More House Sales + More Lettings = More Signs!
The news has been rife over the past weeks, and even months, highlighting the success of the property sector during the pandemic. For Countrywide Signs, a business that is inextricably linked to the property industry, its network has been appreciating the knock-on effect.
The surge in house sales and lettings means busy days and busy order books for the property signage business. Group Director, Justin Pearce commented on the impact of the property boom across the network: “The past few months - the same as all businesses - had seemed so uncertain. Especially at the beginning of lockdown one. However, the past few months have been manic for all involved across the network. Which has provided us with great reassurance as a franchisor and for our dedicated franchisees.”
The property boom has been attributed to number of factors. One being the announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak of the stamp duty threshold increasing to £500k. However, according to PropertyIndustryEye.com in a recent interview; estate agent Chestertons’ MD Guy Gittins, told them that the rapid pace was also due to properties “being relatively good value”. He also stated that “people continue to be incentivised by the need for a larger home.” Adding: “We have seen a phenomenally strong market over the summer and into the autumn and still believe that this will continue into the spring next year.”
Chestertons’ Richard Davies, the firm’s head of lettings, also said: “Generally, we see a dramatic drop in viewings in November, but this year is different and we are still doing a similar number of viewings as we were during the height of the market in summer.”
This is all positive and welcomed news for Countrywide Signs.
The property signage experts have also noticed numerous trends and changes in requirements from its clients, the estate and lettings agents. In some cases, agents have needed to completely bypass the ‘for sale’ or ‘to let’ signage, and instead have required the installation of ‘sold’ or ‘let’ signs right away. Justin added: “In fact, to add some context, Countrywide Signs South Lincs, reported that in April this year they erected a total of 95 sold boards compared to just 10 in the same period in 2019! It really shows just how much the property sector is thriving as part of today’s new normal.”
The property sector looks set to continue to grow, and with latest news on a potential Covid-19 vaccine, springtime could easily see it continue. Having to spend so much time at home, has made homeowners and renters gain a whole new understanding for the importance of home being ‘where the heart is’.
Countrywide Signs is a growing network, both in business potential for its franchisees and in territory coverage. If you would like to learn more about a franchise opportunity with the van-based property board installer, please submit an enquiry form above!
Becoming a Countrywide Signs Franchisee
Becoming a Countrywide Signs Franchisee
A Countrywide Signs franchise gives you the opportunity to be the person and the business profiting from the 1m+ boards that are on display every day across the UK, with quality technology, systems and support behind you on every job.
By building strong, long-term relationships with local agents in your territory, you’ll benefit from repeat work and recurring income. The service is simple to perform and running the business is also made easy thanks to the apps guiding you on efficient route planning, invoicing and stock management.
Countrywide Signs is a van-based business that you run from your home, this is a business opportunity for individuals with a passion for great service, strong people skills – and the desire to determine their own income and future, based on their own hard work.
You’ll work with traditional high street agents as well as online and hybrid agencies. And because you’ll service both estate and lettings agencies, your business isn’t affected by fluctuations in the housing market: if less people are buying and selling then more are renting. You get the best of both worlds!
As a longstanding, proven and ethical franchisor, the Countrywide Signs business model is approved by the major banks so you can borrow up to 70% of your total investment, subject to status. The initial deposit paid by incoming franchise owners includes the services of a highly-respected franchise finance specialist company with a very strong track record of securing loans. Everything a franchise owner needs to get started and build their business is included in your investment.
If you would like to learn more about a franchise opportunity with Countrywide Signs, please submit an enquiry form above!