Celebrating 20 years of Cairn Estate Agency!

This month, Cairn celebrates its 20th Anniversary, and what a quick 20 years it has been! It all started back in 1999 when David Rowand, now Managing Director saw a gap in the market. David started off his career following in his father’s footsteps by dabbling in the farming business, however he quickly realised that this wasn’t for him and tried his hand at financial services. That too was short lived and David found his expertise lay within the world of property. Meanwhile, David’s heart also belonged to his favourite sport, Rugby, and he was a former junior international rugby …

Estate Agency Glasgow

When it comes to the purchasing and selling of properties, Glasgow is a city full of opportunity. Since Glasgow is composed of a variety of different areas that all have their unique features, there is always something to suit the needs of everyone. If you’re a new family looking to rent your first home, there are some great properties within Cardonald and other areas just outside of the City Centre. Similarly, if you’re a property investor, there are endless possibilities within the City Centre due to the number of students who require apartment space close to their university or college. …

How to manage your inventory effectively

You will probably be faced with a lot of different documentation relating to your rental property- some of which you may be more familiar with than others. Included with your “move in pack” will be your property’s inventory. An inventory is a written document which provides an accurate description of the contents and condition of everything within the property. The landlord will usually supply this to you, however, you are always welcome to compile your own inventory. Tenancy inventory checks are widely used and recommended, but not legally required. The inventory may look something like this: “Tv room: Coffee table- scratch lower right side” “Hall: lower …

Essentials you need for your student flat

Chances are you probably feel like you have spent the majority of your student career going out, attending minimal classes and packing and repacking to go from halls to a flat to another new flat the following academic year. We are here to help cut the amount of time spent running around the supermarket and discount stores to fathom out what you need by identifying the necessities in one helpful place. The majority of time your student flat will be already furnished, but sometimes there are a few items that don’t quite make the cut or you would rather get …

Student HMO Lets

What is an HMO property? Why do students need them? What do I have to do?   These are some of the many questions that are being asked daily so we have created a quick fix to answer all of these questions and help to iron out all of your burning questions.   What is an HMO licence? An HMO licence is required when 3 or more unrelated people are living in a property. This is why HMO licences are usually applicable to students.   What if I don’t have an HMO license? You need a licence if you are …

How to reduce the amount of plastic you are using in your home?

It has been reported that there is between 4.7 and 12.8 million metric tons of plastic floating around in the ocean currently. This is an astonishing amount of waste which is impacting our climate hugely just now.   We have outlined some ways in which you can help to reduce this and improve our planet:   1- Stop using plastic straws. These are creating huge concerns for the marine life- impacting turtles particularly-as highlighted on David Attenborough’s documentary, Blue Planet. You can purchase paper straws, or reusable stainless steel straws online or in any big retailer.   2- Take your …

Traditional estate agent Vs Online estate agent

The big debate currently consuming all property experts, home owners and potential buyers- who do I choose to sell my house with? A tried and tested high street estate agent, or take a leap of faith and leave your most prized possession in the hands of an online company?   To avoid being COMPLETELY biased, we have noted some of the benefits of using online estate agents but also why you can never go wrong with traditional- just like us!   The main benefit of online agencies, at first glance, is the cost difference. Usually, this is a one off, …

Events every student NEEDS to be at this Summer- Glasgow Edition 

It’s a well known fact that Glasgow is one of the best places to be in the Summer, especially for Students- there’s no shortage of events in the Merchant City, West-End, South-Side and even the infamous Finneston Strip!   We have noted the 5 best events that no student can afford to miss this summer, so drag your friends, partners, parents or even grandparents along and make the most of your time off…!   THE MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL http://www.whatsonglasgow.co.uk/listings/merchant-city-festival/ The Merchant City Festival is a wonderful celebration of creativity which brings a carnival atmosphere to the streets and venues in …

Legislation affecting BOTH Tenant and Landlord

It’s no surprise that the rental market has undergone yet MORE changes to legislation from 2017-2019 than ever before.   If you don’t already know, The Private Residential Tenancy came into force on the 1st December 2017 and has brought about some big changes. The tenancy system establishes the legal agreement between tenant and landlord, and is an important part of making sure the private rented sector functions well. The new legislation, which must be used for all new tenancies created on or after 1 December 2017: is open-ended, which means a landlord will no longer be able to ask …

Top Tips to increase the value of your rental property

As all private landlords know, keeping your rental property looking sharp can be a job that falls further down the to do list every time the lease is renewed. So, to help ease this burden, we have pulled together a few top tips on how to get the most out of your rental property:   Top Tip 1- Improve the appearance of the front of the property. Whether it’s a house or a flat, improvements can be made to be sure the front of your property is in tip top condition. This could mean spraying some weed killer down your …