A guide to home insurance

Posted on March 4 2016 by Graeme Parton

Homes are expensive buildings, designed to protect expensive things. Whether you live in a studio, a three-bed semi or a country manor - yours will be full of valuable possessions that you trust are safe. What if something were to happen, though?

Just imagine your property was hit by flooding; could you afford to replace your damaged possessions? How about the building itself? A compromised wall is an expensive problem to fix. And even if a repair was feasible, where would you stay...


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A guide to planning permission and regulations

Posted on February 29 2016 by Graeme Parton

Home improvement is something we all consider at some point, and for good reason. It's a great way not only to adapt your house as your needs change, but to increase its value for when the time comes to sell up and move on.

Unfortunately, you can't just go straight out back and start building an annexe - there's a lot of preparation involved in these things. Perhaps most importantly, the project must be legal; you have to consider the government's various rules and...


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What to look for during a property viewing

Posted on February 25 2016 by Graeme Parton

On the face of it, viewing a property seems like a pretty simple act; you go, look around and work out whether what you see fits in with what you're after. In reality, though, there's a lot of pressure. You have limited time to make what is essentially a life-changing decision - this, after all, is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make.

The key is to go in prepared, knowing exactly what you're looking for. With a list in hand, you can tick things...


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Five tips for finding your next home

Posted on February 19 2016 by Graeme Parton

Finding somewhere new to live, while exciting, can be a pretty tough thing to do. Sure, there are loads of options to consider, but there's also so much at stake - namely a great deal of money and your long-term happiness. It's one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. No pressure then!

The road between looking for a home and picking up the keys may well be a little bumpy, but there are ways to make it through with your wits intact. Below, we've put together a...


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How to find your dream home

Posted on February 12 2016 by Graeme Parton

Buying property is likely to be one of the biggest things you'll ever have to do, both logistically and financially. There's a lot of pressure on you to find something that meets all of your family's needs, as - while nothing is permanent - selling up and trying again is certainly much easier said than done. Not to worry, though; take the right approach and you should have no trouble securing your dream home.

The "right approach" is all about being prepared, in the know and...


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2016 stamp duty changes: Everything you need to know

Posted on February 9 2016 by Graeme Parton

Stamp duty, as you may already know, is a tax payable when you buy a property or land for more than a certain price in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The current threshold for residential properties is £125,000, or £150,000 for non-residential purchases.

The amount added will depend on the price and type of building or land you're going for, but the fee will be expected shortly after completion. In fact, you must submit a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) return to HMRC...


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