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Get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

If you are selling or letting your house, apartment or bungalow you will need an energy performance certificate, known as an EPC. These have to be prepared by a domestic energy assessor rather than an estate agent.

Many estate & rental agents will be able to arrange an EPC for you but some in Huntingdon now quote well in excess of £100 + VAT.

The certificate has recently changed – to see what one looks like click here.

What does a Domestic Energy Assessor do or need to inspect to create an EPC?

  • They will look at the heating the property has to work out how efficient it is.
  • They measure the overall size of the property.
  • They take into account the original construction method of the property.
  • They will look in any roof space for insulation.
  • They will determine is the property benefits from cavity wall insulation.
  • They will note the type and age of any double glazing or secondary glazing.
  • They look at the type of lightbulbs being used throughout.
  • They will take specific details of any solar panels providing electricity or hot water.

Once they have all of this information the certificate can be produced and usually e-mailed to you the same day.

There is also a national register of EPC’s at www.epcregister.com so you can check to make sure one hasn’t been done before. They do last 10 years so this may save you some money.

What do they cost from Gatehouse Estates?

  • The cost does vary depending on the size of property but they cost between £60 & £84 including VAT.
  • For a specific quote or to book an appointment please call Phillip on 01480 434290.

 

 

 

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Buy to Let in Godmanchester

If you are looking for a property in Godmanchester to buy and then let to tenants we have usually have access to suitable property.

Currently we have a three bedroom end terrace property in Pipers Lane, Godmanchester that has just been reduced to £144,500. In fairness it needs double glazing and a new bathroom suite but we could let it once done for around £700pcm.

If the thought of having this work done worries you or puts you off, we can take care of it for you. We have just project managed a complete renovation for an overseas landlord. The project came in under budget and we actually let the proeprty for £25pcm more than we had forecast.

Pipers Lane is a popular location in the heart of ‘old’ Godmanchester. Having just let a three bedroom semi in New Street for £795pcm with 24 hours or it coming to the market we are even more than confident of the location. Godmanchester has proven a very sucessful place to ‘buy to let’ with high demand and an eclectic range of properties.

Even if you had to pay the full asking price the net return would be over 6%.

For details of the property in Pipers Lane – click here.

To discuss other Buy to Let opportunities in Godmanchester, Huntingdon, St. Neots, St. Ives and all surrounding villages please call us on 01480 434290.

Selling a house or flat to a buy to let investor

With Gatehouse Estate selling your property, whether it be a house or flat to a buy to let investor is easy. As one of the areas leading Property Management Companies we have lots of contact with Buy to Let investors, some of which are already existing landlords of our, but all looking to buy more houses or flats to rent out.

Buy to Let is popular with investors because the returns can be much higher than having cash sat in the bank so don’t assume just because we call them investors they won’t pay the full market value for your house or flat. Often buy to let buyers are great to sell to because they are chain free, less mortgage dependent than first time buyers and not as naive to the house buying and selling process and not emotionally attached to the property.

If you are thinking of selling a small house or flat in the general Cambridgeshire area then we will almost certainly have buy to let investors that will be interested. Call us to discuss further on 01480 434290.

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How to sell a one bedroom house or flat.

If you are thinking of selling a one bedroom house or flat then you may think with a huge drop in first time buyers that you may struggle.

As one of the areas largest Property Management Agents we have a lots of clients looking to expand their Buy to Let portfolios and are actively searching for one bedroom houses or flats.

If you would like us to offer your one bedroom house or flat for sale to our investors please call us on 01480 434290 or e-mail: phillip@gatehouseestates.co.uk

The moment we say investor people assume they won’t achieve full market value and this is simply not the case. Buy to Let investors are looking at a long time return from you one bedroom house or flat by letting it to tenants for a monthly income.

If you imagine the value of a one bedroom house to be £100,000 for argument’s sake and a buy to let investor lets to tenants who pay £500 per month the return on their investment could be as high as 6%. When you compare the low interest paid on savings in the bank then you can see why their is a strong demand for your one bedroom house or flat.

Using Gatehouse Estates is ideal for seller and buy to let buyer because we have the contacts selling is often straight forward, secure and chain free. From a buyers point of view we have tenants searching daily for property so can have it let sooner.

For any advice of selling, buying, buy to let or letting your one bedrooms house or flat and buying somewhere else please contact us on 01480 434290.

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