Homes & Gardens

How to create a unique interior design: A guide

No homeowner wants to look like a copycat. It’s for this reason why you must avoid following interior design trends or attempting to replicate your loved ones’ homes.

To impress every single visitor that you welcome inside your home, you must aim to put a distinctive stamp on your property. If you are unsure how to turn your house into a stunning home, read the below guide to creating a unique interior design.

Add Intrigue into a Room

David Banks



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3 top tips for first-time homebuyers

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 - 10:02am

Beginning your climb up the property ladder is a very exciting experience. As a first-time buyer, you still have the best chapters of your life laid out ahead of you, so it’s no wonder you’re eager to be handed the keys to your new home.

No matter how excited you may be at this time, there are still several important tasks that you need to tend to in order to ensure that your dream of owning a home doesn’t turn into a nightmare. By forgetting to tend to even the smallest of details, you could very well end up derailing your move or missing out on your dream home entirely.

How to choose the right type of kitchen sink

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 8:49am

Kitchen sinks can be made from different materials, such as stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces, or even composites. The material that you will choose will be based on your kitchen’s style and your usage preferences. Before choosing the right sink for your kitchen you need to break down your thoughts into smaller categories. Here is a guide sorted into categories to help you make the right choice:

·        Shape

Exeter house prices update for September 2019

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Fri, 09/20/2019 - 8:34am

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.

4 Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 09/20/2019 - 7:13am

The interior of your home is the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to bed every night. You have your meals there, you spend time with your family there and you occupy your evenings in your home before you go to sleep each night. When you’re spending so much time in any space, it is important that you always enjoy being in that environment. So, if you ever find yourself looking around and thinking that you want to make some changes, here are a few simple ways you can improve your home on a budget. 

Clean or replace the carpets

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