November, 2015

A Quick Lick of Paint Gives a Great First Impression

A Quick Lick of Paint Gives a Great First Impression

Now that the worst of the recession is behind us, many people are thinking about selling their property in order to move up the property ladder, or about moving into the buy-to-let market. Many forget that a little effort spent on upgrading the property’s appearance to give a great first impression can translate into a higher asking price or higher rental yields. Recent research has shown that buyers expect to pay as much as 23% more for a property that is freshly painted, so a repaint is a great way to get the most for your house. Hamilton King is a specialist property maintenance company with many years of experience in managing properties of all shapes and sizes, and in this article they offer their advice on how to improve your property and increase its value with a simple tin or two of paint. Ramp up Your Kerb Appeal The outside of your house is the first thing that any prospective buyer or tenant will see, and if they don’t like the outside, they might drive straight past and never get as far as looking inside. If your property is rendered, chipped, stained or peeling paint does not give a good first impression. Consider repainting to give a smart, cared-for impression, but bear in mind that the most popular colour with home buyers is cream or white. Avoid turning people off by going for anything too extreme! Think about the front door as well – if it’s painted, could it do with some attention? If you decide to repaint it, removing the door furniture (letter box, door knocker, door number) in order to do a really professional job, it might be worth spending just a few extra pounds to replace the door furniture with new items. Check your window sills as well – if they’re wooden, perhaps they could do with painting. And if you’re going to go to the trouble of repainting, why not give the garden a quick tidy at the same time? A Make-Over for The Inside Continue your good work by refreshing the inside of the house as well. If you don’t have the time or money to repaint the whole house, try to think where your time and money could be best spent. For example, if your house has a hallway which is need of attention, this could be a good place to start,...

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Sewage Cleanup – The Right way

Sewage Cleanup – The Right way

Sewage contamination can be very dangerous; as well as the obvious problem of being smelly and unpleasant, it can also pose serious health concerns for the inhabitants of the house. The specialist property management company Hamilton King explains the causes of sewage contamination and how to deal with it safely. Hamilton King also has a CompaniesintheUK page which it uses as a platform to provide more information about their business in an open way. The Sources of Sewage Contamination Sometimes a sewer will back up because it has been blocked; usually because something inappropriate has been introduced to it. This might be something solid which is too big to pass down the pipes, or it might be an accumulation of items over time. For example, fat might be poured down the sink which is liquid because it is hot; once it has cooled down, it will solidify and begin to obstruct the pipes. Also, hair which has been flushed down the plug hole will also build up until it will eventually reach the point of blocking the pipes. The sewage service line can develop structural issues such as holes, cracks and pipe collapses. There might also be problems with the pipes moving so that they no longer line up correctly, or the joints may deteriorate so that they are no longer water tight. Tree roots are a well-known cause of damage; roots in sewers are the third greatest cause of sewer repairs, behind blockages caused by fat and structural problems with the sewer. As they are very persistent, they will eventually make their way into the sewer. A sewer has everything that a tree needs – they are a source of water, nutrients and oxygen which enables them to flourish. Sometimes the main sewer will either become blocked or flooded, and if this happens, sewage from the main pipe can back up and emerge into businesses and domestic properties through floor drains. Why Is Sewage Contamination So Dangerous? Sewage water isn’t just dirty; it also contains many biohazards which pose a threat to humans as they can be transmitted through skin contact and through breathing them in. Many different types of bacteria can be found in sewage, which produce a variety of unpleasant symptoms including abdominal cramping and diarrhoea, eye, ear, nose and throat infections, liver infection and failure. In extreme circumstances they can be fatal. It is also...

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Property Maintenance – Preventing Water Damage

Property Maintenance – Preventing Water Damage

Water ingress can be very troublesome if it goes undetected; by the time it has been found, sometimes it will have done considerable damage to a property which will inevitably be expensive to put right. Hamilton King, a specialist company dedicated to quality estate management, including ensuring that properties under their control are correctly maintained, explains more about water damage and how to prevent it. Water, water, everywhere… There are many ways that water can get into a home. For example, it could come from leaking pipes, overflowing gutters or from the roof if there are missing tiles. Water can also seep in from around window frames or upwards in the form of rising damp, if the damp course is missing or damaged. With this sort of ingress, the only way to stop the damp is to fix the problem, and it is best to get any repairs carried out as soon as possible. Finding Water Damage in an Older Property Patient detective work can be needed when you suspect that there is a damp problem in an older house. One giveaway is a water stain on a ceiling or wall. If the property is one that you already own, this is a cue to investigate straight away before any structural damage is done. If you are thinking of purchasing the property, investigate the cause of the staining and ascertain whether it has been repaired, otherwise you may find yourself stuck with an expensive repair bill. Pay attention to freshly painted areas, especially if the rest of the house has not been recently decorated. Is there a bigger issue which the seller is trying to hide? Trust your sense of smell. Although some older properties naturally smell musty, especially if they have been empty for a period, a stronger than usual musty smell should act as a warning to start looking for the cause. If you think that your roof may be leaking, wait until it is raining and then turn off all sources of noise in the house, making it as quiet as possible. Then stand in different parts of the house and listen carefully. It may be possible to hear the drip of water from the roof into the house, and you should then be able to track down where it’s coming from. Condensation If the property is damp but you are not able to find any...

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