How to keep your home safe this Christmas in Thanet…

How to keep your home safe this Christmas in Thanet…

We are all busy decorating, shopping, celebrating and exchanging gifts, and safety can be one of the last things on your mind.  But taking a few simple steps can help to make sure you and your fa... Read More

Add some luck and love to your Christmas tree this year...

Add some luck and love to your Christmas tree this year...

Where in your home you place your tree is something many consider when viewing a property for the first time.  This season is all about family, warmth and love – all the feelings you wish t... Read More

Top tips for landlords at Christmas

Top tips for landlords at Christmas

Christmas trees are being squashed through front doors, lights are being untangled and tenants are locking up and heading home - the festive season is well and truly upon us! But landlords, don’... Read More

The seven emotional stages of selling your home

The seven emotional stages of selling your home

Buying a home is stressful. In fact, it’s such an emotional rollercoaster that a survey for ‘Which?’ revealed that the only life event more stressful than buying a house is going thr... Read More

6 reasons why you should keep your property on the market this winter...

6 reasons why you should keep your property on the market this winter...

You could be thinking of withdrawing it from the market or holding off listing it until the new year when things are a little calmer.  After all, we are all up to our eyes with shopping, cooking ... Read More

Give buyers the present they want this Christmas

Give buyers the present they want this Christmas

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to place your home on the market now or at the beginning of the year, we have some great advice that will help you give buyers the present they want th... Read More

Local Christmas events to get you in the spirit!

Local Christmas events to get you in the spirit!

Christmas is a magical time to be in Thanet, think roaring fireplaces, crisp winter walks and some great family fun. We’re also home to some fantastic festive events over the Christmas period - ... Read More

Selling your home over winter

Selling your home over winter

Committed buyers, less competition and an opportunity for homes to be viewed at their cosiest, now's the time to take advantage of the colder months to sell your property.   Research su... Read More

10 easy ways to improve your relationship with your tenants in Thanet

10 easy ways to improve your relationship with your tenants in Thanet

Yet developing and maintaining good relationships with your tenants can result in increased trust, minimal void periods and also more sustainable and successful long-term revenue.  Here are 10 ea... Read More

Make a move: how to sell a house that is difficult to sell

Make a move: how to sell a house that is difficult to sell

Sometimes a home can take longer than expected to sell. There are a number of reasons why this could be the case including: a slow property market, lack of publicity or photos that aren’t doing ... Read More

Why buying a new home needs more than just a feeling

Why buying a new home needs more than just a feeling

Have you ever made those impulse buys and then, maybe a few days or weeks later, regretted it?   If it’s a top or a pair of shoes then, although annoying, you can live with it, but wh... Read More

Don’t neglect these 6 maintenance tasks this weekend

Don’t neglect these 6 maintenance tasks this weekend

Instead of snuggling in front of the fire, why not get these six maintenance tasks ticked off your list this weekend? Leafing around Fallen leaves of all colours can create a beautiful scene, but th... Read More

10 ways your kitchen can help you cosy up to buyers

10 ways your kitchen can help you cosy up to buyers

With autumn really truly upon us and our days growing grey and dreary, staging your kitchen for sale at this time of year is about adding warmth, inviting colours and textures.  Why wouldn’... Read More

The benefits of buying a new build property

The benefits of buying a new build property

Whilst there is a clear influx of new-build developments cropping up on the property market, largely due to the demand to house Britain’s swelling population, there is now an increasing number o... Read More

Why you should present your Thanet rental property as a home

Why you should present your Thanet rental property as a home

When a vendor seeks to sell their property, those in the know spend time decluttering, deep cleaning and staging their homes to make them alluring and eye-catching. But why should you present your Tha... Read More

Essential advice when buying a home from a distance

Essential advice when buying a home from a distance

Our beautiful area attracts visitors from far and wide – with Dreamland nearby, incredible historical attractions, and the pull of the seaside.  As popular as it is with tourists, Thanet al... Read More

Congratulations...!

Congratulations...!

As a thank you for completing our regular client survey questionnaires, every month we draw at random a name to win our hamper. Meet this month's winner...! If you have had dealings with us, we... Read More

Upstaging the Joneses...!

Upstaging the Joneses...!

You’ve been thinking about selling your home for some time and, just as you’re about to call the estate agent, you notice a ‘For Sale’ sign appear next door.  You knew the... Read More

Should you stage your rental property?

Should you stage your rental property?

Thanet’s rental market is fast paced and strong, and to achieve a consistently good return it’s important you do all you can to attract potential tenants.   Properties that are ... Read More

How to ensure your pets have a stress-free move

How to ensure your pets have a stress-free move

One thing is certain, your pets can become very anxious and their behaviour can change when placed in stressful environments.  This is why at Oakwood homes; we want to ensure that every member of... Read More

How to buy a home without regrets

How to buy a home without regrets

In your quest to find your next home you will make compromises, but will your decision on where to compromise come back to haunt you?  Based on our years of experience selling property in Thanet,... Read More

Local pubs listed in ‘The Good Beer Guide 2020’

Local pubs listed in ‘The Good Beer Guide 2020’

One pub, ten micropubs and six microbreweries in Thanet have been listed in the 2020 Good Beer Guide.   Locally, we’re very lucky in Thanet to have such great amenities nearby. With t... Read More

Top tips for first time renters in Thanet

Top tips for first time renters in Thanet

At Oakwood homes we want the same, which is why we have put together these top tips so you can set out on the right path. Set a budget Assuming you already have your deposit, set a budget for a ... Read More

Why September could be the perfect time to move…

Why September could be the perfect time to move…

Are you thinking of moving? If so you might be wondering when is the best time of year to sell your home?   Many people believe that Spring is the best to put your home up for sale. It is t... Read More

Improve your chances of selling by promoting the local area!

Improve your chances of selling by promoting the local area!

When you place your home on the market, there will be critical features or elements you need to draw to the attention of prospective buyers. If your house has a lot of storage space, this is a feature... Read More

Help! My home isn’t selling

Help! My home isn’t selling

There could be a number of reasons why your home isn’t selling, and even if they may be difficult to hear, getting it right could get your home sold sooner rather than later.  You don&rsquo... Read More

Thanet's ONLY appointed company by The FIA...!

