What Property Owners Should Know About This Year’s Japanese Knotweed Rule Changes

It’s been a tumultuous year for buyers and sellers of all assets, including real estate. With the majority of news stories covering Covid-related developments, it’s been all too easy to miss changes in the smaller things. As these smaller things can often be quite significant “gotchas” for sellers (when it’s […]

UK’s home security habits revealed

In October 2019 security experts SafeSite Security Solutions launched an online home security assessment, to mark the start of National Home Security Month, and to help homeowners protect their properties. The assessment, which was backed by former burglar turned security specialist Michael Fraser, contained a series of 12 ‘quiz’ questions […]

The UK’s strangest home maintenance problems

If you’ve ever wondered if your shower was making you ill, why your electrics smell of fish or why your toilet seat was turning purple, you’re not alone. Lots of people have the same questions. While they may sound like odd things to ponder, they’re actually some of the most […]

5 safety considerations for renovating a rental property

Lauren O’Connor works with Zoro, a retailer that stocks all of the tools and personal protective equipment you might need when renovating a property. Here, she outlines five health and safety considerations for when you’re updating a house or flat you’re planning to rent out. There are health and safety […]

Maintain Your Rental Property This Summer

Giving your rental property a summer maintenance MOT to get it ready for the year ahead can have big benefits for both you and your tenant… “Keeping up to date with any maintenance work and ensuring any issues are dealt with at the earliest opportunity will help prevent small problems […]

The True Cost Of Buy-To-Let Property

Buy-to-let is a very attractive investment option to many, but if you’re considering going down this road, it’s important to know that you will incur several costs that will impact your net return. Maintenance fees and letting agency charges need to be accounted for, while it’s quite likely that you’ll […]

Self-build – foundation slabs and groundwork

Strip or trenchfill – a 600mm wide perimeter of concrete around the base of the property a metre or so underground. Raft – A slab of concrete sitting on the ground and knitted together with embedded steel. Piles – Posts cut very deep and filled with steel and concrete. The […]