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Bennet Samways are a truly personalised estate agency, providing a high-end experience in the world of estate agency

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Bennet Samways Estate Agents

Bennet Samways are a truly personalised estate agency, providing a high-end experience in the world of estate agency. Bennet Samways is your trusted partner in finding, selling and securing the finest properties tailored to your unique desires and dreams.

About Us - At Bennet Samways, we redefine the estate agency experience. As a bespoke estate agency, we specialise in delivering exceptional service that goes beyond your expectations. Our mission is to expertly nurture, communicate and guide our clients through the selling, and buying process. We work hard to connect you with exclusive properties that match your lifestyle, preferences, and aspirations.

We take immense pride in being a licensed Propertymark estate agency. Our commitment to professionalism, transparency, and ethical practises sets us apart in the estate agency industry. As a licensed member of Propertymark, we adhere to the highest standards, ensuring that our clients receive expert guidance and the utmost confidence in their property transactions. Whether you’re buying, or selling, you can trust Bennet Samways to provide you with a superior level of service that is both dependable and dedicated. We understand the significance of your property decisions, and our affiliation with Propertymark underscores our unwavering dedication to delivering excellence in every aspect of your estate agency journey.

Bennet Samways was established in 2021 by Stuart Bennet and Nick Samways, with combined 35 years of estate agency experience. Winning the ‘British Property Award Gold Winner For Best Estate Agent In Ashbourne’ in both 2022, 2023 & 2024. We were also listed in the 'Best Estate Agent Guide' for Ashbourne 2023.

Discover The Difference Today - Whether you’re selling a country cottage in Derbyshire, a discerning character home with land or a stylish home in Ashbourne, Bennet Samways is here to make your property dreams a reality.

Explore our exclusive listings, read our client testimonials, and get in touch with us to start your journey in selling your home and find the perfect property that reflects your unique style and taste.

Located at the prestigious office at Ednaston Park, between Ashbourne and Derby, adjacent to A52 with easy access, and free car parking for our clients on their appointment. Why not call Stuart, Nick or Katie on 01335 818550 and discover the difference…

Your extraordinary estate agency journey starts here…

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THINKING OF SELLING? FREE VALUATIONS AVAILABLE

We provide EXPERT advice on achieving the best possible price for your home. We are pleased to offer FREE Valuations, and advice on maximising the saleability of your property, along with a ‘No Sale No Fee’ approach.

Latest Blog Posts

Jul 17, 2024

HOW TO PAINT BEHIND A RADIATOR: 3 EASY STEPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

Painting can either be a pleasure or a pain! Some people love it, while others think it’s one of the worst jobs to do in the home. Some might be budding Van Gogh's, others would rather watch the paint dry. But it needs to be done every so often. And, that bit behind the radiator is often the most tricky. We were discussing this in the office the other day and it turns out that none of us really had any idea as to how best go about this annoying job. So we put our heads together and have come up with our best tips! [caption id="attachment_2178" align="alignnone" width="640"] sunny room with a radiator on a orange wall (3d render)[/caption] Should I remove the radiator to paint behind it? First things first - decide whether you are taking the radiator off the wall, or painting around it. Some radiators are quite literally hooked onto a bracket and can be lifted off temporarily, while others can be a little more tricky to deal with. If you’re painting, it may well be easier to leave the radiator in situ (particularly if you’re not so confident about DIY). However, if you’re wallpapering, then it’s a different story as you need to get the paper flush and looking great. Yes! For a professional finish remove the radiator! If you want a really professional finish, we would suggest that the painting must be done behind the radiator fully. If you are preparing your house for sale, this is definitely how you should do it because people will be looking at all aspects and will notice little things like this. If you’re using a roller or standard brush, it will be difficult to get right behind the radiator, so removing it completely might be the right course of action. However, if removing the radiator you'll need to do it properly which can be tricky and if you're not a professional plumber you could find yourself in a tight spot! Should I do it myself or get a painter and decorator in? It’s a choice you must make - do you paint it yourself or do you hire a professional to come in to do the job? Painting can be done by almost anyone, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Great painters are hard to come by as they’re always in demand, so you may well have to do some forward planning. If you’re doing the painting work yourself and leaving the radiator attached to the wall, here are three steps to painting behind the radiator and ensuring you do a good job. Step One: Prepare You’ll need to put dust sheets on the floor, ventilate the room and put masking tape around the radiator and its pipes to protect them from splashes. You’ll need to turn the radiator off too, not because you’re painting it, but if it gets hot you could hurt yourself! Step Two: Choose your Brush We would suggest that you use a normal type of paintbrush first. Reach as far as you can from the top of the radiator, work down the sides, and then from underneath. Paint, dry, repeat. Be careful and take it slowly. Tip: Don't Overload your Brush Sounds simple doesn’t it, and it is. But, don’t overload your brush. It’s not so bad if you do it when it’s a whole wall you’re painting, but when you’re working behind a radiator it’s more difficult to spread the paint out and make it look good. If you have too much paint on your brush, you’re more likely to spill it too - on the floor and on the radiator. Step Three: Use a Roller So you have painted around and behind the radiator as much as you can, and now you need a roller paintbrush. You can get these from the DIY store of your choice, and they come with either a short handle or a long one. Reach down and make long, slow strokes with the roller. When you’ve completed the painting, stop and take a step back. Look over what you have done and how even it is then you can go back and rectify any bits you've missed if need be. So, you’ve painted behind the radiator, but have you thought about painting the radiator itself? You should. A nice wall is great but if the radiator is discoloured, rusty, and dusty, it’s not a great look - particularly if you’re going to put your home on the market. Don't forget to use special radiator paint if you are going to do this. We hope our advice helps. In fact, we have lots of ideas to help you spruce up your home. If you want any further tips, get in touch. Call us on 01335 818550 or email stuart@bennetsamways.co.uk....

