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Nursery Ideas

October 12, 2017

When you’re expecting a new arrival, one of the most exciting jobs you can get on with is preparing the nursery. There are some wonderful options for beautiful furnishings and creative décor ideas around and you can find a lot of excellent ideas online. From funky wallpapers and quirky mobiles to functional storage and colourful […] View article >

SCOTLAND – Private Residential Tenancies: Commencement Date

October 4, 2017

In our guest blog solicitor Rory Cowan of BKF & Co explains the latest developments in Scotland’s evolving private rented sector. The Scottish Government, has just published the Commencement Order setting out when the new Private Residential Tenancies (PRT) will come into force. The date, which was not a particularly well-guarded secret, is 1st December 2017. […] View article >

Government plans to regulate landlords and letting agents

October 3, 2017

This week, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced far reaching plans which will affect not just lettings agents, but also landlords. As ardent campaigners for regulation, Northwood is delighted at this news. Northwood Managing Director, Eric Walker, has been part of The Lettings Industry Council & The Fair Fees forum both of which have been lobbying for this […] View article >

Moving Tips for Families with Children

October 1, 2017

There’s no doubt that moving home can be stressful. While there may be a frisson of excitement because of new opportunities over the horizon, there are also some major issues to consider. How do you get all your stuff packed up and moved safely? How are you going to make friends in your new location? […] View article >

5 Practical uses for a Spare Room

September 26, 2017

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, transforming it into something new and exciting may well be top of your list of decorating jobs. Too many of us use that room to store the clutter we’ve collected over the years rather than developing a space that is practical and useful. Here are just […] View article >

What to Include in a Furnished Let

September 22, 2017

One of the important decisions for landlords who provide a furnished let to make is what to include. While there are some basic rules such as making sure the safety and condition of the furnishings are up to standard, much will depend on the type of tenant you are looking to rent to and what […] View article >

It pays to be a compliant landlord

September 20, 2017

Did you know, that, as a landlord, in order to be compliant, you have to adhere to over 140 Government statutes and regulations? It’s worth noting that, even if you are employing a lettings agent on a fully managed basis, the buck stops with you. No one can divest a landlord of their responsibilities. So […] View article >

Tips for organising your shed

September 15, 2017

One place where chaos can soon rule is the garden shed. Whether it’s lack of storage space or tangled hose pipes, it’s amazing how quickly such a small space can suddenly become cluttered. As our grandparents were fond of reminding us as kids: Everything in place and a place for everything. Nowhere is this more […] View article >

Expat landlords investing in UK property

September 12, 2017

The fall in the value of the pound against the Euro is making the U.K. property market increasingly attractive to expats. The pound has dropped by almost 15% against the euro over the past year and means that buy-to-let investors based abroad now get more for their money when buying property in Britain. The Skipton […] View article >

Home Office Ideas

September 11, 2017

More and more of us are converting the spare room into a home office. Part of this trend has grown out of the popularity of desktop computers but also the increasing number of people working from home. According to the Daily Mail, a home office is one of the first things that many home buyers […] View article >