Why landlords should have rental and legal protection insurance

The festive season has now passed, and normality is setting back into our daily lives.  But the season of goodwill can also leave our pockets and bank accounts looking bleak.  A change in circumstances or an unfortunate situation can put pressure on tight budgets, and...


The Christmas wish on Upper Bilson Road

One of the magical things about working in estate agency is the stories we hear and the moments we witness.  Charlotte Gardner, Sales Negotiator in Cinderford, told us about a wonderful Christmas story which we have had to keep quiet until now, or we may have ruined the...


Up close and personal...in Abergavenny & Crickhowell

We’re starting 2018 with the team that covers the beautiful town of Crickhowell nestled in the Usk Valley, to the much-loved market town of Abergavenny.  Both on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, they enjoy picturesque landscapes, gastro delights and warm...


Bidmead Cook join Tenovus Cancer Care for Jolly Jumper Day

20 December saw our 14 branches take part in Jolly Jumper Day for some festive fundraising for Tenovus Cancer Care.  Tenovus Cancer Care is a leading cancer charity that throughout 2018 will be celebrating 75 years of supporting cancer patients and their loved ones. It got...


6 Detoxifying plants for your home

Our homes can start to become stuffy over the winter months as we keep our windows firmly closed to keep out the chilly winds, and our heating is on to keep us warm and our washing dry.  But did you know that some plants have fantastic air purifying qualities that can help...


5 Quick rules to help sell your home this busy season

The start of the New Year is often one of the busiest times in the estate agency calendar, with many looking to start their New Year by searching for a new home.  These forthright buyers tend to be driven; they know what they want, and won’t wait to make a move when...


Why being on our list can make good things happen.

You don’t have to be a VIP to get on our list, but registering your details and needs can certainly put you in an advantageous position should you be looking to buy or rent a property. Vendors and landlords, we hope you can see the advantage of having an active database...


A home that makes sure we never forget........

What does your home mean to you? No matter if you have lived in the property for 10 years or 70, those four walls hold countless memories. As estate agents, we love finding out about each property that we have the pleasure to represent; this could be your favourite spot, the...


Desperately seeking new investors for new homes

Freshly painted walls, untouched kitchens and immaculate bathrooms – it’s no wonder many tenants want to rent a new home. In fact, we are continuing to see growth in the number of tenants who want to rent a new property, and will actually look at nothing else. As...


How Christmas can make buyers jingle away.

Chestnuts roasting on the open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, our homes always look so magical at Christmas. We all have our own ways of decorating, and celebrating Christmas, which is why each home will look unique and festive in its own special way.  But...


Up close and personal.........

Meet our team in Bridgend: With world class beaches, cycling, golf, surfing, and glorious natural environments, we’re heading to the place that has it all: Bridgend. Join us as we meet our Bridgend team and find out a little about this fantastic bunch. Name: Louisa...


What should you ask your Letting Agent ?

  As a landlord it can be easy to think that you’re on your own, but are you ignoring the benefits a property manager can have for your sanity and portfolio? It’s no coincidence that many estate agents don’t provide a lettings arm within their business.&...


Why you should act now if you're looking to sell your home in 2018

With the festive season fast approaching the last thing you want to be bothered with is having your house on the market. You may be thinking that waiting until the celebrations have ended so that you don’t have to be organised for viewings is the best solution.  We can...


Escape To The Country..... they did, and more.

We often get asked by TV production companies to help with their property programmes by recommending suitable properties. Our team have even featured on TV on several occasions. Recently, our Cinderford branch were approached by Escape to the Country and we recommended one of...


The "hot cake" effect of new build homes.

For many, the luxury of a new build home makes it their preferred property choice. Being the first to own the home, having new and contemporary fixtures and finishes - you can open the door to a blank canvas, ready for you to make your mark. We have seen incredible success as...


Why you shouldn’t believe everything you read about the sales market

The national press love to share the supposed doom and gloom of the property market. Whether it is the price of property crashing or a lack of movement, it is rare that anything is shown in a positive light. But at Bidmead Cook we want to tell you to ignore the national press and...


Up close and personal.. in Ebbw Vale

As we continue our tour of the Bidmead teams we head to the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park to the town of Ebbw Vale. Known for its industrial past and long sporting history, our branch here is run by a powerful team always eager to help people move. Name: Jeanne...


