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It pains us to say this, but a recent survey found people were more likely to trust a traffic warden or a lawyer than an estate agent. When it comes to telling the truth, it seems that only politicians have a worse reputation than estate agents (source: YesHomebuyers.com).

As you can imagine, this frustrates us. Firstly, we’re a hardworking Cheltenham business with a strong track record – just ask our happy customers. We know there are some cowboys out there – and thankfully, the industry is working to weed them out – but we hate being lumped in the same category as them.

Secondly, selling a home is one of the most significant transactions a person makes in their lifetime. We hate to think that people are being led through that process by someone they think is a consummate liar. It must make the whole experience more stressful.

So, we’ve put together a five-point list of things to look out for when you’re hunting for an estate agent you can trust.

With the end to our arduous Covid hibernation in sight, it’s time to prepare for life in the “new normal”. While the prospect of restrictions easing is exciting – we can’t wait to eat at local restaurants and drink in our local pubs – it will also take a little getting used to.

That’s because many of us have grown used to lockdown living: many now work from home, live in tracksuit bottoms, and tell ourselves that cutting our own hair is a good idea. But after a year of adapting to a host of unfortunate circumstances, it’s time to adapt again – only for happier reasons. Here are a few ways to prepare for life after lockdown.

With April being one of the most popular months for sellers to market their homes, it coincides with Stress Awareness Month. This annual event recognises the dangers of modern-day stress and provides valuable coping strategies. Moving home is infamously reported to be one of the biggest causes of stress; read our top tips to temper your tension.

It’s DIY Day on 3 April and if you’re planning to sell your home, here are six easy things you can do yourself to help sell it quickly. They are simple, straightforward, and inexpensive ways to improve your home’s look and value. Happy DIY Day!

In years to come, when we talk about living through the pandemic, we’ll no doubt mention face masks, home-schooling, and Zoom meetings. But let’s not forget the countless examples of kindness and resourcefulness that we’ve witnessed in the community over the past 12 months.

Here are seven examples of can-do spirit in action.

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