23Nov/16
buy my own home

Will I Ever Be Able To Buy My Own Home?

I hate to think that I might be part of Generation Rent but I’m quickly heading that way and wonder whether I will ever be able to buy my own home. Living in the South East means that property prices are so high as to be almost out of my reach and yet I am paying more in rent than I would on a mortgage – if only I could get a mortgage I would actually have more spare cash at the end of each month than I do now paying rent. The mortgage lending criteria are so stringent now though that I stand little chance of getting a home loan unless I can come up with a large deposit and that looks unlikely unless I win the lottery or inherit some money from some long-lost auntie I didn’t know I had. Or maybe guarantor loans are the way to go to raise the deposit – if only I could persuade my parents to act as guarantor.

20Oct/16
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Choose Gates & Railings to Enhance the Exterior of Your Home

Are you passionate about interior design? Are you constantly updating the look of your rooms to keep up with the latest trends in the UK home improvement market? If so you might find yourself falling into the trap of getting carried away with the amount of money you spend on the interior whilst paying little or no regard to the appearance of the exterior of the property, yet it is just as important to enhance the exterior of your home.

16Sep/16
Conservatory with Birch Blinds

Tips To Make Your Conservatory Cosy and Functional All Year Round

Conservatory construction really took off in the 70s, and during that time, the glass-panelled wonder quickly established itself as the best way to add value to a home. Unfortunately, conservatories are a notoriously difficult room to work with. They are sweltering hot in summer and bitterly cold in winter, and as a result, they often become a neglected part of the home. The first sign of damp often leads many homeowners to pull out all of the furniture, and suddenly the conservatory is little more than an ornate garden shed. If you want to avoid this fate for your conservatory space, there are a few steps you need to take before this often neglected room can become an idyllic space throughout the year.

28Jul/16
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The Only Interior Design Tips You Will Ever Need

It is not uncommon for people with the budget to do so to spend a significant proportion of the cost of their home on having it updated by a professional interior designer. But not all of us have that kind of budget or want to spend it on an interior design scheme. Many expensive interiors have a certain “over-designed” look reminiscent of a smart hotel, which can look fantastic but don’t create the cosy and unique look that can be achieved by using personal mementos (whether they fit the style and colour scheme or not), unique contemporary art or modern art and a more eclectic choice of furnishings and fittings.

But whether you crave a highly-designed look or a more original look for your home there are some basic tips that you can steal from the professional interior designers about home interiors and decor that are simple and relatively inexpensive to implement. These tips can transform your home without requiring a second mortgage to pay for them and if you are keen on DIY then you might even be able to do some of the work yourself and save even more money.

06Jul/16
buy my own home

Why Are New Homes So Small in the UK?

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have been involved in a long-running campaign to bring to the public’s attention the lack of adequate space for everyday living in new homes being built in the UK today. A RIBA/IPSOS Mori report entitled “The Way We Live Now: What People Need and Expect from their Homes” revealed that a substantial proportion of new homes in the UK do not have adequate storage space for the basic requirements of a family, including food storage and household appliances.

10Mar/16

How to Declutter your Home – The Ultimate Guide

When you enter your home, you want to come in to a place that promotes peace and calm after a busy day. Whether you are returning home from work, a school run, or shopping, when you enter a house that has had a good declutter you will find it is easier to relax and enjoy the space that you live in. When your house is untidy and cluttered, it can make you feel on edge as you are surrounded by things that you may not really want and need. Even if you have a cluttered house that is actually tidy (with lots of careful storage!), there is still the dreaded moment of opening the cupboards to try and find something that you are looking for that is buried beneath clutter. Living in a clutter free home definitely will make life less stressful, make it easier to find things and there are many ways this can be achieved.

04Mar/16
moving house

Moving to a New House – Key Do’s and Don’ts

Regardless of where you’re moving to, or if you’re moving yourself or hiring a removal company, moving to a new house is pretty stressful. In fact, it’s listed as one of the most stressful things to do after having a baby and organising a marriage (or getting a divorce). You know it is going to cost a lot of money, you don’t have to be an accountant to grasp the financial situation, but If you want it to go as smoothly as possible but not cost the earth, you’ll want to read our key do’s and don’ts: