4 Buyer’s gripes you can solve with simple DIY tasks when selling your home

If you’re planning to move house in the future, why not use this time to get your home into the best possible condition, ready for sale? A quick spruce up will make all the difference to bagging a buyer, and you can tackle these tasks yourself. Who knows, perhaps these little DIYs will actually boost the value of your home too?

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4 Thrifty ways to pull off moving house (without spending a small fortune)

Moving to a new house can be an expensive and stressful time. If you have just bought a property, you will be tied up in actually paying for it, not to mention stamp duty and all the other fees you might have to pay. Even if you are renting, you’ll have parted with your deposit and money might be tight. It is time to save some money and the best place to do so is in the move itself. Here are some thrifty ways to move house…

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5 Tips for selling your home easily (despite the messy kids!)

So your family is expanding (congratulations!) and you need to upsize from your current home. Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be a complicated and stressful process. Adding this on top of your already-busy family life can create frustration for parents so I want to help make the process as easy as possible with these handy house-selling tips…

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Easy DIY tasks you can do in a weekend to boost the value of your property

When it comes to home improvements, you’ll probably want to prioritise projects that will add more value to your home—especially if you are planning to sell your property and move on in the future. Today I’m sharing some ideas for getting your home ship-shape so that you can enjoy living in it AND boost it’s resale value…

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6 Signs that you need to repair your windows before the autumn

Good windows are essential in keeping a home cosy, which is why it’s important to care for your windows and occasionally carry out some maintenance. But how do you know if your windows need repairing? Natural causes such as the weather can have an effect on your home, but windows are more susceptible as they are the thinnest barriers between you and the outside world. How will you know when it is time to repair your wooden windows? Below is a list of six tell-tale signs…

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Thinking of selling? How to get the best possible price for your house

If you are planning to move you’ll want to get the best possible price for your current home. To stand any chance of doing that you need to make sure your property looks its best as first impressions really DO matter! Here are some hacks to help you get a great offer when you’re selling your home…

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Guest post: 5 Cost-efficient ways to make your home more secure

How much do you know about home break-ins? If you believe the cartoons, you may think that burglaries only happen at night, with a criminal sneaking around in a black mask with a swag bag! In reality, the majority of break ins happen in broad daylight. They even are committed by burglars who live nearby. Plus, despite our misconception that these crimes are well thought-out and highly planned, most homes are burgled in less than 10 minutes. That means it’s more essential than ever that you take your home security seriously with these 5 low cost (and free!) security tips.

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Cheap & easy home improvements you might not have considered before…

Making improvements to your home is never going to be cheap, and amid all the home renovation programmes and YouTube DIYs you can often feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses when it comes to sprucing up your home. However, home improvement doesn’t have to be as expensive as it’s made out to be, and today’s blog post offers a few different methods of creating some easy improvements on the cheap, without going overboard with the power tools…

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How to sell your home the thrifty way (without an estate agent)

If you’re thinking of moving house but the costs of selling via an estate agent are putting you off, why not consider selling your home yourself? Did you know that it’s possible to do all the photography, listings, viewings and negotiating yourself and not have to pay a penny to an estate agent? Today’s blog post will walk you through the process…

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4 Simple ways to reduce the cost of your next house move

The average cost of moving house is around £10,000, can you believe it? But it doesn’t have to be this expensive. There are certain ways you can reduce the cost when you move house. From being flexible on moving dates, to decluttering your personal belongings before the move, today’s blog post covers the 5 best ways to save money when moving house…

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3 ways to revamp what you already have to create a decor you love

If you’ve lived in your home for a considerable amount of time, you might be considering giving it a fresh new look. However, if you don’t have the budget, you might be putting it off until you can afford it. Thankfully, there are tons of really beautiful renovation projects you can do on a budget, so here are three ways that you can make an impact in your home without spending a small fortune…

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4 Ways to boost the value of your home before renegotiating your mortgage

As a homeowner, there will inevitably be times when you need to renegotiate your mortgage. It could be that you want to get a more favourable interest rate after a fixed term, or to access to cash by re-mortgaging your home. Of course, part of this process is a home valuation survey, which means that your home needs to be in tip-top condition, so here are 4 ways that you can get your home ready and hopefully boost it’s value…

