MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Project Complete!

The Throstle Lane project is now fully complete, tenanted and making rental income. There’s some transformation shots of the works included in this post, because everyone loves seeing the before and after differences! The final tally of the refurbishment cost for this house has been my most expensive project refurbishment yet… but there was aContinue reading “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Project Complete!”

IT’S CARPET DAY!

Ever since I can remember, I have loved the smell of a new carpet. Call me weird, but there’s something distinctly pleasant about laying down on a new carpet and breathing in its delightful fresh scent. So you can imagine how excited I get on carpet day – that is, the day of the refurbishmentContinue reading “IT’S CARPET DAY!”

FAIR PRICE OR A FLEECING?

FAIR PRICE OR A FLEECING? CHRISTMAS – WEDDING – NEW YEAR’S EVE – LANDLORD What do all these words have in common? I’ll tell you: they make the sellers bump up the price of items and services unnecessarily! I’ve seen it this week in the local shopping centre. We’re a few days before Christmas andContinue reading “FAIR PRICE OR A FLEECING?”

HALLOWEEN HORRORS… of Property!

I love Halloween! 🎃 👻 So as it’s October 31st, I will share with you some Halloween Horrors… of Property! There are many scary things about property that keep us terrified and awake at night… and some are just downright horrors! First one: mysterious happenings in the middle of the night! 😱 During a property’sContinue reading “HALLOWEEN HORRORS… of Property!”

How Do You Know Who To Trust With Your Money?

How do you know who to trust with your money? I’m writing this because of a little occurrence that happened yesterday, which I haven’t been able to stop thinking about.  I had put my car in for the MOT in the morning and so had to get the bus into Leeds. I was booked inContinue reading “How Do You Know Who To Trust With Your Money?”

Who Surveys the Surveyors?!

Who Surveys the Surveyors? Who invests in property? And of those, who has ever had a surveyor make an absolutely ridiculous valuation on the property? Hmmm, that’ll be every property investor then! Despite our best due diligence, our most recent sold and for sale comparables, our best work, time and money spent in refurbishment…  thereContinue reading “Who Surveys the Surveyors?!”

10 YEARS OF LANDLORDING – and Ten Things I’ve Learned About Being a Landlord!

10 YEARS OF LANDLORDING –   …and Ten Things I’ve learned about being a Landlord in the that time! Somehow, somewhere, a full decade has passed since I first rented out a property! In late 2008, I moved into a house, and kept my little cheap cheerful flat I’d lived in since 2001.  I rentedContinue reading “10 YEARS OF LANDLORDING – and Ten Things I’ve Learned About Being a Landlord!”