Tiny Living: Tiny House Design For Families

There are singles, couples and even families who are opting to live in tiny homes and spend most of their lives traveling and exploring new places. This way they are relieved from the burden of paying heavy mortgages and house taxes. With the tiny home living lifestyle, you can now save more and spend more on yourself. This is bringing a sense of freedom, especially in the younger generation.

For families, however, opting this way of lifestyle can become a little hard at times as tiny homes are no doubt limited on space, and adjusting more than two can take a little more effort and planning. So in order to make the space more comfortable, you can opt for the following options to be incorporated into your tiny living space.

Adding Extra Partitions:

The point not to get tied up in a house, but plan and divide the space in such a way that the house is not cluttered and offers enough space for the people to move around and stay.

By adding simple partitions, it can create a division of two bedrooms; also it can offer some privacy while taking rest or changing.

Bunk beds:

A good and interesting option especially for kids, instead of going horizontal, why not go vertical with bunk beds. For adding small sized bunk beds do make sure that they are permanently fixed onto the walls of your tiny house. Especially in case, you plan to travel with your tiny house on wheels, these beds can slide and shift from their actual position. So fix a bunk bed in the corner of your space, add some rugs and mats and the place will look more spacious while offering more space to sleep comfortably.

Foldable beds:

Another good option you can try is adding sofa-cum-beds. These beds can be folded and used as sofas. So while you are awake and maneuvering in and around the house, you can keep the bed folded. You can also use this as in extra. So why not invite a couple more of your friends and they can adjust easily in the extra foldable bed.

Beds and Compartments with Storages:

Adding beds that offer some storage space are always convenient for tiny homes. You can keep your bags; clothes and even your shoes can be kept in beds that offer storage compartments. Furniture that offers multi-usage is on trend these days. Also, you can opt for rotating wardrobes, for separating seasonal clothes. So, opt for options that offer ample space for storage for your tiny house design.

Eating area/kitchen:

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to designing a tiny house for a family is to create space for moving and larger food prep/eating area. For making a good 4-sized living area, make sure that you add tables and chairs that are in sync with the overall size of the room. Adding large chairs and sofas can cram up space while adding a small round table for 4 with stools instead of chairs can clear more space to breathe.

Your micro house design, its interiors and especially the eating area should be according to your needs. If you require more space to keep your clothes, make more space for storage while cutting down on other. While, if you have a lot to freeze, have more space for a big freezer. You have to supplement one thing for the other in order to make a livable space inside a tiny house.

House Plans in 3D – A Market Strategy For Home Builders and Residential Developers

With the economy still forecast to be gloomy and an uncertain road ahead, many residential developments and their builders have put the brakes on new construction projects. For builders and developers in the speculative home building market the strategies for earning a living from what they do best and remaining solvent while doing so are limited and challenging.

Many have resorted to building smaller homes using value engineered construction plans, emphasizing quality not quantity. Much more effort has gone into making a home energy-efficient and utilizing the latest green technologies available today. Also, more affordable homes are being built using less expensive, more standardized materials.

Builders have sharpened their pencils to shrink profit margins, incorporated more productive methods to reduce operating costs and upgraded to the latest technologies to streamline project efficiency. Some have even regrouped, combining resources and developing partnerships with others in their field.

But cost saving tactics can only go so far, especially with bank financing for builders and developers remaining problematic. Creative, private financing has been the alternative for some, however, that is not without its own drawbacks. High interest rates and larger upfront contributing costs required of builders and developers can significantly eat into profit margins.

Many home building companies realizing that future success will depend not only on fresh business practices and sleeker operational models that continually produce less expensive, noticeably better homes are now innovating; stressing more creative approaches to buyer’s needs. The option of marketing their speculative homes via 3D virtual house plans is fast becoming the preferred innovative sales tool.

