Reasons to Specify Insulated Garage Doors

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With a continued shorting of housing stock and development space at a premium the modern trend in residential developments is to squeeze in as many houses as possible into one site. However what this has meant is that the once common site of a detached garage has given way to something more compact where the garage is actually attached to the main part of the house. Whilst this does not appear to deter the masses from purchasing these types of properties as soon as they hit the market it has resulted in a knock on effect in terms of the thermal performance of the property as the garage opening needs to offer a greater level of protection against heat loss than it once did. Common Problems Associated With Attached Garages Condensation forming inside the building due to differences in internal and external air temperature. Adjoining rooms can be a couple of degrees cooler than other areas of the home. Weak traditional garage doors provide an easy access point into the house for thieves and burglars. Due to these 3 main areas of concern many UK garage door manufacturers now produce highly insulated garage doors that offer energy efficiency and high levels of security in a bid to meet the needs of their customers. How Do Insulated Garage Doors Work? Forming the largest thermal break in the buildings structure the garage opening will let large amounts of heat dissipate from the home unless adequately protected.  To combat this an insulated garage door will provide a thermal barrier to help keep heat inside the building and cold air out. With an expanded foam filled core, rubber seals all round and a door panel that overlaps the back of the opening they grate an airtight barrier against rain, wind and cold air. Here […]

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Brexit fails to hamper the UK housing market

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Before the EU referendum on June 23, many had predicted that an outcome resulting in the UK’s exit from the European Union would have a negative impact on the country. From the stock markets to the housing market, analysts had warned that consumer sentiment would be severely affected by the Brexit vote, and immediately after the shock result was announced, there were fears that this would indeed be the case. However, the economy and the overall housing market has stabilised significantly following the initial shock, with several reports by industry analysts showing that the EU referendum may have been very short term in its impact. According to figures released by the  According to figures released by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), August witnessed a major rebound in confidence and activity across the market, after a marginal downturn in July that represented immediate reaction to the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote. Generally, all industries and markets witness a period of caution after significant political developments occur as consumers and businesses bide their time until a clearer picture of the future has been painted. However, the slowdown in the property market proved to be short lived, with prices, sales and expectations all bouncing back strongly in August and September and demonstrating a major robustness. Rise in prices In the month of August, the Rics data showed that 12 per cent more respondents across the country witnessed a rise in prices, which represented a significant increase rise on the five per cent who reported the same for the month of July. Meanwhile, expectations regarding home values for the quarter ahead moved into positive territory, with a tenth more respondents anticipating an increase over that timeframe, marking the strongest sentiment witnessed since early spring. Furthermore, similar robustness has been illustrated in price expectations for the coming […]

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Difference between Online estate agents and High Street Estate Agents

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Online estate agents are known to be a good alternative to high street agents because they are cheaper yet they offer similar services that include property valuation and marketing as well as making plans for viewings by potential buyers.  Interestingly, online estate agents account for other a paltry 5% of the property sales. Even then, there are numerous other significant differences in the way these two entities work . They include the following: Fees – Online estate agents charge a much lower fees compared to the high street agents. Even then, most of them require you to pay them up front regardless of whether they will sell your property or not. Their fee is often set as opposed to being a percentage of the selling price hence there is less incentive for negotiating the best price for your home. Communication – While someone will come to take photographs of the property as well as create floor plans, most of the communication will be via phone and email. In some cases, you may be assigned an account manager that you might never meet in person. Viewings – The majority of online estate agents will leave you to conduct the viewings unlike high street agents that do it for you. Marketing – High street agents will actively take up the role of marketing your property until it sells or the contract ends. While this is true for some online agents, always check to see that the package you have opted for clearly defines it. The majority will offer 12 months as standard even though others offer six months. Valuations – although online estate agents may visit your property to do a valuation of your property, they may not be familiar with the area/local market. Keeping in mind that you do not have to use the valuation that is provided by the online agent, you can get high street agents to give you a valuation and compare […]

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Finding a Reputable Removal Company in London

