November 30, 2015

Home Improvement Tips - Repairing Your Ceiling

Whether you’ve been living in your current home for a few years, you’re doing a favour for a relative or you’ve just moved house and some of the ceilings are in dire needs of repair, repairing a ceiling is not often as complicated as some may think. As a DIY enthusiast you may be considering making the repairs yourself and if so, then this is the article for you. Read on for a comprehensive guide to making sure your ceiling repairs go off without a hitch. 

Tools and Materials You Will Need

Depending on the severity of the damage, you will need a number of different tools and materials. As with any DIY project you will need a pencil and chalk and a tape measure. You will also need a filling knife, a padsaw or plasterboard saw, wooden props for more severe damage, a straight edge and a hammer. Essential materials include masking tape, abrasive paper, packing pieces, plasterboard as well as nails and newspaper to avoid making a mess.

Make sure to consider safety when starting your reparations, particularly as a DIY enthusiast as you are slightly more likely to make a few mistakes in comparison to a professional builder. A dust mask is essential for dealing with plasterboard as well as safety goggles, as you definitely don’t want particles getting in your eyes. A hard hat is also good to make sure you don’t get injured by falling debris. 

Making and Fixing your Ceiling Patch

Start by pulling away all the loose sections of plaster in order to expose the joists. Then tape a sheet of newspaper over the hole and trace around the edge of the whole with your pencil or chalk. This will create a stencil for your patch. Remove the paper and cut around the patch, transferring the stencil onto a sheet of plasterboard. Then cut around this patch and rub any edges with your abrasive paper, leaving a small gap of around 3mm. 

Push the patch into place, using the nails to attach the patch to the joists you previously exposed. Brush PVA solution onto the edges of the patch and then once dry, fill the edges of the patch with a ready mixed filler. Spread a layer of plasterboard joining compound over the joint and attach jointing tape into it. Repeat this last step and then smooth it down with a damp sponge, sanding it smoother once dry.

Finishing Touches – Painting

A paint roller is the best tool to use when painting any ceiling as it provides a clear and even coat. Try to use the roller at a 45 degree angle and apply light pressure, which will give it the best coating. Try to construct a platform that makes it easier to paint the ceiling without having to stretch up, or consider purchasing an extension pole for the rollers. It depends on what works best for you. Use a 25-50mm brush to paint a strip of the paint into the corners onto the walls in order to paint the edges, however if you’re not planning on painting the walls afterwards, you will need to either bed the edges or use a paint shield. 

It is a good idea to wait for the paint to dry before you try cleaning or clearing up and make sure the paint is fully dry before you start furnishing the room. Paint splotches can always be prevented by placing newspaper down on the floor in preparation, but it is a lot harder to get it off of the furniture. Once everything is sorted and you’ve made sure to clean up your mess, you should have a nice new, bright and clean ceiling. Clear up any loose debris and then take a step back and admire your work, well done!

Article provided by BSW BS, experts in the supply, installation, repair and maintenance of boilers and central heating systems in Sussex since 1963.

November 29, 2015

Your Guide to Renovations - Office Fit Out and Refurbishment Checklist

When it comes to office refurbishments and office fit-outs, often you’ll have been looking forward to the change for quite some time and in some instances, a renovation is sorely needed. However it is important to make sure that you have done your research and looked into everything you need to make sure that your new office fit-out is completed as smoothly as possible, and at minimal downtime to your own business or company. There is no point in spending time on an office renovation if it puts your business on the back burner for a series of months!

People want to be able to continue making profits when businesses are doing well and while office refurbishments are a great way of spending the newly earned profits and perhaps turning over even more profits in the meantime, it is important that the renovation occurs within a reasonable amount of time. A first class project that stays on target and ensures minimal downtime is essential when working in a competitive business, otherwise you may find your company slipping behind your competitors when it really matters. 

We’ve put together a very simple checklist of things you should consider before starting an office refurbishment, in order to help maximise productivity and minimise time spent conducting renovations and refurbishments, so that you can get back to work as soon as possible!

Company Design and Layout

Does your company or business have a certain theme or colour scheme? When considering an office renovation, in some cases it is a good idea to get your company logo or company colours involved in the refurbishment. You can create unique styles by incorporating the company colours into the office design, while at the same time making something that is very much representative of your company. 
However try not to ‘go off the deep end’ with designs; remember it has to be easy to concentrate in your office! Bright neon signs everywhere will not help productivity even if your logo is made of a bright neon sign. Try to go for a healthy balance. Think form and functionality!

Upgraded Facilities

Consider whether or not you may want to upgrade any of your facilities in conjunction with the refurbishment. Have you been running on older computers or an older version of windows for a while now? Have you thought about perhaps switching from desktops to mobile computers or even tablets? An office renovation is an ideal time for a change in equipment as it provides a fresh start all at once as opposed to in increments. You can also plan your refurbishment to accommodate your new equipment, instead of having to awkwardly shoe-horn it into cubby holes and spaces that were made to fit other types of equipment and facilities. 

Storage Solutions

Think about where your office equipment and paperwork will need to be stored. It is no use creating a beautiful sleek looking office with no cupboard space or room to store printers or re-fill cartridges. Experienced project managers will be able to work with you to find something that works well but is also well-incorporated into the design and layout of the refurbishment. 

Air Conditioning and Heating

While these can be considered ‘finishing touches’ they are an essential part of any office. An office without proper air conditioning or heating can become a death trap for employees at certain points in the year. Make sure to make a note of where ideal locations for air conditioning and heating are and check with your planning contractors and project managers to make sure that it is actually possible to install air conditioning and heating in those locations.

Employee Suggestions

Finally, when refurbishing it is important to consider the happiness of your employees, as it is they who will get the most use out of your renovated space when it comes down to it. If you plan on making refurbishments that you haven’t cleared with your employees or at least discussed with them, how do you know if they are going to be in your employees’ best interests? They will want a workplace where they can work productively, with good room to move around and designs that make sense. Ask your employees what they would like to see when considering an office refurbishment; after all they might make some good suggestions you had not thought of. 

At the end of the day an office refurbishment is not a simple cut-and-dry process, it takes time. What matters is that you are properly prepared for when you start the actual renovation process in order to make sure that it is done swiftly and smoothly with no setbacks. That way you can be back on track and working productively in no time at all. 

Article provided by Complete Interior Design, a commercial interior, fit out and office refurbishment business serving Surrey, Sussex, London and the rest of the UK.