Today’s buyers want things their way. And they expect a say in what they get. For example, many are more interested in practical and reasonably attractive function than simply fancy form. Small efficient floor plans with flexible space are more relevant than grandiose entrances with huge staircases. Instead of guessing what to build and hoping they will come, listen to prospective homeowners, and give them a chance to personalize each project.

That is why many open-minded builders, thinking outside the box, have been pre-selling semi-customized versions of model homes, through computer modeling of 3D house plans. By providing several base floor plans with full computer generated 3D color views of both the interior and exterior of the proposed new home plan, builders and developers are able to market their projects with the least amount of upfront costs and preparations.

This relatively inexpensive, cost-effective market strategy is a win-win situation worth considering. Builders don’t have to spend a dime in advance on home construction materials or labor costs without knowing the end results. Their sales team and physical presence can be significantly reduced – think virtual office. Actual site visits to model homes would not be encumbered by bad weather or scheduling hassles. Virtual tours would be available on the company website featuring all 3D imagery of the home plans and accompanied by detailed lot information, pricing options and customizations or upgrades.

For a buyer, who can now “shop” from the convenience of his or her home, an initial “walk-through” doesn’t waste either party’s time. With virtual 3D modeling of floor plans future homeowners can see what the proposed residence will look like and get a good impression of spatial relationships within the layout. They can view color options and material choices with respect to exterior siding, trim details and interior finishes.

Buyers still crave customized spaces that look and feel more like unique personal expressions. Starting from the pre-designed computer generated floor plans; buyers would be able to interact with pre-packaged upgrades, color and material choices and other customizable options. All material and finish details such as lighting, fixtures, hardware, appliances, flooring, paint color and exterior siding can then easily be selected and pre-priced. Contracts could be finalized with the least amount of effort.

The marketing strategy of pre-selling new home construction with 3D house plans is an effective method not only for large developments but is especially beneficial for small builders with very little capital and no sales team. A number of our small builder clients with one or two building lots in their inventory have chosen to pre-sell with 3D house plans rather than start risky construction projects on speculation. The money invested in architectural design work pales in comparison to the financing of building construction. And the peace of mind gained from knowing that the project is paid for works wonders on reducing job stress.

Marketing speculative home construction through pre-designed customizable house plans and computer generated 3D modeling is fast becoming the new norm. We have seen this trend both locally and nationwide where future homeowners have a say in the design and construction of their new home and builders have found a new niche for maintaining a profitable business.

Fashion Do’s and Don’ts When House Hunting

Mark Nash author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home offers homebuyers fashion home runs and strikeouts when shopping for a home. It might not be obvious that what you wear when house hunting can impact what you pay for a home. Years of showing homes and introducing prospective buyers to home sellers, the way buyers project themselves fashion-wise makes a big impression.

First impressions by real estate agents and home sellers are all they have when assessing potential buyers. If you appear well-groomed, under-stated and wear home price-range-appropriate clothes you could pay less than the tattooed, big-hair, over-jeweled and torn-blue jean buyer your in competition with in multiple-offers for the same home. Buying a home is a business transaction, think business wear when shopping for a home.

Women

-Pants are fine, but make sure they’re not low riders.

-Ditch the tee shirts, tank and tube tops. House hunting is not a vacation.

-Skirts are great. Minis send the wrong message.

-Wear comfortable but presentable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking, climbing up stairs and in and out of transportation.

-Forget high-heels. Spiked heels on shoes can easily dent bamboo and other softer wood floors. Plus if you got into the yard to take a look at the roof you might end up aerating the lawn.

-Leave the animal prints for when you’re out to a nightclub. Busy or fussy fashion looks can be distracting and not on everyone’s top ten fashion list.

-Simple jewelry and limited amounts accent your business perspective. Omit the” bling” otherwise you might end up paying more for a home, because the sellers think you can afford it.

-Simplify make-up, hair and manicure styles to appeal to the majority of people. You’re not going to get a better deal because the sellers love your fabulous acrylic nails.

-No fur coats, ever. It’s a political and extravagant statement that could cost you a home or an additional $10,000.

