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How to find the right investment property

When buying an investment property it’s important to leave your personal preferences behind. Instead, consider your target tenant and think what features will attract their interest. Putting their needs first will hopefully result in a speedy let. Budget Before entering the buy-to-let arena it is crucial to do the maths. Generally BTL lenders require a deposit of 25 %, some even more. Remember that lenders ...

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At Home with Sarah Beeny – April 2016

HELLO READERS Spring is here and I'm thrilled to be back in the hot seat editing this issue of at home with Sarah Beeny. As ever, house prices are the topic of conversation on the street and my online estate agency Tepilo recently revealed that buyers are still concerned about properties becoming unaffordable. This makes is clear the government needs to really step up to ensure the market remains stable and ...

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How to start home improvements

What do I need to do if I am intending to carry out home improvements to my property? Establish if you require planning permission. If the intended work is of a structural nature or affects fire safety, you will require building regulations approval. The building regulations are designed to promote: Building standards – to be applied to aspects of a building’s construction to include fire safety, suitable d ...

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Ask Sarah

Need inspiration for decorating? Want advice on selling your house or choosing the right furniture? Let our property and interiors guru help… ...

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How to buy property at auction

So you want to buy a property at auction? Auctions can seem complicated at first, but here are six top tips to guide you through the process: 1) Do your research Identify the area you wish to buy in and the type of property you wish to purchase. Consider whether the area is suitable, the potential rental income and local management companies if you do not intend to manage the property. 2) Investigate your f ...

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Don’t overlook student security this September

Recent statistics have revealed that one in six students has been a victim of theft during university*. So, whether you’re going to study for the first time, or returning after the summer break, protecting yourself and your belongings cannot be underestimated for a stress-free term. University students are one of the most high-risk groups for theft**, as student digs are often in the more deprived areas of ...

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Applying for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

If you’re one of the thousands of people across the UK who has installed heat pumps, you could be in line to receive government payments. But how do you know you qualify and how do you make your claims? Qualification Firstly, your heat pump installation must have taken place after 15th July 2009. Installations prior to this date cannot claim. Your product and the installer that fitted it must also have been ...

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How to select materials the best materials to use around your fireplace

The main types of domestic fire are open fire, freestanding stove, cassette or inset fire and bioethanol burner. There are traditionally many materials which are used, cast iron firebacks from the Victorian Era, firebricks, marble, granite and many more. Some materials can withstand higher working temperatures than others and some types of fire generate more heat around the fireplace than others. Open Fire ...

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The problem with damp

Damp can affect any property, large or small. It may not be immediately obvious and could take several years before visible signs begin to appear. There are many reasons for damp developing in a property, for example lack of maintenance, deterioration of the building fabric or poor build quality. Most damp problems will be linked to one of three main issues: Rising Damp – here ground water is drawn upwards ...

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