Which improvements add the most value to your property?

Landlords often make improvements to their properties in order to maximise their rental value but if done right, they can also give its capital value a healthy boost. Research from an online loan provider has shown that average improvements can add up to 10% to the value of a house which is definitely not to be sniffed at. There are a whole range of potential improvements you can make to most properties from simple redecoration to extensive structural changes but …

The best areas to buy a UK holiday home

There is no ‘right’ place to buy a holiday home, you need to consider what you want from the property. If you are buying for your own exclusive use, then think about whether you will use it for regular weekends or longer holidays. If you wish to use it as a second home at the weekends then we recommend that you look no more than two hours away. Ask yourself; are you really going to want to face a long …

8 ways to winter-proof your property

1. Clear the gutters and drains You should regularly clear out the drains and guttering throughout the year, but it is especially important in the winter when they tend to clog up with leaves, plants and other debris. It is a good idea to check that the junctions of the gutters are watertight too.

Top tips to selling your home this autumn!

If you’re planning on putting your property on the market this month or want to refresh it ready for the autumn influx of buyers, we are here to share some simple tips to help you to make the most of one of the busiest times of the year for property sales. Elbow grease It’s the simplest tip, but a bit of elbow grease can make the world of difference and is the best place to start. A good tidy-up and clean will …

Landlords in England enjoying booming rental market

Landlords in England are enjoying a booming rental market, according to new research, with total rental payments exceeding £32 billion per year. The largest proportion of private rental income in England was collected in London, with a total of £14 billion collected by landlords in the capital. This figure represents 44% of the entire country’s rent and was more than the North East, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and East Anglia combined. Outside of London, residents of Leeds pay the …

Landlord top tips for autumn

Whilst the sun may still be shining in many places, those chilly mornings are a clear sign that autumn is undeniably just around the corner.  This time of year is the perfect opportunity for landlords to schedule an inspection to check up on the condition of their buy to let, complete any niggling maintenance jobs and generally ensure that the property is in tip top shape before the winter weather kicks in.  Here are our top 5 tips for landlords …

Parents: How to invest in student property

Instead of throwing money away on rent, savvy parents are snapping up new-build buy-to-let properties near their child’s campus, as well as having peace of mind that your child will be staying in good quality accommodation, you can also make money by letting the other rooms to students, as well potentially profiting from capital appreciation when you decide to sell.   Parents looking to profit from their child’s education is still an emerging idea in the UK, but it has …

What tenants should know about contents insurance

There are a lot of things that you should be informed about if you are a tenant renting a home, there are many things to think about, such as your rights and responsibilities and the legal details of your relationship with your landlord. One of the most important things for tenants’ to think about is protecting their possessions with tenant content’s insurance. If you are unsure where to start, here’s what you need to know: What is Tenant’s Insurance?  This …

Do You Need Non-Standard Property Insurance?

Do you live in an unusual property, such as a treehouse (or mansion!) a converted barn or a home with a thatched roof? If so, you will not be eligible for the typical kind of home insurance and you will need to consider other alternatives.   If you live in a non-traditional property you might find it very difficult to get house insurance at a reasonable price. It can be even worse if you have already been turned down for …