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Here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents, we are passionate about all things property. Our blog is a space where we share valuable insights, expert tips, and the latest property buying, selling, and investing trends.

 

As experienced estate agents, we understand that navigating the property market can be exciting and overwhelming. Whether you are a first-time buyer, a seasoned investor, or a homeowner looking to sell, our blog is designed to be your trusted resource throughout your property journey.

There’s no room for complacency when it comes to dealing with insects in a rental property. What can start as a minor inconvenience can quickly become a major issue, especially as summer is breeding season. So, here’s a list of common bugs for tenants and landlords to keep an eye

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Heading off on holiday is always exciting, but it’s easy to forget essential items in the last-minute rush to pack. As we approach the busy holiday months of August and September, here’s a reminder of six commonly forgotten items that could make or break your trip.     1) Chargers

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Many tech experts predict that artificial intelligence (AI) will revolutionise how we live in the future. So, what impact will AI have on the home selling process? Here’s a quick look at how AI might influence the property market in years to come and why estate agents will always have

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Lettings terminology can be confusing, especially if you’re new to renting. So, here’s a jargon-busting list of commonly used rental terms to help you navigate the lettings market*.   Agent An agent is a person who acts on behalf of the property owner (i.e. the landlord). Agents can be involved

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With the excitement of the summer holiday season upon us, making sure your home is safe and secure while you’re away sunning yourself needs to be on your to-do list.  Here are six practical tips to give you peace of mind and keep your property safe during your well-earned break.

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Before you list your home, be prepared for your estate agent to go on a fact-finding mission. They’ll ask you lots of questions about your property because they’re following industry best practice by compiling what’s known as ‘material information’. This is defined as “information which the average consumer needs, according

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Property abandonment is a rare but complex issue that, if mishandled, can get a landlord in legal trouble. So, let’s look at the key things to consider if a tenant abandons your rental without notice. What is abandonment? When a tenant leaves a rental before the end of their contract

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Summer holidays are here, and it’s the perfect time to create unforgettable memories with your kids in Leicester. With a variety of fun and affordable activities available, there’s something to entertain children of all ages. Whether you’re exploring beautiful parks, visiting engaging museums, or participating in exciting community events, Leicester

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After weeks of campaigning, the general election is done.  The worst-kept secret of 2024 is out.  We have a new Labour government in the UK, with the party winning by a landslide. Maybe you’re pleased, disappointed or not that bothered.  But the fact the election is done ought to be

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July is a busy month for green-fingered gardeners, with plants in full bloom and outdoor areas needing extra care.  However, even experienced gardeners can make mistakes that affect their garden’s health and attractiveness.  Here are five common gardening mistakes to avoid this July, along with tips to keep your garden

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With Wimbledon now in progress, many people around the globe are captivated by the extraordinary skill and determination of the tennis stars gracing SW19.  But have you ever thought about the similarities between these elite athletes and top estate agents? Probably not, and it might seem unlikely, but the parallels

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We’re excited to announce that we will be attending the Oadby Motor Show on August 11th, and we can’t wait to see you there! This annual event is a highlight of the summer, bringing together car enthusiasts from all over to celebrate classic and modern vehicles in all their glory.

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The LOROS Twilight Walk held on Saturday, June 29th, was nothing short of a spectacular success. This annual event brought together our vibrant community for an evening of fun, unity, and philanthropy, all in the name of raising vital funds for LOROS Hospice. As estate agents deeply embedded in the

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is making tsunami-like waves across various industries, and the UK rental sector is no exception.  For landlords, understanding how AI might shape the future of property management is important for maximising their investment and protecting their assets. Here’s a glimpse into the potential changes AI could bring

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In Leicester, the average price for renting a two-bedroom property is £976 per calendar month. This figure represents a blend of various types of properties, from cosy apartments to spacious houses, reflecting the diversity of options available in our city. While the actual rent may vary depending on the property’s

