The lawn has to be green, the greener the better. This is the characteristic mind-set of every individual who owns at least a square foot of empty land as part of her property. Of course a good lawn has to possess other distinct qualities too, such as a limited need for water and fertilizers, and an outstanding resistance to insects. All this and even more can be yours if you are brave enough to introduce a new element to your favourite seed mix: white clover!
Tired of standing next to your planting beds, garden hose in hand? Concerned about getting too much water where you don’t need it and not enough where you do? The solution is simple: install drip irrigation.
Weeds are the greatest enemy of every gardener, as they compete with crops. Additionally, since the soil has to be turned every Spring to loosen it up and aerate it, new weed seeds will surface year by year. Especially, if – by accident of course – a heap of compost from a questionable source got mixed into the soil at some point. Those seeds have to be stopped from sprouting, at any cost …
Insulating a property is the best way to decrease your heating costs, but it can turn out to be a hefty undertaking. If you are short on money and would still like to add some feeling of warmth to your home, while also saving a few pounds on the bills in the process, there is a variety of options to choose from.
Never have house prices risen so fast in the past years as they do today and the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts that they will rise an additional 24% by 2018. Taking the present circumstances in London, this would mean a projected average property price of £566,000. What hasn’t changed though is the inheritance tax threshold…
The British house market has officially recovered from the recession, reports the Office for National Statistics, and though that might sound good, it raises several questions, with numerous of them pertaining to the future stability of that market.
New research has revealed that by 2018 more than 281,590 homes will be subject to levies of at least £7,500 as the property market recovers, a substantial increase compared to last year’s numbers, when only 183,000 homes were subject to such a high stamp duty.
As part of an international project, a family from the United Kingdom got the opportunity to test a family home fitted with a new generation of technology and design, with the purpose of reducing its carbon emissions on a grand scale and lowering the bills, simultaneously.
Water bills in the Thames region are set to rise by 12 per cent next year and the water industry has warned that fracking will put areas of shale gas extraction under serious water stress, particularly in the south of England. While changes in water bill rises and fracking policy are down to the water regulator, activists and the Government, you can take the initiative to reduce your own water bills by implementing three simple tips.
Dressing your rental properties won’t just achieve the best rent; it will see the properties let out more quickly, too. Developers know how to sell a lifestyle by dressing a property. As a private landlord you might also need to learn a few tricks.
Insulated wallpaper can add warmth to your home without breaking the bank, but does it have any effect on the energy bills? Continue reading to find out!
Buy-to-let property can be a reasonable investment, but if you want to score the highest returns on your property then it is important to know how to make it tax efficient, since you don’t want to pay more to the government than you must, do you?
Imagine a small community of homes clustered around a central courtyard with communal allotments scattered in the corner. There is a common hall for entertainment, a laundry room accessible by all, and a wood-fired water heater that takes care of the needs of the whole community. It might sound as some sort of utopia, but it has turned into reality in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
Analysts claim that the best way to stimulate the UK’s housing market would be to start a new wave of downsizing and concentrate on building more bungalows.
Worn-down jeans, broken toothbrushes, moldy wallapers… A list of house construction materials?
You would surely say, no way! But think again! That’s exactly what Baker-Brown did, when he started drafting plans for the Waste House being built in Brighton…
Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary urged George Osborne, the Tory Chancellor, to rethink his position on the Help to Buy scheme, and consider preventing it from coming into effect, as he warns about the potential trends behind the rising house prices.
New figures show that in the UK government backed housing schemes helped 25,000 people to their first home. Tens of thousands of people have taken their first steps onto the property ladder thanks to government backed schemes and this clearly shows that the housing market is on the move, according to Mark Prisk, the Housing Minister of the government.
Nearly 60% of buy-to-let owners reported having problems with tenants in 2012. These problems can range from the relatively harmless delay of the monthly rent to finding out the property is utilized as a marijuana factory.
A new study by the National Landlords Association (NLA) has shown that buy-to-let landlords who rent their property to university students find tenants more easily and are prone to receive the rent on time.
Before you decide to make an offer on the home of your dreams, you should fully check out the neighbourhood. After all, this is where you’re going to live for years. Is there something you don’t know about that could negatively affect the resale value later? Is there a neighbour who comes roaring home late at night on a muffler-free motorcycle? Is the next-door neighbour operating a day care for pre-schoolers? Gather all the information you can, lest you see the life you dreamt up turn into a nightmare!
The government of the United Kingdom announced that it has set aside £3 million to tackle the problem of rogue landlords who place tenants in overcrowded or poorly maintained accommodation. The high amount of money creditet to the cause can be an indication of the serious nature of the issue in the private rented sector.
The Adam Smith Institute claims that the governments ‘Help to Buy’ scheme has the possibility of achieving exactly the opposite of what it was devised for. They warn that by increasing the demand and leaving the supply as it is, the government might make housing even less affordable for the people it wants to help.
Sleek stainless appliances and shiny granite counters may get all the attention, but the real star in any kitchen is the cabinetry. Not only does the functionality of your kitchen depend on choosing the right cabinetry, the costs of maintenance also hugely depend on it, so choosing the best one for your needs is really important. But how do you choose the right one from the myriads of options you encounter? Here are a few handy tips to make your choice easier!
If you think of metal roofing as being a serviceable covering for outbuildings like barns and tool sheds, you’re missing the full story. The reality is no other material is more capable of protecting a structure from wind, rain, hail and rot. And since metal roofing now comes in looks that imitate everything from slate to asphalt to clay tiles, it’s easy to understand why this material has become a popular option among today’s homeowners.
A trend that has been well-known on the housing market is getting more intensive, as an increasing number of buyers are turning, not to banks or building societies who will ask them to hand over a deposit, but to their own friends and families, the Bank of Mum and Dad, when buying a new home.
