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Reasons for an Inventory


A property inventory is a document that reports on the state of the property and its contents at the time of assessment. Assessments are carried out twice: Once at the beginning of the tenancy (the inventory) and again at the end (the checkout).

The most important part of the initial inventory assessment is the Schedule of Condition. This details the state of every part of the property, such as the décor, floors, walls and ceilings. Having the two documents to hand, incorporating relevant photographs, allows both parties to see exactly how the property has changed across the duration of the tenancy.

The checkout report will detail any areas of attention and will usually be divided into ‘landlord’ and ‘tenant’ sections to determine who is responsible for what. These documents reduce the chance of disputes making the exit easier.

Who conducts the inventory?

Inventories can be compiled by either the landlord themselves, a letting agent, or an independent inventory clerk. However, landlords need to be aware that conducting your own inventory could cause issues should a dispute arise. Protection schemes such as the TDP (Tenancy Deposit Scheme) will always favour inventories conducted by professionals.

  • Conducting an inventory will give both parties an accurate assessment of the current state of the property – which they should both scrutinise and sign-up to.
  • The property inventory will highlight any areas that need addressing.
  • Having the document to hand will assist tenants on exactly how the property should be returned to the landlord and provide a guideline as to how the home should be maintained.
  • Inventories distinguish between damage and fair wear and tear.
  • Property inventories help protect both the landlord’s investment and the tenant’s deposit.
  • Conducting a thorough inventory lessens the chances of disputes arising once the tenancy has run its course.
  • Should a dispute arise, however, having an inventory in place will help ensure the right result is reached.

At Balfours we have a trained team who are happy to advise and provide property inventories, do get in touch with us for more information. Jackie Monro FARLA FNAEA Head of Lettings

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Presteigne, two bed property


A charming two-bedroom character cottage has been launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £175,000.

Three, Raglan Cottage, sits within terraced dwellings in Church Street, Presteigne. It comprises of a lounge diner with wood-burner fireplace and kitchen with contemporary fitted units. On the first floor there is a double bedroom, a single bedroom and a shower room.  

Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, explains: “The property has been refurbished and is fresh and well presented. It is currently being used as a holiday let and would be provide an excellent investment opportunity. The whole has a real charm and includes a rear terrace and garden.”

Presteigne is a vibrant market town, with many facilities available within a short walk. Ludlow is 18 miles, while Hereford and Shrewsbury are 23 miles and 41 miles respectively. Services include gas central heating and fast broadband. For more information call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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A Classical Country House


Roughton House, a Grade II* listed country house in one of Shropshire’s most sought-after locations, has been launched to the market by Balfours.

The magnificent mini estate, in its namesake hamlet, near Bridgnorth, comes with a two-bedroom cottage, 15 acres of pasture, stables, walled garden, a folly and lodge.

The principal residence of nearly 600 square metres is of classic configuration with entrance hallway and inner lobby leading to five generous reception rooms, a good-sized kitchen, with service rooms including pantry, laundry room, boot room, cloakroom and large pottery room.

Balfours Country House Sales, Charlie Giffard, reflects: “This is a genuinely exquisite property. The reception hall reflects the ambiance with original oak floor and staircase, lavish original doors, high ceilings and coving, plus traditional archway features. The main reception rooms are elevated with period fireplaces and bay windows, each of the principle two reception rooms bathed in natural light from several aspects. The dining room offers a different mood with oak beams and panelling.”

There are four large double bedrooms off the spacious first floor landing, three with dual aspect glazing and fireplaces, one with en-suite, plus a family bathroom with separate wc. The second floor gives rise to another four bedrooms, a bathroom, services room and home office.

Charlie adds: “Roughton House is beautifully presented and while it would benefit from minor modernisation its many original features, including its majestic staircase, wonderful formal layout and 180-degree views makes this property very special. Add to this its secluded setting in open countryside, proximity to the Midlands; Wolverhampton 11 miles, Shrewsbury 24 miles and Birmingham 28 miles, while the market town of Bridgnorth is just four miles.”

