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6 Effective Ways to Increase Your Rental Income

Are you a landlord who wants to maximize the profitability of your rental property? If you have invested in a property and you want to create a stream of additional income, you should know how to improve first your crib and make it marketable. There are several ways on how you can do this, and here are the most effective ways:

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How to Get Stains out of a PVC Tablecloth

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:29am

PVC tablecloths are considered to be the best choice these days. The reason for this is that there are numerous advantages to a PVC cloth in comparison to the traditional cloth. PVC tablecloths are durable, can be cleaned easily, and they come in different sizes, shapes, and designs. They are ideal for indoor and outdoor use alike and are quite easy to maintain. You get a big win for the price and quality of vinyl tablecloths, which are durable and can last you many years if kept clean.

The only minor weak points of using vinyl tablecloths are wrinkles, staining, and molds, which...

5 benefits of bridging loans

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Sat, 06/27/2020 - 5:21am

When you need quick funds, resorting to bridging loans is one of the best ways to have it. Aside from having flexible lending criteria, they are also fast to arrange and don't require extensive checks. This makes these loans applicable to all property types, even those unsuitable to other lenders. To help you decide whether opting for bridging loans is right for you, here are some benefits of getting them.

Benefit #1: They Are Versatile

Most lenders and banks ask very specific questions regarding your purpose of borrowing money. When it comes to bridging loans, you can...

The search is on for Exeter’s best DIY lockdown project

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 - 8:39pm

Paint brushes, lawn mowers, sanders and spanners have been out in full force over the past few months as the people of Exeter take on home DIY projects during lockdown.

Of these projects, more than 5 per cent have been putting it off for a year and 92 per cent only felt inspired to do it during lockdown.

Heating and bathroom experts BestHeating and Big Bathroom Shop polled Brits that had undertaken home improvement projects over the past couple of months to find out what they had been working on and how successful it had been.

The results show that whilst the UK’s...

Taylor  Wimpey's Riverside Walk to open to customers in Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 - 6:25pm

Taylor Wimpey will open its new development in the Countess Wear area of historic Exeter in the coming weeks. Following high demand after this month’s virtual pre-launch, Riverside Walk off Wear Barton Road will offer an on-site launch to buyers on 11th July.

Taylor Wimpey was the first UK homebuilder to stop construction on sites and close sales centres in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions. A phased return to construction has since restarted on a number of sites across England and Wales, with staff and subcontractors operating under a robust set of...

What spending 100 days at home has taught me about home

Authored by Anthony Codling
Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:44pm

Having spent the last 100 days at home has given me plenty of time to consider how we view, use, and value our homes. My conclusion is that we could be at turning point in society similar in scale to the industrial revolution. This informational revolution could address housing and financial inequality and be kind to our climate. We may also start thinking more about how we value our homes than the price we pay for them, after all home is where the heart is not the wallet

Setting the scene

A day in the life before Covid-19 (Lennon & McCartney)

Woke up, fell out of bed...

Top tips when it comes to moving house

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:36am

Many people view moving house as one of the most stressful events in life behind events such as the death of a loved one or divorce. It is never easy leaving a place where you may have been living for 20, 30 or even 40 years, and the removal process can be a very difficult one for some people.

Moving home though does not need to be a stressful and difficult event. There are lots of things that you can do beforehand to prepare for the big day, and preparation goes a long way in making this life changing event a much easier one.

The key to a stress free, or as stress free...

Is time time time the new location location location for the Exeter housing market?

Authored by Anthony Codling
Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 - 5:52am

Yesterday provided some very interesting housing market intelligence. Hard data from HMRC and market commentary from Rightmove showed that the only certainty is uncertainty and there is no need to rush into buying a home today if you don’t actually need to move home tomorrow. Perhaps Time, Time, Time is the new Location, Location, Location

For me, the most telling commentary was from Rightmove for whom the current level of housing market uncertainty rendered them unable to provide guidance on their future profitability. Rightmove’s revenues are generated from estate agents and...

Household vans able to use recycling centres this week

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:17pm

Restrictions at Devon’s Recycling Centres are to be eased further this week, with personal vans allowed to bring household waste from Wednesday 24 June. Vans will need to pre-book their visit at three of the county's busiest sites.

To ensure the recycling centres have enough capacity to serve as many people as possible, and to keep unloading times to a minimum, vans will only be able to bring the same amount of waste that would fit in a normal sized family car or trailer.

For example, standard vans such as a Ford Transits, VW Transporters or Vauxhall Vivaros should be no...

The secrets to creating a stylish home

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 8:44am

Your home will serve many purposes. While it will provide a space to unwind after a hard day at work, and can support everyday activities, it can also be a fun place to entertain your friends or family. For this reason, you will want to ensure your property is comfortable, functional, and stylish.

To feel happy in your home, impress many guests, and enjoy a practical living space, you must tweak your interior to complement your needs and taste. Read the below secrets to creating a stylish home.

Less is Always More

Many homeowners believe they must incorporate...

A false dawn for the Exeter housing market?

Authored by Anthony Codling
Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:23am

Estate agents will be telling all with ears to hear that the Exeter housing market is open for business, but their words may well turn out to be a false dawn

House prices are meaningless without meaningful levels of housing transactions

We believe that now is a dangerous time to either be buying or selling a home, because there is currently no reliable indicator of house prices. The proof point for house prices is the level of housing transactions, without a firm foundation of housing transactions house prices are as secure as houses built on sand.

The Land...