3 Garden Additions to Enhance Your Property

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Let`s face it, here in the UK the British summertime is a short lived event and as such should be taken advantage of at every possible opportunity especially if you enjoy spending time outdoors. As such if you are looking to maximise the potential use of your garden (and ultimately enhance your outdoor lifestyle) here are some excellent options that your home may benefit from. Sun Awnings Perfect for any residential setting that requires shade from the summer sun and a bit of shelter from the rain a retractable awning is compact (they require no ground support and when not in use the fabric is rolled away inside a weatherproof housing), effective (enables large areas of shade to be achieved) and affordable (prices start from around £200) making it a great addition for any property. Ideally suited to being directly mounted to the wall of the house they are often located over patios to create a covered seating area. Available in a manual and electric operation, retractable sun awnings can be specified in hundreds of fabric designs which means you can match the finish to existing garden features or colour schemes to allow a harmonious or contrasting effect to be achieved. Gazebos If you home would benefit from an attractive shaded and sheltered area then a wooden garden gazebo is an excellent choice. Suitable for large or small spaces including patios and terraces a suitably designed structure will transform the outdoor space of your garden into a wonderful outdoor entertaining space, BBQ area, covered seating area or shaded children`s play space. Normally manufactured from long lasting pressure treated timber to ensure a prolonged lifespan you can find lots of wooden gazebo kits online in a huge array of modern and traditional designs however when comparing options always look closely at the specification of […]

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How to Find a New Tenant, Quickly

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It’s the New Year and your end of 2016 review showed you your tenants were all paying on time and looking after their home – your property. But then, disaster, one of your long-term tenants has handed you their one month’s notice to vacate! While the reason for their decision to end the tenancy may be a wonderful one for them, all you know is that you need to get a new tenant signed up for your flat. Why? Because empty buy-to-let properties are expensive to run. “All the costs a tenant covers – mortgage and utilities – when they’re in contract, still need to be paid when a residential property is vacant,” said Marylebone estate agent, Kubie Gold Associates . “On top of that, you’re probably going to have to spruce the place up for viewings from prospective tenants, adding to your expenses.” The best thing to try and do in this situation is to get a new tenant in, fast. Of course, you want a tenant as reliable and easy to deal with as your previous one was. And luckily, demand for rental properties is meant to be sky high, right? But still, in order for your property investment to do its job, you need tenants in there, living in a nice home and covering all your costs. Be Organised This may sound like a simple job, but sometimes, it’s easy to rush headlong into a new situation without thinking things through and getting organised. But don’t worry, this organisation doesn’t have to be a big deal, here are the key details you need to organise in order to keep your BTL property empty for as short a period as possible. Confirm and then double check dates with your current tenant. A phone call, followed by an email will suffice here. […]

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Will UK student property remain profitable in 2017?

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Is your New Year’s resolution to make your money work harder for you? If yes, you may find that expanding your property portfolio into a different asset class may help you achieve returns which are higher than a traditional buy-to-lets. The UK’s student property sector received £3.1 billion worth of investment throughout 2016, marking the fifth consecutive year where the sector has received over the £3bn level. If you are thinking of branching out in 2017, why not take the time to read a new 2017 UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide and learn more about this profitable property sector? Click here to access the guide… What’s in the guide? Brexit remains a hot topic amongst investors. From March 2017, the British government plans to trigger Article 50 and begin steps to leave the European Union. Download the Experience Invest 2017 Student Accommodation Investment Guide and find out what the implications of the UK leaving the EU will have on the sector. Expert analysis and commentary will explain the risks and rewards of the UK’s student market and what investors in the sector should expect over the next 12 months. Location guide The latest research from Cushman & Wakefield has unveiled a trend which has seen investment in the sector move towards the regions. London has become less of a focal point for investors, who have been attracted to towns and cities with rising student populations, and a lack of purpose-built accommodation. Investors have also taken advantage of the lower entry level price tag of regional student properties which, in turn, generate higher rental returns. The guide explains where the best locations are for UK student property investment and why investors should consider them. “Our UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide is now in its fifth year and is a great online resource for investors and […]

