Homes & Gardens

Exeter house prices update for September 2019

September is normally an active month for the property market. The summer is over, kids are back and school and people finally have time to think about making a big move. Estate agents come to expect an influx of people looking to sell their existing home and buy a new one or get on the property ladder for the first time. With students back in university, buy to let landlords also have to think about filling the gaps in demand for new property.

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Customized kitchens: the new big deal in home decor

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:17am

There was a time when customized kitchens were considered as a luxury item in the home decor’s business area. But now the things have changed dramatically. Getting a custom built kitchen, nowadays, is much more affordable than a few years ago.

Economics of Buying a Beach Condo

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Fri, 09/13/2019 - 6:10am

Owning a beach vacation house is just one of the things people admire about celebrities like George Clooney and Leonardo Dicaprio. For a regular person, though, a beach condo can be a great source of income, and you get to live there for free when you are on vacation. However, as pleasant as the thought is, the economics of buying a beach condo is something to consider.

Here are some of the costs to keep in mind as you think about buying a second home on the beachfront;

1.     Expensive real estate cost

'Time for Tea!' as Exeter retirement development hosts open day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:17am

Exeter retirees are invited to the Pinnoc Mews Retirement Living development on Bakers Way in Exeter on Thursday 26th September, when McCarthy and Stone hosts a special Cream Tea Open Day.

As well as a complimentary cream tea, the event – which will take place between 11.30am until 2.30am – will provide the opportunity for guests to find out more about age-exclusive Retirement Living.  They will also be able to view the facilities, speak to current homeowners and meet the friendly estates team at the development.

All you need to know about building a pergola

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 8:02am

A pergola is a multi-purpose garden structure that can be either joined to the house or freestanding. It is an open structure and can be used to shelter something like a barbecue or as a garden focal point.  If you are considering adding a pergola to your garden, here’s what you need to know to build one.

Pergola purpose

How to keep the summer light alive longer in your South West home

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Tue, 09/03/2019 - 9:57am

If you’re lucky enough to live in the South West, then you’ll benefit from longer sunlight, so it would be a shame to not bring this natural light into your home. There are many benefits to bringing more light into your home; using natural light lowers electricity bills from energy saving, has a positive impact on wellbeing, and highlights your interior décor too. 

Tips for luring tenants: From staging your rental to simplifying the application process

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 08/28/2019 - 8:03am

The US rental market is surging, but that doesn’t mean finding a tenant for your rental property will be easy. It takes work to make your property stand out from other rentals in your area. 

A well-presented home attracts more renters, which means your property will rent quicker and for a higher price. So what can you do to make your property more appealing to prospective tenants? Here are tips on how to spruce up your rental property and entice more prospective tenants. 

Curb appeal matters 

How to Maintain Your Carpet Well

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sat, 08/17/2019 - 9:42am

Having a carpet can add softness and color to any home and make the floors more comfortable. But the thing about carpets is that spills and stains can last if not treated correctly. Not only that, wear and tear can become really noticeable if the proper maintenance is not conducted on the carpet.

You can vacuum somewhat regularly, which is better than nothing, but it is certainly not going to help keep your carpets in peak condition for a long time to come. To do that, you have to follow a few steps.

Vacuum the right way

Millbrook Village introduces market-leading rental option for over 55s

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:11pm

Millbrook Village, the retirement village in Exeter, Devon has recently launched properties for rent to accommodate the changing needs of the rightsizer market.

Inspired Villages, the operator and developer behind the retirement complex on Topsham Road, has launched this option at all its villages across the country. Broadening its existing residential provision, the group which is partnered with financial institution Legal & General, is one of the first operators of retirement villages to specifically provide renting as an alternative to buying.

Choose the Right Broadband for Your Home

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Thu, 08/15/2019 - 6:03am

There are so many great things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right broadband for your home. This is something you need to make sure you focus on as much as possible, and there are a lot of things that play a part in this. Broadband plays such a huge role in helping to improve your home, and there are a lot of factors that go into making the right broadband choices. 

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Final homes launch at award-winning Millbrook Village

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:29pm

Millbrook Village, the retirement village in Exeter, Devon has launched 23 new two and three bedroom homes at Sanderling House with prices starting from £405,000. The collection of  apartments marks the completion of the final phase of the community designed for active over 55s.