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One of the challenges with letting our own homes are all the emotional apron strings we create whilst we live there. Many owners who decide to retain their old house for renting when they move to a larger or better house ask how to deal with the emotional ties and this article goes through the many issues with renting a previous home

After many years of letting properties we have learnt that the process of letting houses involves the delicate balancing act of juggling the needs of you the owner/landlord with the needs of the tenant and the maintenance of your property. Although many landlords start off with the idea of eventually having a portfolio of houses, they have a tendency of overreaching themselves financially or with time and they are unable to keep the above balance. The end result is that they never quite achieve the results desired.

A survey done by Blue i in the properties they manage show that ladies are generally tidier than men. A review of the scores from the quarterly house inspections of seventy properties and there is now clear proof that ladies are about 8% better than men at keeping houses clean and tidy. The survey have also proved that as you’d expect smaller houses are in general cleaner and tidier than larger houses.

One of the many challenges involved with preparing a house for letting is how much does one spend on fitting it out with fire protection and fire safety. There are of course rules and regulations for every type and size of flat or house and the number of people living there but sometimes the alarms and equipment are not checked nor tested as often as they should be. This article goes through some of the things you might need to consider in fire precaution within your property

 The increase in utility bills is the talking point of most pubs, dining room tables and breakfast bars as families fight the rising costs of energy and water. Having good insulation in your home is one of the best ways to reduce these utility costs and this article outlines some of the different and most effective types of insulation to have in your home

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