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Reformed Plastics will suit you!

Here in the UK we can normally guarantee that the weather is never guaranteed!

Our weather can be a real mixed bag, ranging from sweltering heat waves to cold and torrential downpours with only a moments notice! As a result, extreme weather conditions can have disastrous effects on conventional outdoor furniture, features and fixtures, causing them to rot and deteriorate, which could make them dangerous to use, not only now but anytime of year.

Reformed Plastics offer you the chance to invest in outdoor products that will not only look great, but will not break or decay, even in the most turbulent of times.

Reformed Plastics’ can offer you a great solution for keeping safe at home and/or work…We offer anti-slip walkways and decking that have 85% more friction than hard wood, even when wet. This means that you can walk around your garden without the risk of falling over on dirty and slimy surfaces. Our walkways and decking come in black and brown as standard, and are completely maintenance free. They also will not rot or splinter, and last for over 50 years.

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Diary of a Letting Agent - June 2015

Anyone who works within the lettings industry will say, no two days are the same and this is so true. However, 2015 has been one changeable and challenging year. We have had all the politics between Labour and Conservatives on what might happen in the private rented sector, we have had the Deregulation Bill as well as new legislations coming out all the time.

So, what is hot off the press this month?

Overseas landlords (non-residents) from April 2015 will pay capital gains tax on the sale of their UK property.

Up until now the UK tax loophole allowed overseas investors and British Expats and non-UK residents with UK property, especially those with buy-to-let agreements, which generate income.

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Why Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking Experiences in Bournemouth and Dorset

You may be seeing more and more people walking with what looks like ski poles, and I can assure you they aren't looking for snow!

Nordic Walking is a fantastic way of keeping fit while you walk, in fact it turns a walk into a workout with out much more effort or exertion. It engages the upper body as the poles propel you along and in turn makes your feet feel lighter, it encourages great posture and can help tone up and also work on core stability too. So, it is a win win situation.

So now you are thinking, great I will go buy some Nordic poles and off I go. Sorry it isn't that easy, a few people have come to a Taster after going to an Outdoor store asking for Nordic Walking poles and walk away with Trekking poles and there is so much difference between the two.

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Women’s Development

Building Personal Confidence

A lack of confidence and low self-esteem are two of the most common themes raised with me by women in coaching or personal development conversations.

Confidence is a state of mind, something that we project to others, what we want them to see; whereas self-esteem is how we feel. If you are in business, whether working for yourself or others, personal confidence will impact on your business success. People buy from confident people, if you don’t have confidence in yourself, your product or your services, performance will suffer. Poor performance then breeds low confidence … it’s a vicious circle!

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Amnesty for Landlords on Protecting Deposits

So…who are you? Who has been hiding their head in the sand and hoping they won’t get found out for NOT protecting their tenant’s deposits.

It could be you have a tenant who has been in the property for many years and perhaps you have never had to use an agent, who would have highlighted the new regulations regarding protecting a tenants’ deposit that came in to force in April 2007.

It could be that you took the deposit before the ruling in 2007 and you genuinely believed (as many did) that you did not have to protect the deposit.

It doesn’t really matter what your reasons are, the good news is that you have been pardoned! On the condition that you protect the deposit before 23rd June 2015.

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It's Tea

It's Tea

Come and experience the magic at It’s Tea, and enjoy a superior drinking experience

It’s Tea is a haven for any tea and/or coffee enthusiast. As you walk through the door you will be welcomed by the fragrant smell of tea and coffee. Rows of loose tea leaves line the back wall of the shop, including traditional yet diverse ranges of Earl Grey, fermented dark Pu Her teas and fruit infused teas. A great range of oriental inspired drinking apparatuses, drinking chocolates and gift baskets occupy the front of the shop, along with flavoured sugars and chocolates.

The staff at It’s Tea are extremely knowledgeable about where each individual tea comes from, how it is produced and what flavours it incorporates. At present they stock an impressive collection that boasts 160 varieties of tea, in addition to a selection of coffee. It’s Tea’s staff firmly believe that tea is for everyone, and everyone can enjoy its many different forms and varieties. So, forget about creating a quick cuppa, and invest in a tea that suits your palate, so that you can really appreciate and experience the magic of that moment. It’s Tea’s stock regularly changes to include new flavour combinations and varieties. These new concoctions are created by their very own sommelier, who designs and develops great flavour combinations that everyone can enjoy. No tea is constantly in stock, which means that you can always experience something new when you visit this tea specialist.

