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Let’s Make Walk to School Week a Success in Leicester

Want to reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and the risk of childhood obesity? Then step right up and out for Walk to School Week (16 to 20 May).   Next week’s event, organised by the charity Living Streets, encourages children and their carers to leave the car at home and do the school run on foot instead.   So, why all this emphasis on swapping four wheels for two feet?...

A Guide for Leicester Landlords on Managing Energy Bills

This eight-point plan outlines the best way landlords can manage the issue of energy bills. A two-minute read. This year’s colossal hike in energy costs has left millions of households reeling. And with no relief in sight, the problem is likely to stay at the top of the agenda throughout 2022. Here’s an eight-point plan to help landlords deal with the issue as best they can. Make sure your...

Why Your Windows Matter

Before you were a property owner, chances are windows were something you just looked out of to take in the view. You probably didn’t give them much thought and you might have cleaned them occasionally. That was it.   Now, as a homeowner, your single, double, or triple glazing means so much more. And if you’re about to renovate a property or upgrade your windows, it’s worth diving into the...

Can Nice Smells Help Sell Homes?

Have you got a big one? A small one? Maybe you’ve got a wonky one. Whatever its shape or size, we’ve all got one. We’re talking about your hooter. Smack bang in the middle of your face; the nose is a great tool when trying to sell your home. Known as ‘scent branding’, businesses all over the world are investing in signature scents to harness the power of smells, memories, and...

Landlords – How to Improve Your Relationship with Your Letting Agent

As trusted local letting agents, we work with a lot of landlords. Finding tenants, managing properties, organising inspections – we take care of each step. However, more and more landlords are choosing to work alone, but is it as easy as they think?   Here’s why we think working with an agent is the best way to rent out your property.   Save time Even if you’re a full-time...

Six Ways to Celebrate National Gardening Week in Leicester

Do something positive for you, your community, and the planet’s health by celebrating National Gardening Week.  There’s nothing quite like a bit of digging, watering, or pruning to calm the nerves and soothe the soul. Gardening is good for our mental and physical health, reducing the risk of depression, osteoporosis, and stroke and – added bonus alert – it’s great for the environment,...

The Key to Getting Top Price for Your Leicester Home (Hint: Choose a Great Estate Agent)

What separates a mediocre estate agent from an exceptional one? It’s not what they say; it’s what they do. While some agents talk a big game, in reality, they just go through the motions. But great agents (and we like to think that here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents we fall into that category) go all out to get the very best deal. That’s because top agents know that now, more than ever, every...

What to Do Before Renting Your Property to Family or Friends

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you rent your property to family or friends. Do they need to sign a tenancy agreement? Yes, yes, and yes again! They might be family, but they’re also your tenants and both parties need to know what is expected of them. For example, they might say they want to stay for 12 months but then leave after just six. Without a tenancy agreement,...

Five Things You Should Know If Your Focus is Dwindling

If you can’t read two pages of a book without getting twitchy or struggle to go for an hour without checking social media, then you’re not alone. A recent study by tech giant Microsoft found that the human attention span has shrivelled by 25% in just a few years. It’s just one of a growing number of studies suggesting that in the digital age, our ability to focus is decreasing. Over the past...

Why Selling Your Leicester Home Should Be a Team Effort

Selling a home is not a solo project – well, not if you hope to achieve the top selling price. If there’s one piece of property advice worth remembering, it’s this: be wary of anyone who tells you that selling a home is so easy that you should do it yourself. Many things in life are easy, like singing Baa Baa Black Sheep out of key or eating a whole packet of chocolate biscuits/family-sized...

Six Reasons Leicester Landlords Should Respond Promptly to Tenant Concerns

When a tenant gets in touch, don’t faff about – a prompt response will save you time and money in the long run. A three-minute read.   Picture this: you’re frantically busy at work, scrambling to meet an urgent deadline when your phone pings.   It’s your tenant raising what seems like a pretty minor issue, so you make a mental note to get back to them in a few hours when...

Let’s Support World Earth Day – Everyday

It’s never been more evident in human history that we need to change the way we live if the planet is to have a future. So, this year’s World Earth Day, which takes place on Friday, 22 April, has never been more important. The day which has been taking place across the globe for more than 50 years, aims to raise awareness of what we can all do to make a difference. What tips do you have...

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