Guest blog: Damp proofing your home

Guest blog: Damp proofing your home
A guest blog from Timberwise It comes as no real surprise that dampness in properties is a common problem across the UK. Throughout this article I’ll explain what to look out for when damp is present and the damp proofing systems that can be used to treat damp issues. It is important that damp treatment is carried out correctly and efficiently to ensure that the property is made warm and dry again. If the issues of damp in your property are left unchec

Guest Blog: How to Add Value to Your Rental Property

Guest Blog: How to Add Value to Your Rental Property
When it comes to rental out a property it’s not just a case of buying a property and putting on the market. You need to establish your target market and adhere to their preferences and needs to entice them into choosing you and not one of the many other options to them. This can be achieved by spending some time, and initially money, on your property to make it more appealing. This will also let you charge a higher monthly fee to your tenants, which will e...

Guest Blog: Beware of Tenant History Misrepresentation

Guest Blog: Beware of Tenant History Misrepresentation
At Tenant Referencing UK we have recently been alerted to a worrying tenant history trend that we fear is misleading growth in the lettings industry, by misrepresenting what a tenant history report actually is. So we would like to draw your attention to this today, in order to protect yourself and your properties from rogue tenants and ineffectual Rent Guarantee Insurance claims in the future. Following contact with one of our landlord users, regarding

Guest blog: Japanese Knotweed – What Is The Damage?

Guest blog: Japanese Knotweed – What Is The Damage?
Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant native to East Asia. In the UK there are countless properties affected by Japanese knotweed and the problems associated with this plant are considerable. One of the effects of having Japanese Knotweed on your property aside from the damage and disruption it can cause is that it could have an affect on the saleability of your property. Mortgage lenders are only prepared to provide mortgages to property buyers if the kn...

Guest Blog: The Top 5 Causes of Damp

Guest Blog: The Top 5 Causes of Damp
A guest blog by Tapco Homedry. One of the most damaging and common problems found in the home is damp. The issue is caused by the build-up of excess moisture within a building, from either internal condensation or intrusion outside, and can often be blamed on shoddy build quality, inadequate building maintenance or the deterioration of building fabric. Dampness that is left untreated can evoke other problems such as wet or dry rot. Rising Damp Rising da

Guest Blog: Construction Industry Scheme Guide

Guest Blog: Construction Industry Scheme Guide
CIS – What Is it? Construction activities are a core business activity within the UK SME business sector, and have been for generations. In 2007, HMRC introduced the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) for how payments to subcontractors for construction work must be handled by contractors in the construction industry.  Where contractors make payments to subcontractors they must take the subcontractor’s tax status into account.  In practice this means th

Guest Blog: Why You Should Not Rely on a Mortgage Valuation Survey Alone

Guest Blog: Why You Should Not Rely on a Mortgage Valuation Survey Alone
What is a mortgage survey? When buying a property with a mortgage, most providers will require that you undertake a mortgage valuation survey before lending is approved. The sole aim of this survey is to satisfy the lender that the property you are purchasing has enough value to cover the amount they are lending you. The surveyor will briefly inspect the property (usually lasting less than 20 minutes) and will collate their findings with information ab

7 reasons why you should become friends with your neighbours

7 reasons why you should become friends with your neighbours
Moving can be a daunting task and not knowing anyone in the area can leave you feeling stranded. Have you ever thought about getting to know your neighbours? Not only will you make new friends but getting to know your neighbours can have several benefits for yourself! We have gathered up the top 7 reasons you should make an effort with your neighbours because you never know what might happen! Deliveries Now if you’re anything like me, you’re never home.

Guest Blog: A conveyancer is a conveyancer is a conveyancer – aren’t they all the same?

Guest Blog: A conveyancer is a conveyancer is a conveyancer – aren’t they all the same?
Our friends over at Get The Keys have provided us with this informative blog all about conveyancing. Understandably choosing the right Estate Agent for you to sell with is paramount, or, if buying, the agents you choose to ‘stalk’ and build relationships with, as well as the property portals you choose to wake up with and drop off to sleep with, are essential! Choosing a solicitor to handle your conveyancing is however often an overlooked element of buy

Guest Blog: Ensuring Cost-Effective Conveyancing for Your Residential Property

Guest Blog: Ensuring Cost-Effective Conveyancing for Your Residential Property
Guest Blog by Gorvins Solicitors. Conveyancing is often the crucial aspect when it comes to buying or selling a home. For those who don’t know, conveyancing is the legal process of transferring the ownership of a property from one person to another. Choosing and instructing the right conveyancer is key for a smooth, efficient transfer, but it’s also important to be cost-effective at a time when there will be many costs to pay. Unlike yesteryear when bu