Like we say, you’re never too old to trick or treat! But, for those of you who would like a less strenuous night, there’s lots of things to do in Norfolk in this scary month!

 

Why not try Primevil at The Dinosaur Park? With different activities to do around the park, there’s something for everyone! Innocent Woodland paths have become twisted mazes and the hungry horrors are after revenge. Will you come out alive, become part of their new freak show or be dinner?!!

Visit http://www.primevil-scare.com/ for more information.

 

 

If being frightened half to death isn’t quite your thing, then why not try a Halloween inspired meal at The Maids Head? Enjoy a 3 course meal whilst resolving the murder. Will you be a super sleuth? 

Visit http://maidsheadhotel.co.uk/events for more information.

 

 

Or if neither of the above suit your witches wishes, why not try a spooky ghost walk through Norwich?

The 2015 Halloween specials will follow the established format of brand new stories from around Britain told in an area around the 'Cow Tower' on the riverside park. 

Take a look at http://www.ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk/11.html for more information.

 

 

Having just moved house, for the 4th time in 2 years – I am one person who can most definitely sympathise with the worries and stresses that come with the motions of moving. Here’s a few things I’ve learnt over my last 4 moves.

  • THROW IT AWAY. We all have those boxes, you know the ones; that haven’t been unpacked from the previous move. – Throw it all away! If it hasn’t been used in 12 months, then you don’t really need it, do you?
  • Pack your belongings, room by room! I cannot stress this enough. There is nothing worse than throwing bits from here, there and everywhere into one box that will need to be unpacked the kitchen, bathroom, loft and garden in your new property. Labelling is key!
  • Use what you have! Boxes can be expensive, especially for the one use that you’re going to get out of them! Try to use your laundry bin, wicker baskets and picnic boxes for anything you can! If they don’t have lids – use cling film to secure the top!
  • Pack an overnight bag! Oh my goodness, the morning of moving, you will be all over the place! Don’t make the experience more difficult by having to search through packed and sealed boxes for a hairband, or your fave mascara! Put everything you use on a daily basis into an overnight bag you can dive into the morning of, and the next day in the property when you haven’t yet had time to unpack! (Which you won’t have – trust me.)
  • Aside from the overnight bag – pack the things you will need straight away into a clear box! – what can be worse, than the next morning, needing the kitchen roll because you’ve spilt your coffee; and it being buried beneath pots, pans, cutlery… but you not knowing which box it is in! (Especially if you haven’t abided by number 2)
  • Lastly, but most certainly not least, ENJOY IT. Yes, moving is stressful, yes you lose things, yes you break things… but you’re starting a new chapter! Good luck, and try to live each moment as it comes, after all, its only moving, you will inevitably do it again at some point!

Guest Blog - How to make your home attractive to potential tenants

If you are thinking about renting out your property, you need to make it as appealing as possible to potential tenants. There are certain things that renters look for when viewing a property and a savvy landlord will make sure some of these aspects are included in their property. Ultimately, high demand for your house means a better choice of tenant and a higher achievable rent.  

Below you will find a list of things you can try to make your home stand out from the crowd and look attractive to potential renters:

 

Clean

For a lot of tenants, a first impressions are crucial. A dirty property filled with lingering smells, dusty surfaces, old curtains and poorly-kept furniture indicates that the owner has not spent time caring for the property, which could mean hidden problems. Perceptions are everything. 

A good once over with a duster, mop and kitchen cleaner can do the world of good and help your prospective tenant imagine themselves in the property. 

Declutter

Tenants like to see a property as a blank canvas. They won’t want to see all your personal items taking up space on the walls and in display cases. Even if you are renting your property as furnished, just furnish it with the essentials e.g.: sofa, washing machine, fridge etc. Perhaps avoid pictures with your great grandmother and hundreds of pictures of your children!

