At Storeys, we always charge our clients a value for money fee unlike some of the eye-watering prices you’re about to discover. Here are what billionaires are willing to stump up for shoes, burgers, a photo, some vino, and an unbelievable home – a three-minute read.

Have you written out your Christmas wish list yet?

If your loved ones have given you theirs, and you’ve thought, ‘do they think I’m made of money?’, consider yourself lucky.

The letters to Santa from the mega-rich contain some incredibly pricey everyday items.

Wine

£237,000 (yep, you read that right)

A bottle of wine for good neighbours is usually seen as a nice gift. But the 1947 Cheval Blanc is probably only something Jeff Bezos could afford to give to the people over the road. This rare vintage was thought to be the only bottle of its type when it sold at a 2011 auction for a record amount.

Burger

£1,785                                                                    

What better way to finish a socially distanced Christmas shopping trip than grabbing a burger?

The Guinness World Records confirmed that a Dutch Chef had made the priciest piece of fast food on the planet. The Diego’s Wagyu burger is made up of Wagyu steak, lobster, caviar, foie gras, truffle, and 24-carat gold leaf. You’ll probably want to savour EVERY mouthful, very slowly.

Suit

£450,000

While this Christmas will see many of us having smaller than usual gatherings, a lot of us like to dress up smartly on 25 December.

A diamond merchant, Laljibhai Patel, paid a record-breaking £450,000 at a charity auction for a suit which was personalised with gold monogrammed stripes. The outfit used to belong to India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. So, not only did Patel buy a second-hand suit, but it also had someone else’s name all over it – literally.

Photograph

£3.36m (And it’s not that nice)

The festive period is often a great time to be at home, make memories, and take photos. But if you had the kind of cash that Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has, you might be tempted to buy Andreas Gursky’s snap Rhein II for your living room wall. We think we take much better photos of the properties we sell. If you Google the crazily expensive photo, you’ll see what we mean.

Now, one thing we do know a lot about at Storeys, is the values of homes in mid-Cheshire.

We know what will be popular with buyers when we see it.

But in all honesty, the world’s most expensive home, called Antilia, which is owned by Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani, left us scratching our heads at its valuation.

The 27-storey Mumbai tower block comes complete with a 50-seat theatre, three helipads, a ballroom, 168-car garage, and even its own air traffic control room.

And there was us thinking that a friend’s Christmas tree that we saw on social media was over the top.

The building is valued at around £1.6 BILLION. But architecturally, it looks like something a five-year-old has stuck together while distracted when watching CBeebies. (Again, Google it and you’ll see what we mean.)

Most of the buyers we show around the homes we sell are looking for much simpler creature comforts.

And while billionaire buyers are a rare breed, there are still plenty of serious buyers looking to move in mid-Cheshire. And at the top of their Christmas wish list, is finding a new place to call home in 2021.

Thanks for reading and if we can help you with any of your property needs, please get in touch.

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Ian
07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

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Who says you can’t have a great time this Christmas AND do your bit for Planet Earth? In this two-minute read, we look at some simple things people in Cheshire can do to make the festive period as eco-friendly as possible.

There’s been some positive vaccine news starting to come out in the UK and across the world.

But the news around our planet’s health isn’t as rosy. On Wednesday (2 December), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged nations to make radical changes before it’s too late.

It’s obvious now that climate change needs tackling with as much energy and vigour as finding a vaccine for Covid-19 was.

The good news is we can all play a positive part, even at Christmas.

Here are six wonderful ways to keep it green this festive period.

  1. Get Real – You would have to use your artificial Christmas tree for more than 20 years for it to be greener than one real tree.
  2. It’s a Wrap – Use recycled paper or fabric to wrap up those pressies.
  3. Plastic Not So Fantastic – Choose gifts that are certified plastic-free. Look out for trusted labels like Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and check out The Plastic Free Shop online.
  4. Glittered Up Decorations – Use plant-based glitter, which is much kinder to the environment.
  5. Lasting Memories – Instead of a jumper that never gets worn, why not give a loved one an experience-based gift. Just Google ‘experience gifts’ and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
  6. Waste Not Want Not – We all know Christmas is a time when we relax and eat a little more than we should. But it pays to be mindful of the amount of food waste that happens over the holiday period. Plan ahead to reduce the waste and all its negative environmental impacts.

