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Property Inspection Tips for Waterford Landlords

Property Inspection Tips for Waterford Landlords 73 views

Inspections are a key part of managing a tenancy so it’s imperative that landlords get them right. Here are some top tips to ensure landlords don’t miss a thing. A two-minute read.

We’ve all heard horror stories about nightmare tenants who cause huge amounts of damage to a rental property, leaving the landlord up to their neck in repair bills and legal costs. Or maintenance issues that were left and became problematic.

Thankfully, there are ways landlords can minimise these risks and one key strategy is to conduct regular inspections.

How to Maximise your Budget and Buy Your Dream Waterford Home 

How to Maximise your Budget and Buy Your Dream Waterford Home  127 views

Buying a home comes with a lot of dreams, needs and wants, but there’s another consideration, too – budget. Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder or moving on to bigger and better things, how can you make every euro count?

Maximising your budget might seem impossible; after all, a downstairs toilet is a must, and you’ve always hoped for a driveway and south-facing garden. But are these wants and desires preventing you from finding something you can actually afford?

Like everything else in life, buying a property needs a bit of compromise. You don’t have to bin your dreams of a garage or home office; you just need to think outside the box.

In this quick read, we look at ways to maximise your budget and get the home you’ve always wanted.

The Good Sense Guide to Selling Your Waterford Home 

The Good Sense Guide to Selling Your Waterford Home  120 views

Homebuyers are heavily influenced by what they see, smell and hear, so here’s a guide to ensuring your property appeals to their senses.

Did you know that when it comes to impressing a buyer, you have just half a minute to make your property stand out?

Yes, you read that right. Most buyers decide if a property is the one for them in the first 30 seconds of a viewing.

So, with so much at stake in that short time, how do you make a good impression? Read on to find out.

Top Tips to Avoid a DIY Disaster at Home

Top Tips to Avoid a DIY Disaster at Home 108 views

Will your next home improvement project end in success or a desperate call to professional tradespeople? Here are five tips to help your DIY project run smoothly.

Repairing and refurbishing your own home can be immensely satisfying – and save you lots of money. But not every DIY task finishes well.

From crooked countertops to terrible tiles and dodgy driveways, it’s amazing how – even with the best intentions – things can go wrong.

Why Home Sellers Need Good Agents Now More Than Ever

Why Home Sellers Need Good Agents Now More Than Ever 165 views

The last two years have been hectic for the Waterford property market.

But now, the market is normalising, and homes are not selling as fast as they once were.

It’s also becoming harder to sell a home for a premium price.

Add to that the cost of living crisis and other global events hitting us in our collective pockets.

The good news is it’s still possible to achieve an excellent price for your home if the estate agent working with you knows how.

How to Stop Condensation from Becoming a BIG Problem

How to Stop Condensation from Becoming a BIG Problem 189 views

This two-minute read looks at some simple steps landlords and tenants can take to reduce the risk of condensation causing mould, damp and disputes.

What causes condensation?
When moist air is cooled by contact with cold surfaces such as walls, windows or mirrors, the moisture condenses into water droplets, AKA: condensation.

This can often cause unsightly mould and, in extreme cases, be unhealthy. Not just in terms of physical health but because it’s a common breeding ground for disputes between landlords and tenants.

The Ultimate Waterford Moving Guide

The Ultimate Waterford Moving Guide 168 views

There’s no doubt about it, moving home is one of the most stressful life events you can go through. As you wade through boxes, try to settle the kids, hunt for the toaster, and pay off all the moving bills, you’ll probably be trying not to scream and lose your cool.

So, what’s the solution? Can you make a house move less hectic for all those involved?

We think so. Here’s our ultimate moving checklist…

Home Improvement Ideas to Help You Sell Your Property

Home Improvement Ideas to Help You Sell Your Property 257 views

Whether you’re a DIY kind of person or prefer to hire a professional, home improvements are on the up.

Since the pandemic, savvy homeowners have been looking for ways to make their properties more comfortable and more desirable to future buyers.

So, what are the most popular home improvement trends?

How can you wow potential buyers with your use of space?

In this quick read, we look at some of the most popular ways to make your home more desirable to future buyers.

How to Be a Stress-Free First-Time Buyer

How to Be a Stress-Free First-Time Buyer 121 views

Taking that first step on the property ladder is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. No matter how old you are, buying your first property will make you feel like a proper grown-up.

Before you even find the right property, there’s lots to learn, so in this quick read, we’ve pulled together our top five tips for first-time buyers.

Quick Fixes to Attract More Buyers to Your Waterford Home

Quick Fixes to Attract More Buyers to Your Waterford Home 951 views

So, you’re keen to sell your home in Waterford, but you’re just not getting any offers. What’s going on? How can you make your home more attractive to potential buyers?