Thanet's ONLY appointed company by The FIA...!

Who are The FIA? The Federation of Independent Agents is a National Network of value driven, effective and well established firms who all achieve results - not just in terms of sales & let... Read More

The unwritten etiquette of moving home in Thanet

The unwritten etiquette of moving home in Thanet

When completion day arrives and you get the call to collect the keys, you rush off with excitement to open the door to your new home, but what awaits you could be far from what you expect.  There... Read More

Retaining great capital growth on your rental

Retaining great capital growth on your rental

We live in a beautifully historic area yet its vibrancy attracts people from all over the world, some of whom decide to make it their home.   The need for rental property never decreases, g... Read More

Visit the historic Margate caves!

Visit the historic Margate caves!

The opening of the caves and the new community centre on August 22nd marks a fresh chapter in the journey by The Margate Caves Community Education Trust which took on the task of bringing the new comm... Read More

4 Signs you’re breaking up with your home….

4 Signs you’re breaking up with your home….

...and now, you’re seeing niggles and frustrations around every turn.  What are the signs you’re breaking up with your home? 1. Bored now Some people thrive off change, they ... Read More

Back to school guide

Back to school guide

There are some fantastic schools around Thanet and the surrounding areas. No matter which your children attends, it can be a build up of excitement and nervousness during August – September. ... Read More

Is your bedroom killing the mood for buyers?

Is your bedroom killing the mood for buyers?

It’s easy to believe that your bedroom is just fine, but is it what buyers in Thanet are seeking?  Is your bedroom a relaxing haven, or is it killing the mood for buyers?   Get... Read More

How to survive the knife edge of the sales process

How to survive the knife edge of the sales process

Once you’ve had an offer it’s very easy to sit back, relax and start getting ready to move, but you’re now entering the sales progression phase.   This is where nerves and... Read More

Why you should never neglect your empty property in East Kent

Why you should never neglect your empty property in East Kent

You’re not alone Your property is one of a growing number of empty homes across England.  According to statistics published in May this year by the Ministry of Housing, Communities ... Read More

6 screaming signs that it is time to move home...!

6 screaming signs that it is time to move home...!

It’s never good to rush any decision, as when emotions start to take over, we can make hurried and bad choices rather than taking the time to think things through thoroughly.  If you’... Read More

Simple ways to add character to your home

Simple ways to add character to your home

Older houses tend to come with tons of personality and history, but fresh developments often lack that personal touch and don’t have that homely feel to them.   Here are a few simple ... Read More

Top tips to ensure your sale completes in Thanet

Top tips to ensure your sale completes in Thanet

But are you aware that around a quarter of sales fall through during what’s known as the ‘sales process’?  So, what can you do to try and ensure you don’t suffer the same ... Read More

How to find your perfect rental property in Thanet

How to find your perfect rental property in Thanet

Research the market Before you start your property search in earnest it’s worth doing your research to get an idea of the rental market.  This will give you a rough idea of what type of ... Read More

Do you know who the most likely local buyer is?

Do you know who the most likely local buyer is?

It is natural vendors focus on their own needs and expectations when selling their house. However, time spent focusing on who the buyer is, and what they want or need when buying property will make a ... Read More

Is your rental home protected this summer?

Is your rental home protected this summer?

If you manage the property yourself and you haven’t already, it may be worth having a conversation with your tenants to give them some ideas on how to keep your property secure whilst they ... Read More

How long are your tenants likely to stay with you?

How long are your tenants likely to stay with you?

As a landlord, you may prefer to have a tenant stay with you for as long as possible. Each landlord has their thoughts about this matter, but the work and cost involved with finding new tenants mean r... Read More

Buyers, are you making these mistakes searching for a home?

Buyers, are you making these mistakes searching for a home?

For most of us, buying a property is not something we do regularly, and so we follow the path that we believe is best.  At Oakwood homes, we see buyers making the same mistakes – we don'... Read More

What’s on guide: July

What’s on guide: July

With life getting busier every week and new bars, restaurants and events opening every month, staying on top can be tricky. So here’s a round up of this month’s hottest happenings in and a... Read More

How new builds and developments boost local communities

How new builds and developments boost local communities

After all, if you already have your own house and the area you live in is picturesque, you can’t be blamed for not immediately recognising the potential benefits that also come with new builds. ... Read More

What makes your ideal forever home?

What makes your ideal forever home?

We were interested to hear about some research, carried out by Origin, who surveyed 2,000 people on the ‘must-have’ qualities of their dream, forever home. It turns out that many people st... Read More

Summer parenting hacks to improve your life

Summer parenting hacks to improve your life

Read on for our tips:   Freeze aloe vera in ice-cube trays to instantly cool sunburns. Works just as well, and also has the added benefit of the coldness against the skin. Sto... Read More

The perfect local Father’s Day meal

The perfect local Father’s Day meal

There is no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to treat Dad to a beautiful meal made from the best local ingredients and thankfully, the Isle of Thanet boasts some of the best restaurants... Read More

The difference the right estate agent can make

The difference the right estate agent can make

On paper, they might have exactly the same provision, with identical floor plans, and both well maintained. Yet one is winning in terms of popularity with potential buyers, whilst the other is struggl... Read More

Getting buyers to look beyond home décor

Getting buyers to look beyond home décor

OK, so it’s highly unlikely to become as ingrained in the national consciousness as its more famous sibling, but for first-time buyers and home movers it could prove to be vitally important. Tha... Read More

6 tips for a super successful summer sale

6 tips for a super successful summer sale

We’ve come up with six super summer tips to get you moving in the right direction when it comes to marketing your property in the sunnier months.   1 Open the windows   Ope... Read More

Helping tenants feel stable is beneficial to everyone

Helping tenants feel stable is beneficial to everyone

As such, bringing elements of security and stability into a tenancy can have an incredibly positive effect, attracting quality tenants, longer tenancies and, as a result, fewer issues and void periods... Read More

Kid’s activities in Thanet to keep the kids busy this half term!

