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.

Kerb appeal: choosing the perfect garage door for your property

  Are you building a new garage or replacing an existing garage door? If so, you’ll likely be thinking about what style will best suit your property. If you are simply thinking a garage door is a garage door and functionality is more important than style, think again. While functionality and durability are important factors when choosing a garage door, the aesthetics will make all the difference to the kerb appeal of your home. Your garage is an extension of your house so when it comes to style - it should be treated as such. Just as the front door to your home makes an important impression, so do the doors to your garage. Choose carefully and you’ll be adding style and value to your home. We know it sounds dramatic, but make the wrong choices when it comes to the colour, material and style of your garage doors and...
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Designing a Functional Bathroom

Whether it is time for you to replace your existing bathroom or install a new one coming up with a good design is essential; key to this is getting the layout right. To help you with this we have put together a list of the things that you need to consider when designing a family bathroom.   Use all of the available space It is important to use all of the space that you have available. When you sit down to draw up your design think about this, and position everything so that there are as few small gaps between items as possible. If there are any gaps, try to turn it into storage space rather than leave it empty.   Choose the right type of bathroom suite The style of your bathroom suite is important, but you also need to consider how functional it is as well. If members...
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Which natural stone flooring is right for your home?

Whether you’re thinking of having new flooring in your kitchen, bathroom or another part of the house, it’s important to consider natural stone as one of the options available to you. Natural stone isn’t for everyone, but if you do like the idea of this kind of flooring, you’ll then have to choose the ideal kind of stone for your home. First let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of natural stone tiles, and then which kind might be perfect for you. The pros and cons of stone flooring Here are some of the pros and cons of stone flooring, to see whether this is something that would be a good choice for your home, or if it’s best for you to look at alternative options. Pros ·        Appearance – natural stone makes for truly stunning flooring and you can achieve jaw-dropping beauty without having to opt for expensive options...
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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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