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Don’t Try This at Home: Property Experts Reveal Their Biggest Blunders

They’ve graced our TV screens for years and made millions buying and selling homes.  But, like the rest of us, famous property gurus also make mistakes.  From rotten renovation jobs to disappointing deals, here’s a rundown of some of the biggest blunders made by property experts.  Phil Spencer  The unflappable Location, Location, Location co-presenter made a rookie error early in his...

Get Your Rental Property Ready for Winter by Following These Simple Steps

Forecasters predict this winter will be cold and dry – making it likely we’ll get lots of snow.   While this is excellent news if you’re a skier, if you’re a landlord, it means there’s no room for complacency when it comes to maintenance and repairs.  Freezing temperatures can cause all sorts of property damage, so it’s vital that your rental is ready for the tough months...

Energy Performance Certificates: What London Sellers Need to Know

If you’re selling your home, then you’ll need a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property.  So, here’s a guide explaining what an EPC is and how you can get one.  What is it?  Think of an EPC as a report card on your home’s energy efficiency. EPCs grade properties on a scale from A to G, with an A-rating denoting the most efficient homes and a G-rating the least...

Crisis-Proof Your Property with our London Landlord’s Emergency Checklist

As any experienced letting agent or landlord can advise you, ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to rental properties.  And that’s why it pays to follow the Scouts’ motto and “be prepared”.  Being prepared for any eventuality can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a full-blown catastrophe if you’re a landlord.   With that in mind, we’ve created a Landlord...

From Interiors to Gardens: Seven Home Podcasts You Shouldn’t Miss

We’re becoming a nation who are passionate about podcasts.  Podcast listenership in the UK has been increasing yearly, reaching an estimated 21.2 million listeners in 2022 according to the Statista website.  From relationships to Russia, history to histrionics, and anything else you can think of – there’s a podcast themed around it.  And people seeking homely ideas aren’t overlooked...

Five Conveyancing Tips to Speed Up Your Property Sale

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities.  Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good agent (we can help you with that) and speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund your next move.  But there’s another critical aspect of the process that often gets overlooked: the conveyancing.  So, to avoid...

This Free Service Could Help Stop Fraudsters Targeting Your London Property

The expression ‘safe as houses’ has been used for almost two centuries to describe something that is rock-solid and risk-free. But thanks to the elaborate efforts of a small but growing number of fraudsters, not even property is as safe as you think. Since the pandemic, there’s been a steady increase in what’s known as Title Fraud or House Hijacking. This crime involves an elaborate ruse...

What Property Owners in London Need to Know about Spray Foam Insulation

Insulating your home is generally a good way to cut back on energy bills and add value to your property. But there’s one type of insulation that could cause structural problems and prove costly in time and money: spray polyurethane foam (SPF). In this article, we explain why many professionals in the property industry are urging homeowners to be wary of installing SPF and what to do if it’s...

The Truth behind London Property Valuations

In this quick read, we delve into the importance of accurate valuations – and how to price your property with precision. Don’t be tricked into high listing prices The saying “stick it on high and wait for offers” is a common myth that doesn’t align with current market trends. A listing will gain the most attention within the first 48 hours of going live. If priced too high, prospective buyers...

Is Your Rental Being Used for Criminal Activity? Here’s What to Look for

It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare: you discover the people you thought were trusted tenants are actually crooks using your property for illegal activity. As a result, you face hefty repair bills, loss of income and a battle with your insurer. You may also find yourself at the centre of a police investigation. Now, this is a worst-case scenario; most tenants are law-abiding, so there’s no...

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