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Homes of Tomorrow

August 14, 2014 13:07 by YOUR MOVE

Children from Rosemellin C.P. Primary School in Camborne swapped classroom studies for home designing when they were asked to draw their dream homes of tomorrow in an event organised by Your Move estate agents.

The children were asked to draw and describe their dream tree houses as if they were being built on the nearby Enys Woods housing development being constructed by Kier Living & Sanctuary Housing.

The event was organised through the developers, Kier Living, membership of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, a national initiative which encourages best practice in the construction industry with a view to working and engaging with local communities.

Charlie Staines of LSL Land & New Homes, sister company to Your Move estate agents, organised the event and he explains:

“With the Enys Woods homes being located within walking distance of various local amenities, including Rosemellin School, it seemed fitting to approach the school and invite them to play a part in the new community.

The children clearly put a lot of effort into the project and picking eleven winners was difficult. There are certainly some budding architects of the future and I would encourage them to keep designing homes and hopefully one day we can sell one for them.”

In working with local communities Kier Living had invited the school to visit the site and learn about the construction industry.

Chris Churms of Kier Living commented “When we first approached the school to work with us on this project we had no idea how enthusiastic the children would be. We hoped they would enjoy designing their dream tree houses and when they visit the site after the school summer holidays they will see how Kier Living bring homes to life from architects drawings and designs.”

The Enys Woods development – which will be marketed through Your Move estate agents - will feature 99 new one, two, three and four bedroom homes created in partnership with Sanctuary Housing Group. All will benefit from spacious accommodation and far reaching countryside views with a mixture of purchasing options available. 

The Enys Woods homes will enjoy a beautiful setting with spacious accommodation and open spaces. There will be far reaching countryside views and the development will sit behind a striking Cornish hedge.

Charlie Staines adds “The drawings the children created were amazing, they all took so much time and you could see that so much thought went into their designs. Not only did they draw a dream tree house they also learnt about the trees.”

Winners of the competition all received special Kier Living goodies including art supplies for their use over the summer holidays. In addition the winning artwork will also be shortly featured on the site hoarding and within the soon to open onsite sales centre. Finally, each house type at the development has also named after the winning entries.

To commemorate the children’s achievements Kier Living will also be presenting the school with a special display in September.

Leanna Brokenshire of Rosemellin School comments “The children have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and are looking forward to visiting the site in September. To have the houses named after their designs is an honour and I hope that in the future the families that live in the homes will bring their children to this school.”

The Enys Woods development will include high specification one, two, three and four-bedroom homes. To register your interest in the development contact Your Move Camborne on 01209 711171 or via email at camborne@your-move.co.uk




June 2014 - Scotland House Price Index Infographic

August 13, 2014 09:00 by YOUR MOVE

Scotland House Price Index June 2014 by Your Move

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Are rental regulations working?

August 3, 2014 12:37 by YOUR MOVE

 

There is currently a huge demand for affordable rental accommodation and sadly, nowhere near enough supply. As a result, the Government is relying on private rented sector (PRS) landlords like you to make more properties available to tenants. However, latest research shows that the level of regulation and the way it keeps increasing could be hindering rather than helping these tenants.

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) recently commissioned research into what effect current regulations have had on the PRS and has produced a very interesting report on their cost and effectiveness.

As each new regulation has been introduced by the Government, they’ve suggested it’s to help local authorities crack down on rogue landlords and improve things for tenants. And good landlords and agents are very much behind having a more regulated industry where tenants’ safety and rights are protected.

However, the report suggests that what’s actually happened is the unscrupulous landlords have continued to ignore existing regulations and appear ‘unfazed’ by new ones, while the decent majority – such as you – have had to incur increased costs which have had to be passed on to tenants via increased rents. Part of the reason increased regulation hasn’t had as much effect as previously thought is that local councils don’t have the manpower, time or money to track down, monitor and penalise them. So, while those tenants who can afford to rent from legitimate landlords and agents at least benefit from increased safety measures, poorer tenants are being targeted by rogue landlords and are potentially being put at risk ending up living in unsafe properties.

Tenancy deposit schemes were one of the regulations the report reviewed. While they cost good landlords around £275m a year in administration fees, only around £7m a year that would otherwise have been ‘unfairly withheld’ is actually returned to tenants. At the same time, the scheme doesn’t protect the good landlords if tenants disappear owing money and it can take some time to reclaim the deposit funds yourself, especially if your property and deposits protection isn’t handled by a letting agent.

The research also looked at landlord and property registration. This is where a landlord may have to be registered themselves or pay for a license to rent out a property, such as one that’s classed as a house in multiple occupation (HMO). While the cost was mentioned, a bigger issue for landlords was found to be the differences from one area to the next of what’s required and why. And it makes things particularly difficult for landlords who own properties across different local authorities.

Interestingly, the latest data from the Scottish Government estimates 15% of landlords – representing up to a quarter of PRS rental stock – haven’t even registered with their own official national licensing scheme and very little has been done to penalise them.

Yet, despite the serious questions over the effectiveness and benefits of investing in all these new initiatives, they keep coming. With an election next year, Labour is already proposing more changes, such as a cap on rent increases and the introduction of more secure tenancies.

At Your Move we welcome any legislation that protects tenants from unscrupulous practice and which can ensure the good landlords and agents stand out from the bad.

However, we also think that before new regulations are introduced, costing more money to both landlords and tenants, a thorough cost/benefit analysis of any new proposal should be carried out before further regulation is introduced.

 




It's Yorkshire Day

August 1, 2014 15:21 by YOUR MOVE

To celebrate Yorkshire Day, we've picked out some of our favourite houses in this beautiful county.


5 bedroom grade II listed property in Halifax £210,000

 

 

4 bedroom penthouse apartment Huddersfield £395,000

 

 

 

4 bedroom detatched house in Mexborough £725,000

 

 

 

4 bedroom renovated family home in Ossett £335,000

 

 

 

3 bedroom detached property in Sheffield £330,000

 

 

 

5 bedroom arts and crafts inspired house, in Keighley  £950,000

 




Your 5 step moving plan to protect fragile items

July 30, 2014 11:31 by YOUR MOVE

Moving is stressful enough without worrying about your valuables surviving the journey. Whether you’re using a removal service or going it alone, you’re going to need our 5 step plan to protect your valuables during transit.

Start in advance

It’s not just the move that can cause damage, that antique crystal vase could slip right through your hands during packing if you’re rushed. With your moving day fast approaching, you should take your time a few weeks in advance to pack a few boxes per night. You’ll find that this will also help you transition from one place to another with a steady no-hassle move.

Decide on which room to pack first and use this place to store boxes away ready for your moving day.

Wrapping

Each piece should be wrapped in at least 2 layers of bubble wrap. Although you should handle each possession with care, try to keep the bubble wrap quite tight as this adds extra protection. If your bubble wrap is not tight enough, your property could become loose and prone to damage. Keep it tight and don’t be afraid to be liberal with the sticky tape.

Often people use small towels or plastic bags to wrap their goods, but this is simply not good enough. Nothing beats the protection of bubble wrapping your property.

Boxing

Choosing the correct moving boxes is of high importance. Reusing boxes can be risky as they may have become tattered during previous moves. If they are crumpled or damp, they won’t offer the same protection and may be crushed under the weight of other boxes.

You can buy high quality double and triple corrugated boxes online for maximum protection. Look for the sturdiest option for materials such as glass, crystal and china.

Take into consideration the size of the piece you are packing. You’ll need to eliminate space for the goods to move around, so don’t put small goods in large boxes. For example, when packing plates, wrap them in bubble wrap and lay them vertically on top of one another in a shallow box. The less space above them, the less they will move around.

Always ensure that heavy items are not put in the same box as lightweight valuables, this is a recipe for disaster! Even with box dividers you’re risking a hefty crash in the back of your removal van by packing mixed weight items.

Filling

If you just can’t seem to find a smaller box, or your goods are an odd shape and don’t quite make a snug fit, you should fill the gaps to cut down on dangerous movement.

There are plenty of materials you can use to stuff the gaps in your box. Those plastic bags that you may have been tempted to wrap your goods with can be used to secure your property once inside the box. Scrunch each bag into a tight ball and put them into the space between your box walls and property. You can also use newspaper and magazines in the same way.

Packing peanuts are designed specifically for this purpose if you don’t have the time to screw up paper or plastic bags. They come in a variety of materials, from polystyrene to the more eco-friendly corn-based shock absorbers. As they are so lightweight, they won’t add any extra hassle to your move. If you’re running out of time, these may be a more suitable option.

Box dividers may not fill the gaps, but if you’re putting multiple fragile goods into one box they will stop the goods from colliding with each other during transit.

Label your boxes

Don’t forget to clearly label each box. It’s a simple task that many people overlook and suffer the consequences. We’d like to think that a removal service or friends and family helping on the day will take good care when unloading our packaged goods - this is not always the case. Accidents happen and when we start to lose momentum and get tired, we often start to get sloppy with the way we handle things.

Don’t risk heavy-handed mishaps when you’re taking your possessions from one property to another. Let it be known to anyone handling your boxes which ones need extra care.

The trick of a successful move is all in the planning, so take heed of our 5 step plan and move your goods with ease. Don’t put a dampener on your exciting new move by taking risks with your packing. With the right know-how and a little bit of patience, you’ll be able to move swiftly and begin to make your new house a home.

Sioban Clarke writes for Box Shack, suppliers of durable, industry grade moving boxes to protect your precious possessions during transit.




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