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18
Dec

Recycling – Tis the season to recycle!

During the festive period, many of us are guilty for using almost anything that’s disposable. From wrapping paper to paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and even disposable table cloths!

But what happens when it’s all over? Where does all this stuff go? Well the majority of it ends up in landfill… here are a few Christmas waste facts to put it into perspective!

  • 74 million mince pies are thrown away every year
  • The wrapping paper we throw away is enough to stretch around the world nine times!
  • The card packaging that gets thrown away is enough to cover Big Ben 260,000 times!
  • 13,350 tonnes of glass waste is thrown away each Christmas, if this was recycled instead it would save the CO2 equivalent of taking 1,300 cars off the road for a year!
  • 1 billion Christmas cards could end up in the bin after December 25th!

Now that’s a lot of waste! Here are some tips on how you can recycle your waste this Christmas!

  • Before recycling, remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows as these cannot be recycled!
  • Try using gift bags instead of paper! As you can reuse them again next year and save on paper!
  • Instead of throwing food in the bin, chuck it in your compost bin if you have one! Add fruit and vegetable scraps, potato peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggshells and flowers to your compost heap this Christmas. But don’t put meat such as ham or turkey in there as this will attract larger pests such as rats and foxes
  • Use the un-recyclable parts of cards and wrapping paper (metallic and glitter paper cannot be recycled!) and cut them up and to make new cards or gift tags out of them for next year!
  • Christmas trees are a little tricky, but most council-run tips and shred used Christmas trees to make chippings that are used in public parks. Otherwise, see if your local council do a collection service. You could even strip the branches yourself and use the pine needles as unique potpourri!

For extra information on recycling Christmas waste have a look at the link below!

https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-christmas

Otherwise contact your local council if you’re unsure as to what you can and can’t put in your recycling bins!

If you want to know more about our commitments click here

Image from www.Recyclenow.com

2
May

Hedgehog Awareness Week – 30th April to 6th May 2017.

Hedgehog Awareness Week – 30th April to 6th May 2017.

Each year the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk) organise an awareness week to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help.

What you can do:

  • Hedgehogs need at least 13 x 13cm gap to access and exit your gardens via boundary fences and walls .
  • Before burning rubbish, always check what is in there.
  • If you use netting, make sure it is at an appropriate level so it doesn’t trap hedgehogs.
  • If you have a compost heap, check the heap before using a folk.
  • Stop using pesticides and poisons, as this effects more than their intended targets.
  • If you have holes and drains, make sure they are covered
  • For those of you who have ponds/pools, make sure there are access/exit routes for all wildlife.

If you want to find out more visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk)

23
Jul

Case Study-Working With Contractors

contractorsHere at KT-Management we can come across a variety of different maintenance issues when looking after apartment blocks. With our extensive check list that we use on our site visits, we try and be pro active not reactive. Responding to maintenance issues in a swift and professional manor is very important to us.

Over the years we have built up a large database of reliable and trusted contractors, but we are still happy to build new relationships with new and local contractors to provide our clients with a variety of services at competitive prices..

Every day is different when managing apartment blocks, we have some common faults for example replacing light bulbs to more complex situations like the case study I will reflect on now.

We had a situation in a block of apartments that effected three residents. The toilet in the ground floor apartment was backing up, not only into the ground floor apartment but the first floor apartment also. With the second floor apartment experiencing smells.

The first thing we did was to arrange for a professional expert to attend the site to assess the situation , we also attended site to meet the residents involved and to inform them that we were dealing with the situation.

It was established that the bathroom floor and suite in the ground floor apartment would need to be lifted to fix the problems with the shared soil stack. This is when we had to communicate with our own contactor and that of the residents plumber to put the bathroom back to how it was. We also updated all parties involved as to what work was being carried out and timescale for completion. This issue was resolved swiftly with all residents remaining informed.

With more complex maintenance issues communication is vital to make sure there is as little disruption as possible for residents. Also we can communication between contractors so they are aware of the situation and can get the issue resolved as quickly as possible.

 

 

 

11
Jun

Working Together In The Community

community We would like to thank PC Green for attending an AGM with residents for a site we manage in Coventry.

Thanks also to Sandwell Council for their support on a fly tipping issue.

KT-Management working together within the community for the best results for residents.

27
May

ARMA-Q Accreditation in the Local Paper

KT Certificate Our recent accreditation has been noted by the local paper.

