Abergavenny’s campaign for the homeless

It is estimated that 320,000 people in the UK are sleeping on the streets or currently in temporary accommodation.  The new analysis finds that the number of Britons without a permanent place to live is one in 200 people.  Figures from Shelter show that homelessness has...


3 Homes best for entertaining

With the festive season fast approaching, many of us will be entertaining in the forthcoming weeks.  Whether it’s a large family gathering, cocktails and nibbles with friends, or a Christmas movie marathon, we have found the best homes for entertaining that are...


The million pound sale in Abergavenny

It’s not very often we have the privilege of selling such a remarkable property as this Grade II listed 16 th century farmhouse in Llanvapley.  Lavishly restored, it caught the eye of a couple from Bristol who are relocating to the area.       &ldquo...


Crickhowell named as Best High Street in the UK

We’ve always known there was something special about Crickhowell, which is why we’ve had a branch in this picturesque part of the Brecon Beacons.  The team are also celebrating as interest in this wonderful town has increased since it was named as boasting the...


Landlords and tenants, is your property ready for winter?

Winter is upon us. There is no hiding the fact that we’re all wearing an extra layer, the gloves are on, and even though we may have resisted for a while, the heating is certainly keeping us warm at night.  However, this season can also play havoc with your property...


Make the right first impression this festive season

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions count.  From their first look and longing glance, buyers are forming opinions, opinions that can actually help or hinder the rest of the viewing.  Don’t take our word for it - recent research suggests that it...


6 Memorable things to do this Christmas

‘Tis the season for magic and sparkle, so step away from the packed shops and stressful gift buying and enjoy a family Christmas filled with memories.  We have searched across our region to find our top seven things to do over the festive season. Open Now &ndash...


Who would like a jargon-free homebuyer’s property survey?

If you have bought a house before you will have seen a property survey, but this document can be confusing. It can even cause some buyers to walk away from properties out of fear, and others to purchase a property with serious faults.  It can sometimes be difficult to...


New powers to hold the worst landlords to account

In all sectors there are the good and the bad. When it comes to landlords, many are angry and frustrated by the damage to the reputation of the industry caused by the actions of a small few.  Good landlords work hard to consistently provide a high quality property and...


Let us welcome you to Beacon Heights

Set within the thriving town of Merthyr Tydfil you will find the exciting new development of detached and semi-detached houses, Beacon Heights.  What makes this development so special is that there are only 15 houses, to be released over two phases.   Phase one has...


How to sell your autumn home

Grey days that turn dark very early, fallen leaves and barren branches… Autumn can seem a difficult time to sell your home.  Many people are fooled into thinking that spring and summer are the best seasons for property sales, but let us reassure you, the market is...


Hilarious announcements to say ‘we’ve moved’!

When it comes to telling your friends and family that you have moved home, why not have some fun with one of these fantastic cards.  Show off your sense of humour and wild creativity; what better way to inform them of where you’re living now?   Public...


Buyers, what’s your compromise?

What does your perfect home look like?  We all have ideas about our next property, you may have made long lists of requirements, gone Pinterest crazy, or even been stalking Rightmove to see what new properties have been listed each day. There is no doubt that buying a new...


5 Properties with surprising additional extras

One of the exciting parts of searching for a new home is when you are met with great and unexpected surprises.  We have searched our current properties for sale and put together a selection of homes that offer that something extra.  So if you’re looking for a home...


What can you buy for under £150k across our branches?

Let’s be honest, we all like to have a little nosey at those dream houses that only a lottery win could finance.  But just because your budget may be a lot smaller, doesn’t mean there aren’t some fantastic options available. We’ve taken a look at...


Up close and personal with the Bridgend Branch Manager

September was the start of the new school year, and it also saw Jayne’s first day at Bidmead Cook. With over 25 years of experience in estate agency, Jayne has taken on the role of Branch Manager in Bridgend and has already secured her first few sales! We get to know her as...


Tenants, what does your social media say about you?

Social media, the majority of us will have an account on one platform or another.  Whether you like to keep in touch with friends and family through Facebook, or love the more visual aspect of Instagram, we all have our favourites.  But what does your social media...


Kitchen Trend – create a coffee station

  There’s a new trend hitting our homes and making every morning that little bit better! If you start your day with your favourite cup of coffee served just how you like it then you need to make some space for a coffee station. If you were entertaining over the...


Is your property ready to keep you warm this winter?

Within a matter of days, we have switched from flip-flops and sun tops to boots and warm jackets.  Yes, winter is on its way, and just as you may be updating your winter wardrobe, have you thought about how you prepare your home for winter?   The weather can play...