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If you dream of swapping the pressures of everyday life for sipping piña coladas on an idyllic beach, then you’ll love the newest interior design look: tropicore. In its annual trend forecast, Pinterest predicts that tropicore will boom. The social media giant says searches for ‘tropical chic décor’ are up

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From adult children returning to live with mum and dad to elderly parents moving in with their offspring, multigenerational living is on the rise in the UK*. However, finding a property within budget that meets the needs of different demographics is no easy feat. So, here are some tips to

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When it comes to being a successful landlord, it pays to heed the words of Forrest Gump. The slow-witted, kind-hearted fictional character played by Tom Hanks on the big screen uttered a phrase that should serve as a guiding motto for all landlords. “Life is like a box of chocolates;

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Moving home can be an emotional rollercoaster, a mixture of sad goodbyes and exciting new beginnings interspersed with lots of packing and unpacking. So, to help you get through the big day and to mark World Music Day (21 June), we’ve put together a moving playlist. Here’s a list of

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Welcome back to news of Wigston’s property market, where we bring you different local property market stats and trends. This week we are back again with the June’s £/sq.ft statistics. The average property presently in Wigston is on the market for £280 per square foot, a figure representing the current

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Welcome back to news of Oadby’s property market, where we bring you different local property market stats and trends. This week we are back again with the June’s £/sq.ft statistics. The average property presently in Oadby is on the market for £325 per square foot, a figure representing the current

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Welcome back to news of Leicester’s property market, where we bring you different local property market stats and trends. This week we are back again with the June’s £/sq.ft statistics. The average property presently in Leicester is on the market for £258 per square foot, a figure representing the current

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The summer solstice, on Thursday (20 June), marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the changing of the seasons. But could the start of summer also be a turning point in your property journey? If you’ve been thinking about moving home for a while, now’s the time to grasp

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When a tenancy ends, there’s often confusion – and sometimes disputes – over what a landlord can claim as a deposit deduction. So, let’s look at what’s reasonable to claim and how to avoid deposit disputes in the first place. A landlord can deduct funds from a tenant’s deposit to

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While some people will enjoy a nice meal or a family catch-up this Father’s Day, the event will trigger more complex emotions for others. Many people find Father’s Day difficult to navigate due to grief, estrangement or struggles to become a parent. If you anticipate Father’s Day will be challenging

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Buying a home is a huge undertaking that many property hunters find exciting – but also a bit scary. With so much at stake, what if you make an offer you later regret?  Or what if you don’t make an offer and miss out on a great deal? If you often

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As we all know, moving home can be a stressful business. But you can avoid a frantic panic on the big day by starting your end-of-tenancy preparations sooner rather than later. With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can streamline the process and avoid a last-minute scramble. Once

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The latest data on rent growth since January 2020 highlights significant increases across the UK, providing a promising outlook for landlords, especially those in Leicester. This growth in average rents is most pronounced in the South West, which has seen a remarkable rise of 45.2%. Close behind is the East

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Choosing the right estate agent is a big step on the road to successfully selling your home.  But with so many agents making big promises to win your business, how can you identify the genuine professionals from the wheeler dealers? Meeting different agents at the start of the process can leave

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As it’s Child Safety Week*, here’s a handy reminder for Leicester homeowners about how to keep your precious little ones out of harm’s way. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent or guardian, it’s important to ensure your home is child-proof. Babies and children are infinitely curious and love climbing on furniture and grabbing

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If you’re a landlord, you can probably think of nothing worse than your rental sitting empty. The prospect of covering the mortgage and utility bills in between tenancies may keep you awake at night. And there are security implications too: a lengthy void period may invalidate your landlord insurance and

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One measure is the average price paid for homes bought and sold in Leicester in the last 12 months, on a rolling month by month basis. Each month we like to share this figure, and whilst this figure alone will not tell you much, its trend will. Our followers on

