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Ready, Steady, Gone…

POSTED ON 28 AUGUST 2020

Since the property market reopened, properties are selling 12 days faster than this time last year…   Research from a leading property portal has shown that in the 90-days to mid-August, the average selling time for a three-bedroom home has been just 24 days. A period 12 days faster than the same a year ago. …


Helping your child settle at school

POSTED ON 26 AUGUST 2020

With most of our children having a longer time away from nursery and school than ever before, it is a worry for some parents as to how they will settle back at school this month…   However, there are ways to ensure your child feels confident and relaxed when they start their new journey this …


The search is on for a place in the country

POSTED ON 24 AUGUST 2020

Figures show increase in enquiries for rural locations as buyers bid to escape hectic urban lifestyle Once upon a time, the decision to swap a hectic urban lifestyle for a more relaxed pace in a semi-rural outpost was triggered by a desire for fresh air, open spaces … and more value for money. All you …


A window of opportunity from the Chancellor

POSTED ON 21 AUGUST 2020

They may not be top of your shopping list when it comes to taking advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday but replacing windows and doors should be Windows. No, not the Microsoft operating system. The glass ones you only notice when a cold draught sends a winter chill knifing through your lovely, warm house. They …


How the Chancellor can keep you warm and cosy

POSTED ON 19 AUGUST 2020

Woodburning stoves can slash your fuel bills… and they look good Thanks to Rishi Sunak, now is the time to put a warm glow in your new house. The Chancellor’s decision to relax Stamp Duty until next year has given homebuyers an unexpected windfall and offers the chance to enhance your new home with some …


Taking the office into the garden

POSTED ON 17 AUGUST 2020

How you can take advantage of your backyard to achieve a better work/life balance It started in March when the Government asked us to work from home where possible. Immediately, the smallest bedroom, dining room and kitchen table were press-ganged into action as emergency offices as Britain went into lockdown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. …


Amateur Photography Hints and Tips

POSTED ON 14 AUGUST 2020

With smartphones having cameras better than some Digital SLRs, and with the stunning colours of Autumn around the corner, we wanted to give you some hints and tips to take Insta-ready photos with the best of them…   Setting up your camera’s phone  Depending on what make of phone you have, it will be worthwhile …


Removal company or brave it yourself?

POSTED ON 12 AUGUST 2020

Utilise your Stamp Duty Holiday saving and treat yourself to a proper removal company for your next move.   You’re excited about your new home and location but the process of packing, organising and actually moving all of your items is something no-one really ever looks forward to. Not only that but you also have …


House prices rise to record high in mini house-buying boom

POSTED ON 10 AUGUST 2020

Last month, house prices hit a new all-time high as the Stamp Duty Holiday boosted buyers enthusiasm   The average price of a home was £241,604 in July, which was 3.8% higher than July 2019. These figures from Halifax mirror those from the Nationwide Building Society and show demand is up for properties, which has …


Creating an approachable – and appropriate – front garden for sale

POSTED ON 07 AUGUST 2020

When selling your home, first impressions count, so you need to ensure your front garden will entice potential buyers – and not turn them away   After lockdown, garden space has become the number 1 thing families are looking for when buying a new home. The good news is that you don’t need to spend …


Create your own hidden hideaway

POSTED ON 05 AUGUST 2020

Whether you want to entertain guests, top up your tan or have a water fight with the kids, it’s nice to have a private outdoor space which you can relax and enjoy without the peering eyes of your neighbours   As we’re all spending more time in our gardens, whether that’s to the front, side …


The Need for Speed!

POSTED ON 03 AUGUST 2020

Over lockdown, with more people working from home, the need for good broadband speed and reliability is no longer a nice-to-have, but a MUST have for lots of people.   We’ve all been there recently. Your kids are watching YouTube videos or gaming, the husband is streaming the football, your daughter is on Facetime with …