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Moving house and packing up all of your valuable possessions takes a lot of time and patience. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, packing and moving by yourself carries the risk of you damaging or losing your most prized possessions. If you’re moving in London, hiring a professional removal company will minimize so many of these risks. That being said, you need to make sure the company you hire is reputable. Being such a large place, there are going to be numerous London removal companies, however not all of them are going to be good. Hiring a removal company without doing your research can actually carry even greater risk – one of the most famous cases was the family who had £10,000 worth of belongings stolen after hiring a company off Facebook. To avoid the worst case scenario, here is a comprehensive guide to finding and hiring a good London removal company . Things to Look out For When your most prized possessions are being moved, you want to be sure your removal company will be professional and courteous throughout he process. While researching your London removal companies, you might want to check they are accredited members of associations like the British Association of Removers and/or the National Guild of Removers and Storers. Membership of these associations isn’t the only way a removal company can be reputable, but it will give you peace of mind. Your chosen removal company should also be insured and cover you for ‘items in transit’, but you will need to confirm this with the company, as not all do. Keep in mind, in most cases cover for damage or loss is related to the weight of your items, not their actual worth. The standard level of cover is £1.30 per kilo. You can always ask any questions or ask for proof of documentation […]

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Why Investing Income for Producing Real Estate Profits Is an Excellent Choice for Growing Your Wealth

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No matter whether you are rich or poor, you are definitely interested in new ways of earning more. When you do not have sufficient money, you need to find ways in which to earn extra to start-up a business or help grow the current one. On the other hand, when you have already acquired some wealth it is still important to focus on ways in which to increase it for the future. The real estate market is the perfect way in which anyone can manage to gain greater profits. Let’s see why investing income for producing real estate profits can be the perfect choice for growing your wealth. Real Estate Investments The real estate market has evolved a lot in the last few years by undergoing a wide number of changes that were important for investors. The good news is that studies show an increase in results in terms of profit for those investing in this business. Real estate investing refers to the purchase, managing and ownership of real estate used to generate profit though renting and selling options. This gives investors the possibility to grow their incomes by choosing a location worthwhile investing in for its real estate market upon prior proper research and analysis of risk factors. SmartBusiness, Profitable Investments No business comes without risks especially when you are focused on achieving serious profits from it. This is why the real estate business also comes with pros and cons. Its greatest advantage is that with high risks come amazing profits, incomparable to many other businesses in which you could engage in with the same purpose. Although risky, real estate investments are highly recommended by specialists under good conditions. Once you find a good location to do business and the right people to represent you in front of prospective clients, transforming them into paying customers […]

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Gates & Fencing – Essential Security Precautions for Any Garden

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If you live in a property that benefits from the luxury of a garden, rear yard or small courtyard it is essential that adequate security precautions are taken so that the space remains well protected from criminals and trespassers whilst providing privacy for the property owner as this will ensure the maximum benefit and enjoyment can be gained from the space. As such an excellent option is to install gates and fencing as they offer many benefits at an affordable price. With this in mind here we will take a closer look at each option in a bid to give advice to property owners in need of additional privacy and security without them having to compromise on the aesthetic appeal of the garden. Garden Fencing As the boundary of the garden will pose the biggest threat in terms of security and privacy (not to mention the fact it will also involve the biggest outlay in terms of expense and effort involved during the installation process) it makes sense to get this right as mistakes can prove costly in terms of visual appeal, effectiveness and ability to meet your requirements. With many options being available on the market ranging from a simple chain link fence (ideal where a low security risk is posed and will be more of a visual deterrent) through to 7ft high metal fence panels fitted with spear top finials that are constructed from strong and robust solid steel components (more commonly used on prestigious properties where privacy is not an issue but security is a priority) the choice can seem a little daunting and confusing. However, in essence choosing the best fencing design for your garden will involve nothing more than you working out what your specific needs are (in terms of privacy, security and appearance), deciding on your budget […]

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Post-Brexit passive investment opportunities: Commercial to Residential conversions

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There are multiple ways to invest in property. In the case of an active or semi-active strategy, investments require to spend some time handling the works, maximising the returns and ensuring the project is successful. In addition to time, this requires knowledge of the market or the industry and most of all a significant amount of capital. But what about fully passive investment strategies? Homes of England is an SME currently developing 13 projects in a dozen cities across the UK, amounting to a total of 700 apartment units under development for an overall value of £128 million. Instead of looking at capital intensive competitive schemes in London, the company targets schemes of conversion of offices into affordable housing in areas with great connections to London, but where the price per square metre is much lower. If you would like to request more information about the company’s business model and opportunities, you can leave your details at the bottom of the page.  A London-based company that operates outside London London’s outskirts have lower residential prices. The average residential price per square foot (sqft) in London is around £1,000. Prices in Bedford, one of the cities where Homes of England ( www.homesofengland.com ) made most of its acquisitions, are around £275 per sqft. This city is only a 35-minute train ride away from London.Another example is Peterborough, where prices are as cheap as £200 per sqft. Again, Peterborough is only 45 minutes away from London by train. These cities are increasingly attractive due to further railway developments that make them easily reachable from major cities. Not only do property prices go up, but they keep doing so while London prices have reached what many call a “level of no return”. An example of a typical conversion project               […]

