Choosing the right burglar alarm for your home.

February 2nd, 2015 Posted in Home Improvements, Home Maintenace | No Comments »

You pull up to your house after a business trip, holiday or weekend away with friends and something doesn’t feel right. You get out of the car or taxi and walk up to the front door, fiddling to find the keys in your bag. The front door is unlocked. Your suspicious feeling grows stronger. You walk into your home and your heart lurches into your throat. Your house is completely ransacked. No corner hasn’t been left unturned and every precious valuable gone. That is not exactly the welcome home party your were looking for.

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Kitchen Extensions – tips for extending the most social room

January 6th, 2015 Posted in Home Improvements | No Comments »

People decide to put an extension on their kitchen for a variety of reasons: bigger family, need for more social space or to get some ‘outdoor’ space that isn’t actually outside. Whatever your motivation, a kitchen extension is a great way to add value to your property and is definitely cheaper than moving house all together. Read on to get advice about your kitchen extension.

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US Rolls Out Red Carpet for International Property Investors

December 4th, 2014 Posted in Buying Property, Overseas, Property Market | No Comments »

Led by Obama, the USA is rolling out the red carpet for international property investors.

Easier to obtain international mortgages, tax eliminating vehicles, increased protections for property investors, and tearing down immigration barriers all adds up to fueling the American real estate market, and making it even more attractive for global investors.

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How to deal with landlord harassment

November 24th, 2014 Posted in Landlords, Rental Market | No Comments »

Sometimes relationships go wrong. Whether it is a personal relationship, a friendship or a communication breakdown with your landlord, a sour relationship can be very stressful to deal with. As a tenant you need to know what your rights are when dealing with harassment from your landlord. There are a series of hoops you have to jump through and processes you have to follow to make sure you deal with landlord harassment correctly. Below you will find some of the top tips for coping with this situation.

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Tenants installing items in home without permission

October 9th, 2014 Posted in Landlords, Rental Market | No Comments »

When you own a property, you have tenants and you have clearly outlined the ‘rules’ in a tenancy agreement with them, it can be very frustrating when they decide to install items in your home without your permission. Depending on what they decide to install, it can wind up costing you money later if you don’t address the problem when it arises. Here are some top tips to dealing with this type of situation.

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How much should my extension cost?

September 17th, 2014 Posted in Extensions, Home Improvements | 1 Comment »

When you set of on a new project such as an extension, it is always helpful to have an idea of how much money your project should cost so you don’t get ripped off. Building an extension can be quite a complex project with lots of moving parts that you may want to keep your eye on financially. From the architect to the construction itself, you will deal with several different people. This blog acts as a guideline to how much your extension should cost and some factors that will affect the price of your extension.

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What the Housing Crisis Means for Today’s Youth

September 16th, 2014 Posted in Mortgages, Property Market | No Comments »

For today’s youth, owning a property is becoming increasingly tougher. According to housing charity Shelter, almost two million 20-34-year-olds are choosing to live at home with their parents as they cannot afford to rent or buy their own place, despite being in employment.

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How to increase the rent on your property

August 27th, 2014 Posted in Landlords, Rental Market | No Comments »

It is understandable that over time the rent on your property may need to be increased. With the rise in property prices and inflation, you may have to increase the price of your home even if you have had the same tenants for years. This news can be difficult for any tenant to swallow and it is very important that you follow the rules to ensure a smooth transition to the higher rate. This blog gives you some advice on the steps to take to increase the rent on your property/ies.

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Soaring family debt is ticking time bomb for UK economy

August 14th, 2014 Posted in Mortgages, Property Market | No Comments »

Re property: “If interest rates were to hit 3%, historically an abnormally low level, it could trigger a prolonged and socially damaging recession with collapsing house prices, rising property repossessions…”

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How to Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom

August 11th, 2014 Posted in Bathrooms, Home Improvements | No Comments »

Not all of us have the ability to enjoy a large and spacious bathroom. Smaller units can feel cramped and stifling and, as we are literally unable to avoid these rooms, it is important to realise that even the tiniest of spaces can be imbued with a style and a class of its own. In fact, there are a handful of novel ideas which can be employed to create a stunning, clean and open environment.

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Have you joined the LED lighting revolution?

August 6th, 2014 Posted in Energy Saving, LED Lighting | No Comments »

You may have heard the new buzzword in the lighting world? So what is so great about LEDs??

Quite simply LEDs are the future for home and business lighting. As traditional light bulbs are gradually phased out, the answer is not to switch to energy saving light bulbs, but to invest in LED technology.

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