-No low cut or revealing looks. Very rarely do homebuyers get a discount for sex.

Men

-Verify shoe soles aren’t caked with mud before you enter any open house. Many a homebuyer never made it to the kitchen after walking across freshly cleaned carpet with dirty shoes.

-No jogging, gym-wear, bike shorts or swimsuits. Unless, you’re testing the workout facilities in a condominium building on your second visit.

-Business-casual pants are best, but if you must wear jeans, make sure they’re clean and not ripped.

-Open collar shirts work fine, but realty agents and home sellers don’t need to see your buffed or not so buffed chest or four gold chains.

-Think twice about sporting more than one earring. If we were all the same life would be boring.

-Omit muscle and tee shirts and no underwear elastic waistbands displayed please. You might turn Ms. home seller on, but Mr. home seller might not appreciate it.

-Limit tattoo exposure, they’re the rage, but not for everyone. Ditto the ladies on this one.

-Wear simple patterned shirts with matching plain pants. Remember that red denotes power.

-Don’t over-dress to impress. Leave the cuff links and French cuffed shirts at home.

Both

-Coffee “go-cups” aren’t a fashion accessory. Coffee is easily spilled on carpets when walking up stairs or opening closets and cabinets when touring properties.

-Baseball caps are for bad hair days. Plus they send the wrong negotiating message when purchasing the largest asset you’ll own.

-Wet umbrellas should be parked outside the front door, not on hardwood floors or entry tables and chairs.

-Wear slip on shoes when touring open houses. You might be asked to remove your shoes out of cultural respect to the owner, inclement weather or newly installed floor coverings.

-If you don’t want to take off your shoes buy and carry blue disposable surgical booties-or ask your agent for a pair.

-You must wear socks or stockings. No sandals, period. If you are asked to remove your shoes, owners don’t necessarily want your bare feet on their floors.

-Cell phones. If you need to make or receive a call go to a place where you won’t disturb others at the open house. Never negotiate a home purchase contract on a different property contract while your viewing a home.

-Carry bicycle and motorcycle helmets with you. Ask before your park them on any surface.

-Shorts are okay if they are close to knee length. No torn or overly tight styles.

-Dress for the season. Don’t wear shorts in snow or black wool in August, even if it is your best house-hunting outfit.

-Remove your sunglasses when inside buildings. People expect some eye contact.

-Go easy on the perfume. Many people have allergies to it today and they could be the owners of the house you fell in love with.

-Put cigarettes, cigars and pipes out of view. They’re not exactly a popular fashion or political statement in 2006.

Children

-Tops, pants, shoes and socks required.

-Diapers are not fashion.

Is a Home Security System Watching Your House or a Burglar?

Is a home security system watching your house or a burglar? That is a question that today is serious, because there are more residential break-ins than ever before and it is not just houses in densely populated areas, it is also happening in the suburbs. Places where families never thought they would need to lock their doors, places where they didn’t close the windows are now targets. One of the big reasons that the house in the suburbs is a target is the burglar believes these families do not take home security seriously.

Burglars look for the easiest home to break into, which means they are looking for a residence that does not have a sign in the yard that they have a home alarm or decals in the windows. They are looking for windows that are open in the warm weather, doors left open when an errand is run, when the grass is being mowed or the family is gathered in the backyard cooking out. It does not take long for this criminal to get into the house and take what they want, but they usually will watch the residence to see the movements of the family. This way they can take all the time they want going through the house that is not secured.

The residence that does have a home security system, does display the sign and window decals and does take residential break-ins serious can avoid having a stranger in their home, stealing their possessions. Burglars as a rule will avoid anything that could lead to them being caught and that is just what happens with a home alarm monitoring. They do not want to be arrested and that means they search for the right house to steal from that does not have an alarm system.