In this two-minute read, we look at some of the things that may be putting buyers off (that you can easily fix).

How to Market Your Waterford Home to Downsizers

How to Market Your Waterford Home to Downsizers 24,333 views

What do downsizers, a growing force in the housing market, want? Check out this two-minute read to find out.

Downsizers are emerging as increasingly influential players in the property market, with a growing number of over-55s selling up and buying less expensive properties.

Moving Home with Kids Made Simple

Moving Home with Kids Made Simple 88,954 views

Moving house is stressful, moving house with kids… well, that can be a recipe for meltdowns, tantrums, and sleepless nights.… Read More

Choosing Windows for Your Waterford Property?

Choosing Windows for Your Waterford Property? 60,398 views

Before you were a property owner, chances are windows were something you just looked out of to take in the… Read More

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Waterford? Read This First

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Waterford? Read This First 40,224 views

When searching for a new home, do you scroll past properties that look a little worse for wear? You know the ones, where the carpet hasn’t been changed since the 70s and the floral wallpaper is curling off the walls?

Lots of buyers look for newly renovated or new-build homes due to fear of the doer-upper. If that sounds like you, we’re here to tell you that you’re potentially missing out.

Older, seemingly ‘unloved’ properties may look scary, but they’re often hiding bags of potential.

Here’s what to consider when buying a doer-upper.

Why Selling Your Waterford Home Should Be a Team Effort

Why Selling Your Waterford Home Should Be a Team Effort 621 views

Selling a home is not a solo project – well, not if you hope to achieve top selling price. A… Read More

How to Choose the Right Solicitors in Waterford

How to Choose the Right Solicitors in Waterford 544 views

This two-minute read will help you learn about conveyancing solicitors and how to find the right one for you in Waterford.

What exactly is a conveyancing solicitor? This is the person who does all the legal paperwork for you when you are buying or selling a property. The following are our top tips on how to find the right one for you…

What Tenants Want: The Changing Face of the Rental Market

What Tenants Want: The Changing Face of the Rental Market 201,836 views

This two-minute read looks at the changing rental market and what it means for landlords.

With the rental market changing enormously over the past decade, savvy landlords need to stay on their toes to make the most of their investment.

What Waterford tenants want…

Regina’s address to the Minister for Housing

Regina’s address to the Minister for Housing 42,797 views

This morning, Monday the 31st of January 2022, Regina had the chance to address Darragh O’Brien TD, the Minister for Housing. Here is what she had to say…

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What Waterford Landlords Need to Know

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What Waterford Landlords Need to Know 8,627 views

In this three-minute read, we examine the dangers posed by carbon monoxide.

We recently read a statistic about carbon monoxide detectors that left us scratching our heads. According to the NSAI, a whopping 55% of Irish homes do not have a carbon monoxide alarm.

Did you know that by law, any room in a rental property with a solid fuel-burning device or a gas appliance (such as a boiler) should have a working CO alarm? You can find the minimum standards required in an Irish rental property here.

€1.4 Million in Funding Allocated for Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub

€1.4 Million in Funding Allocated for Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub 3,299 views

We are thrilled to learn that Dungarvan has been allocated an investment of €1.4 million for a digital transformation hub, which is to include; 90 co-working spaces, an incubation, innovation and commercialisation hub, training workspaces and a digital knowledge facility.

The Old Bank – Dungarvan Spotlight

The Old Bank – Dungarvan Spotlight 498 views

Regina Mangan chats to Antonio Clemente of The Old Bank Dungarvan about their wonderful offerings in the latest Dungarvan Spotlight video. They discuss everything The Old Bank and their sister businesses have to offer. Be warned! you will be salivating by the end of this video!

Let’s Get Together and Support Waterford’s Shops This Christmas

Let’s Get Together and Support Waterford’s Shops This Christmas 1,237 views

Shop Local: In this two-minute read, we look at why it’s so important and enjoyable to buy from local, independent stores.

December is upon us. If you haven’t already started your Christmas shopping then the festive alarm bells will soon be ringing.

During the first lockdown, there was a huge push to support our local businesses. Many of whom were struggling due to the lack of footfall. At Liberty Blue, we are recommending that you rally behind these businesses once again.

There has never been a better time to look locally for your festive items, presents, and anything else that makes it ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.

Getting to know Scott

Getting to know Scott 7,359 views

We reckon it’s time we all got to know Scott, our newest team member, so we sat him down and hit him with some quick-fire buzzer round style questions. 😁

How long have you worked for Liberty Blue?

