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Craig W M

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  1. Mixer shower for me. Look nicer especially if you use a thermostatic bar.
  2. Hi Jordan. Welcome. Didn't like to see your post had no replies. Unfortunately I invest in the East and refurb, so not really any help to you but welcome to the forum anyway.
  3. Hi Robert and welcome. Good luck for the future and keep us informed with your progress.
  4. Hi Graham and welcome. You have started well by finding this forum and website as it's a great source of education. I've built up my knowledge purely by reading and listening to podcasts. You'll find lots of suggestions in the forum. I must agree that I'm not a fan of auctions, especially for newbies. It's not as easy as it seems to be on telly.
  5. Hi James, welcome to the forum. Yes, there's a few of us lurking in the shadows so feel free to ask any questions you might have or post your past experiences and future plans.
  6. I typically go with 2 or 3 bed mid terrace houses. Ex council are well built but watch out for non standard construction. I’ve also got a maisonette. I stay clear of flats as Kirkcaldy seems to have a huge amount up for rent. The houses I have are always snapped up as there aren’t many for rent and I also do them to a good standard.
  7. The commuter links are fine now. 20 mins on train to Edinburgh gateway and 35 to Edinburgh Waverley. Good motorway to Edinburgh and new bridge is helping car and bus traffic. It's not a bad call staying close to home as I also do work myself and being 5 minutes from a project is a god send.
  8. Hi to you both. You’re right in that there’s not a huge Scottish community in here but when you take the population of Scotland in comparison that’s probably on par. I try and post where I can to answer Scottish questions but I’m no expert either but listen and read a lot of property articles and podcasts. Where to invest? I wish I knew. I don’t remember any new infrastructure projects so that probably means the new money will go to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Plenty new buildings going up there but prices are yields don’t work for me. I go for rental income not capital gains as I don’t think Scotland sees much capital gains. I try and buy at below market value and add value to get most of my cash out. I invest in Kirkcaldy as it’s local and I self manage. It’s got a train station to Edinburgh but I have to admit that although there’s plenty new housing being built there’s not a huge amount of social facilities. Dunfermline is better but more costly. I make a good return on my money so I’ll keep there for now. Good luck and keep in touch.
  9. I agree with Julia. The council are right. A sitting room is high risk hence why in Scotland we need smoke detectors in them (not sure if that's law in England too). Also, every new house (Scotland again) must have a fully opening window in each bedroom upstairs to allow an escape. It cannot have a lock on it (which amazes me when house insurance companies increase your premium because of this!).
  10. The joys of being a landlord. You'll see lots of topics on the same subject and you'll see there's two thoughts on this. One saying suck it up and one saying take it further. My opinion on your particular issues is to take the £100 and move on. If you fancy the time, money, paperwork and stress for the sake of maybe another £50, I think you need to be more realistic. It's annoying but just part of the job. In fairness £50 is enough to get a carpet cleaned and a quick tidy round a garden should only take 2 or 3 hours so £50 isn't too bad either. As for the box room, the shelf should have been out of it anyway to give more room to use it as a single room so suck it up and slap some emulsion on it. Job done, move on. Sorry for being brutal.
  11. Its been mentioned many times on these forums that Openrent are excellent. I advertise and reference with them but they can also arrange all the extras. I don’t use them for the tenancy agreement as I’m in Scotland and we have a slightly different setup but others on here do. If you click on referral link below you get your first advert for free and I get my next one for free. You’ve nothing to lose by giving them a try  www.openrent.co.uk/invite/869276 Craig
  12. Estate agent to sell or letting agent to rent?
  13. In Scotland, the tenancy agreement can be signed by simply typing your name. Not sure if English law is the same. I use the Adobe Fill and Sign option. It’s free!! I also save the email when the tenant returns the signed agreement.
  14. I use Openrent to advertise my properties and also use their referencing service. Great value for money and a thorough reference. All you need from the tenant is name, email and mobile number. Openrent contact the tenant direct for all the other info they need.
  15. Hi Daryl Its been mentioned many times on these forums that Openrent are excellent for what you’re looking for. I advertise and reference with them but they can also arrange all the extras that you’re looking for. I don’t use them for the tenancy agreement as I’m in Scotland and we have a slightly different setup but others on here do. If you click on referral link below you get your first advert for free and I get my next one for free. You’ve nothing to lose by giving them a try www.openrent.co.uk/invite/869276 Craig
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