Guest Blog – 12 Ways to Protect Your Home From Damp

Guest Blog – 12 Ways to Protect Your Home From Damp
Restoration UK explains how to minimise your risk of damp in their blog which they have kindly shared with us. Many homes suffer from damp, particularly as the weather gets colder.  Condensation is one of the most common causes of damp, but many people are unaware of how much lifestyle factors can affect levels of moisture in their home. However, with a little care and attention, you can fight back against damp and protect your property 1 It may s

What do you look for when finding a house to rent?

What do you look for when finding a house to rent?
Many people assume that most aspects of the rented property will be taken care of by the landlord, but that isn’t always the case. Often this can leave you with a large cost if you haven’t done your research properly before signing on the dotted line. There are many things that people don’t always consider when looking, but not to worry, we have the top three things you need to look for when finding a home to rent. 1 – Council Tax Band You have just foun...

What do I ask when viewing a property I want to buy?

What do I ask when viewing a property I want to buy?
Taking the next step and purchasing a property can be a very overwhelming and stressful time. With so many thoughts about if you’re making the right decision and what it would be like to live there it can sometimes feel like you’re under pressure. So to ensure your viewing process runs smoothly, we have put together some useful questions to ask your estate agent: What date do the current owners move out? You may already have this date before you arri

Home improvement on a shoestring budget

Home improvement on a shoestring budget
We all know that finding money to improve your home is hard to come by and there is nothing wrong with being a bit frugal. I’m sure a lot of us have a couple of rooms in our homes which we would love to spruce up but never seem to have any money to put into it. Take a look at our tips below on how to get the most for your money. Paint Paint is the quickest and easiest way to spruce up a room without breaking the bank. Paint can really change a roo

Home renovations can be a step towards a greener home

Home renovations can be a step towards a greener home
Being green and trying to save money is becoming more popular than ever. How many solar panels have popped up around your town? As people are becoming more aware of money and how to get their energy bills as low as possible, they have started to think of ways they can help improve the planet, create an eco-friendly environment to live in and benefit personally at the same time. Some of these ideas will cost a lot initially but you will make your money b...

How can I save my rental deposit?

How can I save my rental deposit?
Moving into your first rented property is an exciting adventure. You’ve made it. You’ve got your own home. It’s time to explore the local area, buy decorative items and invest in homely goods (some of which you may never use!). However there is a sting at the end of your tenancy. The dreaded questions you ask to yourself – will I get my deposit back? In the past there have been many issues between landlords, letting agents and their tenants about thi...

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…
Do you have a garden shed rotting away or filled with bits and bobs that you haven’t looked at in years? As summer is drawing closer, why not use some of our ideas to create the perfect summer retreat? 1 – Summerhouse Have you always wanted a summer house to show off to your neighbours? This is the perfect opportunity to do so. If your shed is not large enough you could also knock it down and re-build. Be careful though, if it is too large you might ...

How to keep your home cool this Summer

How to keep your home cool this Summer
Let’s cut to the chase. Over the past few weeks it has been getting hotter and hotter and it’s only going to get warmer over the next couple of months. I know that I for one am always dreaming of a cool home without having to purchase an air conditioner. It is very tempting to plant yourself within a couple-foot radius of the nearest fan or crank up the AC, but you could get the same effect for much less! We have the secret! Read on to find out how you can...

Renovate a barn

Renovate a barn
Unused barns have massive potential when it comes to development. There are lots of things you can do with an old barn, so let your imagination run wild. Barns are an empty shell which means you can often create the home you’ve always wanted, whether it is a super modern dream home or a picturesque rural home with beautiful countryside views – there are few limits to what you can do. A rural barn gives you the benefit of location, as they are usually...

What are you going to do with your baby’s first room?

What are you going to do with your baby’s first room?
Are you due to have your amazing baby soon but stuck on ideas for their room? Do you have no idea what theme to go for because you don’t know their gender yet? If you’re struggling with these questions this short blog should be able to help you. Decorating a baby’s nursery can be a very exciting time. It allows you to create a special place for both you and your baby to spend time in. Surprisingly there is a lot more to it than putting up wall paper or ...