Kid’s activities in Thanet to keep the kids busy this half term!

With this list, you can take your kids to a new place everyday and not have to worry about running out of ideas… from riding bikes to getting lost in mazes, they’re bound to have a great ... Read More

Why we put so much importance into local knowledge and community

Why we put so much importance into local knowledge and community

Your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are. Good neighbours and a robust community can change the quality of your life. That’s why at Oa... Read More

We're real people too...

We're real people too...

This weekend we were privileged to see the production 'Annie' performed by the Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society and Herne Bay Youth Theatre at King's Hall in Herne Bay. The show was a mat... Read More

150+ that’s the number of laws that affect your rental property!

150+ that’s the number of laws that affect your rental property!

The maze of legislation that surrounds your rental property is increasing almost weekly and keeping up to date with all the relevant changes can be extremely time consuming. It stands at 150 plus laws... Read More

5 essential DIY skills homeowners need to know

5 essential DIY skills homeowners need to know

Jazz up your walls with a fresh coat of paint, perhaps something vibrant or slap on a funky wallpaper to create a statement wall. We’ve rounded up five simple and essential DIY activities that w... Read More

Get into Dreamland for FREE This April and May

Get into Dreamland for FREE This April and May

Come one, come all!   Dreamland is offering free admission during Easter, so it’s the perfect time to get your friends and family, load them in your car and head over for music, rolle... Read More

Shall I move or wait for Brexit...?

Shall I move or wait for Brexit...?

We can all be forgiven for feeling fed up and confused with the current political situation, which has affected so many people’s lives now for 2 years! I am sure we have all become experts in gi... Read More

The drive-by appeal... Getting your home looking GREAT from the outside in

The drive-by appeal... Getting your home looking GREAT from the outside in

With these easy and cost-effective suggestions, you can improve the exterior of your home, while giving yourself a nicer residence to enjoy right now.   Paint your front door Giving your... Read More

Tenant Fee Ban 2019 – Landlord Question & Answers

Tenant Fee Ban 2019 – Landlord Question & Answers

You will no longer be able to make any additional charges to the tenant outside of the rent & deposit amount. Interest on an overdue rent is on a set formula basis. Also, the deposit amount is ... Read More

Supporting local artists

Supporting local artists

If you haven’t visited our Ramsgate office lately, you may be pleasantly surprised next time you visit to see bright and beautiful art covering the walls. Every piece on display is from a local ... Read More

Landlords - How often should you review your rents?

Landlords - How often should you review your rents?

All too often we have landlords come to us with properties that are rented out at up to £200 - £300 per month below current market value.  We would recommend annual reviews to ensure ... Read More

What is threatening the housing market...?

What is threatening the housing market...?

The latest RICS survey has one key message - 77 per cent of surveyors participating in the study say Brexit uncertainty is the largest challenge facing the market. The survey says all key indicator... Read More

Seaside Activities in Spring

Seaside Activities in Spring

With a little bit of thought and planning, you will soon see that there are a tonne of seaside activities that are ideal for springtime. We’ve listed some of the top beach activities which don&#... Read More

Easter events to fill your child’s school holiday!

Easter events to fill your child’s school holiday!

Easter is an exciting time for children filled with days off, chocolate and finally being able to play outside after a long winter. With two weeks off though, you may find yourself running out of idea... Read More

Getting your garden ready for spring

Getting your garden ready for spring

A lot of people overlook this, assuming that they will just jump straight back into it once winter is over. However, this isn’t the best way to go about things. If you’re planning to plant... Read More

Putting the personal touch back into Estate Agency

Putting the personal touch back into Estate Agency

However, it’s important to find a team that’s able to provide an added personal touch. This doesn’t just mean updating you every so often when it’s convenient for them, it mean... Read More

Opportunity

Opportunity

As is typical in the UK, the media is again making statements about the business sector and the property market throughout the UK. In recent weeks we have been scare mongered by Teresa May’... Read More

Romantic Valentine gifts that won’t break the bank

Romantic Valentine gifts that won’t break the bank

However, there will be times when disposable income is at its minimum, but those with a romantic streak will still want to ensure that they’re able to showcase their love, albeit on a smaller bu... Read More

Tenant Fee Ban

Tenant Fee Ban

From 1st June 2019 agents, landlords and third parties will be unable to charge tenant fees on any new tenancies or renewals. Neither a landlord or agent will be able to make any charges for admin, re... Read More

Day Out Ideas For February Half Term

Day Out Ideas For February Half Term

When it comes to February half term a lot of parents find it difficult to organise and arrange days out, struggling to find activities that will keep everyone entertained and engaged for a couple of h... Read More

Building YOUR future...

Building YOUR future...

The decisions you make today, affect their tomorrow.       It’s easy to forget that the dreams we have now, may in some way affect other people that we know and love -... Read More

When DIY becomes dangerous…

When DIY becomes dangerous…

Taking on a DIY project has always been a key element of house owning heritage. For hundreds of years we have painted our own bedrooms, built our own beds, drilled our own holes and, inevitably, made ... Read More

Letting Out Property: What Do I Need to Know?

Letting Out Property: What Do I Need to Know?

With a whole host of landlord laws and regulations, tenants’ rights, and the complications of contracts, it can be difficult to know where to start – which is why we’ve put together ... Read More

Tips to keep your home sale moving along

Tips to keep your home sale moving along

You may feel anxious that things are going to fail and that you might not get the house you are hoping to purchase because your house sale is taking so long. Here are some tips to keep your home sale ... Read More

What’s on guide: January

What’s on guide: January

What? Old Ramsgate-A Trip Down Memory Lane Where? St Laurence Church Hall, High Street, St Lawrence, Ramsgate When? 10th January 2019 A nostalgic look back through the years with slides and w... Read More

Make 2019 your year!

Make 2019 your year!

Make 2019 your year by finally committing to that house move you’ve been putting off.   The chances are that if you’re simply pondering a house move, you’re likely to turn... Read More

12 Ways to Save for a Deposit for Your First Home

12 Ways to Save for a Deposit for Your First Home

We understand that is a large sum of money for someone to accumulate and it can be very tough to save that much money, which is why we’ve put together a few tips for how to save money to fund yo... Read More

Jargon buster: Natural bedrooms

Jargon buster: Natural bedrooms

I recently joined a conversation and someone said they were looking to buy a “natural” three-bedroom house.  This term caused a bit of confusion. Luckily, I was able to use my experie... Read More

Top tips on preparing for a mortgage appointment

Top tips on preparing for a mortgage appointment

Think ahead – and get your finances in order         Think about your monthly outgoings. It could affect your chances of being offered a mo... Read More

The top 20 features that will sell your home

The top 20 features that will sell your home

Which makes new research by GoCompare Home Insurance all the more valuable, revealing – as it does – a list of the top 20 must-have property features for the nation's buyers.  ... Read More

What’s on guide: December

What’s on guide: December

What? Ramsgate Illuminations Where? Ramsgate Royal Harbour When? 1st December – 31st December 2018 The berth holders in the Royal Harbour are busy decorating their vessels in the period... Read More

All I want for Christmas is my house sold

All I want for Christmas is my house sold

As the holidays approach the number of enquiries from buyers do tend to slow down a bit.  However, if you’ve chosen to continue to market your property for sale over the festive period you ... Read More

Home security – why you should think like a burglar

Home security – why you should think like a burglar

That might sound a little strange but it’s only by thinking like a burglar than you can be sure your home is as secure as possible. What does this mean exactly? Well, it means you need to ask yo... Read More

Top tips for staging your home in the winter

Top tips for staging your home in the winter

Being able to showcase your home during the winter months can give you a new way to make it stand out in a unique and cosy, but beautiful way. Here are our tips to help take advantage of the winter mo... Read More

What’s on guide: November

What’s on guide: November

What? The Kent tattoo Convention Where? Dreamland, 49-51 Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ When? Friday 9th - Sunday 11th November 2018 The Kent Tattoo Convention promises to be a truly... Read More

9 reasons renting is amazing for a landlord

9 reasons renting is amazing for a landlord

If you have a property and haven’t decided what you’re going to do with it, you may want to consider letting it. Aside from the financial benefits, renting out a property can have a great ... Read More

Letting agreements explained

Letting agreements explained

The property world can be confusing but once you get your head around the different policies and terms, it really doesn’t have to be. We’re always asked about the different tenancy agreeme... Read More

Common pitfalls of letting a home and how to avoid them

Common pitfalls of letting a home and how to avoid them

Being a landlord is not as easy as people think. Whilst there are numerous benefits, the stresses of managing tenants and properties can be a minefield. There are various things that can go wrong so w... Read More

10 questions every landlord wants answered

10 questions every landlord wants answered

Questions, Questions, Questions – we all have them but often they don’t get answered. Being a landlord is a huge responsibility and can be very stressful and confusing. There are probably ... Read More

8 mistakes landlords make and how to avoid them

8 mistakes landlords make and how to avoid them

Being a landlord has many benefits but the stress cannot be denied and often managing tenants can be a minefield. There are various things that can go wrong but with a little knowledge and preparation... Read More

8 tips for getting the most out of letting your property

8 tips for getting the most out of letting your property

Renting out a property isn’t as easy as most people think. After all, you’ve got to understand the responsibility involved and you are probably holding down a full-time job as well. Howeve... Read More

6-step guide to being a good landlord

6-step guide to being a good landlord

There doesn’t have to be a huge divide between tenant and landlord and having a good relationship not only means you’ll have less stress and hassle but it is also much easier than you thin... Read More

A guide to a successful property let

A guide to a successful property let

Being a landlord doesn’t have to result in fraught relationships, horror story rentals or unlimited amount of stress. Instead, being a landlord can be a hugely rewarding job and with a few steps... Read More

What to do if you are not happy with your agent

What to do if you are not happy with your agent

We all hate feeling trapped and there is nothing worse than feeling that you HAVE to do something, even when you really don’t want to. Letting or renting a house is no different but once you&rsq... Read More

5 tips to get more buyers & tenants through your door by improving the door itself!

5 tips to get more buyers & tenants through your door by improving the door itself!

Buyers and tenants who come to view your property may have made a judgment about whether your property will be suitable as their next home before they’ve even stepped over the threshold. &nbs... Read More

Winter is coming - 7 ways to reduce heating bills

Winter is coming - 7 ways to reduce heating bills

It’s also something on the minds of many people seeking to buy or rent a home – “How much does it cost to heat?” is a frequently asked question.   If this could be a... Read More

Launching Oakwood Commercial in East Kent

Launching Oakwood Commercial in East Kent

Commercial transactions only account for around 2% of the total property market which could well be why the Commercial sector is often given poor attention.  Agents who specialise in residen... Read More

How to get a mortgage if you are an older borrower

How to get a mortgage if you are an older borrower

What is the age limit for getting a mortgage? There is no maximum age for applying for a mortgage. However, most lenders have their own age limits: When you take out the mortgage: Usually a m... Read More

What’s on guide: October

What’s on guide: October

What? Screamland Where? Dreamland, Marine Terrace, Margate, CT9 1XJ When? 13th October – 31st October 2018. 7 scare mazes - 7 nights of fear - every October dreamland mutates into Screa... Read More

Spend the run up to Christmas with loved ones while we take care of the to-do list.

Spend the run up to Christmas with loved ones while we take care of the to-do list.

It’s even worse chaos in the Christmas run-up, with presents, turkeys and cards ever on our minds. At Oakwood homes, we understand that it’s easy to forget things and that ‘To-do&... Read More

Change of address checklist

Change of address checklist

Moving your residence is never going to be easy, but being well prepared with a checklist can be the key to keep your stress to a minimum.   There are so many things to think about when&nbs... Read More

What does SSTC mean in the property market?

What does SSTC mean in the property market?

