Tips for a Successful Property Viewing

Mon 14 Dec 2015

One of the first stages of finding your dream home is to book a viewing around a property that's caught your eye. In some cases a property viewing can be as quick as a five minute look around a house and out again, but who wants to make one of the biggest purchases of their life based on such a quick judgement. It's important to use your viewing time effectively, otherwise you could end up more

Simple Ways to Give Your Home More Character

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Although it's nice to live in a new, modern build, sometimes you may find your home lacks character. Older houses tend to come with tons of personality and history, but fresh developments often lack that personal touch and don't have that homely feel to them. Here are a few simple ways you can give your home more character and inject your personality into the overall design: more

Six Main Steps Involved in Buying a House

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Buying a house is an exciting time, but it can often be a lengthy process. It's good to know the main steps involved in purchasing a property before you begin, so you can manage your expectations and understand everything that's involved. Once you have decided who you are going to buy a house with and what your budget is, the house buying process usually goes something like this: Find more

7 Hidden Costs of Buying and Owning a House

Fri 13 Nov 2015

Buying a new home can be a lot more expensive than you may think, and there are usually a lot of hidden costs that can end up adding more than 10% to your total property bill. The costs that come with owning and running a house can often surprise former renters, meaning their budgets don't quite match their financial needs. If you don't prepare for these hidden costs, you may find yours more

A Fifth of Adults Live With Parents Until They Are at Least 26

Mon 09 Nov 2015

  Those who are already comfortably on the property ladder may not realise how hard the housing crisis actually is for those looking to take their first steps into the property market. Many parents of young adults are starting to find out though, as their children begin moving back home. New research from Nationwide has found that a fifth of young adults are living in their parent' more

Half of Home Owners Have Started Dodging DIY

Tue 03 Nov 2015

Research has found that the average homeowner in Britain has blown nearly PS300 in the last year hiring a tradesman to carry out minor repairs in their properties that many could have done themselves. A survey of 2,000 people carried out by Swinton Insurance discovered a growing trend of people stepping away from the toolbox, with just 48% of homeowners feeling confident enough to do some D more

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Mon 19 Oct 2015

We are now half way into the month of October, and winter is just around the corner. Central heating is being turned on around the country, and summer duvets are being swapped for their warmer counterparts. There are a number of different ways you can prepare your house for winter before the colder weather really sets in, ensuring you don't get left out in the cold this year...literally. more

Growing Trend for Inverted Homes is on the Rise

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Many homes get their best views from the rooms upstairs, including the bedrooms and bathroom, but is that where you really want to be able to take in the scenery around you? Although we spend a good amount of time in our bedrooms, it is usually lying down with our eyes closed as we sleep, meaning we spend hardly any time taking in the views from the windows. Inverted living is a new trend more

Autumn Tips to Keep Your Garden Looking Smart

Fri 02 Oct 2015

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year - the temperature drops and the trees change colour, leaving you with a picture perfect view. Even though the weather is cold and you are unlikely to be sitting out in your garden during the autumn, it's important to keep your outside space well maintained and looking as smart as possible. October is a great month to rejuvenate your more

Brits Expect to be Living in Their Forever Home by the Age of 44

Thu 01 Oct 2015

New research has found that house buyers across the country expect to be living in their forever home by the time they turn 44. Older homeowners appear to be more sceptical however, with a third of people over the age of 55 saying they do not believe a forever home, in which you would live for the rest of your life, even exists. The survey by Tepilo, Sarah Beeny's estate agent, suggests t more