Top 15 Tips To Find The Home Of Your Dreams

Most of us have dreamed about someday getting to live in that dream home that appeals to our tastes and personality and makes us feel complete from as early as we can remember. We want a home that will feel like one from the very instance we set our eyes upon it. And so, when you are finally able to purchase that dream home, you can get carried away and realize albeit too late that you did not get exactly what you wanted. However, with a little groundwork and strategy, you can easily land the home you always wanted. Here are top fifteen tips you definitely want in your notebook as you go searching for your dream home. 1. The type of home you want Perhaps you like the sleek contemporary look of a penthouse, or maybe you always thought you would be happiest if you could get your hands...
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How to protect your family from asbestos exposure

Well known as a dangerous material, asbestos was banned completely from use in the UK in 1999, but it can still be found in many homes around the country. Whether you have just moved into a new house or you are about to carry out some renovations of your current property, there are plenty of reasons you might be thinking about asbestos on your property. So if you are concerned that your property might contain asbestos, what can you do about it? Here we look at what you can do to protect your family from being exposed to the health risks of asbestos exposure. Learn the most common places for asbestos in the home It is first important for you to understand where you are likely to find asbestos in a property. Some people believe, for example, that asbestos is only ever used as insulation and as such is likely...
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Equity Release vs. Downsizing: The Pros and Cons

It’s common for families to reach a stage in their life where much-needed money is tied up in their house. Whether they could do with funds for a specific purchase or investment, or wish to support their retirement income, the most straightforward option may be through an equity release scheme or by downsizing their home. Downsizing vs. Equity Release The idea behind downsizing is simply to release funds and reduce financial burdens by moving to a new, smaller home. The difference in value between your current home and new home ends up in your bank account (once expenses have been paid), allowing you to invest it where you see fit. On the other hand, equity release allows you to stay in your current home and take out a loan based on its current value. You can withdraw exactly as much as you need in a lump sum or plan to...
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Should I buy a house in a conservation area?

Who wouldn’t want to buy a house in a desirable residential area? Properties in designated Conservation Areas tend to be particularly attractive, which makes for a pleasant neighbourhood in which to live. But are there any downsides to paying premium prices for the privilege?What is a Conservation Area?Section 69 of Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 gives local councils the authority to designate specific areas of land as Conservation Areas that are considered ‘of special architectural of historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’.An area can be designated for its buildings or architecture, parks and greens, trees or open spaces, or specific features such as windows, guttering or roofing. The assessment will look apply to a group of buildings in the area rather than an individual property.After the designation has been made, the local authority will then develop and enforce policies to...
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Custom home builders: What to expect

When you’re on a trip to reconstruct and design your house, you’ll meet hundreds of new people to help you. These people are going to become your critical partners in constructing your house from scratch. Who are they?Builders and architects are people you’ll never want to be away from while designing your home sweet home. While manufacturers can make you understand the plot and the outer design of the house, an architect will explain the view of the house from inside. Once you’re onto the project, it becomes difficult for you to decide how the house should get constructed. So how do you go about it? If you live in London, for example, you would hire custom builders in London to build the house from scratch.  If you live in Manchester you would hire custom builders in Manchester.  They build your house and design it according to your prerequisites. However,...
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5 DIY Projects Every First Time Buyer Faces

  So, you have bought your first home and you can’t wait to move in and start making some wonderful memories! However, it’s important to be aware that your new house is likely to require a number of small renovations before you can move in. Here are five DIY jobs you will probably face before you can start unpacking: 1. Replacing existing doors Don’t underestimate the power of a good quality door. If you have bought a house that had previous owners, chances are the interior doors have seen better days. Doors tend to become stiff over time, often making it difficult to even open or close them. Another reason why you may have to replace the existing doors is the fact that they simply do not reflect your own personal style. Interior oak doors are incredibly popular for new home owners. The main reason for this is because oak...
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Don’t Lose Out on Your Deposit When You Move Out

  Has the lease on your home come to an end? Well, if you’re moving on to rent somewhere else, part of your admin is going to involve getting your security deposit back. The only way to do this, however, is to ensure that you leave your house or flat in the condition you found it in (if not better!), so that your landlord has no grounds for deducting the cost of cleaning and repairs from your deposit. So, it probably goes without saying that you’ve a pretty big job on your hands. You’ll need to begin by ensuring that the condition of the property and its contents haven’t surpassed ‘reasonable wear and tear’ (something that your tenancy agreement probably refers to). If you’re not sure what reasonable wear and tear means, take a look at page 12 of this document. Beyond that, however, you’ll need to give the space...
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Prices and demand at all-time highs as Year of the First-Time Buyer kicks in

Rightmove released their House Price Index for February 2016. Key Facts: Price of property coming to market increases by a substantial 2.9% (+£8,324) this month, hitting a new record of £299,287 and surpassing the record set in October 2015 by over £2,700 Housing demand higher than ever as Rightmove traffic hits record levels, with visits up nearly 20% year-on-year in January Encouraging 5% uplift in new properties coming to the market compared to same time last year resulting in the highest total number of newly-listed properties at this time of year since the 2008 credit crunch The Year of the First-Time Buyer: Government initiatives and low interest rate outlook now aligning with more property choice for first-time buyers, with 10% year-on-year jump in the number of two beds or fewer coming to market Overview The price of property coming to market has hit a new record less than two months...
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Where have all the houses gone?

