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.

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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Top Tips for Choosing Natural Stone Tiles for Your Home

Natural stone has been used as flooring for homes, churches and castles for thousands of years, and it still remains a popular choice today. Natural stone is long lasting and provides a lifetime of beauty and function, and there are many different types to choose from. In this article, we offer some tips to help you choose the best natural stone tiles for your home. Types of natural stone There are many natural stone materials that can be used for domestic tiling including·       Granite One of the more expensive natural stone alternatives, granite lends an air of elegance and sophistication to interiors. Granite can be polished to a high-gloss finish and contains a high quartz content, which adds a hint of sparkle. Oils can permeate the stone and for this reason they should be sealed with a high viscosity sealer to protect them from stains.·       Limestone Limestone is made up...
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How to create the perfect mood board for your dream kitchen

It’s likely you’ll have been thinking about a kitchen remodel for some time. It’s not something we turn to on a whim. A new kitchen is a project we gear up to over time. There are some major style decisions to take when choosing a new kitchen. Make these without thinking them through and you could come to regret rash fashion-inspired choices. That’s why putting together a mood board before you make any major style decisions in any part of your home is an absolutely smart idea. There are so many aspects of kitchen design to consider, it’s more than likely you’ll forget at least one important design feature. Not only do you want your kitchen to look good, you want it to function beautifully as well. Even if you’ve decided to use a design company, like The Brighton Kitchen Company, taking a mood board along to your first meeting...
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How to Maximise Space Around the Home

  Making the most of the space available in your home is extremely important, especially if your property is on the smaller side. Barratt Homes found that 77% of people in this position considered the size of a home to be the deciding factor when they were browsing houses. Whether you want to create the illusion of more space or simply try out some practical space-saving techniques, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your limited space. Bright Paint Light colours can make a room look bigger and brighter. By choosing light and bright paint, your walls become more reflective and makes the room feel open and airy, maximising the natural light in the room. Avoid dark colours wherever possible, they absorb light which can make your room look smaller. The best colours for a spacious effect include soft tones such as...
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