As any experienced letting agent or landlord can advise you, ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to rental properties.
And that’s why it pays to follow the Scouts’ motto and “be prepared”.
Being prepared for any eventuality can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a full-blown catastrophe if you’re a landlord.
With that in mind, we’ve created a Landlord Emergency Kit.
Let’s dive into five essentials that can save the day.
Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities.
Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good estate agent (we can help you with that). You may also need to speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund your next move.
But there’s another critical aspect of the process that often gets overlooked: the conveyancing (the “legal” transfer of a property from one owner to another).
So, to avoid unnecessary hold-ups that could make your buyer lose patience, it’s worth getting ahead of the curve and following these five conveyancing tips.
Are you pondering whether to sell your Waterford home? With the property market constantly changing, it’s natural to wonder if now is the right time.
To help you decide, we’ve crafted a fun, informative quiz.
So, you think you’ve mastered the art of letting properties?
With every tenant you place and every lease you renew, you grow more confident in your prowess as a confident, caring and capable landlord.
But are you one of the best landlords in Waterford?
We’ve put together a quick quiz to help you find out…
There’s a lot to consider when you start thinking about moving home.
This includes things like:
What the new monthly mortgage payments will be?
What’s parking like at the new place?
Are the new neighbours friendly?
It’s a massive decision to sell up and buy elsewhere.
When families are involved, our advice is to make your children feel part of the process, and listening to their thoughts, concerns and ideas helps them (and you) get your head around things.
We asked a 16-year-old whose family recently sold and moved to another home what was on their mind during the process.
It makes interesting reading…
Just the thought of moving home can make you break out into a cold sweat. It’s a life experience that many people think of as one of the most stressful things you can do. So how can you minimise those feelings of panic?
In this quick read, we look at ways to make selling your home a little bit less stressful and more manageable.
Buying a home is a huge decision – possibly one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime (no pressure then).
And to ensure you make a wise choice that suits your needs now and into the future, it pays to give the process a bit of thought before you start arranging viewings.
Here are five property-hunting tips that could save you time and money.
If you’re considering listing your property for sale, we have some good news and selling in autumn.
Traditionally, there’s a surge in serious buyers coming to the market after the summer lull – so you’ve timed your move wisely.
But what’s the psychology driving property hunters at this time of year? And how can you, as a seller, capitalise on buyers’ motivations to ensure you secure the best deal for your property? Let’s find out.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in a financial position where you can rent out your home instead of selling it, should you take the leap?
After all, if you don’t need to sell to fund your next move, renting your property is an option worth exploring.
Here, we explore the dilemma of renting out a property instead of selling.
When it comes to preparing for a property sale, most sellers focus on the early stage of the process: staging […]
Buying a property with a partner can be an exciting next step in a relationship.
Swapping paying rent or living with family for cosy nights with your beloved in your own home can be a blissful prospect.
But before you arrange a series of viewings in a giddy rush of excitement, it’s worth sitting down and talking a few things through with your partner.
Buying together is a huge commitment, yet most couples seem to spend more time planning a holiday than planning their home search.
Getting some of the practical stuff nailed down early on will help you focus your search efforts and avoid arguments along the way.
Some of these questions may seem awkward, but once you’ve got through them, you can get on with the fun of searching for your new home together.
Unless you’re one of those super-organised types who spend the year secretly buying stocking fillers and stashing them under your bed, Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind right now.
And why should it be? It’s summer, the schools are shut (for a few more days at least), and you still have months to dust off your reindeer antlers and festive jumper.
But there is one reason why it may be worth thinking ahead to Christmas.
If you have plans to sell your home and hope to be in a new place by the end of the year, then act now. It can take time to get all the elements in place to finalise a property sale, but if you put your foot to the floor, you can still do it.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all been a nosy neighbour at some point, haven’t we?
A ‘for sale’ sign goes up on a property in your street, and within minutes you’re online to find out what it’s on the market for.
Soon enough, you’re marvelling or shuddering at your neighbour’s taste in décor and deciding that your home is bigger, smaller, smarter or fancier than theirs.
There’s nothing wrong with this; in fact, if you plan to sell up yourself, it’s useful market research. But it’s also important to keep things in perspective, or you could develop what is known in the property industry as Next-Door Syndrome.
It’s often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but then (confusingly), it’s also said that first impressions count… Why are all these clichés so important? Well, when marketing a property, it’s a bit of both: how a property looks will catch a buyer’s eye before they pore over the finer details.
