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Top tips for selling your home this spring

We’ve created a quick five tip guide to selling your home this spring. April is one of the most popular months for selling property in the UK, so it’s vital that your house is as easy to sell as possible to capture the attention of would-be buyers.

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Replace failed double glazing

Replacing failed double glazing is a great way of increasing value to your home and making it more appealing to potential buyers. Double-glazed windows not only secure your home, but also offer better insulation, additional soundproofing, and makes a home more energy efficient. It also protects household items from powerful UV light and reduces the risk of damage to household items. However, if your double glazing has failed, you can lose all the benefits – and potentially lose buyers.

 

Modern kitchens and bathrooms

A modern, refurbished kitchen or bathroom makes a home much more appealing to buyers. A small investment to upgrade these rooms will add some value and sale potential to your home. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a modern space; simply replace cupboard handles to instantly lift kitchen units, or add laminate floor to replace a faded bathroom carpet (that us Brits seems to love so much!).

A deep-clean of your oven and fridge can also be effective when showing potential buyers around. Although this is purely aesthetic, similar to replacing any failed double glazing, buyers can tell a lot from whether your kitchen has a clean oven or not – and a smelly fridge will instantly put viewers off.

 

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Let them browse

Allowing viewings to take their natural path is vital to a good experience. If you aren’t comfortable showing potential buyers around your home, contact the estate agent who will be more than happy to help. You might wish to be there to answer any specific questions, but you must be respectful of their opinions. Don’t rush people around and let them browse at their own leisure. If you loiter in each room, buyers may feel uncomfortable that they can’t say what they really feel.

 

De-clutter and tidy the space

You don’t have to completely redecorate or hide all your possessions for viewings, but it helps if you run the vacuum cleaner around and ensure that full bin bags and dirty washing up are put away. Sometimes it can be hard for potential buyers to see past mess and rubbish; a dirty house might indicate more serious issues down the line.

During viewing season, make sure you keep anything unnecessary tidied away, or even think about self-storage for larger children’s toys or worn furniture.

 

And finally… Flowers!

Flowers are a wonderful, quick and effective fix to brighten and freshen up your home. They add a splash of colour, an understated smell, and create a pleasant environment.

Check out our blog article on spring decorating tips for more advice on how to improve your home this spring. Although we can’t guarantee selling your house for you, we can certainly help you out and hope that you have found these quick ideas helpful.

Benefits of simple repairs to your property

Being a landlord carries multiple duties and legal obligations. In recent years, stories of unprofessional landlords have been rife. However, we know that most landlords in the UK do take a considered and proper approach, as well as caring for their properties and tenants appropriately.

 

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These commitments don’t need to be hassle though, and they can be very easy to implement if planned, scheduled, or routinely checked. After all, if you prepare properly, you can often stop a problem before it develops. There are some relatively easy and simple measures that you can take as a landlord to make this manageable.

A lick of paint

A splash of fresh paint can go a long way to sprucing up a rental project. Sticking to neutral shades is a safe option as this gives your tenants the opportunity to add their own personality, with cushions, bed spreads, and ornaments. Between tenants, give the property a deep clean, gently clean the walls with a damp cloth, and get the paint out. It’s amazing how crisp and fresh the dwelling can become with minimal effort and will also aid you in filling the vacant property too.

 

Replacing any failed double glazing

Failed double glazing can be a real sore point in any home, not just rental properties. When potential tenants are viewing properties, they may be put off by certain elements, such as condensation on windows, mould in the bathroom, and worn carpets. Fixing these small, often cosmetic, issues that could potentially deter tenants, is an easy way to attract respectable and good occupants.

 

Check the plumbing and boiler

Keeping on top of plumbing and boiler issues is the responsibility of the landlord and not the tenant. There’s nothing worse than a faulty heating system as winter starts to close in. This time of year is ideal for replacing an older boiler and take pre-emptive steps before a major problem potentially arises. Take the opportunity to discuss any concerns with your tenant and get expert advice from a plumbing professional if it is called for.

 

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Faulty locks, hinges and handles

Making sure that windows work and operate efficiently is important as they can provide good insulation, weather proofing, and reduce noise pollution.

In the modern home, anything that bends, manoeuvres, tilts, slides or twists etc, is likely to experience heavy wearing and ultimately break or distort. Whether that’s the complete fail of a lock, or just a partial, sticky handle, faulty mechanisms can be a real annoyance to both you and your tenant.

However, rather than letting a small squeaky hinge or jammed window handle become a headache, why not have a look at our services page and see what we can do for you. Repairing locks and window access will greatly put the tenant’s mind at ease in terms of security and safety too.

