Archive for the ‘Advice’ Category

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud – who knows a thing or two about houses – says one of the most important things to do to increase your home’s value is to look at your house not as your own, but as a blank canvas for someone else’s story. And in order to do that, he […]

Most of us take pride in our homes. It’s our haven – the place where we can relax, be ourselves and feel safe. But in order to keep ourselves, our houses and all of our belongings protected, we need to take home security seriously, and a lot of us don’t. Here, Anthony Neary, managing director […]

If you’re longing for sunny days but the weather’s not cooperating, you could change the climate indoors by embracing a sunshine colour palette. Adding splashes of yellow to your decor with a lick of paint, a feature wall in a zingy paper or some vibrant accessories, will give it an instant lift. Turn the tables […]

Now that the days are filled with longer periods of daylight and the birds are gearing up for spring, it’s the perfect time to give your garden a makeover. Take a look and see how your garden has fared over winter, and no matter the damage there are always ways to bring it to life […]

A lot of the time the best thing about being a tenant is your landlord is the one who has to do all the work, from repairing the leaky tap to replacing the shoogly dining table. When it comes to insurance, however, you’re going to have to make some decisions for yourself. Thankfully s1homes has […]

  You may well be familiar with the phrase: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. But the temptation to put a chore on the back-burner is strong – stronger even than the temptation to don your dungarees and get stuck into regrouting the shower. When it comes to property maintenance, however, […]

There’s a lot to be said for both routes so, ultimately, it comes down to your personal priorities. Sell, sell, sell!   The case for: If you’re looking to buy a new property, as opposed to renting your next home, selling your current house means you can use any equity to put towards a deposit. […]

Congratulations! After years of working your socks off, you’ve saved enough for a deposit. Or perhaps you got lucky and a third cousin twice removed left you a small fortune. However you got here, you’re on the brink of buying your first home and that’s a cause for celebration. As you begin to explore the […]

  No, it’s not the name of an underground grime artist or an office of the Crown. An HMO, or House in Multiple Occupation, is a property shared by three or more people who are unrelated. HMO properties can be found across the land but they tend to cluster in urban areas with high student […]

During the course of your tenancy your landlord is likely to arrange a tenancy inspection. This is a chance for them to ensure everything is tickety-boo with the property. It also means, if something is wrong, it can be fixed. During an inspection the landlord will check the general condition of the property and any […]

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