Our Top Blog Posts From 2018


The new year is upon us and we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on some of our favourite blog posts from the previous year. We have covered a lot of topics, but we’d also love to hear your suggestions of anything you’d like us to cover.

The whole team hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’d like to thank you all for another amazing year and for your continued support.

With that said, here are some of our favourite posts from 2018.

What is Planning Permission and Why Do I Need It?

Many people buy a property with the intention of renovating and extending it at some point, be it not long after moving in or many years later as family situations call for it.

It’s highly likely that you will need to obtain planning permission for most types of work, and in this blog post we discussed exactly what planning permission is and why you need it.

If you’re planning on any work to your home in the new year, definitely read this post first.

Damp 101: What is it and How do I Avoid it?

Properties can unfortunately encounter lots of types of problems, and damp is one of them. It can be brought on by a number of things, including the location of your property and poor ventilation.

In this post we discuss some facts about damp, the different types of damp you may have to deal with, and how to avoid it in the first place.

Damp can also be an issue if you are planning on selling your home, so it’s worth a read to save yourself a possible headache.

Should You Let Your Property? A Full Break Down

Many of our clients are looking to invest in property to then let. It is widely seen as a good investment for the future, with many choosing to treat it as their pension in later life.

We tackled the pros and cons of letting a property, as in order for you to make a profit you need to be smart about the property you choose and legalities. We also followed up by talking about whether you should use a managed letting service to manage your property.

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Keeping the Kids Entertained During the Holidays

Every time to school holidays come around, many parents feel the pressure to keep the kids entertained. This can end up being costly over the few weeks they’re not in school.

This blog post discusses some budget friendly big days out, as well as smaller activities that can keep the kid happy while not breaking the bank.

Local Estate Agents vs Online Estate Agents: Getting You The Sale

With more and more online estate agents being advertised on TV and on the radio, we wanted to tackle the subject head on and talk about whether a local or online agent is best.

We discuss things like viewings, pricing, communication and local knowledge - all things you need to take into consideration when choosing your estate agent.

How To Make Moving House With Kids Stress-Free

If you’ve moved home before, you’ll know that the process can be stressful. When you factor children into the process, it can become even more so.

No matter how old your children are, we talked about some methods you can use to keep them happy, you happy, and the process as smooth as possible.

Building Surveys: What Are They and Do I Need One?

A building survey is an important part of the buying and selling process. Many people believe that a mortgage valuation is enough, but a building survey can uncover information about a property that can affect your offer.

We break down whether a building survey is relevant from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective.

Buying a New Build vs An Older Property - Is One Better Than The Other?

At Daniel Brewer we are fortunate to offer our clients a wide variety of properties, including both new builds and older buildings. This broched the question: Which is better to buy?

We talk about the benefits of buying a new build, as well as the perks of buying an older property, so you can decide for yourself which would be a better choice.

Top Tips: Choosing The Right Area To Buy In

When you start looking for a new home, the location is a massive factor in deciding what you can afford. Because location has such a big impact on the buying process, we wanted to talk about some things you need to consider when choosing where you want to live.

Boilers On The Blink: How To Keep Warm While Waiting For a Repair

As the weather cools down, many of us suffer with problem boilers and issues that arise as soon as we need to heat our homes. Unfortunately we can’t always been seen by a plumber on the same day, but you and your family need to keep warm in the meantime.

Here’s some short term methods to keeping warm while you’re waiting for your boiler to be fixed.

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