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  1. Don’t go with vokera if you live away. They are ok boilers for a few years. Go for W Bosch 10 year Warranty if fitted by an approved installer. Hot water demand is what will limit your boiler size and again water pressure and flow will determine this for you
  2. We have bought a couple with cash then put a mortgage on it but the mortgage companies seem to like you to own it more than 6 months before the financing. Just my experience and got a bit caught out the first time.
  3. We have dropped a letter thanks and knocked on a few doors. We know it’s a lady no relatives and wants to leave it to the church but at this rate it will be worth less in a couple of years as the trees will bury it.
  4. Hi we are looking to find who owns an empty property. We have done the knock on next door. Contacted land registry. We have searched the indexes for titles for the provided property and have been unable to locate any titles with the details you provided on your application. And come up blank. What other course of action could we take to locate an owner. Regards.
  5. If you are within driving distance of Derbyshire drop me a line I have three to renovate. One is dire and had smoke damage. One is a quick kitchen tidy and out to rent and one is in the middle There is loads to learn on.
  6. Look at dry zone for the DPC rather than hack the plaster off unless it’s de bonded. I like the idea of zero rent for a month or low rent
  7. With the floor being out that much the building has def moved. Scary one Hope you have deep pockets. Not sure if that’s an upstairs floor or downstairs and if it’s a solid floor. It needs to come at the right price as you are about to spend a heap of money levelling everything up and stopping it moving further. If you are serious. 100% get an engineers advice.
  8. Gumtree. Facebook eBay. It will save on skips at £200 a time
  9. I am an engineer not a structural engineer so this is just my opinion. The vertical crack above the window is likely to be a plasterboard joint fail but without tapping on it who knows may be solid plaster On newer buildings a horizontal crack indicates the wall ties have moved or corroded but as this is an old house its unlikely to have metal ties. Possibly no scratch coat on the render and they just lathered it on over time water has got into the weak point by the window and blown the render So I would get the survey done if you are nervous or don’t have the budget to fix a l
  10. As above is good advice. I had this problem in a cottage we own not a let. Winter time was a nightmare. Basic being I didn’t ventilate correctly and areas of the cottage became wetter. Solution PIV fan. Positive ventilation fan. From envirovent. Worth every penny. Within 2 weeks we started to see a difference and now some 5 years later there is never any damp and the house is warmer and costs less to heat. Well with a look. Try to find the root cause first though. Good luck
  11. One of my old friend does this on his strip outs. He has two days where people take what they want and strip the house out for him. All he asks is a contribution to charity and has a box to pop the money in. It’s a great way to get a free strip out Not for me though. I like control
  12. You may be surprised how easy it is to set up a company. Your accountant can do it for you in no time at all. We have 3 BTL where I own 1% of each property. Or I own the keys to get in (joke). The rest are now in a ltd company. We took advice from the property hub tax accountant and it’s worked out very well. Things to look out for in ltd company is higher mortgage and mortgage set up fees but the that’s offset by the tax savings and worth doing in my opinion. Good luck with on your journey Stephen
  13. FD 30. Or FD 20 doors will usually have a smoke seal or strip around the edge and feel heavy and solid. There can be a 4mm gap around the sides and upto 10mm at the bottom. The cost of fire doors are expensive as you have to be trained to fit them. Three hinges are not always a requirement but most fit them because of the weight. The older doors had a little colour dot inserted in the edge of the door about 10mm did. Possibly painted over now. Self closing was removed a few years ago from building regs for entrance and internal doors Not sure where you would stand of the doors d
  14. If some works have been done such as a door knock through or chimney breast alteration and no one can find the BC letter then you can ask for an indemnity to be put in place just to cover you. I have done this a couple of times. It will help when you come to sell the property.
  15. I have searched the posts and can’t find anything. Can anyone recommend a good insurance cover for the properties whilst they are being renovated. We never keep high value equipment in the houses but one day someone will just break in the week before we let it and trash the place. Our building insurance only covers us from when it’s let. Thanks in advance. Stephen
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