How do I place an advert?
Firstly you need to register for an account and then log in. (Although it is possible to register using an iPad, some people have found that it is not possible to login on their iPad – we are looking into this).
Once logged in you will see that you have a free listing – this is to allow you to submit your advert and see how it looks on the website before making any payment. The expiry date of your free listing is shown against the property on the ‘My Properties’ page.
Once your listing expires you will need to select a package from the drop-down menu on the right (‘Change your Package’) if you want to continue advertising with us. You have the option to pay by Paypal (you can pay by debit or credit card without having a Paypal account) or Bank (Wire) Transfer. If you wait until your free listing expires, then once you have selected your package & paid for it, you need to re-submit the property for approval (from ‘My Properties’ page of your account).
Once you are happy with your advert you can choose your package and pay straight away – you don’t have to wait for your free listing to expire – and of course as soon as your ad is paid for, then your property will be promoted on Facebook & Twitter (see below).
NB: Your advert won’t be promoted on our Facebook page until it is converted to a paid advert – obviously we’re not going to advertise something that may disappear before someone clicks on the link to look at it!
See also Advertising Guidelines
How do I save a search?
Firstly you need to sign up for an account and be logged in before searching. NB: for some reason, although it is possible to register for an account on an iPad, it appears that it is not possible to login on an iPad (we are looking into this).
Then, go to the search page & select the type of property – Smallholding, Equestrian etc from the tabs along the top.
Select ‘for rent’, ‘for sale’, etc from the Actions drop-down menu
Select any other criteria from the remaining drop-down boxes (eg minimum acreage, area, minimum bedrooms etc) that are relevant to your search.
Click ‘Search’ and from the next page, you will have the option to give the search a name (for your reference) and then to save it. Once you have saved a search you will receive an email whenever an advert for a property matching your criteria is published.
To access your saved searches go to your profile page and the link to your saved searches is on the left.
Can I advertise privately with Smallholding UK as well as with an Estate Agent?
The short answer is yes, you can – for the long answer, carry on reading…
Definitions of ‘Sole Agency’ & ‘Sole Selling Rights’
The estate agent you appoint is the only agent with the right to sell your property. As you are not an agent, if you find a buyer yourself [for example by placing an advert in a newspaper or on a web site such as Smallholding UK] you don’t have to pay the estate agent’s commission. You may still have to pay for advertising or a ‘For Sale’ board though.
Sole selling rights
The estate agent is the only person with the right to sell your property. It differs from sole agency in that if you find a buyer yourself, you still have to pay the estate agent [maybe suggest to the agent that he pays for your listing on Smallholding UK!]
Here are some links to websites with more information on this topic:
What are the latest regulations regarding an EPC?
The Regulations have now changed so that all that is required in your advert is a statement of the energy performance rating of the building from A+ to G. For example: “Energy performance rating C”. The requirements relating to making your EPC available at other times still remain.
It is up to you whether to upload the EPC pdf to your advert as well as (or instead of) quoting the energy performance rating letter in the description.
I'm confused about property size / number of rooms; please explain...
Heading ‘ under ‘Listing Details‘ when submitting a property
– this is the square metre size of the actual dwelling – you can find it on your EPC as ‘Total Floor Area’ – input numbers only please. It is important to enter this value, since it is one of the things used by the ‘compare properties’ feature. It appears as ‘Property Size‘ under the Details tab of each property when viewing the site as a visitor.
Heading ‘Rooms under ‘Listing Details‘ when submitting a property
– this is the number of ‘reception’ rooms in the dwelling, which excludes bathrooms & bedrooms. Usually a kitchen, cloakroom or utility room is not regarded as a room for this purpose, since it isn’t where you would ‘receive’ guests. Rooms which are generally regarded as ‘reception rooms’ are living room, lounge, sitting room, dining room, drawing room, study. In an open-plan arrangement, where kitchen, dining & lounge are one large room, this would be counted as one room and where a kitchen is a large room with dining facilities this could then be regarded as a reception room.
I've edited my ad and now it's disappeared...
Each time you edit your advert it has to be re-published by admin. Although we endeavour to re-publish as soon as we can, there will be times when we are not physically able to do it as quickly as we (and you) would like.
The best way to achieve no downtime of your advert at all, is to email us with details of the amendments you wish to make to your ad and/or photos you wish to add or swap and we will do the update for you.
Can I advertise the same property for sale and to let?
Yes, there are two ways of doing this.
- You can have just one advert and have the same advert listed in both ‘for sale’ & ‘for rent’; however you will only be able to attribute one status (the label that appears on the ad) to it (either ‘for sale’ or ‘for rent’) and you can only put either the sale or rental price in the price section. Choose either Standard Ad or Premium Ad, depending on how many photos you want to include; both packages are available with a 6 or 12 month option.
- To take full advantage of advertising the same property for both sale & rent, then choose the package ‘Dual Ad – one property, sale & rent 6 months (12 images) £70‘ this will give you 2 listings, so you can submit 2 adverts, one specifically for rent and one for sale, with the relevant prices – purchase price or per calendar month price.
NB: Please make sure that, if using the same images for the property for the sale ad & the for rent ad, you upload them each time, rather than select existing images from media gallery.
How does 'compare properties' work?
If you click on the + icon, you can compare up to 4 properties from the list. Once you’ve selected the properties you wish to compare, scroll up to the top of the list and you will see thumbnails of the properties you’ve selected and the Compare button. Clicking on the Compare button will produce a full page comparing the size, acreage, number of beds, baths, amenities & features of the selected properties.
How can I promote my property advert myself?
There are lots of ways you can actively promote your advert. Each advert has icons to share via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest (just under the ‘add to favourites’ button).
You could also make a simple poster by clicking on the ‘print’ button (immediately before the Facebook icon) and select just the first page (change ‘pages – all’ to ‘page 1’ in the print dialogue) – don’t forget to add your contact details!
The print button can also be used to make a brochure of your property for those potential purchasers who contact you asking for printed details – of course they can do this for themselves if they have a printer, you may just need to direct them to the printer icon on your advert.