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Top tips for choosing a removal company

February 13, 2017

Once you have accepted an offer for your property, the next  step in the process is the exchange of contracts & completion. Completion is typically ‘move day’ and comes with its own set of considerations and decisions.  In this article Compare My Move – an online removal companies comparison site – provides some sound advice […] View article >

Housing White Paper – landlord perspective

February 8, 2017

Yesterday, the Government released the much anticipated Housing “White Paper” which laid out their plans to fix a “broken” housing market. From a landlord perspective, the paper was notable in its lack of recognition of the important part that private landlords play in housing the nation. The focus of the paper was very much on […] View article >

To let a property furnished or unfurnished?

February 8, 2017

For a landlord deciding whether to let a property furnished or unfurnished can be a tough call.  Furnishing a house will command a higher market rent but will cost the landlord upfront, ensure compliance with fire and safety legislation and ensure the items supplied are maintained to a good working order. Alternatively providing a property […] View article >

Top 8 mistakes tenants make when considering a property

February 7, 2017

There are over 9 million renters in the UK and competition for good rental properties can be fierce, in London there are ten tenants for every available rental. However, rushing into making a decision could be a costly mistake. Asktenants have compiled a list of the top mistakes that tenants make to help make sure […] View article >

How to make the most of the second viewing

February 3, 2017

Finding the right next home for you and your family is always a complex mix of needs and wants, so getting the most out of your viewings is vital. The first viewing is often driven by emotion – the heart – but the second viewing should always be based on using your head. In this […] View article >

How to deal with non-paying tenants

February 3, 2017

Dealing with non-paying tenants can be both stressful and costly for many landlords. As a rough calculation landlords are advised to budget for the equivalent of one month’s rent per annum in rental arrears. This may sound excessive but recent data* reveals that almost 10% of all tenants in the UK fell behind with their […] View article >

8 ways to freshen your house up for spring

February 2, 2017

The days are finally beginning to get longer again and spring will be here before we know it.  If one of your resolutions for this year was to get organised and freshen up the house for spring, then you’ll love our  top tips: Simply Paint… One of the quickest and cheapest ways to give a […] View article >

Landlords you should be checking your EPC rating!

January 30, 2017

We have previously mentioned a number of changes that landlords need to be aware of – namely Section 24 tax changes, new regulations, and the implementation of the PRA for mortgage lending. See – Three challenges landlords need to be aware of – and how to solve them However, on a more distant horizon, there […] View article >

Top tips for moving house with kids

January 24, 2017

Most adults that have experienced moving house are agreed that is one of the single most stressful things they have had to do. With sorting and packing, cleaning the house you are leaving and organising things like utilities changing over,  so if you’re a parent it can be easy to overlook the fact that the […] View article >

The property market does not like this

January 20, 2017

There is one thing that can be guaranteed to impact on the property market in the U.K. and that is uncertainty. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister Teresa May, delivered her landmark speech setting out how the U.K. would be preparing to leave the European Union. During the transition there will be a lot of […] View article >