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Property Apps

Sell Property in The Community

Village (App Store/Google Play – Free) This week’s app of the week is Village. Village allows agent’s to sell property to their local community directly through the app. As well as property, a whole variety of goods can be sold by the agent, such as clothing, pet supplies, gardening equipment and computing accessories. As the app tracks your location, items can be filtered by area allowing you to target potential buyers in nearby villages and towns. The app also give agents an opportunity to find potential landlords selling their property via the app. Groups can also be made by the agent giving them a way of selling property in one place. As well as groups, the agent can also add friends giving them a new way to interact with you buyer. Should a buyer be interested in a property the app allows the buyer to directly message the agent. Discover …

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Property Marketing

How To Master The Garden

When it comes to a viewing, mastering how your garden looks is crucial, especially if your property holds a lot of land. Whether it’s the front lawn or back lawn considering how you present the garden to potential buyers could be crucial to selling the property at its highest price. Mowing The Lawn When you mow the lawn ensure it’s a dry day, this will allow you to cut the grass more efficiently. To make the garden look even more presentable, think about hiring a gardener to mow the lawn professionally with the sellers permission. If you’re considering drone photography, this is especially important as you’ll be showcasing the garden much more. Cleanliness Most importantly, ensure the garden is free from litter. If there are any plant pots, make sure soil hasn’t spilled over the edge of them. If the plant pots have moved recently and the grass has died, …

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Lettings Tips

Is Bad Air Polluting Your Home?

How can you ensure the air in your home is clean? Simple things can improve the air quality within your property. Keeping the home well aired, preventing condensation and monitoring the condensation within the property are just some of the things to consider as a letting agent, landlord or even as a estate agent selling a property. Should your property be located in a major city such as London, these tips are especially important as the air outside can seek in. The BBC have put together a useful tool you can use to check how polluted your street is. Click here to find it. Open Your Windows Opening your windows will ensure your property is well ventilated. We know if you’re an agent, doing this might not be possible so we recommend instructing the tenant to do this from the beginning of the tenancy. Condensation Condensation can cause damp and …

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Repair Reporting

Domestic Abuse And The Silent 999

Whoever you are, domestic abuse can affect anyone of us. It’s estimated over 2 women a week die at the hands of their partner as a result of domestic abuse. As an agent or landlord, you may have silently noticed this abuse coming through from your tenants as rental repair reports. For example, your tenants may have reported noise complaints, breakages or continuous repairs to walls, windows, external doors or locks through Openview’s Task Manager. How Can You Help? Should you feel one of your tenant’s is suffering from domestic abuse, you should point them in the direction of the National Domestic Violence Helpline by passing on their number, 0808 2000 247. Information about the helpline should also be stated at the start of the tenancy. The Silent 999 You should also advise your tenant on how to make a Silent 999 call. This allows them to phone 999 silently, …

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Guarantee A Successful Software Implementation

Before you begin implementing you should consider three things, your vision, plan and project momentum. What If My Implementation Fails? Should your software implementation fail to be beneficial, there’s always more than one reason to blame. Typically, it tends to be you (the customer) that influences an inefficient system, by setting out with no vision, a lack of momentum and no communication with your staff, the end result will eventually lead to software being installed incorrectly and inefficiently. For example, a company with 400 users may see low cost software and implementation costs but may not reap the benefits of the software by utilising its tools to improve revenue, costs and customer experience, whilst at the same time improve staff morale and integrate the software further within the business in the future. Know The Benefits From our experience, a business that successfully implements CRM has a clear vision of why …

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HHSRS Checklist: Size

Size is just one of 28 hazards you need to consider on the HHSRS (Housing Health And Safety Rating System) checklist. When it comes to the size of your property, assessing whether your property is overcrowded is a vital part of complying with the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Bill. Is my property overcrowded? To assess whether your property is overcrowded you should abide by the “space and room standard”. This involves counting the number of people living in the property whilst measuring the number of rooms and floor space. As well as this, you should ensure your rooms are of adequate size. Available for all Openview and VTUK users, our e-guide outlines in detail how to assess whether you property is overcrowded, download it on our Openview Enterprise Facebook Group.

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