Welcome to the first of six articles about the home ownership and renting life stages we pass through over the years. As we discuss each stage, we’ll identify the jobs you can and can’t do around your rental or owned home and when you should get the professional tradesperson in.
As a teenager or young adult, the first property you live in after you leave your parent’s home is most likely to be rented. You may be the one with your name on the tenancy agreement or simply a flatmate. As the named tenant, you pay a weekly cost to live in the rental property directly to the landlord. Clicking on the image above will take you through to reach Tenancy Services. They can help you with further information on the basics of renting and flatting.
If you are a flatmate, you pay it to the person whose name is on the tenancy agreement and they pay the landlord. Whichever you are, ensure you get a receipt or pay via internet banking so you have a record of payments made.
As a tenant, you must inform the landlord immediately if you notice anything which needs fixing. This also includes maintenance work to be done, regardless of how the damage occurred. This is to ensure that your flat remains safe and the landlord can arrange to fix the problem. (more…)
A security service or alarm installers will be able to advise and install the best security system for your property or anything else you want protecting.
Some systems are composed of a simple alarm that sounds when an entry point is breached, while others include monitoring centres where employees will notify the authorities if someone tries to enter your home. Many companies make systems that include motion sensors that attach to your door and window frames.
Some of these systems include other monitoring features, such as smoke detectors, pressure mats that homeowners can place under rugs and windows, and closed-circuit television monitoring. When hiring a security service or alarm installer ask them which services and systems they offer and which are best for your circumstances.
Good home security brings peace of mind to your family and pets. In the case of an emergency, whether its fire, medical or burglary you and/or your security monitoring company will be the first to know. There’s many reasons why choosing to invest in a home security system is a good idea. A security system can be useful if you travel a lot, or work long hours, you may have a pet or teenagers at home that need protecting. A medical alarm is useful when you have a loved one who may live alone or be vulnerable and would benefit from that extra layer of protection.