Why our approach works

Selling your home is a huge decision, but who do you trust to seal the deal? Choosing an estate agent should never be taken lightly, as your home is your biggest asset.  With several estate agents in your area all vying for your business, how can you ensure that you choose...


Gazumping - what is it, and why should it be banned?

If you have ever bought a home, you know how emotionally draining it can feel, viewing houses, putting in offers and praying that finally someone will say yes and you can start the process of making your chosen property a home that you own. But what if before you signed on the...


What is happening in the property market ?

If you’re thinking of selling your property, one of the questions you may want the answer to is, ‘what is happening in the property market?’ Now, we could provide you with industry research and tell you our opinion, but instead we’ve decided to share some...


All we can say is thank you.

Because we work in property, people think we’re only interested in the houses, but our focus is always on the people. We have the privilege of helping people move, a momentous event in everybody’s life.  It is a huge responsibility, and we always want to ensure...


Up close and personal..

Meet our Chepstow team Did you know that 2017 marks the 950 th anniversary of Chepstow? We couldn’t let this important year pass by without introducing you to our team in this stunning and historical town.  Who would love to live on a little Greek Island, and who...


Haunting cool finds for your home.

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to add some seasonal flair to your home’s interior. From black cats to skulls, we have put together a wonderful collection of home accessories that will give your home a spooky but elegant feel. It’s hard to imagine that a skull...


How not to scare away tenants

Halloween is approaching, but even though it is fright season, the last thing you want to do is scare away any existing or potential tenants. The lettings market is strong at the moment and set to increase, and in some areas supply is outstripping demand.  But don’t...


What is a valuation ?

You’ve decided to move and your next step is to get a valuation on your property. You have probably called one or two agents around to your house, who maybe your friends have used, or you have seen them on your high street. Maybe you’ve searched online, or used the...


Three.... is the magic number

For our Aberdare branch, three was certainly their magic number, when they sold three properties on one street . All properties were located in the village of Llwydcoed, which is on the outskirts of Aberdare yet still close to all local amenities and the new ‘...


Up close and personal..

Meet our Aberdare team Travel into the heart of the Cynon Valley and you will find our next team. As we get Up Close and Personal with our Aberdare branch, you will discover who would love to live in Sheffield, who prefers fruit to sweets in their desk draw, and why it is all...


Why compromise is the key to success for first time buyers

You dream of owning your first home; you’ve pictured what it will look like, how it will feel, and even probably furnished it in your head. You may have a long list of requirements, things that you believe you ‘need’, and a property that meets these needs will...


Toll fees scrap sees rise in interest in property

For fifty years tolls have been paid for travel between one of the most popular borders between England and Wales. So there was enormous joy in our branches when Prime Minister Theresa May announced the scrap of toll charges in May if her party won the general election. In a...


Why many people are seeing the colour purple

If you watched Watchdog on 3 August, you will have seen online estate agent Purplebricks being investigated. High street agents such as ourselves have long been concerned about many of their practices, especially as we often have to pick up the pieces when things have gone wrong...


Cheap hacks to get you on the move

The decision has been made, the estate agent chosen, and the appointment for photos is just a couple of days away. You want to ensure you achieve the best possible price for your home, but without redecorating or upgrading the flooring, what can you do? We have put together some...


The one plant that could prevent your home from selling.

Not all of us are horticulturists or careful conservers of our gardens, so we often have the odd plant or two where we have no idea what it actually is. However, there is one plant that could be lurking in the background that will make potential buyers turn and run, and that&...


Up close and personal...

Meet our Lydney team We’re off back towards the Forest of Dean to meet our next team in this month’s Up Close and Personal, as we are in the small town of Lydney. What is Sharon’s favourite property TV programme, and why? Who loves where they live, and whose...


School's out for Summer !

14 fun things to do over the school holidays As a child, the 6-week school holiday is a great adventure, and you can’t wait for it to start. As parents, we look for ideas to keep the kids entertained that won’t break the bank. Join us on a tour of our branches as we...


How to reduce stress when you're on the move.

It doesn’t matter if you’re selling, buying or renting, moving home is recognised as being one of the most stressful things you can do. But does it have to be? Stuff - we all have it, and some of us have a lot of it. Many people don’t start to pack until they...