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If you’re planning to sleep under canvas for the first time ever this summer, here are some tips to make the most of your maiden camping experience. Plan ahead Do your research before you book a campsite as you’ll find a considerable variation in facilities and price. Some sites have

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When summer arrives, the issue of property security becomes even more relevant for landlords.  The summer months provide more opportunity for thieves to take advantage of longer days, open windows and doors, and vacant properties. As a landlord, you need to protect your investment, but it’s also good practice to

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It’s an exciting moment when a buyer puts a good offer on the table. After all your hard work to prepare your home for sale, it feels like everything is finally falling into place. But before you agree a price in a rush of giddy delight, it’s important to ask

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When summer arrives, the issue of property security becomes even more relevant for landlords.  The summer months provide more opportunity for thieves to take advantage of longer days, open windows and doors, and vacant properties. As a landlord, you need to protect your investment, but it’s also good practice to

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The Renters (Reform) Bill was a proposed new law that would have meant some big changes for landlords – with new rules on tenancies, possession grounds and evictions. With the general election coming on 4 July, let’s take a look at what this could mean for the reform of rental

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Understanding the various property tenures in Leicester is helpful for homebuyers in making informed decisions.  In a world where jargon often replaces plain talking, this article demystifies the terms freehold, leasehold and flying freehold. It highlights the differences and implications they have regarding property ownership. Freehold Freehold properties are the

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Setting the correct rental price for your property is essential to attract the best tenants and maximise the return on your investment.  Too high, and you won’t get that all-important awareness and interest.  Too low, and you’ll be out of pocket. Here are five key considerations every landlord should keep

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May is Local History Month, making it an ideal time to dive into the history of our area.  Researching local history increases our understanding of our surroundings, strengthens community ties and gives people an appreciation of our heritage.  Here are five tips to help you get started if you’re finding

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The latest data reveals that it takes an average of 73 days for estate agents in Wigston to find a buyer for properties in our town. This statistic, compiled by Denton House Research, encompasses all properties sold subject to contract over the past three months by every estate agent in

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The latest data reveals that it takes an average of 71 days for estate agents in Oadby to find a buyer for properties in our town. This statistic, compiled by Denton House Research, encompasses all properties sold subject to contract over the past three months by every estate agent in

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The latest data reveals that it takes an average of 57 days for estate agents in Leicester to find a buyer for properties in our town. This statistic, compiled by Denton House Research, encompasses all properties sold subject to contract over the past three months by every estate agent in

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Getting on the housing ladder in the UK is no easy feat, with property prices and inflation meaning it can take first-time buyers (FTBs) years to save the deposit for their first home. As a result, the average age of an FTB in this country has risen to 34*. For

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One issue, above all else, causes landlords sleepless nights. Can you guess what it is? Could it be maintenance and repairs? Or maybe it’s worrying about the rent being paid on time? If you answered one of the above, thanks for playing, but you’re mistaken. The biggest challenge landlords currently

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There’s an old saying: The simple things in life are often the best. And when it comes to exercise, what could be simpler than putting one foot in front of the other? While there are countless ways to get fit, nothing matches the ease and accessibility of walking. You can

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When it comes to home improvements, it’s wise to think carefully before you splash the cash. Homes renovated to a high standard attract more buyer interest and sell more quickly. However, not all refurbishment works will bring you the same rate of return. Buyers tend to pay particular attention to

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Gardens can boost a rental property’s appeal, often making it more attractive to potential tenants – especially during May, as spring is here and summer is around the corner. But, as beneficial as they may be, gardens can also be a source of friction between landlords and tenants, particularly when

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The charity, Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa Week, runs from 1 to 8 May. It serves as a timely reminder of the simple yet profound benefits of pausing for a cup of tea and a chat.  Whether it’s catching up with friends, connecting with colleagues, or contacting those who

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Investing in a buy-to-let abroad can be a tempting prospect. Owning your own little piece of paradise while earning a rental income can seem like a win-win scenario. However, it’s essential to have realistic expectations about the challenges landlords face when managing a property overseas. Here are five things to

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So, you’ve prepped and primped your home, and it’s been photographed looking its very best. Now you’re ready for the next step in the selling process – viewings. This can be a make-or-break moment, where buyers fall in love and make an offer on the spot or run a mile.

