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Homeowners waste over £100 on help for small DIY jobs

woman doing small DIY jobs

●     Two thirds (66%) of young homeowners (18-34 year olds) are planning a home improvement project this year

●     Three quarters (75%) don’t feel confident enough to put up curtain poles, blinds and light fixtures themselves

●     Younger homeowners are spending over £100 on getting a professional for a small DIY job they could do themselves

 

Younger homeowners are wasting over £100 on professionals for each small DIY jobs that they could do themselves.

Two thirds (66%) of 18-34-year-old homeowners are planning on completing a home improvement project this year, but new research has revealed the significant sums of money they are wasting by getting a professional in to do minor jobs.

Staircasing explained: moving up to 100% ownership of  your home

staircasing on shared ownership - wooden stairs

Victoria Galligan, Editor of Homefocus magazine, explains the term staircasing and how it means you can own ALL of your own home via shared ownership…

It’s understandable that the term “shared ownership” can make people wary at first – if you don’t own 100% of your property, it’s natural to wonder about the possibilities and have questions about what happens if your situation changes. 

Shared Ownership offers buyers the opportunity to purchase a percentage share of a property (between 25% and 75% of the home’s full market value) paying a subsidised rent on the remaining share. 

BBQ safety – an expert guide

BBQ safety – men at the grill in a garden

It's true: there’s nothing quite like dining under the warmth of the sun, in the great outdoors. It’s not surprising then that, when the weather is right, many of us jump at the chance to fire up the BBQ at every available opportunity – and if we have a heatwave like last summer then chances are you'll be doing this a lot this summer. BBQs can be a great excuse to bring friends and family together, but they can also be fraught with potential health hazards. Whether it’s ensuring food is cooked thoroughly and at the right temperature, or keeping people at a safe distance from the heat of the grill, it’s important to stay aware of BBQ safety so that everyone can relax and enjoy without risk of injury.

3 simple garden makeover tips

A gas BBQ is a great addition to any garden makeover

The rise of entertaining at home is apparent in the UK. Therefore, there’s a need to keep your garden space clean and tidy at all times. Admittedly, we aren’t all experts and we can often neglect our spaces during the colder months. In fact, the British public are wasting up to £672 million each year as we don’t know how to best look after our garden space. Here, with plenty of time to make sure you have your space in the best condition for the warmer climes, we look at how best to approach a garden makeover.

Creating the perfect reading corner with Oak Furnitureland

Oak Furnitureland bookshelf

There’s no better pleasure than curling up with a good book and getting lost in a fictional world – no matter how old you are! Here, Oak Furnitureland is sharing its top tips on how to create the perfect cosy reading nook within your home.

1. A statement bookcase is an obvious place to start. Somewhere to not only store and display your book collection, but somewhere that also inspires and relaxes you. Choose a shape, colour and style that you like and complements your home and the room it’s in. 

2. Tall bookshelves also work well to section a room up. If you don’t have much space or a separate room you can dedicate to reading, place a bookshelf sideways into the room to create the ideal room divider for some privacy. 

The rise of home entertaining

Home entertaining - a drinks table in a garden

We love to socialise in the UK. A good old-fashioned chinwag is something we love to partake in. However, we have been moving away from socialising in public in ​favour of bringing the party to our homes. In 2001, reports found that just over half of the UK’s adults would prefer friends come over to their house to socialise rather than head to a pub or restaurant. This figure had substantially risen to 75% by 2017. And with two pubs on average closing each day in Britain, the rise of home entertaining is clearly having an effect. 

But, what is so appealing about home entertaining? 

Winter is coming! Seven simple tips to winter-proof your home and save money

Seven simple tips to proof your home for winter

The last British winter was one of the coldest on record. With the days now getting shorter and the nights getting colder, Hitachi Personal Finance has put together a list of seven simple tips which means you can protect and prepare your home for winter, saving money while you’re at it.

Insulate your home

HOMEBUILDER OFFERS TOP TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHILE MOVING HOME WITH CHILDREN OVER CHRISTMAS

David Wilson Homes Toddler Tip 5 - Get used to your surroundings

Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes is offering Northamptonshire homebuyers its five top tips for moving home safely with young children over the festive period.

With a range of properties across the county that will be ready to move in before the big day, the developer wants to ensure people have a hassle-free move and keep their children safe. 

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said:

Barratt Homes Donation Helps Pupils Reflect On Walk To School Month

Children wearing Barratt Homes vests

Pupils at Wixams Tree Primary School have received a donation of hi-vis vests from Barratt Homes to help them remain safe and seen as part of Walk to School Month.

