7 Tools For Home Design (And Are They Worth It?)

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If you’re looking to redecorate your home or fit out a rental property, there’s now a staggering array of home design tools out there that can help you. There aren’t many problems that good interior design can’t solve: small spaces, low ceilings, poor natural lighting and more can all be addressed with a bit of...

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Making A Rented Property Feel Like Home

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With only 40% of 25 to 34 year olds able to afford to buy a home (and that was in 2011, the situation is probably even worse now!), more people are renting on a long-term basis than ever before. Paying rent is frustrating – it’s “dead money” that you’ll never see again – so I...

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Figuring Out If A Property Is A Dud Or A Steal

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The line between “fixer upper” and dud is a fine one, and the difference isn’t always easy to discern because people don’t always look at the right things when they’re checking out a property. Getting a property inspected by a surveyor will identify problems that might be significant in the future, but it’s unlikely that...

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House Hunting Tips For First-Time Buyers

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Fortunately, it’s been a while since I had to endure the odious task of house hunting. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re looking for a rental property, a buy-to-let or a home for yourself, the same obstacles always seem to crop up when you’re house hunting. I’m talking about those problems that have plagued...

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Tips To Keep Your Rental Property In Shape

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I’ve lived in lots of rental properties over the years, some of them in great shape and some of them about an inch shy of being condemned. What separates those two ends of the spectrum isn’t so much to do with the landlord – I’ve been lucky enough to have very nice landlords – as...

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Try Before Your Buy(-To-Let)

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One big issue that would-be buy-to-letters face is that, until very recently, there was no way to get any real idea – beyond reading blogs like this one – of what the experience of buy-to-let is actually like. There’s no denying that buy-to-let property is a VERY sizeable investment, and probably not one that anyone...

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