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How to select a good home removal company

When you’re moving home and planning to select a home removal company, there are many factors to consider. Firstly, if you value your possessions, it’s important to appoint a quality removals company. Ask if the company are members of the British Association of Removers (BAR).

This ensures that the company complies with all legal and insurance considerations and uses the correct, licenced vehicles. Questions to ask should include what level and type of insurance is offered, how long have they been trading and can they supply references?

Ascertain how your move will be carried out, so you understand the logistics too. Also, look for signs of professionalism, such as liveried vehicles and competent estimators.

Of course, price is a consideration, so it’s important to gain several quotes. The main factors that determine price will be the number of possessions you have to transport, whether you require the crew to pack for you, whether you require strong packing materials and how far the van(s) have to travel. Other factors include whether you have any high value special items, how fast you want to move and whether you intend to move during peak times such as school holidays or weekends. Moving mid-week will often lead to lower prices, with more time available to complete the work for the removal crew.

The ultimate goal is getting your prized possessions to your new home in one piece, in the rooms in which you want them. To make the move as stress free as possible, select a professional removals company and ensure that you understand how they plan to carry out the job.

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Reasons to buy a new build home

If you’re looking for your next property, is a new build home something you’ve considered? Here’s Redstones guide to why it could be an attractive option for you:

Modern lifestyles – In contract to some older properties, new homes are very much designed with modern lifestyles in mind. This includes homes with open family space, space for a home office or a city apartment.

Peace of mind – New build properties usually come with a warranty and insurance of 5-10 years.

Flexibility – You will be the first owner, so you can decorate the home in your own personal style. There’s no need to attempt to fix the DIY disasters of the previous owners and there will be little costly maintenance and repairs to complete. If you buy a new property ‘off plan’, your new home can be reserved before it’s even built, meaning that you can choose your desired plot and personalise the house to your requirements.

Lower running costs – Generally, new homes will include efficient heating systems and higher levels of insulation, helping to reduce carbon emissions and significantly decrease heating bills.

Property chain – Often, with a new build, the length of the property chain is reduced as only the buyer is at the end of the chain.

Great incentives – The many incentives available include the Government ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. Some developers have their own schemes, such as part exchange or an assisted move that may involve part-funded deposits, payment of stamp duty or help with removal costs.

If these advantages appeal to you, it would be worth including new homes as part of your house search. It’s always best to keep your options open and at Redstones, we have many exciting new properties for sale. Just use the ‘Search’ function on our Redstones website homepage.

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Landlords and tenants – Do you understand wear and tear?

Wear and tear is often disputed at the end of a tenancy, with many landlords and tenants being unsure about where the boundaries lie.

Essentially, wear and tear can be defined as the gradual decline in the condition of a property’s fabric, fittings and contents. It’s crucial for landlords to properly establish wear and tear at the end of a tenancy, to facilitate a decision about whether you’re entitled to retain some of the deposit. This means that landlords must separate damage from wear and tear. When actual damage occurs, tenants should be charged, for example, where they have made deliberate marks, holes, stains or misused an appliance.

From a tax point of view, it’s also important to understand what’s tax deductible. The law around wear and tear has now changed, meaning that the 10% of rental income that could be claimed every year as an allowance for general wear and tear costs has been replaced by a new system. Landlords can now only claim what they’ve actually spent in that tax year on replacing furniture and furnishings. However, over the longer term, this amount should average out – leaving landlords no worse off financially.

At Redstones, we can expertly advise on wear and tear and deposit issues if you have any queries. Get in touch with our team and find out why our property management services are a step ahead of our competitors.