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Being a good landlord means that you’ll keep your tenants for longer and you won’t end up with an empty property which is less an ideal. Here are a few tips to keep your tenants happy.

  • Be reachable. For the most part, if your tenant is trying to reach you they probably have a good reason. There’s nothing worse for a tenant than having a landlord they can never get into contact with. Obviously, you don’t want tenants harassing you at all hours but make sure you give them a way to contact you, even if that’s an email address that you check regularly.
  • If your tenant reports maintenance issues, address them promptly. This will benefit you in the long run and it will ensure that your tenants stay happy in your property.
  • Be flexible with requests from your tenants, obviously within reason. Don’t say no straight away, consider each request individually as a small change to your property could give you long term tenants.
  • Respect your tenants privacy. You need to always make sure that you give tenants 24 hours’ notice if you intend to visit the property and make sure that they’re aware of any contractors that could be visiting.
  • Treat your tenant well. If you have a good tenant in your property then treat them as such, a good tenant can be hard to find and you need them more than they need you. They pay your mortgage after all. If the property has wear and tear, then do any odd jobs that need doing. You’d have to do all that and more to secure yourself a new tenant should the existing tenants move out.
  • Always give careful consideration before increasing rent as this could force your tenants to move out unnecessarily which you don’t want. Rent should only be raised out of necessity rather than greed.

These are just a few things that can make sure you’re the best landlord you can be. Good landlord + happy tenants = steady income.

Now is a great time to put your property on the market in anticipation of the influx of buyers to the market in December and January. 

We always see a huge increase in demand at this time of year with statistics proving that more people view our properties via our website and property portals such as rightmove.co.uk and onthemarket.com on the days that follow Christmas. Last year we had over 21 million buyers view properties online between Christmas day and new year and you could have access to these buyers if you choose to bring your property to the market now. 

Whist lots of businesses wind down over Christmas, Marshall Property ensure that we are open and available to deal with this increase in demand which leads to an increase in sold properties for our clients. 

Marshall Property are an established local estate agent with a proven track record of achieving the maximum sale price for all of our clients. We have no upfront costs and operate on a no sale no fee basis, we are confident we can sell your property which is why there is nothing to pay until we do. We will provide a free floorplan, professional photography and make your property a premium listing on rightmove.co.uk all at no extra cost.
 
If you would like to arrange for one of our expert valuers to visit you at your property to discuss the above in further detail please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices. 

Allerton - 0151 733 1879

City - 0151 242 0870 

Apartment vs House

 

Whether you’re renting or buying there’s always the important decision of whether you’d like to live in a house or an apartment. Here are a few pros and cons to think about.

 

Apartment

Pros-

  • Cheaper utility bills. A flat usually means a smaller space with less rooms to heat.
  • You can find an apartment for a cheaper price in your desired area.
  • Living in an apartment means you’re only responsible for your living space. The communal areas & grounds outside are looked after by the person who owns the property.

 Cons –

  • If the building doesn’t have a lift upper floors can be a problem for some people.
  • The majority of flats don’t have access to a garden or any outdoor space.
  • In an apartment you often have limited storage space which isn’t always ideal. There’s also no option to add an extension of any kind to expand your space. You need to work with what you have.

 

House

Pros -

  • Houses often have quite a bit of space and you may even have the option of adding an extension of some variety.
  • You can have more privacy in your own house. Apartments often have thin walls you can hear everything through but houses tend to be more self-contained.
  • Most houses come with some outdoor space whether that’s a garden or even a small yard.

 Cons -

  • You’re responsible for the whole property including outside which can mean a lot of maintenance.
  • Safety can be a concern. You’re more likely to be burgled living in a house as opposed to an apartment.
  • Financially a house can cost you more. Insurance, energy and car insurance can be higher when you live in a house.

No matter what kind of property you choose to live in, there are always going to be things you like and things you don't but we can help you find something that's pretty close to perfect! 

When you’re renting you can be limited to how much you can decorate the property and make it your own but there are things you can do to make where you’re living feel like a home. You may not be able to paint or hang pictures but there are ways around this.

  • Some landlords may allow you to decorate if you restore the property when you leave so wallpapering may be an option for you. You can get ‘easy up, easy down’ wallpaper which is very easy to remove, meaning that it wouldn’t be a chore to put the property back as you found it when you move out. You could choose some funky wallpaper and have a statement wall which could really jazz up a plain magnolia room.
  • Hanging photos isn’t always allowed in rented properties but you could still choose interesting prints in fancy frames and lean them against the wall on top of a chest of drawers or unit. Putting different shapes and sizes next to each other adds texture and interest to a room and they don’t need to be hung to make an impact. Having them on a mantlepiece or piece of furniture should suffice.
  • If you’re in furnished accommodation and you didn’t get to choose your sofa, how about adding some throws or colourful cushions? These additions can cover a sofa or chair that you maybe wouldn’t have chosen yourself.
  • Plants can add a lot to any room. Get yourself some greenery in nice pots and it will make a room look a lot more homely and like you’ve made a lot of effort.
  • You should display belongings and knick-knacks around the place. If you have everything stowed away in cupboards it can make a room look sterile and not lived in but having your belongings around the house make a room look lived in and show your personality without having to make any permanent changes.

These are just a few ways you can easily decorate your rented home and make it feel like your own!   

Liverpool is a great place (we obviously think so!) and tourists seem to agree! There are so many reasons that Liverpool is a wonderful place to set up home.

  • If you’re into history then Liverpool is full of it! Whether you’re interested in the Titanic or The Beatles there’s so many interesting stories woven into Liverpool’s history.
  • Culture in the city is a large part of Liverpool’s make up. So many famous bands have come out of this city and you can learn about their history at the Museum of Liverpool which is situated on the gorgeous waterfront. There is also the Maritime Museum and the World Museum if you’d like to discover more about Liverpool’s rich history.
  • The nightlife in the city is varied and thriving. No matter what kind of music you like there’s somewhere for you to go. Whether you enjoy a casual pub or a glamourous club Liverpool City Centre has something for you and that’s not to mention the suburban areas like Lark Lane or Crosby where you can also enjoy a night out.
  • Liverpool is lucky enough to have 2 major football teams residing in Liverpool so whether you’re red or blue we’ve got you covered.
  • We’re also lucky enough to have 2 big cathedrals in Liverpool, both very beautiful but very different.
  • Liverpool One is a shopping centre filled with every shop you can think of and that’s without all the shops on Lord Street. In Liverpool we’ve got you covered from department stores to small niche stores you’ll find whatever you’re looking for.
  • The independents game is strong here in Liverpool. There are so many independent restaurants popping up all over the city and they’re serving every type of delicious food you can imagine.
  • Liverpool has 4 universities all specializing in different subjects. How many cities are so lucky to have so many places to study?

This is just a small list of why Liverpool is fabulous but there’s a reason people come and never leave!

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