Photos of your property are what hooks the buyer, what drives them to pick up the phone to arrange a viewing, and what helps them imagine living in your home. So, property photography is an essential part of the selling process.
In this quick read, we look at how to prepare your home for photographs and what to expect.
Every year, the Bank of Mum and Dad comes to the rescue by helping thousands of first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. It is estimated that almost half of first-time buyers currently receive financial help from their parents to purchase a property.
But for parents planning to assist their loved ones, or children hoping to get a helping hand, there are a few issues to consider first…
If you’re thinking about buying your first home, congratulations! You’re about to experience a huge life moment and finally have somewhere to call your own. The first-time buyer journey is exciting, scary, overwhelming… it’s basically all the emotions. So, what can you expect?
In this quick read, we take you through some of the initial steps of buying your first home.
At last summer is here, so what are your plans?
Have you booked an exciting getaway in an exotic location? Or is the aim to kick back and relax on home turf?
Whatever you’ve lined up, it’s worth taking note of the common concerns that can crop up in rented accommodation during the summer.
Before selling your home, you might be thinking about ways to increase the value or unlock potential so buyers can get a feel for what it would be like to live there themselves. But renovations are costly and may not pay off. So, what can you do to make a change without spending too much?
Whilst it’s always a good idea to spruce up a property before it goes on the market, the key is to know exactly what changes really add value before making any big decisions.
In this quick read, we look at ways to increase the value without spending an absolute fortune.
Come on, we’ve all done it. Switched onto a property programme and fallen into the daydream of building our very own house. A walk-in wardrobe, a home cinema, a room just for shoes… sounds great, doesn’t it? But what’s the reality of self-building?
On the one hand, building your own home seems like a great way to get everything you’ve ever wanted out of a property. On the other, are you really prepared for all that comes with building a house?
Picture this: After a long and exhausting property search you finally find the home that’s just right for you. But then the estate agent mentions that it’s a ‘probate property’ and you’re left scratching your head.
While it’s a term that you’ve heard before, you’re not entirely sure what it means and if it could scupper your homebuying plans.
Well, let us explain…
Post-pandemic, having outside space has taken on a whole new level of importance and can add significant value to a property. But what happens when your garden oasis threatens the chance of selling your home?
Some lush green plants might look nice but could signal trouble for a house sale.
In this quick read, we look at the plants that may impact your selling price.
If you’re selling a property, you might think that selling to one of your nearest and dearest is the answer. After all, when selling to family, they know what they’re buying, you’ll save on professional fees, and the home you love will be left in good hands.
But is it really that simple? Unfortunately, no.
In this quick read, we look at some of the things that could go (very) wrong if you’re thinking about selling to a family member or friend.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to remortgage your property, getting a good mortgage deal is probably top on your list of priorities.
You could lose hours scrolling through comparison sites, frantically searching for the best lenders’ deals, and trying to find your latest payslips. Or you could do the sensible thing and get a professional’s help.
In this quick read, we look at why a mortgage broker could help you buy your dream home while saving you time and hassle.
Being a first-time landlord can feel daunting. There’s a lot to do before you can get your property rented out – such as repairs, legal obligations, admin, tenant-finding, contract signing, and so on.
But don’t fret.
A good letting agent will help explain all the ins and outs of the process. And can do most of the work on your behalf.
In this three-minute read, we discuss some of the essential steps you need to take before renting out your property.
Don’t let your beloved family pet stop you from achieving the best selling price for your property. Follow these tips to ensure buyers aren’t put off making an offer on your home.
Given that 52% of Irish households have a pet*, you might assume buyers wouldn’t bat an eyelid at the prospect of viewing a property where a furry or feathered friend resides.
But many property hunters are put off when they visit a home where there are obvious signs and smells of pets.
The reasons for this aversion to animals can vary; a buyer may have an allergy, have had a bad experience in the past, or love their own animals, just not other people’s.
If a kitchen is the heart of a home, then the bathroom is the brains. It’s where you get a few minutes of privacy every day (unless you’ve got toddlers who like to come in with you). It’s where you do some of your deepest thinking, and it’s an area that could make or break a potential sale.
Buyers need to imagine themselves living in your property, and if your bathroom isn’t up to scratch, it could put them off.
In this quick read, we look at some ways to spruce up your bathroom without spending loads of money.
It’s widely recognised that moving house is one of the most stressful (and annoying) life events you can experience.
