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Don't Get Left Behind This Christmas

It is a well-known fact that January is a busy month for Estate Agents, as people prefer to wait until after Christmas to move house. With that in mind, it is important that if you are looking to sell, you are ready for the influx of potential buyers in the New Year.

Remember that it takes some time for your estate agent to prepare the marketing of your property, including getting photos taken, floor plans prepared and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) commissioned. Start now and you’ll be ahead of the game.

Once the New Year rolls around the traffic numbers on property websites such as Rightmove make the case for making sure your property marketing is prepared before the start of 2016 - nearly 3 million people visited Rightmove on the first working day last January, starting a trend which saw sellers benefiting from record-breaking traffic levels with over 110m visits for the month of January.
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Winter Property Protection

At this time of year cold weather can pose several threats to your rental property. Freezing temperatures, storms and flooding can potentially cause thousands of pounds’ worth of damage and unnecessary stress and worry to you and your property.

It is important to be proactive and make sure your property is in good condition to better withstand the elements.

Frozen Pipes - The biggest issue with frozen pipes is that they have the potential to lead to much larger problems when they thaw, exposing cracks caused by the ice and leaving homes flooded. The best course of action is to have the heating on regularly to avoid this in advance.

Draughts - Something that can go the whole year without being spotted, draughts are particularly problematic in the winter months thanks to the wind chill factor, and tenants will see their heating bills creep up, so it can be a good idea in advance to put insulating strips around the windows and doors before the cold weather really kicks in to alleviate this issue. 

For more information have a look at the RLA Winter Care Guide
Property Winter Care Guide 2016
Christmas Opening Hours

Please take note of our adjusted opening times for over the festive period.

Closed: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th December.
Open:   28th, 29th 30th December from 10am-3pm
Closed: 31st December

We will be returning to our regular office hours of 9am-5.30pm from 3rd January onwards. 

Contacting Landlords & Tenants Over Christmas

Before the festive period really kicks in, it can be a good idea to get in touch with tenants to sort out what's happening throughout late December and early January. Contacting them in advance can go a long way to ensuring there's no hold ups and serious problems at what should be one of the more relaxing times of year. 

Check in
Before winding down for the Christmas period, it is a good idea to simply check in with all your tenants and see what needs to be done before that short time when there's no one around. It allows you the chance to let people know what times you won't be available, as well as scheduling in any pressing maintenance work that needs done over the next few weeks to make up for the lost week at the end of December. 

Emergency contact
One simple reality of the winter season is that there will be problems brought on by the cold, and this doesn't stop for Christmas. Over the festive week, there's always the chance that someone in your rented homes will be hit by a broken-down boiler, malfunctioning heating or a burst pipe. None of these are problems that can wait, so you need to ensure that even when you are unavailable, someone is always on call as an emergency contact. It's also a good idea to make sure all tenants have the emergency number, just in case something should go wrong in their homes. 
At Limeliving we work with two Insurance providers in order to ensure that landlords and tenants get the best possible deals from companies with an excellent customer service reputation.

To get the best quotes please click on the logo and quote;

HomeLet:     1514453
Rentguard:   31816

Looking for local buy to let?

Mansfield Building Society offer buy to let mortgages up to 70% loan to value to first time and existing landlords.

With fixed rate and discounted variable rate mortgages available for purchase and remortgage, the Society has an individual approach to lending and does not use automated credit scoring systems.

To find out more you can visit the website, Chesterfield branch on 91 New Square or call 01246 202055 to speak to an adviser
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayment on your mortgage

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