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Sporting Properties

fish2Balfours manage a diverse range of rural properties on behalf of their clients throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire, Wales and the Marches - and have considerable expertise in the management of sporting properties.

If you are looking for professional advice or assistance in managing a sporting property or the negotiation of sporting rights, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 01743 241181.

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Equestrian

Balfours’ Equestrian Department provides equestrian related property advice. Whether you have a commercial equestrian business or your equestrian activities are purely for leisure, having appropriate facilities is a key to success.

Our equestrian team are Chartered Surveyors with broad equine experience and are engaged in a number of equestrian disciplines - which combine to provide a thorough and practical understanding of equine property issues.

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  • Equestrian property sales, purchases and rentals
  • Site appraisals, planning applications, advice, design
  • Development and/or refurbishment of existing buildings and facilities
  • Assessments/reorganisation/improvement of yards
  • Project planning and management
  • Design and building of ménages, farm rides, cross country courses and gallops
  • General equestrian/property advice

For further information on our Equestrian Services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Farm Business Consultancy

Modern agriculture is a complicated business which draws upon greatly varied skills and expertise. Add to this layer upon layer of regulations and farm business (farming) has long since ceased to be a simple matter.

It has become essential for our clients to utilise Balfours skills, not only to keep abreast of legislation, subsidies and other schemes, but importantly to develop, grow and possibly diversify their businesses. The Farm Business Development and Diversification department is here to advise farmers how to assess, adapt, grow and diversify their businesses. Through a process of analysing resources, needs and objectives we identify prospects and mentor our clients to maximise opportunities.greengrass

  • Farm business analysis
  • Business plans
  • Single Payment Scheme advice
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Soil Management Plans
  • Cross Compliance
  • Diversification advice and project management
  • Identification of grant schemes and grant application
  • Facilitate succession

The value of projects under consideration is over £100m.
Our team has been involved in over 500 successful diversification projects.
For further information on our farm business development and diversification services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Commercial Property

Property is an issue for every commercial business; our job is to make or save money from property for clients. This is not always straightforward, but Balfours' proven expertise and comprehensive knowledge mean that we can provide expert advice and services covering all types of commercial property.

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  • Sales
  • Lettings
  • Investments
  • Acquisitions
  • Valuation
  • Feasibility studies
  • Management
  • Rent reviews
  • Lease renewals
  • Business Rates appeals
  • Development and project management
  • Planning
  • Telecommunications

 

We undertake valuations for all types of commercial property and do so for major lending institutions. On behalf of both landlords and tenants we handle rent reviews and lease renewals. Our agency work involves sales and lettings for all types of commercial property and we also undertake development feasibility studies, rates appeals and planning work.

For more information regarding our commercial properties, please contact head of department This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Residential Lettings & Management

An empty property is not only losing rental income but also becomes a liability. As soon as we are instructed on a property our aim is to sign up a reliable tenant who will take care of the property and pay a market rent.

We know that our clients often do not want to be involved in the irritations of residential lettings so we also provide a property management service, keeping abreast of regulations so that our clients don't have to.

It should be no surprise that Balfours is Shropshire's largest residential lettings agent: We know how to position a property on the market. We have invested in a state of the art web based lettings database that generates 80% of our enquiries. We know what our clients are looking for and we know how to provide it.

  • Affiliation to National Association of Estate Agents
  • State of the art web based advertising
  • Dedicated lettings office
  • Advice on maximising rental potential
  • Tenant screening and reference checks
  • Full property management service
  • Advice on compliance with regulations
  • Security through Tenancy Deposit Scheme

We manage over 2,500 residential properties. Rent obtained will vary from £250 pcm to £4,000 pcm In a 12 month period we wil be involved in the letting of over 500 individual properties.

For further information on our residential lettings and management services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can download information on our fees for residential lettings and management services: Fees for landlords, or fees for tenants.

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Property Sales

Why choose Balfours?

Balfours’ reputation and success are based on matching and exceeding our clients' expectations. We have a thorough understanding of the local market and provide a bespoke residential sales service that meets the requirements of each client. Balfours prides itself as a boutique estate agency offering a truly individual service to both seller and buyer. Contact the Balfours Sales team at balfours.co.uk or 01743 353511

Our commitment to you

Our commitment is to give you a professional and personal service with personal regular updates during the selling and buying process. Communication is of paramount importance to us.

Our attention to detail

We know how best to bring a property to the market, how to present it and how to find the right purchaser. With full colour brochures including floor plans, professional photographs and plans where needed, your property will be presented in the very best way.

