WIN A Deluxe Double Spring/Summer Bedding Bundle With Dormeo

WIN A Deluxe Double Spring/Summer Bedding Bundle With Dormeo

With more pleasant weather (hopefully) on the horizon, we can begin to look forward to enjoying the spring and summer. However, this means that those warm, sticky nights when it's too hot to sleep are on their way, too.

To make things more comfortable, we've teamed up with mattress and bedding specialist Dormeo, to offer you the chance to win one of their Deluxe Spring/Summer Bedroom Bundles in a double bed size, which should help you sleep when the temperature creeps up.

Each bundle is worth £59.99 and contains all you need to kit out your bed for the summer, including:

Win £500 off your legal fees with Direction Law

Solicitor at desk

Buying your first home is supposed to be an exciting and joyous occasion, and we’ve got just the thing that is guaranteed to put the icing on the cake. Enter our competition for the chance to win £500 off your legal fees.

We all know buying a house is a costly process, and all the additional fees and charges involved might seem endless, so to help you on your way, Direction Law is giving one lucky Homefocus reader the chance to bag this fantastic bargain.

Boasting a legacy that dates back to 1976, Direction Law is one of the most reputable names in the industry, offering you sound legal advice on a range of issues, including specialist knowledge in shared ownership and Help to Buy.

Exploring Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes

Photo of new home example of available on shared ownership scheme or help to buy schemes in UK

Have you ever heard the words “shared ownership”, or “Help to Buy” but always wondered exactly what people were talking about?

The world of affordable home ownership might seem like a complex one, particularly for first-time buyers, but here at HomeFocus we strive to cut through the jargon and tell you exactly what you need to know.

Thanks to the sky-high prices of homes and houses nationwide, people right across the country are being priced out of the open market, and add that to the extortionate cost of renting, it’s no wonder that people are struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

However, there are affordable home ownership schemes in place to help you buy your own home - and the key word there is affordable.

Spring has sprung in London, as buyers look for heavenly heatwave homes in Hampstead

Four5Two

With home buyers looking for proximity to green space and entertaining potential this spring  they should take a look at the stunning Four5Two development which makes most of premium Hampstead Heath location.

Goodbye grey skies, hello sunshine! It's that time of year when London springs to life with renewed energy once more, as residents smile in the spring sun as they go about their daily lives. For many, spring brings with it a new sense of purpose and this spring, Londoners are looking to pick up the perfect property for enjoying the warmth, according to family-run housebuilder Bellis Homes.

East Midlands Training Provider launch apprenticeship for Social Housing Sector

Chartered Institute

Leading training provider, CT Skills has successfully launched apprenticeships in Housing & Property Management which has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

With more than 150,000 people employed within the Social Housing sector across the UK, CT Skills will work alongside businesses in the sector to provide bespoke work-based training, available to employees of all levels from Assistants to Senior Management.

HomeServe teams raise staggering £134,000 for UK charities

HomeServe

Big-hearted staff from leading home assistance provider HomeServe are handing over more than £134,000 to a range of UK charities following a year of fundraising challenges and charitable events.

Representatives from 16 UK charities joined Walsall Mayor, Councillor Marco Longhi, CEO of Walsall FC Stefan Gamble and staff from across HomeServe’s offices at a special ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in Walsall.

As well as afternoon tea, each of the charities walked away with a certificate outlining the funding being given to them to help support their incredible work.

Get Help to Buy your perfect home at Heath Farm, Holt

 Buy event

Homehunters seeking an exceptional new-build property can find out how to get more for their money at a special Help to Buy event on Saturday, 28 April, at Lovell Homes’ Heath Farm development in picturesque Holt, North Norfolk.

Taking place from 10am to 5pm, an independent financial advisor will be available throughout the day, providing free advice on the Government’s Help to Buy: Equity Loan* scheme which enables buyers to secure a newly-built home with a down payment of just five per cent.

It means that at Heath Farm, a stunning development  of two, three, four - and five-bedroom homes within walking distance of Holt’s Georgian town centre, you could move in with a deposit of as little as £11,248!

Out of fear of eviction households in England keep quiet

More than 1 in 4 (28%) private tenants who have experienced problems while renting do not complain for fear of being evicted, new figures from Citizens Advice show.

Research released today reveals almost a quarter of a million households, who had issues and chose not to complain, said their main worry was their landlord raising their rent or ending the tenancy.