Doing any of the above won’t reduce your happiness this Christmas. Look at it this way, by going greener, you’re giving a priceless gift to future generations.

At Storeys, we’re about much more than just property. We love to do all we can for our clients, our community, and our climate.

What’s your best environmentally-friendly Christmas tip you’d like to share with your neighbours in Cheshire?

Thanks for reading.

Copyright 2020 – Storeys

Thanks for reading.

Ian

07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

Ian
07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

Copyright 2021 Storeys

Are you starting to feel like you’re rattling around in a house that’s too big for you?

Are you ready to put less time, effort and money into somewhere new?

Have you got your heart set on being closer to family (or further away)? Have you always dreamed of that coastal hideaway or a chocolate box cottage in the countryside?

Now is the time to move on to the next chapter in your life.

When it’s time to start thinking about making changes to your lifestyle, your home may well be your most valuable asset. It is vital that you realise its financial potential.

Now is the time to downsize.

We think downsizing is actually a step forward, a really positive move. A move full of options and opportunity.

This blog is all about what it really means to downsize, and how we can work out the practicalities needed to make this next chapter get off to the smoothest of starts.

So how do we know? How do we realise the time is right?

Moving into a smaller home is not a decision most people take lightly. We may want to ask ourselves some questions before making the final decision to sell and move on. Our experience of helping thousands of homeowners to move has led us to create a checklist to provide some clarity. We often talk about downsizing as the next chapter, so let’s think of it like writing a novel…

The plot

Sometimes, when we least expect it, or maybe when we most expect it, the way we feel about our home starts to change. We can embrace the opportunity in front of us and make some positive changes, moving forward and making thoughts and dreams a reality. This is where the research comes in. It is really important to have a plan.

Plan your finances to determine the price you need and want from your sale and decide on a date to put your home on the market. Planning out the implications of your move in detail is vital to seeing the full picture. Downsizing often releases equity, and having a plan for your pennies will give you a goal to reach for.

Make a wish list and a deal-breaker list for your next home, and start to look around. See what’s out there, and find out what you really like – what would you love to have in your new home now the practicalities have changed? Having your next home in mind will keep you motivated.

Arrange consultations with three estate agents and then choose the one you would like to work with. Choosing the right estate agent is the difference between selling at the price you really want and your home sitting on the market for months. Your agent needs to have the right attitude when it comes to selling your home, a high level of accountability and exceptional marketing techniques.

The beginning

So now we have the plot and the characters; it’s time to begin…

Go through your home, and make a list of any outstanding jobs. It’s time to get them done. If your home has a more dated décor, it may be prudent to make some changes to avoid those low offers that are based on your home being too dated for some buyers.

Make a list of any accessories to buy to dress your home for photography. Today, for your home to capture a buyer’s attention online, it needs to stand out. From croissants and flowers in the kitchen, to fluffy towels and luxury toiletries in the bathroom, to candles and coffee table books in the living rooms – it all adds to the ‘wow’ factor for prospective buyers.

Work with your agent and photographer to take and then approve the images for use in your marketing. Communication is key. Sign off the brochure once you’re happy with it, and the plot can develop.

The middle

Once your home is on the market, it’s time to get the story moving.

Keep your home looking its best for every viewing. Buyers like to see things clean and clear. Clear surfaces and floor spaces, and clean everything until it sparkles. Light and reflected shine are the best ways to show off the size of your rooms to their full advantage.

Contact removal companies for quotes. It can be really worthwhile getting your ducks in a row for moving. There will be a lot to sort, many years of memories (and junk!) to go through and lots to take on your journey with you. Decide on a company and what services you need – a good removal firm will advise you and help you decide what is right for your move.

