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Your Guide To Efficient Packing When Moving House

Packing up household items when moving home, is a lot more important than many people think. If you pack items in an efficient manner, unpacking is a lot quicker and easier when you get to the other end. It will also ensure that items do not get damaged during the removals process. Regardless of whether you are moving 50 or 500 miles away, the same rules apply. Having A Clear Out A removals company will quote based on a combination of time and volume.... ❯❯❯

4 Reasons First Home Buyers Should Talk to a Financial Planner

When you’re looking to buy your first home, it can feel like an overwhelming experience. Trying to prepare for your home loan application can be stressful, but there are definitely things you can do to make purchasing your first house a lot easier. For the ultimate in peace of mind, here are 5 reasons why you should talk to a financial planner when you’re a first home buyer. Save Your Deposit Faster Getting a deposit together can be a difficult task,... ❯❯❯

Do you need a Letting Agent?

If you are a landlord or property owner you may not have the time to manage all of your properties on your own, or perhaps you have bought a property elsewhere in the UK and aren’t able to keep travelling to maintain it. If this is the case, you may benefit from a using a letting agent. There are many things to consider when choosing a letting agent this guide will pinpoint some of the key things to consider when deciding whether you need an agent. You... ❯❯❯

How to Sell Your Property When Time Is Against You

According to a recent study carried out by online property portal Right Move, the average time taken to sell a property in the UK is a little over eleven weeks. This is all well and good for those that don’t have to worry too much about time restraints and can afford to sit back and wait for the right buyer to come along. However, for some people, they simply don’t have the luxury of waiting eleven weeks or more to sell their property. With this in mind,... ❯❯❯

Reducing Closing Costs

Buying real estate is a time consuming process. Unlike a car where simply exchanging a check for a title then a 5 minute trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles, real estate requires title checks, tax research, and most often mortgages and interested parties that need to be ordered on the deed. It is not uncommon for it to cost several thousand dollars for closing costs when purchasing a home. Many of these costs can be reduced. It is worthwhile to look... ❯❯❯

Can You Do The Conveyancing Yourself?

If you want to purchase property, then you’ll need a conveyancer. Or do you? Many people say that conveyancing is an unnecessary expense and that you could do it yourself, saving yourself thousands of pounds in the process. But is this really true? It’s Cheaper What a lot of people forget when it comes to conveyancing is that the conveyancer is simply handling money to give to other parties. Stamp duty, especially, can come to a huge amount. Of course,... ❯❯❯

The Benefits of Using an Online Estate Agent

Research has shown that over 90% of people who are looking to move house and buy a property begin their search online. With this in mind, it stands to reason that as a vendor you want your property to be visible to the masses. Whilst traditional High Street estate agents do use online portals to advertise, a good online estate agent, by its very nature has the ability to exploit many more. So what are some of the other benefits of using an online estate... ❯❯❯

Top Tips to Consider When Choosing an International Removal Company

Relocating to another country is a huge responsibility to say the least, and depending upon where you are in the world, it’s more than likely that your goods are going to be moved by either road, air, sea; or an amalgam of all three. When you hire an international removal company you are placing your trust in them to care for all your worldly possessions, albeit for a relatively short period. With this in mind it pays to make sure you choose a company... ❯❯❯

Steel Buildings and the Environment

As we strive to improve our carbon footprint the need to find more sustainable materials is of vital importance. This is especially true in the construction industry. The use of unsustainable low cost wood for constructing buildings is no longer a viable option. This has caused construction companies to look to alternative, more sustainable materials that are suited for construction. The favoured material is currently steel. First and foremost steel is a... ❯❯❯

Surveyors Warn About House Buying Delays

As the property market takes another lurch in one of its most volatile periods in history, surveyors are warning the public that a shortage of surveyors in the profession may not be able to match the impending boost to the mortgage market.  There are already too few surveyors in the industry to meet demand, but this has been less of a problem in recent years when the housing market has been sluggish. However, with an expected increase in buying activity,... ❯❯❯

How to Declutter Your Home

Getting the right price quickly is the priority of most people who are looking to sell. A key part of this is in preparing the property for viewings; making a good impact is essential if you’re going to wow visitors. There are of course many things that you can do to improve the appearance of the house, but one of the simplest and most effective is to declutter. It’s also a low cost option. Potential buyers like to be able to imagine themselves in a new... ❯❯❯

Does Your Building Inspector Have Insurance?

