What is Home Staging and Will It Help Sell My House For A Better Price?

Your property has been on the market for a few weeks and you’ve had zero viewings and zero offers… . So why isn’t your home selling? If your house isn’t selling, or you’re not receiving the right offers, it may be a result of this common mistake... A lot of properties we view are cluttered, scruffy or filled with mismatched furnishings. And by cluttered we don’t necessarily mean they’re filled with hordes of boxes or collectables from the 80s, instead, we see surfaces filled with … [Read more...]


If you want to invest wisely post Brexit, you need to think location, location, location. New builds’ locations have been specifically chosen with today’s tenant in mind, so they’re usually based near a great transport link in a desirable or up-and-coming area. In other words, many offer good prospects for capital growth due to their postcodes.* If you’re considering buying or investing in a new home, here are Portico London estate agent’s 10 new build property hotspots…  1. Croydon Croydon … [Read more...]


Don’t let the Brexit doom and gloom discourage you, Mark Lawrinson, Regional Director of Portico London estate agents has revealed the key factors you need to consider to make a sound property investment this year: 1)      Keep an eye out for big infrastructure projects Even in a weak or unstable market, areas undergoing infrastructure investment are likely to still experience growth in terms of both rental yield and capital gains. Look at areas being transformed along both the Night Tube … [Read more...]

The work revolution

There’s quiet unrest in offices across the capital as more and more people seek to work from home. Does your home meet the job description? The number of people working from home has soared to 1.5 million, according to official figures by the TUC released this summer – that’s nearly a quarter of a million more than a decade ago. Unsurprisingly judging by the amount of mum-preneurs in Nappy Valley, the biggest growth area has been among women, with 35 per cent more working from home in 2015 … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to dig an under garden basement vs under house basement

Under garden basements add significant value to your property. Ensoul has delivered more than 2x return on investment for under garden basements in terms of basement cost vs the uplift in property valuation. But aside from adding serious amounts of floorspace and value, here are 5 reasons to go under your garden instead, or as well as under your house. Brighter and lighter By building a basement under a garden or driveway, we can architect in walk-on roof lights, lightwells and … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Add Value To Your Property

    Home improvements are a great way of maximising the sale price of your property - but which projects will get you the best return on investment? Robert Nichols, Managing Director of Portico London estate agents reveals his top 10 ways to add value to your property… 1. Add a basement Potential Value Added*: Up to 30% “Transforming a basement into a living or storage space can boost a property’s value by up to 30% - so long as the build cost per square foot is less … [Read more...]

Broken plan – open plan but smarter!

“Broken-plan living” is a phrase coined by architect Mary Duggan and is her description for a series of open spaces which, through the use of variable levels and interior walls, creates distinctive zones creating privacy and quiet. So what does ‘broken plan’ actually mean? Kitchens and living rooms may still be open plan, in the traditional sense, but on different levels with, for example, glass balustrading to maintain the sense of space whilst reducing noise. Or – use split-level … [Read more...]

How To Be A Successful Landlord: Interview With Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco bought his first property in 1995 in Hackney, and has since bought 11 more properties and made a hugely successful business from buy-to-let. What’s his secret to success?  Portico estate agents interview London landlord and NLA representative, Richard Blanco, on how to be a successful landlord… Read the full article here. If you would like to buy, sell or let your property, or if you'd like any more information on the market, give Portico estate agents a ring today on … [Read more...]

Types of Loft Conversions

As we all know, property prices in the city are high and space is at a premium. If you want to have another child, but need more room, the costs of moving to a bigger house may seem prohibitive. However converting your loft can add up to 20% more space to your property, giving your family somewhere to grow into, whilst providing a massive boost to the value of your home! Click here to find out more about why adding a loft conversion to your home is a great alternative to moving. Many houses … [Read more...]

Tips for Introducing Colours and Textures to Your Interior

When you want to add more visual appeal to your home, it’s all about creating a complex harmony within an orchestra of fabrics and hues. A carefully planned interior, with bright, vibrant colours and rich, touchable textures, will transform a vanilla room into something spectacular. Here are our top tips for introducing colours and textures to your home The goal when introducing colour and textures is to strike the perfect balance between visually interesting and busy or overwhelming. … [Read more...]

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