You may have often heard the phrase SSTC in the property world and wondered what it means. Sold ‘Subject to Contract’ (STC) means that the owner has accepted an offer from a buyer but the ... Read More

What’s on guide: September

What’s on guide: September

What? Ramsgate Tunnels Where? Marina Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8NA When? Wednesday - Friday 9:45am until 3pm, Saturday - Sunday 9:45am until 5pm A trip through the Ramsgate Tunnels... Read More

Things to Avoid When Negotiating a Property Buying Price

Things to Avoid When Negotiating a Property Buying Price

However, it’s important not to let your lack of negotiating experience be your downfall. When you find a property that you love, you’ll want to give yourself the best chance of having your... Read More

Electrics in your rented property – some key rules and advice

Electrics in your rented property – some key rules and advice

At the start of 2017, the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) began giving presentations to landlords around the UK, in an effort to raise awareness of the valu... Read More

Why has my mortgage application been declined?

Why has my mortgage application been declined?

Mortgage declined on affordability Debt When you apply for your mortgage, your affordability is tested. This includes looking into any current debt you might have, such as car loans etc. If you ... Read More

9 Ways to Make the Most of a Bedroom Fireplace

9 Ways to Make the Most of a Bedroom Fireplace

There’s something deliciously decadent about a fireplace in a bedroom: lying in bed and watching the gentle flicker of flames can’t help but create a restful and snug sleep space. But even... Read More

Who’s Choosing Your Home?

Who’s Choosing Your Home?

94% of estate agents polled in a recent survey* confirmed that, in most house-hunting couples or families, it is the woman who has the last word in choosing which home they buy. Two of the most imp... Read More

Money Saving Hacks

Money Saving Hacks

Online Shopping Are you plagued by those numerous marketing emails that appear in your inbox every day?  Do you struggle with being taken in by “click now for 50% off” emails? ... Read More

Time for you.

Time for you.

Selling your property is easy. Just advertise it online and wait for the buyers to flock to your door!! If only! Sadly, too many estate agents rely on this approach, which inevitably results in dis... Read More

Tips for Upsizing

Tips for Upsizing

What are my needs? The first thing you need to figure out is what your budget will be, along with your expectations in terms of area, number of bathrooms/bedrooms and layout. Are there any other... Read More

Improving your EPC rating

Improving your EPC rating

An EPC survey can be carried out quite easily. It’ll help you find ways to save money on bills and improve the overall efficiency of your home. Starting from April 1st 2018, it’s now il... Read More

Buy Wisely: How to Spot a Property That’s Worth the Investment

Buy Wisely: How to Spot a Property That’s Worth the Investment

From original features to up and coming areas, read on to learn how to spot a great investment property… It’s in an up-and-coming area Buying property in an area that is currently i... Read More

When does your new house become a home?

When does your new house become a home?

The in-depth research of UK homebuyers, found that it takes an average of 4 months for a new house to feel like home and that Brits aren’t the quickest when it comes to unpacking, taking an aver... Read More

We have just grown BIGGER...

We have just grown BIGGER...

Oakwood homes are delighted to announce their strategic acquisition and merger with Parkland Estates based in Thanet. Oakwood homes have four branches throughout East Kent and have been established... Read More

Garden party galore

Garden party galore

From barbeques to bank holiday, there’s nothing like a true British summer. This year, make the most of the weather and host the ultimate garden party with Bridgman’s selection of incredib... Read More

Colourful kitchens this summer

Colourful kitchens this summer

If you’re thinking of whether or not to update your colour home’s colour scheme this summer, the kitchen can be a good place to introduce vivid colours and interesting designs - both on th... Read More

Buy for less with these top tips

Buy for less with these top tips

Finding and acquiring the right home can be highly stressful and time-consuming, as well as full of pitfalls that may not be apparent until well after the property is bought. Choosing the right e... Read More

For homeowners wishing to sell their property and buy another, it’s the classic dilemma! Sell first or find first?

For homeowners wishing to sell their property and buy another, it’s the classic dilemma! Sell first or find first?

Which comes first: Do you sell your existing home before you sign a contract on a new house or do you buy that new place first and then put your old house on the market? Obviously, the choice is a ... Read More

Protect your property this summer

Protect your property this summer

Hurrah! Holiday season is here again, but if you or your tenant is due to be jetting away, or your property is currently empty, there’s a number of things you need to take into consideration tha... Read More

The wonders of parquet

The wonders of parquet

There's no denying it, there's something rather special about parquet wood flooring. Radiating elegance and sophistication, it can't help but get noticed. Once eye-wateringly expensive, in... Read More

Top tips for downsizing

Top tips for downsizing

For those nearing retirement, it's common to consider downsizing as a way to free up some extra cash and move to a more manageable property. Nevertheless, many people can still be put off by the s... Read More

Garden Grabbing? Or simply realising your gardens' potential?

Garden Grabbing? Or simply realising your gardens' potential?

I’m not suggesting you start digging it up in search of treasure, oil or a similar source of a windfall. No, it’s much less dramatic and easier than that – if you have a large garden... Read More

Top tips for a healthier BBQ

Top tips for a healthier BBQ

The summer BBQ can be heavy on fat and calories but there are easy ways to create a healthier BBQ feast without scrimping on taste.  Try these simple tips from The Yorkshire Dietitian Vanessa Qua... Read More

Let there be light!

Let there be light!

Although one of the most underestimated design tools, lighting can have a transformational effect on the interior concept, changing the mood or feel of a room in the blink of a switch. With the right ... Read More

Interior design tips to help sell

Interior design tips to help sell

With the winter weather (hopefully) soon to give way to better weather, it's time for many home owners to focus their energies on selling up. A clean, tidy and uncluttered home is key to making... Read More

Have you set your goals yet?!

Have you set your goals yet?!

When it comes to selling your home, you know the basics. Get an estate agent, get your property on Rightmove, show around viewers and hopefully get an offer. Yet it’s usually not the BIG th... Read More

Preparing your home for summer

Preparing your home for summer

Before you can get out and enjoy the brighter weather coming our way in a few months, there are a number of jobs that need completing around your home during spring. From garden work, cupboard prep an... Read More

Decluttering tips for your spring wardrobe

Decluttering tips for your spring wardrobe

Is your closet becoming a little too cluttered? Winter coats, sizable shoe collections and plenty of rarely worn items can all take up valuable space in your closet, making it cramped and cluttered by... Read More

Affordable art deco

Affordable art deco

Art Deco style is characterised by rich colours, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Dating back to Paris in the early 20th century it was isolated to society’s elite. Having reached the he... Read More

Your home - your choice.