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renting in Poole

Diary of a Letting Agent - Budgets

As I write this journal, I am very much aware what the budget is this week and by the time you read this, the budget has happened! So, I thought I would write about some changes that will affect many landlords in their tax return as we also approach the end of tour tax year on the 5th April 2015.

Firstly if you are a new landlord and you are receiving rental income, you should tell HMRC about it – contact then as soon as possible, but at the latest by 5 October following the end of the tax year in which you start to let the property. That is, if you started getting rental income in the year to 5 April 2015, tell HMRC by 5 October 2015.

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Diary of a Letting Agent - Property Advice

Property Advice in Poole

A lovely couple came in to see me this week. They had inherited £250,000 and were toying with the idea of becoming first time landlords.

The couple were in their early 50’s, still working, had paid off their existing mortgage and were in a good place, however, their pensions were going to be state pensions, so they were looking to invest it now with it providing a better standard of living when they retire at 67!

They wanted to make their inheritance bring in the best possible return. Now, for those of us who have been in the industry for a long time, we get it, and nothing could be easier, however, when you meet someone who has never gone down this route before, the whole process can be frightening to them and where they may think they want the best possible return, they may opt for a lesser return if it brings them more peace of mind.

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renting in Poole

Need help finding a property?

Expert letting specialists in Poole and Bournemouth

Move on Rentals are a lettings specialist in Poole that offer a range of landlord and tenant services. The company is owned by Sharon Canning; a local lady with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the property letting industry. Sharon has become a leading expert in the lettings field, making her one of the most reputable and trustworthy faces within the property industry.

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Letting specialist in Bournemouth

Another Happy Landlord!

Please see below, feedback from a Landlord who decided to let his property out, and have a full managed service while he lived in Egypt...

Hello Gina,

Glad to report that I know I could not have had better support from the entire Move on Team, over the last 5 years or so, when I took the plunge and had extended holidays in Egypt!

I was fortunate that I never had any problems with rent being missed or delayed, no doubt due to the effective screening of my tenants.

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renting in Poole

Diary of a Letting Agent

A piece of journalism caught my eye recently, with regards to buildings and tenants insurance on a rented property which most landlords hope will never happen to them.

A couple who had lived in their home for 30 odd years decided to go abroad to do voluntary work for a charity. They rented out their treasured home to a couple. All was well for the first 2 years and then one of the tenants lost their jobs. Despite claiming housing benefit, the rent was not paid and the arrears got out of hand. The couple decided to come back and try and sort things out.

To their dismay, they found their home had been transformed into a cannabis factory and a substantial amount of damage had been done to the property. The tenants not only refused them entry but refused to move out, so the landlords had to have them evicted through the judicial system which took some five months at a cost of around £2,500.

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letting in Poole

DIARY OF A LETTING AGENT

Letting Specialist in Poole

Is Property still a Good Investment in Poole and Bournemouth?

If there is one thing you could say about working in the lettings industry - there are no two days the same!

Over the last couple of years, I have written various articles and Q&A’s to which I know has attracted a good following. Over the next few months I will be bringing you ‘Diary of a Letting Agent’ which will combine my snippets of good information with some insight of my life!

So what have I been up to? Well, I recently presented a Power Point presentation to a group of property investors (which I have been doing for 3 years on a monthly basis). The group meet and listen to expert leaders within the Industry. I give an update on what is going on in the lettings world – and there are always lots to tell!! This month though I delved a bit deeper and looked at property prices within the Poole and Bournemouth conurbation and the latest projections from other experts in the industry to house prices!

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hypnotherapy in Bournemouth and Poole

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

"Diets don’t work"

"When I am on a diet, I can’t stop thinking about food!"

"I am being good this week"

"I shouldn’t eat that"

Does that Sound Familiar?

When we ‘go' on a diet - we seem to become obsessed about food. We constantly think about what we are ‘allowed’ to or ‘should’ eat, when we will eat. We follow the diet plan for a while, we see the number on the scales going down, perhaps we buy a new outfit. We feel very pleased with ourselves and ‘come off the diet’............ and what happens next? That’s right, those pounds creep back on... and off you go again, the newest, the latest diet!

