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Apr 14th 2019

Your home needs to represent where you want to move towards in life, and empowering interiors propel you forward. New research conducted by National Home Improvement Month has unveiled that currently, 52% of the UK feel uncomfortable in their own homes, 63% feel unsafe and 10% feel embarrassed or ashamed. Presenter and DIY expert Georgina Burnett […]

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Apr 12th 2019

Whilst 87% of British households have a garden, it’s clear that residents are not planting and growing vegetables. Over half of British children between 4 and 8 are unable to name 5 vegetables or fruits grown in this country. Many of those couldn’t identify basic gardening tools, with only 8% able to identify a trowel, […]

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Mar 28th 2019

More than 30% of Brits say their mum is the most inspirational person in their life and Mothering Sunday is a time to celebrate the amazing Mums, Grandmothers and Stepmothers who have impacted our lives. Traditionally, we shower them with gifts, cards and flowers on the day but we can also make a long-lasting impression […]

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Mar 13th 2019

The Spring Budget statement from Chancellor Philip Hammond included a handful of important initiatives for house builders, but nothing for home buyers. Here is a summary. 1)  £717 million from the £5.5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock up to 37,000 homes at sites including Old Oak Common in London, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and Cheshire. Money […]

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Mar 13th 2019

Despite many finding the process of saving difficult, research by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (Cebr) on behalf of Post Office Money has found the average household could potentially save up to £5,950 a year. The ‘potential savings opportunity’ is the amount of disposable income households have left over after their total expenditure. […]

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Mar 4th 2019

Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees and will see their tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks’ rent. The Tenant Fees Act bans unfair letting fees and caps tenancy deposits at 5 weeks’ rent, with ban on fees to take effect from 1 June 2019. The measures are expected to save renters at least £240 […]

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Feb 28th 2019

The RICS UK Residential Market Survey for January highlights that 2019 is off to a slow start, showing a subdued backdrop as enquiries, sales and new instructions all fall further. In the near term, there is little prospect of a turnaround, as concerns over the potential impact of Brexit, alongside affordability constraints continue to cause […]

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Feb 25th 2019

It’s becoming easier for homeowners to get a mortgage that runs into retirement. There are now 38 retirement interest-only mortgages (RIOs) on the market, up from only five available six months ago in July 2018, according to the latest Moneyfacts.co.uk research. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reclassified RIOs in March 2018 from being a form of […]

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Feb 11th 2019

Flowers and chocolates may seem like an obvious way to woo your way into your loved one’s affection this Valentine’s day, but research shows that the best way to improve your relationship may be to improve your home. The National Home Improvement Month campaign urges people to Make One Change. An untidy home is one […]

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Feb 10th 2019

Getting your interior decor right takes a keen sense of style and a whole lot of shopping. That’s why it’s no surprise that homeowners end up with the occasional design disaster. Now new research has revealed the one interior design feature that homeowners and potential buyers hate most – and it won’t come as a surprise to […]

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