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How to deal with condensation, damp, and mould as a landlord

Being a landlord can be a profitable, fulfilling, but difficult job. Tenants can sometimes be your best friend or your worst enemy, so it’s important to know exactly what your role entails when dealing with client issues.

One of the most common and often confusing topics for landlords and tenants is condensation and mould. Condensation is prolific throughout UK homes and can cause an undue amount of problems, from excess moisture to the presence of mould.

We’ve outlined our top pointers on how to deal with condensation and mould complaints as a landlord.

 

1. Always go and evaluate the problem

Whatever the complaint, it’s important to show your tenants respect by going and inspecting the issue. This allows you to take your own photos and document your investigation. Condensation and mould could be a sign of penetrating damp or rising damp, both of which are issues which you will need to correct.

 

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2. Check ventilation

One of the main sources of condensation is bad ventilation. If you have already provided your tenants with the appropriate ventilation, such as extractor fans and windows, then think of other ways to help, such as providing them with a dehumidifier or improving insulation in the property. The more you can do to help, the less likely your property will become inhabitable, and the less likely the blame will fall on your shoulders.

 

how to prevent condensation

 

3. Create a checklist for your tenants

Condensation can also be attributed to the behaviour and lifestyles of your tenants, for example, if they leave lids off pans when boiling, if they leave wet clothes and towels to dry without leaving windows open, or showering with doors and windows shut. Creating a checklist and advice booklet for your tenants can help prevent these problems occurring.

 

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4. Dealing with rising or penetrating damp

Penetrating damp can happen because of cracks in walls, wooden window frames going rotten, or leaking pipes. If water can enter your property from the outside, then this should be repaired by the yourself, and not your tenant.

Rising damp is an issue for landlords with properties on the ground floor or basement flats. As the name suggests, moisture rises up through the ground and is absorbed into the walls of your property. To prevent this kind of problem occurring, ensure you have a proper damp proof course installed.

The best approach is to inform the tenant and fix the problem as soon as possible, so there are no health risks to the occupants and your property remains safe.

 

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5. Replace any failed double glazing

Your main aim as a landlord is to make sure your tenants have comfortable and acceptable living conditions. Simply by replacing any failed double glazing helps prevent the presence of condensation in the home and enhances the look of your property for any potential tenants.

Cloudy2Clear can replace just the glass pane, not the entire frame and unit. This saves customers time and money – we know how busy landlords can be, especially if you have more than one property. Contact your local branch today for more information and a free, no obligation quotation.

 

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Ask Kirk: How to stage your home for a quick sale

Spring has arrived and so has the house selling and buying season. With major improvements in the weather, Christmas spending out of the way, and a new school year on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to put your house on the market. If you’re looking for a quick sale, choosing this time of year as well as utilising our ideas below, should offer you more success.

Investing time and money into staging your home gives you an advantage over other sellers in your area. Although it may seem like a strange idea to spend money on a house that you no longer wish to live in, investing in the presentation of your home provides buyers with a much better idea of what kind of property they’re purchasing.

 
how to stage your home for a quick sale

 

How should I stage the outside of my home?

First impressions count, especially so when selling a property. If a buyer dislikes the outside of your house, their mood has deflated and they’re not going into the rest of the property with an open mind. To avoid this kind of disappointment, there are several effective ways to stage the outside:

  1. Improve kerb appeal with a tidy garden

Simply trimming back unruly trees and bushes, sweeping pavements and pathways, and removing any weeds instantly improves the look and feel of your home. Add a colourful hanging basket or plant pot for a splash of spring, brightening up the outside even on a grey and drizzly day.

 

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  1. Replace failed double glazed windows

All houses come with repairs that the next owner needs to address. However, if you have misted-up double glazing, this could potentially deter buyers as they may question how much it will cost them to replace the windows. Simply replacing the pane, rather than the entire frame, is cost effective for selling your home.

 

  1. Clean and maintain your windows

Dirty windows can promptly put a buyer off. Simply cleaning and maintaining your windows effectively offers your home an instant facelift. Take a look at our previous article for some top tips.

 

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  1. Update letter boxes and knockers on front door

Door ‘furniture’, such as letter boxes, knockers, and door bells, can sometimes become outdated and start to look worn and old. Updating these smaller items offers a fresh look to your front door and shows you haven’t overlooked the finer details.

 

What are the main points to remember on the inside?

Once you’ve got the buyers through the door, you need to continue to impress them. There are some simple, but incredibly effective methods of doing this, such as:
 

  • Cleaning thoroughly (under sofas, lampshades, behind the oven etc.)
  • Changing the layout of furniture to create more space, or even removing bulkier pieces of furniture and placing into storage
  • Adding a fresh coat of paint
  • Placing fresh flowers in every room

 
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  • Removing bad smells, such as full bin bags, shoes, and pets
  • Adding some personal aspects, without overwhelming the buyer, but so your house looks and feels like a home
  • Giving rooms a function, so the buyer has an idea of how your home can be utilised

 

staging a home for sale

 

 

How can I take inspiration from show homes?

A great way to stage your home is to take inspiration from show homes. Although these new builds are blank canvases and haven’t been lived in, they offer the buyer the chance to see how their new home could look. When visiting these show homes, take note of:

  • Decoration
  • Placement of furniture
  • Finishing touches, such as light switches and fittings
    • Update handles if they look dated
    • Change to key lockable handles as this helps with insurance

 

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For more information on replacing your failed double glazing, contact your local Cloudy2Clear branch today, to get the glass repaired before your start having house viewings!

 

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National Gardening Week 2017

National Gardening Week commences on April 10, 2017 and is a fantastic opportunity for budding gardeners to get their green fingers ready.

The national awareness week was launched by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2001 as a celebration of gardening, offering encouragement and inspiration for new gardeners, and tips and advice for those with a little more experience.
 
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How can you get involved?

There are lots of great activities to take part in, whether as a group, at an event, or an individual event. You can view some of the official events here, but if you’re looking to host your own, why not try:

  • A garden party for your neighbours, friends, and family
  • Park and green area community clean-up
  • Helping older people with their allotments or gardens

 

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Don’t forget to share your efforts with the RHS and Cloudy2Clear across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

Activity ideas for you and your family

There are plenty of smaller activities you and your family can participate in, whether that’s getting the grandchildren to plant seeds, attract butterflies, or even building a tree house! We’ve listed a few of our favourite ideas below for you to choose from:

  • Plant a tree
  • Planting up containers
  • Growing your own vegetables
  • Creating a Pinterest board of your favourite flowers
  • Make your own plant markers
  • Use egg shells to grow watercress eggheads
  • Try growing a bean in a jar for a great way to bring science and gardening together

 

national gardening week 2017

 

Get fit and healthy in your garden

Remember, your garden isn’t just for growing beautiful flowers and plants, as well as supporting your local wildlife. It’s an opportunity to get outdoors and get fit. The focus of this year’s National Gardening Week is health and fitness, so as well as using your garden to grow nutritious vegetables, you can also use it to get active! Some great ways to get involved include:

  • Organising a boot camp style class in your own garden or even local park
  • Taking care of the harder gardening jobs, like raking, weeding, and turning your soil
  • Creating a circuit training course on your lawn

 

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If you’re looking to celebrate National Gardening Week this year, check out the RHS website and share your activities on social media.

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