ASK THE EXPERT The agents I am buying through have implied that my ability to proceed may depend on using their preferred financial advisor. However, I already know an advisor who was very helpful last time I moved. What should I do? A. Under the Estate Agents Act 1979, by...


ASK THE EXPERT A. Radon is a radioactive gas, which comes from the minute particles of uranium naturally present in all rocks and soils. It is, and always has been, a part of the world we live in. Although exposure to particularly high levels of radon may pose a health risk...


ASK THE EXPERT A. With the current increase in the amount of property on the market, relative to the number of buyers willing or able to take the plunge, it’s understandably tempting to walk away and look for something else. On the other hand…if this property...


ASK THE EXPERT A. Not all that often, actually. But by their very nature, if and when boundary disagreements do arise, then they can quickly escalate into a serious dispute unless they are dealt with quickly - and as diplomatically as possible. Sometimes, for example...


CHAPPLINS EMBRACE AUDIO TOUR MARKETING

Chapplins are the first estate agent in Havant to present properties with a mini TV-style advert via the internet. The Audio Tour provides anyone looking for property via the internet with the opportunity to have the estate agent tell them about a particular property and talk...


ASK THE EXPERT A. Not surprisingly, this is a question we get asked quite often – despite the fact that compared to the rest of the developed world, agents here in the UK don’t actually charge very much at all. As to why agents charge the sort of fees they do, the...


ASK THE EXPERT   A. A covenant is a binding legal obligation that comes with ownership of a particular property. Generally imposed by the original owner, it applies to the property itself and is therefore automatically passed down from owner to owner with the deeds, each...


Over-valuing of properties for sale appears to be widespread, with the number of homes on the market reduced in price last month at a high. Prices of 66,445 homes were reduced, with an average price cut of £14,700. According to the property portal Home, which tracks data...


 People who bought flats in the 1970s and 1980s on relatively short leases of 125 years have been warned about a potential lease extension timebomb. Leaseholders have rights in law to extend their leases by 90 years (Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act, 1993...


Q. Can I now put my home on the market without a Home Information Pack?

ASK THE EXPERT A. Indeed you can. According to the announcement made jointly last week by Eric Pickles, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Housing Minister Grant Shapps, compulsory HIPs are now a thing of the past. Or, to be more exact, they...


From the 2nd to the 5th of June, Chapplins Director Sue Applin asks for your support as she will be running the Save a Soul Mission in Roseland, New York City. She will lead a mission band onto the streets with the aim of filling the midnight prayer meeting which has been empty...


I'm confused. Is the new Stamp Duty threshold of £250,000 good news?

ASK THE EXPERT. That rather depends. Unlike the previous Stamp Duty holiday, for example, which came to an end last December and which temporarily applied to all purchases up to £175,000, this one is specifically designed to benefit first time buyers only. So, while it...


Q. Is it worth installing solar panels?

ASK THE AGENT A. If you’re asking about value for money, then the short answer is probably “no” – particularly if you are planning to move any time soon. If that sounds a bit blunt, let me explain. Of course, it can be argued that anything which helps...


Lands End to John O'Groats cycle.....for Charity

Karen Stroud, Chapplins Company Director has for the last 4 years raised money for Breast Cancer Campaign on "Wear it pink day". Karen has raised around £2000 in sponsorship and public donations during this time. This year Karen and husband Andy have decided...


Q. Who can I turn to if I have a complaint against an estate agent?

ASK THE EXPERT A. Under the Consumer Estate Agents and Redress Act (2007), which came into force in October 2008, all practising estate agents are obliged to belong to a redress scheme approved by the Office of Fair Trading. Currently, there are two such schemes: the Surveyors...