Double trouble – could this be why your home isn’t selling

Your home will not appeal to everyone, but if you want to ensure it sells for the highest price, you need to try and make it attractive to the widest audience possible.  Some things you can change, others may be impossible, but being aware of known ‘turn-offs&rsquo...


4 Things you must do after moving day

You’ve done it! You’ve got the keys, you’ve packed the truck, and you have finally spent your first night in your new home. Now what?  To ensure you get settled on the right foot, we have asked all our team for their best advice, and put together our...


Why we are the triple threat you need to sell or let your property

The way we advertise property has evolved over the years, and continues to do so. Gone are the times when properties were only advertised in the local newspaper; now we have to use a multitude of mediums.  As a proactive estate agent covering a variety of areas we need to...


Is all you want for Christmas a new home?

Flip-flops are still gracing your feet, your T-shirts are at the top of your drawer, and you’re still trying to make the most of any sunny weather before the temperature starts to drop.  Yet all around us are signs that the next season is upon us; whether it’s...


Cinderford’s need to support the local food bank

Life throws many challenges at us over the years, and none of us expect to be in a situation where we’re struggling to pay for the basics, like food.  Yet, all it takes is a sudden change in circumstances and any one of us could find ourselves in an unlikely and...


First, First, First, why you shouldn’t wait to act

You will have heard the opinions of the press, your family, and your neighbours - everyone has their own view on the property market and what’s happening right now.  The reality is that what happens in one location can be very different to another, which is why it&...


Looking to sell?  Buyers are waiting in Merthyr

It probably won’t be news to you that there is a real lack of properties coming onto the market.  In Merthyr it’s the mid-range properties that are in especially high demand, and we have many buyers waiting.  Why this range of property? It is the stepper-...


8 housewarming gift ideas for a new home

When someone moves home it can be tricky to know what to buy them as a housewarming present.  But don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something when you move, too! We have found some fun pieces that will also add personality to your or a friend’s home.&...


Our back to school guide to lettings

The new term has started and families across the country are starting to get back into a routine.  Landlords, we know how quickly things can change or become confusing, so we have put together our back to school guide to lettings.   First day jitters   The...


The facts about issuing a Section 21 notice

Circumstances can change, you may decide that the property you are currently letting you now need for your own purposes.  A change in circumstances may not be the only reason you wish to regain procession of your property, your tenants may have broken their tenancy agreement...


The growing surge in first-time buyers

As the years come and go we see a variety of trends in the property market, we meet the challenges each trend provides head on.  Today is no different, it is tough, due to the lack of properties coming onto the market.  Vendors seem reluctant to sell, whether it is the...


Still confusion over licensing – Rent Smart Wales

We are shocked to find there is still a great deal of Rent Smart Wales confusion over registering and licensing.  We hope that this will clarify one of the major questions we are often asked on licensing.  Registering As you know, anyone who is renting a property in...


Always in a language you understand

Every industry has their own jargon, and in the property world we’re guilty too.  At Bidmead Cook we take extra steps to ensure that each and every one of our clients understand the process they are about to enter.  Whether you are looking to buy a house of the...


Home staging ideas inspired by your dream holiday

This is the time many of us pack our suitcases and whisk ourselves off to foreign lands, we often arrive praising our accommodation for its elegance and style.  But instead of simply posting pics to Instagram, why not take note and inspiration to help you stage your home...


Our need for a little something green

Have you ever experienced that feeling when you go for a walk, jog or run and you’re surrounded by nature.  The wind blowing in your face, the dramatic and beautiful scenery that surrounds you, old trees, wildlife, there is always something to grab your eyes attention...


6 Kitchen turnoffs that are scaring away buyers

Often described as the heart of the home, it is believed that kitchens and bathrooms can make or break a sale.  Therefore neglecting to prepare one of these rooms for sale, could make your buyers run to the hills, rather than them putting their slippers under the table. ...


Working together for a good cause

Our new homes division has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years.  We have previously talked about our work with Davis Homes, including how we support their new developments.  Working together for us isn’t restricted to the constraints...


Our essential tips for keeping cool at work this summer

How wonderful has the weather been recently ?  We can’t deny we have been loving the sun, yet working in this weather can sometimes be a challenge, which is why our branches have been enjoying sharing their tips on how to keep cool.  Run your wrists under the...


Why all landlords need to keep in touch

As a letting agent we support all our landlords whether they decide to use our management facility or not, yet those who self-manage often think that they are on their own.  There are many advantages to having an experienced letting agent such as ourselves managing your...


