Property services in Southampton

Harcourts' tips for winter property care

...and legal update on service charges for block managment

The weather forecasters are predicting yet another wet winter and this is really bad news for many homeowners where properties are still not completely dried out following last year’s heavy rainfall.

The number of insurance claims caused by torrential rain and strong gale force winds was unprecedented and in our own office even exceeded the hurricane storm of 1987. To make matters worse even if you did find a roofer able to carry out repairs, the essential scaffolding was in such short supply that it took months to arrange works to start.

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Harcourts Property News for Landlords and Investors

Lettings in Southampton

The lettings market seems to be calming down a bit now that the summer rush for student lettings has passed and tenants are settling down for the winter.

However, there is still a very good demand for properties to let in Southampton, particularly for houses, as there does still appear to be quite a shortage of suitable family homes in this area.

Families are looking for good quality housing which is clean, in good repair and has modern kitchens, bathrooms and affordable heating. A garage and garden are also preferred, although not all tenants make good gardeners and the landlord should be prepared that even if the house is returned in good order at the end of the tenancy, the garden may be overgrown unless regular inspections are made.

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Putting Your House In Order

Property Services in Southampton

As we all gradually start coming to terms with the end of summer we may be lucky enough to enjoy a few weeks when the weather is still pleasant and we can relax a little, before commencing preparations for Christmas and the onset of winter.

Now is the time to ensure that your property is fully wind and watertight, with no loose slates, tiles or other items. The drains, gulleys and gutters should be cleared once the leaves have fallen and you may just have time to paint any areas of woodwork which need protecting. Any unexplained damp patches should be fully investigated as any prolonged rain will only worsen the problem.

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hypnosis in Southampton

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

"Diets don’t work"

"When I am on a diet, I can’t stop thinking about food!"

"I am being good this week"

"I shouldn’t eat that"

Does that Sound Familiar?

When we ‘go' on a diet - we seem to become obsessed about food. We constantly think about what we are ‘allowed’ to or ‘should’ eat, when we will eat. We follow the diet plan for a while, we see the number on the scales going down, perhaps we buy a new outfit. We feel very pleased with ourselves and ‘come off the diet’............ and what happens next? That’s right, those pounds creep back on... and off you go again, the newest, the latest diet!

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Stopping Unwanted Habits Southampton

Stopping Unwanted Habits

There are good habits and bad habits, wanted habits, unwanted habits. It’s great to have the habit of exercising, probably not so great to have the habit of always having a chocolate biscuit every time you have a hot drink.

Some habits can be just a little but quirky, but others can cause real problems.

Constant nail-biting is not only un-hygienic and unsightly, but can also cause pain and soreness of the fingers. Likewise skin picking. Compulsive hair pulling, which is known as Trichotillamania or Tric for short, is not uncommon and can be a very distressing condition. Perhaps you know someone who has habitual actions or movements perhaps?

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