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Ensure your property isn’t left high and dry in a flood

October 18, 2016

The Great British weather, one of our favourite topics of conversation but also one of our biggest frustrations. This is perhaps, not really surprising, when you consider the floods and flood warnings that have become a regular feature in our weather forecasts over the last few winters. Lucy Turner, Relationship Manager at Northwood Insurance Services, [...] View article >

5 traits of a great Landlord

October 6, 2016

Being a landlord can bring many rewards but equally has many responsibilities. In order to be a good landlord you need the right mix of skills, personality and know-how . No one can argue that having a rental property is a ‘passive’ investment. There are demands on both a landlord’s time and cash flow.  Just [...] View article >

4 property hotspots for 2017

October 4, 2016

Here at Northwood, our 85+ offices around the U.K. have their finger on the pulse of the local property scene and know when a market is heating up. The signs are often simple to see: 1.  Increasing infrastructure such as improving communication links. 2.  Big businesses moving to an area, providing more jobs and more [...] View article >

Five things you didnt know add value to your home

September 27, 2016

It’s all in the Name It’s not a massive shock to most of us that the name of your street affects the value of your property, after all, given the choice between Primrose Hill and Pike Street, one has significantly more appeal than the other when sending out change of address cards. Regal sounding street [...] View article >

Legal Services for Landlords. Northwood has the answer!

September 23, 2016

Around 97% of U.K. landlords are not “professional” in the sense that they usually have a busy career and day job.  This means they don’t always have time to remain up to date with new regulations and this can end up costing them dearly. New research by Direct Line Landlord Insurance reveals that one in [...] View article >

We’re helping support the fight for a Gas Safety nation

September 22, 2016

Here at Northwood the health and wellbeing of our tenants, landlords  and indeed all of our customers is a real priority so we are proud to once again be supporting the Gas Safety Week. Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of Northwood this Gas Safety Week. [...] View article >

Cleaning Continues to be a Big Problem for Landlords

September 20, 2016

Recent figures from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) have shown that it is in fact cleanliness, or lack of it, is causing the majority of deposit disputes. A huge 58% of disputes are as a result of the rented property not being cleaned before the tenant leaves. Landlords must remember that the burden of evidence [...] View article >

Top ten turn offs for house buyers

September 16, 2016

If you are trying to sell your home without success, it could be that you’re unwittingly putting people off. Recent research by Harron Homes, provides an interesting insight into what puts buyers off the most. Considering that buyers typically decide within  0-5 minutes whether the property is of appeal to them,  get the basics right [...] View article >

Do you need an inventory for an unfurnished rental property?

September 10, 2016

It can be a common misconception among landlords that an inventory is not really necessary if they are letting out an unfurnished property. After all, there’s nothing in it, right? Wrong! The most expensive damage that can be done to a property is to the building itself, carpets, kitchens, bathrooms and any white goods that [...] View article >

How is the value of your property calculated?

September 2, 2016

When it comes to selling your home, you’ll naturally want to achieve the best price possible. So how do estate agents get an accurate selling price and what features will they take into account?   First though we need to clarify that officially a valuation for a property must be completed by a qualified surveyor. [...] View article >