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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 small 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…

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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.

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Apr 1, 2024

7 HOME SELLING MYTHS...BUSTED!

When it comes to selling your home in Ashbourne & Derbyshire, there’s a lot of overwhelming information and old wives tales out there, and it can sometimes be difficult separating the fact from the fiction. Advice often comes from well-meaning friends or family members who are just trying to be helpful, but in reality, they are not property experts! Our team at Bennet Samways are all experienced property professionals with many years of experience between us. So, to ensure you are in possession of the correct information, here are seven home selling myths you're likely to hear and why they're not to be believed. Overpricing Your Home Will Lead to Better Offers Unfortunately, many sellers believe that by overpricing their house to start with, it leaves more room for negotiation and ultimately a better offer. That's why we often see sellers marketing their properties with the agent who has simply come in with the highest valuation! However, this is entirely false. When buyers are looking at properties, they'll search within their price range. If your property price has been inflated, then it's going to be competing against other properties that appear to be far better value for money, rather than sitting in the price bracket it should be in! This potentially means it will sit on the market for longer. Buyers whose budget doesn’t stretch to the higher price range will miss out on seeing your property altogether as they’re not even looking in that price bracket. You'll attract more offers and sell your property more quickly if it's been priced fairly. It gives it a chance to stand out among other properties in its price range, rather than being a poor relation in the higher price category. And you're more likely to see interested parties competing upwards rather than knocking you down. Getting an Immediate Offer Means it’s Priced Too Low If you've resisted the urge to overprice your home and an offer comes in straight away, it's tempting to think that you've missed a trick by not marketing it at a higher price. After all, if you had done, then you'd be a few thousand pounds better off surely. Again, this is false. Most buyers scour the market for a couple of months, waiting for the perfect property to come up, and there's a good chance that they've jumped in immediately to avoid missing out. Remember too that if you’d overpriced it, there’s a chance they wouldn’t have found it in the first place. A Better Offer Will Come Along if You Wait This is another all too familiar trap that sellers fall into. After all, if you’ve had an offer on the very same day your home has gone on sale, then surely there’s likely to be a whole queue of buyers lining up for it? No, not necessarily. You might just have been lucky enough to have the right buyer come along at the right time. If you receive a fair offer, then it's usually best to accept it whether your property has been on the market for hours, days , weeks or months. The Estate Agent With the Lowest Commission is the Best Option While you’ll naturally want to earn as much money from your property sale as possible, it doesn’t mean you should sign a contract with the estate agent who offers the cheapest fees. Selling a property can be a very stressful process. A good estate agent will help make it run as smoothly as possible while communicating effectively and providing outstanding service, so it's crucial you weigh up what's included in their fee. Although it’s tempting to cut costs as much as possible in the short term, you might come to regret it over the longer term, especially if your property isn’t selling. Major Renovations Will Offer the Biggest Return on Investment Many homeowners are under the impression that if they spend a few thousand pounds on a conservatory, a swimming pool or a landscaped garden, they'll just be able to add the cost of it to the house when they come to sell. Sadly, it's not quite as simple as this. Not all buyers will want to maintain a pool or require the space that a conservatory ultimately takes away from their garden, for example. Many buyers prefer to start with a blank canvas too, so they can add their own renovations. That’s not to say that a major renovation is a bad idea, but if you’re only doing it to see a return when you come to sell, then it might be worth considering the type of renovation or extension that will bring you the best returns. It's Not Worth Fixing the House up at all If you've decided to sell your property, it's understandable that you won't be thinking about spending even more money on it. After all, it won't be you seeing the benefits long-term. This logic is flawed, though, and it could cost you when it comes to getting the full asking price. A property that's well maintained and looked after is far more appealing to buyers. Fixing broken fences and gates, tidying the garden, replacing broken windows or doors and giving any tired rooms a fresh lick of paint will go a long way towards selling your property for its true value. Online Valuations are 100% Accurate Online valuations are a fantastic tool and we are most definitely in favour! However, a quick online valuation of your property should be used as a guide. Online tools don't always take into account the condition of a property or the extra value you may have added. They're simply using other similar sized and types of properties in your area as a guideline. The best way to get your property valued is always to contact an experienced, local estate agent who will come and value your property in person. 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....

