Barlaston Boatyard Virtual Makeover (and my first West Midlands List)

Today I'd love to share with you the 'virtual renovations' I carried out for Barlaston Boatyard this week.

Barlaston Boatyard Virtual Makeover (and my first West Midlands List)
Barlaston Boatyard - £925,000

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I look forward to adding more varied content to these posts in the future, including some of my canal history research, and advice on buying and selling canalside property. Today I'd love to share with you the 'virtual renovations' I carried out for Barlaston Boatyard this week.

When you are selling a house it's really important to remember that the more personal your home is, the harder it is for buyers to see themselves living there. This includes decor, colour schemes, and possessions. Potential buyers have certainly been struggling to imagine how Barlaston Boatyard might look with contemporary styling, so I ordered a virtual makeover for the living room and the kitchen. Here are the amazing before and after images - what a transformation! I have asked my designer to make a couple more tweaks in the living room - they will move the rug and sofa towards the fireplace so there isn't so much bare floor and it looks cosier and fills the space better, and replace the bookcase with a plant. I'll show you the results soon!

Pre-sale changes don't have to be structural, as you can see. In fact they don't even need to be extensive or expensive, but these photos demonstrate beautifully how each step you take towards creating a neutral, decluttered, modern look can broaden the appeal of your property, maximise its value, and suggest that the house is well maintained with little to spend on maintenance and modernisation.


Below is my updated list of Canalside Homes. There are 50 properties today including six new ones. Please note that the list includes only my new West Midlands area, but from now on I’m including apartments with a clear canal view. These are ideal for a first time buy, for retirement, for a UK base if you live abroad, or if you have (or plan to have) a narrowboat but want to keep a bricks and mortar home address.

As always I will mark fresh properties as NEW. Sold properties are removed from the list. If they come back on the market, I list them as NEW again. I don’t include estate agents’ photos because of copyright, but I hope to include more of my own photos in the future. Now that the area is a sensible size, I can get out and about with my camera - and maybe one day a drone!


£1,000,000 St Christopher's Drive Mobile Home Park, Tamworth

£925,000 Barlaston Boatyard, Barlaston, Trent and Mersey Canal

£850,000 Fisherwick Road, Lichfield

£800,000 Consall Forge, Consall

£800,000 The Wharf, Shardlow, Derby, Derbyshire, DE72

£695,000 Tamhorn Cottages, Fisherwick Road, Lichfield, Coventry Canal

£675,000 Wyndham Wood Close, Fradley, Nr. Lichfield

£650,000 Stafford Road, Weston, Stafford, ST18

£625,000 Dog Lane, Tamworth Road, Amington, Tamworth

£600,000 Church Eaton, Stafford, Staffordshire

£525,000 Haling Road, Penkridge, Stafford

£495,000 The Wharf, Shardlow, Derby

£450,000 Albany Drive, Rugeley

£435,000 Warehouse Cottages, Wolseley Bridge, Little Haywood Trent and Mersey Canal

£425,000 Woodbury Walk, Armitage Road, Brereton, WS15 1DF

£425,000 Highgrove, Stone

£400,000 Woodend Road, Walsall, WS5 3BG

£389,995 Austen Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3BN Coventry Canal

£389,995 Austen Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3BN Coventry Canal

£385,000 Columbia Gardens, Bedworth, CV12

NEW! £370,000 Chesterfield Road, Lichfield, WS14 0AA, Lichfield Canal

£350,000 Lathe Way, Erdington Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

£350,000 Lathe Way, Erdington Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, alternative agent

£350,000 Bridgewater Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14

£340,000 Dyott Avenue, Whittington, Lichfield Coventry Canal

£340,000 Old Kingsbury Road, Sutton Coldfield

£300,000 Somerset Close, Fazeley, Coventry Canal

£300,000 Somerset Close, Fazeley, Coventry Canal (alternative agent)

£300,000 plot Dog Lane, Tamworth Road, Amington, Tamworth

£300,000 Main Street, Alrewas

£300,000 Whitethorn Avenue, Barlaston, ST12 9EF

£290,000 Torc Avenue, Amington

£290,000 Torc Avenue, Amington (alternative agent)

£275,000 Tamworth Road, Tamworth, B77, Coventry Canal

£275,000 Main Street, Alrewas

£275,000 Lyne Court, Burton-On-Trent

£260,000 Cygnet Drive, Brownhills, WS8 6EA

£260,000 Outwoods Street, Burton-on-Trent, DE14

£255,000 Bridgewater Road, Burton-On-Trent

£250,000 Chandlers Keep, Brownhills, Walsall, WS8

£245,000 Tamworth Road, Amington, Tamworth

NEW! £240,000 Joules Court, Crown Street, Stone, Trent and Mersey Canal

£227,500 Plot 115, Tolsons Mill, Lichfield Street, Fazeley, B78

£227,500 Plot 117, Tolsons Mill, Lichfield Street, Fazeley, B78

£200,000 Outwoods Street, Burton-on-Trent

£199,950 Roundhill Way, Brownhills

NEW! £189,950 Long Meadow Drive, Hinckley, Ashby Canal

NEW! £140,000 Stafford Street, Stone, Trent and Mersey Canal

NEW! £115,000 Bentley Lane, Willenhall, WV12,

NEW! £90,000 Smiths Flour Mill, 71 Wolverhampton Street, WS2, Walsall Canal