The home alarm system today is easy to use for everyone in the family with keychain remotes, which means the alarm, can be armed from outside of the house and it can also be disarmed. That will make it easy to remember and does not mean rushing into the house to the wall pad to disarm the alarm system. It is also easy enough for children to use, since summer weather will mean they are in and out of the house more often. Burglars watch for this kind of movement for their chance to get into the house. It does not take them long and to neighbors they can look like someone doing repairs, a friend or a relative, because this person that will steal from a residence does not have an appearance that would alert anyone. They will alert the home security system and they will trigger the alarm if they attempt to break-in when it is armed. Keep the burglar from watching your house, by having a home security system and advertising it to them with the window decals and sign in the yard, because once there is a residential break-in the family does not feel safe at home.

Willow House Review – Is Willow House A Legitimate Home Based Business?

In this Willow House review, I will be taking a closer look at this company to provide you with the information that you will need to make your home based business decision. Who is this company? What is it exactly that they offer? Is Willow House the best business choice for me and my family? These are the questions that I intend to help answer for you in my Willow House review.

Willow House is a company that offers products related to home decoration, entertaining guests, and organizational solutions, allowing you to come home to an appealing, fresh, and organized home after your long day. They also offer seasonal products to give your home that holiday look and appeal. They feature a full product catalog with a multitude of stylish products that will give your home the makeover that you desire.

Willow House offers their products through a large network of Design Consultants, representing the multi-level marketing (MLM) business opportunity that they are becoming well-known for. Design Consultants are given the ability to set their own schedule, build their business on a part-time or full-time basis, and ultimately decide for themselves how much money they desire to bring home.

The cost to become a Design Consultant will be a cost of $199. For this price, you will receive 18 products with a retail value of more than $550. Willow House will buy your first tank of gas each month, giving you savings of $50.

When I conduct my research for my company reviews, I strive to provide as much information as possible pertaining to a company’s compensation plan. Willow House, however, does not offer this information to the public. You will need to contact a Design Consultant directly to learn more about how their compensation plan will benefit you.

Willow House is a multi-level marketing business that utilizes traditional methods involved in network marketing. Meaning, you will be encouraged to contact family, friends, neighbors, and close associates to build your business. Your mission will be to contact your warm market to encourage them to host a party of their own, and invite their family and friends to attend.

Hostesses are incentivized to open their home for these parties, as they will receive free products and deep discounts that are based upon the amount of sales that you achieve in their home. At this party, you as the Design Consultant will showcase the products, and accept orders. You will schedule your next home party with any willing future hostesses, and recruit new Consultants to join your business. The training that you will receive from Willow House will be limited to these practices.

In my opinion, Willow House is a legitimate company that offers a wide selection of products in a fun party atmosphere. However, when making your business decision, it will be important to take into consideration the challenges of encouraging your loved ones to host parties, purchase products, and join your Willow House business.

For someone who has the expertise to market this business outside of their small network of family and friends, they can do really well. With that being said, Willow House is a solid opportunity to partner with if you have a strong desire to build this business, and have a passion for the products that they offer their customers.

As always, I wish you the best of luck in your search for a home based business for you and your family.

Want To Downsize Your Home? Invest In A DIY Flat Pack House

Have all your kids gone away to college? Are you sick of hearing about the global housing crisis? You may be looking to downsize your home to save costs if the answer is yes to those questions. One of the cheapest and fastest ways to go about it is by building your own home. Do It Yourself Flat Pack homes are good options because: 1) you can build them quickly 2) there are many models out there that are high quality and energy efficient, and 3) you can build them in a fraction of the time you would build a traditional home.

As a matter of fact, if you live in the UK, there’s an engineer living there that is designing a home where the biggest part of it can assembled in about four hours. According to Dr. Mike Page, the engineer who designed it, it is as easy to put together as an IKEA bookcase. There isn’t even as much assembly as you’d see in a regular flat pack kit because when customers order these prefabricated home kits, they get the finished product. All that will need to be done will be to add the flat pack furniture, dust your hands off, and you’re done. Voila! Livable Home!

