Archive for the ‘Advice’ Category

  So you’re about to welcome a new addition? Congratulations! As everyone from Great Aunt Imelda to Granny Ina has no doubt told you, everything is about to change. This can include upsizing to one the properties on s1homes . . . but while you consider all of the possibilities, here’s how to ensure your […]

An overwhelming number of British adults could be put off a relationship after visiting a potential partner’s home, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by interiors retailer Furniture123.co.uk, found 87 per cent of Brits would judge a potential boyfriend or girlfriend on the state of their home, and 75 per […]

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has timeously listed some top ways in which homeowners can add value to a property and make it more desirable to potential buyers. Suggestions, in no particular order, include tidy (or better still, landscape) the garden, combine two rooms into one to make a more inviting open-plan living […]

Everybody needs good neighbours but what can be done if someone refuses to be neighbourly? With summer hopefully here and the garden beckoning, most people will want to get their gardens spick and span before they get the barbecue. For the most part, basic garden maintenance is straightforward – prune the hedges and shrubs, mow […]

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a thing known as “empty nest syndrome”. This was when middle-aged parents waved off the last of their chicks as they came of age and left to make their way in the world. One minute they were there, cluttering up the family […]

If you rent your home, there may be a time when it suits you to sublet. Perhaps you’re planning a round-the-world working holiday but want to keep your much-loved flat or house to return to when you get back. Maybe you’re moving in with the love of your life but want to keep your options […]

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours. Yes, it’s the lilting theme tune to that strangely addictive soap opera from Down Under . . . but the message is spot on. Having good relationships with the people who live around you is key to being truly happy in your home. For a minority of people, however, neighbours […]

If home is where the heart is, does it really matter whether we own the object of our affections or simply rent it? Truth be told, there are advantages and disadvantages in both these scenarios. So let’s look more closely at buying versus renting.   Buying: the pros Investment Depending on your mortgage deal – […]

When we think of the property ladder, we tend to think of people climbing up it. It’s about trading in a smaller home for a bigger, better, brighter one. It’s about using equity from one home to secure a more expensive one. After all, bricks and mortar are a good investment for the future. But […]

Competition means the rental market is red hot right now, so landlords have their pick of new tenants. This means. if you see a property that ticks all the boxes on your wish list, you’ll need to move faster than Planet Earth’s star iguana to make it yours. Thankfully we’ve top tips to help you […]

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