We may work hard ….

One thing that makes Bidmead Cook so special is our teams. We may be spread across South Wales and our corner of England, and we may not see each other daily, but when we come together we just fit. We all work hard, but we also like to have some fun too. 2016 has seen our teams...


Community News

Why it feels like Christmas everyday at Bidmead Cook No matter how many houses we sell, or how many properties we let, at the end of the day, your experience with us is our priority. Which is why our greatest reward is to receive messages of thanks from our clients. We are so...


Why tenants need to keep a keen eye on their finances...........

Have those Christmas gifts taken their toll on your bank balance? Have those seasonal tipples been giving you a rosy outlook on your finances? If you’re thinking of renting, or your tenancy will be coming to an end in 2017, you need to start casting a keen eye over your...


Does the New Year hold a move for you?

Filled with the excesses that Christmas brings, we start to look to the New Year. Many of us will task ourselves with a number of resolutions; it’s a brave and tenacious person who sticks to them throughout the year.  You may decide to join a gym in a quest to get fit...


How to make an auction property safe and warm for the future

When buying a property at auction you expect to undertake some work on the property before you sell it on or offer it out to let. The scale of the work can vary dramatically, but one thing is for sure, you need to ensure that any works completed are done so to a high standard. If...


Ben moves upwards and closer to home

We are proud to announce that Ben Bontes-Cutter from our Monmouth branch has been promoted, and is now Branch Manager at Abergavenny. Ben is a dynamic character and we know he will build on the success of this branch whilst supporting and advising our clients with their buying...


"A Magical Christmas"  being created in Coleford....

There is nothing more beautiful than walking down a high street and seeing all the store windows filled with beautiful Christmas scenes. It is something that is common across major cities around the world; people can’t wait for the major stores’ unveilings, as they...


Gavin experiences the "Llamau Sleep-Out"

Giving back is really important to everyone in the team at Bidmead Cook. One of our Directors, Gavin Williams, recently took part in the Llamau Sleep-Out in Cardiff.  Llamau is the leading homelessness charity for the most vulnerable young people and women in Wales. The...


What the M&S Christmas advert teaches us about Lettings....

The battle of the Christmas adverts was extremely interesting this year. John Lewis is normally considered the winner with a heart-warming offering; but this year they changed tack, and another big brand seems to have captured our attention. The glamorous Mrs Claus in the M&S...


Can your buyers really view your home this Christmas?

On writing this it’s November, yet apparently 1 in 10 of us have already put up our Christmas tree, are you one of them? According to a poll carried out by the home interiors firm Hillarys.co.uk, which reveals our Christmas habits. Also, 1 in 12 of us has already watched a...


We’ve welcomed our 14th branch to the Bidmead Cook family

Friday 18th November saw us unwrap an early Christmas present at Bidmead Cook, as we welcomed our 14th branch. Located in Pencoed, within the borough of Bridgend, and formerly known as Pencoed Properties, we completed the deal only last week, on 10th November. This small but...


Diana's verse for National Poetry Day

Thursday 6 October was National Poetry Day, which kicked off with a broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, featuring a reading of a Seamus Heaney sonnet by HRH the Prince of Wales. Our very own Diana Waite from our Chepstow branch decided to turn her hand to writing...


Our teams are talented in more ways than one

We know our teams at Bidmead Cook are talented when it comes to property, but they also have a host of other special talents, many of which they have kept secret from the rest of their colleagues. We have recently discovered that two of our team members have talents that are also...


Adding WOW with the Shoebox Appeal

We are proud to announce that all our branches are participating in the Samaritans Shoebox Appeal. It is a small thing for each one of our team to do, but we recognise that it can make a huge difference to a child’s life. Each shoebox needs to be packaged for a specific age...


Advice for a first time landlord...

Buying the buy to let Buying a property to let is different to buying a new home. When you buy a home the decision involves both your heart and your head; you choose a property that you love, and that meets your specific needs.   When buying a property to let, your...


Busting those myths about selling your home

You may call them myths, old wives’ tales or fables, but we all have stories to tell and advice to give about buying and selling property. Some could sound more like nightmares, others straight out of a work of fiction.  As they say, to be forewarned is to be forearmed...


Quick tips for not losing your mind when renovating a property..

Have an agile plan  Anyone who has undertaken any type of renovation work, big or small, will know that no matter how well you plan, there will be always something that you didn’t expect. Creating an agile plan will provide you with the flexibility you need, should...


Suporting those in crisis

We sometimes forget how blessed we are, and whilst we may not be millionaires, to others we have a fortune. Zara from our Lydney office has inspired us this week, and therefore all of our branches will now be collecting food for our local food banks. Food banks collect everyday...


GOLD medal winners galore

Have you been hooked on the achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians over the last couple of months? The town of Lydney are set to welcome home their history making star, Andy Lewis, who won Gold in the men’s PT2 triathlon. The whole town are preparing for the event...


So much news this summer....

Each month we like to give you an insight into what has been happening in our branches, but this summer has been crazy, so here are some of the highlights. • Gavin Williams, Director of our Aberdare and Merthyr branches celebrated his 40th birthday; it was only a few weeks...


An evening of discovery with Rent Smart Wales

On Monday 12 September our Merthyr Tydfil branch held a letting property seminar, at which representatives from Rent Smart Wales joined us. We decided to organise the seminar, as there is still a lot of confusion with regard to what is involved and who is affected by the Rent...


Love and reason - our guide to buying a listed property at Auction

When you’re looking to buy at auction you will find a wealth of choice, from new builds to character properties, and even some with listed status. Seeing that a property is listed might scare you off, or you may fall in love with its history and features, but before you...


