Homes & Gardens

Tips for first time home buyers

Are you planning on buying your very first home but aren’t too sure what you are doing or how to find the home of your dreams? Do you want to know what you should be keeping in mind when buying your very first home?

For most people, buying a house is an experience they have been looking forward to for years. It is the culmination of all the hard work and saving that you have done over your lifetime. It's exciting because it's proof that you are moving up in the world and becoming more successful financially.

When you think about it, owning a home means security for your...

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Home renovations that can give your sale price a boost

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 12/24/2021 - 2:34pm

If you own a house, then what are you planning to do with it in the long term? Some people will plan to live in it forever, whereas others might want to sell when the price is right to either upsize or downsize, depending on their future plans. If you are in the second camp, you’ll want to ensure your home is worth as much money as possible. In some cases, this will mean spending money, but this should be looked at as an investment as, if you choose the right renovations and improvements, they will add value to your home and give you your money back with a profit. With that in mind, here...

5 Things you should check before you move into a new rental house

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Fri, 12/24/2021 - 2:14pm

Moving into a new rental house requires some prior checks. Look at the condition of the repairs and maintenance required. Additionally, check for pet policies and overall safety of the neighbourhood.

Home buying process in England

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Fri, 12/24/2021 - 7:10am

Despite multiple pandemic waves, UK average house price increased by 10.2% over the year.

It indicates a sharp increase in property sales in England and adjacent areas. If you too are planning to buy a house in England, make sure your planning falls right in place.

This is because property transfers in England involve several complicated stages and missing any part may give you an unpleasant experience.

Therefore, it is always a good idea to have an overview of the home buying process in England.

Here is the step-by-step process of buying a home in...

What to do when your roof starts leaking

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Fri, 12/24/2021 - 6:52am

Old roofs and winter weather don’t go together very well. You’ll often find that rain and wind cause your roof to leak, particularly if there are missing tiles or broken areas. This is never a good thing; water damage from rain can be devastating, and even if you catch it quickly it can still leave stains and cause mould. So with that in mind, it’s essential to know just what to do if you find that your roof is leaking so you can minimise the damage as much as possible. Read on to find out more.

Contain the Water

The first thing you’ll need to do when you have a leak is...

The biggest factors to consider when searching for your first home

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Wed, 12/22/2021 - 11:47pm

Searching for your first home can be an incredibly exciting adventure. If you’ve finally saved enough money for a deposit or you’re well on your way, finding a property that you want to buy is one of the best parts of the journey. If you’re new to the property market or this is your first experience of house hunting, you may be unsure of the sort of questions you need to be asking yourself. These factors will help to narrow your search down, leaving you with properties that are best suited to you and your current situation. So, what are the biggest factors you should consider when looking...

The benefits of attracting birds to your garden

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Tue, 12/21/2021 - 10:10pm

We all love to watch and listen to the birds, and they are a constant source of interest and can add much more beauty to your garden. What you might not have realised is that birds offer many more benefits than this. These avian visitors could potentially save you time and money. Here we explore some of the secret benefits of attracting more birds to your garden.

Great for your mental wellbeing

The first benefit has little to do with your garden and a lot to do with you. We live in a busy world that is often unpredictable. Keeping calm and grounded is challenging, and our...

Ensure your home is ready for Christmas with these five essentials

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Tue, 12/21/2021 - 3:00pm

As much as we all enjoy the holiday season , it is definitely a time of year that can truly overwhelm those who are not prepared for it. With so many factors contributing to the big day on the 25th December, it is imperative that you take the time and prepare yourself, your family, and your home for what winter might throw at it. This is not to say you should have a winter shelter ready at the bottom of your garden, instead this is a simple guide for a few things that you should have at home to make the holiday run smoother, so here are five essentials you need to ensure your home is...

Five festive Christmas decoration ideas to get the imagination going

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Tue, 12/21/2021 - 8:26am

After years, maybe decades, of looking at the same Christmas decorations going up and down around your house, you might be thinking it’s time for a revamp, a change of scenery, a fresh start to your festive décor. Tinsel and fairy lights around the house may be the easy option, but if you want to leave an impression on those who visit, or just wish to liven it up for your own sake, then you could try and mix it up a little, get a little creative with it. If this sounds appealing to you then stick around as we go through five festive Christmas decoration ideas to get the imagination going...

4 ways to add space to your home

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Tue, 12/21/2021 - 7:56am
Here are the best ways to build on your living space without breaking the bank

Nobody wants their home to feel cramped. As families and lifestyles grow, it’s important that our homes do too. And you don’t need to stretch your budget to breaking point in order to add more living space to your home. There are plenty of smart changes you can make to ensure that your home feels as large, airy, light and bright as possible.

From investing in bifold doors to rethinking the way you use your rooms, here are our top tips for the best ways to add living space to your home. With these tips...

Learn all about mortgages

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Sun, 12/19/2021 - 6:35am

Most people dream of owning a home. But getting a considerable sum of money to buy or build one is an uphill task for many. Only a few can afford or pay upfront for a new home.

Fortunately, various financial lenders crafted a loan type to help people achieve their dream homes specifically. The loan type is known as a mortgage.

If you want to own a home and wonder where to start, this guide is for you. If you are also asking yourself, can you get a mortgage with bad credit see here . In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about a mortgage.

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