Protecting Your Property From Creeping Plants

Create an image of a picturesque house or bungalow in your mind. The roof is made of colourful shingles, with delicate flowers decorating the window sills and a nice stretch of ivy creeping up the side of the house. Seeing creeping plants on houses can give a real positive aesthetic to a property, however if that plant is left unattended for too long, it can do major damage to the structure and the brickwork of any building. 

It is therefore important to take note if you want creeping plants in your property, and what you can do to help minimise the damage they cause. 

What climbing plants can do

Although ivy is the most common form of climbing plant, there are also a number of other plants you want to watch out for, namely trumpet vine, hydrangea petiolaris (the climbing version of the plant), parthenocissus and trachelospermum to name a few. Essentially a climbing plant will make its way up another plant or the side of a building in order to get more nutrients from the sun and from the local weather, growing as it does so. 

Climbing plants can be very pleasing to the eye, but they can do a whole lot of damage if left unattended, particularly if you allow the plants to reach their way up to any roof or top area of a property. Their branches and roots will worm their way into cracks and holes in the brickwork, making it weaker and looser as they tighten their grip onto the wall. Over time and with general wear and tear this can be a real structural issue. 

Knowing when it can become a Problem

You’ve got a real problem on your hands when you go to tap the wall and it crumbles away easily in your hands. Another issue is where you allow climbing plants to reach the roof of a building, as they will crack and dislodge roof tiles in their bid towards sunlight, making it easier for bad weather, rats, mice and bats to make their way inside the property itself. Fixing and repairing a roof is a lengthy and expensive process, so letting your creeping plants get this high is a real issue. 

Unfortunately as we homeowners are wont to do, we are often loathe to cut away the creeping plants as the property may look bare or unattractive without it. However if we leave the plants as they are, they will only continue to do damage to the wall structure until the whole thing crumbles away, and you’re left with a big mess. So, it is important to provide a climbable structure for the plants instead of the wall itself. 

Fencing Styles to Help

Trellis fencing is the ideal frame or structure for climbing plants, whether you’re propping it against an existing fence in order to protect the main fence, or you are using it to protect the walls of your home. The cross hatch design of trellis fencing allows ivy and other creeping plants to easily worm their way around the branches, finding good footholds without clinging and damaging the walls of your property. 

There are, of course, other ways you can help reduce the damage done to a property by creeping plants. Chicken wire works wonders, although it can look pretty ugly for the first few months while the ivy itself grows. Combining your fencing styles to make an effective, yet sturdy fence is a good idea when looking at creeping plants, or if you’d prefer not to have creeping plants at all, it is important to make a note of where the plant stems from and hack it off at the root. That way you won’t have to deal with the reoccurring problem. Some creeping plants cannot find their own source of nutrients and die out after a while, but you shouldn’t rely on this; tackle the issue at its source. 

Your garden is as much a part of your property as anything within the house itself, so it is important that you keep an eye on it and perform regular maintenance to make sure that no lasting damage is done. A well-kept garden may be hard work from time to time but the benefits certainly outweigh the disadvantages and can also be a real winning factor when it comes to trying to sell. Make sure that you look after the whole property, not just the home and your interior.

Article provided by Chariot Fencing, a professional fencing contractor based in Gloucestershire providing all types of fencing to commercial homes across the Midlands.

First Time Buyers Choosing the Ideal Newquay Property

Looking at potential properties, organising house viewings and setting your own budget limit can be daunting for first time buyers, particularly if you are planning on moving to a new place for the first time, but it is a key part of stepping onto that first rung of the property ladder. As one of the most important investments you can make in your lifetime, you will want to make sure that the house you are looking at is certainly right for your needs. You also want to make sure that there are no hidden defects which may need refurbishments, as these can quickly eat into your budget and leave you with little left for other renovations.
A professional surveyor will be able to provide first time buyers with all the useful information they need to make sure you are not left in the lurch when it comes to buying a property. Whether your property is new or old, modern or historical, a small cottage or a larger property, a professional surveyor will conduct a fully detailed, in depth survey with the purpose of providing you with all the relevant information you need on that particular property. Take a look at how you can help to choose the perfect Newquay property for your first home. 

Detailed Survey to Identify Defects

By requesting the assistance of a professional surveyor in the form of a building condition report of other survey, you are protecting yourself against any nasty surprises later on in the process of buying the property. A detailed report will contain information on the condition of the property in question as well as listing any and all potential or major defects found in the property. Advice may be given on what can be done to repair these defects along with an approximation of the costs required to make these repairs.

These surveys are essential for anyone planning to buy a home. If you purchase a home without a survey and then find hidden defects that require repairs, you have no security and will have to pay out of pocket some hundreds, potentially even thousands of pounds in reparations. With an in depth survey these defects are highlighted before they become a problem, or they give you the option of backing out of the sale entirely, in light of recent events. They really are worth the money and provide a lot of useful advice for first time buyers.

Location Specific Defects

For Newquay properties, as you are near the coast, it is important that specific care is taken into account when looking at damp and mould. With rising sea levels, some coastal properties are more at risk of rising damp and flooding, so it is important that your property does not show signs of weakness in this area. A strong and stable property is always going to fetch a higher price on the property market, but it will be well worth it as the cost of removing damp once it has settled in can be extremely steep.

The Benefits of Buying Property in Newquay

Coastal towns are often quite popular with holidaymakers, tourists and the retirement sector, with Newquay being no exception, however Newquay has also found popularity all year round with young people who cannot afford large mortgages, making it ideal for first time buyers. Newquay also has a wide range of attractions for visitors and residents of all ages. With diving available, several fun parks and a number of activities across the coast line, Newquay is great all year round. For a first property in the UK you’d be hard pressed to find better.

While going through the selection process can take a long time and it may seem like a large task at first, it is important that you do all the relevant research instead of simply jumping into a decision rashly. If you are in a stable position and you are planning on potentially living in this new house for the rest of your life, it will do you good to take your time with your decision. It is likely going to be one of the biggest decisions you will make and should not be taken lightly. Make sure you are absolutely sure and happy before you proceed. Best of luck to you.

Article provided by Hocking Associates, an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors based in Falmouth carrying out building surveys and other services throughout the majority and Cornwall.

A Guide to Decorating Sash Windows

Sash Windows are delicate, classic features of period properties across the UK and homeowners lucky enough to have them are always extremely careful when looking to decorate them. If you paint your sash windows then you risk the sashes sticking together in the frame.

There are specific orders you should look to paint and decorate your sash windows to prevent sticking. Here’s a guide you can use to decorate your sash windows without the anxiety of causing any damage to this cherished period feature…

Step 1

It’s important to remove handles and locks from the window frame before painting as you don’t want to be navigating around these attachments. The windows need to be properly prepared before you start any paint job, with the tight fixtures of sash windows capable of becoming even tighter the more paint you apply.

