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Property for sale OX2 Cumnor Hill ideal for Oxford short lets

This is an ideal property ready for short lets located in the Cumnor Hill area of Oxford.

Fire safety laws and your property

In England and Wales as the owner of a short let property you are considered the ‘responsible person’ when it comes to fire safety for your property. This means that you are responsible for completing a fire safety risk assessment, improving your fire safety measures if necessary and keeping the risks under review.

The fire safety risk assessment

Making use of gaps between bookings

At Weekly Home our occupancy rates can be as high as 85%, but during the winter months occupancy is always a little lower. Ultilising any gaps during this time for property maintenance will make sure that you are ready for back to back bookings in the Summer.

Quality in Tourism awards for Weekly Home properties


We are very excited to announce that five of our properties have been given a Quality in Tourism award. Jeanette Howse from Tourism South East came to Woodstock last week to present us with our awards.

Trip Advisor-Love it or loathe it!

Trip AdvisorSince TripAdvisor reviews were launched on the Holiday Lettings listings site last year, enquiries for properties with reviews have increased by 40%, even to those with only one review. We have also found that the reviews have encouraged undecided guests to go ahead and make a booking. 

Weekly Home networking at Sulgrave Manor

S E T Members at Sulgrave Manor

Last week Esmee and Lesley from Weekly Home attended the latest Tourism South East networking event. The event took place in the beautiful Sulgrave Manor, famous for being the ancestral home of George Washington.

Ideal holiday cottage for sale in Brill

If you are looking to invest in a holiday cottage, then this charming cottage in Brill, Buckinghamshire, has lots of potential. Currently on the market through Hamptons in Summertown, Oxford.

Weekly Home attend Foodies Festival 2012

Foodies festival

At Weekly Home we love food, so we were very excited to take part in the 2012 Foodies Festival in South Park, Oxford.  The festival took place over the August bank holiday weekend and was a celebration of all things culinary. It was a great success with over 19,000 visitors from across the county.

Energy Performance Certificate required for all lettable properties

Since October 2008, your rental property has required an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), renewable every ten years. The EPC gives information on how to make your home more energy efficient by looking at its current energy use and typical energy costs along with a recommendation report suggesting ways to reduce energy waste and save money.  

Changes to tax advantages on furnished holiday lettings

tax, furnished holiday lettings,

As the owner of a furnished holiday home in the UK it is important that you know about the recent amendments to the tax allowances for the 2012-2013 tax year. The amount you can claim does vary from year to year depending on government policy.

Estate agent opinion of why to invest in a short let property

This post is brought to you by James Cridland of Cridland & Co estate agents

The days of the standard assured short-hold tenant and the "quick buck" landlord are gone. But in their place are new types of both tenants and landlords who have moved with the times, with short lets being a significant growth market.

Cridland & Co Estate Agents

If you thought that all estate agents were the same then you haven’t found Cridland & Co. Their approach to buying and selling houses is a little different to most estate agents. Their mission is to sell every property they receive. This might seem like a strange thing to say but not all estate agents have their client’s needs at heart.

Cridland & Co was founded by James Cridland in March 2011.

Adding personal touches to your property

Adding personal touches to your Oxford short let apartment is really important to make your guests feel at home.  One way that you can do this is with hanging beautiful artwork on the walls.

Buying guide to beds

Bedsteads and mattresses will be one of the more expensive furnishing items in your holiday short let property.

We recommend frame style bedsteads which are raised from the floor. This makes cleaning floor areas under the bed a lot easier. Divan style beds usually require a valance or more decoration which will increase your preparation time. The choice is endless but the main considerations are wood or metal frame, veneer or solid wood and of course style.

Holiday home insurance

When choosing insurance for your holiday home, make sure that your policy covers commercial holiday lettings and not just family use. As well as building and contents insurance you will need public liability insurance; giving you protection in the event of any legal issues associated with holiday lettings.

Holiday home insurance is a different product to usual lettings insurance and there are several companies who offer cover specifically for holiday homes.

Intasure (http://www.intasure.com/)

Furnishing your Holiday Letting in Oxford - Trade Secrets in Adderbury

Finding or replacing your holiday home furniture can be a consuming process. We would generally recommend that you aim at 'John Lewis' quality rather than 'Ikea'. However, not all of us want to pay John Lewis prices!

Izabela joins the Weekly Home Team

We are pleased to welcome a new member to the Weekly Home Team. Izabela joined Weekly Home at the beginning of July in the position of Property Support and house-keeping. Izabela is in charge of all the meet and greets of new guests, departures, organising cleans and the up-keep our Fully Managed properties to the high standards expected by our guests.