New Government Restrictions Announced Posted On 23 September 2020

Six months after announcing the original Lockdown, Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to curb a second lockdown…   Last night, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced new restrictions which will last a further six-months and has warned the public to follow them to avoid a second national lockdown.   The new restrictions include a 10pm enforced …

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Get your property market-ready and looking sharp this Autumn. Posted On 21 September 2020

With the Stamp Duty Holiday due to end in March, and the time it’s taking for a purchase to go through, get your property market ready today!   When it comes to marketing your property, the first thing buyers look at are the photos. Good photos of your property can have a huge impact on …

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Rich pickings Posted On 18 September 2020

It’s time to hit the hedgerows and roadsides for nature’s free feast   We are heading into the season of mellow fruitfulness. It may not seem it in this crazy year, but in what seems like a bat of an eye, we are already into September, a month where we traditionally hang on to summer …

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Inspirational Books of the 21st Century Posted On 16 September 2020

  Books help to heal the soul, and at this time, more people than ever are turning to books for comfort…   Just twenty years in, the 21st Century has already gifted us with so many inspirational pieces of literary work, worthy of comment. So we’ve picked five books, of different styles and genres, which …

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Heads: Wheels of fortune Posted On 14 September 2020

  The Government’s easing of Stamp Duty has given home-buyers more spending power   When the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Stamp Duty holiday to enable the homes market to breathe life into the post-lockdown economy, thousands of prospective house buyers must have raised their eyebrows and applauded wildly. It meant an estimated nine out …

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The conker line Posted On 11 September 2020

It’s a centuries-old game that’s been in decline, but some people still go bonkers for conkers: They can be roasted. You can pickle, bake or coat them in clear nail varnish, but that’s frowned upon. Yet they are best au naturel, teased out of their prickly green case to be skewered, threaded on to a …

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The Return of the Premier League….again Posted On 09 September 2020

It may seem like it has only just finished, but this month the Premier League returns for the 2020/21 season.   Title Challengers For the past two years, only Manchester City and Liverpool have produced consistently enough to mount title pushes, and it’s hard to see this changing anytime soon. Although Liverpool won the title …

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Turning the heating back on safely. Posted On 07 September 2020

Your boiler hasn’t been used for heating very much over the past few summer months, if at all, so now’s the time to make sure everything’s running smoothly.   Being safe is of the utmost importance because even a small error could result in the absence of a boiler until it’s replaced or fixed, and …

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Top TV Returning this Autumn Posted On 04 September 2020

As a result of the pandemic, many scheduled shows have not been able to go ahead as planned, and thus, we’ve been starved of our regular ‘new’ TV fix.   However, as we approach the busy Autumn period, thankfully some of our returning favourites had managed to complete filming before the full force of the …

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Prepare your home for Autumn. Posted On 02 September 2020

The colder months are approaching and this means getting your garden and home-prepared accordingly. The garden particularly has been hard at work throughout the summer, but getting ready for autumn and winter isn’t necessarily that difficult, and these jobs can easily be done yourself Autumn is the ideal time of the year to trim your …

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Ready, Steady, Gone… Posted On 28 August 2020

Since the property market reopened, properties are selling 12 days faster than this time last year…   Research from a leading property portal has shown that in the 90-days to mid-August, the average selling time for a three-bedroom home has been just 24 days. A period 12 days faster than the same a year ago. …

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Helping your child settle at school Posted On 26 August 2020

With most of our children having a longer time away from nursery and school than ever before, it is a worry for some parents as to how they will settle back at school this month…   However, there are ways to ensure your child feels confident and relaxed when they start their new journey this …

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The search is on for a place in the country Posted On 24 August 2020

Figures show increase in enquiries for rural locations as buyers bid to escape hectic urban lifestyle Once upon a time, the decision to swap a hectic urban lifestyle for a more relaxed pace in a semi-rural outpost was triggered by a desire for fresh air, open spaces … and more value for money. All you …

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A window of opportunity from the Chancellor Posted On 21 August 2020

They may not be top of your shopping list when it comes to taking advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday but replacing windows and doors should be Windows. No, not the Microsoft operating system. The glass ones you only notice when a cold draught sends a winter chill knifing through your lovely, warm house. They …

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How the Chancellor can keep you warm and cosy Posted On 19 August 2020

Woodburning stoves can slash your fuel bills… and they look good Thanks to Rishi Sunak, now is the time to put a warm glow in your new house. The Chancellor’s decision to relax Stamp Duty until next year has given homebuyers an unexpected windfall and offers the chance to enhance your new home with some …

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Taking the office into the garden Posted On 17 August 2020

How you can take advantage of your backyard to achieve a better work/life balance It started in March when the Government asked us to work from home where possible. Immediately, the smallest bedroom, dining room and kitchen table were press-ganged into action as emergency offices as Britain went into lockdown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. …

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Amateur Photography Hints and Tips Posted On 14 August 2020

With smartphones having cameras better than some Digital SLRs, and with the stunning colours of Autumn around the corner, we wanted to give you some hints and tips to take Insta-ready photos with the best of them…   Setting up your camera’s phone  Depending on what make of phone you have, it will be worthwhile …

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Removal company or brave it yourself? Posted On 12 August 2020

Utilise your Stamp Duty Holiday saving and treat yourself to a proper removal company for your next move.   You’re excited about your new home and location but the process of packing, organising and actually moving all of your items is something no-one really ever looks forward to. Not only that but you also have …

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House prices rise to record high in mini house-buying boom Posted On 10 August 2020

Last month, house prices hit a new all-time high as the Stamp Duty Holiday boosted buyers enthusiasm   The average price of a home was £241,604 in July, which was 3.8% higher than July 2019. These figures from Halifax mirror those from the Nationwide Building Society and show demand is up for properties, which has …

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Creating an approachable – and appropriate – front garden for sale Posted On 07 August 2020

When selling your home, first impressions count, so you need to ensure your front garden will entice potential buyers – and not turn them away   After lockdown, garden space has become the number 1 thing families are looking for when buying a new home. The good news is that you don’t need to spend …

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