Guest Blog: 5 Brilliant ways to decorate your flat for cheap

Guest Blog: 5 Brilliant ways to decorate your flat for cheap
Guest blog from Strategic Capital Having a comfortably decorated home will make you happier and less stressed. You know it’s true. Sure, most articles online will talk about how it is okay to have a messy house, because having time to do things you enjoy is more important. Other articles will say that where you live doesn’t matter, it’s how you live. And these things are true; yet, it is also true that a well-organised home that adheres to good design pri

Enhance your garden with three top tips

Enhance your garden with three top tips
As the days are now finally getting warmer, we are starting to think about the garden we have neglected through the Winter months. Get your garden ready for the Summer, as you never know, we might have a very hot one ahead of us (here’s hoping). All you have to do is take a look out of your window and let your creativity run wild. Other than the common improvements you can make to your garden, such as, taking care of your garden and trimming back your h...

Guest Blog: Utilising the five senses to sell your home

Guest Blog: Utilising the five senses to sell your home
Many homeowners talk about their first buying experience by saying things like, ‘I just knew’ or ‘it just felt right’. As a seller, it’s important to cultivate an environment that plays to ‘the feeling’ of your home. Think about how new developments have show homes rather than just presenting floor plans. Viewers need to be shown a lifestyle, not just a blank canvas. By playing to all five senses, there is a greater chance that a prospective buyer will ...

Guest Blog: Home maintenance to save you money this spring

Guest Blog: Home maintenance to save you money this spring
Spring is in the air, and now the weather is looking brighter, it’s the perfect time to get started on basic home maintenance. Cold weather can bring condensation to the fore and many people will have seen damp and mould issues surface. However, a little home care and a few lifestyle considerations will ensure that problems don’t develop further – and many tasks won’t cost you a penny. Your exterior Start by checking your home’s exterior. Use binoculars

Keep your agent onside with our five fabulous tips

Keep your agent onside with our five fabulous tips
As we can all admit, we sometimes blame others for our failures. Whether it is our house failing to sell or the housing market drastically falling; we find it tempting to point the blame. Agents sometimes get the blame for this as people may feel they’re not being as proactive as they could be to get the best possible price for their home. But this is not always the case. It is important to keep a strong relationship with your agent so that they do everyth...

Guest Blog: Conveyancing Solicitors – 3 Golden Rules!

Guest Blog: Conveyancing Solicitors – 3 Golden Rules!
With over 14 years in the property sector, I have nearly seen it all and come across a wide variety of situations; however there will always be scenarios which continue to surprise! A regular one of these tends to revolve around conveyancing solicitors - or rather the lack of one being instructed. An estate agent (and indeed home owner) will go to great lengths to market the property, call buyers about it, negotiate and put a deal together. However both...

Should I rent to family members?

Should I rent to family members?
Do you have a buy-to-let property but you’re wondering what to do with it? Has renting it out to your siblings crossed your mind but you’re still unsure? Well, as we all know it can sometimes be difficult renting to our relatives and the last thing you want is a family feud. Not only can it have financial implications, but not every family member can be the best model tenant. So getting the necessary checks carried out is extremely important. We have co...

Guest Blog: The Hidden Legacy of Mining and Mineral Extraction in the UK

Guest Blog: The Hidden Legacy of Mining and Mineral Extraction in the UK
Guest blog from Terrafirma Mine Searches Ltd The history of Great Britain is built upon the foundations of local mineral extraction. Valuable commodities such as coal, stone and metallic minerals have been extracted from beneath our feet for millennia and it is the often hidden legacy of this industry that can cause problems for the ever-growing UK property market today. When you hear the words ‘mining in the UK’ your mind may be drawn to ‘Poldark’ and

Shabby Chic your furniture!

Shabby Chic your furniture!
Never heard of upcycling your furniture before? Well it’s this great new trend that involves turning your beloved old fittings into shabby chic style goodness! Interior design has changed over the years, from bleak minimalism to the current beautiful vintage look and let’s be honest the home is where the heart is so you want it to look its best. It all comes down to your personal preferences and that decides where you go from here. But if this is your ...

Guest Blog: Property vs pension and the end of buy-to-let

Guest Blog: Property vs pension and the end of buy-to-let
Don't get too caught up in the scaremongering surrounding Stamp Duty changes right now. It will only scare the pants off you and cause you to take no action. Then you really will miss your chance to invest and ensure you have a comfortable retirement. Despite what the newspapers say, 2016 is not the end of buy-to-let. Supply and demand is still key Yes, the changes to Stamp Duty and mortgage deduction will affect buy-to-let investors. But, the single