Archive for the ‘Home Owners’ Category

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 – […]

Legislation to remove the automatic council tax discount for second homes has been laid in Parliament, paving the way for further reforms due to take effect from April 2017. This change will give councils the option of offering no discount for second homes, arming them with another lever to encourage better use of housing stock […]