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Home automation and smart home add-on-s are obviously a trend. An indicator is the request and the rise in payment for those offering those services.

Smart home projects double over 12 months

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The average pay rates for the most popular smart home installation tasks are:

– smart sprinkler systems … £120 / hour vs £18 / hour for a landscaper
– smart lights … £60 / hour vs £45 / hour for lighting installer / electrician
– lock and home security … £100 / hour for surveillance cameras, smart locks & security systems installation vs £60 / hour for a locksmith
– heating … £80 / hour for a smart thermostat installation vs £50 / hour for a plumber
– smart TV … £60 / hour vs £30 / hour for a TV installer / handyman
– smart home hubs … £50 / hour (no qualification required)

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Monetizing your second house should be a ‘must’ if you’re seeking for means of income.

If this property is based in the city, renting it is a good way to ensure yourself of a monthly income according to the rental market.

If the property is isolated or located in a nice vacation spot you should consider renting it for vacations. Families usually search for these kind of cozy homes for seasonal small vacations and your offer might be exactly what they need.

You should consider a couple of things before putting your second home up for rent as a vacation hub!

Check out the article below for some useful tips!

Renting Out Your Second Home As A Holiday Let Property

 

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Freelancer or just working remotely? Either way, if your home is your office, you might want to check out if your home is a efficiency boosting environment.

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Six features your house needs if you work from home

  1. The office – an area created especially for working, close to Wifi, away from distractions.
  2. Additional working areas – maybe you can work from the couch, too. But how do you manage to ignore the TV?
  3. Temperature control.
  4. Natural light.
  5. Visible greenery.
  6. Open space.

Here are some available offers that comply with these working ‘standards’!

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Houses in Multiple Occupation* are facing new rules starting 1st of October. Landlords have just a couple of days more to apply for the licence.

Landlords urged to apply for new mandatory HMO licence as deadline approaches

*HMO criteria:

• is occupied by five or more persons
• is occupied by persons living in two or more separate households
• and meets:
o the standard test under section 254(2) of the Act
o the self-contained flat test under section 254(3) of the Act but is not a purpose-built flat situated in a block comprising three or more self-contained flats, or
o the converted building test under section 254(4) of the Act.

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1. Did you know that trespass is not just confined to people? If climbing plants such as ivy or wisteria extend into a neighbouring garden it is considered trespass and if damage is reported the home owner could be liable.

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2. Movement due to the proximity of trees to a building is a common problem. A mature poplar can take up to 50,000 litres of water from the sub soil each year.  The root radius of a tree is often equal to or greater than its height above ground level. In some cases, e.g. willow, poplar, elm the radius can be up to twice the height.

3. Did you know that it’s possible to remove a chimney breast from a bedroom to make way for a fitted wardrobe, for example, and leave the chimney stack above?  But you can’t just leave it hanging there – it will need to be properly supported, usually with a substantial concrete or steel lintel.

4. Efflorescence is a common sight in new brickwork. It’s caused by soluble salts in solution being brought to the surface as waste in the wall dries out. It is usually a harmless, temporary problem often occurring in spring following a wet winter. The main concern is the unsightly appearance caused by the white staining that it produces.  Persistent efflorescence may indicate a design or construction fault.

 

5. The problem with wood worm is that it can fly! Woodworm isn’t a worm at all, rather it is the larva stage of the common furniture beetle. The female beetle starts the life cycle process by laying eggs directly into the timber through cracks, crevices and existing flight holes. The larval stage can last up to 5 years. The holes associated with woodworm are the flight holes of the emerging adult beetles.

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6. If a chimney was built before 1965 the construction would have been controlled by local bye-laws. It was only with the 1965 Building Regulations that there was a requirement for all chimney flues to be built with liners. That is not to say older chimneys would have been unlined – often the flues were rendered with a lime render – but the approach was not consistent.

7. Radon gas is a radioactive gas, but you can’t see, smell or taste it!  Because it is radioactive, it has considerable implications for people’s health.  It originates from the rocks and soil found everywhere in the UK. The radon level in the air we breathe outside is very low but can be higher inside buildings because it can accumulate in confined spaces. Public Health England has produced a map showing the areas where there is a greater risk of radon gas.

Source: 7 facts about property that you (probably) didn’t know….

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