Its great to be able to showcase our latest homestaging project in Brentwood – a HMO that is now on sale as a 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom home.
The property was being let as an HMO so had a lot of large furniture which we had to remove and put in storage. We moved some bits about and put in a lot of decorative touches and added some pops of colour. We are hoping that this will get sold soon!
At the moment we have a small selection including beds, cabinets and seating – as well as some accessories. However we will be adding to our collection, so please ensure you check out our stock regularly.
The Soho collection takes mirrored furniture design to new heights of style and modernity. Built in black painted pine and a combination of clear and antique mirror, this collection’s striking geometric pattern gives it a real wow-factor, perfect for its intended role as a room’s stand-out piece.
The Grey Velvet ChesterfieldChair combines traditional style and modern features. With a luxurious velvet fabric being used, this piece adds decadence and style to any interior. Perfect for both lounging about in and appreciating as a seating feature, this is sure to be a much loved product.
The Emperor GreyVelvet King Size Bed has hardwearing metal slats to ensure its durability over time. We also have a range of lighting – which is essential to completing any room and brings you a versatile collection of table lamps and stunning decorative lighting.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, please drop us an email with your specific requirements, and we will aim to source a fantastic piece for you.
Designed to Sell have partnered with a commercial utility provider – so that we can ensure you are getting the best energy contract – for many different commercial sectors. They have been operating for 16 years, and is one of the UK’s leading independent consultants. They are committed to helping UK businesses of all sizes get the best value contracts on their gas and electricity costs – plus can offer many more savings.
As many as 1 in 5 UK businesses pay too much for their gas, electricity and water.
Our partner has helped thousands of UK business and organisations save money on their commercial utility bills, telecoms and business rates. They currently help over 12,000 UK businesses and work closely with over 20 different suppliers. They offer 100% impartial advice.
A new service to be recently introduced is Merchant Services & Card Payment Solutions – so if your business uses a credit card terminal, or you take credit card payments online we can ensure you are getting the best service for the least % price. All you need to provide is a monthly bill and we can get you a quote.
Whether you are the owner of a small store, a family run B&B, a large tourist attraction or manufacturing firm, our partners experts have the experience to help. They search the market for the best prices and negotiate the most cost effective contract for you.
Services we can help you with are:
Gas & Electricity Telecoms (Home / Business / Mobile) Water contracts (Scotland & England) & Water Contracts Business Insurance Home Insurance Business Rates Merchant Services Cost Reduction and Generation Waste
You will get your own personal account manager – who will look after your needs on an on-going basis.
Its great news that the Stamp Duty Holiday was extended until end of June, instead of it ending on 31st March as originally planned. This means that all sales up to a value of £500,000 will have no stamp duty and be a major relief for all those struggling to complete before the end of March.
Will this affect your future plans? If you want to get your property sold quickly, having it staged by a professional can really help. In their 2021 Annual Report the HSA surveyed property professionals and over 51% of those questioned believed staging helped their properties to sell faster. If you would like a copy of their report, or to discuss their findings, please contact us.
For more details on the stamp duty holiday check out the piece below on rightmove.
Downsizing in retirement is a decision that’s as emotional for seniors as it is practical. When you decide where to move, you’re left with another big decision: to sell or keep your old home. If you find yourself facing this decision, consult with a real estate specialist for guidance; they can also assist you with selling your home if you choose to go this route. You’ll also want to take a good look at your budget, the practical matters involved, and the emotional aspects of this move.
Set Your Budget
Some seniors have to sell their home to afford moving, but for others, you may be able to downsize without selling. If you’re considering this approach and you plan on buying a new home, the first thing to do is to calculate how much home you can afford. The general rule is to account for your down payment, along with your income and regular expenses, to come up with a budget that keeps you from spending too much.
If you have enough in savings to make a down payment on an affordable home (including as-is properties, which have their own unique set of pros and cons) without selling first, one option is to wait to sell and rent out your home to tenants when you move. Even when you can afford this option, make sure you’re aware of the impact this will have on your future and everyday life (both positive and negative) to decide if it’s what you should do.
Your Retirement Goals
Start by asking yourself two key questions: What are your goals for downsizing, and what are your retirement goals? Saving money, improving your quality of life, and ditching the responsibility of maintaining a home are just a few of the reasons why seniors downsize. All of these reasons work hand in hand, because fewer expenses and obligations to your home free you up for more leisure time.
All of these goals also factor into whether you can or should turn your home into a rental. For example, if you’re relocating when you downsize, you probably don’t want the headache of maintaining the home from a distance (unless you can pay a local property management company to handle it). Even if you stay local, you may not want to spend the time or money it takes to be a landlord.
On the other hand, if you aren’t afraid to put forth the effort, renting your home may actually make your retirement goals easier to reach. As long as the numbers work out so that your rental income covers expenses, having a rental property is a great investment that generates extra income now while your home continues to gain value over the years.
Another key consideration is what your future holds. US News recommends asking yourself whether you might move again or if your new home is where you anticipate aging. In either circumstance, seniors should have a plan to pay for long-term care, whether that means moving to assisted living, a nursing home, or hiring in-home care. The time when you require that kind of care may be years away, but it should still factor into your decision.
