How to Prepare Your Home

Essential Items for Moving to A New House

When you're moving house, you tend to focus on getting the larger, more obvious things into your new home, like the sofa, beds and that fifty-inch LED telly you treated yourself to last year. But it’s often the smaller things that really can make your first night, or even the first few days, in your new home easy and stress-free. Whilst you might well need that sofa and telly on your first night,...

Buying or selling your home? Find out the top 10 ‘must-haves’

Buying or selling your home? Find out the top 10 ‘must-haves’ that can make or break a sale – and the three features to ditch Buyers now expect more from their homes with more than a third (36%) of Brits not making an offer – or cutting the amount they are prepared to offer – on a home unless it has at least five of the non-negotiable features on their wishlist, new research has revealed. With...

Speed your house buying up with virtual tours and online research

With annual house price growth up to 7.1% in April 2021, and prices up by 2.1% month on month – the largest rise since February 2004 – the outlook for the housing market looks “fairly buoyant”, according to research by Nationwide. It also reported that the stock of homes on the market is “relatively constrained’, which means that if you are searching in sought-after areas, you may find that...

Buying or selling an apartment? Make the most of balcony gardening

One of the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic – and months of lockdown – is the way it has made people really appreciate outdoor spaces. In a survey by YouGov last summer, 26% of Brits planning to buy a home over the next year were seeking more green space as a result of the pandemic. A third (32%) of house buyers said that having a garden was more now important to them, while 14% were now...

Five ways to declutter before you move

Selling up or moving on is the perfect time to sort out your possessions and recycle unwanted items. First impressions count, so walking through a hallway with coats piled on the banister and wellies by the front door is not a good look. Decluttering also offers a chance to donate to charity and recycle material. Last year, a study found that Britons throw away, on average, 3.1kg of textiles each a year...

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