So we’ve all watched the TV programmes – Property Ladder etc. We sit and think we could do better than that, surely it’s so easy! Easy to pass judgement when it’s not you doing it and not your money involved.

There is certainly a lot of skill involved in doing a renovation project. One of the main things that you need to do is TO PLAN. Good organisation skills are essential when doing something like this.

You need to decide on your exit strategy up front. Are you going to buy and hold and let the property out or are you going to refurbish the property then try to sell it – flipping. Having more than one exit strategy will reduce your risk. “Begin with the end in mind” Stephen Covey

Make sure you do you research:

  • Research the area – so that you can really target the sort of people who will want to live there, keep your target market in mind when you start to develop your plans.
  • Find a suitable property.

Remember don’t get personal; don’t be tempted to buy things just because you would like them. Don’t spend lots of money on the latest gadgets or technology. This is not going to be your home; you are in this to make a profit!

We have some great eBooks that will help you with a refurbishment project.

How to quickly increase the value of your property

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Scottish designers to look out for

From the creator of the first telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, to one of the inventors of the television, John Logie Baird and Alan MacMasters — the inventor of the first electric bread toaster — Scotland has a rich history of famous names who have created items which have become commonplace in our homes.The scene in Scotland continues to be bright, especially where interior design is concerned, as Glasgow fitted kitchen specialists DM Design has discovered when taking a look at Scottish designers to keep an eye on: Mairi Helena Based in Edinburgh, Mairi Helena is a designer of high-end luxury home accessories which take inspiration from a photographic portfolio of Scotland and catching the eye for their abstract surface pattern designs and unique fine art feel.Speaking about her work, Mairi said: “With both my parents being textile designers, I was brought up with an appreciation of design. Previously with the...
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Tradesman Insurance Explained

Whether you are a seasoned tradesman or just breaking into the business, insurance is one of the first things that you need to take care of to ensure that your business is protected at the appropriate level. By taking out tradesman insurance, you can protect the various aspects of your business, including your ongoing work, equipment, as well as compensation costs that may follow a legal claim against you.What is Tradesman Insurance?Tradesman insurance it is available for builders and any other types of tradesman, and it can pay to repair or redo the work that in progress is its managed by an event such as flood, fire, or vandalism. You need to know from the start that different kinds of businesses require different kinds of insurance. Many insurers offer to combine various policies that you may need into a package, which they may advertise as tradesman insurance. Depending on your...
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Plumbing and Building Considerations for People Wanting to Renovate

In many ways, there has never been a better time to invest in improving your property.This is thanks largely to an increasingly robust property market in the UK, with house prices set to increase by an impressive 7% next year, despite the sustained uncertainty surrounding Brexit and stagnant real wage growth. This growth is particularly prominent in vibrant regional cities such as Birmingham and Manchester, and if you live in these areas you may well be keen on improving your property with a view to adding value.There are certain plumbing and building considerations that you need to pay attention to when renovating your home, however, including the following: 1. Single-storey Extensions Nearly Always Require Planning Permission One of the most popular home-improvement projects involves an extension, which can cost up to £19,500 while delivering an estimated ROI of 71%. You need to know that while single-storey extensions of three metres...
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Tiles of the Time: balancing style with functionality

For some, outfitting a new house or apartment is about gadgets and functionality, but for many of us, it comes down to décor and tile design.From those seeking the minimalist modernity of Apollo and Loft, to the buyer looking to capture past antiquity with a roman-style mosaic, many of us fall somewhere along this spectrum.But for those of us drawn towards the more striking and traditional tiles for our homes and hallways, forgoing modern technology and underfloor heating installations has often been the compromise we have been expected to make.However, some companies recognise the importance of integrating different tile plans from one room of the house to the other, Tons of Tiles has also come to address this long-faced dilemma by ensuring that your underfloor heating and tiles of choice work together with ease.As underfloor heating also provides the added benefit of forgoing the need for radiators in what can be...
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