17 Dec 2015
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PREPARING FOR VIEWINGS

Give your windows the wow factor with one of these three key styles.

Just as you create a different mood when you change your outfit, you’ll affect the mood of a room with the style of window treatment you choose. A dining room with stripped wood furniture, neutral wall and floor coverings and an airy aspect looks perfect when simple, semi-opaque voile curtains decorate the window. Put up heavy velvet drapes with swags and bows and people will wonder what went wrong.

Curtains or blinds can also be used to provide privacy. If your sitting room is at the front of the house, do you really want your neighbours peering in as you settle down to an episode of Coronation Street? And while your viewing habits may not make headlines, thieves scouring the area might be happy to know that they can make off with a laptop, TV and DVD player located just a few feet from the kerb.

So, before you decide on a window treatment, make a list that considers all of these points – as well as any factors such as light levels, window shape, size and style – and you’ll be better-equipped to make the right choice both practically and aesthetically.

Curtains

Vamp up this classic way to dress up your windows using plush material, available in an endless variety of patterns, textures and colours. Curtains can be short and neat, or you can really go for the glam factor with romantic drapes that cascade down to the floor in heaps. During these cooler summer months, however, you can ditch the heavy drapes and go for see-through voile-type fabrics which are cool and floaty.

Shutters

Not only are they timeless and chic – think Parisian balconies – but shutters also offer privacy and can be adjusted to provide light and ventilation. They are great in summer – if it’s stifling hot, open your windows, but close and lock shutters to keep your home secure while providing airflow. Your look can be traditional or ultra-modern – both choices look fabulous – depending on the character of your home.

Blinds

For a more contemporary look, opt for blinds which can fit windows of any size and are sure to brighten up a dull spot.

15 Dec 2015
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HOW TO LET YOUR HOME

Know Your Responsibilities.

Letting a house can be a great way to provide extra income or be an investment for the future. There are many important aspects that need to be carefully considered and planned to make sure your plans run as smoothly as possible.

Firstly it’s best practice to find a reputable letting agent, such as Fearnalls, to manage your let. An established agent will give you the best advice, however it’s important to be aware of the following information.

Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

Under the Housing Act 1988 residential properties are automatically let with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. This guarantees the right to claim the property back after 6 months if the tenant defaults on their rent for 8 or more weeks.

Tenancy Agreements.

A tenancy agreement should always be agreed and signed up front, before occupancy commences. Informal or verbal agreements are open to interpretation and often cause headaches further down the line.

Property Repairs.

The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 ensures that landlords must maintain the building (exterior and structure). This includes windows, roof, walls, electrical and gas safety and heating. Tenants are generally expected to undertake minor jobs such as general housekeeping and gardening.

Deposit Protection Scheme.

Respected agents such as Fearnalls adhere to the Deposit Protection Scheme that ensures a tenant’s deposit is safeguarded and in the case of issues arising at the end of a tenancy there are processes in place to resolve. Within thirty days of receiving a deposit, it must be placed into an authorised deposit protection scheme, and notice provided to the tenant about the scheme and their rights.

Home Inventory.

Recording an inventory of all contents that will remain in the home during the tenancy is very important. The inventory should be checked, agreed and signed for by both parties before the tenancy commences.