Your home - your choice.

We know that selling your home and moving into a new one is a huge decision and that every seller is different. Some sellers will require extras such as video tours, extra advertising, professional ph... Read More

Top tips for moving with children

Top tips for moving with children

It’s commonly known that the most frequently-occurring accidents happen in the home, and the last thing you want is for them to happen part-way through your move! With a little extra care and at... Read More

Spread the love

Spread the love

As we head into February, the next big holiday is on people's minds: Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate, you'll be surrounded by all things heart-shaped, pink and red for the nex... Read More

A wonderful working space

A wonderful working space

A recent survey revealed home working is up by a fifth compared to a decade ago, so whether you currently abide by these statistics or fancy trying it out, now is the perfect time to refresh your spar... Read More

Should you move or should you extend?

Should you move or should you extend?

Research shows that on average, British people move home around 8 times. If you ask most people, they’ll tell you that to get the best value with your property, you need to move regularly, findi... Read More

The Purr-fect design

The Purr-fect design

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director of leading interior designers Alexander James Interior Design, offers her top tips for transforming your home into a 'purrfect' sanctuary for your four-le... Read More

Helping the homeless

Helping the homeless

‘No pain no gain’ was the cry from Robert Lear of Oakwood homes while enduring his charity chest wax off in aid of Porchlight, the charity for the homeless. Filmed and broadcast live on so... Read More

The cosiest month yet

The cosiest month yet

January and February can be freezing but if you’re dreading the cold weather, you're not alone. Nearly half of Brits admit to feeling low during the dark evenings so to help the nation see t... Read More

It’s time to dress up

It’s time to dress up

With the dark nights and cold days, often we can’t wait to get back into bed. This January, take your bedroom from boring to beautiful with these styling tips from Jackie McLoughlin at British b... Read More

This Christmas, it’s not just about property

This Christmas, it’s not just about property

This Christmas, it’s not just about property and here at Oakwood Homes, we want you to know that we’re not like the others. Why? We hear you ask…Well, unlike other high street es... Read More

CGI takes on Britain's dream home in a series of stunning photos, but how close is it to your daydream?

CGI takes on Britain's dream home in a series of stunning photos, but how close is it to your daydream?

Two fifths of us covet a custom-built house, but what would it look like? GoCompare Mortgages has revealed the features most in demand for ‘Britain’s ideal home*’. Working with Marc ... Read More

10 beautiful baubles guaranteed to make your tree shine this Christmas

10 beautiful baubles guaranteed to make your tree shine this Christmas

Glass Beaded Bauble £5.00 – Next. Classy and fabulous – there isn’t a better way to describe this beautiful bauble. We love the elegant colour, which would look perfect agai... Read More

Hello Winter! Magical uses for your outdoor space this Christmas season

Hello Winter! Magical uses for your outdoor space this Christmas season

Sure, gardens are glorious in the summer when your planters are in full bloom and you’re soaking up the sunshine but when the mercury drops, you might be less inclined to spend time outdoors. Wh... Read More

Sometimes change is good...

Sometimes change is good...

Buying a home can be one of the biggest and most stressful decisions in life but our aim is to prove that it doesn’t have to be. Oakwood homes was established in 2005 by Andrew Dickinson who&nbs... Read More

Doing some DIY this weekend? Take a look at this advice...

Doing some DIY this weekend? Take a look at this advice...

DIY. Often beginning with the age-old question of ‘how hard can it be’ and resulting in multiple disputes and often more problems than you started with. We’re all guilty of getting c... Read More

Not getting a good nights sleep? Use this simple design advice to create a perfect slumber.

Not getting a good nights sleep? Use this simple design advice to create a perfect slumber.

Whether you’re the type of person who requires a solid 8 hours or can happily get on with your day with limited shut eye, it cannot be denied that being in bed is great! A good night’s sle... Read More

Kate Beavis, a vintage/mid-century style expert gives us her advice when it comes to design.

Kate Beavis, a vintage/mid-century style expert gives us her advice when it comes to design.

Ever feel like modern furniture isn’t made to last anymore and that pandering to faddish homeware trends is just money down the drain? Vintage furniture and homeware can often be more costly tha... Read More

We see you as one of us...

We see you as one of us...

Buying or selling your home is a very personal things which is why we treat every client as an individual and will work closely with you to deliver the very best customer service. Our point of diff... Read More

How to make a rental property feel like home

How to make a rental property feel like home

Renting a home is a reality for most of us at some point in our lives. Strict landlords and lengthy, written contracts can mean that the renter must play by a plethora of rules or risk losing their de... Read More

Interesting - don't you think..?

Interesting - don't you think..?

Sick people used to come to Margate to convalesce In the 1700's, bathing in the sea and drinking seawater became a fashionable cure for all sorts of diseases. From the Georgian period onwards v... Read More

Everything you need to know before starting a kitchen renovation

Everything you need to know before starting a kitchen renovation

The funds are in place, your inspiration is flowing and you’ve been dreaming about your new kitchen for months, maybe even years. Yet, stop what you’re doing! Before you start to rip out y... Read More

When a house becomes your home...

When a house becomes your home...

Over the years and  thousands of property sales, we have seen many people move into their dream home. Sometimes it will need work, others will be 'ready to go'. Whatever the situatio... Read More

Update your interior this October with this easy guide

Update your interior this October with this easy guide

If you’re thinking of redecorating this month, it can be difficult to know where to begin. From what room to start in, whether or not to buy that new piece of furniture or what colour palette wo... Read More

Feel like you're talking to a brick wall? We can help you!

Feel like you're talking to a brick wall? We can help you!