 

Smells

It is hard to know what your home smells like, as you quickly get used to it. Buying diffusers or plug-in air fresheners is an inexpensive way to make sure you present a fresh home and this will be especially important if you have had pets living in the property.

 

Decorations

The property should look ready to live in. If you can spare the time, you should re-decorate to neutral colours so that it looks clean, spacious and ready for occupation. It is amazing what a lick of paint can do. Neutral colours will really brighten up your property and make it a lot more appealing to potential renters. 

 

Dress to impress

This will apply to the interior and exterior of the property. Inside you could put a vase full of fresh flowers and a bowl of fruit in the kitchen. Little touches can bring your property to life. 

Planting flowers outside and cleaning up the garden will really impress potential renters. Keep paths weed-free and watch out for those over grown shrubs.

 

Security

Tenants will want to feel safe, so installing a motion detector outdoor light and a functioning alarm system will do the job. Check all the locks as well, a set of patio doors with a lock which barely holds them closed will give the wrong impression of your diligence as a landlord. 

 

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When you have ticked these points off of your list, you should go around and check that all the appliances are clean and are all working. Just check and check again. You need to give a good first impression and first impressions count for everything – so don’t miss the opportunity to present your property at its very best.  

 

 

About the author

The Right Surveyors are a group of chartered surveying practices with offices all over England and Wales dedicated to providing you with surveys, valuations and advice. Our surveying coverage extends from Truro to Newcastle, Bristol to Stoke and almost everywhere in between.

Check out how we work at the Right Surveyors website.

 

This week the Government made two key announcements that will affect landlords in England.

 

The new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm regulations have been approved and come into affect on 1 October 2015.

 

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On Monday (14/09/15) Parliament approved the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This means that from 1 October all landlords in England will be required to:

 

1) Have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property.

 

2) Have at least one carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg a coal fire, wood burning stove).

 

3) Make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

 

This last point is particularly important for agents who offer a full management or tenant check-in service on behalf of landlord clients, as agents may be required to check the alarms on the landlords behalf.

 

UKALA recommends that agents make it clear in their terms and conditions who is responsible for checking the alarms. If the agent is responsible, consider what evidence is appropriate to be able to prove that a check was carried out, if necessary. For example, if the tenant is present during check-in, a record of the check could be included in the inventory or check-in, to be signed by the tenant.

 

 

All new requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.

 

ALSO READ MORE IN OUR NEWSLETTER WHICH WILL BE COMING OUT THIS EVENING. 

 

Renting definitely has its fair share of 'perks'; not having to worry about the cost of a new boiler for a start! But while it can be the perfect solution for those who aren’t quite ready to commit to an area, or those that simply can’t afford to get on the property ladder, those wanting to add some personal touches to make it feel more like ‘home’ often feel at a loss.

 

1. Removable wallpaper

Who knew removable wallpaper was a thing!

Easy to apply, remove, reposition, and reuse without leaving damage or residue, contact paper is a top tool for any renter wanting to jazz up their home. Available in a never-ending selection of colours, styles and patterns. Either use it to cover entire walls, or get creative and use it to add simple accents.

If you’re fed up of your housemates conveniently forgetting whose turn it is to do the washing up this week, chalkboard versions are also available!

 

2. Washi tape

This little Japanese gem is a must-have tool for every creative renter out there.

Super cheap and available in all the colours of the rainbow, it’s easy to remove and re-apply without leaving adhesive residue or destroying the surface it has been applied to.

 

3. Wall Stickers/Decals

Add movement with a tree, or show off your playful side with a wall decal. Unlike some of the other rental-friendly decorating ideas out there, these are a great option if creativity isn’t your strong point as all you need to do is figure out where you want to position your sticker.

 

4. Fabric

If you’re fond of texture, you could also try using fabric as an alternative wall covering that will also be super hard wearing. There are endless step-by-step tutorials out there explaining how you can create this look yourself, otherwise you can also purchase pre-adhesed version as well.