The conclusion

The time has arrived! The crescendo of the piece! The height of the drama – if there’s going to be a plot twist, it will be now. But let’s keep to the narrative and think about those moving days.

Pack as much as you can the night before, and have a survival box full of essentials for your last night and morning. Keep this box for your first night and morning, to keep things as  simple and easy as possible.

Make arrangements for child and pet care as necessary. Moving day is not the time or place for animals or small children, so keep them all safe and happy whilst you get things set for them in their new home.

Make plans for that first night – will you go out, get a takeaway or have ready meals in for dinner? Make the beds as soon as you can so you can relax later, and have that special bottle of wine ready to celebrate your new home with!

So, there you have it. Our top tips to help your move to the next chapter. Downsizing means having the opportunity to enjoy more of what makes you feel happy, comfortable and fulfilled.

With downsizing comes choice, time, money and a sense of wellbeing, and that sounds just the ticket, don’t you think?

Call us on 01606 339922 or email us at selling@storeysofcheshire.co.uk to find out how our specialist agents can help you start your new chapter!

Ian
07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

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Now the new tier system has come into effect across England, we wanted to remind you we are still open for business.

And we wanted to share this useful information from the NHS about what we can (and can’t) all do in Cheshire now we are tier two.

And remember there’s a slight relaxing of the rules between December 23-27, so there’s a chance of some Christmas cheer.

The Government guidance can be viewed via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

Stay safe, and thanks for reading.

From all at Storeys

Thanks for reading.

Ian
07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

Ian
07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

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In this two-minute read, we outline the costs and fees associated with buying a property so that you can budget for your next move.

Buying a new home can be an exciting prospect, but often in the thrill of the search, buyers fail to budget for some of the costs that are part and parcel of the process.

Consumer champion Which? estimates moving costs on average of £10,000 (that’s excluding deposit), although this figure varies depending on the value of the new property.

By starting with a clear picture of all the fees you’re likely to incur, you can avoid any last-minute surprises and the indignity of raiding your toddler’s moneybox to pay the removal crew on moving day.

Here’s a checklist of moving-related costs.

Stamp Duty
This is a tiered tax – the more expensive the property, the more you pay. Due to the pandemic, temporary changes are in place, meaning Stamp Duty does not apply to the first £500,000 of a property purchase. This rule ends on 31 March 2021.

Legal Fees
The cost of conveyancing – that’s the paperwork that secures the legal transfer of property – varies depending on whether you’re buying a freehold or leasehold property (expect leasehold to cost you more). Tip: When you’re getting conveyancing quotes, check the final price includes VAT, search fees and Land Registry fees.

Valuation Fee 
If you’re taking out a mortgage, your lender will insist on a valuation to ensure that you’re not paying over the odds for your new home.

Mortgage Fees 
Some mortgage deals include an arrangement fee or an application fee (or both).

Survey Fees 
Different types of surveys are available. The most basic option should be a few hundred quid, while the most comprehensive survey can cost thousands of pounds.

Insurance 
Most lenders insist on buildings insurance as part of the terms of the mortgage. It covers the cost of repairing your home in the event of a disaster such as a flood, fire, or falling tree.

Removals 
Removal costs vary depending on how far you’re going and how much stuff you have (are you a minimalist or a hoarder?). The website comparemymove.com estimates it costs £800 to move belongings from a three-bed house to a property 50 miles away. Throw in another £250 for packing and materials.

Redirecting Mail 
If you’re planning on redirecting your mail to your new address (not such a bad idea in this era of identity fraud), Royal Mail charges £80 for 12 months.

The team at Storeys can ensure your move goes smoothly. If you need advice or have any questions about the moving process, please get in touch. We’re here to help.

Thanks for reading.

Ian

07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

Ian
07501723253 / ian@storeysofcheshire.co.uk

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