Category Archives: Renovating

The new Refurbish-to-Let trend sweeping the UK

This week it was announced that if the Bank of England’s new proposals go forward landlords may soon have to come up with forty per cent deposits in order to be given buy to let mortgages. Landlords are already struggling to expand their property portfolios due to the rising cost of property and if the Bank of England’s plans go ahead they could make matters worse.
This is why so many landlords are taking part in a new trend: ‘refurbish-to-let’. The idea is pretty simple: buy […]

PropertyQuoteDirect Competition: Win a Chimenea!

One of the best things about summer is that after a hard day’s work being a landlord (or anything else for that matter), you get to go home, relax in your garden and appreciate the sunshine.

Enter our Facebook competition to win an Indoor Allotment!

Even though it’s technically summer, here at PropertyQuoteDirect we know that this doesn’t mean the weather will always be perfect! Those of you out there with green fingers may therefore struggle to keep your garden looking beautiful, however we have come up with a solution.

PropertyQuoteDirect Father’s Day Competition: Win a £25 B&Q Gift Card!

PropertyQuoteDirect May CompetitionThis year Father’s Day falls on Sunday 15th June, which means that busy landlords don’t have much time left to shop for a gift! This is why PropertyQuoteDirect is giving away a £25 B&Q Gift Card to one lucky winner on Twitter so they can really spoil their dad!

Preparing your Holiday Home for Summer

Preparing your Holiday Home for Summer – Winter is officially well and truly behind us, which means that people across the UK are now starting to think about their next holidays. Landlords who own holiday homes should therefore start preparing their properties as soon as possible in order to ensure that they are filled before the holiday season begins; however this can often be a bigger job than first expected. Here, PropertyQuoteDirect looks at how you can prepare your holiday home as quickly as possible:

Renovating your Buy-to-Let Properties

Renovating – After investing in a property the first thing you need to do before you can put it on the market to let is renovate. Usually houses aren’t up to the standards required by landlords when first bought, which means that when you are thinking about investing in a property you should always add to your budget how much it will cost to improve. Here we look at some of the most important renovations you will have to make to a newly purchased property:
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Could you let an eco home?

Every time we turn on the TV, or open a newspaper, there seems to be a fresh warning about the damage we are doing to our environment. Our fossil fuels are running out, and those we still burn are causing climate chaos, we are told.

Renovating to Let

Back when the property market was booming, buying a wreck and doing it up was seen by many as a sure fire way to make some money. Even if the cost of renovating your wreck ended up being more than you predicted (as, of course, it usually does!), the steady increase in property prices would (hopefully) make up the shortfall.

A trade that is still sweeping the nation

It is fair to say that if a person was asked to describe a chimney sweep, chances are the picture they conjure would be that of a soot covered child working in the Industrial Revolution, or the dancing chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins. Chimney sweeping is an ancient profession. There are records of people earning a living by cleaning chimneys as far back as the 16th century. The occupation of chimney sweep is thought to be one of the oldest in the world because chimneys […]