How self build can deliver your grand design and even a healthy profit

According to the National Self Build Association, there are 6million people in the UK who want to build their own home and 1million have already started the planning process.

Make no mistake, self-build is a tougher task than buying a home from a developer or another owner, but becoming a self-builder has got easier in recent years, especially since the government launched a  £30m fund to boost the sector in 2011.

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We reveal how to build your own home below.

Why self-build?

Depending on where you live in the UK, your main choices when buying a house in the UK are likely to be a fairly standard new-build, or an older building dating back to the Victorian era and beyond.

Either way, you may come across issues, such as space or poor energy efficiency and face inheriting a previous owners’ problems, such as damp or poor decorating choices.

One way of mitigating that is to renovate, but it may be expensive to pay for such changes once you have already shelled out for a deposit and stamp duty through the traditional route – especially as high house values and stubborn sellers mean the cost of renovating plus some profit in reward for your efforts is rarely built in to asking prices.

 However, by constructing a self-build property you could ensure it is energy efficient and as big or  small as you want it from the start.

You will also be able to stamp your own design and tastes on the property.

According to Kevin McCloud, TV presenter and founder of sustainable property developer Hab Housing, much of the housing stock in the UK is made up of ‘identikit Noddy houses built at the lowest possible cost.’

He explains: ‘The government sees self-build as a solution to the housing crisis. Self-build is greener and empowers people more. It can create communities and makes houses a reflection of their owners.’

 

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The greatest way to get a room using Bed and Breakfast online: AirBnB

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Today i’ll talk about my experience with AirBnB.

Two weeks ago I had to find a double room for my parents who were coming to visit me for a week or so here in London.

They couldn’t  stay at home and I wanted to make them pay as less as I could for a decent place not too far away from me, even in an expensive city such as London. In front of my apartment there is a BnB/Hotel, so one day I popped in even if from outside it didn’t look nice at all to me. As i stepped in I realised, as i expected, it was pretty grimy, anyway I asked a double for the days my parents needed it, the price and if i could see it. It was 40 per night but the host didn’t let me go to check the room so I left.

I didn’t want to get the room in there even if the place was quite well located (zone 2 in East London 5 minutes walk from Mile End Central line tube stop and in front of my flat too).

One day while i was talking to a friend and asking if she knew a place for my parents, she suggested to download an app for my i phone called AriBnB.

If you have a spare room or your flat is vacant for a while you can list it on this website, quite simple.

She showed me a couple of features and pics and she told me I could find a nice room for a little money so I got quite interested on the spot, I downloaded it and once at home I checked the web site too.

I had a great impression with the home page, looks very nice and clean, there are some nice sliding pictures on the background of rooms and properties, and the search engine is right in the middle where you have to fill it with the location, check in, check out dates and numbers of guests.

I realised you have a vast choice of rooms, shared rooms and entire flats, and on average you have a great looking rooms for any kind of price and I was quite surprised they start from 30 pounds for a double and 25 for a single.

I started my research for double rooms around my flat and here is where i found some difficulties. I found loads of lovely rooms, but to make a reservation you have to choose the room see if is available for the dates you need any pay. I had to make few reservation because each time the room chosen turned out wasn’t available. That’s because many hosts don’t update the availability status on the site, so it took me around one hour to find a nice room in Stratford, just one stop away from me, at 40 pound per night.

Once I found the room i had to pay all the nights I booked the rooms for and 28 pound fee to the website on top of it. Once you pay, the site holds the money; this means the payment is not taken until 24 hours before the check in, so if you find another place or you don t need the room anymore or the host has revoke the booking you can cancel it without losing money.

I did the reservation, the host accepted, I called her just to get to know each other and to arranged when i could pick up the keys.

The day my parents arrived, I went to the flat, I spoke with the host which was very gentle and friendly, she showed me around and she explained me few things about the flat. The room was exactly as it was in the pics tidy and clean.

The all experience went smooth with no problems at all, the last day my parents left the keys on the table and the day after they review the host and their experience using the website.

