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Preparing your property

Have you hired a cleaner? Did you have the carpet professionally cleaned? Are you acting within your legal rights as a landlord? Are you covered for worst-case scenarios and have you outlined what your tenant can and can’t do in the property? Preparing a property for rent is about more than a fresh coat of paint and putting a pot plant in the kitchen. Here are some great tips for preparing your property a p ...

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The heat of the moment: Cast Iron Radiators

Whether you are sprucing up your interiors in preparation to sell or refurbishing a room that’s looking shabby, it's well worth installing new radiators for an instant makeover. Radiators have long been seen as an ugly inconvenience and a waste of wall space. For years we've been hiding them away under clumsy boxes or camouflaging them with cunning colour schemes. But we're currently seeing something of a r ...

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Living next door to Alice? You’d be better off with John Louise or Helen!

According to a new study the best streets in Britain are home to neighbours called John, Louise, Alan and Helen. Researchers in the light hearted study of 2,000 people found that the best neighbours – those who house-sit, put the bins out, and are extra cheerful – often bear these monikers. But those living next-door to people named Nathan, Callum, Madeleine and Kimberly are in for a rough ride, as they pro ...

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Identifying rot

For any rot to begin within a property there needs to a certain level of dampness in timbers to allow wood damaging fungi to become established. The moisture level of the timber needs to be above 20% for spores to grow. The microscopic spores from the fungi travel on air currents and if they land on suitably damp wood (particularly if the wood is untreated) they will germinate and start to feed on the timbe ...

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The shortage of the right homes for older people

For older people the right home can transform their lives. According to research by the think tank Demos, there are only around 100,000 specialist retirement properties in the UK to buy with an estimated 3.5m over 60s looking to buy. Over £400bn is tied up in homes of the over 60s looking to down size to a more suitable home that meets their future needs. Esther Rantzen, founder of ‘The Silver Line’ which i ...

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What to do if your conservatory is too hot in Summer and too cold in Winter

Traditionally conservatories were built onto larger houses and only used as a room during spring and autumn when temperatures were comfortable or they were used to grow exotic plants, in fact the definition of conservatory is “greenhouse”. Many properties are short on living space and a conservatory seems the ideal solution, with several styles to choose from it can certainly look good on most houses (an ex ...

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‘Polished plaster’ jargon-buster

If you’re looking for an original decorative option for your home, beyond the obvious choices of wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles, consider Italian plaster wall finishes. More commonly called ‘polished plaster’, other terminology used also points to the origins of some of the finishes, such as ‘Venetian plaster’ or ‘Stucco Veneziano’. The term also – confusingly - describes m ...

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Keep your home warm and your heating bills low

We’re going to have to accept that Winter is still upon us. With snowfall predicted to be on its way, this means that your home’s heating system is going to have to be working extra hard as the temperatures fall. Over the past few years, the UK has been experiencing increasingly cold winters, and with the steadily rising costs of oil and gas, we’ve seen our heating bills getting larger year on year. The cos ...

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Traditional tips for housekeeping

Make sure you master this year’s Spring clean like a champion. While there may be robots to clean your floor, unfortunately there are no such appliances that will scrub down the windows for you. Not yet anyway! Here are a list of useful tips we think will make cleaning those stubborn stains, just that bit easier.  Removing stains Instead of rushing to find expensive commercial stain removers under the sink, ...

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Burglars steal more than just possessions

When a burglar breaks into someone’s home they can take a lot more than just possessions, stealing a person's identity, sense of security, confidence and peace of mind. A home is supposed to be a safe place where people can feel comfortable, and in control of who comes and goes, but when a house is broken into it can feel anything but that. Burglary can have a high emotional and financial impact. Research f ...

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