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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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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Going up – DIY-ing the loft to create extra space

With the cost of moving increasing, and the price of houses skyrocketing, it’s harder than ever to hop onto the next rung of the property ladder. So, it kind of makes sense to stay put and make the most of the home you’ve got. I’m certainly not planning to move for many, many years but […]

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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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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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