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By Alex at Aboda, Oct 31 2020 10:05PM

If you are selling, buying or moving home in the Wisbech area, you need to save/bookmark this link to keep up to date with the current and changing Government advice and guidance on moving home during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you ever need any advice about buying/selling/moving home - let me know - I'll always be happy to help!

I'll be there with you all the way - whenever needed!

Stay Safe - Keep Calm - Much Love

Alex Doggett - Owner

ABODA Fine Homes

By Alex at Aboda, Oct 19 2020 12:54PM

With more of us currently working from home and with winter fast approaching are you worried about your rising energy costs?

Should you leave your heating on all day? Should you turn all unused appliances, such as the kettle, off when not in use? Will foil behind the radiators help keep heat in?

Let's go myth busting!

Will I save money leaving the heating on low all day?

This is a hotly debated subject! Many people will advise that it is cheaper to leave your heating on all day, with your radiator valves open to the max and your thermostat on low. Advocates for this will say that by turning your heat on and off throughout the day will cause condensation to form within the walls thus conducting heat outside the home meaning you lose heat more quickly. Experts at The Energy Saving Trust say that this is a myth, and you should only use your heating as and when you need it to save energy and money in the long run. They recommend using a timer to turn on your heating when you really need it, use a thermostat to set the temperature for your home and use thermostatic radiator valves to control the flow of water through them thus only heating rooms you use regularly.

Do chargers, such as phone or tablets, use energy when plugged in but not connected to a device?

Interestingly the Energy Saving Trust say that households could save around £30 a year by unplugging chargers when not in use. British Gas says on its website that a lot of chargers use energy when left in a socket, if the charger is warm, it's using energy! So, remember to unplug them chargers when not in use.

Should I turn lights and appliances off when not in the room?

Yes, the Energy Saving Trust says to turn lights off when leaving a room and to be mindful of how many lights you have on at one time. Also avoid leaving devices such as TVs and consoles on standby.

Will reflective panels behind my radiators help?

Yes! These work by reflecting the heat back into the room, especially helpful in older properties with uninsulated walls. The savings are small, but every little helps!

For further Energy Saving advice head over to The Energy Saving Trusts website.

By Alex at Aboda, Oct 15 2020 09:24PM

Local COVID alert levels & tiers: what you need to know when moving home

So...Your first question is likely to be...

'Can we move home under a local lock-down?'

The quick and simple answer is generally YES!!!

If you're selling/buying/moving within England at the current time - All three local lock-down levels (medium, high, very high) or Tiers (1, 2 or 3) actually continue to allow any activity related to moving home

So you can ask an estate agent to value your home, photograph/video your home, market your home, and show buyers around your home for you.

And once you have a sale agreed, your buyers are allowed to have a surveyor visit your home...

And you are allowed to have removal companies visit your home and move you and your buyer to your respective next homes.


This is within England, currently, according to the current government guidance.

Here's the link to the current government advice about local covid alerts levels and what you need to know - which gives you links to further info about the specific exemption relating to any activity relating to moving home under any local lock down level or tier


But...Where it 'may' get a little more complex...in time...is moving between each devolved country within the UK (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and any future specific/unique local lock-down measures in specific/unique/individual local lock-down areas...should they divert from the general UK government guidance at the links above

We hope that the links provided will be a centrally updated site for us all to revert to for up to date advice and guidance...

But if the info/links change...we will endeavour to provide the most current and accurate government guidance and advice, as quickly as possible to you!

In the meantime, if you are worried about your home sale/move and need to chat...let me know.

You can call/email/text me anytime for any advice or a reassuring chat.

Always happy to help!

Thanks for reading!

Hope the info has been useful and informative!

Let me know if you wish to discuss anything further

Always happy to chat!

Thanks - speak soon!

Alex Doggett - Owner

ABODA Fine Homes

03333 440773

[email protected]

By Alex at Aboda, Oct 8 2020 03:38PM

Picture the scene...

You’ve accepted an offer from a suitably strong buyer. What next? It’s time to get the legal ball rolling.

Conveyancing involves legally transferring home ownership from you to the buyer. It begins when the offer on your property is accepted and ends when the buyer receives the keys on completion of payment and the legal side of things (referred to as conveyancing) are all in order.

Understanding the conveyancing process will help ensure there are no nasty surprises during the process.

1) You’ll need to instruct a solicitor, ideally one who specialises in conveyancing work. Beware as not all solicitors are as experienced in this field as others.

2) Get three different quotes and go with the one you feel is the best value for money.

3) Your appointed solicitor will then draw up a draft contract or terms of engagement with you, setting out their charges and deposits required.

4) Your solicitor will write to your buyer’s solicitor to confirm they are instructed and prepare a copy of the draft contract and any other details, such as the property’s title and the standard forms.

