How To Make An Old Property Feel New Again


With so much attention falling on the UK rental market, there’s never been a better time to freshen up a property investment. Despite the focus on new developments, plenty of buyers seek older homes that tend to have more charm than their modern counterparts.

Yet neglected features aren’t going to cut it with today’s demographics. There’s too much competition to assume that things ‘as they are’ are going to welcome prospective tenants. When buying a house that has seen better days, it’s crucial to bring it up to good standards – otherwise you’ll have a wasted opportunity on your hands.

We’ve come up with several ideas for this refurb to glide smoothly into life:

Perform a paint job

Cracked, flaking paint is a sign of disuse. There’s little worse than stepping through a hallway and seeing a drab aesthetic greet us, tinged with crumbling inconsistencies. It’s well worth hiring a team of decorators – or doing the job yourself – for a new coat of paint. Use it as a chance to diversify colours tastefully; nice contrasts and complements can do a lot for the property’s visual appeal.

Replace guttering, shingles and windows

Every move made for stronger structural elements is going to boost the value of the home. With this in mind, you might turn to drainage systems such as the gutters on the roof, or the stability of current shingle materials. If any damage is present, strip the old features off and fix another set in their place. The same might be also be true of windows, but they can still be replaced for double or triple glazing if there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with the originals.

Fine-tune electrical/gas units

Conveniences aren’t built to last long without good maintenance. The boiler could be defunct. The electrics may be fickle or inoperable. Furthermore, pipelines can easily splinter with too much cold weather over the time the property has been empty. Check all of these factors when testing the home for occupation. If any fall short, redress them as soon as you can – and remember to cater for low-energy-waste guidelines.

Buy quality, modern furniture

Some of your tenants won’t want a furnished space, of course. Yet the majority do, and the power of your offer is enhanced with stylish, affordable pieces that nurture a personality throughout every room. Look for a furnishing partner who can offer value for money, as well as creative guidance. And it’s vital to clean the carpets (or re-carpet entirely) before anything is installed, just so the whole property feels and smells better.

With our tips at the forefront of your mind, that new rental investment can shrug off its old problems and become a fantastic portfolio addition. Summermere is then able to market it to the right people, with the right quality of care, to the North West market. Call us to see how we work with landlords across Prestwich, Bury and Manchester city centre.




An Outlook For Manchester’s Property Market In 2018

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The skyline of Manchester has changed considerably in the past 12 months. Buildings have been shooting up here, there and everywhere throughout 2017. A mere glance at the countless cranes parked around the city right now shows that the property market in the North West capital is booming.

But whilst we’ve seen a series of new developments take shape, we’ve reach the point in the calendar when it’s time to look forwards rather than reflect. 2018 promises to be another intriguing year for landlords and property owners in and around Greater Manchester, and here we take a closer look at what to expect.

The tech boom has led to rising property prices in Manchester

Manchester has been subject to a digital tech boom that may continue to resonate for some time, with the likes of MediaCityUK in Salford Quays attracting big businesses and creating more jobs. Many startups are thriving throughout the region too, with hundreds of people moving to Manchester to pursue new careers.

The city has established itself as a true “Northern Powerhouse” during the past 12 months, with more properties created to appease the growing population and increased demand for residence. This, in turn, has led to a sharp rise in property prices.

From 2018 to 2022, house prices in the UK are tipped to grow by as much as 14.2% overall. The predicted figures for the North West alone however, are 18.1%. Manchester is booming to the point where demands for property are spilling out into surrounding regions including Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Knutsford, Prestwich and Hale.

International investment in “safe” UK property

Despite the sense of economic uncertainty spurred by Brexit talks and two Budget announcements in 2017, the UK property market will continue to attract plenty of attention from foreign investors throughout next year.

As the Northern Powerhouse, Manchester remains one of the main cities of focus for international investment. Overseas financiers recognise this market as safe, dependable and profitable – seizing the chance to purchase property before prices skyrocket through 2018 and beyond.

Ultimately, this is a terrific time to invest in property in Manchester and the North West overall – both from a rental and sales perspective.

Summermere: Supporting the Manchester property market in 2018

Greater Manchester is perhaps the hottest property market in the UK at the moment, and looks set to stay this way moving into 2018. Striking now gives you every chance to take advantage of some potentially lucrative opportunities.

Summermere provide management and lettings services for anyone looking to make investments in buildings in the area. Our team can assist you with anything you might need, offering support and advice along the way.

Get in touch today on 0161 798 6633 to learn more about how we can help you enjoy a fantastic 2018 as the Manchester property market moves into exciting new territory.



The Perils Of Bad Tenant Referencing

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We don’t swipe a product off the supermarket shelf unless we know what it is. Similarly, tenants are made up of many ingredients, and there’s no harm in checking someone’s background when they’re hunting for a home. It ensures you make the right pick before the contract is signed.

Some lettings agents, however, have less regard for this process than we do. Bad tenants can cause headaches and reduce your property’s appeal for future residents, so it’s important to be bold, thorough and questioning when it comes to referencing.  

Stay clear of the following perils, because a thorough reference covers them all, and ensures they aren’t a concern…

Rent dodging

How can we be reasonably certain that a tenant is going to pay up on time? Plenty of people try to skirt rent deadlines, or claim to have a better track record than they actually do.

Luckily, it’s easy to run a credit check, and see whether they’ve been late, consistently, for any bills. Red flags are quite instantaneous; we ask for the tenant’s permission to do this, so they’re staking truth on the claim to meet rent payments, deposits, or potential repair fees.

Aggressive, noisy or lazy behaviour

While we like to see the best in others, some people are just plain inconsiderate. Every landlord wants tenants who are courteous of their environment. By touching base with previous landlords or letting agents, we get a glimpse as to how they live once the ink has dried on any agreement.

Failing to do so can leave you exposed to a host of personality types. A lazy tenant who can’t ever be bothered to take the recycling out is one thing, but a bullish or rowdy occupant could be a real problem.

Insecure or deceptive employment

In the same vein as our first point, it’s crucial to be certain that someone will pay you at all – they could be fabricating employment history, just to get a literal foot in the door.

This can be dealt with by asking kindly for employer details stretching back two or three years. Summermere starts at the most recent, to get an up-to-date sense of their finances, before crossing over old jobs and paid work records. Then we’ll see if there’s a pattern. It also helps us decide whether they need a separate guarantor.

A mistaken identity…

Despite all of the above, there’s a single distinction left, and it’s the most valuable: is the person you’re assessing who they say they are? A reference should ask for a form of ID (passport, driving licence etc.), and proof of UK residency, such as a birth certificate or long-term visa.

If none of this is provided, your tenant may be breaking the law. In the interests of security, ID checks are a must, so you’re comfortable with every tenancy agreement.

Knowing what to look for is central to a full, no-stone-unturned series of ticks for any prospective resident. Summermere is here to help with the fact-checking you’ll be liable for. Get in touch now for a lettings agency that doesn’t pull its punches when seeking the tenants you deserve.