Currently, the building and property inspection industry in Western Australia is without regulation. For this reason, it is extremely important to verify the insurance coverage of anyone you hire for building consulting or inspection in order to make sure that it is adequate. The inspection of your properties and any consultations regarding them are very serious transactions, and if a hired individual does not have insurance coverage that is adequate to... ❯❯❯

3 Steps to Selling Your Home

Would you sell your car without cleaning it first? Of course you wouldn’t, you are also likely to tidy the interior and turn the engine over to make it as appealing as you possibly can. The same applies for your home, by doing a few simple jobs before the first visit, you can help ensure a quick sale at a good price. Impress You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression for many buyers is shaped by your front door.... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Improving Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

When you start to think about air quality, it’s usually when you’re driving through a city and you spy the layer of smog, or rolling past a factory in the countryside that fills the air with the type of stench you never want to experience. But pollution doesn’t just impact the air quality outside. In fact, the air inside your home might actually be more polluted than what you see when you’re out and about. There are all sorts of pollutants that come from... ❯❯❯

How to Market Your Real Estate Through Graphic Design

Marketing is as essential in real estate as it is in any other business, but many real estate professionals go through their entire careers without maximizing their potential through quality promotional material. The field of graphic design offers huge potential benefits for real estate marketing which many professionals never realize. Give your real estate business the boost it needs by using graphic design to your advantage and push yourself to greater... ❯❯❯

Should You Hire a Handyman or a Contractor for Home Repairs?

When you are a homeowner you know that anything can go wrong at any moment. The faucets can leak, mold can grow on the ceiling, the power can out, the pipes can freeze or rust – the list is really endless and each and every time it happens, no matter how severe it is, it is still a headache. When something does go wrong, do you call a handyman or a contractor? It is important to understand that contractors and handymen usually perform vastly different... ❯❯❯

How To Protect Your Vacant Property

If you have a property which will be left vacant for some time, you will want to find a way to make sure it remains safe and secure. The threat of vandals, squatters or trespassers breaking in is very real, and can put your property at serious risk of damage. Maybe you’ve inherited the property from a relative or you’re preparing a new office before you move sites. Whatever the reason, don’t risk letting your property be taken over by people who shouldn’t... ❯❯❯

Choosing my Perfect Get Away House

I grew up living in the big city of Atlanta, breathing in a steady stream of carbon monoxide and smog. The screech of sirens soothing me to sleep at night from across the concrete jungle. Close encounters with wildlife were limited to the occasional squirrel crossing my path over a sidewalk. Although it was only 2 hours away from Atlanta, the blue ridge mountains felt like a different world. I drove up the blue ridge parkway, watching the landscape dip... ❯❯❯

Warning Signs for Tenants and Landlords

Warning Signs for Tenants and LandlordsThe rental property game can sometimes be a minefield of warning signs, dodgy deals and bad blood between tenants and landlords. Although horror stories are few and far between compared to the overall rental property market, you should always be vigilant when making such a big investment. Here are some warning signs which can set off alarm bells. Bad tenants Renting out a property to relative strangers does take a lot of trust and can strain your... ❯❯❯

What You Need to Know About Extending Your Lease

Once you have been registered at the Land Registry as the owner of your flat for two years, you are able to apply for a lease extension. There are three main reasons people want to extend their lease: if they are looking to sell the property, if they want to raise finances or if they want to protect the lease length. If you extend your lease at a time when there are more than 80 years remaining, you can save thousands of pounds as you will avoid paying... ❯❯❯

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