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Pros and Cons of Cash Buyers in Leicester

When selling your property, there are two magic words everyone wants to hear: ‘cash buyer’. They come with promises of a quick sale process, no chain and are, quite frankly, the pot of gold at the end of the property-selling rainbow. But are cash buyers really that special? A cash buyer is basically someone who can afford to buy your home without needing a mortgage or having to sell another...

Guide to Switching Letting Agents

Did you know that lots of people pay more for their phone bills, car insurance or Wi-Fi simply because the thought of changing providers is too stressful? This is like a lot of landlords – they stick with the same letting agent they’ve used for years just because it’s easier to stay put. We hate change. Why rock the boat? Sure, the boat may be leaking and have a dodgy fish smell, but is it really...

Top Tips to Keep Children Safe at Home

Children are bundles of energy, who love to run, jump, touch and taste. Unfortunately, sometimes this curiosity can lead to accidents at home. Each year, about 450,000 children aged under five attend A&E due to an accident at home*. With Child Safety Week starting on Monday (6 June), the Child Accident Prevention Trust has some handy advice for parents and caregivers.  Button...

What Leicester Buyers Need to Know When Looking for a Mortgage

If you’re new to mortgages, you’ll be forgiven for feeling a little bit overwhelmed. There’s a lot to sort out before applying for one and there are so many different types – it’s hard to know what to go for. Whether you choose a high street lender or a more specialist one, it’s always worth talking to a mortgage broker to understand what you can afford to borrow and how much you’ll be...

Five Steps You Need to Take Before Renting Out Your Leicester Property

In this three-minute read, we discuss some of the essential steps you need to take before renting out your property. Contact a local agent Before you market your property, you’ll want to know how much rent you can get. While it’s handy to check similar properties in the area on Rightmove or other sites, the most accurate estimate will come from an agent. They’ll tell you how much you can get...

Britain’s Quirkiest Homes

Come on, admit it. We all love taking a sneaky peek at someone’s home. It’s always interesting to see how other people live, that’s why property programmes are so popular. There’s nothing more fascinating than seeing those quirkier homes. You know the ones – treehouses, train carriages, converted buses. The crazier the better. In this quick read, we’ve found some of the most interesting...

Why Selling Via an Estate Agent is Your Best Bet

While many people are tempted by online-only agencies and their promises of fixed fees, free listings, and guaranteed sales, sometimes it really is just too good to be true. In this three-minute read, we look at reasons why you should get an agent to sell your home.   Expertise Estate agents live and breathe property. They know what sells and to whom. They know the area and how to make...

A Landlord’s Guide to HMOs in Leicester

As a landlord, you might be thinking about how to get more value from your property. While the rental market for single tenancies is booming, have you considered a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?   These days, HMOs are big business. In simple terms, it’s where a single property is made into multiple dwellings. And currently, the rental market is crying out for more.   HMOs are...

How to Settle Your Kids into Your New Leicester Home

In this three-minute read, we look at a few ways to help your little (and not so little) cherubs settle into a new home.   Prepare your child Keep your child informed. Talk about the new home, why you’re moving, where you’re going, their new room, and so on. By including them in the process – such as visiting the property before the move – they know what’s coming. Kids love an...

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Leicester? Read This First

When searching for a new home, do you scroll past properties that look a little worse for wear? You know the ones, where the carpet hasn’t been changed since the 70s and the floral wallpaper is curling off the walls?   Lots of buyers look for newly renovated or new-build homes due to fear of the doer-upper. If that sounds like you, we’re here to tell you that you’re potentially missing...

How to Wow Buyers with a Spacious-Looking Home

Whether you’re marketing a one-bedroom flat or a seven-bedroom mansion, the same rule usually applies – big is beautiful.   We’re talking about big rooms, of course! It’s well known that a home that feels spacious will always fetch a higher price than a similar property that comes across as cramped and crowded.   The good news is you don’t need to go crazy with a...

Four Things You Must Do If You’re an Accidental Landlord

If you’ve become a landlord due to unexpected circumstances such as bereavement or a new relationship, here’s some helpful advice. A two-minute read. It’s surprising how many people become landlords more by chance than design – or in other words, ‘accidental landlords’. Whether through inheritance, a change in a relationship or a new job, sometimes people find themselves in the (rather...

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