A Young adult’s guide to moving out

by Rizwan Osman on 6th April 2020

Moving into your own place for the first time can be a thrilling adventure - but it can come with its issues too. If you’re not used to budgeting, keeping on top of your finances can be a struggle. What if your rental home doesn’t come up to scratch or you can’t get on with your housemates? While the news is full of statistics about increasing numbers of young people opting to live with Read more…

What to expect when renting your first property

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd March 2020

Moving into your first rental home is a major milestone and quite an adventure. But with a lot to think about, and plenty of expenses to budget for, it can be daunting too. The key to avoiding the stresses is being organised and realistic about your finances. To help you, we’ve pulled together a list of essential things to do if you’re renting for the first time. 1 Don’t rush it It Read more…

What is an EPC and when do I need one?

by Rizwan Osman on 3rd February 2020

If you’re selling or renting out your home, you need an energy performance certificate (EPC) - and, for landlords, your home needs to meet a certain standard before you can sign an agreement with tenants. Read our guide to everything you need to know about EPCs. With global warming rarely out of the news, cutting our environmental impact is everybody’s business in 2020. Energy Read more…

What is a homebuyer’s survey?

by Rizwan Osman on 6th January 2020

If you’re buying in Tooting, Clapham, Streatham or around, you need to commission a survey of the property before you exchange contracts. Not everyone does so but having a professional homebuyer's survey carried out is vital to your peace of mind and could save you money later on. Why do I need a survey? Buying your first home is, most likely, the biggest purchase you’ve ever made. Yet Read more…

Damp and mould prevention: our advice for landlords

by Rizwan Osman on 29th November 2019

Dampness, condensation and mould are a common problem, especially in older properties, and therefore a common complaint for tenants. In this article, landlords can find out more about what damage damp and mould can do, how to prevent it, and whose responsibility it is to deal with it. What is damp? Damp is the presence of excess moisture in a property. A common cause of damp is Read more…

A quick guide to stamp duty

by Rizwan Osman on 4th November 2019

If you’re buying a house, you need to factor the cost of stamp duty into your budget. The stamp duty on London property could be substantial. There have also been many changes to the tax over the past years, so it is important to understand how it works. Read on for our quick guide to stamp duty. What is stamp duty? Stamp duty land tax (to give it it’s full title – or SDLT) is a Read more…

How to stage a city centre flat for sale

by Rizwan Osman on 7th October 2019

If you’re selling a city flat, creating a light, spacious impression is a must. So it’s worth spending a bit of time staging your property to appeal to buyers. You never get a second chance to make that all-important first impression. It’s reckoned to take prospective buyers just a few seconds to decide whether or not they are interested in your property. So, it is vital to present Read more…

Thinking of becoming a landlord? Check out these top tips on how to get started.

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd September 2019

If you’re thinking about investing in London’s buy-to-let property market, the buzzy and popular south west London neighbourhoods of Tooting, Balham, Streatham and Clapham could be your best bet. With great transport links to central London, amazing amenities and night life, plenty of green spaces and good schools, there’s a lot to recommend them. Why invest now? Despite uncertainty Read more…

Three reasons to visit Tooting Market

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd August 2019

With its quirky cocktail bars, gastro food options and eclectic range of stalls, multi-award-winning Tooting Market is a great place for night out - or to pick up a bargain during the day. Close to Tooting Broadway station, Tooting’s indoor market has been operating from the site for more than 80 years. But recent improvements, alongside efforts to attract a diverse range of stallholders, Read more…

6 ways to make your house look great without spending a thing

by Rizwan Osman on 1st July 2019

Everyone knows that if you’re looking to sell your home, first impressions count. We’ve all heard about creating the right ambience, giving your property kerb appeal and hitting your viewers with killer bathrooms and kitchens. Interiors experts offer plenty of advice for making that essential impact – from loft conversions and new bathrooms to ripping out flooring and other Read more…