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What are the best additions for adding value to your home?

What are the best additions for adding value to your home?

There’s currently a real emphasis on “improve, don’t move”. This phrase encourages people to renovate, extend, and otherwise make the best of their property before committing to purchasing a new home. With growing families and the ever-constant need for more space in life, a lot of people are facing the decision whether to improve or move.

10 Nov 2017

Could DIY be good for your well-being?

Could DIY be good for your well-being?

According to a new study, 75% of millennials believe DIY has a positive effect on their well-being, despite being a generation of convenience.

09 Nov 2017

What are your rights when protecting your home?

What are your rights when protecting your home?

New data and analysis by Churchill Home Insurance has revealed that burglars explicitly try to avoid ever encountering a householder, with 86% saying if they heard a victim they would try to leave without meeting.

01 Nov 2017

Home claims up 36% as clocks go back

Home claims up 36% as clocks go back

If you didn't know already, the clocks go back this Sunday (29th Oct). The good news - we all get and hour extra in bed. The bad news - there is a 36% increase in the likelyhood of us being burgled.

24 Oct 2017

Time to step up home security as clocks go back

Time to step up home security as clocks go back

With the cover of darkness to help cloak their movements, burglars will be looking to take advantage of the longer nights this October.

23 Oct 2017

British homeowners warned that they are too trusting

British homeowners warned that they are too trusting

A third of British householders leave their windows open when they are out (35%) and one in ten (11%) even leave doors open when they are not at home.

12 Oct 2017

Top tips for Autumn home security

Top tips for Autumn home security

While the early autumn weather is producing some sunny days - it is worth remembering that the nights will soon start pulling in as winter approaches.

06 Oct 2017

One in ten first-time buyers reduced to tears during mortgage application

One in ten first-time buyers reduced to tears during mortgage application

Close to one in ten (8%) homeowners admit they were reduced to tears while attempting to secure their first mortgage, according to research from online mortgage broker Trussle. That’s the equivalent of 27,000 first-time buyers crying as a result of their mortgage application process last year.

25 Sep 2017

Home improvements sector booms as cost of moving increases

Home improvements sector booms as cost of moving increases

Business is booming in the home improvements sector according to GS1 UK as consumers seek alternatives to moving home due to high costs.

07 Sep 2017

Cost of running a home almost half of average income

Cost of running a home almost half of average income

A study by home insurers MORE TH>N has found that owning a three-bedroom home in the UK comes with average annual running costs of £18,197, or £1,516 per month.

29 Aug 2017

 

Basements are in, conservatories are out - how Brits' DIY tastes are changing

Basements are in, conservatories are out - how Brits' DIY tastes are changing

Research from Halifax Insurance, Dream Abode, shows that just one in five Brits (22%) lives in their dream home, and higher value ownership doesn’t always bring home happiness - almost two thirds (62%) of those who live in homes worth more than £500,000 say their current house isn’t their dream home.

25 Aug 2017

Tax sends home insurance pricing through the roof

Tax sends home insurance pricing through the roof

Home insurance premiums are rising at the fastest rate for three years as Government tax rises take effect, new analysis from insurance market research experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

24 Aug 2017

Social media driving home improvement projects

Social media driving home improvement projects

A new study has revealed that, thanks to social media, more Brits than ever are splashing cash on their homes to keep up with the Jones’.

24 Jul 2017

Brits falling short of annual home repair budget

Brits falling short of annual home repair budget

Unexpected disasters are the worst - they catch us by surprise, and mean we have to search frantically for a solution. A new survey reveals that when it comes to an annual budget for home repairs, Brits fall short of the national average by £719.

21 Jul 2017

Young homeowners turn to social media for home improvements

Young homeowners turn to social media for home improvements

New research from Plentific.com has revealed that over half of young homeowners are turning to social media in the form of YouTube videos or other social channels when it comes to carrying out home improvements or repairs.

20 Jul 2017

Rise of the robots: Bookshelves make way for home gadgets

Rise of the robots: Bookshelves make way for home gadgets

New research by E.ON has found that 73% of people have adopted smarter technologies in their homes, ditching traditional furnishings and items such as bookshelves in favour of smart hubs and solar panels.

06 Jul 2017

8 in 10 put off from buying a property over Japanese Knotweed fears

8 in 10 put off from buying a property over Japanese Knotweed fears

New research has revealed a high level of anxiety around Japanese knotweed with 78% admitting that they would be put off buying a property if they discovered the weed was present in the garden.

05 Jul 2017

FMB warns to book ahead or work with cowboys

FMB warns to book ahead or work with cowboys

New research from the Federation of Master Builders has revealed that to avoid the risk of being stuck with a cowboy, home owners ideally should book their builder at least 4 months in advance.

05 Jul 2017

Top tips on how to keep your home cool this summer

Top tips on how to keep your home cool this summer

It’s safe to say that as much as we in Britain look forward to a bit of sunshine. Whenever they arrive we suddenly find ourselves struggling to keep cool; even in our own homes we can feel as though we’re walking around in a sauna.

22 Jun 2017

What are the top 10 home improvements of 2017?

What are the top 10 home improvements of 2017?

Bathrooms, kitchens and new central heating systems top the list of improvements for this year, but homeowners are warned that major works could invalidate their home insurance.

21 Jun 2017

Housing Minister remains a "powerless figure", warns Jagota

Housing Minister remains a "powerless figure", warns Jagota

Alok Sharma is Britain’s latest Housing Minister, although based on previous time served we should expect yet another new minister in August 2018, according to property campaigner Ajay Jagota.

15 Jun 2017

Are homeowners leaving themselves at risk with unchecked tradesmen?

Are homeowners leaving themselves at risk with unchecked tradesmen?

According to the latest research by home service marketplace Plentific.com, nearly four out of five homeowners admit that they would hire a trade professional without checking for public liability or professional indemnity insurance.

08 Jun 2017

Which feature adds the most value to your garden?

Which feature adds the most value to your garden?

Prospective property buyers have a surging appetite for outdoor space, as 37% of Brits spend more time in their garden than they did five years ago.

05 Jun 2017

A plumbers’ top tips for moving home

A plumbers’ top tips for moving home

WaterSafe, the UK national accreditation body for approved plumbers, has created a quick and easy five-step guide for new home owners to check their plumbing is in tip top condition.

02 Jun 2017

What is the ideal bedroom-bathroom ratio?

What is the ideal bedroom-bathroom ratio?

According to 70% of estate agents, a property should have two bathrooms for every three bedrooms to maximise its value and desirability.

24 May 2017

New survey reveals the top priorities for house movers

New survey reveals the top priorities for house movers

Keen to gage the needs of modern consumers, UK fireplace specialist, Cast Fireplaces, asked customers about the most important aspects of a decorating project from start to finish.

16 May 2017

Top Tips for moving home with your pets

Top Tips for moving home with your pets

David Wilson Homes East Midlands has teamed up with the RSPCA to provide pet owners with advice on making moving home as stress-free as possible for their animals.

15 May 2017

1 in 5 rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad for home improvements

1 in 5 rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad for home improvements

The latest research from home service provider, Pentific.com, has revealed that the Bank of Mum and Dad doesn't stop lending once the property has been purchased. One in five of us rely on the lender to finance our home improvements too.

08 May 2017

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Scott Garnet
Scott Garnet 06 Nov 2017

If you have a patio or a porch it is important to make sure that any connecting doors are secured. Good advice for sliding glass doors is replacing the panels with storm resistant glass and getting heavier...

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 01 Nov 2017

What has not been mentioned here is the effect of not only higher interest payments, but also that these payments are less likely to be offsettable as a business cost due to the scaling back of mortgage...

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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sean benton
sean benton 01 Sep 2017

Identity theft is a thread for any profession. So,people should stay alarmed. I once take help from a letting agent and came to know that letting agents are taking every precaution to prevent fraudulent...

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Mark N.
Mark N. 30 Aug 2017

We have seen a surge in instructions over August and that should continue into September too.

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Chris
Chris 30 Aug 2017

Unfortunately, all the legislation bears its force on Landlords and ignores, naively, the effect of Rogue Tenants on the ability of landlords to keep houses in repair and offer properties for rent at reasonable...

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