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Backland Developments: building a garden treehouse

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Do your children spend too much time indoors? Have you run out of ideas of how to spend free time with your family? Build a garden treehouse! You will have a great time while building it, and after it is finished your children will enjoy playing there! Having their own space outside the house has an almost magical appeal...

Tenant Help: How to Get your Security Deposit Back

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If there is one thing for sure, it is that no one is keen to forget about their tenancy deposit when moving out of a rented property. And by forgetting, we mean losing it inevitably. That sacred deposit is what usually tenants rely on to cover the expenses that may occur when the time for moving out of the...

If There’s a Musty Smell, Call the Damp Specialist

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That “Old House” Smell Means a Problem That Needs Putting Right Some people dismiss a musty smell as an inevitable feature of an older house. But it is indicative of a problem that could damage your home and your health. Britain is famous the world over for its old, character homes, many of which date back hundreds of years. They have...

5 Fire Risk Hazards Not to Ignore

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Be Alert to These Common Hazards in Homes and Businesses Fire kills around 300 people every year in the UK. Being aware of common hazards could save your life and those of your loved ones. The UK has a fire safety record that is the envy of the western world. On a per capita level, there are far fewer fire-related fatalities...

Landlords Who Let Out Draughty Homes Will Banned, Says New Law

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Starting April 1st, 2018, landlords in England and Wales who rent out poor energy-efficient properties will be banned. The new regulations come as the need for reduced energy bills and carbon emissions are important topics in the UK. Currently, about a million tenants are paying £1,000 a year more than £1,265- the annual average bill- due to poorly insulated buildings. Proponents...

What Is A Conveyancers Role When Buying A Property?

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You are required to select a solicitor or conveyancer to shift the legal ownership of the asset from the dealer to yourself once an agreement is reached by you on a proposal. This process is called conveyancing. However, which legal professional must be selected by you? What is the difference between a solicitor and conveyancer? Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors...

Storm Proofing Your Home, What Works and What Doesn’t

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Winter is coming and Britain is set to see quite a few storms this season. After the 80mph winds brought on by storms Ophelia and Brian, you can expect to see similar blasts sweep across the country soon enough, but you don't have to be caught unawares or ill-prepared. Unfortunately, there are methods that some people deploy to protect...

Improving The Rental Value of Your Property

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When you’re a landlord there’s a lot of things that you have to consider, from insurance to décor, maintenance to letting fees.. but have you ever considered the flooring in your rental property? The answer most times to this question is no. But flooring in a rental property is something that needs to be up high on any landlords...

Refinancing Percentages Rise To A 10 Year High

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Recent data released by Connells Survey & Valuation indicates that re-mortgaging was the reason behind a large proportion of valuations in August. A further analysis of the data brings to light the fact that re-mortgaging valuations experienced a steady 3% rise in percentage points yearly to make up 37% of the entire market. The reason behind this rise in re-mortgaging...

Landlords Want Tax Changes Reversed and a More Stable Market

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Unhappy with the tax changes that have been set rolling since the start of the year, most UK landlords who own rental properties have urged the government to overturn these changes, even as they have called for better stability of the market. In 2015, the government announced a new tax change that would prevent higher earners from being able to...