Is Your Home Making You Sick?

For most of us, our home is a haven. But what if it is making you ill? Mould and damp Mould and damp are caused by excess moisture in the home – perhaps due to leaking pipes, roof damage, or condensation build-up. They can cause respiratory issues, nausea and vomiting, and general illness, so it’s…

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A Landlord’s Guide to Rent Increases

The uptick in inflation, along with pressure on interest rates, means that many landlords will be considering rent increases right now. Before deciding on a course of action, here are some points to consider. Why would a landlord raise rents? Rising mortgage and maintenance costs. Tax and legislative changes that impact profitability. Changes in the…

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Low-Carbon Living from around the World

With the interest raised by the COP26 summit highlighting the desperate need to cut carbon emissions, housing sustainability has become a hot topic. In the UK, there’s been lots of talk about using new technology to help reduce our carbon footprint. Given the average UK household emits 2.7 tonnes of CO2 a year from heating…

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How to Keep Pets Calm This Fireworks Weekend

At Martin & Co, we love pets. And we get to meet plenty of our clients’ furry friends during our daily work across Chelmsford. According to a 2018 survey by builders, McCarthy Stone, pets made people a lot happier about their everyday lives. 45% of the people they polled said their pet is the main…

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How to Make Money from Your Clutter

Let’s face it, as a nation, we like a lot of stuff. Whether we’re panic buying loo rolls or ordering fashion bargains online, sometimes all the ‘stuff’ can take up valuable space in our homes. With Chrimbo within touching distance, there’s no better time to declutter and make space for all those gifts. Plus, by…

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Seven Ways to Prepare Your Rental Property for Winter

With winter officially only a few weeks away, the time is now ideal for landlords to take steps to ensure their properties are prepared for whatever December to February serves up. By putting a winter property maintenance plan in place, you’re setting yourself and your tenants up for a trouble-free winter period. Begin with boilers…

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