Four essential tips for first-time tenants.......

There is nothing more exciting than moving into your first home. Finally, you have your independence, a place where you can decide where the kettle should live, and have ownership of the remote control. But a word of warning before you rush into a decision, there are several...


Up close and personal............

Meet our Brynmawr team  You’ll need to head to the highest town in Wales to meet our next team in this month’s Up Close and Personal, as we are in the market town of Brynmawr. Who used to work in Cyprus? Who would like to live on a farm? And whose guilty...


Things to consider when buying a rural property

From the hills and waters of the Wye Valley, the fringes of the Forest of Dean, to the banks of the River Severn. From the ‘Glittering Jewel of the Vale’, across to the Cynon Valley, and down to the county of Bridgend, the area we cover is vast. Dramatic landscapes...


When your rental property needs an E or above.

Yeah, more new changes for the private rental sector, but how many of you are aware of, or even ready for this one? You all know that your rental property requires an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before it can be let, but did you know that, as of 1 st April 2018, if your...


Pencoed - addition to our team

Pencoed is the newest branch to join our Bidmead Cook family, and now it is seeing more changes in the form of an additional duo. They may not quite be Batman and Robin, but they are ready to join Rebecca and put their talents to good use and help you move.  Let’s...


Meet our new award winning Director of Sales, Zoe Middleton

It has been wonderful to welcome our new Director of Sales, Zoe Middleton, to the team.  Zoe has over 15 years’ experience in the property industry with corporate agencies in Bristol and Somerset.  A real rising star, she has won the prestigious Hat Trick award...


Decluttering tips for selling success..

You have decided it is time to sell your home; the property looks great, but you know to achieve the maximum sale price it needs to look amazing. It is time to get on with some decluttering, but where do you start? We have put together some fantastic tips for selling success...


Auctions - just another way to sell your home.

When people see that a property is for sale at auction, they typically think: It must be run down and need renovating It must be a repossession Both of the above But there is also an option that you might not have considered: that it is just another way to sell your home...


3 essential tips for staging your bathroom and winning over buyers..

It is often said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, and this is generally true. The main reason being that the cost of upgrading these rooms is often far greater than that of, say, a bedroom.  Buyers want bathrooms that look clean and fresh; if your bathroom is dated...


Up close and personal.......... Meet our Caldicot team

Continuing our tour around our branches, this month’s Up Close and Personal is brought to you from Caldicot. Find out what munchies they keep in their desk draw, who loves Grand Designs, and who enjoys spending time in their garden. Name:  Diana Waite Occupation...


Buying frenzy at Aberaman House

It’s 8am and there is already a queue forming for the anticipated release. The doors don’t open until 11am, yet there is no stopping more people joining the queue, many with cash, praying they will be the first to grab their desired choice. No, this isn’t the...


Landlords.... would you like your rent guaranteed?

Have you lost money as a landlord due to tenants failing to pay rent? It is one of our landlords’ greatest worries.  Let’s face it, being a landlord is hard enough as it is, what with the constant changes to legislation and regulations making it hard to keep up...


How to add style and life to your garden..

As the sun rises our gardens come alive with colour and grace. There is no doubt that a beautifully maintained garden can help sell your home, which is why a spot of gardening is essential at this time of year. Whilst you’re weeding and planting, take a moment to think...


Lettings Update - what is happening in our rental markets ?

There is no hiding the fact that the last couple of years have been tough on landlords, and this year continues to be challenging, with changes to tax and tenant fees hovering on the horizon. Despite the perception that landlords are abandoning the market, we know that you are...


Up close and personal........

Meet our Cinderford team.............. This month continuing our Up close and personal series we head to Gloucestershire and the heart of the Forest of Dean to discover more about our Cinderford team.   Name: Kirsten Sutherland Occupation:   Branch Manager ...


Why your front door matters when selling your home

As the common saying suggests, we should never judge a book by its cover. The truth is, though, that we do. If we don’t like the cover of a book, we won’t pick it up and read the synopsis. We are all guilty of this from time to time, and when it comes to property, the...


Top tips for working with an architect

Whether you’re renovating a property or planning an extension or conversion, drafting in specialist help will ensure that your project runs smoothly, the project is completed quickly, and standards are kept high in line with relevant laws and legislation. A great place to...