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Three Key Considerations for Property Renovations

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For most of us, purchasing a property we can put our own stamp on is a lifelong ambition. Having the funds and the opportunity to buy a house that you can mould to your style and tastes opens up the chance to create your dream home, and is something that the vast majority of Britons aspire to one day do. Yet renovation is not an easy task. Although it offers the potential for you to design and develop your perfect property, it is a long, arduous, and often costly process. If you’re thinking of giving it a go, here are three things to consider before you do… #1: Budget  Renovating is not something that can be done without spending a sizeable sum of money, especially if you want the work you pay for to stand the test of time. Be realistic about how much you have to spend when you’re looking at potential properties, taking into account not only the outright purchase price, but the reality of how much you will need to make the house or flat fit for purpose. Then add a further 20 per cent on top of your estimate to encompass any extra expenditure you’re overlooking. If you can still afford the property within your original budget, it may well be worth considering. #2: Legal Complications  Even if the sums all add up, make sure that the proper professionals are consulted to check that everything is in order. There are many properties that may come with restrictions dictating how you can use the land, or giving another person a legal right to cross it or influence what you are able to do with it. Alternatively, you may find that conversions or renovations are barred. You need to have all of this information on the table before you proceed, so have a trusted estate agent and […]

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How to look after your roof

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Storms, heavy rain, wind, ice and snow will all impact on your roof, and the cost of the damage caused by a leak will almost certainly exceed the cost of fixing the issue quickly. In order to keep your roof in good condition we recommend the following easy steps – all of which are easy to do yourself and needn’t cost much (if anything at all): Regular inspections First check inside your house. Look for dark or browning spots, or blistering and bubbling paint on ceilings; these are indicators of water damage. Also check for damp spots forming near fireplaces. If that’s all fine, move on to the loft. If possible, do this on a sunny day; you’ll see sunlight lancing in through worn or broken shingles. If it’s rained recently, any water damage should be obvious, but also inspect for signs of previous leaks or damp. With the interior of your home checked, it’s time to move on to the outside of your roof. The first and most important thing to consider is safety; do not walk on your roof. If you’re comfortable with heights, view your roof using a ladder, preferably with someone on the ground taking notes for you. If heights make you uneasy, find a good position to view your roof with a pair of binoculars. If neither of those options work for you, call a roofing maintenance professional. You’re checking for more than missing shingles or tiles. Dark patches or lines likely means damage. Also, look out for curling and cupping or a large number of chipped and buckled shingles. If your roof is visibly uneven and spotty it could be an indication that your roof is getting quite old and might need replacing. After inspecting the shingles or tiles, turn your attention to your […]

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What is the outlook for residential prices in 2017 and beyond?

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The real estate market has featured ups and downs over time and this has made investors question the certainty of their transactions at the moment and for the future. Every businessman currently considers important factors involved in their financials or which might affect their revenues in the short or long term. As 2016 is almost over, everyone has started analyzing the predictions for next year in all industries, including the property one. We have made our own research from this perspective for you to discover the results as well as the overall outlook for residential prices in 2017 and beyond. Let’s see below what we could discover.   Factors that will strengthen the property market in 2017 What specialists in the field of real estate predict so far is that more housing units are and will continue to be occupied next year. This can only lead to more strength in the property market and the development of new opportunities in terms of advantageous investments and transactions for businessmen and people looking to find the perfect property as well. Moreover, higher mortgage rates are also predicted to find their place in the industry. It is believed that these will easily take their toil but noticeable results from this perspective are likely to be noticed in a year or two as far as predictions go. The certainty comes from the actual prices that shall be featured in the construction and selling fields. These will increase next year thus lead to the extension of the property market and create the proper environment for future effective transactions. Furthermore, the high demand of properties will also highly influence the outlook for residential prices. People seem to be willing to invest more for a good property as long as it is well located and offers them the conditions they need. […]