I am here for almost 3 months now, It’s been great, a huge learning curve from my previous career but I love it.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Chris Hemsworth, I reckon he could pull off my look 😜

New Tenancy Bill means a 2% cap on rents in RPZ’s

New Tenancy Bill means a 2% cap on rents in RPZ’s 4,308 views

Welcome to our November Property blog

This month I am focusing on the residential rental property market. In terms of activity very little has changed with respect to supply and demand.

As of today, the 10th of November, while writing this blog there are 11 properties in total for rent on Daft in Waterford City. This includes 3 student properties. There are a further 8 in the County of which one is a holiday home and only available until April to rent.

Seven Ways to Prepare Your Waterford Rental Property for Winter

Seven Ways to Prepare Your Waterford Rental Property for Winter 2,240 views

In this two-minute read, we look at how landlords in Waterford can make sure their rental investments stand up to the challenges of winter weather.

With winter officially only a few weeks away, the time is now ideal for landlords to take steps to ensure their properties are prepared for whatever December to February serves up.

By putting a winter property maintenance plan in place, you’re setting yourself and your tenants up for a trouble-free winter period.

Property Q and A – October 2021

Property Q and A – October 2021 4,425 views

Dear Liberty Blue,

One of my tenants is complaining of noise late at night made by one of the other tenants in the building, upstairs. This is a teenage girl who has taken up the drums. In fairness, the noise is only going on until 8 or 9 pm but still, this downstairs tenant is fed up with it because it is going on every evening for about an hour.

Any suggestions? All has been peaceful between these two apartments until now!

Why Homeowners Should Sell Before They Start Looking

Why Homeowners Should Sell Before They Start Looking 2,761 views

In this two-minute read, we look at the BIG reasons why your home needs to be up for sale at the very least before you start seeking a new one.

Picture the scene.

You’re house hunting and have been trawling the internet for what seems like forever. Then one day your eyes are drawn to a beautiful looking home that ticks all your boxes.

You visit the property and boom, fall head over heels with it. It’s the one….

Property Q and A

Property Q and A 2,761 views

I am in the middle of selling my house. My family and I are moving further out of Waterford City and buying a new house there at the same time. My problem is that the buyer of my house seems to be moving very slowly, or their solicitors are. We have been delayed now 9 weeks since we went sale agreed and it is starting to make me feel very nervous about my house purchase. The people we are buying from are chasing me every day. What can I do? 

Property Q and A – September 2021

Property Q and A – September 2021 4,559 views

I am in the middle of selling my house. My family and I are moving further out of Waterford City and buying a new house there at the same time. My problem is that the buyer of my house seems to be moving very slowly, or their solicitors are. We have been delayed now 9 weeks since we went sale agreed and it is starting to make me feel very nervous about my house purchase. The people we are buying from are chasing me every day. What can I do? 

More than a Quick Sell

More than a Quick Sell 8,551 views

This week I wrapped up a job that showed the value of building a good relationship.  I sold a property… Read More

Landlord Health and Safety Obligations

Landlord Health and Safety Obligations 2,375 views

Maria Clifford, Director Liberty Blue, discusses the Health and Safety obligations of landlords in her latest video (which you can… Read More

How to Choose a Good Waterford Removal Company

How to Choose a Good Waterford Removal Company 2,698 views

This three-minute read gives you a few ideas to consider when choosing your removal company in Waterford.

Getting the right people to help you move home is so important. This means your estate agent, your solicitor, and the people that will do the physical heavy lifting. Choosing the right removal company will make a big difference, not only on moving day itself, but before, and after, your move.

Calculating Your Waterford Buy-to-Let Return

Calculating Your Waterford Buy-to-Let Return 2,671 views

If you’re looking for a property to rent out, it’s important to understand the numbers involved. You may have inherited a property and are thinking of letting it. Use the information here to identify if that is a prudent thing to do or if the capital from selling the property could be better invested.

Retrofitting is an opportunity not to be missed when transforming your home

Retrofitting is an opportunity not to be missed when transforming your home 1,077 views

At Liberty Blue Estate Agents we have noticed a trend change when it comes to buyers looking for their first home. Previously most buyers wanted a home that was pretty much turn-key. 

However, in the past year, there has been a stronger demand from buyers looking for a home which can offer them a project. The result is that older townhouses which had been left aside and looking sad are being bought by buyers who see their potential. These buyers want to invest the time and energy into a redesign and retrofit.

Additional Information Serious Buyers in Waterford are Seeking

Additional Information Serious Buyers in Waterford are Seeking 1,820 views

In this two-minute read, we look at useful information which you might want to share with your agent to satisfy inquisitive buyers.

