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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

 

Top tips to help your kids settle in their new home

Top tips to help your kids settle in their new home

Hannah Pollard, Sales Director at Redrow Homes, shares her top tips on ways to make your children feel at ease in their new surroundings.

04 May 2017

A nation of peepers: Over 2m admit to have seen their neighbours naked

A nation of peepers: Over 2m admit to have seen their neighbours naked

A new survey conducted by 247 Blinds on 2000 UK adults has revealed that we are a nation of curtain twitchers.

04 May 2017

Top 10 household myths busted

Top 10 household myths busted

Myths: we’ve all heard them before, whether they’re about eating carrots to help you see in the dark, not drinking coffee for fear of stunting your growth or waiting an hour to swim after eating.

02 May 2017

ONS reports increase in thefts from UK driveways

ONS reports increase in thefts from UK driveways

According to the latest crime report from the Office of National Statistics, the UK has seen a 4% increase in the number of thefts as a result of domestic burglary and a 16% increase in the number of thefts from vehicle break-ins over the past year.

28 Apr 2017

Britain leaves behind £493m worth of valuables when moving home

Britain leaves behind £493m worth of valuables when moving home

According to the results of a new survey, a quarter of careless homeowners are leaving behind a small fortune in forgotten possessions when moving home.

24 Apr 2017

Top tips for stress-free house moving

Top tips for stress-free house moving

As if there isn't enough stress involved in buying and selling a property, once the purchase is agreed it's far from over.

18 Apr 2017

How much would you be prepared to pay for your own garden?

How much would you be prepared to pay for your own garden?

A new survey, interviewing 2,000 gardening mad Brits, has revealed that we would be prepared to pay an average of £35,000 on top of a property value if it had a garden or outdoor space.

17 Apr 2017

Top tips to protect garden valuables this Easter

Top tips to protect garden valuables this Easter

With two Bank Holiday days back-to-back and the prospect of lots of sunshine, UK homeowners can understandably want to spend a bit of time in their gardens, making use of their patio furniture, barbecues and garden play equipment.

14 Apr 2017

What should you leave behind when you sell your house?

What should you leave behind when you sell your house?

When it comes to selling your home and moving on, how do you decide what to leave behind?

10 Apr 2017

Top tips on how to protect your home against bank holiday burglary

Top tips on how to protect your home against bank holiday burglary

Last year, an estimated six million Brits were planning a trip with an overnight stay during the Easter period, and with 953k passengers travelling from London airports to far flung destinations, Easter is the prime time for burglars to strike.

07 Apr 2017

Residential basement applications up 9%

Residential basement applications up 9%

Applications to build or extend basements in residential properties have increased by 9% between 2013 and 2015, according to Direct Line research.

05 Apr 2017

Top tips for Bank Holiday DIY

Top tips for Bank Holiday DIY

It's almost Easter - time for chocolate eggs, homemade bonnets… and of course, some DIY!

30 Mar 2017

Top 10 improvements to add value to your home

Top 10 improvements to add value to your home

National Home Improvement Month starts in April, so how can property owners can add value to their homes by making improvements?

28 Mar 2017

How long does it take a FTB to furnish their home?

How long does it take a FTB to furnish their home?

First time buyers are struggling through the first few months of home ownership without essential items of furniture and appliances - and turning to unusual ways to make do, according to new research.

24 Mar 2017

Wifi is king for FTBs

Wifi is king for FTBs

A new survey by Principality Building Society has revealed first time buyers would prioritise hooking up their WiFi and TV when moving into their new home…before even having a sofa to sit on.

10 Mar 2017

Londoners opting for YDI (you do it) over DIY

Londoners opting for YDI (you do it) over DIY

82% of London homeowners carried out DIY home improvements each month in 2016, with almost 20% spending over £1,000 on materials throughout the year, according to new survey results published today by Portico London estate agents.

08 Mar 2017

Property spring clean checklist

Property spring clean checklist

With Spring arriving, homeowners across the UK will be preparing for the annual spring clean, especially those looking to put their home on the market in what is often the busiest time of year.

03 Mar 2017

How can you find a carbon free eco home?

How can you find a carbon free eco home?

Many people would like to buy an eco home, but with such a small supply it's practically impossible to insist on it being a must-have.

27 Feb 2017

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Latest Comments

SecomTech
SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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Oliver Conway
Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

Making a neat inventory is a good idea, but if the seller is not willing to provide it, can the buyer demand it?

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Bertrand
Bertrand 17 May 2017

First step to nationalisation of the private rented sector IMHO. Nanny state poking their noses into things yet again. I object, as a decent landlord, sometimes having to deal with some pretty awful tenants,...

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Izzy
Izzy 16 May 2017

This is such a great a post. I love the detail you've gone into. It's a very useful article for helping those who are looking at deciding which sector they would like to go into! When I first started investing...

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paul burnham
paul burnham 30 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's pledge that a Labour government would build 500,000 new council houses must electrify the general election campaign. Reliance on markets and the profit motive has brought huge housing-related...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 28 Apr 2017

Sadiq Khan?s announcement of an online database of landlords and letting agents who have been convicted of housing offences, appears on face value to be a variation of the already implemented Database

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warren
warren 26 Apr 2017

You're very welcome Mary! Glad you enjoyed them :)

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Mary Ward
Mary Ward 26 Apr 2017

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. First impressions can make or break a deal. It's sadly that many homeowners drop the kerb to create an off-street parking space.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

I'm not at all surprised that so many landlords are still confused about what the tax changes really mean and how it will affect them. In particular, the blind rush to incorporation is leaving landlords...

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MH
MH 13 Apr 2017

You are right that the bank holidays are going to be spoiled in looking for the properties. But people who want to sell their property and looking for the better relocation, they can get benefits of this...

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