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Co-Living in the City

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People are always searching for innovative new ways of comfortable city living that will work financially and on a personal level for tenants too. The new co-living trend that’s currently erupting in London appears to fulfil both those requirements, and then some. “London and cities like it around the world are popular places to live but also expensive, and reconciling the two can be a real challenge,” said Marylebone estate agent Kubie Gold Associates . “The most recent co-living trend seems to have found a way to do that and it’s proving popular.” The co-living style that’s been slowly penetrating the city of London comes with a bedroom and en-suite bathroom and sometimes a kitchenette. The rest of the huge buildings being used for it, contain a number of communal spaces such as large kitchens on each floor, shared lounges, gyms, games rooms, cinema rooms and even roof terraces. Many of the amenities would come with a hefty price tag if you wanted to buy a home of your own that had even one or two of them. However, by creating a communal living building that can house upwards of 30 people, the rents for a central London location are more affordable than entire flats, apartments or houses. And, because they’re generally aimed at young city professionals, they’re bright, fresh and attractive places that people really want to live in. By making them desirable places to live in, they’re a big improvement on the bedsits many people imagine when they think of communal London living. That means that while rents are lower than for entire flats, they’re still at a rate that means the projects can run and maintained well and still earn their owners a profit. “When it comes to London property, money is always a factor for both landlords and tenants,” […]

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Winter is Coming: 6 Ways to Prepare your Home

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Winter is well and truly here – the temperatures are freezing and the nights are long, so we’re all reaching for the thermostat and the light switches. But energy prices keep rising and lots of us worry about our bills through the winter. So what can you do to keep warm but still save money? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on your bills, and some of them are not expensive. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a 3-bed semi-detached house can save up to £455 per year just by implementing these 6 measures. 1. Double glazing Double glazing is a must if you haven’t got it already. The two panes help to keep more heat in and you’ll notice that there’s less noise from outside. A-rated double glazing could save you at least £95 per year, and you’ll notice that your house is less draughty. 2. Replace your boiler How old is your boiler? If you’ve got an F-rated or lower boiler, replacing it to an energy-efficient one could save you £145 per year. Although the initial cost is large, you’ll notice the difference on your bills almost straight away. 3. Wall insulation If your home was built after the 1920s, you’ve probably got cavity walls. About a third of all heat lost in uninsulated homes escapes through the walls, so it’s well worth getting the cavity insulated. Cavity wall insulation will stop the cold air from coming into your home and the warm air from escaping. You could save a huge £160 per year just by getting your walls insulated. 4. Draught-proofing Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest methods to save energy and keep warm in your home. Simply cover your keyholes, letter boxes and disused extractor fans with draught-proofing material to feel warmer at […]

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Some easy holiday decor ideas for your rental home

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Has the holiday spirit already taken over you and brought back memories from great past holidays spent with families and friends? Then it might be the perfect time for you to start decorating your rental home for this year’s magic of Christmas. There is no better feeling than the one offered by the holidays because it is that special time of year when everyone goes home, reconnects with family and finds the strength to simply let everything go and enjoy those wonderful present moments. Let’s discover several interesting and easy ways of establishing the perfect décor this year. Dress up your chairs How about jazzing up your great-looking furniture to become a perfect match for the Christmas flair? No need to have extra space for this. All you have to do is purchase and use small wreaths and neutral ribbons to attach them to your kitchen or dining room chairs. This will give these items a simple, holiday look that will make the overall space seem much more welcoming. Attention given to the bar cart There could not be a party without a bar and drinks. All guests will get around it sooner or later so it would be nice for them to be reminded of Christmas in that area too. How about decorating your bar area with faux fur, candlesticks, wreath and cranberries? Simple yet powerful from a visual perspective. It is all about the magic of the holidays in every single corner of your home. Holiday decors made of wrapping paper No Christmas party could come without presents under the tree. Those should not be left out of sight in terms of decoration ideas either. You can easily add several sprigs of special foliage to their paper wrapping with twine to attract attention towards this area. Everyone will admire the […]

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