The Church Conversion

How much pain do you like with your projects? This month I thought I would discuss another project I’m currently working on, and – what with me being a glutton for punishment – I haven’t made things easy for myself. I hope the process so far will help you when you’re looking at potential projects […]
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Considerations for a HMO conversion: PART 1

Paul Tinker, Construction Academy Many property investors have approached us to carry out HMO (house in multiple occupation) conversion works on their behalf. It usually starts with something along the lines of: “Can you turn this into a HMO for me? What would a ballpark figure be for that?”  From my experience – and it’s […]
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3 imperatives for a refurbishment

We’ve all seen the TV programme “Homes Under The Hammer” where people go and find a property at auction for around £50k, spend £5k on it and then it’s magically worth £90k when it’s done and you sit there thinking, “that looks easy enough – I can do that.” This type of show has a […]
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Where there’s muck, there’s money

Why a problem property attracts less competition and can bag you a higher discount on the purchase price Us property folk are a weird bunch, aren’t we? Wired a bit differently to most, don’t you think? Are you like me in that whenever you’re looking for a new project it’s often the smellier, dirtier, more […]
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Site Organisation – The Principal Contractor

When you enter the planning stage of your construction project, you will have either appointed a principal contractor or have decided to tackle this role yourself. Either way, you will need to make sure that your projects are organised to run effectively, efficiently and compliantly. Below I’ve listed the main areas you need to address […]
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Staveley Developments

James and Laura Muse have been investing in property in South Yorkshire since 2012. Their portfolio includes Buy to Let, HMO and Build to Rents. They decided to move into property development full time in 2018 and they’re now working on their second new build project. We asked the couple to share their experiences on […]
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The importance of Specification

Simply put, a specification is stating a precise requirement or giving a detailed description. Stating exactly what you want from your project in a specification document is the only way you can ensure you get what you expected throughout your development journey. You’re probably thinking, ‘where do I start?’ Well, start with the end in […]
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Tradespeople build industry standard “Covid-secure” safety toolkit

SaferTrader, a training and safety firm, are rolling out a great new scheme to help tradespeople get back to work safely –...

How to price up a refurb with Paul Tinker

Firstly, I want you to come with me to our weekly shop down Tesco in Brigg, North Lincolnshire. I am walking down the aisles with my trolley keeping 2m apart from the person in front and my mind starts wandering. I think to myself – how much would it be to fill this trolley? I […]
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Building Regs & Planning: What’s the bloody difference?

This might be a simple subject for some of those reading this article. Like me, you may deal with these types of applications day in and day out. I imagine though, even then, the thought of submitting a planning application can bring on the sweats, nervousness, and even a bout of squeaky bum time. So […]
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