Essential DIY tips for Easter

March 28th, 2018

Essential Easter DIY tipsEaster weekend traditionally marks the start of the DIY season and it’s estimated that half of the country’s homeowners will be digging out their toolboxes and rolling up their sleeves to tackle long overdue jobs. Millions of Britons testing their home improvement skills will inevitably lead to some DIY disasters and research has revealed that one in five will need to get professional help to straighten out their botched jobs, costing an average of £3,200. To avoid adding to the statistics take the following tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Are holiday homes the new buy to let?

March 19th, 2018

buy to let Vs holiday homes Budge over buy to let, it’s time for holiday homes to take centre stage. Changes to tax legislation have taken the shine off buy to let and holiday homes are now in the property investment spotlight. Quoteline Direct looks at whether holiday homes really are the new buy to let. Read the rest of this entry »

Buy to let property investment hotspots

February 28th, 2018

buy to let hotspot Ask any estate agent what’s the most important factor when choosing a property and you’ll get the same answer ‘location location location’. As a landlord, finding the right property is something of a tightrope walk where you’ll need to balance house prices against rental yields, and that means investing in the right postcode. Read the rest of this entry »

Commercial Property Insurance: Frequently Asked Questions

February 2nd, 2018

Commercial property insurance guide Commercial property insurance can be complicated and it’s essential to choose a broker who knows the market inside-out. With nearly 50 years’ experience there isn’t much we don’t know about protecting your property and here we answer some of your most common questions: Read the rest of this entry »

Top five pitfalls of being a landlord (and how to avoid them)

January 23rd, 2018

buy to let property sign It’s hard work being a landlord and it can be a risky business, but with careful planning and the right financial protection you can reap the rewards. At Quoteline Direct we talk to a lot of landlords and we’ve been asking them how to safeguard against the biggest risks in buy to let: Read the rest of this entry »

Landlords guide to getting ready for winter

November 17th, 2017

Winter’s coming and landlords won’t be surprised to read that it’s the busiest time of the year for property insurance claims (which peak in February). It’s said that prevention is better than cure and the following ten steps are designed to minimise the risk of making a claim: Read the rest of this entry »

Finders Keepers: How to find good tenants and keep them

May 29th, 2017

Happy emoticonIt’s every landlord’s dream to find tenants who will look after your property, pay like clockwork and aren’t in a hurry to move on. Finding the right tenants can mean fewer costly void periods, lower maintenance bills and a lot less hassle. Building good relationships can also pay rich dividends providing both landlord and tenants with peace of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Top Security Tips for Landlords

November 16th, 2016

Landlord locked doorAs a landlord it makes sense to take security seriously. Burglaries can be a headache for you and a nightmare for your tenants. Take the following measures to make your property (and your investment) more secure:

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Landlord Insurance FAQ

September 23rd, 2016

Wooden house figureWhat is landlord insurance?

Landlord insurance is a specialist financial product designed to safeguard buy to let properties. The core elements of cover work in a similar way to home insurance although it’s important to understand that standard home insurance policies won’t cover let properties. Read the rest of this entry »

How will Brexit affect buy to let landlords?

July 19th, 2016

Great Britain/Europe flags on wall : BrexitAs the dust settles after the country’s seismic decision to leave the European Union; financial commentators are speculating on how Brexit might impact the economy. With so many unknowns it’s little more than an educated guessing game, but some areas will be affected more than others, and housing is likely to be one of them. Gazing into our own financial crystal ball the future looks cloudy for buy to let landlords. Read the rest of this entry »