Our point of difference is founded on our ethics – honest, open and straight forward in all our dealings; so you know exactly where you stand as we try hard to make your experience an enjoyable ... Read More

A fantastic guide to relocating with ease

A fantastic guide to relocating with ease

The first step in moving successfully to a new place is research. We are now very lucky that we live in a world with an abundance of information available to us at the touch of a finger. Spend your ev... Read More

Easy ways to update your bathroom for LESS this season

Easy ways to update your bathroom for LESS this season

Do you ever feel like your bathroom's stuck in a time warp? We believe that with a lot of inspiration and a little bit of work, you can easily transform your bathroom into an oasis of tranquillity... Read More

Get your home ready for autumn with this simple advice

Get your home ready for autumn with this simple advice

As we wave goodbye to the summer sunshine, it can be surprising how quickly the nights will start to draw in, turning things chilly and autumnal. This need not be so bad if you spend a little time nes... Read More

Life outside of work #2...

Life outside of work #2...

Several months ago we brought you the news that our MD Andrew Dickinson and his PA Diane Robertson both had the happy arrival of new additions to the family within a few weeks of each other. &nbs... Read More

We're all different, right?

We're all different, right?

We recognise that every clients’ needs differ - that’s why we offer a choice of different marketing plans to suit your own personal circumstances. We would love the opportunity to exp... Read More

The easy and stylish weekend painting project

The easy and stylish weekend painting project

With the August Bank Holiday looming, there isn’t a better time to get decorating. Painting the walls is one of the best ways to update a room and doesn’t have to cost too much. However, w... Read More

More happy clients...!

More happy clients...!

As a business, we are always looking for ways to improve what we do - and we need your help in order to understand how we can do that. That's why we really appreciate the effort that all the parti... Read More

Tips for creating ambience at home

Tips for creating ambience at home

Every year trends around the home change and just as you get your head around one design, another one takes centre stage. However whether or not you like to follow the fashion or prefer to use your ow... Read More

Inspiring ideas for outdoor spaces

Inspiring ideas for outdoor spaces

Outdoor spaces are one of the most important areas of a property. After all, they are the first and last area a visitor sees so if you are thinking of selling your home or just want an update this mon... Read More

Life outside of work...

Life outside of work...

Not just an Estate Agent … Believe it or not - our colleagues have lives outside of selling houses! Take our Craig Durrant for example; when he’s not running up and down the stair... Read More

Help where it is needed

Help where it is needed

We never know what life is going to throw at us and some of us get it tough. Sometimes too it's close to home - one of our staff's good friends John Rawlins was recently diagnosed with MND (Mo... Read More

What to look for in your estate agent

What to look for in your estate agent

We have put together a short list of what we feel should be the key requirements of any good estate agent:   Experienced staff with local market knowledge Local High Street office and po... Read More

Presenting your home for sale / let

Presenting your home for sale / let

We’d like to share our experience of what works best when presenting your home for sale / let. The first step is to try to detach yourself emotionally from the property and think objectively.... Read More

Want to relax this summer? We've got the solution...

Want to relax this summer? We've got the solution...

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER! The school holidays are upon us and whilst we can't promise good weather, we can promise to take care of your property needs! If you're interested in SELLING... Read More

Essential small space organisation tips

Essential small space organisation tips

Small spaces don’t need to lack creativity or design flair and in actual fact can have the biggest character of them all. Begin by taking a good look at all your belongings. Whatever you can liv... Read More

Update your living room with these chic and sophisticated ideas

Update your living room with these chic and sophisticated ideas

Summer is the perfect time to finally get round to those DIY tasks that you’ve been putting off for months. The days are longer, the weather is brighter and with the looming Bank Holiday weekend... Read More

The hottest home trends you NEED to know about

The hottest home trends you NEED to know about

Trends, whether it is fashion or interior, seem to constantly go through a complete renovation. Although some elements from previous seasons may remain, the likelihood is that there are going to be ne... Read More

More happy faces...

More happy faces...

Another month has passed and another draw provided another winner...! Congratulations to our most recent winners who are pictured with local Branch Manager Adam Spickett presenting them with their lov... Read More

Transform your bedroom with this simple advice

Transform your bedroom with this simple advice

Think about it – where do we spend most of our time at home? Whether you know it or not, the bedroom is the most used room in our house so why not give it an update this month without breaking t... Read More

Top tips for entering the property market

Top tips for entering the property market

As a first time buyer, naturally there are going to be various thoughts going through your head. Finding your dream property at the right price in the perfect area can seem difficult but instead of st... Read More

Agents are not all the same...

Agents are not all the same...

Oakwood homes are different...! Did you know that we are the ONLY estate agent locally to offer you genuine choice when it comes to marketing your home? Having studied digital changes to the ... Read More

Selling in Ramsgate...?

Selling in Ramsgate...?

FREE VALUATIONS IN RAMSGATE... As part of our planned expansion, we are delighted to welcome back to Oakwood homes Robert Lear who has been appointed Branch Manager for our Ramsgate offic... Read More

Welcome to 2017...!

Welcome to 2017...!

Well, another year had passed with many trials, tribulations and of course opportunities, so what is 2017 likely to bring us..? One thing you can be sure of - people will still need to move and the... Read More

Is the Buy to Let marketing dying...?

Is the Buy to Let marketing dying...?

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an extraordinary 63.7 per cent on the year according to Haart. The agency says the nu... Read More

Too little housing...?

Too little housing...?

Why does the property market keep going around in circles...? As an agent, this is a question that I am constantly asked. We seem to drift from one bubble to another recession with the expectation ... Read More

How will Brexit affect the housing market...?

How will Brexit affect the housing market...?

What does the recent vote to leave the EU really mean for property prices in the UK...? Buyers and sellers alike face a period of uncertainty over house prices after the Brexit vote, warn estate ag... Read More

Preparing to sell...

Preparing to sell...

Preparing to sell People have different reasons for selling, from disposing of an investment property to simply moving home. Once you have decided to sell up, think about what you want to includ... Read More

Finding a buyer is only half the job...

Finding a buyer is only half the job...

