Photography Secrets: Top Pro-styling Tips To Give Your Home The Edge
Given how important photos are, it is really surprising how many property listings have wonky, blurred or dark images. Good photos of your home are absolutely essential to help your property stand out from the rest and capture the imagination of potential buyers or tenants.
Is Buy-to-Let Broken? Facts, Figures and Future Trends for Private Landlords
There's no denying that buy-to-let isn’t the same as it was 10 or 15 years ago but is there still a place for small, independent landlords to have a thriving and profitable business?
Selling This Spring? What To Expect, New Style Trends & Top Viewing Tips
Are you thinking of selling your home? Spring is now well underway and the property market is definitely starting to pick up. Nationwide Building Society reported a 14% year-on-year price increase in March, up again from the 12% already reported in February. Read on to learn about the latest design trends and some top viewing tips to help your property really stand out.
Cost of Living Crisis - What Can Landlords Do?
We've all seen the headlines: inflation at its highest point in almost 30 years; interest rates are rising, and the energy cap has been lifted. Everyone is on tenterhooks and of course, landlords and tenants are going to be affected. Read on for some practical tips on how you can work with your tenant to make things easier for them while still protecting your income, investment and costs.
Letting Agent Diary: Behind the Scenes of a Typical Working Week at Piccolo
If there is one phrase that sums up being a letting agent, it would have to be 'never a dull moment'. Aside from opening the office, making a coffee and checking new messages, no two days are ever the same. Every day bring a fresh challenge and even after over 20 years in the industry, there is always something new to learn.
The Story of the Complete Refurbishment of a Country Home near Salisbury
Many people dream of renting a beautiful country home and the demand for such properties is always high. However, large country homes oozing with character and charm don’t always meet the many requirements of lettings legislation!
Your Viewings: Should Your Agent Show Buyers Round Your Home, Or You?
Nobody knows your home better than you, but does that make you the best person to show prospective buyers around? The viewing is a key part of the selling process and its not just a case of taking people from room to room.
Bigger & Brighter: How to Make Your Home Feel Lighter and More Spacious
Light and space are possibly the two most important factors for buyers. In this blog we explore some simple tips you can use to amplify the feeling of light and space in your home.
Selling Your Home - Our Step By Step Guide
Despite what you might think, homeowners in the UK only actually move house on average every 23 years. Considering our national obsession with Rightmove and estate agent's windows, you'd think it was more often! If you're considering selling your house and you’re wondering how to find a buyer sooner, exchange contracts faster or even pick the best estate agent for your property, read on for our step-by-step guide.
Levelling Up Lettings: Should you sell or upgrade your rental property
While everybody agrees that energy-efficient homes are a good thing, the Levelling Up white paper released on February 4th has left landlords in the local Salisbury area and around the country with more questions than answers. The white paper aims to make the Private Rental Sector in England and Wales more eco-friendly but this is yet another expense for landlords.
Hesitant To Sell? Not sure if you should find a new home or a buyer fIrst?
If you’re thinking of moving, there’s never been a better time to put your house on the market. People have been achieving extraordinary prices for their homes, with the Government's official figures showing a national increase in property values around 20% between January 2020 and December 2021. With life-changing sums just waiting to be had, we can’t believe more homeowners aren’t jumping at the chance to sell!
Rental Arithmetic: Should You Be A Private Landlord or a Limited Company?
One of the biggest shifts in the property market is the trend for landlords to switch from owning their buy-to-lets privately, to buying them through a limited company. This blog is all about cutting through the 'noise' to see if being a private landlord or owning your buy-to-lets through a limited company is right for you.
Premium Lettings - How to Attract Professional Tenants
Professional tenants often have specific requirements when it comes to the specification for a rental property; the location, standard of accommodation, and outdoor space all need to be considered if you are a landlord aiming to attract this type of tenant.
Buy. Revamp. Rent. Repeat: Our Top Tips for Sustainable Lettings Success
There are many different models for buy-to-let but a proven winning formula is to buy a property in need of renovation, upgrade the specification, then release the increased equity to fund the next buy-to-let project. In this blog we give you our top tips for success.
2021 Rental Review & A Thank You to Landlords & Tenants
2021 turned out to be very different to what we had all hoped for. But to end 2021 on a high note, let's acknowledge the challenges that landlords and tenants have faced and look at what the future might hold.