For this reason alone, it is important to strip back the paint on sash windows and start again. Decide whether or not your sash windows fit too tightly together and recollect whether you have applied numerous layers of paint in the past.

Step 2

You will need to reverse the sash to reach every corner of the sash window when painting, so lift the bottom sash as high as possible and pull the top sash down. We recommend that you ignore any paint that accidentally brushes the glass, with masking tape causing more problems than it solves.

After sanding down, make sure any loose dust is removed and use a vacuum cleaner so that you’re sure of this. The order in which you paint your sash windows comes down to common sense, with the primary goal being to avoid getting your arms and elbows anywhere near freshly painted wood.

Step 3

The bottom sash that you have pushed up to the top will be your first paint job, with the mullions coming first. These hold the individual panes together and are found within the frame. Again, don’t worry about getting some paint on the glass but try and paint as carefully and as gradually as you can. Start from the left hand side if you are right handed as if you were writing on a page.

If the job is proving to be quite time consuming, paint one side of all the mullions first then go back to the other sides and finally the front. This also helps for a really smooth finish as leaving the mullions for too long can result in the paint getting sticky.

Step 4

The lowered sash requires the same paint job but it’s not easy to reach all the mullions on the lower sash, so only paint the ones you can actually reach. Use the same method that you used for the bottom sash that is currently at the top.

Now paint the frame of the lower sash which you have previously pushed to the top. Now push the top sash back up but not all the way, stopping short of the painted surfaces. Once this is done, you can paint the remaining mullions and frame faces, with anything you could not previously reach now being accessible.

Sash windows that have been painted may still leave you with draught issues due to gaps in the frames. All you need to do to deal with this problem is wait for the paint to dry before installing a sealant that leaves you with a combination of beautifully painted and draught-free sash windows.

Article provided by Sash Windows, a company based in South East England with over 20 years experience in the installation, repair, replacement and renovation of sash windows.

What Your Office Says about you - First Impressions!

Whether you work in a large office or a smaller company, whether you are client facing or branched based, your office environment can often be seen as reflection of the company in itself. Even if you never necessarily meet clients there, or most of you work from home, it can represent your company as a whole, so creating a good atmosphere and a good environment that accurately reflects what your company represents is essential.

So what can be done to help improve the atmosphere of your head office and make that all important first impression when you do happen to have a client meeting or a business conference or you show a potential new business partner around? Here are a few tips on how you can create the best office environment that is well representative of your company.

Using your Company Logo/Subject Matter to inspire design ideas

Perhaps your company has a logo that uses a particular choice of colours, or it has a mascot or icon to represent the sort of business you do. If so, then this is a good opportunity to build your office environment around those colours. By matching your office design to your logo, or at least giving it the same sort of tone as your logo, you are creating symmetry between what your company represents and what is seen when clients enter your office. It might be a minor detail but it can really make a good impression, particularly in a professional world.

Of course, if your logo uses bright neon colours or a wide clash of colours, it might be better to pick one or two colours or themes to base your office décor around, otherwise your guests (and your employees) may just be bombarded with a world of colour which can be quite distracting. You need to find a good balance.

Use of Space and Storage Solutions

A well organised space makes a great first impression. From sleek storage solutions to clearly mapped out desk and conference rooms, a part of looking professional is all about how you lay things out. If your office seems cluttered or crowded with little to no thought put into the layout of the space, it can look pretty bad from an outsider’s point of view, particularly if they have to make their own way to meet a certain person.

A Clean Office is a Productive Office

Like with clutter and your choice of design, if the first thing a client sees when they step into an office is an overflowing bin, or a sink full of dirty mugs and dishes, they’re going to get a pretty bad impression. Keeping your office clean and adhering to high hygiene standards is incredibly important, no matter what line of business you are in. Try to incorporate some kind of cleaning routine into the day-to-day activities of your employees, or hire a night cleaner to keep things spick and span for when clients come in. Small changes can make a big difference and a clean office could even be the difference between sealing a deal with a client and losing a potential opportunity with a client; you never know.

Your office environment should be a bright, enjoyable place to work, for both you and your employees, so why not make the right first impression with a clean and clear office environment? With modern technology taking leaps and bounds into improving communication for people worldwide, the standard ‘office atmosphere’ is also taking a step away from its normal greyscale tones and trying to re-invent itself. The office is no longer a mindless place of work for many adults, it can now be a fun and worthwhile environment that ends up as a career choice, not just as a means of earning money. Why not try turning your office environment into a more positive one with some of the tips we have listed here today?

Article provided by Supreme Office Cleaning, a professional, reliable and competent commercial cleaning company – specialising in daily contract cleaning, since 2010.

How to get the most out of a small bathroom

Just because you have a small bathroom space does not mean that you cannot have a luxurious feeling design. Everyone has seen these huge bathrooms with incredible design features and top of the range components creating visually stunning spaces. For many the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home, it is a space to relax and contemplate, an escape if you will. Having an inspirational space can help with this process but it can seem difficult to achieve when you are working with such a small canvas, however if done well you can achieve some incredible results and leave yourself with a great looking, luxury bathroom.

There are a few simple things to take into consideration that can vastly improve the design of any small bathroom. Don’t let a smaller space limit your imagination, work with a specialist bathroom designer to realise the potential of your space.

Storage Solutions

A key part of any bathroom is having enough storage for day-to-day objects, such as toothbrushes and razors, and locations to store towels and other items. This can be especially difficult in a small space, especially when you want it to look high-end and luxurious. The obvious choice for storage is usually a vanity unit, if there is space, due to the space this opens up below an otherwise void location (i.e. under a sink). A vanity unit is still a good choice for small bathrooms and by either having it open or floating it off of the floor can provide you with a slightly different look and help give the impression of greater space. An open vanity unit is generally an open shelf where you can either store neatly folded towels or have a box for knickknacks, this can give a very clean and fresh feel to the bathroom.

If you decide not to use a vanity unit another good option is to have floating shelves, either glass or wood finishes can give an air of sophistication depending on the design style you are trying to achieve. Try to keep the clutter to a minimum so that you do not have a busy feel to the surfaces. If you have a shelf, consider extending this over the toilet itself, this gives you a longer surface and a greater area to use for storage of items, including towels.


The key to any bathroom design is functionality, it is no good having a visually incredible design if it is unusable when it comes to the intended purpose. Think about where to place each item and how it relates to the other components of the bathroom.

