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Oct 19

At one point or another, we've all been victim to unwanted noise in our homes whether it's from traffic, animals or neighbours.

In fact, one of the most searched for topics across the Landlord Library is noise pollution and how to deal with it and with this in mind, lettings platform, Howsy, has revealed what noises cause the biggest impact and how to protect against them.

Neighbours playing loud music or socialising late at night is the number one most hated cause of noise pollution amongst UK tenants, closely followed by road traffic, noise from animals such as dogs, cats or foxes and neighbours arguing – according to a survey of 1,000 UK tenants.

What can you do about it?

You don’t have to suffer in silence and there are plenty of cost-effective tips that both you and your landlord can carry out to ensure maximum peace and quite within your home.

Perhaps obviously, start structurally. Use filler to address any holes or cracks in your walls with a particular focus around things like window frames or other breaks in the wall such as sockets.

It may look nice, but wooden flooring can be one of the main issues when it comes to noise pollution, particularly if you rent out a flat with neighbours below. While a new floor might not be necessary, sorting out any creaky floorboards can make more of a difference than you might think when it comes to cutting out noise pollution.

Now check out your doors. All too often, cheap doors aren’t soundproof and can be replaced by something a bit more substantial where materials are concerned. Once you’ve fixed your new door in place, one handy tip is to bolster your soundproofing with weathering strips which will also make your home more energy-efficient.

Now your doors are sorted, what about your windows? Not the most cost-effective method but replacing old or damaged windows with double or triple paned PVC can work wonders for noise pollution – even a good quality wooden frame will reduce noise dramatically.

From fibreglass to insulation foam or ceiling panels and everything in between, insulating your home doesn’t just help keep you warm in the winter, it cuts out a lot of noise.

It’s within your best interests as a landlord to make sure your property is not only fit for purpose but is appealing as possible for tenants while also doing your bit for the planet and your pocket.

However, there are additional things you can recommend to your tenants that can also make a difference and these range from simple touches such as heavy-duty curtains to help down out the outsides world or a similarly robust rug to cover wood flooring and protect from the noises below.

Rearranging the furniture is also a smart way of minimising noise pollution and putting larger items such as a big book case or cabinet against the sharing wall will help add another layer. Another smart trick is to always position your tv on or by a shared wall as this will at least drown out any noisy neighbours while it’s on. Even a large picture or mirror will play its part and so considering layout is a small but smart step to help reduce noise pollution.

Calum Brannan, Founder and CEO of Howsy, has this advice: “When it comes to the tenant-landlord relationship, it’s often the small things that can go a long way and helping to soundproof your property, even with the smallest of touches, can really improve your tenant’s quality of life.

Of course, there is always work that can be done to improve a property, but you certainly don’t have to break the bank and there is a whole host of innovative tips that you can suggest and that will cost nothing to do.

Not only will you have a happier tenant for doing so, but you’ll have increased your property’s rental appeal which will make it more attractive if or when does return to the market.”

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Oct 19

We could be leaving the EU at the end of the month. I say 'could' because let's face it, anything is possible on the Brexit merry-go-round. However, one thing is certain and that is that there has been a negative effect on the property market.

Estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk, has looked at where UK home sellers have been forced to take the biggest property price reality check when it comes to the asking and selling price of their home.

Pulling data from all of the major portals then cross-referencing with the Land Registry, the firm used proprietary algorithms to create a comprehensive record of what is selling, where, for how much and how long it’s taking.

When it comes to the asking price sought by UK home sellers, the market has remained firm as a whole, up 7% across the UK since the Brexit vote, with actual sold prices up 7.6%.

However, while the resilience and diversity of the UK market means many areas have remained impervious to the Brexit blues, there has been a notable chill in both asking prices and sold prices in a lot of areas.

Here are the worst when it comes to both.

Asking Prices

The biggest asking price drop since the vote has been in Bradford with home sellers having to re-evaluate their price expectations by a huge -35.9% to drum up buyer interest. Waveney in Suffolk has also seen a notable decline, down -22.4%, while the London borough of Islington takes the third spot with asking prices down -21.3%.

Chichester, Wigtownshire, Vale of White Horse, Aberdeen, East Hampshire, Horsham and Bolsover are also amongst the largest declines.

Sold Prices

While home sellers will list at a higher asking price to chance their arm in any market conditions, often resulting in a decline, sold prices have also come tumbling down in a number of areas since the Brexit vote.

It’s bad news for those in Bradford as the area not only tops the largest asking price declines but also the largest sold price declines, down -30.6%. Another Suffolk district ranks for the second largest decline in sold prices, but this time it’s Babergh with a decline of -24.8%, while Hertsmere places third, down -20.3%.

Wellingborough, Harlow, Chesterfield, Blackburn with Darwen, Oxford, Ripon and North West Leicestershire join the rest as the worst areas for sold price decline since the Brexit vote.

Colby Short, Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, commented: “There’s no doubt that Brexit uncertainty has produced perhaps the most erratic property landscape we’ve seen in some years and while there is light at the end of the tunnel, it’s hard to say just how long the tunnel is and if there is indeed an end in sight or not.

It’s certainly not accurate to say the UK market is down and out and for the vast majority, property prices continue to creep up, albeit at a slower rate than previous years. However, there are certainly a notable number of areas in which Brexit has delivered a bit of a knock-out punch for property prices and a real lack of buyer demand is seeing sellers list for a lower sum and sell for even less.

The proof of UK property is most definitely in the pudding though and once Brexit is behind us, we should see a reversal in fortunes for those feeling the brunt of our current European limbo.”

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Oct 19

As many of you may know, if you refer a client to us who places their home on the market with us, you qualify for £100 worth of vouchers for your shop of choice. One of our contractors, Andy Henderson, referred a client to us and we rented that property out very quickly. Andy asked us if we could donate the £100 to the Pilgrims Hospice which we totally agreed to do. Not only did we agree to do that but we also agreed to double it to £200! I contacted Rachael at the hospice and we agreed to split the vouchers so that they can use them as prizes in their up coming events to help raise even more funds for such an amazing cause.

We are pleased to say that from today, anyone who wishes to donate their vouchers to the Hospice, we will DOUBLE them every time. We enjoy supporting good local causes and we cant think of a better way to do that.

So, if you know anyone who is thinking of selling or renting out their property then just get them to contact us today and we will do the rest! We look forward to talking to you and assisting your recommendations!

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Jul 19

What an amazing surprise I had when opening a large white envelope today! Not only have we been awarded Gold for Estate Agent and Gold for Letting Agent in Ashford as well as Bronze for Letting Agent in Kent, we have now won a Best Estate Agent Guide Award!

We wait to find out in what category we have been placed, ceremony on the 10th October, but this really does cement the work that all of the team put in to the business and it makes me so proud and honoured to have them as my work colleagues as well as good friends!

We will keep you updated with our news and thank you to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today!