Keep it Clean when it comes to Rentals
Tenants generally expect to have their deposits returned when they move out of a property but there are an increasing number of disgruntled renters who are seeing chunks of their deposit withheld for cleaning costs. New statistics from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) reveal that over half of the disputes in 2011/2012 related to cleaning. It seems that obvious breakages and unpaid bills can hardly be argued over but one person’s squeaky-clean maisonette is another person’s pigsty. Cleanliness might be next to godliness but the statistics suggest that landlords have very different ideas to their tenants about what constitutes a clean property.
Rent while you search
With good properties in good areas still flying off the shelves, it always pays to be ahead of the game when it comes to making an offer. Regardless of whether you offer the asking price, canny vendors are all too aware of the other influencing factors these days. Some might have been stung in the past by wobbly chains that couldn’t take the strain and finally collapsed, or they simply want to know that the sale will progress as quickly as possible and are looking for the buyer in the best position to ensure this happens.
Things to do Before Making an Offer
It’s always tempting to rush in with an offer when a property catches your eye. You don’t want to miss the boat and let someone else walk away with your dream house. However, it’s always a good idea to take some time out to review your decision and make sure that the house is going to be a good home and a good investment.