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A recent survey suggests that the average homebuyer spends about £5,000 on home improvements within four months of moving. These changes are typically things that had little bearing on the decision whether or not to buy the property, and more about turning a house into a home.

Examples include ripping out a rather dated bathroom suite, changing the light fittings, adding a garden shed, replacing kitchen unit doors and painting the walls a different colour. But how far should a vendor go when deciding what improvements to make before putting the property on the market for sale?

We would of course be happy to advise on this at the same time as providing you with a suggested market price and marketing plan, but generally speaking properties tend to fall into different categories of condition. Each category appeals to a different sector of the market and the rule of thumb is that if your house is generally very well presented, it is usually worth repairing/updating anything that falls short of the standard of the rest of the house, such as a rotten window frame or shabby carpet.

If however, your house is basically scruffy – don’t be ashamed! It is likely to sell to someone who wants to make improvements, so don’t waste your money on superficial enhancements. When you come to sell, why not ask us for our opinion? We go to great lengths to understand our buyers’ needs and we can help you present your house to reflect these, which could save you money and reduce some of the stress as you prepare for your sale. Please feel free to get in touch.

Dear Nigel & Julie

Sam and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for all your hard work, perseverance, and support. We've really appreciated it. It's been a long process, but your support has made it much easier.

Over the years it’s been apparent to me in my work that it's the agents who go the extra mile and become invested that get results. And that is definitely you guys!

You promised you'd sell our house (there were times when we thought it would never happen! ) and you've delivered! So, thank you.

If I was allowed, I'd be coming into the office to give you both a hug!

Sam and Rebecca Gillard - Skylark Road, Melksham.



Feeling proud of our team.  November results - Still Melksham’s Top selling estate agent.  If you are considering moving in 2021 call Lock & Key on 01225 707342.






Dear Nigel. 

“Using the team Lock and Key lead by Nigel was a pleasant shock!

Their professionalism and expertise sold our house within a day. Their continual support is making the whole sales process simple and positive " 

Mr & Mrs Emms, Thyme Road. December 2020







“A HUGE thank you to Lock & Key!  We have received a first-class service that is truly impressive, a highly motivated and knowledgeable team, always professional, helpful and friendly.

We are extremely happy with the outcome with the sale of our home and would like to express our greatest appreciation to both Nigel and Julie for all their kindness and support especially through these difficult times. 

We would like to wish Lock & Key continued success for the future.

Kindest regards - Jacqui Packer, Bowerhill.  November 2020




The stamp duty holiday is encouraging considerable activity in the housing market. At Lock & Key, we are pleased to say we have helped many homeowners in and around Melksham connect with buyers.

At Lock & Key, we pride ourselves on being town and village property market specialists. We operate in and around Melksham, and we are pleased to say we have brought many buyers and vendors together in smaller locations.

With the stamp duty driving considerable activity in the property market right now, it is no surprise that many people are looking forward to moving home soon.

The stamp duty holiday has created significant interest and activity in the housing market. The chance to save up to £15,000 is an appealing thought for many households. Also, with a deadline in place, people know they must act sooner rather than later.

With so much activity in the housing market right now, there is considerable competition. If you plan on selling your home, you need to know the market is busy, and you want to know what buyers are looking for.

There is no denying the stamp duty holiday has had a significant impact on buyers, and the housing market in general. However, there is so much activity, there are growing concerns about people missing out on the significant saving because of delays.

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