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Permitted Development Rights – Maximise the Potential in Your Home

Permitted Development Rights

Maximise the Potential in Your Home

Planning can be a lengthy and risky process that may put you off making changes to your home. But there are some changes you can make without the need for an application. Permitted Development rights allow you to develop without the need for an application – if your development falls within certain parameters. Here is a handy tool for exploring your options:

Questioning Whether You Require Planning Permission?

Prior Approval may be required in some cases of Permitted Development to allow your local authority to consider the impacts of your development. Details of your development are required to be disclosed in an application in relation to specific conditions. Your local authority is given 58 days to respond before planning is automatically granted.

Express Permission is required where Permitted Development does not apply. A detailed application is submitted to your local authority outlining the details of your proposal for their approval. This is applicable to larger alterations or developments.

Building Control is separate from planning permission and is necessary for all development. Where planning aims to control the impact of development on the public/neighboring properties, Building Control regulates the quality of your build. The government sets regulations on development for aspects such as fire control, access, and energy performance to ensure buildings are safe and accessible. Building Control will sign off on your project providing you meet the latest regulations. 

For any advice and guidance on building, planning or architecture please feel free to contact Bradley at Studio Homer, Homer Estates’ sister company. Studio Homer links with Homer Estates to provide you with a holistic view of your home’s potential. Bradley can be contacted on 01202 523212 or

Bradley Homer

Architecture, Planning and Development

With a First in BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning (RIBA) (RTPI), Bradley delivers architectural services. Whether you're looking for planning or architecture, Bradley is the person to call.

If you’re thinking about your next move or just inquisitive as to what the current market place is doing, then don’t hesitate to get in contact with Homer Estates.

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EPC Regulations – Maximising Your Rental Return

EPC Regulations

Maximising Your Rental Return

Plans to stipulate that the energy efficiency rating of all rental properties must be at least a C by 2025 have been scrapped. 

The plans, which would have cost some landlords thousands of pounds, have been scrapped by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in his speech, citing fears that landlords would have to pass the costs to tenants via increases in rent prices.

The demand for rental properties, in particular in the BCP area, is incredibly high. There isn’t enough property out there to meet the demand.

In his speech, Rishi Sunak said: “Next, energy efficiency. This is critical to making our homes cheaper to heat.

“That’s why we’ve got big government grants like the Great British Insulation Scheme.

“But under current plans, some property owners would’ve been forced to make expensive upgrades in just two years’ time.

“For a semi-detached house in Salisbury, you could be looking at a bill of £8,000.

“And even if you’re only renting, you’ll more than likely see some of that passed on in higher rents.”

That’s not to say that landlords shouldn’t be looking at the energy efficiency of their properties.

The plans may be scrapped for now, but that’s not to say that new plans won’t be brought in during the future.

It is also important that landlords keep up to date with upgrades and improvements to the property over time. 

Landlords must provide a good standard of home to tenants – it helps to maintain a positive relationship between landlord and tenant.

A well-maintained property will also maximise the value of your property on the rental market, and also if later placed on the sales market too.

The advice to all landlords is to look at all schemes offered by the government to see if they are eligible for any grants to help cover the costs of property improvements.


You can read Rishi Sunak’s full speech at

For any advice and guidance on this that relate to your property, please feel free to contact Kat Hoskins at Homer Estates who can help discuss plans and options available to you. Her number is 01202 523212 or

Kat Ballett (MARLA)

Head of Lettings

Kat benefits from 7 years of experience, there isn’t much Kat hasn’t seen. She is able to deal with anything that comes her way!

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10 Tips To Ensure Your Property Is Viewing Ready

10 Tips To Ensure Your Property Is Viewing Ready

Before prospective buyers arrive, it is important that your property is as presentable as possible. It goes without saying that tidying the house is one of the most important things you can do before a viewing.

Here are Homer Estates’ 10 top tips to ensure your property is viewing ready.

  1. Kerb Appeal:

The outside of your property will set the tone for the rest of the house, many buyers will make a drive-by visit to your property before they decide to make a viewing, so first impressions mean everything.

Tidy up the outside of your home – mow the lawn, trim any hedges and remove any weeds. If you have any extra time, consider giving the front door and the window frames a lick of paint, it will give your property a fresh look from the get-go. If your property is on the market during the summer months, putting some plant pots or baskets outside your home will add to its kerb appeal.

  1. Declutter, clean and clear:

Potential buyers want to envision themselves living in the property, so try to see your home with neutral eyes – the way they would see it. If the home is cluttered and takes up most of the space it could be a major deterrent and put potential buyers off. Look to remove a few items and rearrange the furniture to make the most of the living area – it will make the rooms appear larger!

Thoroughly clean your home – it gives the prospective buyer the impression that the property is well looked after and it will smell nice!

  1. Lighting:

Lighting is key! Natural light will make the rooms look brighter, bigger and more inviting. Before a viewing, make sure that all of the curtains are pulled back and the blinds are raised to bring the maximum amount of light inside. Also ensure that your windows are clean and that all of the light bulbs are in full working order.

  1. Scent:

How your property smells can affect the prospective buyer’s opinion within seconds. Offensive odours can give an immediate negative reaction and can indicate a problem that might not be an easy fix – such as damp and mould.

Using an essential oil diffuser, a fresh scented candle or a wax melt could be a great way to invite pleasant smells into your home. Try not to over-do it though, strong and artificial scents could have the opposite affect you would want. Stick to fresh, natural and clean aromas.

Take out the bins! Any lingering scent of food and waste could put off a potential buyer. If you smoke or have any pets, opening a window to allow some ventilation of your home will help massively.

  1. Resolve & repair:

Potential buyers will have their eyes peeled for any broken or damaged areas in your home. Resolve any issues before the viewings start to avoid buyers being put off and potentially offering a lower price than you would like.

  1. Temperature:

Viewers will often notice if the property is too cold or too hot, so ensuring your property is a comfortable temperature for the season is always a good idea. It will make it a more welcoming environment and will give the buyer more of a reason to linger! If it’s winter, make use of the heating to show that it’s in full working order –turn on all radiators, even in the spare room. In summer, open the windows to let the fresh air in and even the back doors to display the indoor-outdoor living. 

  1. Pets:

Although you love your pets, potential viewers may not. Consider asking a friend or family member to take care of them during a viewing to ensure it doesn’t scare or put viewers off. Make sure all pet related accessories are out of the way and be sure to give your home a thorough clean to get rid of any stray pet hair and lingering scents.

  1. The garden:

For many people the garden is one of the biggest selling points. Definitely tidy away any rubbish, remove the weeds and cut the grass. To make the garden more attractive you could add some flower pots and cut back any overgrown bushes or hedges. A well-kept garden can be very desirable for buyers as it gives them less work to do when moving in!

  1. Give the viewers space:

Allowing prospective buyers space when viewing your property is vital. It will make them feel more comfortable when discussing their opinion on the property. They will need time to take in each room, so allowing enough time for each viewing is important. Consider giving your estate agent a key to your property to allow them to carry out viewings when you aren’t home – if you feel comfortable with this.

  1. Be prepared:

Be prepared for last-minute viewings if possible. One of the agents at Homer Estates will always work around you and your schedule, but having a lot of availability for viewings will work in your favour.


If you’re thinking about your next move or just inquisitive as to what the current market place is doing, then don’t hesitate to get in contact with Homer Estates.