New guidance for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has published new guidance for landlords, agents, and tenants on the extended regulations on carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, which will come into force on 1 October 2022 in England. In addition to the existing legislation whereby landlords must ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey where there's a room used as living accommodation, from 1 October in...

What makes us different?

This April (2022) sees us celebrate the 30th anniversary of Richard James, after opening our doors in Wroughton back in 1992. Since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to help clients of multiple generations find their dream homes and have expanded across 8 offices that cover Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. As well as Sales, we are also home to Richard James Lettings, Land & New Homes,...

What is a Leasehold property?

If you're thinking about buying a property, you've probably come across the terms 'Leasehold' and 'Freehold' along the way, but do you know what they actually mean? It is important that you have key information early in the process, so you can decide if a home is right for you. With that being said, we will be talking you through how leasehold and freehold properties differ and we will also touch on...

10 reasons why Swindon should be the place you call home

Richard James Estate Agents started on the outskirts of Swindon in our first office on the High Street in Wroughton. We have since grown to have our very own HQ as well as 8 bustling offices which cover Swindon's popular Old Town, West, North, Stratton and the eastern fringes, Highworth, Royal Wootton Bassett and Faringdon. We also have an office specialising in Apartments & Investments,...

Top Tips for preparing your home before photos

Buyers often look at pictures, videos and floor plans of a property that they like the look of, as the first step in their property search. With this in mind, many of our sellers ask us to organise professional photography and videography of their home - which we know works, with over 20 years of experience behind...

FAQ’s for Buy-To-Let Investors

With our Sales and Lettings businesses under one roof, we regularly hear from investors looking to invest in properties that they will later rent out using our property management service. That coupled with the abundance of apartments in Swindon, which in our opinion are ideal buy-to-let investments, means we often get asked the same questions regarding the local area, the current market and other...

6 Reasons why a video could help to sell your home

It’s time to sell your home. But don’t let it make you feel anxious or fuzzy-headed – we’ve got you covered. We’ve been in this game for a long time now, over 20 years to be exact, and we know what works. First up, you’ll need to clean your home and stage your personal spaces so they shine. This bit is key because first impressions really do count. Once you’ve cleaned your property and...

Richard James Apartments & Investments

When it comes to truly understanding the values of apartment living, our local property experts have the experience and expertise to assist you. So much so, we've formed a dedicated team to solely focus on the sale of apartments in Swindon and the surrounding area's. From left: Ellis-Rose Wigley, Ellis Smith, Bethany Powell and Hugo...

5 reasons to move in summer

July is fast approaching and the sunshine is shining, which can only mean one thing - British Summertime is here! With that being said, we thought we'd put together 5 reasons why you should move house this season... 1. Improved weather conditions Typically, the weather conditions in the wintertime can make moving a little tricky, with snow, sleet, frost and ice. However, moving during the summer months...

6 reasons why buying new, could be perfect for you…

A new build-home is brand new and is one that has never been lived in before, making it an attractive option when looking to purchase a property. We've put together a list of 6 reasons why buying a new-build, could be perfect for you... #1 - Save on £££ Buying a new-build home can save you a lot of money on renovation costs because they are less likely to require the...

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