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Size Matters: How Important is Property Measurement?

Measuring a property’s floor area is vital for a number of reasons, such as calculating service charges for lease agreements or simply to illustrate a property for marketing purposes. The way we measure properties varies dramatically around the world and depending on the standard used the area of measurement can differ enormously.

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New HMO Licensing Rules: is Your Multiple Occupancy Property Compliant?

House shares are an important and growing sector of the property industry, providing long and short term accommodation to professionals, friends or families. Most house shares are known as ‘house in multiple occupation’, or HMO — but what does this mean, exactly? Generally, an HMO is a property rented by at least three people who are not related from one household, who share communal facilities like a bathroom and kitchen. Many landlords rent their properties as HMOs without even realising it, but since a new reform came into effect on 1st October 2018 most HMOs in England and Wales now require a license, not just large properties. Previously, only properties of three floors or more were covered by the HMO license — the new rules mean that properties of any height where there are five or more sharers in two or more households require a license.

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Five of the Best… Ways to Maximise Space in a Small Garden

You don’t need a large country estate to enjoy an outside space with room for entertaining, relaxing and even growing your own ingredients for the kitchen. Even the smallest patch of patio or lawn offers scope for grand ideas: take a look at our five of the best ways to make a small garden feel bigger.

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Remote Working

Here at Fourwalls, we like to support our staff in many ways, such as with flexible working or training opportunities. We have a network of freelance operators who work remotely and liaise with us in order to form a flawless working relationship, with seamless interaction between the team which allows us to provide the best service possible, using the best people. With four million people now working solely from home in the UK, is this the new modern way of working?

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A Day in the Life of a CGI Artist

At Floorplanz we use CGI artists to create architectural visuals in order to bring a property or new development to life. Marketing a home can be difficult, especially when there are so many options available; using innovative design gives a viable alternative to traditional photography, especially in the representation of new build homes. CGI artists can also produce a fly-round or walk-through of a property in order to increase its selling potential. We spent a day shadowing Sabrina Spellman, one of our in-house CGI artists, to get a feel for what really goes on in a typical day.

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Instagram Top Tips

Instagram now has 800 million active users around the world, making it a key marketing tool for businesses. With 32% of internet users using the website, now is the time to get your company involved. Here at Floorplanz, we began using Instagram in May 2017 and have had major success since. In just a year, we gained more than 1200 followers, separating us from our competitors in the market. In this time, we have learnt many of the “tricks of the trade” which may help your company to become more Instagram savvy.

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Fence Ownership and Boundary Disputes

In law, every property has a precise legal boundary — an invisible line separating the land owned by one person from that owned by another. Sometimes, the legal boundary coincides with the boundary feature (a fence, for example) and other times this is not the case.

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