Using stackable baskets or boxes can look good aesthetically but their main purpose is to provid you with adequate storage. Other things to think about in the design stage is how each unit fits into the space, if you have a long narrow bathroom it may be advantageous to install a longer, thinner sink. Going even further, the use of wall mounted taps can help you maximise the space you have, not only that they also look fantastic whatever your design brief. The shape of items can also make a big impact, if you are concerned about sharp edges you can opt for circular or rounded units, and yes, a round vanity unit can work in a square or corner location.

Feeling of Space

This is the million dollar question that most people will ask, just how do you make a room feel bigger? One reasonably simple thing you can incorporate into your design is a large mirror. Mirrors naturally make a space feel bigger and are also a functional piece of any bathroom. The use of glass and a clean neutral pallet also help you achieve the feeling of space. Examples of this include not using a shower door – you can use a simple pane of glass to keep the area watertight and give a natural barrier. The ultimate sacrifice in space saving is the bathtub itself, although this is a big decision to make. A shower-only bathroom may not be as scary as it may seem at first, after all a lot of people no longer take baths and prefer showers for a number of reasons. Losing the bath tub can open up a lot of space for you to utilise for other aspects of your perfect bathroom.

If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom first of all write down your ideas and then discuss it through with a specialist bathroom designer. They will have great experience in helping people just like you and will most likely be able to contribute some of the best ideas to your design. A new bathroom can be an exciting improvement to your home and the possibilities are endless, even with smallest spaces. 

Article provided by The Brighton Bathroom Company, a professional bathroom specialist offering a range of services to suit any requirements – from the stunning showroom and workshop in Sussex.

Choosing Commercial Flooring – What to Consider

Commercial flooring needs to do much more than provide your employees with a safe and reliable platform underfoot. It needs to be representative of your commercial background and can have a significant contribution to your business as a whole.

It’s certainly not the first thing that springs to mind when we think about marketing techniques, but this is one of many factors that should determine your choice of flooring. So what material would be the best choice for your new flooring installation? Here are the benefits of some of the leading candidates…


Carpets can be easily removed and cleaned when required, so they will look great 24/7. They can also be completely replaced if damaged very easily. Carpet is often self-adhesive or held down by their own weight, so they are generally easier to install or replace.

When it comes to designing your office space there are also plenty of options with carpet, with many different colours and patterns on offer.


Interlocking planks are used to fit laminate flooring and there is usually a dry glue included in the product, so they are very easy to install. The four-layer composition of laminate flooring is also an excellent choice as this enhances durability and reduces chances of long-term wear.

You can emulate the look of the more expensive yet stylish hardwood flooring with laminate, making it a cheaper and efficient choice. You also don’t have the issue of staining and it won’t lose its colour or appearance in direct sunlight.


Hardwood is a hugely popular choice of flooring these days as it is a prefect resemblance of a more rustic and traditional office space. It adds a touch of elegance to any commercial interior and is great for parts of your workspace where clients or visitors will be based.

When making an impact on guests, it doesn’t get much better than hardwood flooring. Hardwood also won’t store dust like carpet and is just as a reliable and sturdy as laminate, if not more.

Vinyl Tiles

The least expensive of the lot and the perfect choice for those looking to budget on their first office space, vinyl is easy to install ye can still emulate the various elegant designs of wood or stone flooring to create something that’s very high-end.

It is resistant to dirt and water thanks to a ‘wear’ layer, and it’s the perfect choice for any kitchen or bathroom space, so perhaps the office kitchen would be perfectly suited to this option. It is also as comfortable as carpet, with the soft texture making it easy to stand on for long periods.

Article provided by Resing Flooring Ltd, a family run flooring contractor providing specialist repair and refurbishment services for industrial flooring across London and beyond – for over 40 years. 

Buying a Property in Dorking

Dorking is one of the most sought after locations to purchase property in Surrey, mainly due to its idyllic location and stunning local attractions. It is popular because of its proximity to London, but also because it allows people to escape the urban hustle and bustle and live in rural idyll without being isolated in the middle of nowhere. Dorking is a well-established market town with its own events, thriving ecosystem and beautiful attractions that make it a great place to live all year round. So, what do you need to know about buying a house in Dorking?


Firstly, you need to remember that house prices in Dorking and the rest of Surrey are, on average, significantly higher than much of the rest of the country. The South East in general is an expensive place to buy, so you might get less for your money than you are used to elsewhere. This might mean you have to compromise on some of the things you want. Can you do without a spare bedroom or a smaller garden? Do you need a garage, or could you even downsize to a flat?

Property Type

With several renovation projects occurring throughout the county currently to cope with the increased demand for housing, if you can’t find anything right now there could well be a brand new property arriving on the market which is perfect in the near future. Find out if there are any showhome open days you can visit to see if this could be an option for you, as there are often ways to help first time buyers move into this type of property. 

Properties in Dorking are fairly diverse, with flats and detached houses being the most popular, although there are also a number of terraced houses and semi-detached houses currently on the market. Prices range from anywhere between £130k - £200k for one bedroom flats, right up to just under £2 million for a stunning 5 bedroom bungalow, so you’ve got a wide range of properties to choose from if you have a bit of money to spend. 


Another thing to consider is that as Dorking is relatively close to London and the main railway line the town is likely to be frequented by commuters on their way to and from work. Generally, the bigger towns closer to London will be full of younger city workers who may not spend a lot of time in their home, so this isn’t for you if you like the community spirit associated with your hometown. However if you yourself are building a career in London and are looking for somewhere a little out of the way but with good connections still to the capital, then Dorking may be the perfect choice. 

Dorking itself is home to a number of community groups, festivals and cultural traditions that occur throughout the year, so if you have a young family or are keen to get involved in some local group activities, there is certainly no shortage of that sort of thing in Dorking. Plus, with a number of small independent shops, its own museum and own theatre group, a sense of community is well rooted in the heart of Dorking, making it perfect for anybody looking to socialise. 

So What Next?

Once you have found a property you are interested in, it is crucial that you find yourself a local chartered surveyor to look out for anything about the property which might affect its market value now or in the near future. Surveyors based in Dorking or with specific experience in property surveying in Dorking will have a deeper knowledge of the potential problems with the houses in the area and will know exactly what they are looking for. It’s important that any flaws are spotted at this stage so that you don’t end up paying more than the market value of the property when there are lots of issues you will need to fork out to fix.

Article provided by Brian Gale Surveyors, an independent firm of RICS regulated Chartered Surveyors based in Surrey and serving the area for over 25 years.

