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Clever Gadgets Leeds Homeowners Need to Know about

Save time and stress by investing in these four gadgets for your home. A three-minute read. 


The world’s richest entrepreneurs may be obsessed with building fancy spaceships, but we’re more interested in tech that makes everyday life easier.


Thankfully, there is an array of useful new household gadgets on the market. Here are four of the best.



With iRobot’s Braava Jet M6, you’ll never have to mop up spilt milk or sweep up biscuit crumbs again. This nifty robot can wet mop or dry sweep your hard floors all by itself, meaning you can relax while it manoeuvres around furniture and into hard-to-reach corners. It has a timer, too – so you can set the M6 to clean the floors while you’re out. Result!


The key to remote security

Have you ever gone out for the day and panicked, thinking that you may have forgotten to lock the front door? With the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, you’ll never worry again. It’s a sleek gadget that you retrofit to your existing deadbolt. It then tells you, via an app, if your door is locked or not. You can also use the app to lock or unlock your door remotely, so if you have forgotten to lock up, you can rectify this immediately. It also means you can let tradespeople, cat sitters or dog walkers in when you’re out.


Charging ahead

Say goodbye to waiting ages for your phone or laptop to charge; with the latest chargers, you can get the job done in half the time. There are many products on the market, but if you have Apple devices, check out Belkin’s USB-C PD GaN Wall Charger. PC Magazine recently named it Best Product for Charging Apple Devices as it can bring an iPhone back up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes.


Space-saving oven

The Sage Combi Wave 3-in-1 is ideal if space is tight in your kitchen. The ultimate multi-tasker, the Sage Combi is a microwave, air fryer and convection oven. The air frying function means you can cook crispy fries (without deep-fat frying), while you can whip up crunchy cookies or brownies with the convection mode. You can also defrost, reheat and grill, so most of your cooking bases are covered with this piece of kit.


So, what’s your favourite household gizmo, then? Tell us in the comments below.

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Downsizers: What Do They Want in a Property?

What do downsizers, a growing force in the housing market, want? Check out this two-minute read to find out.


Downsizers are emerging as increasingly influential players in the property market, with a growing number of over-55s selling up and buying less expensive properties.


Last year, 181,000 people downsized* – the highest number in five years (source: Hamptons, 2021).


Why downsizers are important

Downsizers help keep the property market ticking over as they tend to free up bigger family homes. Given the shortage of good quality housing stock, this is good news for first-time buyers and families looking for more room.


Why do people downsize?

Free up equity – Often, people downsize to fund their retirement or help their children get on the property ladder. The Hamptons study found that, on average, downsizers were £256,800 better off after making their move – so there’s probably also spare change for a cruise or swanky holiday.


Reduce maintenance – As we get older, looking after a large property can be a real burden. Downsizing means fewer cleaning, gardening and general maintenance chores.


Lower heating bills – With energy prices skyrocketing, paying to heat a large and predominantly empty home makes no sense.


Mortgage-free – Many downsizers want to work less or retire and hence want to be done with mortgage repayments.


Family ties – Many downsizers want to live near to children and grandchildren.


What downsizers want

There are always exceptions to the rule, but downsizers tend to want:


Low-maintenance garden – Rickety fences, leaky sheds and large swathes of lawn that need mowing are likely to be turn-offs.


Little or no DIY – Downsizers are often reluctant to carry out major refurbishments, so doer-uppers are a no-no.


Good storage – If you’ve lived in a spacious home for years, you’re bound to have amassed many possessions. Even after a ruthless declutter, you’re still likely to have beloved objects with which you can’t bear to part.

Proximity to amenities – They may want a quieter pace of life, but many downsizers still desire access to shops, leisure facilities and public transport.


*Downsizer definition: someone who purchases a property that is at least 20% cheaper than their previous property and has at least two fewer bedrooms.


If you’re looking to downsize and would like some tips about how best to market your property, get in touch with us here at Silverspring.

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Quirkiest Homes in Britain

Come on, admit it. We all love taking a sneaky peek at someone’s home, especially the quirkiest ones. It’s always interesting to see how other people live, that’s why property programmes are so popular.