Although it’s still high summer, those who have been admitted to university already have to think about their options when it comes to accommodation. Though going to university involves a lot of excitement by its own right, looking for a suitable place to live during the semesters has its own peculiarities. Here are 7 things to keep in mind to avoid all the pitfalls of renting a pad.
Is it time to buy international real estate? Well, if you’re loaded with money and are looking for your fourth home in an exotic locale, then what’s to lose? For institutional and retail investors, the answer to that question depends on two things: risk tolerance and patience.
Containers are great. They can make handling your plants easier, can take the decorative value of your beloved flowers to a whole new level, and they can help you get rid of most of the gardening chores. Container growing plants is an entirely different field from regular gardening, however. Do you know everything you need to make your container-plants prosper? Find out now!
Weed is the number one enemy of every gardener and though everyone thinks that they have developed a fool-proof method, in the end the weeds just keep coming back. However, there are a few basic principles to adhere to if you want to gain the upper hand in the neverending war.
It is widely accepted that the immediate environment of a child can have long-lasting effects on her development and shape her psyche in many different ways. In order to make the best of it, you should design your child’s room not only to suit her needs the best way possible, but also to teach her organizational skills. Here are a few thing you have to pay attention to if you want your children’s room to be as good as possible:
Last time we have seen where the solar technology stands now, but there are several exciting directions in which research and development is working on carrying conventional solar technology, including the exploration of different materials and also the experimentation with non-conservative panel shapes.
Photovoltaic solar cell technology is a dynamically developing field, where the race for the market leading position becomes fiercer with every passing day, encouraging companies to spend more and more resources on research and development, pushing the boundaries further and further out. But in order to understand where solar technology is headed, we have to see where it stands now.
Prime Central London is home to some of the world’s most desirable properties, real estate prices continue to soar in the area, reaching an annual growth of 9%, while they already exceed £1.5m. But what is behind all this? What can account for the historic price increase and the everlasting popularity of the area?
Telegraph.co.uk reports that property prices in the capital’s most prestigious postcodes are continuing their seemingly unstoppable ascent, forcing even estate agents to raise their forecasts. But could this optimism prove itself to be unfounded? Could London’s housing market be overheating?
The government’s fresh initiative to help out those who are looking to step on the housing ladder, the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, seems to have started working as firms report a 27% boost in the sale of newbuild properties.
Before the summer temperatures — and summertime utility bills — start to make you sweat, you might want to consider making a few changes to cut your energy consumption. You can shave pounds off your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort as long as you plan and get creative. Here are a few tips to save money this summer — benefiting the Earth at the same time.
Bigger is no longer better – at least in the case of supermarkets. After more than twenty years of opening larger and larger stores, a change can be witnessed in shopping habits forcing supermarket bosses to hastily rethink their business models.
When August is nearly over, and you realize the plants don’t look as exuberant as they once did. There’s less new growth. Lower leaves are turning brown and dropping off. The situation might seem grim, but don’t give up hope just yet!
Home inspectors see a home the way no one else does. They don’t care how the kitchen will feel for entertaining or whether the bathroom tiles will impress guests. Their judgment is not clouded by emotion. Nor do they have any interest in whether the home sells. In fact, they are financially motivated to find flaws — to avoid liability should something go wrong.
Installing a solar water heater is about as green as hot water can get. Adding a solar water heater to a water-heating system can reduce energy bills and corresponding CO2 emissions by 50 percent – sometimes even more, depending on where you live. But how does it work?
Getting your child into the right primary school is an issue many parents worry about, and not without a reason. No matter if you are planning on getting your child into a local school or if you want to choose a school further away, there are several things to consider.
Despite the positive changes in the United Kingdom’s construction industry, the news of an acknowledged architects firm entering liquidation has hit the media today.
Another way of going green is to harness the power of the sun and convert it into household electricity, using photovoltaic solar panels.
First used in about 1890, “photovoltaic” has two parts: photo, derived from the Greek word for light, and volt, relating to electricity pioneer Alessandro Volta. And this is what photovoltaic materials and devices, like solar panels do—they convert light energy into electrical energy, as it has been discovered by French physicist Edmond Becquerel as early as 1839.
The peak of good weather, accompanied by the constantly increasing property prices create the ideal circumstances for you to sell your home. Although one might think that selling a house depends solely on finding the best estate agent, there are several things you can do to increase your chances:
Because the company has received severe criticism for increasing its profit margin further and further, it aims to reclaim the lost favour of its costumers by introducing free Saturdays early next year.
Going green is always a worthy initiative and one way to do it is to utilize wind turbines to supplement the electricity needs of your home. Their popularity is steadily on the rise as the price of electricity creeps up and people are forced to cut their expenses. However, there are several factors to consider when planning on supplementing the energy taken from the grid to power your home, or aspiring for self-sufficiency.
You have decided to buy a home in London – but what next? The maze of legal work, negotiations, dealing with surveyors and solicitors, finding a good mortgage deal and worrying about your deal falling through, on top of actually hunting down the home of your dreams, is enough to make anyone’s hair stand on end.
After finding a home you like, which can take anything from a few days to many months, the process from having your offer accepted to completion of the sale takes about 12 weeks. This is about twice as long as in many other countries – home-buying in Britain is a notoriously drawn-out business.
Nonetheless, let’s see what you have to do to acquire your dream home:
The UK construction sector is the most optimistic it has been since the start of the recession while architectural firms are hopeful of growing workloads, after Markit/CIPS construction PMI hit highest level since May 2012.
The UK’s construction sector grew for a second month in June, boosted by a rise in house building and supporting expectations that economic growth accelerated in the second quarter.