November 26, 2015

Kanakapura Road: The residential boon of South Bangalore

Bangalore city is blessed with the establishment of IT industry that has motivated in the realty influx of the city. Welcoming a mass census inflow every year, the city relishes massive expansion. Additionally, the city has subscribed to be a major source of profitable turnover from the realty market of India. Following the trend, several eminent builders have grabbed the opportunity to contribute their part in the race. The latest realty slag seems not to affect the metropolitan city anyway. Peaked realty price of central and prime locations of the city have streamlined the development of all suburb regions to accommodate the massive footfall of jobseekers.

Amongst various suburban region, Kanakapura Road is one of the pristinely existences of the city. Positioned at the southern vicinity of the city, Kanakapura Road connects the city of Bangalore and small suburb town of Kanakapura at a distance of 55 kilometer from the city. The locale offers ideal residential condition as it boasts a peaceful and serene surroundings, due to the wide availability of forest lands in vicinage. Apartments in Kanakapura Road are an ideal residential investment option due to its manifold locational features.

Kanakapura Road is the part of upscale NH 207, which is the main reason for prodigious infrastructural condition of this area. It is easily connectable from all parts of the city through NICE Road and Outer Ring Road. In addition, the workplace like Electronic City is easily approachable from the locale. This lengthy stretch connects several prime regions in its course. The superlative metro railway route (Vidhana Soudha Metro Railway) is considered for the commuting convenience of the locale, which is under construction and will commence shortly. Additionally, the superlative urban resources for a smooth livelihood namely in the vertices of health, education, entertainment, recreation and all other basic necessities, attracts major footfall of enthusiast buyers to consider investing in the residential properties in Kanakapura Road.

The locale hosts numerous places of interest, which has attracted several tourists, making it a distinguished existence. One of the major is, Bannerghatta National Park. Additionally, the infamous existence of the devotional center, “The Art of Living” by Shri Shri Ravishankar also lures massive visitors on regular basis. Bangalore Properties at Kanakapura Road have gained a distinguished demand as it relishes an exquisite blend of picturesque surroundings, serene ambience with superlative urban resources and amazing area connectivity. Once a destination of leisurely activities, Kanakapura Road has remodeled itself in recent times to be a booming residential hub, with vibrant civic resources all around.

Flats in Bangalore at this pristinely locale is of major attraction for mass buyers. Due to its significant and alluring locational traits, the locale enjoys attention from numerous ace builders namely Brigade Group, Sobha Developers, Purvankara Projects Limited, Nitesh Estates, Mantri Developers, Concorde Group, Pride Group, Prestige Group, Chartered House (P) Ltd etc. With obvious reasons this locale offers the luxurious set of apartments in Bangalore. Investing in such an apt locale is the wisest decision, with a humungous return lined up for future.

November 22, 2015

Garage Door Opener Repair Help

Have you found that your garage door opener has been acting up or you cannot get it to work at all? What you should know is that you may actually be able to fix it on your own with a couple of good troubleshooting tips. In some instances, you could even save quite a bit of money instead of having to enlist the help of professional garage door opener repair.

When you stop to think about it, there are very few appliances outside of your kitchen and laundry room that get half as much of a workout as your garage door opener. In general, your opener will give you a few years of service that is completely hassle free before it starts to act up. Whenever this happens, you may not want to assume that you have it replaced. You can make some repairs on your own, with some of your own tools that you may already have around the house.

If the garage door is closed, pull on the cord for emergency release and life the door a bit to see if it opens up for you in a smooth manner. If not, you could have an issue that is with your tracks or the springs instead of the opener. Try pulling the emergency release to see if the door comes crashing down and if it does, the problem is actually your spring.

You may have a remote that works, however the issue lies in the switch on the wall. Sometimes , all it will take is changing out the switch, some of the wiring or checking to see if there could be a faulty fuse that is keeping it from functioning properly. Some people have been able to switch out their wall switch with a fairly inexpensive doorbell button instead of having to pay for a new switch.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who will become frustrated over their garage door opener not working, only to find out that they will have batteries that need replacing. Take a look at all of the remotes that you have to operate your garage door opener and see if switching out the batteries makes a difference. If you still do not have it working with a change in batteries, the issues could be the remotes themselves, which you can easily replace.

While it may seem like a whole lot of trial and error, you could find that it will be something simple that you need to fix your garage door opener. Instead of enlisting the help of a professional to take care of your garage door opener repair, it is best to see what you can try to do on your own. Once you have exhausted all of your options, you can then contact a professional so that you can have your entire system looked at so that you can get your garage door opener working again. When all is said and done, you will be glad that you took the time to troubleshoot whatever is going wrong with your opener.

About Author: John is working with Garage Door Repair Naples FL as an Internet Marketing Consultant.

Front Entry Tips for Every Home

Front entry is often the most important part of every home; it leaves a significant aesthetic impact on visitors. That is why it should be interesting, but at the same time front entry should be in accordance with the architectural style of the house. Its design does not have to be complicated, however, it must leave a positive impression.

Front door
The front door of any home has important practical functions, including security and insulation, but nice door can beautify the entire front of the house. Door can be made of almost all available materials. Most often we find the classic wooden doors, aluminium doors and anti-burglar door. Cast iron doors, matched with a small fence made of the same material can create an interesting visual appearance.
Glass can also be a part of the front door. Engravings, stained glass, or metal inserts on the door, or above the door can make your front entry look unique.
Colour of the door doesn’t have to match the colour of the walls; it can be a completely different colour, one that does not appear elsewhere in the home exterior. Colourful door, well integrated into the overall exterior design of the house creates a strong visual appeal.
The front door should be clearly indicated. This does not mean that the main entrance have to be on the street side, although that is almost always the case. If your front entry is on the side of the house, it should be pointed out with a path through the garden, porch or interesting creepers. Climbing roses or ivy on your front porch make your front entry look inviting. Plant small decorative flowers or shrubs in pots or other green arrangements and put them on the path or steps leading to your front door.
Your front entry and hallway have to be painted in light colours, and if you have darker pieces of furniture on your front porch or in the hallway, make sure to add details in bright colours, especially red. If you want to leave a comforting impression, paint the front walls in pastel shades, and if you prefer a cheerful atmosphere, choose the colours that are brighter and clearer, but which are still enough light and mild. Make sure that you paint your front porch and steps leading to the front entry with a concrete paint in order to protect them from hash weather conditions.
Lights in front of the house doesn’t only help you to find a keyhole at night. In addition to providing security, lights can be interesting and they can emphasize the texture of your walls. Spread the lights on your front yard and create a three-dimensional experience for your guests.
We all know what is the purpose of the mats, but they also create a psychological transition from walking outside to entering someone’s home. That is why you should choose mats that are looking welcoming and inviting.
Put an unusual house number, mailbox and other interesting details on your front entry. Flowerpots with greenery surrounded by lanterns on both sides of the door create a distinctive aesthetic harmony, which will help your home make a powerful first impression. 