The QB2 Cube House

You can buy the flat pack house between the ranges of £10,500 to £47,000. The QB2 cube house, as it is called, is about 10 ft. tall and 13 ft. wide and allows two people to sleep in comfort. Also importantly, the building doesn’t require any action by the planning commission because it’s only 10 ft. tall. You can see how the designing genius of Dr. Page comes into play when you look at the space saving measures that are incorporated in the building that makes it much roomier than homes of the same size.

Amazingly, the QB2 cube is able to provide a fully functional and comfortable floor plan in its compact design. This is accomplished by combining features in the home such as using a sturdy bookcase as a foundation for a mini-spiral set of stairs. If you bought the QB2, the following components would fit in your home:

  • A bedroom with a large double bed.
  • A large galley bathroom with sink, toilet and full-sized shower.
  • A dining room table that converts into a sofa that.
  • A large and perfectly functional stove and refrigerator.
  • Appliances to include a TV and washing machine.
  • A Mechanical heat recovery HVAC system and low energy lights.

Design Options For The QB2

The shell of the QB2 can be erected in about four hours, but it takes a little longer to add other parts of the home such as the kitchen. There is an option to build the cube home yourself for about £9,495, or let Bolton Buildings build it for you for £10,305.00. This basic model includes ceiling and floor joists, foundation and wall studs.

An additional option costs about £27,208 and will provide insulated walls, roof covering and floors and ceilings. It also has walls with birch lining within them.

Home Decorating Tips For Your DIY

You will need to approach home decorating for this small home a little differently than a regular-sized home because if you don’t, things can look crammed. For instance, some smart use of space would be to delineate rooms by hanging a nice set of curtains on electrical piping curtain rods for an inexpensive and appealing touch to your small home.

Homebuyers looking to downsize their home would do well to check their local companies that provide small DIY flat pack homes like the QB2 cube home. Once the home is assembled, and you begin living in it, you will be amazed at how they take advantage of engineered designs to provide a trendy and modern home that is an enjoyment to live in.

Using Bold Paint Colors to Lift Up Your Home’s Exterior

Owning a home comes with many added responsibilities, like painting the exterior of your house. When looking for exterior house painting ideas, people often push one in the direction of a few dusty shades such as beiges and grays which are often safe but dull options.

However, these dull shades rarely make a house become the eye catcher of the street. Selecting bold and striking colors that when included in the correct house painting scheme can make your house stand out and look stunning.

Here are a few bold house paint colours that are worth a try,

Red

Usually used to bring interest to the interior of the house, Red is a stunning exterior house painting color. A deep rose red also is very fitting as an accent in exterior house painting, it goes really well with shades of beige and stone bricked walls.

Yellow

Yellow is a bright and sunshiny shade that can bring happiness and a welcoming feel to a home. This color, when used with the correct accents, can make a house stand out as the happiest and most attractive on the street.

Blush pink

Yes, pink. A shade that can easily add character to the wall and bring out a Victorian or traditional personality to exterior walls.

Pastel Shades

Pastels have become highly popular as interior house paint colors. However, their magic is not limited to that. Shades like mint, peach are wonderful colors on the pastel scale. It is a myth that these colors are reserved for a beach-side home. Any home would look beautiful painted in these light yet elegant shades.

Brick Orange

Orange might seem too much for a home, but using the right shade of orange can do wonders. This does not mean taking orange shade like the fruit, but using the right shades of orange like pale orange or brownish brick orange to bring glamor and appeal to the exterior walls.

Violet

Not many people opt to try their hand at this brave color. However, violet is a shade of purple that can definitely make your home the standout house in the neighborhood, in all the right ways.

Black

Black is a bold color that is usually restricted to trims, doors, and highlights. However, black is a great option for painting modern houses or even classic homes.

Painting houses are not as simple as choosing a paint color for walls. These are larger surfaces which need more than one shade of the color, and more than three colors to stand out. However, one must choose colors that can stand the direct sunlight and yet not look too overwhelming and repulsive to onlookers.

