Are Private Rent Controls a Solution for the UK’s Housing Market?

With Private Rent Controls being banded around as the solution to Britain’s “housing crisis” we look at What Rent Controls are and whether there is any benefit to Tenants of such actions. Rent Controls are a limit on initial asking rent or rental increases by the...

Should the Government Ease Stamp Duty to Free Up Larger Homes

Research from Academics at LSE suggests that Stamp Duty is reducing the rate of home moving by nearly a third. Since the December 2014 reform of Stamp Duty land tax, owners of larger, more expensive homes are facing much higher Stamp Duty land tax of up to fifteen...

Starter checklist for landlords

There is an abundance of things to think about when preparing a new let for tenants – some to do with legal obligations, some to do with marketing the property itself and some to do with the property maintenance. We've put together a checklist of things you may need...

Will Staging your home help sell it?

If your property has been on the market for a while and you have had no offers or views, it may be time to consider staging your home. A lot of properties are sometimes cluttered or filled with a lot of mismatched oversized furniture. Sometimes it’s very hard to...

Questions to ask on a viewing

When you’re looking for a new home, whether you’re buying or renting, getting swept up in the excitement of possibly finding your next happy home can mean you don’t ask all the sensible questions. Here are some questions you may want to ask. Renting Questions: Am I...

What damp issues to look out for before buying a house

Damp is essentially moisture and water being present where it shouldn't be - usually inside walls or rising from the floor. Condensation - what are the signs? Water droplets collecting in the corner of the windows or on windowsills Black spots beginning to show on...

Tips on how to move house with kids

Moving home is a hard job on its own; factor in moving with pets or children and it becomes a whole new level of planning and energy. Before the move, talk to the children about why you are moving and integrate the idea into their daily life – they can create some art...

Can a scent sell your home?

Viewing a house that has homely aromas, are most likely to encourage people to buy or rent a house. Some of these scents are... Freshly Baked Bread Fresh Flowers Clean Sheets A Cake in the Oven Fresh Coffee Vanilla Lemon Lavender Chocolate A Roast Dinner People enjoy...

Top Ten DIY tips to improve your home

Repaint your front door The front door is the first thing anyone sees when they arrive at your home but it is also the most often neglected area of a home. A new look entrance can be achieved in a simple weekend project involving the preparation to the door and then...

How to Choose Accommodation for your Second Year at University

With all the bustle of the first few months at university, it can be hard to think ahead to the next year. You’re still finding your feet and making a whole bunch of friends, so choosing your second-year accommodation is probably the last thing on your mind. Securing...