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Viewing properties is a vital part of the house buying process. You will have looked at the photos online or in a printed schedule, but it’s important to visit and take a thorough look around any property you are interested in buying. Here are our top ten tips for viewing properties. Before the viewing 1.       […]

Once your offer has been accepted and your entry date has been agreed, it’s time to think about moving. It can be stressful, but making lists is key to keeping you as organised as possible. Here’s our moving house checklist of what to do and when, in the weeks leading up to your move – […]

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments you will ever make. Very few people can afford to buy a home outright, so most will require a mortgage to do so. In recent years, mortgage lending has become stricter. In the past, lenders multiplied your salary by three to five times – known […]

It’s one of the most common questions faced by landlords but there really is no right or wrong answer – in fact you might decide that somewhere in the middle is the way to go. A common opinion is that you can achieve higher rents with a furnished property but it really depends what your […]

You have taken the decision to put your property on the market, considered which estate agent to use and hopefully you are inundated with requests to view your property. There are some small things you can do to make your home more appealing to a prospective buyer, without spending a fortune. Remember that you are […]

Buying or selling a property in Scotland will involve a Home Report. We’ve answered some common questions from both a buyer and seller perspective to make the whole process a bit more understandable. What is a Home Report? Home Reports are unique to Scotland. They were introduced by The Scottish Government in 2008 to provide […]

Deciding which estate agent to trust with marketing your property for sale can make a difference to the price that you achieve for your home and to the experience of selling. Here are our top tips for choosing your estate agent. 1.    Get a free valuation  Find out how much your property is worth with […]

There are many reasons why so many people in Scotland decide to rent – relocating for work or not planning to stay in an area for long, not having the capital for a mortgage deposit or maybe you just don’t want the long-term commitment. Whatever the reason, we’re offering some advice to help you find […]

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement announced a change in the way stamp duty works. The government say that the new system will benefit 98% of us. If you are buying a home for less than £937,500 you’re likely to save money. Stamp duty will now be charged more like income tax. So, you’ll only pay the […]

Always dreamed of building your own home?  The organisers of the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show have pulled together top tips for anyone who is planning to build their own home. Permission First, Building Second For self-builders, having the necessary permissions in place is key as it unlocks the value of the […]

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