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UK Student Property Market Continues to Generate Strong Investment Returns

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The student property market has once again emerged as one of the UK’s best performing investment sectors. Over the last three years, the sector has received £11 billion worth of investment from buyers and this level of investment is showing no sign of slowing down, despite the Brexit vote. Student Property and Brexit The evergreen nature of the market is one of the reasons why investors have flocked to the sector. Demand for higher education has remained strong since the June vote, with the latest A-level results propelling student numbers into record highs. According to UCAS , 424,000 students were placed in UK universities as of midnight on results day. This marks a 3% rise when compared to the previous year. The number of EU students placed increased by 11% (26,800) and the amount of international acceptances climbed by 0.4% to 29,300. It would seem that the UK’s vote to leave the EU has had a little effect on students wanting to study in the country. Landlords invested in the UK’s student property market may experience a rise in demand for their housing stock. Resilient Property Sector With the 2016/2017 academic year almost upon us, landlords are set to reap the rewards of this thriving property sector. The experts at Jones Lang LaSalle have reported a continued positive sentiment towards the sector. “We are currently seeing good levels of investment demand following the referendum and, generally, transactions we are working on have seen little impact as a result of the Brexit vote.” JJL also believes that the UK’s student housing market is “likely to remain more resilient than other sectors.” The student property investment experts at Experience Invest have also experience a flurry of investment since the vote. “Since Brexit, we have sold out another block in our high yielding student development, Opto […]

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5 Ways to Save Money When Moving Home

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Congratulations! You’ve had your offer accepted on your dream home and need to start arranging everything for your move. Here are 5 things you will need to arrange, with handy tips of how to save money along the way. 1. Instruct a No-Sale, No-Fee Solicitor or Conveyancer The first thing your estate agent will request from you is your Solicitor or Conveyancer details, so they can complete a memorandum of sale and take the property off the market. In fact, you can instruct a Solicitor before you have even made an offer on a property and usually, the sooner the better. Your Solicitor will support you throughout the process of buying your home but it is still quite daunting paying legal fees so early in the process. Our handy tip: Look for a Solicitor who offers their services on a ‘no purchase, no fee’ basis. Should your property fall through, you will not be liable for the legal fees on the aborted property. You may be asked to pay a small deposit upfront to cover the risk of no-sale-no-fee, however most Solicitors will roll this over to a new property. This is a great way to save money, in a climate where up to 1 in 3 property purchases fall through before completion. For more information, read the Top 10 Reasons Property Deals Fall Through – In Numbers 2. Find the Best Rate Mortgage To save time, it is best to have a mortgage agreed in principle before you start property hunting and you will also have a better understanding of the amount you have to purchase with. Once you have found a property and had an offer accepted, you will need to get a formal mortgage offer from your provider and they will first need to complete a Mortgage Valuation. Our handy tip: Following the BoE’s decision to cut […]

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6 Home Improvements That Add Value to a Property

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Are you thinking of investing in several home improvements to renovate, remodel or update certain areas of your house? If you are then you should keep an eye on the type of home improvements that actually add ‘value’ to a property so that if the day ever comes when you want to sell your home then the improvements you’ve invested in will pay off. Newington Green estate agent M&M Property have lised various home improvements that add value to a property, the following 6  are going to provide you with the best returns include: 1. Updating the kitchen Generally buyers like to see a nice, fully-equipped and modern kitchen that is not only stylish but also has a good layout. Updating your kitchen (particularly for older homes) is one of the best investments you’ll make. 2. Adding a conservatory If you’re up for a fair bit of renovation then think about adding a conservatory. Although a conservatory will eat into the available space in your back garden, it is known for providing one of the best returns on investment and is a feature many buyers absolutely adore. 3. Using composite doors Having a solid and sturdy composite door is its own reward, and it will also help improve your home’s energy efficiency too. Having secure, high quality doors that require zero maintenance and look good at the same time is a selling point all on its own. 4. Brightening the bathroom Another area buyers often pay attention to is the bathroom – and a few small improvements can go a long way to boost how yours looks. By applying a new coat of paint, changing the mirror, and adding new light fixtures – your bathroom could really start to look good. 5. Insulating the home In the same way a composite door can help […]

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