Selling your home in 2020

With spring on the horizon, you can beat the rush by listing your home now. Spring often comes out on top as the best time to sell, once the end of year celebrations are over and the weather hasn’t yet warmed up for summer holidays, but online property portals mean people can look for property at all times of the year. Potential buyers at this time of year tend to be serious buyers and savvy buyers understand that by viewing a house in winter they’ll know of any weather-related issues. If a potential buyer views a property in January or February and it meets their expectations, they can be confident that it’s a property they will enjoy year-round.

Here’s our checklist for getting started:

1. Ensure your home is ready

Make sure your property is clean, tidy and free from clutter and that it has curb appeal, looking good from the outside in. It may be worth having a survey done, so you can fix any problems, and use it to demonstrate your house is in good condition.

Living room interior

De-clutter and de-personalise, storing as many personal effects as possible without making your home look empty. Don’t forget the garden, either. Gardens are increasingly regarded as an additional room, so trim those hedges and tidy up flower beds so potential buyers can imagine a burst of colour in spring.

2. Find an agent you trust

Find an agent you trust to value your property. Don’t be afraid to ask them why they’ve suggested that price and what they’ll do to find the most suitable buyer. You can also ask for recommendations on what you can do to increase your property’s appeal. We do a great job for our clients but don’t just take our word for it, google Chamberlains and see our customers reviews for yourself.

3. Prepare for viewings

First impressions count and it’s not just about your home. Just before any viewings begin, wander down your street and dispose of any rubbish – buyers are looking at your property and your neighbourhood. Freshen up each room with a subtle spritz of air freshener or open windows for a blast of fresh air and keep pets out of the way – not everyone loves your dog.

Declutter - Living room

4. Choose a solicitor or conveyancer

Your solicitor or conveyancer will handle the legal work to transfer ownership of the property. Getting this sorted now can take weeks of the process, so if you’d like us to get you a quote. Just let us know.

5. Get your paperwork in order

If you get your paperwork sorted out early, it will help the sale move quickly once you’ve accepted an offer. This includes:

Proof of identity

Shared freehold/leasehold documents

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Property Title Deeds

Management Information Pack

Fittings and contents form 

Property information form 

Mortgage details

These steps can speed up the sale of your property, meaning you can be settled into your new home in plenty of time to enjoy the summer.

Ready to get a valuation? Chamberlains will guide you as to what you should do to increase the saleability and value of your home. Book your free valuation now!

Welcome to Teignmouth

Teignmouth is a stunning coastal town with historic Georgian buildings, long sandy beaches, and fresh local food.

The town sits on the edge of the mouth of River Teign and the South Devon coast – and is surrounded by lush Devon countryside, so you won’t find a more beautiful setting for a holiday.

Located on the main South West train line, Teignmouth is an easy journey from London. Along the most spectacular coastal train route in the country. Dartmoor National ParkExeter and Torquay are just a few miles from Teignmouth, making it an ideal central location to explore the rest of South Devon.

Things to do in Teignmouth

Teignmouth is the ideal family holiday destination – with a Victorian Pier, lido, play park, crazy golf and skate park. All of which are within easy reach of the beaches and town centre to keep the kids entertained.

Teignmouth beaches are great for family days out, Teignmouth Town beach is a long expanse of sand with the pier, arcades and promenade.  Teignmouth River Beach is full of beautiful fishing boats and has a wonderful quaint village feel – perfect for coastal walks with the dog.

The town itself has beautiful Georgian buildings and a lovely high street for a bit of retail therapy. On the promenade, Teignmouth Pavilions hosts a regular cinema and child friendly events all year round.

Across the river is the quaint village of Shaldon which has beautiful views across to Teignmouth, and is home to the Ness and a smugglers tunnel cut through the South Devon cliffs.

