Financial Costs Involved when Moving Home

January 23rd, 2013 Posted in Mortgages, Property Market | 1 Comment »

If you’re about to buy a new home it is essential that you have assessed every aspect of the sale and the costs that will be involved with it. Regardless of whether you’ve moved home many times or this is your first time, checking off what costs you are going to meet is vital in ensuring you aren’t left out of pocket before you’ve even moved into your new home.

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10 ways you can help your child buy their first property

January 23rd, 2013 Posted in Mortgages, Press Releases, Property Market | No Comments »

Recent research by the Institute for Public Policy Research shows that most young people are suffering self-esteem issues from their inability to enter the housing market, their decisions in life about work, love and family are all being affected.

The fact is the many first time buyers are over 35 years old and over half of university graduates (53%) cannot afford to buy their own home.

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Know where to start with unfurbished properties

January 21st, 2013 Posted in Home Improvements, Landlords | No Comments »

If you’re looking to let a property, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether or not to furbish the property. The decision holds significant weight, as it will ultimately determine the type of tenant you are looking for, as well as your out-of-pocket expenses and insurance costs. It can even have an effect on the way you file taxes.

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How to Develop Your Homes’ Potential

January 10th, 2013 Posted in Home Improvements, Property Market | 1 Comment »

In a time when finances may be tighter than ever, moving home may simply not be an option, but developing your home and adding to its value could be. You might be completely fed up with certain aspects of your home, so make a list of these, alongside a list of the things that you do like about your home, and start evaluating what may be involved in changing what you don’t like about your home.

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Searching for a Property – Online, Estate Agents & Developers

January 2nd, 2013 Posted in Estate Agents, Property Developers, Property Market | No Comments »

Searching for a property can be one of the most exciting yet overwhelming times in your life, with numerous different estate agents, auctions, online websites and new property developments, where do you start? Well, firstly, before you even start the search for a property, you’ll need to establish exactly what you’re looking for, as it is easy to get carried away once you start to look. Have a specific criteria in mind, such as three bedrooms, a garage and a large garden, alongside your maximum budget.

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Avoiding Being a Victim of Property Theft

December 20th, 2012 Posted in Legal, Top Tips | No Comments »

Unfortunately, these days we are all, through necessity, more security conscious then we have ever been. We always lock our doors and our cars, we don’t leave valuables where they can easily be seen and when out and about we are alert to the risk of pickpockets and, as the now depressing familiar announcement goes, we make sure we “keep our personal belongings with us at all times. We are careful when going online and everyone seasoned web surfer knows how to spot a phishing attempt, so we ought to be pretty well equipped to repel attempts at fraud and theft. But how many of us consider whether we are protecting our houses from being stolen?

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Buffing a wood floor to bring back its brilliance

December 18th, 2012 Posted in Home Improvements, Top Tips | 1 Comment »

Maintaining and caring for a wood floor can bring back its brilliance and increase its life span. Whether you’ve just moved into a new house or have an old floor in need of restoration, buffing a wood floor can revitalise the room, without having to replace the boards themselves.

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Where are the Cheapest & Most Expensive Floor Spaces in the UK?

December 17th, 2012 Posted in Property Market | No Comments »

According to a new study produced by Halifax, the cheapest floor space within a house is in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry, with the most expensive being in London’s Westminster. The study revealed that for a square metre of property in London, you could be paying, on average, a whopping £7,486, but with homes averaging at just 71 square metres, they are the tiniest in the country.

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Downsizing? How to live large in a small space

December 11th, 2012 Posted in Guest Articles, Mortgages | 1 Comment »

Looking around my in-laws’ family home, it was hard to know where to start. Decisions as to whether to keep, throw or consign to storage had to be made on every single treasured item collected over the past forty years.

With three empty bedrooms and an unruly garden on their hands, their decision to downsize made perfect sense. Yet the reality of squeezing the contents of an entire family home into a lovely (but far smaller) bungalow was starting to hit.

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An Essential Guide to Buildings’ Insurance

December 10th, 2012 Posted in Insurance, Top Tips | No Comments »

Have you ever considered what would happen if your home was destroyed in a flood or fire? Would you have enough money to build your home back to its original state? As much as thinking about worst-case scenarios is often something we put to the back of our mind, by being prepared with buildings’ insurance for such disasters it could save you a lot of money and heartache in the future.

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How to Make Sure Your Home is Gas Safe

December 4th, 2012 Posted in Home Improvements | No Comments »

When it comes to making your home safe, whether it’s you that’s living in it or you’re renting it out to tenants, one of the most important safety regulations you will need to carry out is checking your gas systems. This guide will help identify what you should and shouldn’t be doing with the gas in your home; who should be helping you with any problems you may have, and how to make sure your home is gas safe.

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