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Our Housepals blog is our little platform to blog about things related to the world of Housepals and flat and house sharing.

Safe Property Renovation for Property Developers

Buying properties for the buy to let market is a smart investment. Even with reduced tax breaks for landlords and a government determined to tip the balance in favour of first-time buyers, there is still more money to be made in property while interest rates remain so low.


There is more money to be made if you snap up a property that needs a significant amount of work, especially if you are able to do some of the work yourself. Once the property has been renovated, you can fill it with tenants or sell it on for a… Read more >>

Is your home becoming a target for thieves while you’re on holiday?

No matter what style, age or size our properties are, there’s one thing we all have in common: they’re a target for thieves while we’re away.


 Leaving our homes vacant while we’re on holiday is the perfect opportunity for criminals to break in, stealing our hard-earned belongings and invading our private space. But, are you even aware of the fact that you might be making your home a target for thieves...? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons criminals might choose your home to burgle, and the steps you can take to lessen the chance… Read more >>

What do the tenants of 2017 want from their landlord?

Despite a raft of legislation aimed at deterring buy-to-let investors, would-be landlords are still being attracted to the sector. Investment in bricks and mortar has outperformed asset classes such as stocks and shares for a considerable period.


 With a growing number of people being priced out of owning their own home, demand for rental accommodation continues to soar. As a result, there are usually a number of renters vying for one property.


 As a buy-to-let investor, it would be easy for you to hurry unsuitable tenants into your property and think about rental… Read more >>

Decorating your buy-to-let property

Buy-to-let landlords have had a tricky time recently, thanks to changes in how the government treats them for tax purposes. Yet buy-to-let properties are still considered a good investment, and provided you know what you are doing, you can have an asset that appreciates in line with the housing market.


 Maintaining the property


 As a property owner, you have a legal duty to carry out maintenance work and to make repairs… Read more >>

Renovating your rental property

If you want to get the highest return on investment for your rental property, you need to regularly renovate it, especially between long-term tenants. Whether you opt to simply repaint or refloor your property or you’re planning to carry out major refurbishments, a bit of planning and careful consideration will go a long way toward getting you the most pound for pound. Follow these five tips for renovating your property wisely.


Spend little, achieve much


As a landlord,… Read more >>