You can often tell whether a viewer is keen on a property from the questions they ask. And in our experience, the more specific the question, the warmer the prospect. When it comes to preparing for a sale, the more information that you can share with your agent, the better. Here are five typical questions to get you thinking.

Waterford Property Watch Report – April 2021

Waterford Property Watch Report – April 2021 1,496 views

Plenty of interesting reading recently about the property market and why now is not the time to buy property according to David Mc Williams.

Even the economic experts admit that they got it wrong over the last 12 months. Regina Mangan discusses the latest Daft report and her thoughts on where the market is going

Rental Property – Tips to Keep Calm and in Control

Rental Property – Tips to Keep Calm and in Control 1,179 views

In this two-minute read, we show you how to keep calm and in control when letting your Waterford property.

The idea that investing in rental property is easy passive income is a myth. Letting and managing rental property can be stressful, especially for inexperienced or accidental landlords.

This month sees the championing of Stress Awareness Month; an annual event which recognises the dangers of modern-day stress and provides valuable coping strategies. If you are wading through tenancy treacle, read our top tips to temper your tension.

How DIY Projects Can Help Sell Your Home in Waterford

How DIY Projects Can Help Sell Your Home in Waterford 1,485 views

In this three-minute read, we look at some simple and affordable projects to help sell your home faster and probably for a higher price, too.

It’s DIY Day on the 3rd of April and if you’re planning to sell your home, here are six easy things you can do yourself to help sell it quickly. They are simple, straightforward, and inexpensive ways to improve your home’s look and value. Happy DIY Day!

Six Ways Waterford Landlords Can Spring Clean Their Property Portfolio

Six Ways Waterford Landlords Can Spring Clean Their Property Portfolio 1,010 views

In this three-minute read, we explain why it pays for landlords to review the management of their property.

Spring is traditionally a time for a good tidy up and clear out. If you’re a landlord, it’s also an excellent opportunity to give your property management strategy a once-over.

Taking the time to review what is and isn’t working with your investment will save you money and energy further down the track.

Planning Permission

Planning Permission 11,321 views

I recently sale agreed a lovely site in Stradbally County Waterford. We are also selling two amazing sites in Cheekpoint with breathtaking waterfront views. With all the enquiries I received, I thought it would be a good idea to invite an expert to our Waterford Property Watch segment to answer some frequently asked questions about residential planning permission.

So I got in touch with a planning permmision expert…

Five Things We Can’t Wait to Do in Waterford When Lockdown Ends

Five Things We Can’t Wait to Do in Waterford When Lockdown Ends 902 views

We list the five simple things we’re looking forward to when lockdown lifts in this two-minute read.
With the end to lockdown now in sight, it’s impossible not to think excitedly ahead to spring and summer.

We know we won’t be able to do everything all at once – but we can live with that.

Rent Reviews will Protect the Value of your Asset

Rent Reviews will Protect the Value of your Asset 1,614 views

You should never underestimate the importance of carrying out annual rent reviews to maintain the value of your property. Not only do rent reviews keep your income at the current market value but they also ensure your property achieves the maximum potential price, should you wish to sell. Find out why in this 2 minute read.

Solas Cancer Support Centre – Waterford Spotlight

Solas Cancer Support Centre – Waterford Spotlight 1,218 views

Did you know that the Solas Cancer Support Centre in Willimastown is 10 years old today!! Maria Clifford – AuctioCneer – Liberty Blue Estate Agents chats to Tracy McDaid about the great work they do, even during lockdown. The Solas Centre in Williamstown provides cancer support for those affected by cancer and their relatives, from; one to one counselling and group mindfullness sessions to Zoom yoga classes and even online art classes!

How to Find Great Tenants and Keep Them

How to Find Great Tenants and Keep Them 868 views

When it comes to renting your property, the most important thing you must do is to select the right tenant. There are no second chances, you must get this right from day one. Afterall your property may be one of the biggest assets you own. Do not leave things to chance. If you do not choose the right tenants, you will enter a world of financial and emotional stress.

Landlords – How we rent property during COVID level 5

Landlords – How we rent property during COVID level 5 885 views

The past year has presented a challenge to many landlords who find themselves with a vacant property which may require both work and new tenants. It has been especially tricky for landlords living outside of Waterford. Despite everything, the rental market throughout Waterford has been very strong. We are attracting good prospective tenants who are relocating to Waterford, seeking quality rented accommodation.

Thinking of selling your home?

Thinking of selling your home? 1,024 views

Thinking of selling your home? Check out my top questions to ask yourself.

Maria Clifford has some fantastic advice to share this week about the questions you should ask yourself if you are considering putting your home on the market.

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