 

5. Command hooks

Last but by no means least, Command hooks are an item every renter should have at hand.

Easy to put up and take down, use these nifty hooks to hang your towels, bathrobes, coats and bags without the need for nails or screws. Genius!

 

See the full blog here:

 

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/dream-properties/top-5-deposit-friendly-decorating-tips-for-renters

 

 

It's here; August. With the blissful sunshine, mixed with the torrential rain, you can tell we are most certainly in the middle of summer! 

We are desperately seeking new landlords and properties in Norwich and surrounding areas. 

Can you recommend us to someone? If so and they decide to list their property with us & we find a successful tenant, you can receive a month's free admin fees! We won't charge you a penny from your management fees! 

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New research shows that 43% of tenants renting from private landlords are unsure with whom responsibility lies for a number of aspects of their tenancy – either with their landlord or with themselves.

The findings, from MakeItCheaper.com, also suggest that only 11% of tenants think they know more about division of responsibilities than their landlords, while 48% say landlords know better.

This perhaps suggests that a number of the disputes that do arise between private landlords and tenants could be caused by a lack of knowledge on the tenant’s part.

The most common areas in which responsibility has been disputed within the past year were:
1. Furniture and Appliances = 14%
2. Fixtures and Fittings = 13%
3. Mould = 12%
4. Energy Efficiency = 6%
5. Utility Bills = 2%

The distinction between ‘damage’ and ‘fair wear & tear’ was voted one of the most ambiguous issues, with 25% of renters saying they would welcome clarification on this topic. However, different age groups are concerned about different aspects of tenancy:

• 18-24 year olds are most unsure of the rules around internal décor
• 25-34 year olds are most confused about whether they should pay for insurance or not
• Over 35s particularly want clarification around rights of access

When questioned about the most important qualities for a landlord to have, over 65% say they most value honest landlords who fix the issues they’re responsible for. It would seem that many landlords do in fact display these qualities, as over 85% of tenants rate their landlord’s management of their tenancy as ‘average’ or better – with 60% giving a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ rating.

This – combined with the fact that only 15% of respondents saying they have had an unresolved dispute in the past 12 months – indicates that tenants’ attitudes towards private landlords are largely positive – contrary to popular belief. This is further supported by the fact that less than 1:5 tenants asked admitted that they have been too afraid to bring up issues with their landlord in the past.

 

Article from propertyreporter.co.uk

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government’s controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new tenancy deposit deadlines which agents must take into account.

In 2007, the government introduced compulsory deposit protection schemes as part of the Housing Act 2004. But it was unclear whether or not existing tenants, who had moved in and paid a deposit prior to 2007, would be affected. 

The confusion was built upon following the ruling in the Superstrike v Rodrigues 2013 case, extensively reported on Letting Agent Today.

This case ruled that tenancies which became statutory periodic tenancies but that had started before April 6 2007, were considered to be new tenancies and therefore the deposit was required to be protected again at that time. ARLA says this was of serious detriment to landlords and agents, who were suddenly subjected to the vexatious claims of a minority of tenants who took issue with the unprotected deposits.

“Now, under the Deregulation Act 2015, this confusion has been addressed. All deposits received before April 6 2007, that have since been renewed or become statutory periodic tenancies on or after April 6 2007, must be protected under one of the government approved protection schemes” says ARLA managing director David Cox.

“Landlords have until June 23 2015 to comply with this new provision” he says, urging letting agents to check with their clients whether their existing tenancy agreements will be affected. 

“If landlords fail to comply they could be liable for sanctions which include a potential claim by the tenant for compensation of up to three times the amount of the deposit paid or find themselves unable to bring a tenancy to an end through a Section 21 notice” says Cox.

