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Chill Out: 5 winter must-dos

If you don't attend to seasonal maintenance, you could end up with dampness and disasters later, says Mark Trafford.

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What do landlords actually want?

Creating a maintenance plan for your properties is more important than ever - not just for asset management, but also for the safety and wellbeing of your tenants, writes Mark Trafford.  

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Redecoration or Renovation?

Do you need to renovate? Or could a simple redecoration suit your property? Mark looks at the difference and shows you how to make either project a success.

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Renovate NOW

Conditions are perfect for investors and home owners to start renovating and Mark Trafford explains why.  He also details three types of renovation projects that are flourishing in the current market.

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Your maintenance tool box

Mark Trafford explains what you need in your maintenance arsenal in order to avoid costly issues and why a proactive approach is the first step in the right direction.

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Matching materials to your project

Adding value through renovation is not just about making the property look tidy, it's about giving the overall impression of utmost quality.  Mark Trafford talks about the important things to consider when renovating a property and how choosing the right materials for your project is vital.

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Avoid DIY disasters and sell for profit

Careful planning and budgeting can keep your renovations on track - Rebecca Lewis reports

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Choosing a Tradesman

There is an art to choosing a good tradesman and when things go wrong, they can go very wrong.  Mark Trafford has tips and advice on how to go about finding the best contractors and traps to look out for.

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When to get help from the professionals

Knowing when to use an architect or interior designer for renovations can be tricky - especially if you think they won't fit into your budget.  Mark Trafford weight up the reasons why they can add extra value to a property and dispels the "too expensive" myth.

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Everything you need to know about Holiday Maintenance

Mark Trafford explains how to keep your rentals safe and tenants happy over the summer holiday season.

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