Over the last 30 years the way in which we live has changed and this has had an impact on how the country’s housing stock is used. With more one person dwellings becoming more common, higher mobility meaning more demand for rental properties, and land becoming less and less easy to get hold of, there are a host of reasons why demand is up but why can’t we seem to build as many homes as we used to? The UK government has consistently failed to hit it’s home building target for nearly 10 years and this infographic from Inside Housing (https://jobs.insidehousing.co.uk/) explores some of the reasons why that is.
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3 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Selling Your House

Selling your house is one of the most fraught, stress-inducing experiences that you’ll ever have to endure. There is so much riding on your transaction going to plan, from your financial situation to the next property you’ll buy, your ability to expand your family, and the job opportunities available to you. For lots of people, this simply becomes too much. Their stress levels rise, their anxiety levels peak, and they swear that they’ll never go through it again. Luckily for you, you don’t have to be one of them. There are lots of ways to ensure that your sale goes as easily and smoothly as possible, and here are three of them to inspire you… 1: Price Your Property Realistically A common ploy by homeowners is to price their property for more than they actually want. The idea behind this is that it will leave some wriggle room for negotiation,...
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Annual house price growth rises to 9.0%

  The Halifax recently released their House Price Index for August 2015. House prices in the latest three months (June-August) were 3.0% higher than in the preceding three months Prices in the three months to August were 9.0% higher than in the same three months a year earlier The average monthly costs associated with buying a three bedroom house in the UK for a first-time buyer are £56 lower than the typical monthly rent paid Commenting, Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said: "House prices in the three months to August were 3.0% higher than in the previous quarter. This measure of the underlying rate of house price increased from last month’s 2.5% but remained below June’s 3.3%. “The underlying pace of house price growth is strong. The shortage of secondhand properties for sale on the market is resulting in upward pressure on house prices. At the same time, economic recovery,...
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Frazer Fearnhead of The House Crowd pitches on Dragons Den

There was a great pitch on Dragons Den this week from Frazer Fearnhead, founder of The House Crowd. He went into the den to pitch for £1 million pounds!! For a 5% share in his business. The dragons weren’t happy from the word go due to the over valuation of his business.
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Should UK House Buyers Take Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rates, Or Wait?

Whether you are thinking about buying your first home in the UK or you are planning to expand or downsize, it is to your advantage that you take a closer look at the current market conditions. Interest rates on home mortgages in the UK are at historically low levels and normally you may be wondering how long the interest rates will stay this low or if they will go even lower in the near future.
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Preparing your holiday house for the season - Top tips from The Hideaways Club Concierge, Nicole Remus

Spring is traditionally the time when many holiday homes are opened up and prepared for the coming summer season. Those considering buying a holiday bolthole abroad, should bear in mind there is actually more to it than meets the eye to ensure a home is ‘holiday ready’
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Dutch In House Roller Coaster Shows Off Home For Sale

Can you imagine showing your house to rent via a built in Roller Coaster. An interesting concept and a nice easy way to view a property! Watch the clip here.
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Land Registry shows annual growth of 6.5 per cent in February

The annual price change now stands at 6.5 per cent, bringing the average house price in England and Wales to £180,252
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What Estate Agents say vs What They Really Mean

Dealing with estate agents can be tricky, however when buying a property it’s more or less a given. The buzz words and general estate agent jargon can often be confusing and tiresome; who wants to be bamboozled by talk of properties having ‘easy access to the city’, only to realise that in reality they mean ‘easy access to a train station that’s an hour from the city’.
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Kitchen flooring: your choice matters

Source There’s no really easy room to choose flooring for because they all present their own challenges – it would be nice to have a plush living room carpet but pets and children could ruin it, while bathroom floors have to be capable of withstanding the effects of ever-present moisture in the form of water or steam. Kitchens are equally difficult to choose flooring for. As one of the main rooms in the house, it is subjected to a heavy amount of footfall in addition to the effects of cooking meals (moisture, heat the potential for things to be dropped on it all add up), and the floor has to be able to withstand all of this without prematurely aging and costing the owner money to repair or replace every year. There are various options available to choose between, with certain types working best under certain circumstances – for instance,...
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Multi-Unit freehold blocks create a 9.3% rental yield

According to a recent press article; sectioning a family home into a bedsit or house of multiple occupation is not the biggest earner in buy-to-let as many are led to believe
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What bathroom features you need to look for when viewing a property

It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a tug of war between multiple properties when looking to move. One property will perfectly fit one batch of your criteria yet another excels in so many features. A bathroom is a big part of every home and could well be the room that ultimately sells the property when struggling to make a decision. Here are some bathroom features you need to consider when viewing as your potential new home put together from The Bath House Online. This is a good guide for both buyers and sellers. Maintenance Noticeable straight away – any work that needs to be done. It may sound obvious, but take extra time to properly inspect all areas of the bathroom that’ll require maintenance before you’re happy with it. Loose tiling on the floor or walls; slip or trip hazards caused by the flooring; unfinished tiling behind a pedestal...
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