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Door Issues To Look Out For When Viewing A House

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When you are viewing a house you would potentially like to buy, you are probably preoccupied looking at things like how much space there is in the house or if any major works are required such as rewiring or reinstalling a boiler. However, you should also be looking out for smaller issues, such as problems with external and internal doors.

 

Refitting your home with brand new internal and external doors can be a costly business, so to minimise your budget it is worth checking for a a few simple signs that the doors on the property you are viewing might need changing when you move in. It can help you understand whether expensive refurbishments may or may not be required.

 

Avoid arguments this winter with our tips to reduce your heating bills

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With one-third of couples arguing over when to take the plunge and turn on the central heating, there’s little doubt that keeping your home warm during winter can be eye-wateringly expensive.

 

A CORGI HomePlan survey of 2,000 UK homeowners showed that 33 per cent of people disagree over when to go for the ‘big switch on’, while the debate over the length of time the heating is cranked up each day rages on, for more than a quarter of couples.

 

Domestic wars are also fought over the temperature the thermostat is set to (26 per cent) and whether windows should be kept open or closed (25 per cent).

 

10 Top Tips for Saving on Your Energy Bills at Home

In this post, TOTO Energy, who provide discounted gas and electricity, offer a few easy tips to help save money on your energy bills at home.

Saving on bills doesn’t necessarily mean spending hundreds of pounds on home repairs or replacements. Being cautious of your actions and behaviours when going throughout your day can make more of a difference than you would think. It often seems like a daunting and time-consuming task, TOTO energy makes this all the easier by bringing you their top tips for conserving both your wallet, and the planet. 

1. Start using LED bulbs 

The UK property market is evolving

The UK property market is evolving
  • Adults are choosing to buy homes with friends rather than wait for a partner
  • Increased number of online searches for ‘tenancy in common’

 

The homeownership market in the UK is evolving, with more tenants choosing to buy and live in homes with friends, rather than with a partner or on their own.

 

To understand this emerging trend, online furniture retailer Furniture Choice conducted a UK wide survey and spoke with individuals who have already bought a house with a friend.

 

L&Q’s PricedIn Learning: many still confused about home ownership options

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In a recent survey commissioned by L&Q, it emerged that only 52% of 24-35 year old renters know what Shared Ownership is, with nearly a fifth of participants confessing they had never heard of the alternative home ownership scheme.

 

Taking the confusion out of getting onto the property ladder, L&Q are launching PricedIn Learning, a campaign which aims to answer any questions that potential buyers may have: How do Shared Ownership and Help to Buy differ, and which one is right for me? Will I meet the eligibility criteria? Is the process complicated?

 

READY SET MOVE

READY SET MOVE

-Brits are willing to increase their budget by 14% for a ready-to-move-into home-

-48% prefer a home that doesn’t need repair work-

-Kitchens, bathrooms, and a large lounge top homebuyers’ wish lists-

 

ALMOST HALF (48%) of Britons’ would pay a premium to be able to move in to a property immediately without having to do any renovation or replacement work, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 UK adults by BetterBathrooms.com revealed that homebuyers are willing to increase their property buying budget by an extra 14% on average for rooms and fitted furnishings they want to keep, rather than replace.

 

nCube - The smart home hub that connects all devices together in one intuitive app

Ncube

nCube puts simple, seamless home automation at users’ fingertips

 

The nCube hub, which aims to revolutionise the smart home industry worldwide, integrates a wide range of smart home products such as heating, lighting, security, entertainment and other smart devices into just one App using ZWave, Wi-Fi, LAN and Bluetooth communication. It also has the added benefit of being fully compatible with Alexa so will work with your Echo and Echo Dot devices. Crucially, it also ensures user privacy with information stored on the nCube hub in the home and not sent to central servers thus reassuring users that their security is protected and that their personal data cannot be accessed via the Cloud.

 

Exertis Warms to Smart Thermostat Range

 Smart Thermostat

Unique energy saving features from Warmup Smart will provide retailers and installers with a compelling sales proposition.

Exertis, a leading distributor of technology products for the B2B, mobile and retail markets, has today announced an agreement to distribute the Warmup range of Smart thermostats. These can be placed anywhere in the home, communicating wirelessly with a receiver unit which is connected to the central heating system’s boiler, working remotely with a smartphone to provide consumers with the optimum heating solution.

 

A new extra care scheme in west London offers shared ownership apartments with care and support for older people

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A stunning new development that offers bespoke housing for older people with care needs in Hounslow celebrates its official opening on Thursday 28 September.

Set within its own grounds and close to the river Thames, Bridgewater House extra care scheme, developed by Octavia in partnership with the developer St James, provides 36 spacious one and two-bedroom apartments for people aged over 50 years who need assisted living support. 

Four of the apartments are available to buy through shared ownership1, offering a rare opportunity for people to invest in a home that will enable them to live independently with the security of being able to access their care and support requirements.