Based on their experiences advising private renters, more than 2 in 5 Citizens Advice staff (43%) said people “worrying about the consequences of complaining” was the biggest issue for tenants seeking redress for their problem.

Repairs and maintenance is the most common issue that private tenants needed help for from Citizens Advice.

Local Cubs taught homebuilding and interior design at local development

Darnall Cub Scouts Group put on their toggles and headed down to David Wilson Homes’ nearby development, Charlotte Place in Winsford to learn about interior design and housebuilding.

15 children, aged between eight and ten, learnt about interior design and what goes into decorating a home as part of their DIY badge.

Sales Manager James Griffith and Marketing Executive Christopher Watts, gave the youngsters a tour of the show home and inspired the children to design their own wallpaper.

The cubs explored the development and discussed how the show home could inspire their future houses once they have grown up.

RSPB and Barratt extend partnership to give nature a home in West Sussex

 RSPB

A unique partnership between the RSPB and Barratt Homes has been renewed and extended for another three years. The partnership aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing across the West Sussex region, helping to give nature a home.

Barratt and the RSPB will work together to boost biodiversity and promote wildlife. Through such initiatives as hedgehog highways, wild bee friendly planting and swift bricks, the aim of the partnership is to help all forms of wildlife and nature on new housing developments.

Survey reveals valid reasons for not investing in smart home device

Smart home devices

Paying out for expensive smart home devices is a big ‘no no’ for many, according to a recent survey carried out by David Wilson Homes.

The five star housebuilder, which is building new homes in the Bristol region, asked 2,000 people what would most put them off investing in the smart home devices, and almost half (40 per cent) said cost was a significant factor. 15 per cent were daunted by the idea of setting up, while 13 per cent said they just didn’t understand the devices.  Another 15 per cent were worried about the possibility of being hacked.

Gen Z In The Market For New Build Homes

Gen Z In The Market For New Build Homes

Generation Z is putting homes above holidays with two thirds of renters under 24 already saving to secure their first home, according to a recent survey* by home builder Countryside.

Last month, Countryside surveyed the nation’s house hunters and found 92% of 18 to 24 year-olds want to use Help to Buy ahead of the 2021 deadline, with 66% already saving for a home deposit.

When asked who they intended on buying a property with, one third of Generation Z savers revealed that they hoped to one day secure a mortgage as a single buyer.

National Pet Month - survey reveals that Brits are opting to share bedrooms with their animals

National Pet Month

Five star housebuilder Barratt Homes, which is bringing new homes to Bristol, carried out the survey, asking 2,000 people where their pets generally sleep for National Pet Month. A significant 23 per cent said the bedroom, closely followed by 20 per cent allowing them to spend the night in the lounge. The news comes during April - which is designated National Pet Month in the UK.

“Pets are important for a variety of reasons - from the company they offer to the practical help they can provide for those in need,” said sales director, Andrea Pilgrim. “And many of those who buy our homes are careful to select the perfect layout and setting, not only for themselves but for their animals too.

Bright Ideas For Blinds in Summer 2018

Duette® energy saving blinds

According to Pinterest, bright colours are a massive trend for home interiors this year - a trend echoed by Duette® energy saving blinds, reporting higher levels of search and sales of bright colours already this year. High impact hues are going to be hot (even if the British summer isn’t!) 

Injecting colour at the window is not only an easy interiors update – when sunlight shines through the window gorgeous coloured light effects flood the whole room. Duette® energy saving blinds are a great way of achieving this effect, with their unique honeycomb structure and transparent or semi sheer appearance (blackout options are available). 

Celebrating 10 years of an interiors treasure trove…

 Picture Perfect

Ever wondered how to get your home looking picture perfect and Pinterest worthy? Or do you have interiors envy whilst flicking through the gorgeous pages of leading homes magazines.

Well now, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of leading homewares haven Homesense, we have exclusive insights from 10 hidden heroes of the industry to get your home looking its best this season.

Working behind the scenes to bring the latest home and garden trends to life, the expert eye and creative vision of leading stylists combine to set the agenda of décor for many homes across the nation.

Estate improvements and new cladding mark progress for Craylands scheme

Craylands regeneration scheme

The next phase of the Craylands regeneration scheme being delivered by Basildon Council, Swan Housing and Homes England is moving forward.

Work has begun on the new housing being developed on the former Fryerns school site – known as Beechwood Village.

The work is being complimented with new external wall insulation to 135 council homes that are being retained in the development.