There’s nothing more fascinating than seeing the quirkiest homes. You know the ones – treehouses, train carriages, converted buses. The crazier the better.


In this quick read, we’ve found some of the most interesting homes the UK has to offer.


Trainspotter’s paradise

One of the quirkiest out there is the Old-fashioned steam trains, roaring locomotives – there’s a certain romance associated with train travel of the past. So, it’s not surprising that you can find some very quaint train station conversions all over the UK.


The aptly named Old Railway Station in Shropshire is a converted station house with two bedrooms and three reception rooms, while the former waiting room is used as a home office. The owners even bought two Mark 1 Great Western railway carriages and turned them into holiday homes.


Over in Tavistock, West Devon, a Victorian train station was converted into four quaint cottages called The Ticketing Hall, The Station House, The Refreshment Hall, and The Porter’s Office.


Skinny homes

There’s nothing like getting home, ready to relax after a long, hard day. But if your home is only 1.66m at its narrowest point, you might struggle to stretch out your arms, let alone put your feet up.


The UK’s skinniest home was up for sale a couple of years ago, just short of £1 million. Set in the heart of West London’s bustling Shepherd’s Bush, the property was between a doctor’s surgery and a former hair salon, and was originally used as a Victorian hat shop.


Billy no-mates

Fancy some peace and quiet? More of a hermit crab than a social butterfly? If this sounds like you, then the UK’s most remote home, Skiddaw House in Bassenthwaite, Lake District, would be right up your street (well, actually, there aren’t any streets close enough, but you know what we mean).


It went on the market for the first time in 200 years in 2021 for £1.5 million and can only be reached by foot or by a 4×4. With six bedrooms, no phone signal, no mains electricity, and water from a nearby stream, this takes off-grid living to a whole new level.


Sea view

Fresh, salty sea air, the sound of squawking seagulls, what better place to live than in a converted lighthouse. In fact, this is a such a popular choice that Light Houses for Sale is dedicated to finding the most recent listings throughout the UK. Ahoy there, matey.


If you’re looking for a new home, get in touch with us at Silverspring. We’ve got something for everyone (even if it’s not halfway up a mountain or in the middle of a forest).

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Selling Your Leeds Home? Use an Estate Agent.


When selling your home, you might notice that costs start building up. Paying out for repairs, buying storage to hide away clutter, legal costs, commission fees; there’s a fair bit to budget for, and you haven’t even moved yet.


So, how can you save money?


The answer is definitely NOT by cutting out estate agents and going it alone. While many people are tempted by selling online-only agencies and their promises of fixed fees, free listings, and guaranteed sales, sometimes it really is just too good to be true.


In this three-minute read, we look at reasons why you should get an agent when selling your home.


  • Expertise

Estate agents live and breathe property. They know what sells and to whom. They know the area and how to make your property more attractive to buyers. They provide a valuation of your property based on current market demands and will measure rooms to create accurate floor plans.


A good agent won’t just list your property and wait; they’ll be proactively trying to find a buyer for your home.


Of course, you can list your home online and cross your fingers, but what if you don’t attract any potential buyers?


A huge advantage of working with local agents is that they have access to online portals plus a database of hundreds of buyers looking for homes. They offer professional photography services to get your property looking its best and produce hard copies of sales details, so buyers can keep your home in mind after a viewing.


  • Viewings

Sure, you can show your property to potential buyers – after all, you live there and know it best. However, viewings are more than just opening the door and showing people round. They take a lot of organising and can be time-consuming. And if you work full time, or have other commitments, who can you trust to show potential buyers around?


Estate agents arrange individual viewings as well as open days. They manage potential buyers for you and provide information about your home without the emotional attachment you’ve formed to it.


  • Negotiating

Unless you work in sales, you might not be an expert negotiator. Can you really risk losing out on the best purchase price for your property?


The best agents are driven to achieve the best sales price for their clients and deal with the back and forth between you and your buyers professionally and quickly.


  • Admin

If you’ve got a lot on your plate, some estate agents can also liaise with conveyancers on your behalf. This saves you time and hassle.


At Silverspring, we like to go the extra mile for our sellers and are always available to answer questions and provide advice. Give us a call on  0113 460 2416 to see how we can help.