Loft Conversions Can Boost the Value of Your Home by a Fifth

Tue 22 Apr 2014

A recent study has found that homeowners could potentially boost the value of their home by up to 21% just by adding a loft conversion. Nationwide Building Society found that an additional attic room could add PS37,000 to the value of a property, in comparison to adding an extra bedroom, which would boost the value by PS20,000. The average house now costs PS178,124, meaning that if the aver more

London House Prices Rising by 7% a Month

Wed 16 Apr 2014

As the housing market continues to grow, so does the confidence of sellers, who are now raising the asking prices of their homes by an average of 7%, according to property experts Rightmove. Over the past month the average asking price has risen by 2.6% and over the past year it has risen by 7.3%, which is the largest annual increase seen since October 2007, before the recession hit. A re more

Highest Level of Property Sales in Six Years Recorded

Thu 10 Apr 2014

No longer are rapidly increasing house prices only to be found in London, now the whole country is seeing a property boom, with buyers queuing up to find the house of their dreams. The property market has recorded the highest levels in sales in over six years, just from the first three months of 2014. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said that although the surge in sales more

Buying a New Home: The 10 Biggest Property Turn-Offs

Tue 08 Apr 2014

If you are looking to sell your house, it is important to make sure your property is as appealing as possible. Confidence is now slowly returning to the property market, with 2014 looking like it's going to be a great year if you are thinking of selling up. Home Insurance recently conducted a study with interesting results showing what exactly the ten biggest turn-offs are w more

The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Property Safe

Thu 03 Apr 2014

  Your home is most likely to be your biggest asset, so it is important to keep it as safe as possible and be able to rest assured that your property is secure at all times. There are some really simple measures that you can take to keep your home as secure as possible: Locks When you first move into your house, it is essential that you get the locks changed. If you are using a set more

Farmhouses are Now the Most Desired Homes in the Country

Wed 02 Apr 2014

A recent survey from Savills Research has found that farmhouses are now the most desirable homes to own in the country. Over 400 people outside of London who were considering moving house were surveyed and the results showed that the farmhouse easily outranked any other type of house. According to Sophie Chick, author of the survey, "over the past five years everyone wanted property in to more

The Typical Timeline of Buying a Home

Thu 27 Mar 2014

The process of buying a house or flat can actually take anything from six weeks onwards. There are lots of different stages in the house buying process and if you are part of a chain, or have a mortgage, this will increase the timeline significantly. So what are the key stages to buying a new home? Stage 1 (Week 1) Once you have found the home of your dreams, you need to make an offer. more

New Budget Measures Affecting the Property Market

Wed 19 Mar 2014

  The Chancellor, George Osborne, has confirmed a number of measures in today's Budget that will affect the property and housing market. These measures were set as part of what George Osborne described as an improving economy: Stamp Duty Currently a 15% stamp duty is applied to houses worth over PS2 million and bought using offshore companies or through a "corporate envelope" more

Pimp My Barn – What You Need to Know About Barn Conversions

Thu 13 Mar 2014

A barn can have massive potential when it comes to development, so you need to make sure you think about how you are going to go about it. There is so much you can do with a barn and really let all your home design fantasies run free. Barns give you the chance to create exactly the home you want, whether it is a deluxe modern dream home, or a picturesque rustic rural home - there are no l more

Top Things to do When Moving Into a New House

Tue 11 Mar 2014

Moving house is a very exciting time and with moving day rapidly approaching, it's time to start packing up all your belongings and saying goodbye to your old home. Before you move into your new house though, there are a few things you need to get done: Change the Locks As soon as you have the keys and the house is officially yours, it is a good idea to get the locks changed. You can ei more