Month: February 2018

EPCs and Mortgages: What You Need to Know

What is an EPC? Valid for ten years, an Environmental Performance Certificate (EPC) is a guide given to possible new tenants of a property that provides them with information about its efficiency. It involves details on energy consumption, estimated costs of running the home and a summary of energy performance related features. It’s particularly useful if the new tenants wish to improve the current energy efficiency of the house and, with permission from their landlord, they can now undertake measures on rented properties. The higher the energy rating, the more marketable the building will be as it’s less costly...

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Glasgow, What’s your History?

As the second largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has had a long and prosperous history to become one of the busiest locations in the UK. A lot of this prosperity came from its involvement with the industrial revolution in the 1800s, where the steel and coal industries became its main source of income. Situated next to a port, Glasgow’s ship building trade also played a huge part in the revolution. 6th Century: The Beginning Glasgow was probably founded in the 6th century, although there is not exact documentation of this time. St. Mungo built a church on Glas Gu (green place), which became a settlement for fishermen. Eventually this settlement grew into a small town. 1100s St. Mungo’s church was converted into a cathedral in 1136 and, shortly after, the King gave Glasgow a charter, meaning that the townspeople were granted certain rights. Medieval Glasgow During the middle ages, Glasgow’s population grew to around 1,500 – a large settlement at that time. The city consisted of four main streets – difficult to imagine now! 1400s In 1457, the university was founded, attracting scholars across the country. Not long after that, Glasgow was made a royal burgh in 1454. 1600s By the 1600s, the population had grown to around 7,000. However, the plague saw the death of many. Despite this devastation, the city recovered and continue to grow over the...

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