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Jan 27th 2021

In London, family homes with the most expensive price per sq ft, Kensington and Chelsea ranks first, with a premium price of £1,936 per sq ft. Outside of London, Elmbridge in Surrey leads the way, where the average price per sq ft of a family home is £591. Family homes in the Midlands have recorded […]

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Jan 16th 2021

One of the best ways to attract wild birds into your garden is by providing a regular source of food. With winter setting in and grounds freezing, our robins, sparrows, thrushes, blackbirds and many more will need help. This coincides with a national bird feeder boom. According to the Horticulture Trades Association a ‘bored public in […]

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Jan 14th 2021

The third Monday of January was named ‘Blue Monday’ by a PR travel company in 2004, which claimed it was the most depressing day of the year. The theory was that a mixture of bad weather, fewer daylight hours, stress, failed New Year’s resolutions and post-Christmas debt meant the day was particularly unhappy. Since then, […]

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Jan 8th 2021

What lies ahead for the property market after the extraordinary events of 2020? After the pandemic freeze, the market re-opened to a clamour of demand for relocation that defied all expectations. The Market Insight Winter 2021 report from the research team at Hamptons International reveals the lessons from 2020, taking in economic, political, social and […]

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Dec 16th 2020

With this festive season looking a little different to previous years (think virtual Secret Santa unwrapping and video calls to relatives on Christmas morning), many of us will be thinking of ways we can bring a little extra sparkle to the festivities. In fact, despite half of us agreeing that the pandemic has put a […]

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Dec 15th 2020

The campaigning charity Shelter, is offering private rental sector tenants, advice on how to negotiate a rent reduction during the remaining period of the pandemic. The advice appears in an article on Vice, an online publication aimed at young readers.  The Shelter advice comes in the form of a response to a reader’s request for […]

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Dec 9th 2020

On average, 91% of planning applications for home renovations in England are granted. In Hounslow this figure is 71.24%, making it the fourth hardest place to get planning permission in England.  Depending on where you live, your local average could be as low as 65%, or as high as 99%. So, why is there such […]

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Dec 2nd 2020

The importance of a strong community has been a continuous theme throughout 2020 with small acts of kindness saving Brits an average of £165.  During the pandemic we’ve seen neighbour’s food shopping for the elderly and those shielding, the creation of WhatsApp neighbourhood groups and general acts of kindness from door to door. Equally those […]

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Nov 20th 2020

Author Jane Christmas has written a book about the 32 house moves she’s made in her 66-year life. Growing up, Jane was either ‘blessed or cursed’ with a mother who was a serial renovator and mover, uprooting the family over and over again.  Although her father was somehow nonplussed by any of this, she promised herself […]

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Nov 13th 2020

Bring balance and harmony to your home with the art of Feng Shui. Directly translated as ‘wind-water’ in English, feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that helps align external surroundings with inner wellbeing and emotional needs.  1.Declutter the home for balance and good flow of energy “By inviting good energy flow into the home, […]

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