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.

Tiles of the Time: balancing style with functionality

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Easy DIY/Maintenance Tips to Save You Money in the Long Run

  Running a home can be an expensive task, but there are things you can do make it a little more affordable. Did you know for example, there’s a few great DIY and maintenance jobs you can do to save you money in the long-term?Here, we’ll look at some easy DIY and maintenance tips that are guaranteed to help save you money.Repair the seals around the homeYou may be surprised by the number of seals found throughout the home which could be gradually draining your budget. Damaged window seals for example, can let out a substantial amount of heat, causing you to use more heating in the winter months. The seals in your refrigerator could also end up damaged over time, causing warm air to seep through. If this happens, the refrigerator will need to work much harder to keep the food cooler, in turn using more electricity.    Fixing the...
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Wood - More Than A Floor!

There’s a lot to be said for wood flooring, especially when it comes to appearance. But have you ever considered what the practicalities of it are? Well sit back and relax while we tell you just a few of them; Durability. When it comes to flooring solid wood is one of the most durable options available; fact. The lifespan of solid wood is one of the longest in any flooring material, not only this but it also has the ability to be sanded and refinished more than once. This means that should anything unfortunate occur with your floor you can have peace of mind in knowing that it can be rectified easily and probably look fresher than it did before. In a nutshell, you’ll often find that most wooden floors last an actual lifetime, as long as they are looked after properly of course! Easy to clean. One of the...
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All The Tiles in All The Styles!

The world of tiles is a wonderful place, full of vibrant colours and various styles. As one of the oldest decorating accessories it’s no surprise that we love them so much, in fact these days tiles are so much more than a finish to the floor. So we've teamed up with the chimps from Tile Monkey to discuss a few of our favourites.             Hexagonal: Just like us, tiles are no longer conforming to society, in fact “be there or be square” need not apply any longer - here comes the new wave, hexagons! The beauty of hexagonal tiles is that they can combine inspiration from past designs and yet appear modern and contemporary at the same time, for example vintage patterns can be printed on the shape to create a futuristic but classic look. Hexagon tiles can be used for both floors and walls, whether you’re looking to create a...
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Graffiti or Street Art, Who Cares?! 5 Tips to Get It Gone.

What some define as an artistic expression of culture, others see as blemish on the streets of Leeds. We’re talking, of course, about graffiti.The practice has surged in popularity over the last few years, as Banksy’s provocative stencils caught the eye of high-end art dealers and rebellious celebrities alike. A piece of spoiled wall can command absurd price tags, and seems to have inspired a new wave of copycat vandals to see a spray can and a brick wall as a legitimate route to success. The boom continues, and only recently did a piece from the late Basquiat (a former graffiti lout) sell for a staggering $110.5 million.If you don’t appreciate the indecipherable tags and distorted cartoons dotted around our city, don’t feel bad. There are swathes of like-minded people from all walks of life who share your despair, and before they get branded as “uncultured” or “old fashioned”, let’s...
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