The 5 Things You Must Know Before Doing the Rent a Room Scheme

Fri 24 Aug 2012

  Last week, I talked about the one big sign that you shouldn't do the Rent a Room scheme.  If you've decided that the scheme is for you, I'm about to share my top tips, from my own personal experience, for making the Rent a Room scheme work for both landlord and lodger.  1. Do the Paperwork Properly For the Rent a Room scheme, you don't have an Assured Shorthold Ten more

The One Big Sign That You Shouldn’t Do the Rent a Room Scheme

Fri 17 Aug 2012

When I bought my flat, I decided on a two-bedroom place, as I didn't want to live on my own, and I figured I could rent one of the rooms out, taking advantage of the government's tax-free Rent a Room scheme. Having lived in lots of shared, rented accommodation myself, I felt like I had the experience and understanding of both the rental market and the needs of a potential tenant.  Goo more

House Cleaning Tips: Mainintaing a Spotless Home

Fri 10 Aug 2012

  House Cleaning Tips: Mainintaing a Spotless Home Ever heard disparaging remarks about "too-perfect" houses, or people living in "showhomes"? Well I've certainly joined in with those conversations, yet there's a part of me that craves that kind of minimalistic order.  I've always been more of a "let it pile up for weeks then panic" kind of housekeeper as opposed more

House Cleaning Tips: Motivating yourself to do Housework

Fri 03 Aug 2012

  How to Motivate yourself to do Housework. Housework and chores are probably the world's most procrastinated task. Let's face it, for most of us, they're boring, and it's time we'd rather spend doing something a lot more fun or productive. Of course, the cleanest way out of a sticky situation is to pay someone else to do it, but if we have to do our own housework, here are so more

Grand Designs: Hallways to Heaven

Sun 29 Jul 2012

  According to ancient fengshui wisdom, a heavenly or hellish hallway can affect your whole life, from your relationships to your finances. Stagnant energy in your hallway translated into "stuck" areas and missed opportunities. Here's how to work with your hallway to create something marvelous. Lighting the Way Coming straight into a dark, dingy and cramped space hardly creates a more

Surviving Living with Your Parents… again!

Fri 27 Jul 2012

  Moving back in with your parents for a while to save up a deposit? You're not alone, and it's becoming more and more common in the UK for adults to live with their parents for various reasons, and as a result there's (somewhat) less of a stigma attached than we might imagine. However, if you've been enjoying your independence for a few years, you might find the following tips ha more

DIY Disasters : True Stories

Sun 22 Jul 2012

  Enjoy a serving of schadenfreude as you read these true stories of DIY attempts gone horribly wrong. These cautionary tales show us where to be careful, or where sometimes, it's just better to bring in the experts. Costly Mistakes In 2005, the BBC reported that BT billed over PS25,000 to a 40 year old Mr Brown from Cambridgeshire. The unfortunate Mr Brown hadn't racked up the ch more

DIY Don’t!

Fri 20 Jul 2012

  DIY Don't! These common mistakes can knock PS1000s off your home's value. It all started with Changing Rooms in the 90s, and now pretty much anyone you ask will tell you that a fresh coat of paint will help your home to sell better. We've become a nation of property-savants, and making improvements to add value is still an extremely common weekend pastime even during the recessi more

5 Essential DIY Skills that Homeowners Need to Know

Fri 13 Jul 2012

  5 Essential DIYSkills that Homeowners Need to Know As a new homeowner, it took me a while to figure out the essential skills I'd need to keep things up and running, and to prevent and deal with emergencies. After all, I'd always been able to leave these things up to landlords and or parents before. The thing is, knowing a few of these handy DIY skills can save you a packet in labo more

5 Quick Ways to a Gorgeous Garden

Fri 06 Jul 2012

  Not everyone has time to get really into gardening, and if we're not careful, the garden can become a neglected repository for junk and weeds. With careful plant choices and a few bold visual accents, it's possible to cultivate a gorgeous garden in a minimum of time. Choose Hardy, Disease-Resistant and Frost-Resistant Plants I'd rather not be digging, potting and replanting ev more