Selling? Letting? We're here to help - all the way... We know what it's like - you've made the decision to move, so your search for the 'right' agent starts in earnest..! Maybe ... Read More

Supporting local charity...

Supporting local charity...

Oakwood homes are delighted to be supporting local worthy charities through our membership at Thanet Business Network. At Thanet Business Network (TBN) we work hard together to make our businesses ... Read More

We're more than just an estate agent...

We're more than just an estate agent...

Believe it or not - we're real people too...! Behind the faces at Oakwood homes you will find many Parents, Grand Parents, Aunties and Uncles who live and work in YOUR area. We get involved in thi... Read More

Budget update...

Budget update...

George Osborne will extend a planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property to include those who buy more than 15 properties, the chancellor said in his 2016 Budget. Under the original pl... Read More

The hottest property market outside London in 2015? Margate... (read more)

The hottest property market outside London in 2015? Margate... (read more)

According to Rightmove.co.uk statistics, Margate was the highest price rising town in the UK outside of London in 2015 which is excellent news for all residents in the Thanet area. The Kent resort ... Read More

6 HOME SELLING MYTHS DEBUNKED

6 HOME SELLING MYTHS DEBUNKED

As you go through life, you’ll find that people are always there to give their advice and opinion – whether it is asked for or not. Selling your home is no different and you’ll find ... Read More

IS YOUR AGENT PERFORMING?

IS YOUR AGENT PERFORMING?

The process of selling your property can be very stressful and every week it seems like there are new things to do and remember, deadlines to meet and documents to sign. On top of all of this, the las... Read More

8 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SELLING YOUR HOME

8 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SELLING YOUR HOME

The road to selling can be long and daunting but getting the most out of your property is easier than you think. First impressions count Nothing is more important than a first impression so make... Read More

CLEVER QUESTIONS TO ASK THE ESTATE AGENT

CLEVER QUESTIONS TO ASK THE ESTATE AGENT

Moving home is one of the most stressful times of life and choosing your estate agent is one of the most important jobs in the entire process. However before you sign on the dotted line, it’s im... Read More

ESTATE AGENT AGREEMENTS EXPLAINED

ESTATE AGENT AGREEMENTS EXPLAINED

The property market is daunting and before you even begin to understand legal fees and the viewing process, you have to get your head around the different types of estate agency agreements. What is th... Read More

Common pitfalls of renting a home and how to avoid them

Common pitfalls of renting a home and how to avoid them

You’ve decided that renting a property is better than buying but the hard work is not over yet. Now you have to balance the tenant/landlord relationship as well as keeping up with monthly paymen... Read More

10 mistakes first time buyers make

10 mistakes first time buyers make

It's an exciting time - you've had your mortgage application accepted, you're ready to fly the nest and you've starting looking at your dream first home. Yet many people make common mi... Read More

6-step guide to being a good tenant

6-step guide to being a good tenant

Relationships between a landlord and tenant are not only one of the most important but can also be one of the toughest. As a renter you may have focused your sights on renters rights but you should al... Read More

6 tips for a successful property viewing

6 tips for a successful property viewing

Your budget is in place, you’ve found your dream area and now it’s time to start viewing properties. Yet do you want a south-facing garden? Is an open-plan kitchen important? What is the E... Read More

THE MOST COMMON PITFALLS WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

THE MOST COMMON PITFALLS WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Making a mistake when it comes to buying a property could cost you a lot so don’t fall into any of these blunders by planning how to prevent them. Overlooking your credit report. This... Read More

APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE AND REPAIRING YOUR CREDIT

APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE AND REPAIRING YOUR CREDIT

Mortgages - scary and daunting but with this helpful guide you'll never be confused again and with tips to repair your credit, buying a house just got a little bit easier. Mortgage Lenders W... Read More

A smart home – technology for your house

A smart home – technology for your house

Whether you like it or not, the world is evolving and it was only a matter of time before our homes turned technical. The term ‘smart home’ has been penned, describing a place filled with Wi-Fi co... Read More

7 tips for planning a budget when buying a house

7 tips for planning a budget when buying a house

Buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases of your life and it’s essential to budget properly or you’ll find yourself in financial distress very quickly. With these 7 easy tips,... Read More

Sell your property fast with this essential guide

Sell your property fast with this essential guide

You’ve made the decision to sell your property but the journey to selling isn’t always an easy one. You’ve gone through the legal requirements, it’s officially on the market an... Read More

8 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SELLING YOUR HOME

8 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SELLING YOUR HOME

The road to selling can be long and daunting but getting the most out of your property is easier than you think.   First impressions count Nothing is more important than a first impressi... Read More

LOOK WHO’S MOVING: CELEBRITY HOTSPOTS

LOOK WHO’S MOVING: CELEBRITY HOTSPOTS

We all like to be nosy, right? Well, what’s better than knowing where our favourite celebs call home – now we just wish we could live like them… You may think that most A-listers... Read More

10 QUESTIONS EVERY BUYER WANTS ANSWERED

10 QUESTIONS EVERY BUYER WANTS ANSWERED

Questions, Questions, Questions – we all have them but often they don’t get answered. Buying a home is scary, stressful and confusing all at the same time, which in turn means hundreds of ... Read More

10 QUESTIONS EVERY SELLER WANTS ANSWERED

10 QUESTIONS EVERY SELLER WANTS ANSWERED

Home buying comes with a number of different questions that you want answering yet there is no reason why home sellers won’t also have unanswered thoughts running around their head. Whilst the s... Read More

7 ESSENTIAL SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU’RE THINKING OF SELLING

7 ESSENTIAL SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU’RE THINKING OF SELLING

Lots of people wrongly assume that selling a house is easy and doesn’t take any preparation – after all that’s what you’re paying the estate agents for, isn’t it? Wrong! ... Read More

THE MOST COMMON PITFALLS WHEN IT COMES TO SELLING AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

THE MOST COMMON PITFALLS WHEN IT COMES TO SELLING AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Making a mistake when it comes to selling your home could cost you a lot – either breaking a sale or resulting in selling at a lower price than you deserve. Don’t fall into any of these mi... Read More