Ultimately having a good relationship with your tenant(s) is key to being a successful landlord. Even if the property has been in high demand previously, were you to lose your tenants for whatever reason, filling it again quickly isn’t guaranteed. Semi-regular, pre-arranged, non-intrusive inspections are a great way of interacting with your tenants and offer an opportunity to potentially identify any issues with the property before they arise.

We would recommend a visit every three months for short term tenants, and once every six for longer tenancy agreements. That stated, not visiting more than is necessary is a good golden rule to follow. It’s worth remembering that these visits need to be agreed at least 24 hours before, otherwise the tenants are legally allowed to refuse the landlord entry to the property. Furthermore, a landlord should be respectful of the tenants and either knock or ring the doorbell on the property before being allowed into the property.

If you require any assistance in regards to window repairs for your rental property, contact Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation.

Top spring decorating tips for your home

Spring is the perfect season to reinvent your home, but if you don’t know where to start, here at Cloudy2Clear Windows, we’ve outlined some simple tips for giving your home a lift and new burst of life. Share your own tips on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

 

Windows

Dressing your windows correctly is a cornerstone of good interior design and can make or break a room. Understanding how to present your windows in the context of a room is vital as this is what gives it breathing space.

Letting the natural light flood in from outdoors brings a room to life and highlights the key objects that inhabit your lifestyle and home. In this context, nothing disappoints quite as much as failed double glazing. Ensuring that you are getting the best out of your windows, either to let the sunshine into your home, or to see a beautiful view is key to a happy lifestyle.

Windows needn’t just be functional and great insulators for your home. You can dress them in a variety of styles such as classic, contemporary, or modern. Your curtain choice deserves careful consideration, especially with the amount of options that exist. Have you entertained the idea of café style curtains? How about a top tie or single curtain? Maybe you fancy going radical and getting wooden blinds? The possibilities are endless.

 

Use of colour

Green

Green shouts fresh, new, and exciting. It’s a great way to bring the outside in and recently a range of green tones have come back into the mix. From the light dulcet shades of mint to the brighter, bolder chartreuse, the gloriously retro statement of seafoam to the brooding hue of Sacramento, green as a colour is back – and we hope here to stay.

Use cushions, throws, painted furniture, or curtains to offer a scattering of green shades around your home, giving a clean, yet rustic, countryside feel instantly.

 

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Yellow

Yellow is a bold statement, but with so many different hues and shades, there’s an option for everyone. From mustard to canary, yellow lends itself superbly as a one-off statement piece, whether that’s a single armchair, chaise longue, or even a big seater sofa.

Yellow, being a primary colour, also lends itself to bold stripes extremely well. However, if you want to introduce yellow into your home in a subtler manner, pair it with a cream or ivory – not blue, black, or green. We’d hate for your bathroom to suddenly look like a football jersey!

 

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Pastel

Pastel colours aren’t only calming, they can also complement each other across a range of palettes and mix well in the same room.

Simplicity is key when using pastel colours as it allows them to exude their calming nature across your home. They mix well with natural light, which means keeping your windows clear and clean, then watch the light ooze through and spread over the gorgeous pastels.

Pastel fabrics can also be a great choice. Reupholstered antique furniture with dark legs contrast really well with light hazy blues and subtle pinks for a modern statement.

Alternatively, when paired with colourful floral bedding or scatter cushions containing a colour match, pastel curtains won’t just accentuate your windows and room height, the fabric will also turn your bedroom into the delightfully relaxing space that it should be.

 

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Prints

Floral wallpaper

Floral wallpaper is a great way of getting a classic, vintage feel into your house. A lovely floral print doesn’t just add intriguing detail into your home; what’s more, it doesn’t demand to be pondered or dominate a room.

Prints can often fall away into the background and be toned down by the addition of furniture, other colour choices, or even lighting options. For example, try rearranging your furniture slightly or putting a handsome floor lamp in the corner of the room to create a cosy sanctuary, where you can enjoy with a coffee, or glass of wine, and a good book.

Spring Statement 2018: What you need to know

Recently, we’ve seen big changes with 11 budgets happening in only eight years. However, unlike the last few statements, there was no ‘big’ announcements, upsets or cheers this time round.

 

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The usual buzzwords such as fuel duty, alcohol and tobacco tax, stamp duty and energy prices weren’t mentioned. Instead, we had updates on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), spending, growth forecasts, and a little insight at the mechanics of VAT and possible changes. Even though from a viewer’s perspective, Brexit lingered in the corner, it was practically ignored during Mr Hammond’s 26-minute speech to the Commons.

