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Designing a Man Cave

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Batman and Iron Man need somewhere safe from their enemies where they can plan their next move. Your average man though, he just needs somewhere he doesn't have to do chores. Regardless of gender or age, we all need somewhere we can get away from it all; and for the man of the house, that's usually the man cave. The “man cave” may once have been a glorified basement, but it's become a lot more than that. No longer just a simple room, the modern man cave is a space set aside for men to retreat a...

A guide to a smooth house move

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Moving house is often described as being one of the most stressful things that you can do, but it needn’t be as bad as many people fear. There are a number of simple things that you can do to ensure that the process runs smoothly and without any unnecessary complications. Moving house should be an exciting time but many new home owners find themselves worrying about the process so much that they forget how to enjoy it. A smooth move is easier to achieve with the use of professional conveyancing...

How to be a good landlord and reap the reward of investment properties

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They say property is the best investment, but for your property to generate profits there has to be someone paying you rent, right? So, you need a tenant to occupy the property, which would make you the landlord. Now, the relationship between landlord and tenant isn’t exactly a sacred bond built on unconditional love, but it doesn’t need to be a constant source of conflict either. Movies and TV shows often portray the relationship as an endless battle between a heroic, downtrodden protagonist a...

Buying a house sight unseen

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Could you buy a home without viewing it? It may seem far-fetched, since the viewing has always been a traditional part of the home buying process, but for a lot of property investors, it's not a home they're buying, it's a product. Furthermore, sometimes the demand for housing can be so high that average home buyers as well as wealthy real-estate investors look to jump-start proceedings. So if you're looking to buy a property from out-of-town, or you simply don't have the time to attend viewing...

Have UK property prices peaked?

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If you're a property investor looking to cash in on your investment, now may be the right time. Multiple reports suggest that property prices in the UK have reached their peak, and if they can't go further up, you know there's only one way they can go. This is good news for buyers, but worrying news for sellers. Naturally, if you've invested in a property you want to reap maximum benefits. However, the decision of whether or not to sell is never an easy one to make, even when property market an...

Buy in haste, repent at leisure

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When property prices rise steadily, first-time buyers might be tempted to ‘buy while they still can,’ but buying property is a serious commitment and it’s quite understandable to ‘fear where you tread’. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t rush into it. 1. The high probability of a property bubble In a 2013 poll, 20 out of 29 economists said the prospect of another house price bubble was likely and many believe the bubble will burst. The problem with buying in a property bubble is that if y...

Kitchens take more of our money and less of our time

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With shows like the Great British Bake Off proving to be incredibly popular, it’s no surprise that Brits will spend the most money on their kitchens (just consider all the fancy gadgets you ‘need’). If you dig a little deeper, however, you also see that as a nation we are actually spending LESS time in the kitchen than before. Here is an interesting look at why the kitchen is set to swallow up your pounds but not you time: Each British kitchen has an average of 7 gadgets This adds up to 163 ...

How to survive a multigenerational household

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What happens when grandparents, parents, kids and sometimes even grandkids occupy the same house? Does everyone live in harmony or do sparks fly? Typically it’s a bit of both, as the stress of living in multigenerational households takes its toll on families. Unfortunately, the rising house prices in the UK (and London in particular) are making it very difficult for young people to enter the property market. This is what’s forcing many young couples and families to move back in with their parent...

Restoring period pieces in your home

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When it comes to buying a property that isn’t a new build, you will most likely need to do a bit of home improvement and perhaps even some restoration. If you’re lucky it will just be a lick of paint, and if you’re even luckier you will find some hidden gems along the way. Period features still have their place in the modern home, even more so in 2014 with oak and brass making a comeback. Don’t treat an original feature like any old pine If you sand and varnish a wooden floor, you might as wel...

Double your house for half the money: Turning a city terrace into a country cottage

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In our new blog series, “Double your house for half the money”, we give you some tips garnered from our popular series. Today we give you a few tips on turning a dull city house into a country-inspired masterpiece. Get some inspiration Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration to turn your current home into your dream home. If you don’t know how to move forward, look at some show houses and decide on the must-have aspects you would like in your dream home, then decide how to incorporate the...

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