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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

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

Latest Comments

Christian Donovan
Christian Donovan 18 Aug 2017

The write-down on house values, combined with the fall in the GBP saddled the fund?s property portfolio with a 1.4% loss in the second quarter. The shocking amount of $240 million.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

Interesting point of view.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

It depends on the people, some older adults decide to make a long-distance move in order to live closer to their children or settle in a place with a lower cost of living.

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brandonlee10
brandonlee10 24 Jul 2017

The financial ramifications of the triggering of Article 50, the starting gun for Britain's departure from the EU, are far from clear. Buyers will be most cautious in London, given that buying a home in...

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 19 Jul 2017

Great advice, but may I also add that when buying an already built home, make sure you do all of the proper inspections. Most importantly pest inspection because people tend to get surprised when they

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 17 Jul 2017

The third point is, in my opinion, the most important one. People have become too inconsiderate and careless when it comes to rented properties. If a landlord wants to protect their property, regular visits...

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cornishalan
cornishalan 10 Jul 2017

Added to the cost of purchasing these village properties are the above average maintenance costs. Particularly where the property is a listed building or requires specialist building skills such as thatching...

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Jo Mullett
Jo Mullett 07 Jul 2017

Here in Swansea, known as the Japanese knotweed capital of the UK, it never fails to amazes me that people have no idea of the potential problems this invasive non-native plant can cause when buying or...

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NathanG
NathanG 05 Jul 2017

McDonalds, for example, have been purchasing their real estate on prime locations for years. If something happens to the company they'll have invaluable assets that will be able to save them. We might

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Jonah
Jonah 04 Jul 2017

Graham: surprised to see you cite the "extra tax liability" as capping out at ?560. It doesn't - the extra tax is exponential, as it is levied on the income (i.e the inflating level of rental income you...

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Dianne Griffen
Dianne Griffen 29 Jun 2017

Be very wary of anyone bringing you deals that they have ?found? and want to ?sell on to you? or ?joint venture? with you on ? you need a proper legal contract for this, involve a RICs surveyor to confirm...

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jason hadzikostas
jason hadzikostas 28 Jun 2017

The most important thing is a budget. Students have to manage their spendings in food, house maintenance, books and many other things. According to me, student Studios are the perfect option for them as...

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