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Landlords Benefit from Massive Growth in Retirement Rentals

What do you want to do with your retirement years? Do you want to indulge your love for travel? Do you want to live close to your children and grandchildren? Would you prefer a quiet life in the country? Whatever you want to do, you have to make one important decision: Are you going to […]

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Discover How Your Claims History Impacts Your Home Insurance

Buying a home is the dream, but actually having a home is an expensive business. Every month we dutifully pay for home insurance so when a disaster happens, we can claim and replace household items. Unfortunately, claiming from your insurance just once will have an effect on any future claims, no matter the reason for your claim. […]

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Renovating Your Home? It’s Critical You Remember Insurance

Are you thinking about renovating your home, even doing something relatively simple like remodelling your kitchen cupboards or making your bathroom en suite? Whatever renovations are on the cards, you need to take care of one detail first. Inform your home insurance provider of your intentions. It’s essential that your home insurer knows what your […]

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Discover if Your Listed Property is Suitably Insured?

Listed buildings are a treasure and often have hundreds of years of fascinating history lending to their character. Life is complicated for listed property owners when they want to buy insurance. This is thanks to a tangle of red tape that average homeowners never consider. What insurance do listed buildings need? Listed buildings require non-standard […]

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Is it Expensive to Advertise on Zoopla, Rightmove & PrimeLocation?

(..And how do you list online property? ..see below!) Don’t you hate it when the answer is: It depends? It seems like such a cop-out. Unfortunately, it depends is usually the only answer because of all the different factors at play. Read below to find out the cheapest way to advertise property online that’s right […]

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Forced into Mortgage-Linked Home Insurance? You Can Say No!

Thirty per cent of home buyers in the UK believe they have to buy home insurance from their mortgage provider. This is according to recent research by Gocompare. Home insurance is compulsory for most mortgage lenders, and most mortgage lenders offer home insurance products. You should know that you can shop around and choose the best deal […]

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4 Simple Tips to Keep Your Drains Smelling Fresh as Daisies

4 Simple Tips To Keep Your Drains Smelling Fresh As Daisies Ew! What is that smell?! It must surely be coming from outside. No, wait… It’s the bathroom drain. There must be something in the kitchen cupboard to stop the smell. What? It’s in the kitchen, too! What is going on? Neighbourhood kids’ prank? Someone’s […]

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Best UK Mobility Scooter Manufacturers by Size & Portability

Whether you’re ageing gracefully and want to maintain your independence or need something that will enable your child to stay independent through a difficult illness or injury, there are mobility scooters to meet your needs. The mobility aid industry in the UK is growing exponentially. So now mobility scooter manufacturers produce lighter, more luxurious, and […]

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What’s Safe to Put in Storage Units (and what isn’t)?

One of the most common questions people ask when it comes to self-storage is what exactly they can put in storage units? It’s not a foolish question. The penalties for storing prohibited items include fines, confiscation of items and if you’ve really fallen foul of the law, prison. The answer is that you can put […]

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Self-Storage Tips to Help You Find Safe Facilities

The self-storage industry in the UK is growing rapidly, but it is still officially unregulated. This means consumers need to be very careful so that they don’t get taken for a ride. The good news is that some facilities take their customers’ best interests very seriously. They have voluntarily joined a self-regulating code of trading […]

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5 Reasons Why Your Freezer Keeps Defrosting

5 Reasons Why Your Freezer Keeps Defrosting Most freezer models today have a self-defrost option, i.e., the freezer defrosts periodically without any action on the part of the owner. But if you notice that your freezer keeps defrosting more often than normal and fails to keep food frozen, it may be due to the following […]

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Collapsible Mobility Scooters – The SureMag Review

No one could argue that mobility scooters aren’t a godsend, allowing people with a mobility-related disability to remain independent as they transport themselves from A – B. Transporting mobility scooters, on the other hand, can be a painful experience, especially if you’ve got a large deluxe machine. Fortunately, many of the modern, lightweight travel mobility […]

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Mobility Scooters, Road Tax and VAT Exemption

There were some big changes to vehicle tax during 2014, notably the disappearance of the paper licence disc and the appearance of an automated tracking system called ANPR – automatic number plate recognition. One of the questions people have regarding the new system is how the changes relate to different types of vehicles, especially ‘alternative’ […]

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Timber frame Houses: Common Problems and Treatment

Timber frame houses may not be as popular in the UK as some other countries in the world, but that seems to be changing with stats showing that at least a quarter of new home builds use timber frames. There are many advantages to choosing a timber frame, for example, they retain more heat than […]

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How to Choose an Electrician

When some electrical wiring in your home goes phut, it can be quite tempting to try a quick DIY fix using pliers and insulation tape. This is, of course, an exceptionally bad idea because not only could you bring down your house’s whole electrical system but you could also die (according to Electrical Safety First, […]

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Landlord Mistakes You Should Never Make

When it comes to being a landlord, a lot of responsibility rests on your shoulders – not only do you need to keep good tenants in your property, you need to ensure the house is maintained well and make sure you put measures in place to prevent the tenants from damaging your property. In short, […]

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Help! My Tenant won’t let me onto the Property

If you need to gain access to your rented property for any given reason, for example, to do a gas certificate or to show potential new tenants the property, but your tenant does not grant you permission to enter, you first need to get permission from the tenant and until given you are not legally […]

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What to do if Tenants Damage your Property

Normally you will request a deposit before your tenant moves in. This is to cover damage to any part of your property. This could include damage through negligence such as burns on the carpets. Another example is painting the walls bright colours and then not restoring them to their original colour before they leave. However, […]

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What to do if your Tenants won’t Pay the Rent

When you buy to let, the benefits seem obvious: the rental income will pay off the mortgage, and after a given time frame you will receive a healthy supplement to your income from your additional property or properties. However, letting out a property can equally be a nightmarish experience which results in you losing money […]

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How to Complain about your Letting Agent

Letting agents can be heaven-sent – arranging all rentals on your behalf and dealing with your tenant’s complaints, or from the other side of the same coin, liaising with the landlord on your behalf. However, a bad letting agent can be far worse than managing your rental property or properties yourself. If you have had […]

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Will your Insurance pay for Storm Damage to your Roof?

Storm damage has been a regular topic in the news in the UK over the past few months, particularly in the south of England. As a result insurance claims have been multiplying, mostly through water damage. However although it’s been mostly the foundations of homes and furniture that’s been damaged by the storms that cause […]

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