Quick fixes to improve your home

Quick fixes to improve your home
There are many little things you can do to improve the condition of your home, and they don’t have to cost a lot either! Take a look at our blog to see some quick and easy ways to improve your home. Creaky doors This might not seem like the most important thing to do, but creaky doors can get annoying after a while. Especially when you are nodding off to sleep and you are suddenly woken by the creaking of the bathroom door. Just spray a little bit of WD4

Guest Blog: Dogs – a surveyor’s best friend?

Guest Blog: Dogs – a surveyor’s best friend?
The US government recently spent 19 billion dollars on researching how to better detect bombs, at the end of this they concluded nothing beats a dog’s nose. How can this help you on a survey? At Enviro-Dogs we offer a dry rot detection dog service which are available for surveys around the UK. How does it work? The dogs work in the same way as a police search dog; they search purely for the odor or dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) in all its stages of growth.

Guest Blog: The Top 5 Causes of Damp

Guest Blog: The Top 5 Causes of Damp
A guest blog by Tapco Homedry. One of the most damaging and common problems found in the home is damp. The issue is caused by the build-up of excess moisture within a building, from either internal condensation or intrusion outside, and can often be blamed on shoddy build quality, inadequate building maintenance or the deterioration of building fabric. Dampness that is left untreated can evoke other problems such as wet or dry rot. Rising Damp Rising da

Things to ask your seller before you move

Things to ask your seller before you move
We all know that moving house can be a stressful experience and there are many things which can make the process a little easier. The following little things can really help you with your move to your new home. Forwarding address Changing to a new address can take time and I wouldn’t be surprised if you ended up receiving the sellers post for a little while. There also might be other reasons you want to contact the seller, so it is always handy to have t

Guest Blog: Why You Should Not Rely on a Mortgage Valuation Survey Alone

Guest Blog: Why You Should Not Rely on a Mortgage Valuation Survey Alone
What is a mortgage survey? When buying a property with a mortgage, most providers will require that you undertake a mortgage valuation survey before lending is approved. The sole aim of this survey is to satisfy the lender that the property you are purchasing has enough value to cover the amount they are lending you. The surveyor will briefly inspect the property (usually lasting less than 20 minutes) and will collate their findings with information ab

Get your property ready for summer

Get your property ready for summer
You have been patiently waiting for the summer since January, you might be ready, but is your home? There are a number of things which you can do to get your home summer ready, just take a look at our tips below. Outside It is time to get your garden in order. It might have been neglected over the colder months but it’s time to get it up to scratch. First things first, get your lawnmower out and give your grass a well needed trim. You will be surprised o

Guest Blog: A conveyancer is a conveyancer is a conveyancer – aren’t they all the same?

Guest Blog: A conveyancer is a conveyancer is a conveyancer – aren’t they all the same?
Our friends over at Get The Keys have provided us with this informative blog all about conveyancing. Understandably choosing the right Estate Agent for you to sell with is paramount, or, if buying, the agents you choose to ‘stalk’ and build relationships with, as well as the property portals you choose to wake up with and drop off to sleep with, are essential! Choosing a solicitor to handle your conveyancing is however often an overlooked element of buy

How to get a mortgage if you have bad credit

How to get a mortgage if you have bad credit
If you have had a bit of a rocky credit history, getting a mortgage may seem like an impossible task. You don’t just need a decent income or a big deposit anymore. If you do have a less than perfect credit score, you are likely to be refused. But don’t fret, there are other ways to get around it, just look at our tips below. Credit Score First of all you need to assess the damage. If you don’t know where your credit score stands, you can go to certain

Guest Blog: Ensuring Cost-Effective Conveyancing for Your Residential Property

Guest Blog: Ensuring Cost-Effective Conveyancing for Your Residential Property
Guest Blog by Gorvins Solicitors. Conveyancing is often the crucial aspect when it comes to buying or selling a home. For those who don’t know, conveyancing is the legal process of transferring the ownership of a property from one person to another. Choosing and instructing the right conveyancer is key for a smooth, efficient transfer, but it’s also important to be cost-effective at a time when there will be many costs to pay. Unlike yesteryear when bu

How safe is your home?

How safe is your home?
Keeping your home and family safe is one of the things which you strive for in life. But sometimes when you move to a new area, it can be a bit daunting knowing how to keep your home safe. There is always talk around your local neighbourhood or street about crime and that can make you concerned. Don’t let this scare you, just take a look at our points below to see how you can improve your home’s security. Do your research You can use a website called