Mar 22, 2024

IS A NEIGHBOUR’S TREE BLOCKING THE LIGHT? HERE ARE OUR TOP TIPS FOR HANDLING THE SITUATION

Have You Heard Of The Right of Light Act? Homeowners in Ashbourne & Derbyshire are usually delighted when the sun shines – after all, we don’t see much of it for most of the year! However, if your neighbour’s trees are growing out of control and are blocking the sunlight from reaching your garden or windows, it’s likely that you’re not going to be very happy with the situation. The team here at Bennet Samways have a few tips to help you deal with this problem should it arise. Although you might want to force your neighbour to chop down their tree so you can enjoy more light, unfortunately, you can’t always do this. The only time you can get a tree chopped back is if it blocks the light from entering one of your property’s “defined apertures” such as the windows or glass doors. Even then, you may not always be able to legally do anything about the overgrown tree. Although there is a piece of legislation called the “Right of Light Act”, many legal claims are rejected since deciduous trees and trees that allow some sunlight through the branches and leaves won’t usually be covered. How Many Trees? An important distinction when dealing with blocked sunlight to your property is whether the problem is caused by a single tree or multiple trees. If you’re bothered by just one tall tree, your only real option is to discuss the situation with your neighbour to try to persuade them to take action. However, if two trees (or more) stand at least 2m above the ground level, the 2005 High Hedges Regulations in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act may come into play. You can approach the local council and ask for a notice to be issued to your neighbour asking them to reduce their trees’ height. Is The Tree Potentially Dangerous? If a tree is overhanging your garden and could potentially be dangerous to your property, your family, or yourself, it’s possible that it may be deemed a nuisance by the local council who can then take action for you. Alternatively, you could make a county court private nuisance claim, but this could be expensive as you’d need to use the services of a solicitor, as well as being potentially risky since you may lose your case. Can I Cut Down The Tree? Cutting your neighbour’s tree yourself may seem like the ideal solution, but it could cause you legal problems. For example, it could be subject to a tree preservation order, or be located in a conservation area. Although you have some common law rights to prune a tree if the branches encroach on your own property, it’s wise to be cautious. If you damage the tree, you could find yourself facing a liability claim. Therefore, employing the services of an arborist is best. You must also either return the pruned branches to your neighbour or reach an agreement beforehand about the disposal of them. If you’re considering looking for a new home with a lighter aspect, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01335 818550 today, or pop over to our website at [personalise with="website"] and see some of the properties in Ashbourne & Derbyshire we have listed for sale. We can help you find the perfect property....

Mar 5, 2024

ARE YOU READY TO SELL YOUR HOME?

