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Letting News

How to save money whilst renting

Just because you don’t own the property doesn’t mean that you don’t have some control over your bills! Here are some ideas on how you can save some pennies – If you look after the pennies, the pounds look after themselves!

Hot Water Tank Jacket

If have a water tank it could be a good idea to get a wee blanket for it! Insulated tank jackets are widely available and could save you around £50 a year with as little as a £15 cost to purchase. This is an especially good idea if your water tank is an older model – newer ones tend to be better insulated. The jacket will help to contain the heat and not let it lose in your linen closet.

Only do a full load of washing

Only do your washing when you have enough for a full load, 90% of the energy used when using the machine is through heating the water so, reducing the amount of loads you have to do could save you around £10 per month!

Bulbs

If you have to replace any bulbs whilst you’re staying in the property then replace them with energy efficient ones such as LED bulbs. This may seem like a slightly expensive purchase but, they can save you a serious amount of money long term.

Appliances

If the kitchen appliances are your own then, you could consider swapping them out for some updated and more energy efficient versions. Your main focus when purchasing should be the energy efficiency and reliability.

If you’re looking for a property to rent we have a variety available here at Next Home and we are sure to have one to suit your needs so, call our team of local property experts today to find out more!

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Advice Letting News Selling

How to choose an Estate Agent

Your first choice is whether you chose a traditional agent or an online agent.

A traditional agent will have an office that you can visit and will often offer a much better service than an online agent and they will normally take care of the sale each step of the way in return for a fee when the sale goes through – otherwise known as a commission fee. Online agencies normally charge an up-front fee and they don’t have offices you can visit so, often you have to deal with a lot of the selling process yourself – using a traditional agent takes that stress away.

Here at Next Home we are Perthshire’s favourite traditional estate agent but, we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to pick the best agent for you!

  • Start by making a shortlist of local agents
  • Narrow down your choices; look at reviews, ask family and friends who they have used and who they would recommend
  • Find out if they’re the right agent for you – go and visit them. See how they make you feel and how approachable they are. Always important when trying to get people through the door to view your property.
  • Get several valuations. The actual valuation is likely to be similar, if not the same but, again it and will help you to assess the agency; how punctual are they, are they polite, professional and knowledgeable?
  • Tell the agent what you need. If you need a quick sale then let them know. A good agent will be able to tailor their service to suit your needs. Be honest about your circumstances.
  • Ask lots of questions. Ask the agent about their marketing techniques, what websites they have access to, if they have a ‘hot’ buyer bank in place to get people through the door to view straight away. A ‘hot’ buyer is someone that is ready purchase and is just waiting for a suitable property to become available, a good agency will pro-actively work your property and introduce it to potential buyers.
  • Get the agent to explain what each fee is for and clarify when they’re due to be paid – understand what you’re paying for.
  • Choose your agent. It’s true when they say people buy people. You’ll get an instinct for who you want to choose but assess which pricing structure and service is best for you.

Once you’ve made your decision call your agent and let them know the good news and then they’ll explain the next steps of putting your property on the market. If you’re thinking about selling your home then call our dedicated team of local property experts to get the ball rolling!

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Landlords Letting News

Are you struggling to find a tenant?

We know that finding a new tenant for your buy to let property can be a stressful process so, we thought we’d give you a few top tips to avoid putting potential tenants off!

  • Clutter – Even if a property being let as furnished (a great way to achieve a higher yield) don’t overcrowd it with unnecessary items! People often have a lot of belongings themselves so, leave enough room for those!
  • Fresh coat of paint – A fresh coat of paint an easy and relatively low-cost way of brightening up a property and making it look more appealing.
  • Unfinished jobs – Even if you intend to get the jobs finished before the tenant moves in, don’t let viewings commence before the property is completely finished.
  • Clean, clean, clean – Make sure the property is clean! Set the standard for your tenant! You can’t expect your tenant to keep the property clean and tidy if it wasn’t given to them that way!
  • Make sure everything is in working order – Make sure all of the appliances are in full working order. Again it can deter a potential tenant if they think that you don’t properly maintain things because if there is ever an issue during their tenancy then it may give the impression that you won’t get it resolved in a timely fashion, if at all.

If you’re struggling to find a tenant for your property then you should consider having your property managed by us! Next Home is Perthshire’s favourite estate agency! Call your local property experts today to find out more!

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Advice Holiday Homes Letting News

Maintaining your holiday let to kick off the season.

Being a holiday let owner comes with great responsibility and one of those is to keep the property up to the highest standard. With people in and out day in day out, it’s a great idea to put a couple days a side just to get it fixed up. Here are some things to look at!..

 

Decoration- Your holiday home may come with the usual wear and tear meaning suitcase marks on the walls and chipped paint. Giving your property a lick of paint can make the biggest difference.

 

Utensils/homeware- If you provide your let with kitchen utensils and with the amount they will be used in that year, it may be time for an upgrade.

 

External

Rainwater pipes and gutters- At least once a year you should clear the debris and check for leaks when it is raining.

Roof coverings- Check that everything is still sitting as it should especially after a storm as slates, tiles may be missing or have moved.

Garden- Shrubs, hedges and grass may need some TLC but also take into account fences and gates which may need a lick of paint or even repairs.

 

If you are looking for a holiday let, Next  Home have a range of holiday lodges. Click here to view- https://www.nexthomeonline.co.uk/property/?wpp_search[pagination]=on&wpp_search[per_page]=10&wpp_search[property_type][0]=property&wpp_search[sort_by]=prop_price&wpp_search[search_address]=&wpp_search[prop_price][min]=0&wpp_search[prop_price][max]=999999999&wpp_search[prop_bedrooms][min]=0&wpp_search[prop_bedrooms][max]=100&wpp_search[prop_prop_type_value]=-1&wpp_search[prop_prop_type]=Lodge&wpp_search[properties_sales_status]=1,2,3,4,5,7

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Letting News

Ever thought about making an income out of a spare room???

Have your kids all flown the nest and now you are left in a home big enough for 5? Why not put the unused space to good use and have that little bit more in your pocket every month…

If you are considering renting out room out, here are some information to get you started!

Think- Make sure you take a hard think about this as much as the money side of it sounds great but you have to remember all that is involved. Do you mind sharing your kitchen and bathroom with someone? If not, you could really benefit from it.

No Bills??- As delightful as that may sound, renting out a room to someone can cover your monthly bills, that way you can put your money to something more exciting like an exotic holiday!!

Will I manage to rent my room out?- With figures showing a rise from 1.4 per cent to 2.7 per cent in a year! That says it all!!. With the University Of Highlands & Islands on the doorstep, students from all over the world come to study in this area and some may like the sound of a private home instead of being in student accommodation.

Get it in writing- As you are taking on a big responsibility its always best to get ground rules and to get it in writing- just so nothing goes wrong and that it is a pleasant experience for you both.

If you are looking to sell your family home, Call us now.

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Letting News

Best brands to furnish your rental property?

Furnishing your rental property can be a great way to increase the yield so, we thought we’d give you a few ideas for where you can find reasonably priced furniture for your investment!

  • Ikea – Always a popular one!
  • Gumtree – A favourite for bargain hunters, maybe you fancy some up-cycling!
  • Wayfair – They regularly have cracking sales!
  • Supermarkets – Online or in store you can often find great value for money

If you have property that you’re thinking about renting out then give us a call today  – our dedicated Lettings team will be happy to help! Or maybe, you’re looking to buy a property to rent out? We offer free, no obligation valuations!

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Letting News

Why do people rent instead of buy?

There are several reasons why people rent instead of buying and research carried out by Knight Knox polled 2,000 renters to find out more!

Affordability

As expected affordability is one of the keys factors as to why people rent instead of buy, simply because they don’t have the means to purchase a home although here at Next Home we work with government schemes to help people get on ladder, sometimes even without a deposit, by working in conjunction with lenders on schemes such as Help to Buy & LIFT.

Convenience

Another reason polled is because renters claimed it suits their lifestyle. Younger people polled claimed that it appeals as they aren’t stuck to one location, together with others saying they preferred not having the commitment to having to maintain a property.

 

It appears that the main reason people rent instead of buying is the struggle to raise the funds to purchase a property but, as previously mentioned our dedicated team of mortgage brokers work tirelessly to be able to look into each clients affordability and lending probability as well as working in conjunction with government schemes.

If you want to get your foot on the ladder and find out more then call our dedicated team today on: 01738 45 90 69 – your Team for Life

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Letting News

Top tips for tenants vacating a property

Be organised, don’t stress yourself over being unorganised. Although we are all guilty of this, here are some tips to make the process smooth sailing.

Cleaning– This may be the last thing you think about but it may be the most important. When you leave the property you should leave it in the condition it was when you entered. It’s always good to deep clean the property including ovens and lightshades. Please note- always check your tenancy agreement as there may be terms and conditions to follow for example, some agents require the carpets to be professionally cleaned before leaving the property.

Be organised with packing– We are all guilty of leaving packing till last minute- give yourself plenty of time to do this, that way you can organise your items easy when unpacking. If you haven’t already, make sure you have organised a removal van.

Garden– The garden needs to be left in good condition, same as the internal of the property. Good idea to give the grass a cut, trim any hedges and remove any weeds.

Cancel your standing order for your rent– To not leave yourself out of pocket, make sure you cancel your standing order down. Yes it may be easy to get this back from the owner or agents but best to avoid if possible.

Mail– You cant be sure the new tenant will forward your mail onto your new address so make sure you redirect your mail so that it gets to you.

Are you looking for a rental or even to buy a property? Next Home can help! Click here – https://www.nexthomeonline.co.uk/