Making the most of Freshers’ Week

Freshers’ Week – your first week of university – has a whole lot of hype around it. The cultural significance of this rite of passage can be overwhelming. The pressure to have the time of your life is huge. Here’s how to make the most of this week so you get off on the right foot but don’t burn out! Plan ahead Turn to your university’s social media pages and check out what events your university and their student union is planning. You’re also likely to get a guide in the post or when you enrol at uni. Make a note of …

A Parent’s Guide to Student Accommodation

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Your teenager is off to university and needs somewhere to live – not sure where to start? We talk you through the ins and outs of the student accommodation options available these days. They’ve come a long way from your student digs, trust us. University-owned accommodation The most popular student accommodation option for ‘home’ i.e. UK students, still remains university-owned buildings. These are purpose-built student accommodation blocks — normally for first years of that specific university only. These buildings usually comprise shared flats of around 6 rooms – sometimes with en-suites or a shared bathroom – and a shared kitchen and …

Moving into Student Accommodation

For many, living away from home for the first time in student accommodation is a huge part of the university or college experience. It can be a daunting prospect but an exciting one. Follow our tips and you’ll settle in in no time. Get packing right While there is the temptation to stuff your whole life into a suitcase, you are better off waiting until you arrive for buying certain items like toiletries and cleaning products to save on packing. Stick to your kitchen items, favourite homewares, comfy bedding and clothes for your move-in. Learn some recipes The summer before …

Being a Good Neighbour

Renting your first flat can be an exciting prospect. However, this new independence comes with more responsibility. Don’t forget you’ll be sharing your building with other tenants and – importantly – homeowners. Follow our tips for being a good neighbour so you can all enjoy the best living experience possible. Introduce yourself Soon after you move in, why not knock on the door of your closest neighbour? Say hello and exchange names and numbers. You never know when you might need to call on each other in a crisis. Oh and always say hello on the stairs – it’s just polite – …

Property Market Updates – April 2018

When it comes to property, it can be difficult to decode those headlines and understand exactly what’s going on. We pride ourselves on bringing you the latest updates from the market, so you can make an informed choice. Prices are still on the up In a recent market update, we reported that prices in the West End were due to increase by almost 19% over the next five years. This was a much larger increase than could be seen in Scotland – 14% – or across the UK at large – 17%. It looks like this prediction has real weight. …

Improve Instead of Move – What Renovations Add the Most Value?

With an unpredictable property market and the stress of moving, if you’re a homeowner with some capital, why not consider improving your home rather than selling up? You can add real value to your house with some investment and clever tips and tricks. Conservatory Don’t panic – you won’t need planning permission! If the new build is no more than half of the land of the original house, there’s nothing to worry about. Although this is a costly outgoing which will require professional advice and research, your profit should outweigh your outlay when it’s time to sell up. Consider the …

West End News Roundup

In this post we’re bringing you a little roundup of the relevant news from the area: The view from New York https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/realestate/house-hunting-in-scotland.html The popularity of the West End of Glasgow property market has extended across the pond. The New York Times recently cited the West End as a popular area to buy. Huh, so that’s where our new American neighbours have sprung from… Feline pal departs https://www.scotsman.com/regions/glasgow-strathclyde/popular-hyndland-station-cat-says-goodbye-to-glasgow-1-4717181 Hyndland locals will know Hermes the cat, who has become the station’s mascot. But the furry famous face announced via Twitter that his “house humans” are moving and he’s made the difficult decision …

Hillhead: Area Profile March 2018

Hillhead; the heart of the West End, is still beating strong, and is still one of the most sought-after areas to live. This trend shows no sign of slowing given the proximity to so many amenities and attractive sandstone properties. Compounding that is the quality of state and private schools in the area, not to mention a recent £1bn Glasgow University expansion which hopes to attract more investment in the area, and additionally create two new squares and avenues from Byres Road to Kelvingrove Park. Read our full area guide here: A Guide To Renting & Buying in Glasgow’s West End: Hillhead …

Investing in a HMO: What You Need to Know

Rent in the UK Average rent prices are still on the rise virtually everywhere in the UK. House of Commons library rental figures show that rent prices have risen by as much as 11.5% in just one year; with rent in London increasing by 27.4% since the general election in 2010. In addition to this, competition for available accommodation is fierce. In London and Glasgow each room in a HMO (house of multiple occupancy) receives about 10 applicants – demonstrating the strength of the current rental market. HMO Opportunities In light of this information, it’s easy to see why so …

Guiding You Through The Changes to the Private Rented Sector

Recently we made you aware of the changes in legislation to the private rented sector in Scotland. This Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) coupled with the new Letting Agent Code of Practice is the most significant change in our industry since 1988. This important legislation will take some getting used to for both property owners and tenants. However, Cairn are on hand to help guide you through the maze of new regulations facing the industry. The property management world contains a lot of legal jargon to decode, especially with this significant change to property law, which affects some long-standing legalities for …