 

 

http://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2015/6/letting-agents-warned-over-new-tenancy-deposit-deadline

Sarah is originally from Glasgow, though you wouldn't think it when you speak to her on the phone! She has lived in Norfolk for most of her adult life, apart from a period of time where she lived in Cambridge and then London, where she worked within the property industry. She prides herself on being efficient and intuitive and we believe she will be a real asset to the company. Please say hello when you next pop in! 

We are desperately seeking properties in the Taverham, Thorpe Marriott and Dussindale areas.

We recently let a property in Taverham in less than 2 days! A gorgeous bungalow set in some beautifully maintained gardens in a quiet cul-de-sac. As a result of this we have a number of applicants on our books looking for properties in this area.

In 2001, Taverham had a population of 10,233. It has seen recent population growth with the building of Thorpe Marriott, a new residential development that straddles the boundary with the neighbouring village of Drayton. By 2013, the area of Taverham had an approximate population of 14,121. So you can see, just how much the expansion is affecting the property market!

Taverham has 2 infant schools, 1 primary school and 1 high school. It also has a village hall, library, park, church, scout and guide, several takeaway shops and two pubs.

Do you know anyone who has properties in this area to let? Could you recommend them to us? If you can, you should call us about our new referral scheme which could earn you 1 months free management fees!

 

 

 

Are you thinking about becoming a Landlord? Now would be the perfect time to build your property portfolio. Property prices in the UK have taken a little swim into the ocean of spending, so you may be able to pick up a bargain and rental properties are moving the fastest they have in years, with them spending hardly any time on the market at all. Building a good portfolio takes time and resources, so get in there early while you can!

There are lots of things to think about when looking at buy-to-let properties. The location is one of the most important factors for you to consider. Properties closer to the railways and public transport are desirable for prospective tenants, people need to commute to work and so on.

 

How large the property is also very important. It will be one of the factors which determine your purchase price and your rental amount. Speak to a property expert like Mike at Norfolk Property Management to see out what type of property is highly demanded in your area. Some areas may have lots of 2 bed houses on the market, but not very many 1 bed apartments. The area you choose may appeal more to young single people, so smaller housing may be in demand. Researching rental amounts online will give you a good idea of the sort of income you can expect.

 

When you rent a house, it needs to be in a good and liveable condition and meet local regulations and UK laws. Buying a house that needs work, will mean you need to consider the cost of rising it up to those standards so it can be let out, otherwise you can end up with extremely unhappy tenants, and long periods on the market. Properties that need to be modernized, often sell for less money than those that don’t, so if you have good contacts in the building trade, or you enjoy DIY, this could be a good way to bring you return on investment up as high as it can be, a little bit of extra work can go a long way. The key to success in this area is to view any potential purchase thoroughly.

 

Time is money. Don’t spend too long getting your property ready to let. The mortgage will still be payable, regardless of whether the property in empty or not. Get the work done quickly to avoid making a loss on your investment, though don’t rush it in quality. Don’t cheap out, hire a contractor to take care of the renovations if it’s not something you are familiar with. Most properties will need a lick of paint before you let them out, so think about taking a course on decorating to save time and money, or again, use a contractor.

 

When your property is ready, you will want to get tenants in as quickly as possible, so your mortgage is covered, and you have piece of mind. Using a letting agent saves you time, money and hassle. They often have a pipeline of tenants waiting for properties. They are also experts in marketing and advertising to attract the best tenant for you. While they manage your tenant for you, it frees you up to find the next property for your growing portfolio.

 

And it’s as easy as that!

Moving house is easysaid no one ever! There are so many things to consider when you move, and expenses are not to be forgotten. 

 

How much can you afford? 

You need to first of all make a list of all your current incoming and outgoings, including current bills, food and drink, going out and any creditors you owe money too. Once you’ve worked all this out, you’ll have a rough figure of what you have left to spend each month. 

 

When you move, there will be lots of things that will change, including your payments. You may have accounted for petrol money in the above, that you won’t need because you’re closer/on a bus route etc. Here is a list of some of the payments which could change, though it’s best you do a little research also!

 

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