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How Much Would it Cost to Rebuild Your Property?

Do you know what it would cost to rebuild your property if it suffered serious damage? Chances are the answer is probably not. But increasingly home owners are expected to supply an accurate rebuild cost to insurance companies when taking out a buildings insurance policy. And this is where potential problems can arise. Imagine –…

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Why you shouldn’t rely on just a mortgage valuation

Buying a property brings with it an endless list of things to be done – even if the sale goes smoothly there is plenty of stress to be had. So it’s little wonder that opportunities to make life easier can be so attractive, even if it means paying a premium for a removals company to do all your packing!

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mortgages on piles of money

Are We Facing a Housing Crisis?

So RICS has just announced that house price inflation is likely to hit 6% this year, revised from 3%, and it’s all down to the lack of available properties. It’s a double whammy for anyone trying to get on the property ladder or wanting to move, especially when you factor in the average price of a house currently just over £200,000.

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The Rise and Rise of Generation Rent

In other countries it’s the norm to rent. In the UK, we seem to have an inherent desire to own our homes and being a home owner says something about one’s social status, however consciously or subconsciously. For the under-40s who are becoming Generation Rent it is an unfortunate and frustrating time.

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crack in a wall that needs a chartered surveyor

Obtaining Estimates for Works

In our previous article about finding contractors we mentioned the importance of getting quotations. Just as it’s important to avoid working with cowboy traders we cannot stress enough the importance of knowing what you are expected to pay for a job – and making sure that you are sufficiently well protected. Always ask for a written…

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Reputable Tradespeople

Finding a Reputable Contractor

Whether you need a good plasterer, builder or gas engineer, finding one that you can trust to do a good job can be a minefield – the amount of primetime television that is dedicated to real life disaster stories is testament to this. However, a little homework and simple common sense should mean that you…

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