Jul 17, 2024

CAN A RECOMMENDED MORTGAGE BROKER FAST-TRACK THE JOURNEY TO YOUR DREAM HOME?

Should I Use The Broker Recommended By My Estate Agent in Ashbourne & Derbyshire? Finding your dream property in Ashbourne & Derbyshire is an exhilarating journey, but navigating the complexities of securing a mortgage to purchase it can be overwhelming. As a homebuyer in the UK, you may have received the suggestion of working with a mortgage broker recommended by your estate agent in Ashbourne & Derbyshire. But do you need a mortgage broker? In this blog post, the team at Bennet Samways explore the benefits of partnering with a mortgage broker endorsed by your estate agent. You will discover how by working together in tandem with this professional combination can unlock your dream home and streamline your home-buying experience. Unparalleled Expertise and Access to Options -A recommended mortgage broker can bring a wealth of expertise to the table. They will possess in-depth knowledge of the mortgage market, lending criteria, and current industry trends. By leveraging this expertise, they will guide you through the complexities of the mortgage process. Moreover, recommended mortgage brokers have access to a wide range of lenders and mortgage products, including exclusive deals that may not be readily available to the general public. They will scour the market on your behalf, carefully and methodically putting together mortgage options tailored to your needs and financial circumstances. This access to diverse options ensures you have the best chance of finding a mortgage that suits your budget and requirements and maximises your purchasing power. Seamless Collaboration and Communication:One of the most apparent advantages of using a mortgage broker recommended by your estate agent is the seamless collaboration and communication between these two professionals. Your estate agent, who deeply understands your property preferences and financial situation, can effectively communicate your needs to the mortgage broker. The close working relationship between an estate agent and a mortgage broker streamlines the exchange of information, expediting decision-making and reducing potential delays. They work in harmony, leveraging each other's expertise to provide you with a smooth and efficient home-buying process. This synergy saves you time and effort while instilling confidence that a cohesive team is handling all aspects of your home purchase. Tailored Solutions for Your Homebuying Journey:A mortgage broker recommended by your estate agent understands that your home-buying journey is unique. They recognise that your financial goals, preferences, and circumstances require personalised attention, so with this understanding, they provide tailored solutions that will be unique to you. The mortgage broker will thoroughly analyse your financial situation, considering factors such as income, outgoings and other expenses, plus your credit history. Once they have all this information, they will guide you towards mortgage options that match your affordability and long-term plans. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, a recommended mortgage broker can navigate the complex landscape, presenting you with viable options and empowering you to make informed decisions. They will provide insights into various mortgage types, such as fixed-rate mortgages, variable-rate mortgages, or government-backed loans, with the mortgage broker explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each option before eventually recommending a mortgage that best suits your needs and financial goals. Furthermore, a mortgage broker will assist you in understanding the costs associated with the mortgage, such as interest rates and any potential pre-payment penalties. Their expertise ensures that you know the financial implications of your mortgage decision, enabling you to budget and plan accordingly. Maximising Opportunities and Savings:A mortgage broker recommended by your estate agent is adept at identifying opportunities and leveraging them to your advantage. They stay updated on market conditions, interest rate fluctuations, and available incentives. By keeping a close eye on the market, they can identify optimal times to lock in favourable interest rates, potentially saving you thousands of pounds over the lifetime of your mortgage. Additionally, recommended brokers possess strong negotiation skills. They will communicate on your behalf with lenders to present your financial profile in the best light and highlight your creditworthiness. Their unparalleled expertise, access to options, seamless collaboration with your estate agent, and tailored solutions enhance your chances of securing the perfect mortgage for your dream property in Ashbourne & Derbyshire. By maximizing opportunities and savings, they not only simplify the mortgage process but also empower you to make confident decisions. When selecting a mortgage broker, consider the recommendation of your estate agent, but also conduct your own research to ensure their compatibility with your needs. Bennet Samways are estate agents in Ashbourne & Derbyshire. Call us on 01335 818550 or email stuart@bennetsamways.co.uk to chat with a member of our friendly and experienced team....