One can opt to take advice from professionals and online software to get a glimpse of how the chosen colors will look on the outside walls.

Everything You Need To Know About Home Equity Loans

We all know what loans are and how banks function with respect to granting a loan. A home equity loan is different, as your house is mortgaged to the bank. This loan is basically a kind of loan which allows you to borrow money using your house as collateral. It is a lump amount that you pay off within a certain time period, including fixed interest rates and monthly payments. This loan is a type of second mortgage, your first mortgage being the one you use to acquire your house. Let’s take a look at the benefits of these loans and the risks involved.

Benefits of Home Equity Loans

1. They ideally have a low interest rate or APR (Annual Percentage Rate)

2. They are easier to qualify for, in case you are financially unstable

3. Interest rates on home equity loans could be tax-deductible

4. They allow you to borrow a comparatively large amount of money

You can avail these benefits on these loans as they are ‘safe’ loans for banks to grant their customers, considering the loan is secured by your house as collateral. In case you fail to repay the amount, the bank can lay a claim on your house, sell it, and recover the money.

Home Equity Loan Uses

You can use this loan for various purposes. It would be ideal to use it for a purpose with larger benefits as you have used your house as collateral. Common home equity loan uses include:

1. Renovate or remodel your existing house

2. Accumulate fund to invest in another house or land

3. Pay for high school/university/other educational purposes

4. Combine high-interest debts

How To Find The Best Home Equity Loan Options

It is always suggested that you look around before you fix on any particular home equity loan option. What you can do is:

1. Check up with regard to such loans with banks, brokers, credit unions

2. Make sure your financial records and bank statements are up to date (also, make sure they indicate you are financially stable)

3. Compare the pros and cons of home equity loans from various sources

The Risks Involved

The most obvious risk in relation to these loans would be the possibility of you losing your house, in case of which you fail to pay the amount to the bank. Also, there are quite a number of scams by which house owners are tricked out of their property or robbed of money. To avoid either of the two, you should do a thorough background check on the bank you are dealing with and make sure everything is legit.

4 Questions About Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) For Houses In Northern Ireland

EPCs in Belfast (or Energy Performance Certificates) is a new legislation introduced for all houses for sale or to let in July 2008. The EPCs are produced by Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA).

In this article we see the 4 most common questions. The answers are provided by Belfast DEAs.

1. What do Energy Performance Certificates show?

Energy Performance Certificates show the energy efficiency rating of the buildings. It is a document of four pages with a rating system from A-G, where A is the most efficient, and G is inefficient. This document shows the complete information regarding the cost of heating and powering a building. Additionally, it provides tips for improving the building’s energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements, and savings in this regard. Energy Performance Certificates also display the information about the ratings you can achieve if you follow all the listed recommendations. In short, these certificates display the energy efficiency of a property along with carbon emission listing as well. 

EPCs in stored, and are publicly available, in the Norther Ireland EPC Register.

2. When is an energy performance certificate required?

You need an Energy Performance Certificate when you’re building a house or selling a house. EPC became a legal requirement in Northern Ireland in 2008. And if you don’t have an EPC, you can receive a fine of up to 5,000 pounds.

EPC records how much energy efficient your building is while providing a rating between A-G. Rating at A is very efficient, and at G, it is inefficient. You need an EPC within seven days of property selling or renting. Energy Performance Certificates are produced on standard methods where you can compare your building’s energy efficiency with other buildings of the same kind. This helps in investment decisions for buyers, owners, and tenants.

3. What does the Law say about EPCs, and how long are EPCs valid for?

You always need an EPC while building a property or marking it for rent or sale. If you lack an EPC or fail to get it, there are several penalties that you may face, such as:

  • Enforcement action
  • Fine notice

An EPC is valid for 10 years, and it relates to the property, not the person. So, in the 10 years of its issuance, you can use it multiple times.

You can get an EPC from an accredited energy assessor. And a copy of it is always stored in the national register, which you can access through the EPC register.

