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

Say goodbye to damp in your house

Say goodbye to damp in your house
I know from experience that renting a property with damp can be a nightmare. Not only will it ruin your belongings, but it can cause health problems - particularly if you have asthma. Sadly, it is a common problem and can make your rooms feel clammy and uncomfortable. When you’re not the landlord, you can feel powerless to address things like damp, which can make you want to head for the hills away from the property and all its problems. Whether you hav...

Boost your property’s value by improving your garden

Boost your property’s value by improving your garden
We all know that first impressions count when it comes to selling your property. But we seem to spend all our time and money on the inside and end up neglecting your garden. The garden can be the heart of the home in the summer as that is where, ideally, we’d all spend most of our time. So what can you do to make this the real deal clincher? Just follow some of our steps below. Let’s keep it simple to start with. Just mowing your lawns and tidying up ove

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

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 ...

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...

Be prepared for your first house viewing

Be prepared for your first house viewing
So someone has taken interest in your home and they are coming round in a few days… The viewing process is an essential part of marketing your home and trying to make it appealing to potential buyers. So it is very important that you put your best foot forward and try to make yourself as prepared as possible prior to any viewings taking place. The goal is to make your home more appealing to your audience. Clean as a whistle… Clean your home from top t

Why is getting a Survey so important?

Why is getting a Survey so important?
Discovering a problem in your home is devastating. The immediate thoughts are always: how much will it cost? Is the house going to fall down? How am I going to fix it? Too many people faced with this situation attempt to address it alone, taking advice from someone with a vested interest in stretching the truth (who stands to gain from securing the repair works) and paying over the odds for what could have been a simple solution. This situation is just ...

Our top tips for selling your home

Our top tips for selling your home
When you decide to start a new adventure elsewhere, it can often be a time of stress and uncertainty. You want everything to go as quick and as smoothly as possible. For an easy ride, just try and follow these tips and selling your home will be a breeze. When a potential buyer visits your property the last thing they want to see would be knick-knacks everywhere. Move as much of your clutter into the loft or into storage as you can, along with any furnit...

Can a rental feel like home?

Can a rental feel like home?
These days it is difficult to save up the money for a home of your own. You want the independence of living on your own, but you just simply can’t afford it. Like many of us, you might not own the property you live in but this should never stop your rental home feeling like home. There is no need to worry; with the right decorative touches you can make a huge difference to the overall feel of your home. Add some colour into your life A great way to custo