Jun 29, 2024

10 ESSENTIAL TIPS FROM BENNET SAMWAYS FOR FIRST-TIME BUYERS

Welcome, First-Time Homebuyers! Are you ready to embark on the exciting adventure that is buying your first home in Ashbourne & Derbyshire? Great, because the team here at Bennet Samways are looking forward to being your trusty guide! We have some fantastic tips and advice that will help you navigate the home-buying process with confidence. So let's get started.. Tip 1. Don't Let Emotions Run the Show - While entering a charming house with a white picket fence may stir your heart, remember that buying a home is a significant financial decision. Stay grounded, take lots of deep breaths and always let your head lead the way. Tip 2. Get Your Finances in Order - Ah, finances, the necessary evil. Before you start house hunting, make sure your credit score is looking sharp and consider getting a decision in principle (DIP) for a mortgage in place. This step will give you a clear idea of your budget and demonstrate to the estate agent and the seller that you mean business. 'Tip 3. The Art of House Hunting - Get ready to unleash your inner detective! Make a list of your must-haves' and 'nice-to-haves' in a home. Research different areas that are of interest to you at different times of the day. Make lots of notes (or take pictures) on the pros & cons of the location. Always remember, it's okay to fall in love with a house, but don't forget Tip #1! Tip 4. The Inspection Survey - Once you've found "the one," it's time to get down and dirty with a survey. Hire a qualified surveyor to uncover any hidden issues that might turn your dream home into a money pit. You don't want any surprises lurking in the basement! Tip 5. The Art of Negotiation - Now, this is where things can get spicy! When it comes to getting your dream home for the best price, channel your inner negotiator, but remember to be reasonable. Consult with your estate agent in Ashbourne & Derbyshire, and do not be afraid to haggle - what have you got to lose? Tip 6. Embrace the Paperwork Tsunami - Brace yourself for an avalanche of paperwork. From contracts to questionnaires, fixtures and fittings to money laundering - it can feel overwhelming. Take your time, read everything carefully, and don't hesitate to ask questions. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to signing for what will probably be the biggest purchase of your life. Tip 7. Surround Yourself with a Dream Team - No, we're not talking about unicorns and rainbows (although that would be cool). We mean building a reliable team of professionals, such as estate agents, mortgage brokers, conveyancers and surveyors who will guide you through the process. They're the superheroes who will protect you from any roadblocks lurking in the shadows. Tip 8. The Great Moving Adventure - Ah, moving, the joyous event that makes us realise just how much "stuff" we've accumulated over the years. Start decluttering early, pack strategically, and enlist the help of friends! And don't forget to label your boxes, or you might end up with your underwear in the kitchen! Tip 9. The Sweet Taste of Victory - Congratulations, you've made it! You're now a proud homeowner. Celebrate this milestone, throw a housewarming party, and revel in the joy of having a space you can call your own. Pop that champagne and let the good times roll! Tip 10. Embrace the Imperfections - Owning a home is an ongoing adventure, filled with repairs, renovations, and a fair share of surprises. Embrace the imperfections, because they're what make your home uniquely yours. Are You Ready To Jump On The Property Ladder? As a first-time buyer in Ashbourne & Derbyshire, finding the right neighbourhood needn’t be a challenge if you follow our tips. If you’ve chosen an area in Ashbourne & Derbyshire and need more information, get in touch with our friendly team at Bennet Samways on 01335 818550 or at stuart@bennetsamways.co.uk. We’re experts in the Ashbourne & Derbyshire property market and will help you find the perfect home! ...