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Three things that’ll get you motivated to revamp your home this year

Ready to spruce up your home this year? Great! Whether you’re completely revamping a recently purchased property, preparing your home for a sale later in the year or adding a dash of contemporary character to a specific room – here are a few tips to get you started on your decorating journey in 2019…

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Guest post – 3 Things to look for when buying a holiday home

Many of us harbour dreams of one day buying our own holiday home. Not only can it be a treasured home away from home, a place to escape to when your everyday routine gets tedious, but it can also be a fantastic investment for the future. This post details the most important things to look for when buying a holiday home, to ensure that your get the very best value for your money and get to enjoy your property for years to come…

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What are the best types of UK rental properties to invest in?

Investing in property for buy to let purposes can be an incredibly worthwhile and lucrative venture. The UK is one of the best places in the world for property investment, with the buy to let market in a number of cities such as Liverpool and Manchester offering impressive rental yields and increasing demand. If you’re keen to explore the UK property market even further and are considering making your own investment, take a look at this guide I’ve created with the help of RW Invest to discover some of the best type of properties to go for…

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Moving to a new house? 5 Things to inspect before you move in

Buying a new home is a really exciting time even if it often feels like it takes forever between finding the house and completing on the purchase. But just because the mortgage company has completed a survey, it doesn’t mean that the house is ready for you. There are several other things you should have inspected before you move in…

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Fun, garish & boring – What the UK REALLY thought of 2018’s interior trends

Have you redecorated your home this year? Did you splash out on a few new accessories? If (like me) you’ve been Pinning 2018 interiors trends like mad, you may well have incorporated a few elements into your home. But what did the great British public REALLY think of the hottest new trends in 2018? I’ll tell you…

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3 Ways to improve your credit score before buying a house

The property market is starting to be driven by first-time buyers, bucking historical trends. With that in mind, here are 3 simple ways that you can boost your credit score while you’re saving for that deposit, so you’ll be ready to apply for a mortgage when you find your first home…

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Household DIY: How to improve your driveway on a budget

Your driveway is an essential and valuable part of your home. Having one gives you somewhere relatively safe to park your vehicle and prevents you from dealing with the stress of finding parking on the street. In fact, a well maintained driveway can even add to the value of your home. Here’s how…

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How much value do home improvements add to your home?

Are you planning some home improvements? A new kitchen perhaps? Converting your loft? Adding a conservatory? Well, before you begin these huge DIY tasks, today’s guest post will give you an idea about how much value each project will add to your home…

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5 Expert tips for selling your house quickly

Ever wondered why some houses are barely on the market for a week when others hang around unsold for ages? Here are some tips to help you get your home ready to sell so that it’s snapped up…

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The importance of getting a survey when buying your home

There are few feelings as good as the first time you walk through your new front door. Buying a home is an exciting and complex process but the survey isn’t just another bit of paperwork, there are many ways that a surveyor can help you when buying a home…

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What I learnt during my first year as a homeowner

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I learnt some important lessons in home maintenance and property renovation during the first year of owning my own home so read on to find out what went well, and what went wrong!

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Mend or move? Which is right for you & your home?

If your home doesn’t feel quite right or there are some glaring flaws that you can no longer ignore, it’s time to take action. But what kind of action? You can either get to work making changes to your home, putting right the problems and making it better and more functional for you and your […]

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5 DIY projects where renting equipment may help (+ save you money!)

Some DIY projects can be completed with minimal equipment, time, and effort. However, there are other projects that can take more time, effort, money, and equipment to do it right. Whether you want to build a retaining wall, get rid of dead trees, or landscape your garden, there are many DIY projects that may require […]

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10 of the best house selling secrets

Did you know there’s such a thing as ‘home buying season’? There are times of the year when people are more likely to be house hunting  (the spring is popular, and the school summer holidays are a prime time for moving) and the autumn is a notoriously unpopular time with homebuyers. One reason is that […]

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How to make moving as a family easier

Moving home is a difficult process to go through, and when you’ve got children to take into consideration too, the process is made that little bit harder. Here’s how you can make your family move an easy transition.