You don’t want to let emotional factors cloud your judgement in a way that keeps you from making the best decision, but it doesn’t do any good to pretend that emotional issues aren’t involved, too. Besides considering how you feel about selling your family home, ask yourself if you’re ready to downsize your possessions. You may have to do this regardless, but if you keep the home as a rental, one option is to rent it furnished.
Another thing to think about is how your estate will be handled. Mass Mutual explains how real estate adds a level of complication to estate planning, and selling a property beforehand can help avoid this being a problem for your loved ones to sort out.
As you can probably guess, you have to consider all of these factors as a whole before deciding on the best move forward. Of course, having your budget fall short is an obvious deal breaker, but otherwise, you have to look at the big picture. Making a move at this stage in life can be scary, but it’s also a change that holds major potential.
COVID-19 hit the UK in early 2020 and the economy came to a standstill. It started to recover slowly in the Summer, but we are now in another lockdown and about to go into a Tier system where a high percentage of the country will be severely restricted in Tier 3. Although the property market is allowed to function, some people are nervous to have people in their homes and we don’t know how the housing market will suffer in this fragile economy. In these incredibly difficult times, many business have suffered, and some will not survive. Homestaging businesses were clearly badly affected earlier on in the year, and learnt that we need to diversity our offerings to survive.
So what extra services could you offer, alongside your usual homestaging business and furniture rental services, to get some extra income? I’ve listed below some ideas below, which could work well with your Homestaging business, to get some extra cashflow into your business.
Interior Styling can be offered as a service to people in your area, who are not planning to move. Interior Styling is the process of showcasing a customer’s unique style, while using their existing furniture and decorative items. By exploring new design ideas, and adding some key pieces, you can create interiors that are stylish, distinctive and reflect the customers personal style and taste.
You can offer your customers an internet shopping service, where you purchase furniture, decorative items etc on their behalf – either from wholesale suppliers or online retailers. This way they get your design expertise and style advice, and get the products directly delivered to their door. You can also offer an unpacking and installation service – if they are local. You can charge for this service, and also make a mark-up on the products – which you purchase at wholesale cost or get a discount from the online retailers.
Virtual Home Staging
Although you require some technical skills if you wish to do Virtual Home Staging yourself, as part of your homestaging business, you may be able to partner with an agency. The images look great online, and can be a fantastic selling tool. The main problem with this option is customer disappointment when they actually go to view the property – but it has proved very popular during the COVID-19 crisis.
Furniture Packs (HMO and SA)
Do you offer Furniture Packs to HMO and Serviced Accommodation owners in your homestaging business? This can be a great way to earn some additional income. You can partner with several UK wide Furniture Pack Suppliers – and they will pay a commission on each completed transaction – approximately 10% of the total cost (excluding VAT). This has the additional benefit of enabling you to offer a service outside of your local area, and earning income with very little effort on your part. You organise the quote, and send onto the client – and once the transaction has gone through you receive your commission.
Or you can design your own furniture packs, from furniture items and decorative pieces, soft furnishings etc available wholesale through your suppliers. If your clients are local you can add the installation service, but if further afield you can just offer to style and design the space, purchase the furniture and get all delivered to your clients address.
Some suppliers have now added dropshipping as a service – as their retail clients are struggling with shops having to be closed again. This means that they will now ship directly to the end client. So why not add furniture, artwork, soft furnishings and decorative items to an online shop on your website?
Reduce your bills
One way of reducing your outgoings is checking to see that you are paying the least you can for your electricity, gas and broadband – and offering this service to your clients, both personal and commercial.This can be a fantastic way to add an additional income stream to your business, and help your clients along the way! You earn £250+ for each customer you introduce. Click here for more details.
Mobile phone tariffs
Ensure that you are paying the cheapest possible tariff on your mobile phone. The best possible tariff at the moment is £20 per month for unlimited data, texts and calls – with up to 3 additional SIMs in your household at a cost of only £10 per month (also unlimited data, texts and calls). This could mean a huge saving for your family. Again you can also offer this to your clients, and earn a commission for each customer. Click here for more details.
Easy – the well known ‘Orange’ brand has now started doing Storage! They are different to other brands in that they collect, store, and return. Your customers won’t have to lift a finger, and it’s half the price! They are looking for partners – and offer £100 for every customer referred to them. The customer also receives a discount – so its a win win. Click here for more details – and use DTS25 for a £25 discount.
There are several affiliate marketing networks online. This enables you to promote some of the world’s best known home and interior design brands on your own website, and get a referral income every time someone clicks on the advert and then goes onto purchase. Take a look at:
Align with local businesses
Talk to local property photographers, handymen, removals firms, painters and solicitors. Get a power team together so you can all help clients organise whatever they need to get ready to put their house on the market, move or sell – and offer them a reduction on the costs if they use the recommended supplier. The power team can all help each other get referrals and business and agree on a reduced rate for recommended clients.
Align with local Homestagers and Interior Designers
Talk to other local Homestagers and Stylists to see if you can partner with them and maybe swap furniture when required, or share storage to reduce costs.
If you would like to know more about any of the ideas above, please contact me, and I can send you more details.
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