A new service offers landlords a ‘one stop shop’ for improving their properties for the lettings market. Core Renovations, founded by veteran property manager Tina Doyle and a sister company to lettings agent College and County, helps landlords make improvements that will maximise the return on their investment.
Tina Doyle’s 20 years’ experience as a property manager in Oxford have equipped her with a deep understanding of what makes a property desirable. Her street-by-street knowledge of the city and instinct for what tenants need from a property are highly valuable to landlords, especially if they are new to the area or to the lettings market.
“It is not always obvious what improvements you should make,” says Tina. “To maximise return on investment, the first rule is to understand what will appeal to the tenants you are targeting. A house that appeals to families will benefit from plenty of space and storage. A smart, two-bedroom apartment will attract young professionals, who may want a stylish, finished interior.”
Oxford is a diverse city with many different communities, so it’s hardly surprising that many landlords simply don’t know where to start. Core Renovations has been created to help landlords to overcome these challenges.
“I have spent the last few decades guiding people through the property renovation maze in this city and see a real need for a complete, end-to-end renovations service from a trusted, experienced supplier,” explains Tina. “At Core Renovations, we handle everything for our clients. We explore the market opportunities for their property and help to set a budget that is focused on their target yield, ensuring project costs are at the right point to maximise rental uplift with minimum spend. We then form a project plan and manage it through to completion of the work. If the client lives out of town, we can easily take on the whole project and ‘run with it’ on their behalf.”
When it comes to managing the work, Core Renovations provides the client with a single point of contact throughout the project and draws on the best contractors.
“As you would expect, our experience over the years has given us a very extensive network of skilled, qualified professionals who we know well and are typically local to Oxford. As the pivotal point between the client and the contractor, we take great pride in ensuring the highest standards of service quality and finishing on time within budget,” she adds.
Core Renovations is part of College and County, and shares its ethical approach to business and high quality standards of practice.
“Launching Core Renovations based on my years of experience in this business is an exciting venture,” says Tina. “We’re sure to face challenges along the way, as the property lettings market is always changing. But facing a challenge head on is the essence of being a successful property manager, and it’s what I love the most about the job.”
If you are thinking of improving your property for rental and want to maximise return on investment, call Tina Doyle on 07711719048 or email email@example.com.
This article appeared in B4 magazine, May 2017.