If you’re thinking of putting your Ashbourne & Derbyshire property on the market, you’ll want to make it stand out from the crowd and generate as much interest as possible to ensure you achieve the full asking price. The team at Bennet Samways is highly experienced in property and will always make sure we give our utmost attention when accompanying viewings on your property, but there are always little tweaks you can make to your home to make sure it’s in outstanding condition and ready for the most discerning viewer! The Bennet Samways team have put our heads together and want to share with you the top nine things you can do to get your property ready for a sale! Neutralise Your Home There’s nothing wrong with injecting your personality into your home, but if you’re selling, then garish paint and leopard print feature walls won’t be to everyone’s taste. If this sounds anything like your property then give some serious consideration to some light redecorating, ideally using neutral colours such as off-white, magnolia, greys or pastels. It’s far more appealing to potential buyers and it will also allow them to visualise their own ideas better if they have a blank canvas to work with. Lighten Up Following on from our first point, there are some simple lighting tricks you can do to make your home feel brighter, which in turn will make it feel more spacious and appealing to potential buyers. It can be as simple as putting up a mirror opposite a window to reflect the light or ensuring you have high-voltage light bulbs fitted. If you have blackout blinds or curtains in your bedrooms then make sure these are open before any viewings, to avoid rooms appearing dark or gloomy. Declutter We all tend to throw empty boxes in cupboards (just in case) and gather ‘stuff’ as the years pass. If you’ve been hoarding items, then selling your property is the perfect time to eliminate unwanted items and declutter. It’ll help your home appear more spacious and there’s potentially the added benefit of making a few pounds selling some of your old belongings. Deodorise Did you know that your home has its own distinctive smell? Obviously, not all houses have strong smells but if you regularly smoke or vape indoors or you have a cat or dog causing a whiff, then no matter how beautiful your house may be, this is likely to be the first thing a visitor notices when they walk through the front door – and it can be very off-putting. If your property has a strong smell to it then give it a good deep clean before any viewings or get professionals in if you need to. First Impressions are Everything It’s rare that you’ll make a sale at first glance, but you can definitely lose one! If you have an overgrown garden, a grubby front door and a broken gate then it’s time to get your gardening gloves on and tidy it all up. Kerb appeal is important not only because many potential viewers will do a ‘drive by’ to check out the property before booking a viewing, but first impressions are what always form the basis of someone’s opinion of your property. Things that can damage your home’s kerb appeal include having dirty wheelie bins on display, smeared windows and chipped paintwork, so spend a little time maintaining your outdoor areas and be sure everything is up to scratch before the viewings start. Adding little extras like a potted plant or a lamp to light up your entrance can make a big difference too. You don’t need to do anything extravagant, just remember, it’s all in the details! Show Off Your Home Assets Step room to room in your home and check for little things that may detract the attention of a viewer: If you have a study or a room you are using as an office, ensure your desk is tidy and your paperwork is filed away so that viewers can see an organised workspace. If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s not being blocked by toys or extra bits of furniture that you haven’t stored away so that viewers can imagine themselves cosy by the fire. If you have a dining table – a common dumping ground for pretty much everything - make sure it’s clear of any paperwork or household bits that have been piling up so that viewers can see there is a defined place to eat. If you have a utility room, remove piles of laundry and tidy away detergents so that viewers can appreciate the extra space catering to the needs of a family. When it comes to our homes it’s easy to take some of the features we see every day for granted, but to a viewer they may be just what they’re looking for in a home, so be sure to highlight all the best features of your property. Be Prepared Think back to when you bought your property. What questions did you have for the estate agent? If a buyer were to ask how old the windows are and if they have a guarantee would you know the answer? What about the last time you had the boiler serviced? When was the central heating checked? Be prepared and find your paperwork and service history relating to your home before it’s requested to save time! Service the boiler Check the central heating system Find any guarantees and warranties Fix up, Look Sharp Keeping on top of the maintenance of your home is crucial when you bring your property to market. If you haven’t regularly maintained your home, now is the time to get all those little niggly jobs done. Make sure everything’s as well maintained as possible, whether it’s fixing a damaged fence or just replacing a broken lightbulb, these minor details can make a big difference to potential buyers. It shows that your house is well looked after, and it will give viewers fewer excuses to negotiate. Make your property as flawless as possible – touch up paintwork and don’t forget to check gutters and drainpipes to get rid of leaves and debris. Depersonalise Buyers want to imagine themselves living in a home, so seeing pictures of strangers all over the house can actually have an off-putting effect, even though it’s your home! Don’t remove every family photo, you’re still living there of course, but there’s a fine line between making a home look lived in and loved and showcasing it as someone else’s dream home! Think about putting a few photos away before viewings. The space created will allow viewers to get a better idea of what they would do with the space and to imagine it as their own. For no-obligation advice on buying or selling a home in Ashbourne & Derbyshire please contact our expert property team at Bennet Samways on 01335 818550....

Mar 1, 2024

WHY FOR SALE BOARDS ARE STILL ESSENTIAL IN THE DIGITAL AGE

In the bustling world of real estate, where online listings dominate the landscape and digital marketing strategies reign supreme, it's easy to overlook the humble yet mighty for sale board. In an era where buyers browse properties from the comfort of their smartphones and tablets, the question arises: Are for sale boards still relevant? The resounding answer from seasoned estate agents is a definitive yes. Let's delve into why these physical markers remain a vital tool in the arsenal of any successful estate agent. Local Visibility and Brand Presence For sale boards act as powerful local advertisements. Placed strategically in front of properties, they catch the attention of passersby, neighbours, and anyone exploring the area. They serve as constant reminders that a property is on the market, effectively enhancing brand visibility for the estate agency. Even those not actively seeking a property may take note, potentially leading to word-of-mouth referrals. Targeted Marketing While online listings can reach a broad audience, for sale boards target a specific locale. They are particularly effective in areas with high foot traffic or in neighbourhoods where potential buyers may be actively seeking property. The board provides instant information about the property, enticing those who are in the market for a new home. Building Trust and Credibility A professionally designed for sale board conveys trust and credibility. It signals to prospective clients that the property is represented by a reputable estate agency, instilling confidence in the minds of both buyers and sellers. In an industry built on trust, this visual representation can make a significant difference in attracting clients. Facilitating Direct Contact For sale boards offer a direct point of contact for interested parties. They often display the estate agent's contact information, allowing prospective buyers to reach out immediately for more details or to schedule viewings. This instant connection can expedite the sales process and create a seamless experience for all parties involved. Complementing Online Marketing While online platforms play a crucial role in modern real estate marketing, for sale boards complement these efforts rather than competing with them. They serve as physical manifestations of digital listings, reinforcing the property's presence in the market. Potential buyers who see a property online and then encounter it’s for sale board in person are more likely to take action. Navigating Local Regulations In some areas, local regulations may require the display of for sale boards for certain types of properties or within specific neighbourhoods. Compliance with these regulations is essential for staying in good standing with local authorities and maintaining a positive reputation within the community. Creating a Sense of Urgency For sale boards can create a sense of urgency among potential buyers. Seeing a property prominently displayed as "for sale" may prompt them to act quickly, fearing they might miss out on a desirable opportunity. This can lead to faster sales and more favourable outcomes for sellers. Conclusion In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate marketing, for sale boards remain a timeless and indispensable tool for estate agents. Far from being obsolete in the digital age, these physical markers continue to play a vital role in local visibility, targeted marketing, brand credibility, and facilitating direct contact with potential buyers. When integrated thoughtfully with online strategies, for sale boards can enhance the overall marketing efforts of estate agents and contribute to successful property transactions. So, the next time you pass by a property with a for sale board, remember its enduring importance in the intricate tapestry of real estate marketing....

