Buying property to let in Wolverhampton
Working in the property industry since 1990, Sally Lawson has provided property sourcing, refurbishments and furnishing advice to investment clients since 1997, working with customers both locally and nationally to help them built well structured, profitable and safe portfolios.
The firm supplies clients with a complete property investment solution, from the purchasing of one single property for rental to the building of a complete multi property type and multi location portfolios.These can range from single flats, blocks of flats, houses, HMOs, (house shares) LHA (Local housing tenancies) and standard lets and including locations locally and all around the country utilising their property investment partners nationwide, whilst maintaining the local personal guidance to ensure the portfolio created meets the “individual” needs and goals of the client and optimises returns possible.
Since 1997 the company have bought over 450 properties for clients and refurbished over 250 and have helped many landlord investors reach financial freedom through property.
We also offer a full Buy-To-Let advisory service, providing help and guidance to those wishing to invest in the rental sector, these can be either one to one or in a workshop format.
We use the knowledge gained from our wealth of experience in the business to help Landlords find the best properties.
Once registered, our service includes:
- Unlimited advice on potential purchases
- Viewing of properties on your behalf
- Negotiating on your behalf
- Advice on expected rentals
- What price to pay and rentability of different units
- Advice on presentation of property to achieve maximum yields
Tenanted investment properties
We hold an extensive database of properties which are already Tenanted, and available to buy. We work on behalf of the buyer throughout the process and hence there is no fee to the vendor. This means we cannot give advice to the vendor on sale prices etc, but can and will give advice to the purchaser.
Property acquisition service
Once registered on the advisory service, you can also choose to be included on the acquisition service. We will refer you to any properties good for acquisition that we may hear of. We do not charge for registering on this service but it is compulsory to be registered on the advisory service first.
Free re-sales to investors
We can help you if you have a tenanted property you’d like to sell. Whether it is a single property, or a portfolio, we can add the details to our database of investors looking to buy, at no charge to you.
Property make-overs and refurbishments to increase your asking rent and rentability
As Landlords ourselves, we understand the importance of achieving the best look for your property, and for the last nine years, have been helping investors refurbish, furnish and present their home in a way that attracts Tenants of all ages.
We have a team of builders working exclusively for us, who will give you start and completion dates, and stick to them, resulting in a stylish property, which keeps within the current safety regulations and your budget.
Work can range from a new fence to a complete makeover, with the guarantee that all contractors will hold the correct certification, and all large jobs or installations will be checked by a second contractor.
We use knowledge gained from years of letting to help investors refurbish, furnish and present their homes in a way that will appeal to the widest audience.
Should you need help in demonstrating the potential, putting a furniture pack in an unfurnished property, or just in making the most of your own furnishings, we can offer expert advice, including our own furniture packs and property dressing service.
Legal advice regarding the letting of your property
We can ensure you are complying with all the current legislation, such as the Housing Acts of 1988 and 2004, and advise you as to the sort of tenancy agreement you should use, and whether it is within or outside of the act.
We can prepare all legal documentation and any relevant notices you may require. We can also help you with our knowledge of the Houses in Multiple Occupation regulations, the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, which strictly sets out Landlords’ repairing obligations, and the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
If considering buying a Buy-To-Let property, you will need to provide your mortgage provider with a rental assessment, which must be done by a suitably authorised agent. As an ARLA member, with many years of experience, we are qualified to do this.
Recommendations to specialist help for finance and accountancy services
Lawsons has built up relationships with professional companies in the area for many years, and through owning properties ourselves. By using our services, you can also take advantage of our experience and these extensive contacts.
Make the most money you can from your property
We understand the need to make your property as profitable as possible, which means ensuring it is let quickly, and to the right Tenants.
You can help do this by presenting and maintaining it to the highest standards possible at every let.
Presentation should include
- A clean and tidy frontage, to ensure a good first impression
- A neat and clean kitchen, with spotless units and appliances
- Decoration which is in good order throughout
- Furnishings which are in a good state of repair, and comply with regulations
- Good quality carpets and curtains
- We are able to provide contract cleaners, should you need them.
The standard of accommodation you offer will not just influence your potential Tenants but will also have to comply with certain legislation.
Should you need to carry out refurbishment work, we can advise on what needs to be done. We have our own exclusive team of builders working on our behalf, ensuring reliability, and peace of mind that the work will be carried out on time and to the highest standards.
Furniture packs and property dressing
We offer expert advice if you need help in demonstrating the potential of an unfurnished property, or just in making the most of your own furnishings. We also offer our own furniture packs and property dressing service, to make life easier, also reducing void periods as we can arrange the furniture to be delivered as soon as you pick up your keys.
What some of our investors say about us:
“When we finally took took the plunge, after much deliberation, and decided to invest in several properties, Karen proved to be a positive and skilled guiding influence. The process was not without its hiccups because of the nature of the first acquisition (a repossession)and, because we were not available at the end of the process, Karen had a lot of work to do on our behalf.
Needless to say, this was undertaken with the minimum of fuss and with a willing attitude. We now have two properties on the go. Both were immediately occupied. Another is currently being organised. There are always likely to be problems, of course, but it has been a huge help to have a “no problem” approach. Many thanks to Karen(and her team)for their continuing help and support”.
–Kevin & Diane Gerrish – Aston, Claverley
I would like to thank you & all your team for the excellent work you did to help me acquire my last rental property. Your advice about which properties to look at was invaluable and saved me a lot of time.
The solicitors and surveyors you recommended were also very quick and professional. The property you recommended that I purchase was, I feel, a very good buy & has rented easily with the help of your company.
Thank you very much, I will definitely call you again when I want to buy my next property to rent.
– D Hesbrook , Worcester
Two years ago in 2009 I was a new investor and bought a repossession with £20k equity, under the advice from Karen @ Lawson’s Acquisitions. I then went on to buy 2 properties that Lawson’s project managed/converted for me. They also helped me furnish the properties and now let and managed them for me. A hands off investment that I can recommend to aspiring property portfolio owners.
– Martin Dodd, Midlands Investment Agency, Wolverhampton
As a passive investor I was looking to enter into a partnership with a reputable company, that combined a proven track record with a comprehensive range of But-To-Let services.
After broken promises elsewhere, I was fortunate to meet Karen, who’s property knowledge, negotiating acumen and contacts have saved me £1000′s in acquisition cost alone & produced a portfolio of properties that had significant equity from day 1, are fully tenanted & deliver excellent returns.
Anyone looking to invest in property should first talk to Karen and Lawsons, especially if like me you are looking to reduce risks and have a fully managed portfolio for maximum returns, but without the hassle normally associated with BTL.
– Simon Bowe, Bromsgrove
I first got involved with Lawsons when I was facing imminent financial destruction as the global economic downturn had a severe negative effect on my investments. I went on their Landlords Advisory Course and Breakthrough Course which both assisted me to improve my situation.
I liked the thought of owning a HMO but their seemed to be too much red tape and legislation involved not to mention the project managing side of things, But Lawsons informed me of their Professional Houseshare Service where they help you choose a property, solicitor, they take care of the refurb and then manage the property for you. I am now the proud owner of a fully let HMO.
– Samuel Austin, Wolverhampton