I have to say  I was impressed with the service that AirBnB delivers using the website and the i-phone app either, even if you have to struggle a bit to get your reservation accepted, there are loads of rooms and nearly every one looks nice, for good prices. Payments are made through the web site so you don’t have the need to deal with any cash at all.

Romanian squatters moved from Hendon FC’s old ground

68 people Romanian squatters have been evicted from a former football club in Claremont Road north London.

Barnet Council said the squatters had been living in makeshift shelters for months with no sanitation and the inherent health risks that (this) brings.

The eviction it s been carried out by homeless charity Thames Reach and romanian Embassy and the operation to remove the 68 people began about 5:00 am

It is the third time the football pitch has been occupied by squatters since the club left in 2009.

Councillor Dean Cohen said: “I’d like to say a particular thank you to the Romanian Embassy who have walked a very careful line between the responsibilities they have to their citizens and the understanding that this kind of squalor has no place in London.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “Immigration papers were served on a number of individuals of Eastern European origin, some of whom have indicated they are willing to return to their home country voluntarily.

“The cheap dream house”

Here we could have a dream house with all the facilities and comfort that super riches can enjoy but just with a tight budget.

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Listed for just 999£ in south London, for many but not for anyone!!

We could start form the doorway, for sure some work are necessary not much though.

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Just in we walk in the spacious living room, needs just some little painting but great laminated floor!

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This is the best idea ever: kitchen with a nice shower and toilet, ( I’ll definitely do the same in my flat, good space saver ! )

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An example of refined modern architecture double bed room

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There are some sharing spaces, not a big deal…

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But it worths with the outdoor swimming pool.

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Want to do some workout but too lazy and tired to pack your staff and go to the gym? here the solution!

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Another bedroom I reckon, but I’m not sure…

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Here some example of modern art ( I don’t really like it, my girlfriend would say because you don’t understand it! ) whatever…

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Beautiful huge bathroom, where you can have some relax after work in the bathtub, just be careful don’t fall asleep !!

Living in a flatshare fun or stressful?

Until today I’m happy about my flatmates, I share my apartment with other three, sometimes we hang up together, we spend time at home and I never had an issue concerning house cleaning, which is for me the first thing, specially when you share the flat so every week in turn we clean the flat: simple. Back in years I had trouble with other flatmates, specially after a couple of month you spend living with new people turns up they don’t clean after themselves and  you are doing most or all the cleaning which leads a great amount of stress and anguish.

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When I speak with other people in flatsharing they always have the same type of problem so for sure I could put this problem as first when you share a flat.

Another thing I don t understand is, why talking with others seems there are all as me, have my same attitude then I always ends up with the wrong people?

Anyway, a great solution for solving all the house cleaning issue could be Mop  ( www.wearemop.com ) with an online booking service for trusted, pre-checked cleaners, with no commitment to a contract. All cleaners are interviewed, reference checked, and given a cleaning test (I love this!) before they start to work for Mop and there’s an insurance policy in place to cover your property and liability too, giving you complete peace of mind.

Landlords software

Owning a property here must be rewarding but quite challenging too, finding new tenants, house repairing, collecting rent, addressing needed repairs payments specially here in London either If you own your own property management business or you are just a landlord with one or more properties.
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Many landlords don’t want to pay someone else to manage their properties they want to do it on their own, but they do not like the stress of organizing  tenants and financial records, ( of course, who does?)
Rental property software helps the landlord to be able to manage their own properties, and to save money that they would spend on property management. BigRoof’s system helps landlords to keep track of which tenants paid their rent or not if there is any arrears, how much money the landlord is earning and how much is spending. The landlord also can use the software to create forms such as rental applications, leases, and renter’s insurance forms. This simplify and organizes much better the online property management.

Buying a property in London

The number of sold properties has been the highest since 2007 even though today the mortgage lending is a serious slump. Consider that in 2007 the banks were lending £350  bn a year to pump into the market. But over the last few years lending has fallen off a cliff. In 2012 the banks were landing around 150 bn, less than half, so where’s all the money coming from to make the dream come true?

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