Guest Blog: Know Your External Rendering Options

Guest Blog: Know Your External Rendering Options
There are a number of things to consider when planning external rendering, and it’s probably not a good idea for an inexperienced person to try it without any practice. Before rendering the walls of your home, it’s a good idea to practice on a garden wall to begin with. Better yet, you can hire a certified tradesman to do the rendering for you. If you’re planning to render an old wall, make sure that any moss or mould is completely cleaned off with blea...

Guest Blog: Why the appearance of your home can affect the income you make from it

Guest Blog: Why the appearance of your home can affect the income you make from it
Being a landlord comes with plenty of different responsibilities. Although there are both tenant and landlord rights, it is important that you know the difference between what you are duty bound to, and what your tenants should be doing. Failing to comply to the landlord regulations can dramatically affect the income that you will make from it. If you have recently bought a new house, or your previous tenants are moving out of an existing one, before yo...

Things to think about when renovating a property

Things to think about when renovating a property
If you are thinking about renovating a property there are many things to consider. If it is a property which you are looking to live in, you might focus more on the interior design and creating your dream home. If you are thinking about renting it out, you might want to make it look good but maybe not spend as much time or money to get tenants in quickly. Take a look at our advice below whatever your reason for renovating. Full Building Survey If you are

What do you look for when finding a house to rent?

What do you look for when finding a house to rent?
Many people assume that most aspects of the rented property will be taken care of by the landlord, but that isn’t always the case. Often this can leave you with a large cost if you haven’t done your research properly before signing on the dotted line. There are many things that people don’t always consider when looking, but not to worry, we have the top three things you need to look for when finding a home to rent. 1 – Council Tax Band You have just foun...

Home improvement on a shoestring budget

Home improvement on a shoestring budget
We all know that finding money to improve your home is hard to come by and there is nothing wrong with being a bit frugal. I’m sure a lot of us have a couple of rooms in our homes which we would love to spruce up but never seem to have any money to put into it. Take a look at our tips below on how to get the most for your money. Paint Paint is the quickest and easiest way to spruce up a room without breaking the bank. Paint can really change a roo

How can I save my rental deposit?

How can I save my rental deposit?
Moving into your first rented property is an exciting adventure. You’ve made it. You’ve got your own home. It’s time to explore the local area, buy decorative items and invest in homely goods (some of which you may never use!). However there is a sting at the end of your tenancy. The dreaded questions you ask to yourself – will I get my deposit back? In the past there have been many issues between landlords, letting agents and their tenants about thi...

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…
Do you have a garden shed rotting away or filled with bits and bobs that you haven’t looked at in years? As summer is drawing closer, why not use some of our ideas to create the perfect summer retreat? 1 – Summerhouse Have you always wanted a summer house to show off to your neighbours? This is the perfect opportunity to do so. If your shed is not large enough you could also knock it down and re-build. Be careful though, if it is too large you might ...

How to keep your home cool this Summer

How to keep your home cool this Summer
Let’s cut to the chase. Over the past few weeks it has been getting hotter and hotter and it’s only going to get warmer over the next couple of months. I know that I for one am always dreaming of a cool home without having to purchase an air conditioner. It is very tempting to plant yourself within a couple-foot radius of the nearest fan or crank up the AC, but you could get the same effect for much less! We have the secret! Read on to find out how you can...

Renovate a barn

Renovate a barn
Unused barns have massive potential when it comes to development. There are lots of things you can do with an old barn, so let your imagination run wild. Barns are an empty shell which means you can often create the home you’ve always wanted, whether it is a super modern dream home or a picturesque rural home with beautiful countryside views – there are few limits to what you can do. A rural barn gives you the benefit of location, as they are usually...