Additionally, as part of a £2.2million grant from Essex County Council, Basildon Council has made significant improvements to footpaths and roads on the retained areas of the estate.

What Do Your Savings Go On?

Super Saver Oil

The survey of 1,067 UK adults conducted by heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil has revealed that Brits have on average £6,360 in their savings account.

But, rather than saving for a practical item or a rainy day, this was most likely to be spent on a summer holiday (41%).

Meanwhile, 37% of Brits revealed that they spend their savings on getting a new car, with 33% putting their money towards purchasing a house.

30% said they intend to put their savings towards a wedding, which can often be a substantial cost.

F & P exclusive distributor of Trianco Newton Stoves

Trianco Newton stoves

The UK’s only major heating, plumbing and bathroom wholesaler, F & P Wholesale, has been appointed the exclusive distributor of Trianco Newton stoves, in a move that further enhances the wholesaler’s reputation for carrying a wide selection of the country’s most popular brands.

F & P’s Bathrooms and Fires Category Manager, Gary Shields, says the Newton range, which currently features in the company’s Fires & Stoves supplement offers quality, versatility and flexibility.

Monterey makes relocating to retirement hotspot affordable

Platinum Skies

Platinum Skies recently named as the second best spot to retire to in the UK, Dorset has a well-established reputation as a relocation hub for over 55s, thanks to its natural beauty, quaint character and opportunity for retirees to enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Measured by factors including life expectancy, access to healthcare and crime rate, the report highlights the many attractive aspects of Dorset which draw retirees to the county, with the golden stretch of coast in Christchurch particularly popular.

NU living - New Homes In East London

NU living - New Homes In East London

NU Living, a leading developer part of the Swan Association, specialises in offering accessible homes off-plan through private sale in the East of London. They offer a selection of off-plan developments that might be of interest to you for a property/homes interest news feature.

The Paragon, Ilford

The Paragon is an example of contemporary city living in Ilford, with the local area set to benefit from generous funding for regeneration. Situated on the Central line, residents will have quick access to central London and beyond. The high spec development which consists of 105 1 and 2 bedroom shared ownership apartments that will open-plan living spaces with a variety benefits including large windows, high ceilings and stunning views across London.

Versatile Venetian Blinds Get a Spring/Summer Update

Versatile Venetian Blinds Get a Spring/Summer Update

Style Studio’s revamped Venetian Blind collection now offers a massive 111 slat options – with new eye-catching colours, truly tactile textures and a host of special features and finishes!

And the popularity of Venetian blinds shows no sign of slowing – in fact it’s rising according to the window blind brand, which has seen a 64 per cent increase in online views in the past three months alone¹. 

Interiors expert for Style Studio, Lorna McAleer, has picked out her three hottest summer looks from the brand’s latest collection.

#1. Bright Ideas

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Children's bedroom decor - They want Disney – You Want Longevity… Here’s what the experts say!  

Life’s often a compromise – and most parents agree that parenthood involves a LOT of negotiation (some would say bribery!)

This is frequently the case when it comes to decorating a child’s bedroom. They see the latest Emojis or Disney characters emblazoned on a duvet and mum or dad’s heart sinks.   

Adults want a clean, organised and coordinated bedroom that aids restful sleep.

Kids are all about the fun with a kaleidoscope of clashing colours and all their favourite characters thrown in for good measure.

So how do you solve the children’s bedroom interior design dilemma?

Homebuyers given their last chance to become part of a growing community at Hawley Gardens

Lancashire homebuyers are being given the last chance to become a part of a growing community at Barratt Homes’ development Hawley Gardens as just a handful of homes are still available to reserve.

The popular Thornton-Cleveleys development, located just off Bourne Road, offers a collection of three and four bedroom homes that have proven popular with a range of buyers since first launching.

Now that just a few homes remain, keen homebuyers in the area are being urged to act quickly if they want to secure their dream home at Hawley Gardens and become a part of the stunning development and the close knit community.

Last chance to buy at two developments in preston

David Wilson Homes

Preston homebuyers are being given the last chance to buy a property at David Wilson Homes developments Cuerden Heights and Cromwell Heights as homes are being snapped up quickly.

The Cuerden Heights development is located on Wigan Road, in Clayton-le-Woods and only has two five bedroom homes still remaining for sale.

Cromwell Heights, located on Whittingham Road in Longridge has two five bedroom Maddoc style homes still available for sale.

Steve Jackson, Operations Director at David Wilson Homes North West, said: