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Julie Hanson along with her husband Alec is Co Director of Just do Property   


Educated to degree level at Manchester then Thames Valley University, Julie has enjoyed building a property portfolio for 15 years.

She worked in a large corporate organisation for almost 20 years before deciding to launch her own business.

Julie enjoys looking after their 2 children whilst building her portfolio and bringing news and information to Just Do Property subscribers. 


Alec and Julie are passionate about property - development, investment and portfolio planning and hope this new website continues to assist property investors with investment news, opportunities and up-coming events.

How to Choose the Right Skylight

When renovating your home, you may be looking for new ways to stream natural light and fresh air into the living areas. You can start small by removing the curtains, using mirrors and trimming back the outdoor hedges, but to take your home to the next level, why not make good use of your roof? By opening up your roof to sunlight, a skylight is a perfect invitation for more Vitamin D and breezy ventilation. As daylight is absolutely free, they’re energy efficient too, which will help to cut your electricity bills. However, this is where the process gets more detailed. When it comes to letting light in through your roof, you have a few different “skylight” options to choose from — a roof window, a roof light and a roof lantern. The main goal of each is to bring more natural light into the property, but what’s the difference and...
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How important will programming skills be to builders in the future?

With software helping to enable the design and construction of ever more advanced and complex buildings, a question becoming ever more pertinent is what kinds of skills will future ‘builders’ need?  Could it actually be the case that builders will need better technological skills than practical?  Especially with virtual reality playing an increasing part in architectural software, and artificial intelligence’s role in taking over some basic labour tasks. In the following short article, structure analysis software specialists Oasys explore: Could humans become redundant? It’s a common concern, that one day all our jobs will be done quicker and cheaper by machines. Technology will not steal our jobs, but just replace us as we shift roles. But how will this impact the construction industry? It’s important to understand the numbers behind predictions like this. Boston Consulting Group has said that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced...
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Home Interior Tips

  Do wish to impress your guests when they come to your home? Do you wish to receive compliments for your home? Well, I believe everyone does. But the question arises if you need to hire a designer for this task? Absolutely not. You don’t need to hire a designer to make your home a piece of art. Here’s what you can do to turn your home into a feast for eyes: 1. Install Bright Lights In And Out Even a single vase in the corner of your room can add to the beauty of your home. But what if the vase is not visible at all? You should install bright lights all over your house to leave no dark corner. Not just your interior, the Santa placed in the lawn deserves a spotlight as well. You should install bright lights in and out of your house to highlight every...
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Maintaining a beautiful home

  For a healthy home, regular maintenance is mandatory. Keeping up with the maintenance needs may feel cumbersome at times. You don’t necessarily need to perform hefty tasks to ensure the health of your home. Here are a few simple tips that you can include in your lifestyle to ensure that your home looks new-like all the time. 1. Clean Your Lawn Whenever a guest arrives at your doorstep, the first thing that they observe is your lawn. A clumsy lawn with outgrown weeds is criticised by all. Cleaning your lawn is thus very crucial to the aesthetic appearance of your home. People believe what they see. A clean, well-maintained lawn would be admired by all and this would let them perceive that your home is new. 2. Mop The Floors Daily There are many unseen bacterias and dust particles hidden in the crevices between floor panels. Mopping the hard...
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Freehold & Leasehold: What do they mean?

Considering selling your home and relocating? Then be prepared to hear the terms freehold and leasehold a lot. Understanding what they mean is important as it could make the difference between owning a home and the land it’s on completely or having a landlord. Here, quick sale property experts, We Buy Any House explore what the two mean and how owning one over the other can differ. What do freehold and leasehold mean and what’s the difference? Freehold: If you are the freeholder it means that you own both the building and the land that it’s found on. If you were to search the property in the Land Registry you would find it under your name as the ‘freeholder’ and owner of the title completely. This is the preferred purchase option in pretty much every instance and comes with many advantages. Chief of which is the fact that you don’t...
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What’s changing for landlords in 2019 and beyond?

The life of a landlord has changed dramatically over the last decade with an array of new regulations and additional taxes. While many hoped to have seen an end to these significant changes, more will come into play in 2019 and beyond. We will now take a look at the more significant changes impacting landlords in the short to medium term. Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 This act will come into play on 20 March 2019 and is seen by many as a shift in power from local authorities to tenants. Amid suggestions that local authorities were struggling to carry out their regulatory responsibilities, tenants will now be able to take legal action against landlords. This is a means of ensuring that properties are “fit for purpose and human habitat” with tenants now able to sue their landlords for the cost of appropriate repairs. Brexit uncertainty Over the...
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What Are The Best Locks And Lock Types for Rental Properties

The Best Locks And Lock Types for Rental Properties Security in rented accommodation can be a complicated issue, our handy guide has been researched and produced with the help of the professionals at Locksmith Coventry, to make the process simple. The security of rented accommodation falls on multiple people, including the landlords, the tenants and the agency managing the property on the owner’s behalf. In this article, we’re going to investigate the best door locks for rental properties, so that you can make a better decision about the locks that you ultimately choose to keep your tenants safe and secure. 1. Why You Need The Right Type Of Security Locks In Rented Property Owners of rental properties, be they buy-to-let accommodation, vacation rentals or Airbnb holiday lets, have a duty of care to occupants. Part of that duty of care involves ensuring that the property provides adequate security. Regulations and...
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What to do if your home needs repairs after bad weather

Last year, freezing weather cost the UK economy £1bn a day due to gridlocked motorways, empty restaurants, and a reduction in construction activity. Analysts said that the "beast from the east" sweeping in from Siberia and the arrival of Storm Emma was the costliest weather event since 2010. In the years to come, extreme weather in the UK is predicted to become more likely and more severe, with homes at risk of damage from strong winds, heavy snowfall, and potential flooding. So what should you do if your home needs essential repairs after bad weather? Here are a few ways in which you could cover the cost. Contact your insurance company If you have home or contents insurance, get in touch with your provider to see whether you're covered for the repairs you need. For example, if your roof was destroyed by a storm, you might be covered for it...
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Is commercial property investment for you?

In periods of economic uncertainly, investors increasingly flock to bricks and mortar as the safest form of investment. In recent times, residential property has offered unprecedented opportunities for capital growth, and BTL landlords have enjoyed rising rental yields in addition. Based on your own experience as a homeowner, the step to becoming a residential property investor may not seem all that daunting. After all, it’s just another flat or house to look after. That said, being a landlord is a competitive business and the bigger your portfolio, the more tenants there are to manage, the more buildings there are to maintain and the more involved the entire process can become. Is it still worth doing? Choosing to invest in a commercial property portfolio may be a smart alternative. Commercial rents can yield attractive returns on your investment, with much less hands-on effort required on your part. Here are some tips on...
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Changes to mortgage interest relief for buy to let investors

While the UK government has been gradually reducing the portion of mortgage interest which is deductible against rental income (since 2017) many private landlords have not yet taken this into consideration. Unfortunately, this will have a major impact upon the tax returns of higher rate taxpayers where rental properties are held in their own name. Quite why this has not received more exposure is unclear but it is a fundamental change for private landlords. Changes to mortgage interest relief In the four tax years starting from 2017/18 there will be a gradual reduction in mortgage interest relief and a gradual introduction of the new basic rate tax allowance. Prior to the 2017/18 tax year a private landlord could deduct all mortgage interest (and other expenses) from rental income before applying any taxation charge. The new landscape is as follows:- 2017/18 tax year - private landlords were able to deduct 75%...
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Selling Your Home Fast | An Online Estate Agents Guide to A Quick Sale

Did you know that the average individual will move about every ten years? If you think about that, it is a lot of houses over your lifetime. If you are not in your forever home, you may already be considering making the move. We move for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is for a new job or just the need of a change of pace and scenery. If you are ready to move out of your house or flat, you may want to consider selling your home online. Many people are confused or frustrated with all that is involved in selling a home online. However, it truly is not that difficult of a process if you have a plan and a method ready. With that in mind, we are going to discuss everything you are going to need to do to sell your home online. By following these simple...
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Free tickets to the Ideal Home Show

Inspiration for your home this 22nd March - 7th April 2018 at Olympia London with the Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla Just Do Property are delighted to have been given 500 free weekday tickets for our subscribers. The UK’s biggest exhibition is in its 111th year and has everything you could possibly need to update your home all under one roof. Discover accessory inspiration for the living room, space maximising ideas for the office, decorating ideas and the latest trends for the kitchen and bathroom as well as a spectacular first of its kind show home. Catch expert demonstrations and masterclasses on stage from well-known names such as Nick Knowles, Phil Spencer and David Domoney, to name only a few! This year’s ‘first-of-a-kind’ Show Home will be a main focal point in this area. The flexible modular construction is cleverly designed around multi-generational living, adapting to evolving lifestyles. So...
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GRAND DESIGNS LIVE TO RETURN TO LONDON WITH A MYRIAD OF NEW FEATURES

Grand Designs Live 4 - 12 May 2019, London ExCel Including Upcycling, Green Finger Campaign & Under The Stairs Just Do Property are delighted to have been given 100 free tickets for our subscribers. Your JDP ticket code is JUSTDO19 and is valid until 11 May 2019, which is one day before the last day of the show. Go to the booking page to book your free tickets.   From the 4th – 12th May 2019, London ExCeL will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home and design innovation to London for the 14th year running. Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new exhibitors and features, as well as all the usual favourites, with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event.  Whether you are starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, installing...
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2019’s garden space trends

As 2019 continues to fly by, it’s worth taking a look at what the rest of the year holds. Last year saw ecological gardens become more popular alongside asymmetrical schemes and wood-effect tiles, so exactly does 2019 have in store? We look at some of the potential trends that are likely to sweep the nation. Hot tubs The inflatable hot tubs sold by Aldi in 2017 and 2018 are set to return. However, this year, you can expect a more permanent addition to gardens. With composite decking boards providing the perfect platform for this little piece of luxury, sales are expected to continue to soar over the next 12 months.     Adult treehouses If you have a large outdoor space to play with, you may find yourself tempted to add an adult treehouse to your garden and join the recent trend. We’ve all heard of the ‘man cave’ and ‘she...
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How to settle an estate after the death of a loved one

It’s never easy dealing with the death of a loved one and all the emotion and grief that comes with it. It can often be difficult to think straight and you find yourself struggling to do even the simplest of day-to-day tasks. But, as awful as it is, there’s the financial side of things that needs to be dealt with after the loss of someone close to you, such as settling an estate. If you’ve been listed as an executor in a close friend or family member’s will, then you might need the help of companies such as Beyond which offer a probate service. But for now, here are the first steps towards settling an estate after the death of a loved one. Find the will First things first, you’ve got to find out where the person who passed away kept their will, if indeed they wrote one. They may...
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