Barratt Homes Northampton has given the school 35 of the safety jackets for their pupils to wear whilst walking to and from school, ensuring they can be easily seen on the roads as the darker nights draw in.

Walk to School Month runs for the duration of October and encourages pupils to celebrate the journey to school on foot.

The homebuilder’s development Willow Grove is located close to Wixams Tree Primary School and the donation of hi-vis vests is a part of Barratt Homes’ commitment to the education facility.

Why property is booming outside of London

London

For better or worse, when people think of the UK property market, they think of London. It’s not hard to see why: it’s the most connected, most expensive, and most affluent part of the country.

Indeed, if you’re a homebuyer, London might seem out of reach. But there’s so much more to the UK market than London – and, per the latest figures, its house prices are falling in real terms, as Manchester, Leicester, and Liverpool grew by more than six percent annually.

Calling all budding explorers

Redrow Homes South Midlands

A housebuilder, Redrow Homes South Midlands, has come up with a novel way to keep the children entertained this summer.

Redrow Homes South Midlands is inviting budding adventurers to explore the gardens at a number of its showhomes throughout August in an exciting wildlife hunt.

Every adventurer will be provided with their very own ‘Explorer Pack’, which includes a nature tick list and a special pair of binoculars.

Tonia Tyler, sales director for Redrow Homes (South Midlands), said: The nature discovery hunt

How to be more energy efficient at home

Be energy efficient with E.On

by Mike Feely, Green Guru at E.ON

During Britain’s hottest summer in four decades, thoughts about energy efficiency may seem like a distant memory. However, as winter draws nearer and the weather gets cooler, the topic of energy usage at home inevitably starts to creep back into our minds.

Recent research by E.ON found that Brits don’t feel confident when it comes to energy related tasks at home. There are some easy things you can start doing now to get yourself prepped and ready before the fresher nights set in. Whether you’re buying a Victorian terrace or a new build, there are simple changes we can all make to be more energy efficient. 

Simple swaps to go green

COMFORT IS KEY WITH THE NEW CORMAR RANGE

COMFORT IS KEY WITH THE NEW CORMAR RANGE

The Cormar Carpet Company cracks the value versus luxury conundrum with a comfortably priced, ultra-soft new carpet collection.

Apollo Comfort is the latest addition to the Cormar easy clean family. Made with a new, softer Excellon polypropylene fibre that brings a premium feel to an affordably priced range, it is bleach cleanable and dirt resistant and includes a 10 year stain and wear guarantee.

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PLANNING THE PERFECT BATHROOM

Soak, Bathroom planning

Naomi Nunn, Interior Designer at leading online bathroom retailer soak.com, offers tips on what to think about when redesigning the bathroom in your first home.

Deciding on the layout and design of a bathroom remains one of the key decisions when any first time buyer gets the keys to their new home.

After all, whether it’s having a relaxing soak in the bath or enjoying a luxurious shower experience, you will spend several hours a week in your bathroom.

Before you even get to deciding on which products are going to go into your bathroom, there are some important questions to answer on layout. 

To bee or not to bee: developer offers top tips for nature

Barratt Homes North Thames

Leading homebuilder Barratt Homes North Thames is offering homeowners in Bedfordshire its top tips for making their garden bee-friendly this summer.

The developer is encouraging people to make their garden a haven for our fuzzy friends, by planting flowers to attract them and making small changes to their garden to give bees somewhere to shelter.

There are over 250 bee species in the UK, and most face threats such as loss of habitat, climate change and disease. They are vital to the food chain, with one in every three mouthfuls of food consumed by humans dependent on pollination, including apples, pears, onions, potatoes, cherries, chilies, carrots, margarine and herbs.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Thames, said;

5 ideas to turn your balcony into your favourite hangout spot from Bosch Home and Garden

Balcony

Do you love your living room as much as your balcony, but find yourself laying on your living-room sofa longing for some fresh air? Well we've got some inspiration for you: once you see our five ideas for comfy balconies and terraces, you won't ever want to be indoors during the summer again!

1. Look to the east – between rugs and tealights 

Comfort is key with the new Cormar range

Staying safe on site with Barratt Homes

Pupils at Offley Primary have been learning how to stay safe on site, thanks to a visit to J One Seven hosted by Barratt Homes Manchester.

A total of 30 school children donned hard hats and hi-vis vests and set off to the development to learn the importance of site safety.