5) You’ll be asked for several items of paperwork including warranties, any relevant planning permissions etc. Prepare these once you know you’ve accepted an offer. It will speed up the process.

6) All being well it usually take 8-12 weeks to complete the legal side of a sale. Sometimes quicker, sometimes longer.

7) Once contracts have been exchanged and a completion date has been set it’s time to look at who you need to tell that you’re moving.

Please note this only covers the sale of your property and not your purchase if you were selling and buying at the same time.

We know from our experience that this is solid advice but of course it doesn’t represent legal advice – you’ll need an experienced solicitor for that.

Thanks for reading and if you have any property related questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’d love to help you.

Alex Doggett – Owner - ABODA Fine Homes

By Alex at Aboda, May 14 2020 12:55AM

The Government has announced the property market has now been unlocked and given broad guidance on how viewings, valuations, marketing and home moves may be conducted safely.

I want everyone to feel as safe as possible when I do viewings, valuations and photo/video shoots on homes, or when moving home during the continuing outbreak of Covid 19.

So let me reassure you that if you do not wish to have a physical valuation appointment, photo/video shoot, view homes, have viewings on your home, or physically move home at any time, I will fully understand and respect that.

I will not be putting any pressure on buyers to view homes, on local home owners to list their homes or have valuations, or on my clients to allow viewings on their homes or be pressured to move home, unless they absolutely feel safe to do so.

Better to be safe than sorry and only do what you feel is safe for you personally.

So, please respect and understand if any of my seller clients do not wish to allow viewings on their homes, or move home, until they feel safe to do so.

We have always had the availability of online virtual viewings for potential buyers with our bespoke professional video tours and virtual tours of our clients homes, and virtual valuation guidance for potential home sellers over the phone or via online meeting.

So if you want a virtual viewing or valuation – let me know!

Where buyers are happy to view my clients homes, and my clients are happy to allow viewings, and potential clients are happy to have valuations and photo/video shoots, I kindly ask you to ensure adherence to the guidelines issued by the government here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak and also my additional safety procedures as well – all outlined below.

Home owners must ensure

They ventilate the home for 30mins prior to the appointment by opening windows and doors

Frequently touched surfaces are disinfected before the appointment and afterwards (door handles, light switches, hand rails on stairs, worktops, and taps)

All lights are turned on and internal doors open

At the nearest point of entry to the home (e.g. ground floor wc); provide hand soap, paper towels (not cloth hand towels) and plastic carrier bag to safely dispose the used paper towels

They vacate the home during appointments – as I will show buyers around the home – or at least wear home-made/non-surgical face masks/coverings and maintain social distancing for physical valuations and photo/video shoots etc.

They confirm no-one in the home has had any symptoms of Covid 19 in the last 14 days, and inform us if anyone does up to and including the day of the appointment

For buyers viewing, myself, and photographer/videographer appointments etc., the following safety procedures will be taken

Confirm no-one in their/our household has had any symptoms in the last 14 days and if symptoms present in their/our household then appointment delayed until their/our household has been symptom free for 14 days

Maximum of two people from the buyers household view at a time

Home-made/non-surgical face masks/coverings to be worn during the appointment (we don't wish to put a burden on medical/surgical-grade face mask supply to those that need it most)

Shoes off and hands washed upon entering the home and hands washed again when leaving

Not touch anything during the appointment

Measures specific to photographer/videographer appointments:

Home owners should ensure the home has been de-cluttered as per our standard guidance about preparing tour home for photo/video shoots, to remove the need for anything to be moved during the appointment by the photographer/videographer

In order to successfully introduce these further safety measures, and monitor their efficacy, I will initially phase in viewings only for buyers that can actually purchase right now or are close to being in that position (i.e. nothing to sell/sold stc/considering accepting an offer). This will be for the next four weeks, and will then be reviewed.

While these measures should minimise risk of infection during physical appointments, it will not completely remove the risk – so I will only proceed with appointments where buyers/sellers confirm they understand the risk involved, agree to adhere to the safety measures, and our respective households have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.

I will ask for this confirmation by email at the point of the appointment being initially arranged, they day before the appointment, and again on the day of the appointment

If you are wanting to view any of my clients homes, and are able to purchase right now, please let me know which homes you wish to view and I will endeavour to arrange as soon as possible where my clients are happy to allow viewings.

If you wish to discuss the marketing or valuation of your home, or commence full marketing of your home, please let me know - and we can arrange an initial chat on the phone.

But, most importantly....let's all stay safe and not rush this – again, better to be safe than sorry and only do what you feel is safe for you personally.

Much love – speak soon

Alex Doggett – Owner

ABODA Fine Homes


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