Balfours are marketing Roughton House with a guide price of £2 million. Call Charlie Giffard on 01743 353511 or Scott Kemsley, Ludlow sales manager on 01584 707100 for more information.

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Breath taking riverbank home on the market


A home with the most mesmerising views and sounds of water is on the market with Balfours.

Herons Reach so aptly named is perched on the north bank of the River Teme, in one of Ludlow’s finest residential areas. Offering a rare opportunity to follow the dream of living at one with the natural elements; with the river, the weir, mature trees and all natures beauty that flows and ebbs by. It is a truly special location, the River Teme is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has Conservation Status.

The accommodation, which would benefit from modernisation comprises of a hallway, a living room which boasts 180-degree views of the river and weir beyond. The room has a gas fire. A dining room leads to a kitchen and utility room. At the opposite end of the house there are two double bedrooms with en-suite facilities with separate access from the main entrance into the side garden. This could easily be adapted for multi-generational family living, guest accommodation or as a potential holiday let generating an income.

Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms and a large landing area which could be used as a home office or games room. All the rooms on the south side of the house benefit from beautiful views across the river. 

Outside there is a south-facing garden, which is principally lawned and runs down to the riverside, as well as a large terrace and a raised decking area. There is ample parking at the entrance of the property plus a garage and a multi-purpose outbuilding. A unique combination providing flexible opportunities

Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, comments: “Never could the phrase ‘location, location’ be truer. The property is a short walk from the thriving market town of Ludlow and comes with fishing rights.” Balfours are marketing Herons Reach with a guide price of £750,000. Call 01584 707100.

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Village property with views and light


This three-bedroom village house is bursting with light, beamed in via glorious views over Herefordshire. Kingsland, Leominster and the south Shropshire market town of Ludlow all less than ten miles away.

Brook Dale is a south facing property within walking distance of the vibrant village facilities of Wigmore, including reputable primary and secondary schools. Within daily commuting range are a choice of private schools, National Hunt Racing and golf courses at Ludlow and a at Wormsley Golf Club nearby too; plus of course wonderful countryside for walking, cycling and riding.

Set within a third of an acre Brook Dale provides a welcoming hall with cloakroom and staircase. Also access to a generous kitchen diner with dual aspect glazing including doors onto the terrace. The sitting room benefits from a wood-burner and again glazing to two aspects, including the south facing garden. There are three bedrooms one with fitted wardrobe and one with fireplace. A family bathroom and linen cupboard on the landing. Below stairs the basement offers potential.

On the market with Balfours, Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, comments: “The property has recently been attractively refurbished, both inside and out. There are several outbuildings, including woodshed, utility, store, potting shed and double garage and good parking, while the garden is designed into a series of atmospheric areas. These are all extras that don’t always feature in a village property. There is also potential for a building plot, subject to planning.”

Balfours are marketing Brook Dale, Wigmore with a guide price of £615,000. Call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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Village home ready for makeover


An unspoilt chocolate box, grade II listed, two-bedroom village property with great potential has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Number Two, Old Rectory is found in the village of Kinsham, in rural Herefordshire countryside, close to the Welsh border; yet also only 30 minutes from Shropshire’s medieval market town of Ludlow.

The black and white half-timber semi-detached is ripe for modernisation with excellent potential for extending, subject to planning. It currently comprises of hallway with lounge and kitchen off, plus stairs to first floor. From the kitchen there is a study and cloakroom. On the first floor there are two bedrooms, each with its’ own fireplace and a generous bathroom.

Attached to the house are large stone-built stables, a garage and store, all of which adds to the layers of aesthetic pleasure the listed structure presents. The property has off road parking and a generous garden canvas. Scott Kemsley, Balfours Ludlow sales manager, comments: “This is one of those little gems, with huge appeal and the added bonus of being ready for a makeover with the potential to bring the stable into living or workspace.”

Old Rectory is located just three and a half miles from the characterful Welsh market town of Presteigne, voted by readers of The Times as one of the best places to live in the UK. Shobdon with vibrant village life, including primary school is nearby too. Balfours are marketing Number Two, Old Rectory with a guide price of £250,000. Call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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