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How improving your home can add value in the short and long term

The value of your home can be a constant cause for concern. However, it’s worth remembering that, to some extent, the figures are in your control. Home values have and will continue to change significantly in 2019 across different parts of the country, especially due to influences like Brexit, so some say investing in your home’s value would be great.  The good news is that improving your home can add value in the short and long term. This article will help you understand why. Aesthetic updates A home’s value can rise and fall on aesthetics alone. Therefore, it’s important to pay close attention to the details of things like colour schemes, design themes and room arrangements. Even the materials used on furniture can be quite revealing too in terms of quality and style. If you’re looking to add value, try to go for something smart but neutral; if it’s too...
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Living in the same building as their serial bad tenant… a couple’s worst nightmare

It’s been heavily publicised that a large percentage of the UK’s retirees are struggling to live off their pension, so it’s no surprise that some over 65s have turned to renting out rooms in their home, or other properties they may have, to boost their income.  However, in this week’s episode of Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords (Monday 15th July, 9pm, Channel 5) viewers will see landlords, Jackie and John, a retired couple from a seaside village in Norfolk, locked in a battle with their non-paying tenant which is making their lives hell.  What makes it even worse, is she lives in the same building as them. Jackie and John live in a converted Victorian building comprising of four flats. They live in one and rent their upstairs flat. On the recommendation of someone else in the village, they let the other flat to a lady called Katey who said she...
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Private landlords struggle to keep up with regulatory changes

It is difficult to know exactly what Theresa May’s premiership will be remembered for when it finally comes to an end in July. Will she go down in history as the lady who failed to deliver Brexit, the Prime Minister who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory or the politician who presided over a huge change in private rental market regulations? Private landlords struggling It is fair to say that recent changes to the private rental market came about as a consequence of the Conservative party seeking to curry favour with middle ground to left-wing voters. At a time when the Conservative party was literally tearing itself apart, Theresa May saw an opportunity to introduce tenant friendly regulations and hopefully win over some of the popular vote. However, just a couple of years down the line from the start of the regulatory changes there is confusion and many private...
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Property and Divorce: Who Gets the Family Home in a Divorce Settlement?

The family home is often the most significant asset to be included and negotiated in the divorce settlement. It’s for this reason that it’s vital to understand the role of property in the divorce settlement and how the courts decide who gets the family home. There are many different things to consider during the divorce process, one of which is the division of matrimonial assets. For most people, the divorce settlement will include property, and the property in question is often the family home. Due to the value and significance of the property, deciding who gets the house or how it will be divided between each spouse can prove to be a complicated and stressful experience.  So who does get the family home in a divorce settlement? Always Get Expert Legal Advice First Your first step should be to seek the advice and legal guidance of an experienced and reputable...
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6 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Property

Regardless of whether you want to sell your sweet home, or are simply looking to grow your investment in it, the great news is that there are a few things you can do to boost your home’s value without dealing with a huge remodelling. Of course, for those who are thinking of remodelling, there are things that are more efficient than others as far as improving that value. This article is going to give you a few tips on how to achieve that. Take Clutter Out This works especially well for those who are looking to sell their place right now. If you don’t really have time to do anything else on this list, this is the simplest step to take as far as increasing the value of your home. What you’re looking for is depersonalizing the space as much as possible, as this is the key action to take...
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Tips for Buying your First Home

Buying your first home is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and the most significant financial decisions you will make in your entire lifetime. While it may seem like an easy decision, it certainly isn't and therefore its best to proceed with utmost caution to avoid regrets later. The real estate industry is hugely dynamic attributed to changing demographic makeups, economic conditions, interest rates as well as other factors thus you should not make hurried decisions at least when wanting to buy your first property. Before buying Sea Pines homes, you may want to do extensive market research, take time and proceed with caution considering the tips below. 1. Always Conduct Thorough Research on The Current Market As mentioned above, the real estate market is mostly dynamic with property values rapidly fluctuating due to local supply/demand dynamics as well as broader national economic factors such as policies. Attributed to the...
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The Basics Of Landscaping Explained

Landscaping may be quite similar to gardening, although, they are also significantly different. While both gardening and landscaping are both focused on achieving a visually pleasing outdoor area that should be maintained, landscaping defines the task of designing the layout of your yard. The term ‘landschap’ was first used in the 16th century by a Dutch artist who was painting breath-taking scenery. The word was initially used to describe outdoor spaces that were picturesque. The art of landscaping requires a creative plan that aims to achieve a visually appealing outdoor area. By using plants, grasses, flowers, trees, and other outdoor features such as stones, water features, and fences you can ultimately create an ideal yard area. However, you will also require certain garden tools to ensure that your landscaping goal is possible. Homethods.com is a great platform to take advantage of for discovering top-rated products that will ensure the task...
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How to implement safety and healthy environment on construction sites

While there are a number of safety and health regulations in place for construction sites, construction remains a dangerous profession. Workers on construction sites are exposed to health and safety risks on a daily basis. In 2016, one-fifth of all fatal workplace accidents happened on a construction site. And in the UK, fatalities occur among construction workers at the rate of one per week. These numbers show that the safety and health of workers on construction sites is a matter of the highest priority. There are several steps that can be followed to safeguard workers, visitors, passerby and the site itself. Basic safety equipment and training, new technology like drones and wearable tech to monitor conditions and temporary heras fencing hire can all help to improve safety and health on the site.   Planning for Safety on the Construction Site Safety on the construction site begins with planning and training....
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How Can I Start to Invest My Money in Property?

It’s always been a well-known fact that in the UK, people readily invest their money into property – and why wouldn’t they? Nine times out of ten it’s one of the most financially rewarding and worthy long-term investments, and it’s a sure safe way to get the most out of your money. However, if you’re not an experienced property investor and you’re wanting to get started, it can be difficult to get your foot on a steep and well-established ladder. Well, with these top tips, you’ll be well on the way to investing in your first property and starting your long-term property investment adventure. Take Some Classes If you’re an absolute beginner when it comes to investing and don’t even know where to get started, why not consider taking some classes or joining a short course that is all about new and upcoming investors. Not only will you learn the basics...
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Survey reveals how agents are responding to the Tenant Fee Ban

Assist Inventories, a London-based property inventory company, has surveyed letting agents across the city to find out how they are responding to the Tenant Fees Ban. What They Said… The Tenant Fees ban, which came into force on the 1st June 2019, has been a bone of contention in the private rental sector since plans were first announced more than two years ago. Since then, countless directives have been issued advising how agents can recoup their losses, with one option seeming most favourable; increasing landlord fees. But is that how the industry managed in the end? In a word, yes, but not overwhelmingly. According to the stats collected by Assist, of the respondents, 38% said that increasing landlord fees would be their preferred option for maintaining revenue following the ban, but what about the rest? The full results are as follows: Survey question: What will your agency be doing to...
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