 

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One point that was discussed during Mr Hammond’s speech was the growing trend with digital and contactless payment, edging us closer a cash-less society. Expect the next few months to be full of talk surrounding the validity of one and two pence coins. This focuses on the cost of production and distribution compared to their economic worth. Figures released this week show that on average 60% of one and two pence coins are used only once for a transaction. The other 40% are used for transactions, put into saving jars, or even thrown away by some members of the public. Homeowners and residents will rejoice that the digital revolution is to continue with the announcement that the high-speed broadband coverage will be extended to 13 areas across the UK, receiving funding of £90m.

A more pressing concern for some homeowners will be the talk of short term lets and a new tax, this would particularly effect Airbnb users. Throughout Britain there is roughly 52,000 Airbnb providers and currently short-term lettings are tax-free and when you see the figures, offer a very good carrot to homeowners. In London alone, its reported that an Airbnb can earn its owner anywhere between £400.00 and £3,500 annually.

Philip Hammond spring statement 2018

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Mr Hammond also announced that the government had reach a deal with the West Midlands to build 215,000 homes by 2030-31. This would be aided by the land remediation fund who are set to invest £100m into the project. The Housing Growth Partnership, who help small housebuilders with financial support, is to see an influx of £220m. This is more than double the previous allocation given to them.

The Spring Statement was quite a subdued affair in comparison to other statements and budgets, but this was to be expected. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell condemned Mr Hammond’s lack of reference to Brexit and the underfunding of the NHS, claiming that the conservatives were unnecessarily choosing austerity as a political choice. Mr Hammond counter-argued that he was by guiding Britain into the future and that ‘there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, we’re just not there yet’.

The UK’s big freeze: why ensuring repairs across your home are complete

It’s a well-known fact that us Brits love nothing more than discussing the weather. Recently, we’ve seen our fair share of adverse weather conditions disrupt our daily lives and routine.

 

Last week saw ‘Storm Emma’ and the ‘Beast from the East’ collide to create the worst snowfall that the UK has seen since 1991. In some South East areas, this was the worst snow fall since 1962. With this in mind, we take a look at the steps you can take to ensure that your house is in ship shape condition following such dire weather, for now and in the future.

 

1. Replacing windows

Whether old or broken, replacing windows with double glazing is one of the most effective ways to improve the comfort of your home and put your mind at ease. Double glazing doesn’t just make your home more weather proof, it also makes your home more energy efficient. This not only means that you don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on expensive energy bills, but you can also dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.

Pair that with brand new, pristine glass and your ready to watch the joys of spring sweep into view whilst also being prepared for sudden changes in weather.

 

2. Fixing doors, locks and hinges

The aftermath of bad weather gives a great opportunity to fix any potential problems with doors, locks and hinges. Maybe during the poor weather you felt a draught and made a makeshift draught excluder, or decided that your windows and doors weren’t secure enough.

Fixing hinges, replacing doors with PVC or upgrading locks is a great way of not only making your house weather tight, but also insulating your home and improving home security.

 

 

3. Roofing

Loose tiles and damage to chimney stacks after high winds are increasingly common. Although it might be easy to identify roof issues from ground level, or even from inside an attic or loft space, please make sure that you employ a professional roofer, or suitable builder, to carry out any repair work on your roof.

Fixing a roof issue is essential to maintaining the quality of your home and assuring that any weather stays on the outside of your home. You might also want to take the time to look at roof insulation options if you feel it necessary.

 

4. Pipes

During the colder months of the year maintaining pipes can be an irritation. The risk of water pipes in your home breaking increases significantly during, or just after a cold snap. This is because water in a pipe can freeze making it expand and cracking the pipe. Once the ice begins to thaw, the water can seep through any cracks in the burst pipe.

The best advice if your pipes burst is to turn off your water supply at your stopcock and contact a plumber. The best pre-emptive measure to avoid burst pipes is to keep your heating on a low constant temperature, which is also better for your carbon footprint. We know that it’s tempting to crank up the heating for a few hours at either end of the day, but this does increase the risk of heating and pipe issues.

 

5. Garden repairs

The garden is another obvious portion of your home that can be greatly impacted by stormy weather and freezing conditions. Greenhouses, sheds and fencing panels are often damaged by strong winds and should be repaired accordingly. Sadly, contrary to popular belief, there is no formal rule on a boundary or fence ownership, despite it often being stated that as you look at the front of the house, the fence to the left is that home’s responsibility. However, this varies from home to home depending on the deeds. In such circumstances we recommend discussing issues with your neighbour.

Trees are an obvious danger during bad weather and are particularly susceptible to high winds. Depending on how precarious a tree might be, you may need to do something about it. Obviously due to the risk of felling trees or removing branches, both physically and legally, we recommend using a qualified Tree Surgeon to advise and carry out such tasks.

With such horrendous weather over the last few days, leaving some UK residents in turmoil, with store shelves bare and damage to property, we hope this quick guide has helped you relax regarding any home repairs or improvements.

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