Archive for the ‘Home Owners’ Category

The start of the year can bring chilly temperatures. If you have a loft, there’s a fair chance it’s under insulated, which is bad news as heating costs are high and a lot of it is wasted as it floats up and out the roof. If home renovations are on the cards, save yourself some […]

If you love older, characterful properties, you may find yourself eyeing up a listed building as a potential home. They certainly make charming places to live but how does listed status actually affect your ownership? Well, in Scotland there are three categories of listed building. Category A buildings are of national importance in terms of […]

Prices remain competitive in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK and the rental sector continues to show signs of growth at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets. The latest Registers of Scotland monthly house price statistics show that the average price of residential property in Scotland rose by 2.6 per […]

If you need more space at home or are looking to sell, converting the loft into a new room makes a lot of sense. 1 If your home’s loft is more useful to you as living space than storage, converting it is the obvious thing to do. A loft conversion should make your home more […]

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 […]

Homeowners are being given help to run their properties more efficiently, or to introduce renewable technologies, thanks to a new interest-free loan scheme. Loans of up to £32,500 will be available through The Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme – which was launched on May 2. A total £34 million in funding is available to owner-occupiers […]

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 […]

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 […]

If you and your other half buy a property as a joint ownership then decide to separate, what happens to the home you bought together? For many couples the instinct is to sell the joint property as soon as possible, divide any equity and move on with their separate lives. This is quite common – […]

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