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LK Testimonial Michael Nigel knows his onions


Nigel is a lovely chap who 'knows his onions' - the video he produced was not full of jargon and his passion came through via the enthusiastic narration. His pricing advice was also spot on and we secured a full asking price offer within 24hrs of going live on the web - what more can you ask really? We are very pleased with our experience, which has made other agents we have used previously now appear lackluster and would happily recommend L&K to any prospective vendor.

Michael Keen, Locking Close, Melksham – April 2021

After trying other local Estate Agents, Nigel was a breath of fresh air, he was pro-active, professional, and engaging. He sold our property for asking price within a few days. He really knows and understands his market - would thoroughly recommend. 

Mike Gatty, Woodrow Road – April 2021

The Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday extension, offering buyers in England and Northern Ireland a discount of up to £15,000 until 30th June 2021, and £2,500 up to 30th September 2021.

In Wales, no land transaction tax will be due on the first £250,000 of any primary residential property until 30th June 2021. In Scotland, the stamp duty holiday has not been extended, finishing at the end of March 2021.

According to Zoopla, the average time for an agreed sale to complete has increased from 90 days to 110-115 days. For sales to complete by 30th June, most will have needed to be agreed by now. To complete by 30th September a sale needs to have been agreed by 7th June 2021. Source: Dataloft, Zoopla


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Sunday March 14th marks Mother's Day in the UK, a chance to say thank you, remember and think of loved ones.

Across the UK there are over 4.6 million mums with dependent children, and in addition it is estimated 6.1 million (39%) of young adults aged 16–34 live with their parents.

Females tend to fly the nest quicker, over half having left home by the age of 23, over 80% by age 26. For young men, the tipping point is later. Over one third live at home aged 26, and even by aged 34 it is estimated 8% of young men, the equivalent to 1 in 12 have yet to fly the nest.

Many young people spent more time with their parents than expected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, studying, training and working from home. Source: ONS


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Fantastic service provided by Nigel and the team at Lock and Key in Melksham who went above and beyond in dealing with the marketing and sale of my property. Very professional business who offer sound advice and achieved a positive outcome. I’d highly recommend if you are looking to sell.

Mr Main, Forester Park Road, Melksham. 

Lock & Key estate agents in Melksham have been fantastic. I’ve had exceptional service on the sale of my house considering the difficult time with viewings taking place during lockdown, nothing was too much trouble. Nigel has been professional and friendly and unfailingly helpful and cheerful. I’d like to thank Julie too for her great customer service. Thank you both for your help, you’ve been brilliant. It’s safe to say that when I do move again, Lock & Key estate agents will be the first people I speak too.  Mel Wells, Hornchurch Road, Melksham.

Even before the pandemic, the average person spent about 15,000 hours commuting between home and office during their lifetime! Post-pandemic it has been estimated that around one in four people will be spending at least one day a week working from home – any many every day,

thereby reducing wasted time, stress, and fuel consumption.   

The universal use of laptops, email and mobile phones has made home an obvious alternative to the daily grind and homeworking can even be therapeutic enough to increase productivity. But there are some guidelines that are worth considering if you are to make the most of this new regime:

Housing market demand soared in 2020 with many buyers looking for the perfect match.  (Housing stock remains the issue).

1,041,610 buyers found 'the one', with many more hoping to exchange over the next few months.

The pandemic caused the heart to desire green space, garden was the most searched for term in 2020.

Love thy neighbour: 6 in 10 reveal the pandemic has brought them closer together.

If you are looking to sell - Lock & Key in Melksham will match your perfect buyers.  Melksham top selling estate agents for 11 running.    


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As we all battle through the current lockdown in our own way, the Melksham property market is surprisingly buoyant. This is perhaps inevitable as we are still playing catch-up from the restrictions of the first lockdown when sales transaction numbers plunged by around 50%. Transaction levels are still down.

But current market activity remains incredibly high, despite the fact that anyone looking to buy now is unlikely to be able to take advantage of the Stamp Duty concession, worth up to £15,000 but due to be withdrawn at the end of next month.

The robust nature of the UK property market means that it is more mature and less fickle than some commentators have suggested. In our view, the SDLT concession in itself has not necessarily prompted more people to buy than would have otherwise done so. Nor has it directly put upward pressure on house prices even though last month’s average house price rose by 6.4% on last year.

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.



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