Ideal for walking, Teignmouth is on the South West Coast Path, as well as at the end of the Templer Way, an 18 mile walking trail which traces the historic line of granite being taken from the quarries at Haytor on Dartmoor, to the docks at Teignmouth. The walk follows the Stover Canal, and is one of many scenic footpaths covering South Devon.

Eating Out

With the sea and the River Teign, Teignmouth is gaining reputation as a gourmet destination. Most of the local seafood will have been caught that morning – you can watch the boats come in at the River Beach landing their catches before it goes to the local restaurants.

The Taste of the Teign food trail gives visitors the chance to visit and taste the towns gastronomic delights –world renowned mussel and oyster beds, picking fresh berries to make your own jams, visiting the country’s steepest vineyard, and microbreweries making craft beers and real ales.

Top Events in Teignmouth

In March, the Classical Music Festival and the Poetry Festival host events, recitals and workshops around the town. The Folk Festival in June is one of the top festivals in the UK – a 3-day event where the town atmosphere is electric.

During the summer holidays there are carnivals and regattas in Teignmouth and Shaldon that the kids will love. In September there is the Taste of the Teign Food Festival, and in November, the town is alive with the local Jazz Festival.

History of Teignmouth

Teignmouth dates back to 1044. By the 1800s it was fashionable with tourists, and to this day remains a functioning harbour. If you want to explore the history of the area further, a visit to the Teign Heritage Centre is a must.

Visitor Information

There is a visitor information point located inside the Pavilions on the promenade.

Information is from

Mr & Mrs P

Mr & Mrs P

Up to £800,000 – We are looking for a property with sea views in Teignmouth. We especially like East Teignmouth and would ideally like a modern house with a good sized garden. It must be detached and as large as possible. We are currently living in Oxford and are looking to buy a second home for now with the view to moving in to it permanently in a few years time. We can proceed with cash now if we find the right property.

If you’re thinking of a move and your home matches what they are looking for then please get in touch.

MR & Mrs S

MR & Mrs S

£250,000 to £400,000 – We are looking for a house or bungalow within 10/15 minutes walking distance of Dawlish or Teignmouth train stations. We don’t mind paying £250,000 if we can extend or do up. We don’t need to sell anywhere to buy.


For more information, please contact the Teignmouth office on o1626 815815 or email



£TEST – £TEST pcm – We’re looking for a family home close to Newton Abbot. We need three bedrooms minimum and would ideally like a house with character and a good size garden.

For more information, please contact the Rentals office on o1626 365055 or email

accessible estate agency

We’re really excited to tell you about how we’ve changed our company to fit in with  the modern world, without sacrificing our core values.  We believe these changes mean greater accessibility to potential buyers and tenants, which is only a good thing to our vendors and landlords.

Over the years many businesses in all sorts of industries have adapted their business model to cater for the changing needs of their customers. In our view, the estate agency industry has been rather slow to change the way it operates. These days you can do your weekly shop at 3 in the morning if you want, you can book a holiday at the touch of a button and can transfer money direct from your phone 24/7.  So why is estate agency still a Monday to Saturday 9-5:30 industry? It’s because that is the way it has always been done.  Well, we think it’s high time there was a change.

We are  continuing to improve what we do, you can now view property or have a valuation of your own home 7 days a week.   You can also call and talk to us from 8:30 in the morning to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on a Sunday.  We’ve also updated our website giving our sellers round the clock access to their property file. Check viewings, read feedback and keep all documents in one place. It’s also simple for potential buyers, they are now able to book viewings for your property directly from the website, on their computer, tablet or phone!

When you sell your home through Chamberlains you will get the very best local knowledge from qualified staff you know, like and trust. Your home will be advertised in all the normal ways, but potential buyers will also be able to book a viewing direct from your property listing on our website, or by calling any of the office’s  7 days a week.  Essentially we have broken down any barriers a customer may face dealing with a 9-5:30 estate agent. As a buyer or seller through Chamberlains, you’ll also have your own online account so you can see viewing info along with feedback and be able to see at a glance the progress of your sale.