 

Please follow the link below to read

Dudley News Publication

13
May

Election Result and Property

election_and _property

Now we have had time to digest last weeks election result, here is a basic overview of what this means to the Property Industry and for home buyers.

With a Conservative majority here are the policies we will have;

Help to Buy

There are two types of Help to Buy, one being a guarantee to mortgage lenders for what is classed as higher risk purchasers with a 5% deposit.

There is also the Help to Buy equity loan. This is for new build properties; the government will loan 20% of the value, meaning purchasers can have a 5% deposit with a 75% mortgage.

Help to Buy ISA

This is due to start later in the year, first time buyers can apply for a Help to Buy ISA where for every £200 saved the government will put £50 towards your savings with a maximum saving of £15,000.

-Right to Buy

Council tenants can apply to buy their home if they have lived within council properties for 5 consecutive years. Right to Buy offers the houses at a discounted rate. In the run up to the election the Tories explained how they want to extend Right to Buy to community housing residents.

 

The Conservatives have pledged to build 200,000 new starter homes for first time buyers with an additional 275,000 additional homes.

 

With the election result here is what we won’t have;

-Mansion Tax, an annual fee on properties over 2 million (Labour and Lib. Dem.)

-Rent to Own, first time buyers can rent to build up their share meaning they do not need a deposit. (Lib. Dem.)

-3 year tenancies in the private rental sector. (Labour)

-Stamp duty removed on Properties Under £250,000 (UKIP)

-Abolishment of Right to Buy (Green)

-Abolishment of Bedroom Tax (SNP)

 

9
Jan

Property Management Help

PROPERTY-MANAGEMENT-HELPJanuary is often the month where as individuals we feel we want to get organised and set up for the new year. We are often contacted by residents who self manage their apartment site and decide this is the year to free up their time. Here at KT-Management we work well with residents to take away the property management stress away. We are apartment owners ourselves using our vast experience with your investment in mind.

If you feel you need our property management help from a company who know communication is key, please contact us today to see if we can help

Working together for a happy and successful 2015

01384 573637

kailee.hurdiss@kt-management.co.uk

 

8
Jan

KT-Management Lettings

to_let_property_management_dudleyExciting news for 2015. KT-Management have been established for nearly 10 years now looking after leasehold apartment sites for residents. We are excited to announce we are looking to add and extra service in lettings. Please check our website for up and coming updates.

 

If you would like any further information please contact kailee.hurdiss@kt-management.co.uk

 

2
Jan

Prevent condensation and damp in your home

property-management-damp-condensation

During the winter months some damp can often be caused by moisture coming from within the home.

Here are some basic tips to help prevent damp and condensation within your home-

  • Drying clothes- If you have to dry clothes inside try and use one room where you can open a window or there is a fan. If using a tumble dryer make sure the ventilation pipe leads outside.
  • Cooking-Try and keep pans covered, keep the kitchen door closed with the kitchen window open to allow moisture to escape outside not into your house.
  • Ventilation-Damp and condensation occurs when moisture can’t escape. If you have a fan in your bathroom turn it on whilst having a bath or shower and leave on for 30 minutes afterwards. Make sure other rooms are ventilated by opening the window slightly to allow fresh air to circulate and moisture to escape.
  • Windows-If you notice condensation on your windows wipe it off with a cloth. Allow the area to dry by slightly opening the window.
  • Keep your home warm-The warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. If you keep your home warm it will keep condensation levels low. Even heating at a low level in your home will help prevent damp and condensation.
  • Furniture-Damp can often develop behind furniture placed against cold external walls. Leave a gap between the wall and the furniture to allow air to circulate preventing damp.
  • Mould-If you see any mould this should be wiped away using fungicidal spray following manufacturers instructions.
15
Dec

Keep Your Home Safe This Christmas

home_safe_property_christmasWithout being a bah humbug with the run up to Christmas, its wise to keep in mind that burglary increases at this time of year. A combination of darker nights and the potential of gifts inside the property. Its a busy time of year but take a few moments to think of the security of your home.

Here are some tips to help keep your home safe this Christmas-

  • If you are going away try and be discrete if possible, try not to share on social media or display suitcases outside your property whilst you pack the car.
  • Timers are a good investment for your lights, giving the impression somebody is in.
  • When living in apartments take care to shut communal doors after yourself not allowing non residents in.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked. Don’t be more complacent being in an apartment.
  • For fire safety and for disabled access nothing should be kept in communal areas anyway, another reason is so they are not targeted and stolen.
  • Inside your property don’t keep valuable items on display where they can be seen from the outside.