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5 Plants for Gardening Beginners

August 4, 2017

On the surface, gardening looks like a great pastime to get involved in. You’re out in the fresh air, doing something natural and helping the environment for a start. But it can be difficult getting started if you are a novice. Choosing the right plants is key, for a start, particularly if you want to […] View article >

Wonderful Wall Hanging Ideas

August 2, 2017

Back in the old days, we used to adorn our walls with the odd photograph, a few ducks and the odd poster we took a liking to. Thankfully, the range of wall art has increased dramatically. Now you can get unusual artworks, wall hangings and tapestries, and stunning large print stencils and images, as well […] View article >

Stricter lending criteria coming into play for landlords

July 28, 2017

The financial landscape for landlords is changing due to new measures introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority. The first roll-out was in January this year and the second tranche will be embedded by 1st October 2017. In essence, the changes will require lenders to ensure they have a fuller picture of the borrower, and a […] View article >

3 Organic Ways of Keeping Your Home Summer Fresh

July 27, 2017

For those who live in a busy home, you’ll be only too aware how quickly a place can fill with the kinds of pongs and odours we could all do without. Whether you need to contend with a bunch of kids, multiple pets, or even a spouse who doesn’t seem to notice the smell of […] View article >

Top 10 Packing Hacks for Moving House

July 25, 2017

If there is one time when we want things to go as simply as possible – it’s when we move to a new house. It’s possibly one of the top stressful experiences most of us will face and can leave even hardened optimists feeling that the world is conspiring against them. To help, here are […] View article >

7 Tips for Harmonious House Sharing

July 21, 2017

It’s not just the traditional province of students any more. Many of us are now sharing a house, either with friends or people we have never met before. Whether it’s buying a property together or renting, the benefits of lower rents and shared costs are a fantastic way to afford a place of your own […] View article >

Landlords gain heavyweight support from Iain Duncan Smith

July 18, 2017

As we have been reporting over the past couple of years, landlords have been on Government’s radar with a number of new legislative changes that could impact future profitability. The most notorious of these has been the new tax regime Section 24, affecting sole trader landlords with mortgages, and the introduction of the 3% stamp […] View article >

5 Things You Can’t Live Without in a Family Home

July 18, 2017

One thing many parents don’t consider when they decide to have a family is what those pesky kids are going to do to the home. While babies look ever so cute at first, once they start to grow and become curious, and a lot more mischievous, they can play havoc with everything from your walls […] View article >

Curtains or Blinds? How to Decide Which Your Room Should Have

July 14, 2017

When looking to redesign a room, one of the areas that people tend to overlook until the last minute is the windows. The choice between curtains or blinds used to be less difficult. In recent years, however, the range of brilliant blinds on the market has made them a much more popular choice for many […] View article >

Not Getting Enough Viewings?

July 11, 2017

There’s no doubt that putting your home up for sale can be a stressful experience. If all goes well and you’ve put in the right plans, you should get people flocking to your door. For many, this is exactly what happens, but there are also those who don’t get the viewings they initially hoped for. […] View article >