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If you’re paying off a mortgage on a property in Leicester, you’ll be well aware of how the mortgage market works in the UK. But how do they do things in the rest of the world? Let’s look at how people in other countries get on the housing ladder. The Netherlands While

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Most home sellers want three things: to get the best possible price for their property, to complete the sale in good time and to avoid bucket-loads of stress. These three goals may sound simple and achievable, but you’d be surprised how many sellers lose their way during the marketing process. 

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Some landlords, actually many, have an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to their rental property’s upkeep. But by proactively refurbishing and modernising your rental properties, you can realise a host of benefits that will attract premium tenants and add long-term value to your investment. Here are seven

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On Sunday, 50,000 people will line up for the London Marathon, an international spectacle with a record-breaking reputation. Competitors will include elite athletes from around the world and dedicated amateur runners from all corners of the UK. And then there’ll be the true gluttons for punishment – the people for

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If you’re a landlord looking to save time and money (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), a good letting agent can be a game-changer. They’ll manage your rental property day to day (so you’re free to focus on your other responsibilities), regularly check in with your tenants (to ensure there

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There’s plenty to consider when moving home, especially when a growing family is involved. Over the past few months, we’ve looked at the buying and selling experience through the eyes of different members of a family who moved recently. We’ve spoken with teenagers, tweenagers (9 – 12), younger children (5

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As winter fades, it’s time to prepare your garden for spring, turning it into a perfect spot for birds and bees. These critters are not just fun to watch but essential for keeping your garden vibrant and helping local wildlife thrive. Here are six simple tips to make your garden

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Did you know that HMRC plans to introduce new rules on how landlords file their tax returns? Here’s an update on what these changes involve and a timeline for when they’ll come into force. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is an initiative designed to streamline the tax system by fully digitising

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If you’re looking for a new family home in Leicester, viewings will play a key role in your quest to find ‘The One’. While marketing photos and virtual tours serve an important purpose, nothing rivals seeing the décor, layout and location with your own eyes. Viewings also give buyers the chance

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Are you planning to sell your home this year?  Or just curious about what your property may be worth in the current market? Good news – this article will give you five easy-to-follow tips highlighting how effectively staging your home can boost its appeal to potential buyers. Styling your home

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Owning a rental property isn’t just about what happens while tenants are in place; effectively managing periods when your property is unoccupied is equally important.  Every landlord faces void periods as a natural part of property letting, making it essential to prepare financially and strategically to manage its impact. Void

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Bungalows continue to be a unique asset in the UK property market, offering the charm of single storey living.  In 2023, they carved out a significant niche, with 81,823 out of the 915,705 properties sold in 2023 being bungalows. Despite their smaller size, the demand for these quaint single storey

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Easter celebrations in Britain traditionally involve hot cross buns, bonnet parades and lots of chocolate. But how do other countries celebrate this special occasion? Let’s take a look. Finland Finnish children dress as witches at Easter and roam the streets carrying willow twigs decorated with shiny paper and coloured fabric. 

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What’s the most common reason for landlords finding themselves in hot water and needing to make an insurance claim? The answer, according to one insurance company* at least, is ‘escape of water’. This term covers everything from burst pipes and defective washing machines to leaky loos and dripping taps. In

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You can always tell when someone is really interested in buying your home by the number of questions they ask. There are the usual suspects like: But it also pays to prepare for some unexpected questions. In our experience, those less-asked questions highlight how interested a potential buyer is. It’s

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If you’ve just inherited a rental property, then you may be wondering what your options are. While you won’t need to make any decisions on the spot (it usually takes many months to settle an estate), it’s good to start thinking about the issues you’ll have to address in time.

