Canine Connections: Edinburgh’s Famous Dogs

Canine Connections: Edinburgh’s Famous Dogs

We make it no secret that we love dogs at Factotum. Our office Springer, Sam, is often joined by other staff dogs including Jackson the Jack Russell, Hanks the English Bulldog and Chica the Cockapoo. We’ve written about our favourite dog walks, our favourite dog-friendly places to eat and drink. Now it’s all about our […]

What is a Factotum?

What is a Factotum?

Factotum is our name, our brand, our everything – but what does it actually mean? The origin of Factotum is from medieval Latin: • ‘Fac’, the imperative of ‘facere’ meaning ‘do’ • ‘Totem’, the neuter of ‘totus’ meaning ‘the whole thing’. ‘Do the whole thing’, translating roughly as ‘master of everything’. In modern English, Factotum […]

Interesting Historical Characters: Edinburgh

Interesting Historical Characters: Edinburgh

  Edinburgh just wouldn’t be the same without its colourful history. Steeped in myth, folklore and legend, our fair city would be nothing without the interesting characters that built it. Here’s Factotum’s list of Edinburgh’s most interesting former residents.   Deacon Brodie The Deacon Brodie name is now known as one of the Old Town’s […]

To Furnish or Not To Furnish?

To Furnish or Not To Furnish?

One of the choices you must make as a landlord is whether to let your property as furnished or unfurnished. Surprisingly, it makes little to zero impact on the rental valuation. Factotum looks at the pros and cons, as well as key factors to take into account when making this decision. How long do you […]

The Life Span of Furniture: A Landlord’s Guide

The Life Span of Furniture: A Landlord’s Guide

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. We all know when the milk in our fridge expires, or when our toothbrush needs to be replaced. It’s expected. These things are disposable. It’s more difficult to judge when it comes to the life span of more expensive items, like furniture. Especially when the furniture is for a rental property […]

Rental Income Tax: The Landlord’s Guide

Rental Income Tax: The Landlord’s Guide

To quote Benjamin Franklin, in this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes. Letting a property is a great way to generate additional income or enhance your pension / retirement income. Unfortunately, it’s not free from rental income tax. Here’s Factotum’s guide on what to expect when you rent your property. […]

Airbnb vs Airbnb Agent vs Letting Agent

Airbnb vs Airbnb Agent vs Letting Agent

There’s absolutely no doubt that the success of Airbnb and Airbnb agents has completely changed the landscape of the Edinburgh lettings market. It’s a fantastic business model. Allowing users to capitalise on their property by renting their spare room, it’s an easy way to make some extra money. The website that was originally designed to rent […]

The Best Easter Egg Rolling in Edinburgh

The Best Easter Egg Rolling in Edinburgh

Easter Egg rolling has been a tradition since the 19th century. Symbolic of rolling away the rock in front of Christ’s tomb, the egg is also supposed to signify the rebirth of land during spring. Being amongst the UK’s hilliest cities, Edinburgh is “eggactly” the right place to find the perfect Easter egg rolling spot. […]