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July 18, 2016

Good presentation of garden

You should remember that the first thing anyone sees of your house is the garden. All of the property pundits talk about the importance of kerb appeal. This is described in the Cambridge Dictionary as follows: “PROPERTY the qualities of a building that make it attractive, for example to a buyer, when it is seen from the street: First impressions really are important - so make sure your house has kerb…

June 21, 2016

Keeping your property safe this summer

With the warmer weather now finally here, and the sounds of summer holidays are in the not so distant future, here are our top tips for securing your property over the summer: Always close and lock your windows when leaving your property Do not leave valuables on display through windows Keep car keys out of site Consider installing a visible security light or alarms to deter criminals If you…

June 21, 2016

Edinburgh: the new London

Edinburgh has been referred to recently as ‘the new London’ when it comes to property investment, and according to property experts, Edinburgh is listed among the top three European cities in which to invest. Edinburgh has a growing population, a talented workforce, and a leading tourist destination. Edinburgh's festivals are a unique cultural phenomenon and each year they attract over 4 million people.…

June 21, 2016

McQueen Legal are helping Marie Curie – and so are you!

McQueen Legal are delighted to be working with Marie Curie and helping such a worthwhile cause. For all estate agency and private client transactions completed – whether this is a sale, a purchase, a joint sale/purchase or a Family Protection Pack (Will, Power of Attorney, Advance Directives), the team at McQueen Legal will donate £25 for every transaction completed. Marie Curie provide care and support…

May 25, 2016

Do I need planning permission?

You need planning permission for any new development. The law says that ‘development’ includes any building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land. It also includes changes in the use of buildings and land. Planning permission is not needed for work that only affects the inside of a building. If it is a listed building, you may need listed building consent to make changes inside a building and outside a building depending upon the grade of your listing.

May 18, 2016

PROPERTY ALTERATIONS – DO I NEED BUILDING WARRANT?

If you propose to erect a new building, to alter or extend an existing building, to change the use of a building or to demolish a building, you will normally require permission from the Building Control Department of your Local Authority. Permission is granted in the form of a building warrant, which must be obtained before starting any work. A warrant will be granted if the work you propose meets the Technical Standards for compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990 (as amended). It is an offence to begin work before obtaining the warrant. If a warrant is not obtained, this could lead to difficulties in the issue of a certificate of completion and in selling your property.

May 05, 2016

Email security – don’t get caught out

Cyber attacks on small businesses are happening every day, with fraudsters trying to steal information, money and disrupt business activities.

May 05, 2016

Hassle free house hunting

Are you looking to move but don’t have the time or are not in the position to source your ideal property yourself? Then McQueen Legal’s bespoke Property Finder Service is for you. Click here for further information.

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