About the author :

Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.

House Relocation Guides – Moving Your Pets to a New House

If you have ever moved to another home, you must know how stressful it can be. Even if you’re really excited by your new house and look forward to living there, a moving itself can still be a rather daunting task. But, if you have pets, you need to think about them and their reactions to the big change, too. There are some useful tips on making the overall experience a bit calmer for both you and your pet(s) and I will gladly share them with you!

Inform Your Vet

In case you are moving out of the area or even overseas, you need to inform your veterinary. You should take medications and records with you and ask your vet to recommend another professional in your new neighborhood. Since your vet knows your beloved pets well, ask if they have some more advice on keeping them happy and healthy during the move. 

If you’re moving to another state/country, you might need a health certificate stating that your pet is free of parasites and in good health. 

Reduce the Stress

Your pet will feel that something strange is happening around, but you should reduce the level of stress. For example, you could keep animals in the quietest room/area. By this, I mean emptying a room, floor, garage or even a vehicle and closing the door. 
Make sure you feed and/or walk your pets regularly, as you would usually do, because it’s helpful to have some sense of a routine in all that change. If it’s completely impossible for you to offer your pets a peaceful shelter, think about leaving them at kennels or with your parents/friends for a day or two. 

Once your removalists start putting everything into your new place, don’t leave your pets among the chaos. Again, seclude them in a quiet and safe area, for example the bathroom, and hang the sign on the door to keep everyone out.

Overnight Moving Kit

Even the most organized people might feel lost and confused while moving to a new house, so don’t think you’ll remember where all the stuff is. Instead, prepare a small, but easily accessible, moving kit for your pets and make sure it has enough food, litter, grooming items, toys and medications to keep your companions more comfortable during the first days of unpacking.

Ride Together

Although a local or interstate removalist can offer to take your pet to the new house in his own vehicle, it’s better to be around your pets during the ride. Small dogs and cats can be put in carriers in the back seat and secured with a seatbelt. 

Use a kennel for a bigger dog, even if it means putting backseats down. For some animals, it’s less stressful if a blanket is thrown over the carrier during the ride. 

Guinea Pigs don’t like neither the change nor to be jostled around, so be careful and transport them in a small, comfortable and warm carrier. If you own birds, although they probably don’t like to be put in a cage, it’s highly recommended to do that on moving day. 

Most pets will not drink or eat anything in a moving vehicle, and you don’t need to offer them food and water for a short trip. If, however, the ride takes more than four hours, make sure you stop and take a break to feed and provide water to your pets. 

Dogs could stretch their legs at the rest stop, whereas cats shouldn’t be let out before reaching the final destination.

Fish: Take Them or Leave Them?

Fish can respond strongly to stress and for them, a move might be fatal. Although that’s not perfect way to transport them, you can use bags filled with their old tank water. This is, however, suitable, only if you transport them short distances. 

If you travel to another state or country, it’s better to ask some friend to give your fish a new home. After you unpack, you can purchase new fish. 

Author’s Bio:

Harlene Truong is the content writer for Gordon Vet hospital in Turramura Vet Clinic. She is a great animal lover since childhood. Accordingly, she completed her education from Sydney University and alongside kept working with animal healthcare companies so as to get the enjoyment of being surrounded by animals always.

SMSF Property Investment Considerations

An SMSF or self managed super fund is a type of superannuation scheme that’s designed to provide retirement income to members who are also the beneficiaries. 

With an SMSF you are in control of your fund’s investments and you can buy residential or commercial property, as long as the sole purpose of this investment is to provide retirement benefits to your members, or to their dependants if a member dies before retirement.

An SMSF property investment has to be planned carefully and can only be undertaken if the SMSF investment strategy allows for it. 

When setting up an SMSF there are very specific requirements to fulfil to allow for property investment inside your superannuation fund to occur.

Generally, we advocate the use of a Company to run your retirement vehicle if you
plan to invest in property in super. Some of the other requirements you will need to obtain when setting an SMSF to invest in property are:

An Australian Business Number (ABN)
Tax File Number (TFN)
Bank account, which needs to be in the fund’s name; contributions can be made through it and it can pay the fund’s expenses

Before you can start making investment decisions for your fund, including SMSF property investment, you will need to develop and implement an investment strategy.

An SMSF investment strategy is the responsibility of trustees and is a written, detailed financial plan, outlining the investment objectives and goals of your fund as well as what types of investments your fund can make.
Here are some of the vital things to consider when developing and reviewing your SMSF investment strategy, so that everything will be in accordance with strict SMSF rules and regulations:

1. It’s imperative to have extensive knowledge of the personal circumstances of all the members of the fund. As mentioned previously, the sole purpose of the fund is to provide retirement benefits to your members, or to their dependants if a member dies before retirement and your investment decisions must meet and support this. Important variables to take into account are each member’s age, retirement needs, personal circumstances and risk tolerance.

2. Diversification of funds’ assets – a diversified investment portfolio is a smart way to minimise investment risk.

3. Liquidity of assets.

4. The fund’s ability to pay benefits and all the other costs it incurs should be studied as well.

5. Insurance needs of all the members of the fund and whether the insurance should be held in the SMSF must be considered.

Given these conditions/considerations, it is clear that SMSF Property Investment needs to be thoroughly thought out. If this process is proving to be quite overwhelming to manage, seek help from experienced, licensed financial professionals who specialise in SMSFs.

About the author: Oliver Finney is an enthusiast of the real estate industry who loves to continuously learn and share knowledge as well about the vast and comprehensive world of the real estate business, off and online. Indeed, he is an avid real estate enthusiast and has recently made the final step to earning his real estate license. He visits sites like

Cheap and functional - Frugal DIY ideas for your home

We all know the saying that everything can be bought for a price. If you are one of those who think that its bittersweet meaning is that everything is possible, but only if you have deep enough pocket we are here to break some good news to you. There are numerous things you can afford with almost nothing but your bare hands and wit. Keeping that in mind, let us see how you can use your DIY skills to refresh your home this autumn, and spend almost nothing.

