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The Art of Compromise – What Buyers and Sellers in Leicester Need to Know

When it comes to buying a home, there’s a word that buyers don’t like to hear, but it really is a critical element of any property purchase. And that word is ‘compromise’. People often expect to step inside a property and know that they’ve found The One. But in most cases, the home-buying process is more complicated than that. Most buyers, no matter how substantial their budget, usually...

The Two Tax Tips Every Leicester Landlord Needs to Know

Our tax system is often criticised for being complicated and unwieldy, but by following two simple rules you can take the stress and hassle out of filing a return.  Rule Number 1: Do your homework Raise your hand if you find the subject of tax dull? You’re not alone, many people cite tax as a conversation killer (right up there with religion and politics).  And because they find it boring,...

Seven Super Ideas to Make the Most of a Spare Room

Now’s the time to give your spare room some serious thought about how to make the best use of this extra space in your home. Especially after the past 18 months, we’ve all experienced, which have changed the way many people use it. Below are seven things you can do to create a room that suits your lifestyle and situation. Home office – Yes, we know you may already be doing this but have...

How Will Leicester Homes Look in 2050?

Star Trek fans, look away now. “It’s a home, Jim, but not as we know it.” The original phrase (we’ve replaced life with a home) didn’t even feature in the popular sci-fi show, apparently, but we’re digressing. If you’re interested in what life will be like in the homes of 2050, keep reading. A report commissioned by the respected industry organisation the National House Building...

Should You Buy Your Rental Property Using a Limited Company?

Before becoming a landlord, you need to consider how you want to buy your rental property. There’s lots of tricky tax stuff to consider and changes to tax relief over the last few years mean that becoming a landlord might not be as profitable as you first think. So, what should you do? Should you buy a rental property in your personal name or via a limited company? Setting up a limited company...

Are You a Landlord or a Property Investor in Leicester?

What’s the difference between a landlord and a property investor? Aren’t they the same thing? Does one rent out properties and the other sell them on? If these questions have got you scratching your head, read on.   Long term vs short term Keeping it simple, a landlord makes a regular income from renting properties to tenants. They are responsible for maintaining and managing the...

Houseplants: How to Create a Green Sanctuary in Your Leicester Home

Houseplants add colour and freshness to work and living spaces – and deliver a host of health benefits. As this week is Houseplant Week UK, let’s look at the do’s and don’ts of cultivating indoor plants.   Reasons to green your scene If you take good care of your houseplants, they’ll look great all year round. Even in the depths of winter – when the trees are depressingly bare...

Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Householders were hit with budget-busting energy price hikes in 2021 – a trend that looks set to continue well into the new year. Here are some ways to claw back some cash on your heating bills and help the environment at the same time. Small steps Individually these measures offer modest gains but put them together, and you’ll notice the benefits. Use energy-efficient light bulbs....

Selling Your Leicester Property Due to a Divorce

A survey of 2,000 Brits found that there’s only one thing more stressful than getting divorced – and that’s moving home.* Spare a thought then for people who sell their home when their long-term relationship ends. They find themselves dealing with two of life’s most challenging moments at the same time. Here are some property-related tips to help people navigate such a scenario.  Get good...

Four New Year’s Resolutions Landlords Will Love

It’s 2022. A new year, new hopes, and a new focus on getting rid of old ways of doing things that are holding us back. And landlords are not immune to wanting a fresh start. January always sees us have plenty of enquiries from landlords keen to improve the way they do things. Below are four resolutions we can help landlords make, but more importantly, keep.  To make more money This one is a...

Multigenerational Living – The New Housing Trend in Leicester

Remember when you were younger and you couldn’t wait to move out of your parents’ house, rent your own place and live independently? Well, times are a-changin', and being an adult with your own bills, mortgage payments, and countless other expenses has lost its charm for many. In fact, more and more people are going back to their roots, moving in with their parents, in-laws, or other family members...

What Resolutions Are People Making for 2022?

According to data analytics firm YouGov, at the end of 2020, around a fifth of the adult population in the UK made New Year’s resolutions. And this year promises to be no different as some of us vow to make a positive change to our lives in 2022. YouGov states that women (23%) are more likely to make New Year’s resolutions than men (15%). The ten most popular things people want to tackle are,...

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