time

Standing the test of time

Every now and then a surveyor comes across an architectural feature which probably contravenes every known principle of building construction. This happened to me in April 2017. It is …

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Introductory Guide to Buy to Let

Introductory Guide to Buy to Let

The James Sellicks Lettings Team is regularly asked advice about what makes an ideal rental property. People see that investing in property has paid dividends for many individuals, both in …

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Meet Minal

Meet Minal

Today I went for coffee with Minal Shah of Spearing Waite who I found to be outgoing and very personable. Having had no real direct contact with a solicitor before working in the property indu…

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Sellicks and Rainbows

Sellicks and Rainbows

Following our 2 year affiliation with the Quorn Classic Car Show hosted at The Manor House in aid of Rainbows Hospice it was decided that we would like to know a bit more about the fantastic w…

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Professional Staging to Sell

Professional Staging to Sell

  In the United States and Australia, prestigious homes are rarely brought to market without input from a professional Home Stager. This month we hear from Denise Cable from The Home Sty…

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How to prepare your home for sale

How to prepare your home for sale

How to prepare your home for sale When selling your property, first impressions are vital. It is so important that people remember your property for all the right reasons. With this is mi…

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How Clean Is Your House? A guest blog by our tenant M. Haffner (Kirby Muxloe)

How Clean Is Your House? A guest blog by our tenant M. Haffner (Kirby Muxloe)

When I was asked to write a blog for the James Sellicks website about cleaning I thought where do I start? Then I thought, I know! I’ll start with white vinegar! I use white vinegar by t…

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Rita Tailor and Anne Mann receive All Agents top award!

Rita Tailor and Anne Mann receive All Agents top award!

  There are few, if any, more rewarding achievements then members of my team achieving recognition for outstanding customer service. I have witnessed this first-hand over the last decade…

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Chartered Surveyors come across many and varied situations

Chartered Surveyors come across many and varied situations

A large, active wasps nest in a roof space. A  condemned boiler with and asbestos cement flue. Some initially puzzling situations. Look at the timbers in this roof space. It’s…

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4 Ways Overpricing Your Home Can Hurt Your Sale

4 Ways Overpricing Your Home Can Hurt Your Sale

The process of selling a house begins with setting the asking price for the property. Although it may seem like a good idea to start by setting a high price, “because all buyers are…

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Coming from America!

Coming from America!

We relocated from the Pacific Northwest in America to Queniborough, Leicestershire in October. We have a little girl (aged 2) called Eveleen and wanted to make the move to be closer to my husb…

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Dilly Ding Dilly Dong!

Dilly Ding Dilly Dong!

#TeamSellicks are honoured to be offering for sale Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester home! After leading The Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history to be crowned c…

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The power of the humble

The power of the humble "For Sale" board

I’m often asked if “For Sale” boards are still of any use in the modern online world we live in? My answer is absolutely yes! Your home may well be the house that has attrac…

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Do you remember 1987?

Do you remember 1987?

It was the year that “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher hand-bagged her way back to re-election for her third term, making her the UK’s longest continuous serving Prime Minister; …

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"Time" once again for landmark Leicester building

James Sellicks are proud to have been instrumental in introducing Anicca Digital as the buyer of the former Cricketers’ Rest pub on the corner of the A50 on Abbey Gate, in Frog Island, i…

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Ashley Defilbrillator Project

Ashley Defilbrillator Project

On Sunday 19th March our Market Harborough office is proud to be sponsoring the Ashley Defibrillator Project. This event will see West End Encore perform songs form the musicals to include My…

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Work begins to develop the historic Queens Building!

Work begins to develop the historic Queens Building!

Work has today begun on the exciting development of fourteen, luxury two-bedroomed apartments and duplex penthouses in Leicester’s historic Queens Building, a grade II listed V…

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From school to the Estate!

From school to the Estate!

During the past year I have finished my school career, enjoyed an extended summer holiday and finally decided that it was time to kick off my gap year by getting a job. I was fortunate enough …

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Cyber Security

Cyber Security

With almost everybody nowadays owning a smartphone, tablet or computer, access to the internet is readily available and the dependence… With almost everybody nowadays owning a smartpho…

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THE RUTLAND NSPCC CAROL CONCERT

THE RUTLAND NSPCC CAROL CONCERT

On the 1st Day of Christmas (December 1st actually) the good citizens of Rutland took the opportunity to get into the Christmas mood in the beautiful Oakham parish church. We were royally ent…

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Congratulations Langton Homes

Congratulations Langton Homes

We would like to say a big congratulations to Langton Homes for their recent achievements. It comes of no surprise to us that they have just been awarded the bronze award for the best small ho…

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