What is the Party Wall; will it affect my extension?

April 16th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Legal | No Comments »

This is one of those expressions that is not as exciting as it sounds… The Party Wall. It really has nothing to do with a party at all. In fact, it is very misleading with how exciting it actually is as it really is the opposite of exciting. The Party Wall Act is to do with your home and restrictions on your extension. The premise behind it is to protect both you and your neighbours from outrageous extensions in your neighbourhood, but you could also be handed a hefty bill if you don’t follow the correct procedure with your extension.

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What you need to know about the Help to Buy Scheme

April 7th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Developers, Property Market | No Comments »

The Help to Buy scheme is a new government initiative designed to help first time buyers and existing homeowners move up the property ladder. It is one way the government is trying to boost the economy after the recession and get homeowners moving again. This blog looks into the details of the scheme and how you may be affected by where you live in the country.

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Guide to picking a removal company

March 26th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Moving Home | No Comments »

It doesn’t matter whether you are moving down the street or across the country, the fact is, it is much less stressful when you choose the right removal company to move your belongings. Not surprisingly, as with any choice like this, it is not as straight forward as it may seem and you may be faced with options you didn’t even know existed. Read on to find out some of the things you need to consider, how you should prepare and what you should expect.

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The Pros and Cons of House Swaps

March 12th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Market, Rental Market | No Comments »

In this day and age people are getting very creative with ways to save money, especially when it comes to extra luxuries like a holiday. Many people consider ‘House Swapping’ with other people in their chosen destination as the experience can cut the costs of accommodation from your holiday. Such agreements come with many positive and negatives that you need to be aware of before you embark on such an adventure. Read on to see what the pros and cons are of house swaps.

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How to conduct gas safety check in your home

March 6th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Maintenace, Rental Market | No Comments »

Gas can pose a serious threat to any home and it is vital that you conduct regular checks on your gas appliances to ensure they are working correctly. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious harm or can even be fatal to you and your family. By ensuring to check your home sufficiently each year you can potentially avoid a serious risk to those in your home.

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Should I Manage My Property or Hire a Manager?

February 24th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market | No Comments »

Looking after your property when you don’t actually live in the building can be time-consuming and difficult, especially when you don’t live near the home. Whether you have a beachside home in Cornwall or a townhouse in a city centre that is rented out to businessmen visiting for long term leases, you need to set up a way for the home to be managed. Making the choice as to whether you have the time to commit to managing your home or whether you want to hire a company to do it for you usually comes down to money.

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Advice on Maintaining Trees in your Garden

February 17th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Maintenace | No Comments »

Trees can add an element of class to you home and look wonderful in a well-landscaped garden. They can also be a pain when their roots start affecting your home or their branches interfere with electricity and telephone wires. If you keep your trees well maintained you can enjoy the pleasure they provide in your garden with no problems. Here is a guide to keeping your trees healthy and out of trouble.

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The Pros and Cons of Heated Flooring

February 10th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements | No Comments »

Are you that person who dashes into the kitchen or bathroom in the morning only to hop and skip around because the tile is so cold? Cold tiles on the floor are no way to start a day and the way most of us combat this issue is by purchasing big thick slippers and mats. This can all be a thing of the past with the introduction of heated flooring in your home. Toasty warm tiles? Yes please. Let’s look further into the pros and cons of this new innovative idea for homes.

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10 tips to help you make money when investing in property

February 3rd, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Property investment is a great way to make your personal financial reserves work hard to you – now and in retirement. However there is a lot of hype and many myths surrounding property investment. So what works? And what doesn’t?

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Essentials when choosing your home insurance policy

February 3rd, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Financial Products, Insurance | No Comments »

There are many options available to you when it comes to choosing your home insurance policy and, as a result, it isn’t as straightforward as you would hope. There are some key elements of your policy that you need to ensure you have to make sure you have covered all of the important property in your home.

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New places to invest in property in London

January 27th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market | No Comments »

The demand for property in London is soaring and new little nuggets of opportunity are popping up all over the capital as new transport links are opening up making it easier for commuters. If you have some money to invest, it is certainly worth keeping your eye on some of the following hotspots. The new infrastructure will see house prices leap up and you could make a quick penny or two on a home in the following places.

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