Up close and personal

This month we are heading to the Valleys to meet the team at our Merthyr Tydfil branch.   Name: Sian Quinan Occupation:  Lettings Negotiator Specialist Subject:  Lettings   What do you love most about Merthyr? The people, the countryside, the history and...


How we raised the roof for one buyer........

Like many estate agents, we often get asked to put forward properties for TV shows. With this genre of programme still as popular as ever, and new property shows still being created, it is wonderful to get the opportunity to have our company, and a client’s property...


It's all change at the top at Ross-on-Wye

After over 13 years at the helm, we have said goodbye to Mark Barber, Branch Manager who is now settling into retirement. Alan Bidmead and Mark have worked together for over 35 years.  We had a wonderful send off and one of two glasses of fizz were consumed also. As they...


The Farmers' Market effect

Every weekend across Wales you will find a number of farmers’ markets, each offering a delicious selection of local produce, artisan, fresh, and seasonal foods. Our quest to eat healthier and know where our food has come from, as well as a desire to support local businesses...


How imagination is key when renovating...

How good is your imagination? When showing people around a run down property, we often find that some people can see past the peeling wallpapered walls, the rugged floorboards and damp walls, and they can picture it transformed into an incredible home, others just see peeling...


Is renting truly a bad thing?

The facts are that house prices are high, there is not a lot of affordable housing and we are in an era of generation rent. But why is there such a stigma to renting a property?  Across Europe, there tends to be a more positive attitude towards renting. In many areas it is...


Our top tips for finding the perfect architect..

You have amazing plans swarming around in your head, but to turn them into reality you need to find an architect. However, hiring someone to build, renovate or extend your property might seem daunting. An architect can translate your ideas into solid plans; they can break...


Is bigger always better? Downsizing, the move for all generations.

Downsizing has been in the news recently, after the government released a white paper on housing strategy. One of their plans was to encourage the older generation to downsize to make way for families looking to move up the chain.  This controversial plan angered many...


Renting?  Why you need to make sure your landlord is licensed.

Not a day goes by when there isn’t a story on the news about a rogue landlord, over charging, over crowding, and basically giving the industry a bad reputation. You may be aware that anyone renting a property in Wales now needs to be licensed as part of the new Rent Smart...


..Step inside.... St John's Church..

Built by coal merchant Sir John Josiah Guest in 1827 for his workers, St. John’s Church was used for Sunday services right up until 1997. In the 19 th century, Dowlais Ironworks was one of the biggest producers of iron in the world.  It was Sir John’s grandfather...


The shocking truth about Bidmead Cook

If you’re looking to sell your home quickly then we have to let you know the shocking truth about our service.   Since 1st January 2017, we have found that properties have been moving very quickly with many homes accepting an offer within the first week of being on...


Up close and personal....

Meet the team at Ross-on-Wye:  Continuing our Up Close and Personal series, we head to Ross-on-Wye to discover what makes them tick. Name: Allison-Jayne Smith Occupation: Branch Manager Specialist Subject: Property in Ross-on-Wye   What do you love most about Ross...


How landlords save money with a letting agent

With the demand for rental properties continuing to grow at Bidmead Cook, we seek landlords to help meet this need. Research by RICS found that due to the changes last year, in particular the stamp duty surcharge, the number of investors across the UK has dropped, so much so that...


Love at first sight - how your property can steal their heart

It’s February, so love is very much in the air, and whilst we exchange Valentines with the ones we love, you also have it in your power to ensure your property will steal the hearts of prospective buyers and tenants. Whether you believe in love at first sight or not, we all...


How to sell your property before it’s on the market.....

  What makes a good estate agent? If you’re selling your home, you want to ensure that the agent you choose can sell it quickly and for the best possible price. We have had some incredible results already this year where properties have sold on their first viewing...


Ebbw Vale’s Sascha makes her TV debut

  Those eagled eyed fans of the TV programme Homes Under The Hammer may have spotted our very own Sascha Gill make an appearance in November. Sascha, from our Ebbw Vale branch, began filming last summer and shot further scenes about the action purchase in the middle of...


Up close and personal....

Meet the team at our newest branch in Pencoed   In November, we were proud to unwrap our 14 th branch, which was formerly known as Pencoed Properties. The team stayed when the branch transferred ownership, and they have spent the last couple of months getting to know their...