17th July 2020
In addition to managing the maintenance and repairs of the 500 or so properties we manage on behalf of landlord clients across north Leeds, our maintenance team, comprising of Gemma, Oneeka and Luke, also project manage the refurbishment of properties too.
An investor landlord who we have acted for for many years wanted to add to his portfolio. With guidance from our sales and rentals teams, he purchased 3 Mountfields, a one bed top floor flat in Hyde Park; an area that is becoming ever more popular with young professionals given the proximity to the Universities, hospitals and city centre.
The sale completed at the end of February and our maintenance team set to work on the refurb. Whilst the sale was progressing, our maintenance team compiled a list of the works required and obtained various quotes from our team of contractors, many of whom have worked for us for 5+ years.
Once the quotes were received, Gemma discussed them at length with the landlord and after a few tweaks our contractors set to work. As the refurbishment was underway, the UK went into lockdown, which understandably delayed the work. One contractor managed to carry on and complete some tasks during lockdown, working solo in the property, however access to materials became much harder. As we were unable to inspect the work on a weekly basis, the contractor sent progress photos at each stage.
Gemma worked throughout the lockdown period, keeping in contact with the contractors and keeping the landlord up to speed with the progress.
The refurbishment was completed at the end of June. The property has had a new electric central heating system installed with new radiators, a full re-wire, a new double glazed bay window in the lounge, the partition wall removed between the kitchen and lounge, re-plastering throughout, a new fitted kitchen, a new stylish bathroom, full redecoration and new floor coverings throughout. The landlord is making a 10% return on his investment, which he is delighted with.
The flat went onto the rentals market at the beginning of July. A professional tenant was found within 14 days and they move in later this month.
Please see below before and after photographs of the refurbishment.
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