Apr 1, 2024

7 HOME SELLING MYTHS...BUSTED!

When it comes to selling your home in Ashbourne & Derbyshire, there’s a lot of overwhelming information and old wives tales out there, and it can sometimes be difficult separating the fact from the fiction. Advice often comes from well-meaning friends or family members who are just trying to be helpful, but in reality, they are not property experts! Our team at Bennet Samways are all experienced property professionals with many years of experience between us. So, to ensure you are in possession of the correct information, here are seven home selling myths you're likely to hear and why they're not to be believed. Overpricing Your Home Will Lead to Better Offers Unfortunately, many sellers believe that by overpricing their house to start with, it leaves more room for negotiation and ultimately a better offer. That's why we often see sellers marketing their properties with the agent who has simply come in with the highest valuation! However, this is entirely false. When buyers are looking at properties, they'll search within their price range. If your property price has been inflated, then it's going to be competing against other properties that appear to be far better value for money, rather than sitting in the price bracket it should be in! This potentially means it will sit on the market for longer. Buyers whose budget doesn’t stretch to the higher price range will miss out on seeing your property altogether as they’re not even looking in that price bracket. You'll attract more offers and sell your property more quickly if it's been priced fairly. It gives it a chance to stand out among other properties in its price range, rather than being a poor relation in the higher price category. And you're more likely to see interested parties competing upwards rather than knocking you down. Getting an Immediate Offer Means it’s Priced Too Low If you've resisted the urge to overprice your home and an offer comes in straight away, it's tempting to think that you've missed a trick by not marketing it at a higher price. After all, if you had done, then you'd be a few thousand pounds better off surely. Again, this is false. Most buyers scour the market for a couple of months, waiting for the perfect property to come up, and there's a good chance that they've jumped in immediately to avoid missing out. Remember too that if you’d overpriced it, there’s a chance they wouldn’t have found it in the first place. A Better Offer Will Come Along if You Wait This is another all too familiar trap that sellers fall into. After all, if you’ve had an offer on the very same day your home has gone on sale, then surely there’s likely to be a whole queue of buyers lining up for it? No, not necessarily. You might just have been lucky enough to have the right buyer come along at the right time. If you receive a fair offer, then it's usually best to accept it whether your property has been on the market for hours, days , weeks or months. The Estate Agent With the Lowest Commission is the Best Option While you’ll naturally want to earn as much money from your property sale as possible, it doesn’t mean you should sign a contract with the estate agent who offers the cheapest fees. Selling a property can be a very stressful process. A good estate agent will help make it run as smoothly as possible while communicating effectively and providing outstanding service, so it's crucial you weigh up what's included in their fee. Although it’s tempting to cut costs as much as possible in the short term, you might come to regret it over the longer term, especially if your property isn’t selling. Major Renovations Will Offer the Biggest Return on Investment Many homeowners are under the impression that if they spend a few thousand pounds on a conservatory, a swimming pool or a landscaped garden, they'll just be able to add the cost of it to the house when they come to sell. Sadly, it's not quite as simple as this. Not all buyers will want to maintain a pool or require the space that a conservatory ultimately takes away from their garden, for example. Many buyers prefer to start with a blank canvas too, so they can add their own renovations. That’s not to say that a major renovation is a bad idea, but if you’re only doing it to see a return when you come to sell, then it might be worth considering the type of renovation or extension that will bring you the best returns. It's Not Worth Fixing the House up at all If you've decided to sell your property, it's understandable that you won't be thinking about spending even more money on it. After all, it won't be you seeing the benefits long-term. This logic is flawed, though, and it could cost you when it comes to getting the full asking price. A property that's well maintained and looked after is far more appealing to buyers. Fixing broken fences and gates, tidying the garden, replacing bro