We are really excited by these changes and hope to really show you what we can do when you decide to buy, sell, rent out or let through us.

Star Property!

Mulberry House, Dawlish – £650,000

A stylish, spacious and modern family home located in the small seaside town of Dawlish. Boasting six bedrooms it is ideal for multi-generational living or home and income.

The entire ground floor lends itself for the possibility of separate living with two double bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and generous lounge/dining space with access to the rear garden. The main part of the property offers a stunning and extensive kitchen and dining area with access to a balcony which offers sea views over to Exmouth and enjoys the morning sun. A large lounge also has doors to the balcony, again with a stunning outlook.

There is a front facing room which is currently an office but would make a nice sized dining room if required. A cloakroom finishes off the floor at entrance level for the property, making ideal living space. The top floor comprises a good-sized bathroom, four spacious double bedrooms and a generously sized landing area, perfect for a small study corner. There is also a garage, parking and garden.

Chamberlains in Teignmouth can be contacted on 01626 815815 for more information.

Chicken or egg?

It’s the age-old quandary when you own your home and want to move: do I find a property I like then put my house up for sale….or do I put my house on the market and then hope I can find something after I accept an offer?

There’s no real right or wrong, but anyone in this position might like to take in to account some of the considerations. If you look around, find your dream home, and then decide to put your property on the market you’re putting yourself in a weak position. You might decide to make an offer on the property, but if your own home isn’t even on the market then, frankly, your offer won’t be taken seriously. What’s more, if you’ve fallen in love with that perfect home, then the chances are that someone else will too and they could be in a better position than you. I’m sure you’ll agree that this would be a disappointing and frustrating situation to find yourself in.

Alternatively, you decide to take the decision to move, but you haven’t found the right property yet. You decide to take a leap of faith, you put your home on the market and lo and behold you subsequently receive a tempting offer. At this point, my advice would be to accept the offer and, importantly, to inform your buyers that you haven’t found a property yet but that you’re actively and enthusiastically searching. In my experience, most buyers (who in turn have fallen in love with your home of course) will be happy to allow you a reasonable amount of time to search.

Now you’ll be in a very strong position when you stumble across your dream home. You can now make an offer confident that you are in a strong position: your own home is under offer, therefore your offer will be taken seriously and your ability to proceed will carry a lot of weight and the selling agents will be keenly promoting your offer to the vendors.

Selling, and for that matter, buying, can be a fraught process but a good agent will support you through the transaction and if you’re upfront about your intentions your agent will always fight your corner.

Whether or not you’re made any firm decisions about selling, we are always happy to come and have a chat about the process and to give you a complimentary property valuation, just call us on 01626 365055 or visit our webstite to book your appointment at a time that suits you. 

Matterport technology now at Chamberlains

Technological advancements have quickly improved countless aspects of the daily lives of millions of people. These breakthroughs have helped every industry- with estate agency being no exception. It started with the use of websites to search for properties, and the next step appears to be the use of the latest camera technology.

The camera model comes from an American company and it has already been making waves across the Atlantic. The Matterport camera produces three-dimensional, photographic images which allow users to explore a property, going from room to room, using a mouse, keyboard or, on smartphones or tablets, a finger. Think of it like Google Street View but for the inside of property!

Check out this lovely property in Liverton.. without getting off the sofa!

Users can even have a Virtual Reality experience- as the technology supports the latest headsets and goggles. This takes the experience to the next level and creates the illusion that you are actually inside the home!

Regardless of what screen they are looking at, viewers are free to move at their own pace, follow their own route and look wherever they want.


Chamberlains is an early adopter of this new technology and we are excited about the benefits it will bring to our customers.

We love the technology so much that we are giving away tours! If you ask us to market your home with Chamberlains we’ll produce a Virtual Walk Through of your home. Be one of the first! Call now quoting WTT when you book your appointment on 01626 365055.  Hurry as this offer is only for a limited time!!