The ghostly tale of selling your home

The kids are back in school, the roads are busy again after the summer spell, and the shops are suddenly full of sparkly things, reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner. But before you grab your tinsel, you need to carve a pumpkin, as this is the month when spooky...


Deposit-saving tips to decorate rental property...

5 deposit-saving tips to decorate rental property   You’re renting, so you don’t decorate for fear of losing your deposit, and therefore the property feels temporary. But this property is your home for the duration of the tenancy, it should be bursting with...


What can "Homes under the Hammer" teach you about property auctions ?

It’s hard to imagine anyone not being aware of the TV programme Homes under the Hammer. This daytime TV show has semi-cult status, as thousands watch every day to see the real life successes and failures of people buying at auction. But many forget that lifestyle and...


There's nothing like a first impression

When is the last time something caught your eye? It’s funny how some things can cause us to turn our heads and pull out our purse or wallet, and others we don’t give a second glance. The same is true for buyers when they are looking for their new home. The majority...


Two become one, with the help of the Welsh Games....

You may not know this, but up until February this year we were operating as two different letting companies under the banner of Bidmead Cook. In February the two companies merged, which has aided the smooth running of our business across all of our branches. As a result of our...


Gone in a flash.................

It is not often a property sells before we have had time to advertise it, but that’s exactly what happened with 4 Chestnut Close, Mile End. We asked Michelle Stephens, our Senior Sales Negotiator at our Coleford branch, to tell us the story. “The property was a...


Take a seat with Bidmead Cook at "Cindyfest" !

Cinderford Music Festival, aka ‘Cindyfest’, is back for 2016. With 4 stages hosting a wealth of artists, it is an event the whole community love to support. With acts such as Hannah Hill and Eddie Kendrick on the acoustic, New Voyage stage at The Dog House, as well...


NEW HOMES in the Welsh Valleys

Fancy buying a brand new home?! There has been a huge interest in our new homes sites recently with a particular rise in sales at Davies Homes exciting development at Nant Arian, Church Village near Pontypridd. This delightful site is within easy reach of the M4 and therefore...


Bidmead Cook invites you to our PROPERTY SEMINAR Evening Monday 12 September 2016 Commencing : 6.30 p.m. Location: Merthyr Tydfil Football Club, Pendarren Park, Merthyr, CF47 8RF We will be joined by representatives from RENT SMART WALES with the opportunity to discuss...


Signs you're not emotionally ready to sell..

As the door opens, you know you’re home; flashes of memories are triggered by the photographs on display on your sideboard in the corner, and the love you feel for your home, neighbours and village remain as strong as ever. Does this sound familiar? Mrs Thomas was that...


Should you stage a property to let ?

Walking into an empty property can often be a cold experience; yes, you can get a good feel for a space, but honestly, who can accurately gauge whether a double bed will fit into a ‘double’ bedroom or not? Your tenants are not looking for an empty shell, they are...


How to prepare to renovate your property...

Before you buy a property that requires renovation you may wish to consider getting a survey done by an RCIS surveyor. Depending on the condition of the property a HomeBuyers’ Report will make you aware of the main issues, whereas a Building Survey is more detailed and will...


A new beginning for our Director

Love was in the air on Saturday 9 July for our Director, Gavin, who oversees our Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil branches, as he wed the beautiful Beth at the picturesque Pembrokeshire Golf Club. Gavin and his groomsmen started the day with a spot of golf before getting all suited...


It's still all go in Coleford..

The Annual Music Festival took place in Coleford from 16 – 17 July; this annual event attracts people from far and wide. With performances by Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, 2Rude and Bhangra band RSVP, it was an incredible event enjoyed by all. The Festival is...


We deliver in more ways than one..

Expecting your first child is a time full of excitement, and also concerns that everything will be ok. But Andrew, our Lettings Manager in Monmouth, had no time to think, he just had to act. “We thought my partner had been in labour all day, so I took her to hospital,&rdquo...


CRICKHOWELL IS COMMENDED FOR EXCELLENCE

When Kathy and her Crickhowell team arrived at the Celtic Coldra Hotel they had no idea what was to come. The seminar was held for Bidmead Cook teams, for training purposes and also to reaffirm changes within the property sector. At the end of the seminar a number of awards were...


The Force was with Coleford.....

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away…. In the foothills of Puzzlewood, a small town saw its own battle (celebration). If there is one team that embraces events with the force of a Jedi, it has to be Coleford. The town came together to celebrate Star Wars Day with...


MANY LAUGHS WERE HAD BY OUR CINDERFORD TEAM

Bute Park in Cardiff was the scene, and Gung-Ho! was their mission. A 5km inflatable obstacle course awaited the team from Cinderford, who were also joined by some of the Coleford branch. As they surveyed the challenges ahead, the Welsh weather lent its support, with torrential...


10 tips for creating a garden that sells

When you’re selling your home you want it to look its best for potential buyers; this means ensuring the interior and exterior of your home are beautifully presented. One area you shouldn’t neglect is the garden, which is why we have put together 10 tips to create a...


There are several ways to buy a property, and one of them is at auction. If you are looking to buy a property to renovate, or you’re hoping to purchase at below market value, then you may have decided that an auction is the best route for you. However, we have put together...


As a landlord, it can often be difficult to keep on top of the ever-changing legislation and regulation. At Bidmead Cook we are here to support all our landlords and provide them with the most up to date information, to ensure your property and tenant are safe and you are always...