Knowledge

Our sales team have expert knowledge and experience within Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and the Marches, that’s why we are here for you to help advise and give you the best experience possible.

We are only as good as our people. That’s why our sales team love what they do. They have fantastic knowledge of the area and will make the selling and buying of your property the best experience they can.

 

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Land and Estate Management

Land and Estate management is Balfours' core business. We have the largest team of land agents in the West Midlands and Wales, each with their own specialist skills. If a problem arises on one estate, we have probably solved it already somewhere else.

Our clients need to know they can rely on first class advice backed up by experience, depth of knowledge and the spectrum of services that Balfours offer, these include:

  • Rent reviews and lettings
  • Property repair and maintenance
  • Project management
  • Health and safety
  • Accounting and payroll
  • Diversification and development
  • Planning appraisals
  • Leisure and sporting enterprises
  • Capital and rental valuation
  • Farm and rural business appraisal
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Woodland and forestry management
  • Tax planning
  • Residential and agricultural lettings
  • Grants, funding and finance
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Residential and agricultural sales
  • Residential and agricultural lettings
  • Telecoms
  • Environment and Renewables

Balfours portfolio includes

  • Estate management of over 250,000 acres of land
  • Managing over 15,000 acres of woodland
  • Developing 500 Agricultural Environmental Schemes
  • Arranging insurance cover each year for over £600m

As effective estate managers we harness the skills of a range of experts. Our estate management is based upon a solid knowledge of what is required, buttressed by the skills from Balfours specialist departments, including residential lettings and sales; commercial, planning, building and surveying. Balfours’ oldest client, dates back to 1826, long before such departmental developments; they remain on our books, through our diligence to future demands.

For further information on our estate management services, please contact managing partner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Environment & Renewables

The long-term concerns for our environment and the need to increase energy derived from renewable sources remains high on both personal and national agendas – with many renewable energy systems continuing to attract both financial as well sustainable benefits.

Renewable Energy Systems

When it comes to selecting the right renewable energy generation system - from conception, feasibility, budgeting, funding, planning – through to the selection of an installer - the Balfours team have a wealth of experience to help you make the right choices.

  • Solar Water Heating
  • Biomass Boilers
  • Wind Turbines
  • Anaerobic Digesters
  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Hydro Schemes
  • Micro-CHP (Micro Combined Heat and Power)
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Air Source Heat Pumps

Contact:
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Waste Management

Be it animal, mineral or vegetable – we need to be increasingly responsible and proactive to potential changes in legislation and standards when managing waste products. The Balfours team and their associates have extensive knowledge of this sector to ensure our clients stay ahead of environmental legislation and standards.

  • Waste Water Management and Legislation
  • Sewage Treatments Systems
  • Bio Digesters
  • Reed Beds

Environmental Surveys

We can source asbestos surveys to ensure you comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Ecology Surveys and Protected Species Reports including bat surveys often vital for planning applications for development, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for commercial and residential properties and we can advise upon sustainable building and how to achieve the standards of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Contact:
Justin Stevenson (North)
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Valuation forms the backbone of almost all our work and with more than 30 qualified chartered surveyors we have valued everything from livestock to a Little Chef. Our rigorous internal valuation procedures ensure well researched valuation reports compliant with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Valuation Manual (The Red Book). We acknowledge that clients regularly require accurate and well researched valuations within a short time frame and this is why we are on the valuation panels of a number of financial institutions.

As agents for the AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) we provide financial advice and arrange funding. After the introduction of onerous new regulations Balfours became one of the first firms of Chartered Surveyors to become FSA (Financial Services Authority) registered.

  • Freehold valuations
  • Rental valuations
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation advice
  • Capital taxation planning and advice
  • Loans, mortgages and financial advice
  • Business rates and council tax appeals
  • Financial services
  • Insurance and probate valuations

In a 12-month period we will assist clients in obtaining over £20m worth of funding.
In any one year we will carry out valuations totalling over £250m for all types and sizes of property.
For further information on our valuations and insurance services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Planning & Development

Achieving an appropriate planning consent is the key to releasing property value. Balfours know that gaining the correct planning permission without onerous conditions is fundamental to successful development. Our planning team has also worked for local authorities so we know from the inside how the system works; the appropriate courses of action and how to negotiate the best deal for our clients.

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  • Identification of opportunities
  • Appraisal and feasibility studies
  • Technical drawings
  • Negotiations with local authority
  • Planning and listed building applications
  • Planning appeals
  • Conservation projects
  • Defence against enforcement action
  • Representations to secure land allocations
  • Joint ventures and options with developers
  • Project management
  • Local Development Framework Representations

For further information on our planning and development services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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