4. What are the penalties for not having an EPC?

Having an Energy Performance Certificate is very important for many national aspects. And its central importance is in the environment. So, if you fail to get an EPC, you can face a number of penalties depending upon the conditions. These penalties are in the Energy Performance of Building Regulations. Let’s see some examples of these:

  • If you fail to display an EPC, you can be fined up to 500 pounds
  • If you fail to provide an EPC, you can be charged from 200 pounds to up to 5,000 pounds
  • If you fail to get a copy of ACIR, you can be fined up to 300 pounds
  • If you fail to display a prominent valid DEC, the fine can be up to 500 pounds

To find a competitive supplier of EPCs in Belfast just search online for the best price.

Should I buy a holiday home abroad?

Some of us may have been fortunate enough to go on holidays abroad, where prices are cheaper. We all start to imagine what owning a place there will be like. Some even go online or look in estate agents windows while there and start looking at property prices.

I for one am guilty of this and cannot go on a holiday without planning on buying a property and living there for the rest of my life. I have even put actions to words and gone on some viewings and then made safe offers (probably deep down knowing they will not accept). All of these dreams, viewings and offers have never come to fruition and I still do not own abroad.

But what are the advantages and disadvantages of owning abroad.

Advantages

1. Can have long holidays

Having a place abroad means you can have long periods abroad if you like. Associates of ours have a place in Europe and spend most of the summer there each year. It sounds a luxurious lifestyle and it is. But the reality is that it works out cheaper for them to spend 3 months abroad than in their home in England for the same time.

2. Can go on a moments notice

When you own abroad, you do not have to book a place to stay in advance to go there. So as long as you can get a flight or drive there, you can go at a moments notice.

3. Encourages you to utilise your weekends and free time

If you have a place abroad you want to justify its existence. Therefore many people utilise their weekends fully by going there as much as possible. Beats having a rain soaked weekend back home.

4. Cheaper holidays

If you have a large family, holidays are expensive. Having a base somewhere means you just need to come up with the travelling costs. And because it is your own place, you may be able to cook there keeping the costs down further.

5. Сan let your friends and family stay there

It must be a nice feeling to have a place that you can let friends and family stay in for free.

6. Part of the local community

Owning a place abroad means you may become part of the local community eventually. This will be such a vastly different experience of foreign travel compared to being in hotel, and more rewarding too.

7. Can rent it out

Depending on location, you my be able to let your place out throughout the year, to bring in income.

Disadvantages

1. Going to the same place every year

The reality of owning a place abroad is that you need to justify it. Therefore owners tend to have to go there for most if not every holiday. This may get boring.

2. Upkeep

Maintaining a property abroad can be difficult. Getting local workmen may not be easy who may have a working culture somewhat different to your own e.g.  I will come sometime next month to fix your heating.

There are also practical difficulties in getting quotes, letting people in etc. Many people find themselves having to travel back and forth for such issues.

3. Language barrier

Connected with the above, you will be using local services and contractors, who may not speak English. You may also need to call many people in that country and language can be a problem if you are not fluent in their language. Think of all the frustrations  you have had in the uk on the phone and think how much worse it would be if you said not speak the language.

4. Costs

If not letting it, essentially you will have an empty property costing you money. If you are wealthy that may be fine, but for most, the cost can start off annoying and then become the source of resentment like a monkey on their backs. Other friends of ours also found they seem to be charged higher prices by workmen as are viewed by locals as rich foreign owners.

5. Local Laws and Taxes

You will fall under the jurisdiction and powers of local laws. Their legal system may not be as open or even as logical as you may be used to in the UK. If there is a change of law, or if you blissfully unaware you may be breaking some local law, you may find yourself in a very difficult situation. Property laws are complicated in all countries and can continually change.  And foreign owners often are a target for governments (even in the UK) as are seen as potential wealthy tax payers.

If you would ever like to sell you property in the Uk to buy abroad, please contact Quick Property Buyer for an immediate cash offer