What our team is getting up to this summer

With the school holidays fast approaching, you may be looking for ideas.  Our team are no exception as they love to share with each other their plans which often include a variety of events.  Whether participating or spectating, our teams are a social lot, who avidly...


Where one agent failed we succeeded – twice!

We always like to bring you success stories from across our branches to highlight the dedication our team has to get your property sold.  This month we have two stories from two very different branches, where another agent has failed to deliver and we have turned it around...


4 unlikely ways to help sell your home

When it comes to selling your home most people are aware of what they need to do, to get their property ready for sale.  Whether you decide to put in the work or not, making that extra effort can potentially increase your homes value and the speed of securing a sale. ...


What are buyers searching for?

If you’re thinking of selling your home you may be wondering whether your property is the type of home potential buyers are seeking.  You may have done the work your side to ensure that the property is presented for sale, by undertaking necessary repairs, refreshing...


Will you be enjoying the taste of Monmouthshire?

This summer, two food festivals will be taking place in Monmouthshire that will tickle your taste buds and delight your senses.  Most people will have heard of or visited the Monmouthshire Food Festival, which this year is being held on 2-3 June, but we wanted to look closer...


Why it pays to be open-minded when buying a property

A friend was car shopping at the weekend; he knew exactly the make and model he wanted, and the features.  As he walked around the showroom he was adamant that no other car would do, and when the garage was unable to deliver he was ready to leave.  It was at that moment...


What features will help sell your home?

It is always interesting to read new research to find out what the current trends are.  Some seem obvious and others surprising, and to most buyers the top feature listed in GoCompare.com Home Insurance’s 20 must-have features for buyers should come as standard. ...


Is your rental property giving the right impression?

With demand for rental properties now exceeding supply, you may start to think that it would be easy to let any property in the area.  When this thinking starts to creep in, we have seen landlords take their foot slightly off the pedal and some of the pride they had in their...


Hidden Talents – Baking up classics to giving you a sugar rush

Following on from our Meet the Team series, we are continuing to get to know our team through their hidden talents.  It surprised us how many of them confessed to having talents we never knew of, and so we wanted to know a little bit more.  Many of the team have been...


Double good news in Coleford

We always like to share good news stories with you, especially those that reflect the property market within which we are working at the moment.  Our Coleford branch has had two reasons to celebrate recently. Sold in 24 hours This 3-bedroom semi-detached house in Coalway...


Bring a touch of the coast into your home

It’s the season where we start to visit distant shores, relax on sun-drenched beaches and play within their waters.  Whether you’re holidaying home or away, our recent sunny spell may have got you dreaming of the coast.  Don’t let your dreams be short-...


Our very own Escape to the Country

We are blessed to live within the most breathtaking and dramatic landscapes, the beauty of which attracts those who are looking to escape to the country.  Many of our team are fans of the Escape to the Country BBC programme, and were therefore excited when one of our...


The selling/buying benefits of our branches

Although we serve different areas with often completely different communities, one of the advantages of having several branches is the ability to work together to help our clients with their property needs.  Our clients often buy and sell in different locations, which can...


Going, going, gone - great sales stories from across our branches

If you have ever bought or sold a home you will no doubt have a story to tell.  The ones that people seem to remember are the horror stories, but every day our clients have some wonderful and fantastic experiences that we feel it’s important to share. Here are a couple...


6 Scorching trends for your garden this summer

As we head into the summer months we dream of spending time in the outdoors, especially our gardens.  At this time of year, you tend to find the DIY stores packed with people looking to make-over their outdoor spaces, maybe you’re one of them?  If you’re...


Are you spending too much on home improvements?

Our homes are our pride and joy, and if you are anything like us, you often ponder how you can improve them.  Maybe you want to add more space, change the layout to better suit your family’s lifestyle, or add an extra bathroom - because you can never have enough...


Bidmead Cook’s beginners’ guide to being a landlord

There is no doubt that this last couple of years has been a stressful time in the lettings world, with what seems like ever-changing legislation and regulations.  The press has also played their part in shaping the perceptions of the market and, more crucially, of landlords...


10 fun things to do this summer

The summer seems to have taken forever to arrive, but it’s almost here. Pack away your wellies and winter coats and fill your diary with fun and unique days out with your friends and family. We have 12 branches covering Ross-on-Wye, Lydney, Cinderford, Coleford, Chepstow...


Why we support The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil

Our Merthyr Tydfil branch is a member of The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District (BID).  This is an organisation of businesses that came together in 2012 to make their voices heard and work collectively to deliver a range of projects.  We Love...