If you’re nearing the end of a tenancy agreement, there are a few things you can do to ensure your check-out inspection goes well and (upon moving out) you get your tenancy deposit back in full.
In this quick read, we go through ways to make moving out easier for you and your landlord.
Remember lockdown when we had nothing to do? Gardening became a fun pastime, and having outside space was a luxury. Well, now that the spring sunshine is back and you don’t need to wear four layers to keep warm, it’s time to make gardening cool again.
Bask in those rays (however weak they may be) and get your hands dirty. Dust off that spade and get the broom ready.
In this quick read, we explore some easy ways to get your garden looking its best.
Spring has officially sprung and with it comes a host of joys: longer days, trees in bud and flowers in bloom.
And if you’re selling a property, there’s something else to celebrate – a spike in buyers looking to make their next move.
Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for property sales.
While successive lockdowns and the post-lockdown property rush disrupted this seasonal order, normal activity is now resuming.
So, what’s the appeal of selling in spring? Here are four reasons why it makes good sense.
As the old saying goes, first impressions count. And when it comes to showing off your property, the way it looks will go a long way to impress potential buyers.
If your property is on the market, you’ll be familiar with the feeling of panic when your agent calls to tell you there’s a viewing scheduled. Not because you don’t want to sell it, but because you know you left your underwear on the bathroom floor and your sink is full of last night’s dishes.
This three-minute read is the ultimate lazy guide to sprucing up your home before house viewings take place.
Whether your rental property is a blank space you just sleep in, or it’s a new family property, it’s important to make it feel like home. So, how can you fall in love with your rental without breaching tenancy rules?
You could be a long-term renter or maybe an house-sharer, but one thing is for sure, making the space your own will immediately change the way it looks and feels.
In this quick read, we look at ways to love your rental without falling foul of any tenancy agreement rules and stipulations.
Commenting on the latest Daft.ie Rent Report for Q 4 2022, IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, has […]
If you’re thinking of freshening up the interior of your home this year, here’s a list of what’s trending on the design front.
Are you planning a mega makeover in 2023? Or perhaps you just want to make some modest changes to breathe new life into your home? Whether your project is big or small, here are some design ideas to inspire you.
Are you planning to sell your home this year? Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for your next move.
Have you got an exciting plan for 2023? A move to a bigger home to accommodate your growing family? Or perhaps you want to downsize and start afresh in a different part of the country?
Whatever your goal, the best way to turn your dream into reality is to secure a good price for your current home. And to help you achieve this, we’ve put together a checklist for preparing a property for sale.
If you’re a seasoned landlord, chances are you’ve experienced at least one out-of-hours call from a panicked tenant about a leaky toilet or boiler breakdown. Why is it these things never seem to happen at a reasonable hour?
Repairs and maintenance of your rental portfolio can be costly and stressful, so having trustworthy tradespeople is invaluable. You need someone who you know will get the job done and (hopefully) won’t charge you exorbitant fees to do so.
For newer landlords, finding a good contractor should be at the top of your to-do list.
This two-minute read looks at how to trim down your energy bills.
Householders were hit with budget-busting energy price hikes in 2022 – a trend that looks set to continue well into the new year.
Here are some ways to claw back some cash on your heating bills and help the environment at the same time.
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 much of what you know about estate agents is really true? This three-minute read exposes a few common urban […]
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.
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.
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.
Don’t let con-men trick you out of your hard-earned money. Read on to discover what the ‘fake landlord’ scam is and how to protect yourself.
The fake landlord trick has been around for years, but current market conditions mean that some renters are particularly vulnerable to this con right now.
Here’s how the fake landlord scam works..
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.
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.
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…
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.
Find out how you can impress buyers by making each room in your home look as spacious as possible. A two-minute read.
Whether you’re marketing a one-bedroom apartment or a seven-bedroom mansion, the same rule usually applies – big is beautiful.
We’re talking about big rooms, of course! It’s well known that a home that feels spacious will always get a higher price than a similar property that comes across as cramped and crowded.
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).
This two-minute read looks at how to ensure your home appeals to buyers looking for a family home.
When it comes to devising a marketing strategy to sell your home, the first step is establishing your target buyer.
For example, if you’re selling a slick, minimalist penthouse studio, there’s no prizes for guessing that your target will be young professional buyers.
But if it’s a house or garden flat that you’re bringing to market, then buyers with families should be at the forefront of your mind.
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.