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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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What do these three movies have in common?

There are actually at least 2 things:

  1. They are all Oscar winners
  2. Their action happens at one point in London

Property Division did a top 10 of locations in London that appeared in famous movies that got an Oscar:

Kensington Gardens

Canary Wharf

Buckingham Palace

Scotland Yard

Greenwich Royal Naval College

Waterloo Station

Somerset House

Westminster Cathedral

Regent’s Park

Royal Naval College

The city as seen in the movies! Here are the Oscar awarded movies that ‘starred’ England’s capital!

London at the Oscars

Obviously, most of them are historically based in London… or featured the Queen… or other types of royalties!

Which one is your favorite?

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Investment property is real estate property that has been purchased with the intention of earning a return on the investment, either through rental income, the future resale of the property or both.

Source: Investment Property – Investopedia

Buy-to-let is usually a secure source of income. We recommend it seldom to first-time investors in real estate looking for monthly income.

It can come to situations when rental costs are much higher then revenues and renting is not much of a solution for the investors. We found some indicators that can signalize this point in a buy-to-let property’s life.

Signs it’s time to sell your investment property

However, the good part is that an investment property rarely becomes a lose-business. When renting is not creating the profit wished for, you can always sell it for the right price.

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2018 is all about ceilings! Aim high for your property and choose something impressive to look at!

We found some ‘over the top’ statement ceilings on Vogue:

Aim High: Statement Ceilings Are 2018’s Most Romantic and Dramatic Decor Trend

And we found out the inspiration for these new trends in 2018:

Most Beautiful Church Ceilings

Gaze up at even more beautiful church ceilings here: http://archdg.co/MCP8Pep

Posted by Architectural Digest on Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Now… how would your statement ceiling look like? What source of inspiration would you choose?

Nature?… Maybe a forest-like ceiling would look great in your home. The sky is the limit!

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When you step into a house there is naturally one room which buyers gravitate towards. The important question is, which room convinces you to buy? If you’re looking to sell your home it is useful to know which room to prioritise for open houses, images of the property or facts about your home.

Read more in this article on guildproperty.co.uk:

Which room convinces you to buy?

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Summer is all about fun and games! And we know that by games we mean sports and games, because that’s what you usually do when you have a garden.

But when it’s really really hot we might want to try some real over-sized funny games. We gathered some ideas and tutorials for:

-> a giant Jenga

-> a huge Domino

-> a yard Yahtzee

-> a big 4-in-a-row

5 DIY Yard Games, Hours of Fun (Jenga/Dominoes/Yahtzee)

DIY Backyard Game: Four-in-a-Row

Which one would you choose for the next weekend?

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