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It pays to be a compliant landlord

September 20, 2017

Did you know, that, as a landlord, in order to be compliant, you have to adhere to over 140 Government statutes and regulations? It’s worth noting that, even if you are employing a lettings agent on a fully managed basis, the buck stops with you. No one can divest a landlord of their responsibilities. So […] View article >

Tips for organising your shed

September 15, 2017

One place where chaos can soon rule is the garden shed. Whether it’s lack of storage space or tangled hose pipes, it’s amazing how quickly such a small space can suddenly become cluttered. As our grandparents were fond of reminding us as kids: Everything in place and a place for everything. Nowhere is this more […] View article >

Expat landlords investing in UK property

September 12, 2017

The fall in the value of the pound against the Euro is making the U.K. property market increasingly attractive to expats. The pound has dropped by almost 15% against the euro over the past year and means that buy-to-let investors based abroad now get more for their money when buying property in Britain. The Skipton […] View article >

Home Office Ideas

September 11, 2017

More and more of us are converting the spare room into a home office. Part of this trend has grown out of the popularity of desktop computers but also the increasing number of people working from home. According to the Daily Mail, a home office is one of the first things that many home buyers […] View article >

Can a garden shed really add value to your home?

September 4, 2017

In Britain, there is nothing we love more than an evening in the garden, perhaps with a glass of wine and a few friends. We’ve increasingly begun to enjoy our gardens in recent years, with 37% of us spending more time in our garden than we did five years ago, but how is this reflected […] View article >

Beautiful Bathrooms: 5 Rules to Stand By

September 1, 2017

For some reason, people find the bathroom a challenging area to plan and design. Perhaps it’s the lack of space you get to play with or some indecision or confusion over what look and feel should be. Whether you want a walk-in shower room, a luxurious bath to while away the evening and reflect on […] View article >

Type of property best for investment – flat or house?

August 30, 2017

When starting out in property investment, newbie landlords are confronted by a lot of choices, which can often be overwhelming. One such choice is whether to buy a house or a flat. Flats are often perceived by newbies to be a “safe bet” or lower risk. However, the answer to this evergreen question should be […] View article >

Handy Back to School List

August 24, 2017

We’re not too far away from school starting again. For most parents, a little preparation goes a long way to making sure the first few weeks in September run as smoothly as possible. A lot will depend on whether your child is off to nursery school or about to head out to college or university. […] View article >

Packing for University

August 24, 2017

Heading to university is exciting and it is the first time for many new students to be away from home fending for themselves. Having lived so long at home, it can be difficult to decide what will be needed to pack and take with you. What you need will depend on whether you are going […] View article >

Top 5 Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained This Summer

August 22, 2017

As the summer holidays roll around again, those with children about to finish the school term start to wrack our brains for activities to keep them entertained and out of trouble for the duration. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you out, ones that will hopefully stop those dreaded […] View article >