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A Beginners Guide To Landlord Inspections And Maintenance

Wed 15 Jan 2020

Being a landlord is an incredibly rewarding experience, as well as a great way to earn an income. But to be a landlord also takes some work, particularly when it comes to making sure your property is always habitable and in good condition. Today we explain what that means, and how we can help.

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Do I Need To Inform My Landlord Of Changes?

Wed 08 Jan 2020

For most of the time the landlord-tenant relationship runs smoothly, and in the normal run of things you shouldn’t need to communicate too much. But once you’ve settled into your new home you might be tempted to make some changes to make it feel more like your home, especially if you’re planning on staying long-term.

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Preparing Your Home (And Yourself) For Christmas

Fri 13 Dec 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s Christmas time at long last, and if you’re anything like us you’ve already hung up the tinsel, decorated the tree and indulged (or over indulged) in the mandatory mulled wine. But if you’ve been restrained, we hope you’re ready to get in the festive spirit. But with great Christmas cheer comes great worry, especially if you’re the one doing the entertaining this year. Do you need to get more furniture in? Is an extra bed a good idea? Is there enough room at the dining table? Should you deep clean the house before everyone arrives? Being prepared is a big part of making sure Christmas goes smoothly, and we wanted to share some of the best tips we’ve heard over the years.

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Putting Reading On The Map – The Tube Map That Is

Tue 10 Dec 2019

Last week there was some very exciting news for the residents of Reading. We are officially on the Tube map! Yes, the London tube map. That might sound a bit confusing at first, because of course Reading isn’t actually in London, nor does it have a tube station. But as a direct route with an overground service, Reading is a hub for commuters from this area of the world to make the journey every day. It’s something many visitors and tourists to Berkshire have been asking for years, and now there is an answer! So, what does this mean?

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Our Top Tips For First Time Landlords

Wed 20 Nov 2019

Every landlord is a first-timer once. Becoming a landlord can be a fantastic thing, a great career move or just a way to make some extra money on the side. Whatever your reasons, it’s a busy and very exciting time. But there are also a lot of pitfalls involved in becoming a landlord. Little things you can only really learn by experience, but can cost you a lot of time, effort and money to learn. And today, we cover a lot of them!

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7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Rent

Sat 09 Nov 2019

Renting a property for the first time is an exciting time. It’s also a little bit scary, with lots of new rules to understand and hoops to jump through. There are also a lot of things you should be thinking about before you start the process that you may not have had to consider before. So to try and prepare you a little, we’ve pulled together 7 things you should consider before starting your rental journey. And if you have rented before, it’s always worth a refresher!  

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Spooktacular Halloween Decorations (That Won’t Wreck Your Rental House)

Fri 25 Oct 2019

It’s October, and you know what that means? It’s the most Spooktacular time of the year, and don’t we know it! Even though Halloween is traditionally a very American holiday, it’s still something that brings a lot of joy in this country, and for weeks now supermarkets and shops have been piling the spooky costumes and decorations high, encouraging everyone to get into the spirit. And if you’re as big of a Halloween nut as my 7-year old, then you’ve been trying to work out how to get a full-sized dragon statue onto your roof.

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6 Easy Home Improvements To Make Before Selling Your Home

Wed 09 Oct 2019

When it comes to selling your home, you’re likely to get a barrage of advice from lots of different places. Everything from how to attract the right buyers to how to increase the asking price – and probably most things in between! But there are only so many things you can do, and so much time and money you want to invest in a property you won’t own for much longer! So at Northwood we’ve got together a few of our best-known tips that are simple, easy to implement and will help your property stand out from the rest during viewings.

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4 Top Tips For First Time Renters

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Everyone remembers their first time renting a property. Whether it was the flat you shared at university, or the first time you stepped out on your own, taking the big leap towards independence from your parents. It’s a big step for all of us, and for most it’s a happy memory of finally getting your own space. Unfortunately, for some that experience can turn sour. First time renters are often unaware of some of the pitfalls of renting, and if they’re not careful, they could run foul of the complicated world of renting. But at Northwood we want to make sure our tenants are as educated, and therefore as protected, as possible, which is why we’ve put together some top tips for helping ensure your first memories of renting are good ones!

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4 Questions To Ask Your Estate Agent When Buying A House

Sun 15 Sep 2019

When you’re looking at buying a house, there is a lot for you to consider. As a buyer, you will want to know everything you can to make sure you’re getting a good deal, from whether or not the windows have double glazing to what the council tax is going to be. At Northwood, we are firm believers that informed buyers are happy buyers, and that you are going to be much more confident in your buying decision if you’ve asked as many questions as you can. Saying that, there are a couple of questions that often get missed off the list, and these can be some of the most important questions you can ask.  Questions like…

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