Use Small Disposable Items to Organize Your Home

One of the most common problems of any home is the bad organization which in turn leads to huge piles of clutter. Put an end to this issue using nothing but the clutter itself. For example you can use your broken CDs/DVDs to separate the hanging areas in your locker, and use beer pull-tabs to hang several hangers onto each other and get the most out of your locker’s vertical space. Cereal boxes can become great drawer dividers, and your old cloths can be repurposed into the vertical hangers with the most basic sewing skill. If you have a lot of boxes around, use old newspapers and magazines to overlay them and create very stylish storage units.

Create a Beautiful Picture Wall

If you have one of those walls which are not the prettiest thing to look at, why would you not cover it with pictures of your family? Making wooden frames does not stray too far from the elementary school carpentry skill level, so the items you will need for this project are very easy to obtain. The rest is up to your imagination, and this is the area where you can really let it shine through. You can, for example try to show the passage of time, and make gradual transition from your old family photos to the newer ones across the wall.

Turn Everyday Stuff into Furniture

Although it requires slightly higher skill level than the wooden frames, DIY furniture is also very easy to tackle, especially considering the fact that you can use pretty much anything for the material. Have you ever considered hanging ladders vertically onto the wall to create a very practical book shelf, or to screw few castors on painted wooden palette and put a wooden plate on top to create coffee table? No matter how strange it may sound, plastic crates can be turned into colorful storage departments, and cinder blocks can be repurposed into very beautiful planters or even a basis for a desk.

Bring the Autumn In

There is something inherently rustic about the autumn that goes really well with the vintage style. If you want to reinforce this look in your house, you should not be afraid to fill it with the autumn’s fruits. Huge wreaths, jars filled with twigs and leaves, pale pumpkins, and other appropriate things will paint your room with warm autumn colors and fill it with the sense of calm and nostalgia. In a meantime, you can chill out at your patio enjoying your new outdoor furniture while watching the leaves fall.

As we can see changing the look of your house is more a matter of will than it is a matter of money. Whether you are simply going to put an end to the clutter and make it shine again, or you are going to work out your DIY muscles and breathe a new life into it, your house can be completely overhauled even with the meager resources.

November 7, 2015

Top Interior Design Trends For Home Renovation

 With any change in your home, it’s important to consider how to get the most out of it so you’re home is even better than before. Choosing from such a wide variety of styles can sometimes be difficult, but once you have a handle on some of the most groundbreaking trends it becomes slightly easier. While 2015 saw more modern spaces and the emergence of “greige” - a combination of grey and beige- as its it colour, 2016 offers some new perspectives for home improvement and stylish interiors.
Smart Storage
Storage is an important consideration to make - even in homes with tons of space to spare. In light to more minimalist approaches to design, it’s more important than ever to find new, sleek and simple ways to make the most of storage spaces , particularly of the built-in variety. You’ll have to consider the types of storage you’ll be doing in any given space in order to properly plan out what you’re going to need. While built-in floor to ceiling shelving or ledges placed strategically over doors and windows can offer some great storage for items you want on display, also consider making use of awkward spaces like under stairs or corner nooks for other things you don’t mind having tucked away.

Go Artisan
Global inspiration is nothing new, but with more subdued trends taking centre stages for the last few years; handmade offerings from around the world have taken a bit of a back seat; or been utilized in much smaller amounts. With so much recent focus on travel blogs and envy-inducing social media accounts from adventurists near & far, 2016 will see the revival of infusing culturally-linked handmade accessories, alongside exotic textiles & furniture, bringing a wanderlust vibe into any home.

Bring The Outdoors Inside
More and more, everyone is finding ways to bring elements of the outdoors into their home. Whether they have a bustling garden they want to interpret indoors as well, or an urban dweller looking to break up the monotony of the concrete jungle, there’s plenty of ways to make you feel more connected to nature in that regard. One great way is to make space considerations for an indoor garden. Whether you use an indoor solarium to fill with plant life, or plan a section of a sunlight-facing wall to create mounted sections of foliage, the possibilities are endless; but do require some amount of planning. Skylights are another great addition to almost any room to bring the outside in, often eliminating the need for additional lighting and making the space feel much more open.

 Natural Is In
From knits, leathers, distressed wood, salvaged stones, cotton and canvas, faux finishes are making space for authentically natural materials in 2016. While luxe touches of marble and gold will still make appearances, they’ll be in the form of subtle detailing and finishes, acting as accents to larger natural wall or window treatments, statement furniture and accessories.

Classic Black & White
This is a colour combination that literally works in every room of the home. This monochromatic set up can make a big statement and has already been dubbed “the new neutral.” With its clean & timeless appeal, it’s position as a bubbling trend for 2016 will likely last for years to come. Go bold with graphic textile or wall treatment patterns that bring the two colours together, like stripes or chevrons. It’s easy to update this look with newer accent colours as the seasons, years, or simply your mood change.

Mixed Metallics
Metallic fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms have been the norm for a long time; but 2016 will see it take on a bit of a new life. Copper is catching up to popular chrome and gold-toned finishes for everything from faucets, to handles to lighting, and mixing all three together is a contemporary twist on the look.

If you plan on renovating your home in 2016, these are some trends to consider before taking the plunge.

About Author : Byron Jose is working with Georgianreno as an Internet Marketing Consultant.

Baner is the ideal realty investment destination in West Pune

With the eruption of multifaceted industries in Pune, the realty demand is soaring in order to accommodate the workforce for it. The vicinity of workplaces is the most preferred residential area for the mass. Baner is one of the most resourceful locales that grace the western periphery of Pune metropolis, with its apt existence.  The locality is close to the technological hub of Hinjewadi and superbly placed in vicinity to the upscale Pune Bangalore Highway (NH-8), Mumbai Pune Expressway and Mumbai- Pune Bypass road.

The employment opportunity in the city has invited the census migration and the locale like Baner enjoys the cosmopolitan prominence due to the adjacency of Hinjewadi IT Park. Baner has experienced massive upgradation in past few years and in recent time is considered as one of the swanky localities of Pune. The luxurious residential asset offered by the locale is stacked with opulence. All the properties are coupled with sorted facilities that amaze the investors, with a prodigious feel.

The upscale urban amenities boasted at Baner is ideal for an ultra modern lifestyle enjoyed by the inhabitants. Invariably, the property rate of this area has reached its summit. Several home buyers, irrespective of their profession are looking forward to invest in a dream property of the locale, with a futuristic view. The strategic locale is invariably the best deal and set to award a profitable return. The inhabitants of Baner relishes overwhelming conveniences to almost everything, that is most required for a stress-free daily life.