The Chapel being transformed into a forever home

Every now and again we are privileged to represent a unique property wanting to be brought back to life.  St. Michael’s Church in the beautiful village of Soudley was built in 1909 and was used as a place of worship until April last year. With stunning views over the...


Up close and personal... Meet our Lettings team

Our extensive Lettings team cover all of our 14 branches and are committed to providing a quality service. From finding the right tenant to effective management services they each have a passion for property, but what do they love most about their role, and what’s their...


Investor watch edition 1 – Potential buy-to-let properties for sale

As a buy-to-let investor you may be looking to extend your property portfolio.  Our Lettings Director, Natalie Young, has put together her hot list of potential buy-to-let properties and their estimated yields.  Take a look at our first edition of Investor Watch, and...


Don’t forget these spots when spring cleaning your home

We are now officially in spring, although the weather could belie this fact.  It’s the time of year when many of us decide to give our homes a thorough cleaning.  Experts believe there are certain areas that we sometimes forget when we are in spring-cleaning mode...


5 Epic ways to fail at selling your home

Selling your home isn’t rocket science, is it? However, there are so many things that can go wrong, which can make it stressful.  We know as a seller you are motivated to get your property sold so you can move into that lovely new home you’ve found.  But...


Three warnings landlords must heed to prevent prosecution or fines

From prosecutions to fines, landlords are being hit for not adhering to the latest regulations and legislation.  Many believe that as owners of maybe one or two private rental properties they can hide under the radar of the authorities, but sadly this is not the case. ...


Do you know your freehold from your leasehold?

When buying a property sometimes the jargon can make the whole process feel like you’re speaking in a foreign language.  But it’s essential that you fully understand what it is you’re actually buying to prevent stresses and strains further down the line...


The ultra violet way to add colour to your home this year

For those who love to dabble in home interiors, you may already know that a key trend for this year is the colour ultra violet.  Every year, the interiors world eagerly awaits the much anticipated announcement of the Pantone Colour Institute’s ‘Colour of the Year...


How our lettings team meet your expectations

As a landlord, deciding to place your property in the hands of a letting agent is a big decision and you may have many questions – after all, you need to ensure that your investment is safe.  Our lettings team are committed to providing a quality service that is...


How to keep your pets happy when moving home

Moving home.  Many consider it one of the most stressful things you can do.  After the initial excitement of the search for your future home, you also endured the sales process, felt the ultimate relief of exchange, and now moving day is quickly approaching.  Your...


Why you should not be swayed by a high valuation

When you’re selling something, it doesn’t matter if it is a used item on an auction site or your home, you always want to get the highest price possible.  But what if that highest price ends up not being the best solution, and could in fact cost you more money in...


Up close and personal... Meet our team in Coleford

Located in the heart of The Royal Forest of Dean, Coleford is a small thriving market town with a strong community behind it. The team, based on the High Street, is made up of Craig, Esther and Emma, but who has a soft spot for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and whose second...


Upper Bilson Road Surprise

We know many of you were touched by the story of the family who surprised their family with a new home for Christmas. For those that are not familiar with the story you can read all about it here -  The Christmas wish on Upper Bilson Road . You will be pleased to hear...


Top tips for landlords in 2018

The start of the year is the best time to review and refresh your portfolio, and we have some great suggestions for where to start.   Legislation   Did you know that there are currently 160 pieces of legislation relevant to the rental market? But with new regulations...


The Trago Mills affect in Merthyr

Covering 200,000 sq ft the equivalent to 61 football pitches, Trago Mills is no small building.  It is currently preparing to be home to 180,000 products as well as a café, leisure facilities and a petrol station.  Located just of the A470 it is set to be a...


Are you aware of the new Land Transaction Tax?

Although it is coming into effect in April, it is still not widely known that the UK-wide Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is to be replaced in Wales with the Land Transaction Tax (LTT). So what is the difference and, more importantly, what are the rates?  According to the Welsh...


How is the rental market in Wales changing?

We recently received the rent index from the DPS, the report collates data on the rental market for Q3 of 2017.  It provided insightful data that we believe our landlords would be interested in. Rents have been increasing across the UK over the last 10 years, with the...


What to consider when buying a second home

With picturesque landscapes, breathtaking coastlines, beautiful towns and villages, and the scrapping of the bridge toll, it’s no wonder that many people are coming to us to buy a second home, whether it’s for investment purposes, or a place their family can come...


Up close and personal...Meet our team in Monmouth

Located just a stone’s throw from the historic Monnow Bridge, our team in the bustling market town of Monmouth are brimming with experience and knowledge of the local property market. But what gave them their passion for property? We get to know Craig and his team, as &...