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.

Flooring for serviced accommodation and HMO’s: Which is most suitable?

  Every house, and indeed every room, needs to have flooring which is suitable for the environment, and serviced accommodation and HMO’s are no exception. However, these types of properties One of the factors to bear in mind when choosing flooring for serviced accommodation and HMO’s is the level of footfall, particularly with the latter. For this reason, a durable type of flooring is advisable, with laminate and vinyl flooring arguably being the best options. Just like anything, both types have their advantages and disadvantages.  However, we first look at the positive side of laminate flooring and the benefits it gives. Firstly, laminate flooring is incredibly easy to clean and maintain, which makes it ideal for areas where there are many people, or in places which are likely to see mess, such as play rooms and kitchens. Secondly, laminate flooring is easily replaced if it gets damaged, with it usually...
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Why flat pack houses should be the future

With the UK suffering from a chronic housing shortage, and the Government announcing its intention to build 1 million homes by 2020, time is not exactly on our side. Interestingly, just before Christmas, a housing association in Warrington, Cheshire made the news headlines when a £2.5 billion landmark contract was signed for the construction of 25,000 solar powered ‘flat pack’ houses. Here, property specialist and online blogger Sean Boscombe – working with Chartered Surveyors firm Cosey Homes, discusses whether ‘flat pack’ buildings could be the answer to the UK’s housing problem, and whether you would want to live in one… Why ‘flat pack’? Modular, or pre-fabricated homes aren’t new; they’ve been around since the end of World War II when a quick solution was needed for the UK’s postwar housing shortage. Unfortunately, the kit homes ‘thrown up’ at the time only served an immediate need. In terms of build quality,...
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How to free a sash window that’s been painted shut

  Traditional sash windows are an original feature of many period properties. They can take a little effort to maintain but it’s well worth doing since they look so much nicer than modern uPVC windows, particularly in an older building. A common problem within sash window repair is a sash window that’s difficult to open. It’s typically caused by having been painted badly, so that paint has got between the sash and the frame. Numerous layers of paints applied by careless painters over the years will have built up and effectively sealed the window shut. Add to that the likelihood that the frame and/or channels won’t have had any cleaning or lubricating attention either, and it’s no wonder that your sash window will no longer open. Luckily, this is not a terminal condition. Unsticking a sash window may need a bit of elbow grease and the right technique, but it can...
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How to choose the right type of stunning pool for your garden

Having a swimming pool in your garden is something many of us dream of. Despite the UK not having the sunniest of climes, the weather is still mild enough for a large enough chunk of the year to make an outdoor pool worthwhile. Not only is a pool a great investment for your home, it’s a fabulous lifestyle choice too. So, you’ve made the decision to install a pool, but now you’re overwhelmed by the choices you are faced with. What shape? How big? How deep? What style? What construction type? The choices are endless and you want to make sure you get everything absolutely right. Once the pool is in, there’s no going back. Here, Mike James – a construction specialist and online blogger working with Compass Pools has put together a guide of the 6 most important considerations when it comes to choosing the perfect pool design for...
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Delightfully dreamy kitchen décor ideas

  Whether you’re planning a complete refit, or just sprucing up your existing one, taking the time to get the right décor will make all the difference to your dream kitchen. With the kitchen at the heart of the home, we think it’s worth spending time getting your vision right. Choosing the right colour décor, tiles, splashbacks, shelving and lighting can really take your kitchen up a notch. We are so excited to share our tips with you. Read on for some fabulous ideas to make your amazing dream kitchen a reality, provided by specialist writer Dakota Murphey – an online commentator focused specifically in the designs of Classic Kitchen and Bathrooms for a few specialist companies in South East England. Neutral zones If muted colours are your thing, and décor with bright splashes of colour doesn’t appeal, play with neutral tones to give a depth and warmth to your...
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