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Autumn Inspired Home Decor

September 15, 2017

We may be expected to experience a ‘once every 60 years event’ here in Scotland, with an Indian Summer that is predicted to be hotter than our official summer, but it’s still autumn nevertheless. That means that it’s time for warm colours that reflect the beautiful foliage of the season, creating a cosy sanctuary in the home in preparation for the long winter that often feels like it will never, ever end! (more…)

Many landlords wonder what the best choice would be to manage their rented property. It sounds fairly straightforward and less expensive to manage your own property, but is that really the case? In this blog post we weigh the options to help you decide what works best for you.

Private Landlord

Private landlords typically fall into two categories: professional landlords who own and let out multiple properties as a business; and ‘accidental’ landlords who rent out their home or a second property that has been purchased as an investment. Both are increasingly common. Aside from not having to pay agency fees, the biggest benefit of going it alone as a private landlord is being able to personally meet, assess and selected tenants. You have full control. But with this comes a great deal of responsibility, hassle, and time commitments.

It can take considerable effort to find the right tenant, so you may have to meet and assess multiple viewers. You will have inventory checks, tenancy agreements, deposits and references to take care of. You will need to get to grips with over 70 pieces of complex legislation to ensure you’re compliant as a landlord. Regular inspections will be required to make sure your property is being properly cared for. If anything goes wrong, you will need to respond quickly and arrange repairs yourself.  And when the tenancy ends, you’ll need to go through the entire process again. Oh the joy!

Letting Agency  

Renting out your property through a letting agent offers greater security and peace of mind for both landlords and tenants. Agencies are highly regulated by professional bodies, such as the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and Property Ombudsman, which have strict codes of practice that members are required to adhere to.

Benefits of a letting agency

At Clyde Property, we have been letting property for 30 years and are in a good position to offer advice on simple and affordable ways to make your property more appealing and marketable, thus allowing you to receive maximum rental income. We have a large database of tenants and can market your property more efficiently.

We arrange property viewings and thoroughly vet potential tenants, as well as take care of negotiations, paperwork, deposits, disputes, emergencies and repairs are taken care of on your behalf.

With the experience of renting property on behalf of so many landlords, we know the ins and outs of all required regulations and make sure your property is A full inventory and inspection of the property is carried out prior to the tenant moving in.

A full inventory and inspection of the property are carried out prior to the tenant moving in as well as regular inspections are conducted to ensure your property is kept in good order and remains compliant.

Whilst many people believe agencies do little for their fees, we believe the efficiency, assurances and benefits of professional management far outweigh the cost.

What Our Landlords Say

 “Efficient and professional letting management service”

The Edinburgh staff were friendly, helpful and reliable and gave good advice and direction at every stage of the letting process. I would highly recommend as an efficient and professional letting management service.

Roddy Mackenzie

Letting client, Edinburgh branch

October 2016

“Friendly, approachable and very helpful”

Clyde Letting have been acting as my letting agents for many years. Steph Plant and her team in Clarkston are friendly, approachable and very helpful. They provide timely and accurate advice and support and as a consequence I have had very little voids relating to my flat occupancy.

Guy Tassie

Letting client, Clarkston branch

October 2016

Letting out your property with Clyde

 With an award-winning letting service, unbeatable knowledge of the Scottish rental market, and a huge database of tenants looking for their next home, Clyde Property is in an unparalleled position to help you maximise your rental income and find the perfect tenant. We do all the hard work for you, taking the stress and uncertainty out of the letting process. And with property inspections every two months, you can leave the worrying to us and get on with the more important things in life.

Clyde Property is a leading independent, multiple award winning estate and letting agent with 30 years’ experience in selling and letting property in Scotland. Just call your local Clyde Property branch today, for friendly, impartial advice on letting out your property.

 

 

At Clyde Property, we know that people searching for property often have a picture in their mind of their ideal home and have certain criteria that must be ticked off the list before an offer is made. We were interested to hear about some new research, carried out by Origin, who surveyed 2,000 people on the ‘must-have’ qualities of their dream, forever home. It turns out that many people still hope to one day own a house they call their own for good, and for the majority this means a detached 4-bed home, overlooking lovely countryside views but still a short commute to work, with a shop to nip into for the milk and a local pub for a pint on a Sunday afternoon! (more…)

Would it surprise you to know that most homes are not bought and sold during the hours of 9 to 5? Likewise, that the majority of viewings are not conducted during these times throughout the week? It makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? Most people have to go to work during the daytime from Monday to Friday. If we’re only open and offering viewings when you’re at work, that’s not a lot of use to you when you’re trying to buy, sell, let, or rent a property. (more…)

Making a rented property feel like home is not as difficult as you may think. Whilst many landlords may not permit tenants to redecorate the walls and woodwork or change other fixtures and fittings – especially if the interior is nicely maintained and presented already – there are many small, simple touches you can add to your rented property to personalise the space without making permanent changes. This is the case whether you’re renting a furnished or unfinished place. (more…)

As we near the end of August, it’s almost time for the best part of the Scottish summer… September! Technically it is Autumn, of course, but that month generally seems to be the most pleasant one north of the border. Daylight still lasts long into the evening, and we’re often treated to an Indian Summer, so it’s the perfect time to get your outdoor space prepared for the winter by getting rid of those pesky weeds, deadheading the flowers, thinking about bulbs for next year, planting some flowering winter pots, and freshening sparse or lacklustre areas of lawn with some grass seed before the cold weather sets in. It’s certainly not the time to abandon your horticultural duties, so here are a few tips and ideas to help you make the most of your garden this autumn! (more…)

The recent recovery of the UK housing market has created an excellent opportunity for many first-time homeowners who have, until recently, been unable to move up the property ladder due to lack of equity and larger deposit requirements. This predicament has been particularly felt by those who purchased their first home at the peak of the boom in 2007/08, many of whom paid 0-10% deposits and have been sitting on little or no equity for a humber of years. Things are now looking up, which is really great news for young homeowners who are hoping to buy a bigger property and/or start a family. (more…)

Why Video Sells Property

August 30, 2017

With the quality of Internet access increasing and the cost of video becoming more and more affordable, the trend of creating video for properties has become more and more visible in the estate agency world. At Clyde Property, we have started offering professional HD video and drone footage to home sellers who wanted to make the best impression amongst potential buyers 3 years ago. We had fantastic response and as we progressed, we’ve seen the need for expanding the offer to all our customers. (more…)

The humble “For Sale” board has been around for quite some time and it has more than proven its worth in past years. But in this day of modern online communications some are left wondering if the “For Sale” board is still relevant.

Sometime home sellers are reluctant to put up a For Sale board worrying about their home’s curb appeal, but we can assure you the old fashioned “For Sale” board still carries a lot of importance and can make or break your home sale in more than one way. (more…)

When selling a property, estate agency fees can vary considerably. So, too, can the quality of service you receive, which is reflected in viewing numbers and the speed and value of the sale. Traditionally, estate agency fees were always based on a percentage of the final sale price. In recent years, however, a number of agents have started offering fixed fees instead. This is particularly common with online and hybrid estate agencies. (more…)

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