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HIPs abolished in England/Wales : Home Reports in Scotland remain unchanged

March 28th, 2011

With the introduction of Home Information Packs back in 2003, it seemed that these reports were user-friendly and provided people with the security and knowledge they felt comfortable with before purchasing a property. The HIP remained in use until early 2010.

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What Kind of Survey Do I Need?

March 24th, 2011

There are many types of survey, two of the main types are Building Surveys and Homebuyer Surveys. Below is some information about each of them.

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Property Management – The Perfect Buffer?

February 4th, 2011

Property Management has many different aspects to it. The role of a property management company is essentially to act as a point of contact between a landlord and his/her tenant. The duties are quite varied, as they can include collecting rent, carrying out credit checks for tenants, repairing problems in the property as well as advertising properties for landlords. Read the rest of this entry »

Valuation Report – How Detailed Is It?

January 23rd, 2011

A Valuation Report on a property is typically arranged by a Bank or Building Society when they are considering giving a mortgage. The main aspect of the report is to let the lender know the value of the property in question and to make sure that the mortgage being asked for is suitable. Read the rest of this entry »

Gas Safety Testing – The Basics

January 14th, 2011

On the 1st of April 2009, the Corgi Gas registration scheme was replaced in The United Kingdom by the Gas Safe Register™. Before this, CORGI registered engineers represented high standards of safety and expertise.

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Listed Buildings : Some Interesting Facts

December 20th, 2010

When it comes to listed buildings, there is lots of speculation as to how these buildings are chosen, what the selection methods are and what the different grades of listed buildings are. This article explores all of these topics, giving you a simplified look at how everything works.

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Facilities Management: Is Your Building Well Maintained?

November 16th, 2010

Facility management is an interdisciplinary field for the most part committed to the maintenance of commercial or institutional buildings. These can include office buildings, hospitals and hotels. Read the rest of this entry »

How to overcome the Credit Crunch, Part 2

October 16th, 2010

The credit crunch has been an extremely difficult time for most of the population; trying to get bargains, tightening the financial belt and trying to save money in any way possible has been at the front of everyone’s minds. This article gives some tips on how to save money and make the credit crunch that little bit easier.

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How to overcome the Credit Crunch, Part 1

October 5th, 2010

Times have been hard for the majority of the population lately – the credit crunch has hit many hard. The important thing is how we deal with these difficulties and how we overcome any obstacles that may arise. This article summarises some ideas to saving money during these times.

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EPCs:Can They Cut Your Bills?

September 9th, 2010

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been introduced in order to help improve the energy efficiency of properties. Whether you are buying or selling a property, you are now legally required to have an EPC (this was established in October 2008).

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