We recently took over the management of a number of properties owned by a landlord who had become very unhappy with his existing agent. When we got his call requesting our services we of course sprang into action immediately and set about resolving the problems which he had previously been experiencing. We have carried out property checks, highlighted and reported any maintenance requirements and worked with the landlord to handle repairs (either themselves or with our trusted contractors). 
Smoke detectors, by design, often go unnoticed in a property. They do not require much in the way of maintenance, but they are lifesavers and it is therefore essential that they are tested regularly to make sure that they will ‘kick in’ when needed. 
Even if you don’t intend on moving soon, knowing the local property prices and rental fees is of interest. 
When it comes to selling your home, it is vital that you know who the likely buyers are and what these likely buyers want from you. At Strawberry Lettings and Sales, we have helped many Loughborough vendors sell their home and we like to think that we know a thing or two about the local market. 
We don’t want to alarm you or annoy you by talking about Christmas at this early stage of the year, but sometimes you need to prepare for the future. If you have a lot of people to buy presents and gifts for, you cannot wait until the last minute to buy these items. 
If you are looking to maximise your income or generate more money, a good starting point is finding an industry where there is a prominent level of demand. There is no denying that there is a strong level of demand for rental accommodation in the UK these days. 
We know that many people find themselves considering relocation due to work commitments, choice of new school, family commitments - or simply through personal choice to up-sticks and try somewhere new! For many, this brings up the dilemma of whether to sell and cut all existing ties, or to let and still have a base to come back to. 
Last month we told you about changes to the Gas Safety regulations and how the new MOT-style checks could make life for a landlord just that little bit easier. 
 
Staying on the subject of Gas Safety, we wanted to bring another aspect of certification to the attention of every landlord out there, ensuring that everyone is aware of the potential implications of not issuing gas safety records to tenants prior to the commencement of tenancy. 
At Strawberry we whole-heartedly believe that property still offers one of the best financial investments out there and a recent study carried out by Manchester-based estate agent ‘Yield It’ has added to our optimism by suggesting that the average age of buy-to-let investors has decreased by 10 years. 
The number of rules that landlords must comply with can be bewildering at times and it is no surprise that many letting industry professionals require guidance and a helping hand. At Strawberry Lettings and Sales, we are on hand to provide support for all local landlords, but there is also the How To Rent In England guide 
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