10 things you can do to your home with no permission

June 17th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements | Comments Off on 10 things you can do to your home with no permission

When you decide to start making changes to your home, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Do I need planning permission?’ Surprisingly there are many things you can do without any planning permission at all. After all, you did buy your property so it does belong to you. This blog looks into the different types of projects you can do on your home with no permission at all; these projects are called permitted developments.

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Are You and Your Family at Risk from Radon?

June 4th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Environmental Searches | 1 Comment »

Responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people every single year, radon gas is the silent killer that could be finding its way into your home every second of the day, and yet still so many people fail to recognise or understand the risks of this poisonous gas.

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Solid Wood Flooring vs Carpet – Which comes out on top?

June 3rd, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Flooring, Home Improvements | Comments Off on Solid Wood Flooring vs Carpet – Which comes out on top?

There was a time, not so long ago, that if you went into any home in the UK the chances are that the flooring of that home would be carpeted. The concept of enjoying a genuine solid wood flooring was, for most people, destined to remain a pipedream.

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Can a neighbour complain about my extension?

May 26th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Legal | Comments Off on Can a neighbour complain about my extension?

The UK is a country that supports the notion that a patch of land that belongs to an Englishman is his castle and, for the most part, homeowners can add, subtract and adapt their property at will. There are some projects that do require some form of planning permission, however, and this blog takes a look at the rights of both the homeowner and the neighbour.

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The 5 Most Outrageous Swimming Pools in the World

May 21st, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Property Market | Comments Off on The 5 Most Outrageous Swimming Pools in the World

At the time of writing we are at the tail end of a beautiful May weekend where temperatures have reached a lovely 25°C – it was nice while it lasted.

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5 Bathroom Design Trends for Summer 2014

May 20th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Bathrooms, Home Improvements | Comments Off on 5 Bathroom Design Trends for Summer 2014

In almost every aspect of our lives there are stresses and strains. Even when it comes to simply spending time at home, modern mobile and tablet technology ensures that we are never truly switched off, that is, apart from in our bathrooms.

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Top Places to Buy a Country Home

May 20th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Holiday Homes | Comments Off on Top Places to Buy a Country Home

Middle Eastern Sheikhs, Eastern European oligarchs and Scandinavians sportsmen are travelling to the UK for their own piece of Downton Abbey.

These wealthy foreigners have been arriving in the UK in droves and snapping up multimillion-pound farms and country estates throughout the country. According to the estate agency Savills, these buyers spent £54 million on Scottish estates in 2013.

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5 Step Guide to Creating Summer Garden Envy

May 19th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Gardens, Home Improvements | Comments Off on 5 Step Guide to Creating Summer Garden Envy

As the sun beams down during the warm summer months, what better way to pass the time than by being out in your garden with friends and family? Relaxing, having a few drinks and ultimately enjoying each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the good weather, but what happens if your outside space is letting you down.

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How to deal with rodents in your home or rental property

May 9th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Home Maintenace | Comments Off on How to deal with rodents in your home or rental property

As a landlord, you have many extra responsibilities for the maintenance and smooth running of your properties and this can include dealing with some not-so-welcome visitors. It is your responsibility to follow the correct procedure and deal with rodents in your properties as soon as possible. This blog takes a look at what you need to do in the event of rodents making your home, their home too.

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Conveyancing Referral Fees – Money for old Rope?

May 1st, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Conveyancing, Selling Property | Comments Off on Conveyancing Referral Fees – Money for old Rope?

The property market is on the up again and that can only be good news for everyone. Where there is a buoyant market however there will be opportunists swooping in and looking to cream off profits from the unsuspecting general public. The property market is no different. The opportunists we’re referring to here are estate agents and mortgage brokers and the profits are in the form of referral fees.

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How to Boost the Kerb Appeal of Your Property

April 29th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Home Maintenace | Comments Off on How to Boost the Kerb Appeal of Your Property

They say that first impressions are the most lasting.

Consequently, when it comes to selling your home, it’s important to make sure the outer appearance of your property looks less Skid Row and more Millionaires’ Row.

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