We are in the process of looking for our first family home, to buy and it is really hard work. They are either too small, wrong layout, bedrooms all on different floors or the garden is tiny. I feel like we are being incredibly fussy, but I want to get this right. We do not have the cash to move after we have got our mortgage. Who does? It’s made me think about things for when we do move, that will make it less stressful like: removals, storage, decorating, cleaning and getting family to help us out. We have moved house 4 times in the past 10 years, so you would think I am a pro at this moving malarkey.
We are, still, looking for our first family home. That place to call our own. It seems a constant struggle: deposits, stamp duty and solicitors fees. It seems to be a never ending list of things to pay out for. All whilst trying to raise a family and be comfortable. The Autumn budget sees that stamp duty is being dropped for properties under £300,000. What does this mean though?
Many home owners accidentally waste money on their homes year after year. However, there are many ways you can be savvy and cut back on your expenditure, which will boost your bank balance. Read the six money saving tips for your home.
If you are currently living on quite a tight budget, finding the money to keep your home up to date can be tricky. Most people can just about afford the smaller items like soft furnishings and ornaments and are able to re-paint every couple of years. Fortunately, you can do a lot by changing these items regularly. However, at some point, you will need to re-furnish, which is when it gets difficult because furniture costs a lot of money. Luckily, there are ways to keep that cost down. Here are my favourites.
Now is the time of year when we face up to the reality that the time that we’ve spent out and about over summer has meant that we’ve neglected our household chores, and why not? Summer is the time to enjoy the milder weather, the longer days and the sunshine; however, Autumn is the time that we can prepare our homes for the Winter ahead. Here are 4 ways to freshen up our homes in preparation for the colder months ahead.
Many homeowners often want to tackle all household problems themselves, which is usually due to pride or to save money. However, there are some tasks that can pose a risk to both your health and home, which is why you must hire a professional. Read about the five household problems you should never fix yourself.
A dull, dark space can often impact your mood, even on the brightest days. Fortunately, there are many clever tricks you can use to create a lighter, brighter space. Find out how to add some much-needed light into a dark room.
The blueprints are ready. All the permits have been signed and approved. All that’s left to do is start on with the construction, but wait! Is your site ready for construction? Are you following all the safety codes applicable in your area? Many people overlook the importance of getting a site ready for construction. Failing to do so is bound to get someone in trouble or worse, result in someone getting injured. The most important thing to do at a construction site is to safeguard the labour and all the people involved in the building process, even the pedestrians. And to ensure their safety, certain measures must be taken.
David Bancroft, the Head of Residential Property at Ison Harrison, has shared some property buying tips for those dipping their toes in the property waters for the first time. It is really useful information, especially whilst we are looking for our first home. The first tip alone is really difficult, there are so many properties out there that are just over our threshold and it breaks your heart when the sellers will not negotiate.
Are you planning on buying a home? It’s a thrilling, exhausting and at times anxiety provoking time. There’s so much to consider. You go along to inspections, and look over everything with a fine tooth comb. But could you be investing in a potential disaster? Imagine moving into your new property only to find it is already home to a colony of pests! Nobody needs any added stress on top of moving house. That’s why we’ve come up with five compelling reasons to complete a pre-purchase pest inspection.