Manchester Property News

  • When is the best time to sell your home?

    Ian Watson Mar 12, 2014, 13:18 PM
    There is absolutely no doubt that 2014 is a completely different property market to 2013.  The start of the year came alive with buyers in abundance looking for a new start.  Why this sudden surge happened is hard to pin point, but love it or ...
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  • 5 Buy to Let Tips

    Ian Watson Jan 22, 2014, 13:36 PM

    Buy to let image

    Buy to let can be an attractive long term investment. For those who can raise a large deposit (most lenders will require between 15% & 30%) it can be a great way to invest your money in comparison with savings or shares. Here are a ...

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  • Prepare your Home for Spring

    Ian Watson Jan 22, 2014, 13:29 PM

    spring picture

    Although winter is still upon us, if you’re anything like me you will be looking forward to the time when the days grow longer and the first daffodils break their way out of the cold ground. There is plenty you can do in and around ...

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  • The Property Market in 2014

    David Boyd Jan 3, 2014, 09:13 AM

    David Boyd, Managing Director, PAD4U Estate and Letting Agents:

    It is at this time of year that I bring out my crystal ball to look at what the property market is likely to bring in the year ahead.  In 2013 I predicted a steady market ...

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  • First Time Movers’ Survival Guide

    Ian Watson Dec 4, 2013, 11:36 AM


    You’ve found your new dream home and the paperwork is complete – so here’s where the fun starts. Moving in can be stressful, but with some careful and timely planning the move with be smooth and you’ll be happily living in your new property in ...

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  • Make an entrance: How to update your front door and hallway

    Ian Watson Dec 4, 2013, 11:33 AM

    As the Americans say, if you’re selling your home it needs to have ‘curb appeal’. This covers everything from the front lawn, to the paint colour of your windows, to the gleam of your front door. But whether you’re selling or not, spending a bit ...

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  • Top Ten Tips for moving home

    Ian Watson Dec 4, 2013, 11:31 AM


    Moving may be one of the most stressful things we do in life but it’s an unavoidable necessity for many of us at some point. Mark Prout, managing director of London removals specialists Aussie Man & Van, highlights the top 10 mistakes people make when ...

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  • Preparing your home for Winter

    Ian Watson Dec 4, 2013, 11:30 AM


    As the nights draw in and the weather turns for the worse, maybe it’s time your house deserves a little TLC. It may seem obvious, but a clean, organised and well maintained house not only makes your household run more efficiently, but can actually save ...

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  • Standby! Prepare to Move!

    Ian Watson Dec 4, 2013, 11:26 AM

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    Having moved around the country and abroad as an Army wife for the last 10 years, I know how stressful moving house can be. There is so much to think about let alone the logistics of carrying on with everyday life whilst this chaos is ...

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  • 5 mistakes every landlord should avoid!

    Ian Watson Nov 6, 2013, 14:38 PM


    There are many ways to become a successful buy-to-let investor, and just as many methods to lose your hard-earned cash playing the property rental game.

    After all, if there was a guaranteed route to riches, we’d all be taking it.

    Like any investment, buying property ...

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  • Chores That Increase Your Home’s Value

    Ian Watson Nov 6, 2013, 14:34 PM


    If you’re looking to sell your home you’ll want to get it in the nicest possible condition. This needn’t be a thorough cleaning of every last square inch of the property. The fact is that when people are looking around a house for the first ...

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  • 10 Tips to make your home more saleable

    Ian Watson Nov 6, 2013, 14:31 PM

    Model house next to piggy bank

    Are you stuck in your current home waiting for a sale with no light at the end of the tunnel? There is a number of things you can do to ease along the sale of your house, most of the time we as humans struggle ...

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  • Buy-to-let: The essential advice property investors need to consider

    Ian Watson Nov 6, 2013, 14:26 PM

    helpful tips

    Buy to let properties are still seen as a good investment opportunity, especially in this era of low interest rates and volatility in the stock market. If you're considering entering the market, this guide provides you with some essential information.

    Research the market Before you ...

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  • Buying Property in a Fast Moving Market

    David Boyd Oct 19, 2013, 15:11 PM


    [caption id="attachment_1406" align="alignleft" width="300"]Mock Graph of House Prices Increasing Buying in a Fast Moving Market[/caption]

    It doesn't seem that long ago that this article wouldn't be relevant to anyone looking at buying property in the UK, but markets can change suddenly and we now find ourselves in a market ...

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  • New Office Opening PAD4U Davenport!

    David Boyd Oct 10, 2013, 10:33 AM

    [caption id="attachment_1387" align="alignleft" width="625"]Photo of new PAD4U offices in Davenport PAD4U Launches New Office in Davenport[/caption]

    PAD4U are excited to announce the opening of our new Davenport branch! The office is located on the busy junction of Bramhall Lane and the A6.

    We're looking to inject some much needed passion into ...

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  • Guest Post: New tenant checklist: 6 things a flat hunter should never forget

    David Boyd Oct 8, 2013, 14:14 PM

    Guest Post from the

    Flat hunting is not easy, especially when you are looking to rent. That is what an increasing number of Brits find themselves doing, though, as the UK housing market turns a wave of would-be house buyers into members of ...

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  • Nice Start to the Day - Landlord's Letter

    David Boyd Oct 4, 2013, 09:02 AM

    Hello Julie, Simon and James,

    Georgie here, letting you know that I am changing my email address from ________ to this one.

    I would be very grateful if you could update your records (and anyone else in the office who needs to know).

    Whilst I'm ...

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  • Independance in the UK? Scotland - Maybe, London - Definitely!

    David Boyd Sep 24, 2013, 17:00 PM

    Should Scotland become Independent?

    I'm going to shy away from the debate of whether Scotland  should devolve fully from Westminster and become independent.  However, it's worth looking at the reasons behind this drive for independence. Fundamentally the pro-independence lobby believe that Scotland is different enough in ...

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  • Selling your home: Photography Matters!

    David Boyd Sep 4, 2013, 14:49 PM

    No matter how smooth tongued your Estate Agent may be, when it comes to selling your property—It’s the photographs people concentrate on.  It might be a cliché, but pictures do tell a thousands words especially when it comes to your property.

    It’s therefore critical when ...

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  • PAD4U Spends ££££s Keeping Landlords in the Black

    David Boyd Jul 29, 2013, 22:03 PM


    It’s almost six months since PAD4U launched its Guaranteed Rent on Time Scheme to safeguard Landlord’s rental payments.

    During this period we have spent thousands from the Scheme Fund to ensure that our Landlords have been paid on the date promised when the tenant has ...

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