News From Bickford Building Services

House prices in Solihull – an update.

Over the last 12 months the average house price in Solihull has risen by 11% from £264,950 to £295,000 with the biggest individual rise of 20% in three bedroom houses. The majority of these in Solihull are semidetached homes which offer good scope for extending as they are generally on large plots. The average prices for different types of homes in the Solihull area is as follows:

  • Detached – £555,298
  • Semidetached – £293,720
  • Terraced – £247,661, and
  • Flats – £187,128

In our last briefing on house prices we said that the cost of moving from a semidetached house was in the order of £12,000 and that is still the case, The gap in price to a detached property is in the order of £260,000, which if you have it is fine; if you don’t there are also increases in mortgage repayments, which strengthen the arguments in favour of extending.

  • I am delighted to provide this testimonial as Bickford Building Services is a company of which I think highly. They have previously done excellent work for me on both a business and personal basis. When I decided to extend our distribution centre in Coleshill Bickford’s were the natural choice. The job was to build a 1500 square meter warehouse in 6 months. Despite some horrendous rain which meant pumping out the site and the need to do additional piling, Peter Olds and his team completed the job on time, to budget and to our complete satisfaction. This allowed us to increase our capacity as planned to support the next phase of the business’s development”.

    Martin Bates,

    Chairman, Elta Automotive Ltd.

  • Bickford’s recently completed an internal renovation for us and we are really delighted with the outcome. Other than their craftsmanship and their skills which are a given, what was really important to us was the regular communication. I always felt very involved and understood the need for various steps to be completed prior to the end result. We have experience in large building projects and knowing this and what goes on in a typical project we are really happy to recommend Bickfords”.

    Liza Wilson,

    Hockley Heath.

  • We had never been involved in such a large project before and the whole team’s professional but friendly and flexible approach made the experience as stress free as possible. They were always extremely organised which really helped to keep to deadlines and budgets. The site was very well managed and secure at all times. They had no problem working with the other professionals engaged on the project, it was very much a team approach and the focus was always on achieving the end goal for the project. Nothing was too much trouble. We were heavily involved throughout the process and really appreciate the experience and craftsmanship that the team brought to our project. We are very pleased and proud of the end result and cannot recommend the Bickfords team highly enough”.

    Nicky Miles,

    Lapworth.

  • Bickford’s did an excellent job for us throughout. The site was well set up and managed. Demolition and excavation work was carefully supervised to create minimal disruption to us and neighbours. Attention to detail and craftsmanship were important to us and we were extremely pleased with the quality of workmanship in all areas. Indeed Bickfords went out of their way to ensure that we got exactly what we wanted, sitting through lengthy meetings and consulting us at every stage of the project. We are delighted with the end result which was in fact shortlisted for a RIBA award, and would recommend Bickford Building services”.

    Beverley,

    Worcester.

  • "Bickford Builders have been a breath of fresh air - honest, reliable, professional and courteous throughout we are really grateful for the transformation created for the whole family to enjoy. The support, workmanship and dedication of the whole team have been outstanding. We cannot recommend Peter, Paul, Mark and their team highly enough."”.

    Mr & Mrs Dowling and Family,

    Solihull.

  • Bickford Building Services have just transformed one of our garages from what was a "tip" into a great office and downstairs loo. It has made a huge difference, having opened up our hall and liberated a bedroom. The men from Bickford were delightful, neat and tidy and obviously very good at their jobs. It was a pleasure having them in the house. I would happily recommend Bickford Building Services to anyone.”.

    Sally,

    Solihull.

Here are few pointers from TV property expert Phil Spencer as to what you can do to improve the value of your home:

1. Add a new bathroom

Demand for en-suite bathrooms is on the rise, which means an extra bathroom could be a strong selling point for your property. You can upgrade your bathroom in small steps: swap a shower curtain for a glass door, add new taps or upgrade an old radiator to a heated towel rail.

2. Upgrade your kitchen

Buyers will be willing to pay more for a property if it comes complete with a ready-made modern cooking space. An attractive kitchen saves buyers the hassle and expense of redoing the kitchen themselves.

3. Extend out

A 30 square metre extension can add £14,000 to the value of your home , according to Barclays Mortgages and Countrywide [1]. When extending your home, opt for a good-sized room that suits the existing style of your home or is bold enough to be a major selling point.

4. Extend up (or down)

A loft conversion can add significant value to your home especially if you’re creating an extra bedroom – just remember to inform your home insurer of any changes. Basement conversions are also a smart solution for smaller properties.

5. Update the layout

Removing or moving internal walls can make a big difference to the value of your property at a fraction of the cost of heavy-duty improvements such as extensions. Just avoid moving any load-bearing walls.

6. Spruce up the garden

Building an extension that drastically reduces your garden space isn’t always the best option. Instead invest in your garden with small but significant improvements such as outdoor lighting or decking.

7. Convert the garage

If you don’t use your garage for parking your car, you could add value to your home by converting it into a living space. A home office, games room, kids’ room or home gym are all good options.

8. Bring in the experts

Take your time to ask friends and family for their recommendations on the best builders they know. Finding the right person for the job will prove invaluable.

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