The educational visit aimed to promote staying safe on site, whilst informing the children on what goes on at a building site. The children were able to learn about the machinery on site and all of the different tradesmen and what they do. 

The youngsters were also given a tour of the show home at the development, where they were able to see what the homes look like once they have been completed.

Andrew Couch, Assistant Site Manager at Barratt Manchester said: 

Scandinavian simplicity

Scandinavian-inspired designs

Recent research reveals investment in kitchen improvements such as a new worktop and cabinet doors can add £26,838 to the value of your home.

With the rise in popularity of Scandinavian-inspired simplicity and the Instagram favourite ‘Hygge’ lifestyle, natural decor is increasingly in demand to create a tranquil environment that’s clutter-free, rooted in nature and minimalist in style. For kitchens, this trend must also incorporate durable surfaces and, ideally, cost-effectiveness.

Nina Bailey, UK Design Manager for Formica Group Europe, offers her simple tips and tricks on how to give your kitchen a Nordic update in line with the key trends of 2018.

Holden style home perfect for modern family living in Bedfordshire

Lidlington Court

Bedfordshire house hunters looking for a stylish and versatile home perfectly suited to modern family living need look no further than David Wilson Homes’ Holden house type in Lidlington Court.

As one of the five star housebuilder’s most in-demand house types, the Holden is known for its practical and well thought out design, as well as being perfect for modern buyers looking to personalise their home to suit their needs.

The detached four bedroom home can be found at the developer’s newest site Lidlington Court in Lidlington, so buyers can benefit from a fantastic location that suits their lifestyle, as well as this ideal family property.

GEN Z STEPPING ONTO THE PROPERTY LADDER

Silkin Green development

With a recent survey* by Countryside revealing two thirds of Generation Z renters are already saving for a home deposit, Telford couple Aimee and Ryan have secured their first home in the new Silkin Green development at age 23 thanks to Help to Buy. 

The couple, who have been together for six years, were the first residents to move into Countryside’s new Silkin Green development in Telford, having picked up the keys to their New Stamford home last month. 

Aimee, who works as a Sales Coordinator, commented:

Rise in apartment living in Bedfordshire at great Denham park

Great Denham Park development

Apartment living is becoming a popular choice for a range of different property seekers in Bedfordshire, from first time buyers taking the first step onto the property ladder to those looking to downsize to a more manageable home.

Barratt Homes Northampton has recognised the growing need for apartments at its Great Denham Park development. It is currently expertly crafting a range of two bedroom apartments at the Greenkeepers Road development that are expected to be in demand with a range of buyers.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said:

How do I make my home to be more energy efficient and save money on my bills

Roof Maker

Many people don’t think about this but it actually costs more to light a home than to heat a home say the experts Roof Maker. This is because it is rare to have the heating on through the summer months, but lights are used on a daily basis and more so through the winter months when the dark nights are drawing in, so the overall cost is higher.

Building an extension therefore doesn’t necessary cost more in terms of heating, but think about the lighting. One way of reducing the bills is to ensure homes are filled with as much natural light as possible. This can be achieved by using a neutral colour palette on walls and ensuring the rooms are flooded with natural light by including rooflights and bi-fold or sliding doors.

Make simple bathroom updates safe with advice from Triton

Triton talk about shower safety

One of the simplest ways to refresh your bathroom space is to change the shower hose and spray head says Triton. Even if the unit itself is in good shape, some accessories can start to look worn out and get clogged with scale over time, especially if you live in a hard water area.

While this quick update may seem harmless, swapping to incompatible and poor quality products can cause serious issues and even pose a threat to your family’s wellbeing. 

With this in mind, Triton has launched an initiative to raise awareness of the safety critical nature of shower accessories and the dangers of connecting sub-standard hoses and spray heads.

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Brother and sister choose David Wilson Homes for careers in commercial property

Brother and sister choose David Wilson Homes for careers in commercial property

A Northamptonshire brother and sister have chosen David Wilson Homes to pursue their careers in commercial, as the demand for quality new homes across the South Midlands continues to rise.

Aimee (26) and Daniel (28) Turiccki are both based at the division’s head office in Northampton and are part of the housebuilder’s growing Commercial department, which looks after purchasing and surveying land.

Daniel joined the company in 2012 and has worked his way up to be a Senior Quantity Surveyor. He decided to make the move to David Wilson Homes to progress his career after working for a local engineering consultancy.  

He said: