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Property Ladder: Top Ways to Add Value to your Property

Fri 15 Jun 2012

There's no doubt that certain improvements can add significant value to a property. We have a look at some of the best ways to invest in your home. Make the Outside Look Nice Simply giving the front of your house a new coat of paint, tidying the front garden, and cleaning the windows could add as much as PS5000 to the value of your home. It's all about making it look welcoming and entici ...read more


DIY: 7 Naughty-but-Nice Quick Fixes

Fri 08 Jun 2012

  We all want to avoid bodged jobs in DIY, and normally a thorough approach will save time, money and stress in the long run. However, there are a few rare situations where you can cut corners  - these quick fixes feel rather naughty, but they're harmless and will save you time and allow you to correct mistakes quickly. Wallpaper Depending on your current surface, you might han ...read more


Smooth Moves: 6 Top Tips for Moving House

Fri 01 Jun 2012

  1. Make a welcome box. Ok so this is one that I forgot on my last house move. I picked up a cheap kettle from a nearby shop, along with some teabags, but arrived back to my new home only to remember that I didn't have any cups. Make a welcome box containing a kettle, cups,teabags, coffee, milk and sugar (or whatever takes your fancy) along with a snack or two, any medicines you take ...read more


Preventing DIY Disasters

Fri 18 May 2012

  According to a recent study by Allianz Insurance, 56% of people in the UK rate their DIY skills as "good" or "excellent". However, the total cost of sorting out botched DIY jobs is a whopping PS4.4 billion per year in the UK, suggesting that we aren't as careful as we could be. Here are a few simple precautions to take that could save you a packet in the long run. Remember als ...read more


Allergy Prevention Begins at Home

Sat 12 May 2012

  Due to modern lifestyles, more and more people in the UK are struggling with hayfever, dust mite allergies, and pet allergies. The good news is that, when furnishing, cleaning and maintaining your new home, there's a lot you can do to lessen the effects of these kinds of allergies.  Hidden Allergens Unfortunately, synthetic materials can suffer from dust mites and microscopic ...read more


Making the Most of your Exterior Space

Wed 02 May 2012

  External space can often be a weak spot when it comes to selling property.  Flaking paint, cracked paving stones, a garden that looks difficult to maintain, a shed that's falling to pieces - none of these things are going to give your potential buyer the right impression.  So when you're putting together your budget for moving, don't forget to set aside some cash for e ...read more


Pet-Proofing your Furniture

Mon 16 Apr 2012

  The warm and furry company of a dog or cat is of course totally worth the risk of scratched furniture, but if you've just shelled out several grand on a nice new suite you're going to want to give it a running chance at long-term survival. And if you've got multiple pets, protecting your interior and furnishings against fur, dirt and claws is going to be a housekeeping priority. B ...read more