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Search Is on to Find the Nation's Most Beautiful Home

Kitchen area candidate for the Nation's Most Beautiful Home

The search is on to discover the nation's most beautiful home, as 'Home of the Year' 2019 launches today and is now open for entries.

Homeowners up and down the country are encouraged to enter the awards, organised by aluminium glazing specialist Express Bi-folding Doors. Whether it's a long-term renovation project or a recently acquired new-build, everything from quirky cottages to old fashioned farmhouses and modern mansions will be considered, before a public vote determines the final shortlist.

3 ways to prepare your kitchen for the festive season


kitchen at Christmas

Now that autumn is here, the days are getting darker and the temperatures are dropping, it could only mean one thing: Christmas is coming! There’s no doubt that this is the most wonderful time of the year, with so many events and festivities taking place. And, for some, this means opening their home for dinner parties and gatherings, as well as the big day itself. If it’s the first Christmas you’ll be spending in your new home, you’re bound to want everything to be perfect. So, if you’re planning on being the host with the most this festive period, it’s time to get your kitchen prepared with our top three tips.

The Best Free Apps That Can Find You a Home

New build homes found by using apps

Moving house is always a stressful event, whether you’re buying your first family home or moving with your university friends into a student flat. Whatever your age and wherever you’re moving to, we all need a helping hand when getting from A to B with a million boxes in tow. Of course, the first (and often the hardest) step is finding the perfect home. To make things slightly easier for you, Midland Home Buyers have found the very best free apps that will find you your dream home, so the next chapter of your life can finally start.

Renting Apps

SpareRoom

How to be eco-friendly and save money around the home

Eco-friendly solar panels on roof of a house

Creating an eco-friendly home can be as good for your wallet as it is for the environment. Nowadays it can be a  struggle to know what the best solutions are, but The Lighting Superstore has plenty of tips you can do inside your home to boost its eco-friendly credentials while saving you money.

Insulate

Insulating your home not only reduces heat loss. It creates a more stable temperature eliminating hot and cold spikes and can mean significant savings on your household bills.

How LPG is helping to build affordable housing 

Flogas laying LPG takes underground for affordable housing

With an ongoing governmental drive to significantly boost housing development and the precarious nature of Brexit delivering industrywide uncertainty regarding labour and costs, providing affordable housing in the UK is an issue that appears to be consistently debated and discussed. 

Positive initiatives and efficient processes are needed to help the sector deliver the number of homes that Brits can pay for — which is where LPG energy is proving an attractive asset. Here, we’ll explore how LPG is assisting in the provision of affordable housing for UK buyers and why it’s vital that the sector and government gets behind it if they want to hit targets and meet housing demands. 

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

We’ve all been enjoying the heatwave, but sooner than we think autumn will be upon us and we’ll be settling in front of the fire with a warm mug of hot chocolate. As the bright shades of summer turn to deep autumn tones, it’s time to swap patterned cushions for warm knitted blankets and throws, and add an array of berry-scented candles. The changing of the seasons is also a chance to trade those worn-down blinds for stylish drapes or to take up that tired carpet and replace it with shiny new flooring.

Dressing your home to sell it

Dressing your home to sell it

Think about an ideal guest you’d love to have visit you at home. Then imagine how you’d want your home to look and the ambience you’d like to create for them. This is how to think about approaching dressing your home to appeal to prospective buyers. 

As soon as a guest/buyer walks in the door, their senses are going to be tuning into that all important first impression – and you need to ensure they feel immediately comfortable and ‘at home’!

The essential considerations are cleanliness, light, space and a fresh, appealing smell. Get these basic elements right and you can create a sense of ease, and a good impression for first-time visitors.

All aboard for Herne bay: hyde new homes launch contemporary bayside homes 

The Elements

Multi award-winning Housing Association Hyde New Homes launched The Elements – a unique community of two- to four-bedroom homes set at the west end of Herne Bay, available for sale and through the Help to Buy scheme. 

Herne Bay gained prominence in the Victorian era as a resort town, home to the world’s first freestanding, purpose-built Clocktower, as well as a bustling promenade and pleasure pier. While the coastal retreat has since evolved into a thriving municipality, the area has maintained its traditional charm, making it a favourite of young families, commuting professionals, and first-time buyers alike.

Top four reasons to move to Willow grove, Wixams village revealed

Willow Grove

According to leading developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, location is still one of the most important considerations for buyers looking for their new home and its development Willow Grove in Wixams Village is no exception.

Wixams Village is a flourishing community close to Bedford town centre, offering an array of necessary amenities nearby to ensure homebuyers are welcomed with a relaxed way of living.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: 

“Our beautiful new homes are thoughtfully situated so residents can make the most of the local facilities, meaning they are not only benefiting from a quality home, but also the convenience and pleasure in the surrounding areas.

A third of renters don’t want to buy a property

Sofology

A study, done by Sofology, of 1,000 renters reveals people are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property.

A third of renters (33%), which equates to over 1.48 million renter households in the UK1, are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future, new research reveals.

The feeling of freedom

Examining people’s thoughts on buying a home, nearly a third (31%) said they don’t think getting on the property ladder is important.

A quarter of renters (26%) state that they don’t want the responsibility of owning a home and love the freedom of renting, whilst almost 1 in 10 (7%) said they prefer to spend their money elsewhere, such as travel and other life experiences.