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Stopping Unwanted Habits

There are good habits and bad habits, wanted habits, unwanted habits. It’s great to have the habit of exercising, probably not so great to have the habit of always having a chocolate biscuit every time you have a hot drink.

Some habits can be just a little but quirky, but others can cause real problems.

Constant nail-biting is not only un-hygienic and unsightly, but can also cause pain and soreness of the fingers. Likewise skin picking. Compulsive hair pulling, which is known as Trichotillamania or Tric for short, is not uncommon and can be a very distressing condition. Perhaps you know someone who has habitual actions or movements perhaps?

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lettings in Poole

Is your tenant hiding something?

Lettings in Bournemouth

I was recently shocked to discover some of the lengths tenants will go to find a property to rent.

On my Facebook page I was recently invited to a discussion group and asked if I could help someone find a property to rent. This particular person was a working single mum, with one child, a guarantor and a cat. The reason they asked if I could help was because she was struggling to find a property that would accept the cat. She had attempted to go for a couple of properties that indicated in the advert they would accept a pet, but was let down because the landlords had a choice of applicants and decided to go with the applicant who did not have a pet.

This in itself did not surprise me as landlords presently do have a pick of tenants, what was the advice she then received from her friends. A few said ‘don’t let them know you have a pet, the landlord never checks anyway’, ‘I never tell them I have a dog, and I have been doing it for years’, ‘definitely lie about it, it is the only way you will get a property’ and someone even gave the following advice ‘if you need payslips to show you are on more money, you can go to a website and they will give you payslips for the last 3 months from top companies.’

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recycled garden furniture in Bournemouth

Recycling Never Looked So Good

Recycled Plastic Products in Bournemouth

Plastic has many practical and very useful properties and has an infinite range of different uses, some of which being are as decking, fencing, outdoor furniture, planters, boardwalks, landscaping, bollards, signage and construction etc.

The list of possibilities is endless and the long-term advantages it has over traditional materials are staggering!

It’s a great investment, as it never needs to be replaced due to its high strength and durability, therefore it quickly pays for itself in the long run. In short, it’s worry free!

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Coping With Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety in Bournemouth

Have you ever felt anxious? I’m guessing that your answer would be yes, it would be my answer too. Most of us have experienced anxiety in our lives, sometimes it’s just a fleeting feeling, and we get on with what we were doing with now ill effects. Other times the feelings of anxiety can last for several hours or even days. We can feel anxiety in specific situations or have a feelings of anxiety for no apparent reason. For many people, these anxious feelings seem to be there all the time, often for no apparent reason.

Symptoms of anxiety can be varied and can include: anxious thoughts, going over and over the things that worry us in our minds, having a sense of dread, feeling "on edge", finding it difficult to concentrate, becoming irritable or impatient at the slightest thing and being easily distracted.

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property to rent in Bournemouth

Starting 2014 with rent arrears?

Renting in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

As we have left 2013 and entered 2014, how are your tenants doing with their rent? In January 2013 a total of £326million in rent was either late or unpaid according to survey by LSL Property Services. This had increased by nearly £100million because of Christmas 2012.

There was an article in the Independent in December 2013 of a council in London sending out Christmas cards to their 17,000 tenants reminding them to pay their rent before splashing out on festivities, the card had a picture of a pound coin fizzing in a glass with the message ’Don’t over indulge this Christmas – pay your rent’. Hammersmith and Fulham Council reportedly have 49% of their tenants in arrears; however the tenants themselves found the card insulting.

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Why I love Hypnosis

I’m often asked how I came to be a Hypnotherapist, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I first discovered Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy when I needed some help myself.

I needed to learn to drive for my job, the problem was that I was absolutely terrified of the very thought of driving. I forced myself to take lessons and I hated every single minute! I could hardly hold the steering wheel my palms were so sweaty, I was so tense my body was almost rigid, every lesson was exhausting, no doubt for my instructor too! I really thought I would never get over my nerves. The only time I didn’t worry about my lessons was on a Saturday afternoon after the lesson, by Sunday I was into the cycle of worrying again.

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Letting specialist in Bournemouth

Prospective Tenants...Q & A

Question...

We have been approached by a prospective tenant who wishes to rent out our 3 bedroom property for herself and her children. It would appear she has recently split from her partner. She would like to move into the property with her ex-partner paying the rent. What is the procedure in doing this correctly? Do we issue a Tenancy Agreement in both their names? Are there any pitfalls we should be aware of?

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