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Low-cost ways to add period features back into your home

I love a house with period features. Picture rails, sash windows, working fireplaces and coving; I just can’t get enough of those decorative touches that make a house look a little special. Sadly, many of the homes I viewed while house-hunting have had these period features removed over the years when they were ‘modernised’. It […]

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Why carpet tiles are the thrifty choice for a designer look in your home

What do you think of when I say ‘carpet tiles’? Grey office buildings? School hallways? The budget option that your mum made you have in your bedroom as a teen? Well, the style of this type of sectional flooring has moved on a lot in the last decade or so, and it’s now a design […]

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My money-saving home energy hacks

Ever since becoming a homeowner, I’ve taken much more interest in home maintenance and household utilities. I’m sure I’m becoming quite a money-saving bore when it comes to bills, but why spend more than you need to, eh? I’ve suddenly found my ears pricking up when they mention gas price increases on the news. I’ve […]

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Guest post – 5 Steps to take if your appliance breaks down

Appliances make our lives easier as they help us to save precious time. We may take them for granted, but they play a key role in helping us enjoy life the way we want. They do a lot without requiring too much attention, but they do need proper care and maintenance if we want them […]

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Guest post: The 21st Century garden

I love having a garden – not that I’ve done much with it yet – but at least the potential is there. In my previous home, the garden became an extra room of the house, with a patio ‘dining room’ and a kitchen garden veggie plot. So, for me, a well-maintained garden is an essential […]

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Household DIY – How to spot damp in your home

There are a number of different types of damp that can occur in the home. This includes condensation, rising damp, and penetrating damp. Having lived in my fair share of rented properties over the years, I’ve experienced quite a lot of these first hand, and it becomes upsetting after a while, I can tell you. […]

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DIY guide to renovating your staircase (+ my ‘before’ photos!)

Staircases can easily be overlooked when you’re decorating your home, even though they are often one of the first things that you see when you come in through the front door. A lot of people think it’s too much hassle to change their stairs, but it can easily be done as a DIY project if […]

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How to keep your home-moving costs down

Moving home is a regular feature in the famous list of ‘most stressful events’ a person can ever endure, alongside divorce and having a baby. Part of the reason why it is so stressful is that there is just so much to think about and plan. However, the biggest factor in the stress game is […]

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A smooth move – how to hire & load a van (and when to get the pros in!)

If you’re moving house in the near future, today’s blog post is for you! I’m sharing my experiences of my recent move to help you to choose what kind of vehicle to hire and how to load a truck in the most effective way. And if you’re thinking of hiring movers but don’t know how to make sure […]

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5 Ways to make moving house easier on yourself

Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do – it really is right up there with getting divorced and suffering bereavements. I’m still tired out from my big move, so much so that I can’t bear to start thinking about unpacking and am still up to my elbows in boxes! But […]

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Just one more move….

Now that the bathroom renovation is in progress (and we finally have a flushing loo!) we have been able to think about moving! My husband and I have moved house 11 times over our years together, can you believe it? Sure, many of those moves were new-term hops into different student accommodation, but for 6 years we stayed put […]

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4 Ways to add extra value to your property

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, or simply want to make the most out of the space you have available, remodelling is a great way of adding value to the property and giving your home a unique touch. There are elements of your home that you can’t change, such as the location, but there […]

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Why I didn’t buy my dream home

You know when you have an idea of your perfect home in your mind – go on, picture yours now… You’d hope to one day be able to buy that house and move in with a perfect blush pink sofa and two fluffy cats, right? Or maybe that’s just me. But anyway, you know what […]

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How to spot a future-proof house

When searching for a property, it’s important to consider the future. I’ve learnt this after viewing countless properties and each of them being just not quite right for us. Sure, plenty of the houses we’ve seen have been fine, more than fine, and would work perfectly well for us right now. But I don’t want this to […]

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Buying a house – what are the options?

I think I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve been saving to buy a home of my own and now that I’m getting closer and closer to my goal I’ve started doing my research. In fact, I’ve spoken to countless friends who’ve already gone through the process so that I can get a better idea […]

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DIY renovations that add value to your home

Whether you’re hoping to make your house more saleable for an imminent move, or simply wish add value to your home for the future, today’s blog post will hopefully give you some ideas for ways to improve your home whilst increasing its value. As you may already know, I’ve been fixing up my home over […]

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