How to Improve Your EPC Rating

Wondering how to improve your EPC rating? In 2018 EPC regulations changed, making it a legal requirement for rental properties to meet a certain standard of energy efficiency. Read on to learn more about the changes, and find out how to improve your EPC rating. What is an EPC rating? EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. An EPC states the energy efficiency rating of a property, taking into account a number of factors: The size of the property The type of construction The property’s heating system, including the type of boiler and how it’s controlled How the wall and loft/roof More ›

Should You Let Your Tenants Keep Pets? 5 Pros and Cons

Letting tenants keep pets has become a sticking point for landlords concerned about upsetting the neighbours and protecting their property from avoidable wear and tear. But with an estimated 78% of pet owners reportedly having difficulty finding properties which allow their fluffy friends, permitting pets brings a raft of benefits too. This includes happier tenants, longer leases, and more revenue due to fewer renting gaps and the ability to charge higher rent. So with 46% of UK renters owning a pet, can you afford to exclude almost half the market? Here’s a list of pros and cons to consider before More ›

New development: Spotlight on the Macpherson Apartments

Nestled in the heart of East London, Bethnal Green has long been an affordable and exciting part of the city for first-time buyers. This trend is continuing with the Macpherson Apartments, a new development of 14 luxury apartments in E2’s Heritage Quarter. The new apartment building is helping carry on the work started by Annie Macpherson way back in the 1860s. Here we delve into what makes this building so special. What are the Macpherson Apartments? The Macpherson Apartments is a collaboration between property developer Thornsett and Bethnal Green Mission Church, resulting in a mixed-use build that provides both brand More ›

How do General Elections Affect House Prices?

Following Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election in June, those looking to buy or sell houses may be asking themselves the question: how do general elections affect house prices? It’s a pertinent question, as political uncertainty is often linked to fluctuations in the property market. Property is arguably more volatile than any other sector, and the status of the market generally represents the overall mindset of the property-owning public. With the general election upon us, we’ve looked back at how historical elections have affected house prices, and predicted what we can expect this time around. Looking to the More ›

The 10 Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home

The 10 Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home Breathing new life into your home is just the ticket to unleash its full potential and increase the asking price. Here are ten steps you can take to do just that. Add an extension Adding an extension increases floor space, usability, attractiveness and ultimately the value of your home. It’s one of the most expensive undertakings on our list, but with a potential value increase of up to 20 per cent, that initial outlay will be worth it. Fit a fancy kitchen ‘New kitchen’ is still a house buyers’ mantra, More ›

Bank of England are holding interest rates steady at 0.5%

Bank of England Have Hinted They Will Cut Base Rate in August – What Does That Mean To You? Whilst the Bank of England have today announced that they are holding interest rates steady at 0.5%, they have dropped a pretty significant hint that there may be a rate cut in August, most likely to 0.25%. Although this does remain to be seen as the Governor has a history of twisting and turning, remember the speculation over the past few years that the next move would be upwards and his “At the turn of the year” comments, the situation Post-Brexit More ›