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Top tips for moving into rented accommodation

a young couple unpack their belongings as they settle into their new loft apartment . They are standing defocussed on the balcony of their new apartment. In the foreground a blank moving box is in selective focus .
Wherever you may be moving too, here are some tips that will help to make the transition a little smoother. Take Pictures When moving into new accommodation it is a good idea to take pictures of the whole premises. Especially if there is some pre-existing damage or snags. This way, when your lease is up and you are trying to get your deposit back there is no way the landlord can accuse you ...
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Tips for renting out your property

A "to let" sign on a building
Renting a property can be a great source of income with very little stress if it is handled correctly. Here are our top tips for renting a property: Make sure the property is fit for rent By law, there are certain minimum standards that your property must comply with before renting. For example, hot and cold water, no dampness, good heating and ventilation and electrical wiring. If your prop...
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Building costs are rising rapidly

Construction site
According to new figures from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), construction costs will surpass 2006 levels this year and are rapidly approaching the highest level since the Celtic Tiger. The SCSI is suggesting that the rise in wages, as well as steel and timber costs, are causing contractors to increase their price when pitching for projects. These higher prices are going to c...
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Is Dublin becoming the dearest city in Eurozone?

According to a new survey, Dublin is now the costliest city in the Eurozone to live in, overtaking Paris. The Irish capital is also ranked as 32nd among the worlds more expensive cities. This is a jump of 34 places from rank 66. This is primarily as a result of the strength of Euro compared to the American Dollar. In addition to that, the soaring cost of rent is also a contributing factor i...
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We are not building the right types of homes

As we are all aware, there is a housing crisis occurring in Ireland. Trying to find a house to buy or rent that suits your needs is very difficult. Given the amount of building sites and houses you see, it doesn’t really add up, does it? Well, that’s because we are apparently building the wrong types of houses. Ronan Lyons, assistant professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin and aut...
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