The prestigious educational institutes, premium multispecialty hospitals, superlative shopping arcades are the opulent resources, for the most sought after contemporary lifestyle by the locality. Loyola school, Vidya Valley School, The Orchid School etc are some of the prestigious establishments. The iconic Balewadi stadium is one landmark efficacy adjacent to Baner. Further, the ornate adjoining locales like, Aundh, Wakad, Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Nilakh, Balewadi etc adores the locale with optimum convenience. 

Thus, the advantageous location attracts elite builders to structure their ultra modern residential projects. The contemporary style homes allure the cosmopolitan mass from Hinjewadi to invest as residing close to the workplace has always been one of the important criteria of property investment. Moreover, the region can be seamlessly connected to any and every part of the city. The Baner Pashan Link Road and Baner Aundh Road are the most important corridors that link the area to the other parts of the city and harbor the plush resources of the locale.

The infrastructural prominence of the locale is due to the vicinage of the superlative corridors namely Pune Bangalore Highway (NH-8), Mumbai Pune Expressway and Old Mumbai- Pune Highway etc. As per the experts, Baner is yet to receive its peaked property rates. That leaves the prospect investors with an exclamation about the unimaginable appreciation this locale is about to rejoice. In present day, the property at Baner is a ritzy affair that many people dream of, though achieving it is an arduous task it seems.

Baner is adorned with the residential varieties of apartments, villas, row houses and pent houses. The residential apartments in Baner are the most desired variety. Almost all realty projects harbors residential apartments, both compact and expansive. The other variations remain the residential preference of the elite class. Baner properties are one of the most regal existences, with the unparallel advantages relished. However, property rates of the locale have been a set-back for many. The property owners of this resourceful locale relish the plush facilities that fill their livelihood with comfort. The flats in Baner relishes unparallel infrastructural benefit. In totality, the locale is the hub of luxury and sophistication that fetches more way more than is costs.

Foreign Buying forces Spanish Property prices up by 5%

The economy in Spain took a real hit in 2008 when the property market bottomed out, but money invested by foreign buyers is helping the property market to recover.

During June 2015, property prices rose by 5.12% which was driven by foreign nationals making purchases in prime property markets.

The number of transactions has also increased with 188,432 purchases being made during the first half of this year which is the equivalent to an increase of 7.9%. The main reasons for the increase is that there is easier access to credit as well as low interest rates but also the fact that employment has improved along with confidence in consumers.

There has also been an increase in construction activity from levels that were extremely low but it is likely to contribute to the continuation of the recovery within the sector.

Of all the housing transactions carried out in the first half of the year, 17% of them were made by foreign buyers which shows that many of the economies that help to create demand for properties in Spain such as Germany and the UK as well as the depreciation of the Euro are all playing a vital part.
During the first quarter of 2015, 12.2% of residential properties were purchased by foreign nationals which has risen from 9% in 2006. The luxury market in Spain has seen the largest impact from foreign investment. Between 2007 and 2013, the price of homes in Spain fell by more than 35% which gave foreign investors a number of opportunities when it came to growth.

There are several areas such as Pedralbes and Salamanca that are popular with foreign investors and these areas have already clawed back 20% of the value that was lost during the property market crash. This has resulted in house prices increasing at the quickest rate seen since the market crashed.
This recent increase in growth means that the price of property is now down 29% nationally since the market peaked but there are differences throughout many regions.

The recovery is experienced mainly in popular areas such as Madrid, the Canaries and the Balearics. Spanish property registrars have shown that following the first half of the year, the real estate sector closed with a balance that was positive and this indicates that this is likely to continue through the second half of the year.
The demographic of foreign buyers has changed over the last two years and now foreign buyers are coming from the Middle East, Asia and America rather than Europe. The weaker Euro has lured in those investors from outside the European Union. However, the weak Rouble and stronger rules on the transfer of currency has deterred Russians and other investors.

The strength of the dollar has seen American investors show an interest whilst French buyers have been looking for property in Spain due to taxation policies in France.

As a result of the recovery of the Spanish economy, there has been a 2.7% growth in GDP over the last 12 months and banks have become more confident when it comes to lending. During the first three months of 2015, the banks agreed to a third more mortgages for 27% more capital when compared to the same period in 2014 which shows that domestic buyers are returning which help to aid national growth for the future.

Author Bio
Hopwood House are experts in property investment and have a wide range or properties for sale in Spain, including Malaga, Almeria and Murcia.

Safer Strategies for Overseas Property Investment

Investing in property overseas has the potential to be profitable, and to open up markets that are more accessible, more stable, or higher-yielding than the UK. However, like all investments it inherently comes with a degree of risk. Nonetheless, the right strategy and a well-thought-out approach can do a lot to minimise risk and maximise the chances of your property purchase proving successful as an investment.

The Location

Make a good, thorough study of the country and the specific part of that country you are considering buying in. Take any information on official websites with a pinch of salt, and try to find impartial information from specialist investment websites and discussion groups. Be especially careful with countries that have suffered recent political turmoil. These can be a good way to take advantage of recovery for quick value growth, but they also have a vested interest in putting out information designed to attract foreign investors back. Make sure things are stable now and that you are truly happy with the risk profile before you buy.

The Property

When thinking about the property itself, consider not just the quality of the property on offer but how it will fit within the rental market and your investment goals. For example, if you want to let your property to tourists, is it actually the kind of property that people will want as holiday accommodation. What kind of tourists will want to rent it (for example honeymooners/couples, individuals or families), and is there a lot of demand from this particular kind of tourist within the location you are looking at? If the property is located in an especially busy market, does it have anything – or could anything be added easily and cost-effectively – to make it stand out from the competition.

Have an Emergency Plan

Nothing will completely eliminate risk from the equation, but if you're prepared for the worst and have a plan this can significantly lessen the impact of a disaster. What if there's a housing crisis in your chosen location and your property starts to lose value? What if demand for rented accommodation falls through the floor. Often, if it looks like a minor blip it is worth riding out and if it looks more serious it is worth either being prepared to grin and bear it for the duration or getting out while you still can and before too much damage is done. Which leads onto the final point…

Have an Exit Plan

If things do go wrong, you may want to exit your investments and liquidate your properties with the minimum of delay. Even if things go perfectly, it's entirely possible, even likely, that you won't want to hold onto the property for the rest of your life and will want to part with it sooner or later. If your plan specifically involves taking advantage of capital growth, then selling off the property at the right time could even be an integral part of your strategy. Familiarise yourself with the selling process in your destination country, and research how demand currently stands for this property type and how it is forecast to progress. This kind of research can help the far-from-quick process of selling a property go that much quicker when the time comes.

Author Bio

This article was contributed by The Overseas Investor, international property investment specialists with a large portfolio of investment opportunities in countries across the globe.