Perhaps it’s because of all the cookery programmes on TV; perhaps it’s because of our national obsession with food; or perhaps it’s because it’s such a sociable place to sit and chat – but the kitchen has become the most popular room in the house.
It’s autumn, it’s the UK… and therefore - inevitably and obviously - it’s freezing. So what have you done to winterise your house? Or were you just planning to have the heating on full blast every day (which is both expensive and ecologically unsound)?
Need more space for the family but love where you live? Extending your house could be the answer. Research shows that more and more homeowners are choosing to extend instead of moving. It will certainly improve and enhance your home, but needs careful consideration before taking the plunge.
One of the fastest growing design trends is the ‘outdoor room’ – and what could represent a better focal point for this than a super-cool hot tub? Whether you use it for private relaxation or partying, it’s a brilliant way to create water-based fun – cheaper than a swimming pool and requiring less space. And unlike a normal outdoor pool – which, let’s face it, has only limited appeal in the great British climate – you can use it all year round.
Want to do your bit for the environment, but not sure if you have the time or money to make a difference? Well, with a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions produced by energy in the home, there are some surprisingly simple things you could do that will make a difference.
If so, here are some things to consider before taking on your first project:
Do your research - If you’ve spotted a property, make sure you do your homework first. Check how long the property has been up for sale. If it’s for a lengthy period, it’s possible the profit returns may not be that high. Imagine you are buying the property for yourself, what would be the things that would be important you? The chances are your potential buyer will be looking for similar things. Bear the following in mind:
After the howling gales, floods and short dark days of winter, it’s a joy to finally see the budding of flowers and blossoming of trees. The bursting of colour within our gardens is a sure sign that Spring is on its way, heralding the time to get outside and ensure your property passes the ‘curb appeal’ test. Traditionally a buoyant time of year for marketing a property, you need to take action now to ensure your garden plays its part in selling your home:
The daffodils are in full bloom and there are glimpses of sunshine and we move into Spring! Time to freshen everything up after the long dark Winter. If you're planning to give your lifestyle a makeover, your home is a big part of that. We've put together ten ways to help organise your home and breathe a new lease of life into it, without having to do any major alterations.
Damp can cause a wide range of problems for just about anybody, from homeowners to landlords. Not only is the smell unpleasant, it can be extremely dangerous to our health! This post is going to help you to identify damp and deal with it properly.
Business rates could be one of your company's largest outgoings so it is important that you don't pay any more than you need to. Your business premises will have a rateable value. If your rateable value is below £12,000 and it is your only business premisis then you could be entitled to 'Small business rate relief '