Jun 29, 2024

7 SECURITY GADGETS TO PROTECT YOUR ASHBOURNE & DERBYSHIRE HOME

Nobody can place a price upon the importance of keeping your family and property safe. However, with so many technology pieces on the market today, it can be challenging to know where to start with investing in gadgets to protect your home. Here, we take a look at some of the most popular gadgets on the market to help you stay safe at home. Video Doorbell Smart doorbells are convenient for letting the delivery driver know where to leave your parcel, but additionally, they provide a significant level of protection. This security gadget allows you to use your phone to see who is hovering around your front door immediately. Most smart doorbells have a security screw. Meaning, criminals cannot tamper with the device, and it will be almost impossible to remove during or before a burglary. All good smart doorbells have motion detectors. When motion is sensed around your front door, a notification is sent instantly to your smartphone, allowing you to tap into the camera and see who is loitering. Not only a great feature for when you are out of the home but during the night whilst you are in bed. This Ring Doorbell offers a vast range of security features, easy set-up, and a user-friendly app. Outdoor Security Light Outdoor security lights provide an element of protection without the expense of a full camera set up. Having a bright outside light will allow you and your family to leave and enter the property safely and easily. But it will also startle unwanted visitors, causing a fright and encouraging them to vacate your land. The motion sensor on this Auraglow security light is up to 18 metres, so it can be placed anywhere around your property and still provide ample light and security. Smart Plugs A smart plug is an adapter that transforms any household electrical item into a smart device. Smart plugs are great for energy efficiency and the general smooth running of your home. They work alongside your phone, allowing you to control items plugged-in from anywhere with an internet connection. A security feature here is the ability to turn on and off lights, giving the impression someone is in the building. This Kasa smart plug has a seamless app and handy voice controls. Smart plugs are an inexpensive gadget to help protect your home. Indoor Security Camera An indoor security camera does exactly what it says on the tin. It is the best way to see what is going on inside your home whilst you can not be there. A camera with two-way audio is excellent for pets, as well as children who might let themselves into the house after school. For intruders, the two-way system allows you to have a clear, HD video of them to hand over to the police - and allows you to frighten them away too. One of the best on the market is the Google Nest Cam IQ, boasting excellent picture quality in every light. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Providing full protection for your property goes further than deterring break-ins. Your smoke detector needs to do more than sound an alarm. The best devices on the market can locate precisely where a fire is, and even send alerts to your smartphone if you are not home. Gone are the days that burnt toast finds you clambering up to switch off the alarm. The Nest Protect, which can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide, allows you to silence the sound from your smartphone, should you be confident the smoke is arising from an innocent source. Smart Locks Smart locks are still in their relative infancy; yet predicted to be a fast-growing piece of kit for every property. At first, the concept of a home without a physical key might seem alien. But once you consider the way most hotels have worked for years, it begins to make sense. Smart locks allow you to open your door with your fingerprint or smartphone app. Meaning they offer a tremendous amount of flexibility. You can add or remove users quickly and easily, should family or friends need to access your home. The August WiFi Smart Lock has an innovative auto-lock feature, so you will never again leave your house unlocked. Fake Security Cameras Fake security cameras are one of the most cost-effective security ‘gadgets’ available. They can be purchased inexpensively online and provide an immediate deterrent to criminals who may be considering targeting your home. However, be warned that experienced criminals are wise to fake cameras and can quickly spot the difference. Meaning, fake cameras are not an ideal option for the long term. Nonetheless, an excellent choice for those who need immediate protection on a minimal budget. Bennet Samways are your local property experts for the Ashbourne & Derbyshire area. Call us on 01335 818550 or email stuart@bennetsamways.co.uk to chat with a member of our friendly and experienced team....