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Their mission? To leap out of their comfort zones and into the open skies, all in the name of charity. Their purpose? To raise funds and awareness for LOROS Hospice, a beacon of hope and comfort for those facing life-limiting illnesses in their community. Stacey said “LOROS holds a special

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Selling your home is a significant life event, and the last thing you want is to be misled by the unscrupulous practices of a minority of estate agents.  These agents and their actions give the industry a bad name. We’ve no time for them, and neither should you. The good

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Knightsbridge Estate Agents recently dove headfirst into the Swimathon organised by the Rotary Club of Oadby. Our strokes weren’t just about reaching the finish line; we were about making a splash for a cause close to their hearts. With determination and dedication, the team not only conquered the waters but

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From 18 – 24 March, Food Waste Action Week is happening across the UK. The initiative shines a spotlight on the issue of food wastage, urging the communities across Leicester and the UK to reflect on their food habits and make more sustainable choices.  With millions of tonnes of food

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Springtime in Leicester is not just when the natural world comes back to life but also when the local property market shakes off any winter blues. And if you’re mulling over a move in 2024, the spring months between March and May could be the perfect time to sell your

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There are five fundamentals to consider when thinking of buying a rental property. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or taking your first step into the rental property market, make sure you understand what makes a place a good investment.  Here are five points to consider carefully: The age-old mantra is

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Property owners are being warned to be on their guard amid a rise in the number of green home improvement scams across the country. Many local authorities and also Propertymark, the trade body for estate agents, have warned that people are being duped by rogue traders exploiting anxiety about high

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In a world where the well-being of our children is more precious than ever, Knightsbridge Estate Agents is proud to shine a light on two important occasions that champion the mental health and literacy of our youngest generation: Children’s Mental Health Week and World Book Day. As advocates for holistic

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A great property deal can set you up for life and allow you to leave a legacy for your family. But a bad deal or no deal (if you miss out on your dream home) will haunt you for years. So, how can buyers and sellers ensure they come out

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The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced his Spring Budget for the UK this afternoon. It featured cuts to National Insurance, tinkering with capital gains, increases to child benefit thresholds and ISA changes. But what about property-related finances? Well, the truth is, there’s not very much to update. But here goes. The

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Maintaining a rental property in Leicester isn’t just about collecting rent; it’s about safeguarding your investment and keeping your tenants happy and safe.  That’s why regular property inspections are so crucial.  They help you spot potential issues before they become costly repairs and ensure your property remains a place people

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Planning to renovate your rental? There’s one thing you should know before you start pulling up carpets or ripping out cabinets. It will help you avoid a costly and avoidable mistake that many landlords make, and it’s this. Don’t let your emotions cloud your decision-making. It sounds simple, but you’d

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The journey of buying or selling a property is often filled with anticipation and excitement.  However, it can also be fraught with unexpected challenges that might cause a sale to fall through.  As experienced local estate agents, we’ve seen our fair share of transactions fall by the wayside. This article

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Being a landlord is rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities. Over the years, we’ve seen and helped solve most of the mistakes landlords can make. To help you navigate this complex terrain, here are the five most common mistakes we’ve encountered and how to

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From Corgis to cockatiels and Poodles to ponies – there’s no doubt we Brits love our animals. And is it any wonder why?  Pets make loyal and loving companions, can alleviate anxiety and loneliness, reduce blood pressure and make us laugh. So, as it’s National Love Your Pet Day today

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They say selling a home is a marathon, not a sprint, but what happens if your sale is progressing at a snail’s pace or going nowhere? How can you get things back on track and find a buyer who will go the distance? One option – and it’s a big

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In a world that could always use a little more kindness, Knightsbridge Estate Agents took to the streets on Random Acts of Kindness Day with a mission to spread joy and brighten the day of those in our community. Armed with bunches of cheerful daffodils and hearts full of goodwill,

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Random Acts of Kindness Day is this Saturday 17th February. The idea of a day to perform random acts of kindness began in America in 1995. It’s spread globally and is a great opportunity to show how small, thoughtful actions can have a significant impact worldwide and closer to home

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If talk between you and your partner this Valentine’s Day turns to living together, there are a few practical things you should know first. Here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents, we pride ourselves on being as helpful as possible. But dishing out relationship advice is a step too far – even for

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This week, we couldn’t write an article that ignored Valentine’s Day, complete with love themes and romantic puns. So, here goes. Knowing what sort of property a buyer will fall head over heels for is a skill any good, experienced agent has honed from years of matchmaking.  With that in

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Curious about the trends in the Clarendon Park, Oadby & Wigston property market over the past year? One measure is the average price paid for homes bought and sold in Clarendon Park, Oadby & Wigston in the last 12 months, on a rolling month by month basis. This figure alone

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In the ever-evolving UK housing landscape, renting is not just for the young. In fact, just under 1 in 6 retirees (975,230 of the 6.36million retired households) live in private rented accommodation. The golden years are seeing a surprising trend as more and more retirees are choosing to rent. This

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After years in the making, it looks like the Renters Reform Bill – the biggest shake-up of the private rental sector in decades – will become a reality in 2024. So, how much do you know about this wide-reaching set of proposals, and are you ready for them? Be prepared

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Good news: the latest data on buyer demand shows that the number of property hunters out in force is up by 14%*. So, what’s driving this increased demand? And what does it mean if you plan to buy or sell in 2024? Let’s take a look. Interest rates For a

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Pretty much all of us use some degree of smart technology every day.  And it’s not just our omnipresent mobile phones – intelligent technology can be found everywhere.  From smart speakers to thermostats, doorbells, watches, sleeping aids and many other clever devices.  These can all make our lives a little

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In the winter, we’re guaranteed a few things. It’ll be raining when we least want it to. A local postie will still be wearing shorts, no matter how cold it is. And condensation will appear at some point – often in our homes. While you can’t do anything about the

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Here’s the penultimate part of our series of articles on a family’s views on selling up and moving home. This family of five sold and moved last year, but their experiences (and emotions) are timeless. We’ve shared the perspectives of a six-year-old, a ‘tweenager’ and a teenager, and now it’s

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Who doesn’t love it when the sun’s out? Well, apart from vampires, mushrooms and raincoat makers. But seriously, natural light, especially sunlight, has significant mood-enhancing effects on our minds and homes. For homeowners and residents, understanding how to harness this natural marvel in home design isn’t just about aesthetics but

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Did you know that one in ten tenants admit to illegally subletting their rental property*? The practice is even more common among young people; in a recent survey, 25% of tenants aged 18 to 24 confessed to secretly subletting all or part of their rental. So why should landlords be

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One of the biggest challenges first-time buyers (FTBs) face is getting a deposit together. Saving a large sum of cash while covering all your living expenses during a cost-of-living crisis is no mean feat. But having a good plan and clear goals can make this daunting task more achievable. Here

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Energy Saving Week is taking place from 17 – 23 January. But what is it, and why should you care? Well, it’s a campaign encouraging UK households to become more aware of their energy use.  It’s an annual campaign started in 2012 by the Citizens Advice Bureau and government departments.

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Whether you’re a first-time investor or an experienced landlord looking to expand your portfolio, it pays to know what tenants want. Understanding current trends in the market will help you fine-tune your rental marketing strategy and ensure that any improvement work you undertake proves to be of good value. So,

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We’re estate agents, not mind magicians like Derren Brown, but recently, we’ve been delving into the psychological aspects of home buying. It’s fascinating stuff. For sellers, it can offer invaluable insights, helping them better understand how they (and their estate agent) can achieve the best possible price for their home.

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