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Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

With spring sales in full swing in many shops, now is the perfect time to take a critical look at your new home and make a few changes to bring it up to show house standard.  

 
"Bringing glamour and style to your home doesn't have to be about making big changes. There are a few simple tips and tricks that can make a big difference. Try to step back and take a fresh look at your rooms. Which features and objects stand out? How do they coordinate with the other items in the room? What feeling does the room give you? Once you take a long, hard look at your home, you'll be able to identify which colours and objects dominate it - and to change them if necessary."

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design
 

Property Priorities: New homeowners will kip on the floor for a month

Property Priorities: New homeowners will kip on the floor for a month, but candles and cushions are unpacked within a week

·         For 57% of homemovers, the kettle is the first item that is unpacked
·         Over half (57%) of new homeowners set up the Wi-Fi router within 24 hours
·         A third (32%) of homemovers will live without a wardrobe for a fortnight or more
 
One in twelve (8%) UK homeowners admit they slept on the floor for a month or more after moving into their new home, according to a new study by UK housebuilder Redrow.
 
The research, which polled almost 2,000 homeowners, looked into how we approach the challenge of setting up home and asked questions about priorities and unpacking that all important first box.
 

Why Rent When You Can Buy?

Why Rent When You Can Buy?

If you’ve always dreamt of owning your own home, you could find that taking those first steps onto the property ladder are more affordable than you think, with a Help to Buy scheme.

New figures compiled by Strata Homes show that buying a home is often cheaper than renting, especially with the government’s Help to Buy scheme.*

Using data from Zoopla, we’ve compared the price of renting a two-bedroom home against buying a 2-bedroom new build home, both with and without a Help to Buy equity loan.  This is where you only need a 5% deposit for your new home, which the government will boost by a further 20%. You’ll only need a mortgage on 75% of the property price, making it an affordable alternative to renting.

Open day set to give Midlands buyers glimpse of popular development

Find out more about Grand Union Housing Group at their open day

House-hunters in the Midlands are taking up the opportunity to have a sneak peek at a popular new development. 

Grand Union Housing Group is holding an open day on Saturday 8th April at its Church Close development at Braybrooke, in Northamptonshire. 

Visitors can take a look around a brand new property at the popular site, near Market Harborough. 

The three-bedroom properties are available on the shared ownership scheme, so cost as little as £62,500 for a 25% share. 

Shared ownership is an affordable housing scheme where buyers purchase between 25% and 75% of a home, and pay a subsidised rent in the rest of the property. 

House-hunters warned not to miss out on new-look family homes

Harvills Grange opens new-look show homes tomorrow

House hunters across the West Midlands are set to catch their first glimpse at a range of stylish new homes.

Lovell Homes is launching its new show homes at its popular Harvills Grange development tomorrow (25 March).

The spotlight will be on the popular Ringwood design home, a three-bedroom semi-detached house available on Help to Buy from £145,560.

This design boasts spacious interiors that are perfect for growing families, or a couple looking for a bit of extra space. 

The ground-floor layout include a stylish living/dining room, with French doors opening out onto the garden. Meanwhile, the kitchen features an integrated fridge-freezer and slimline dishwasher, in addition to a Bosch stainless steel double oven and gas hob. 

Home Improvements – Where should we begin?

Home Improvements – Where should we begin?

Thousands of people every year will make New Year resolutions to update their home and thousands of people will not keep to them, I know, I am one of them.  This is mainly because we set goals which are not realistic, we give ourselves too much to do and often don’t set ourselves a realistic budget.  However if we plan to update our home over the course of the year, we can tackle what seems like a huge task in smaller chunks.

To manage any sort of project, it can be helpful to break it down into three main requirements:

  • Decide what needs to be done
  • Prioritise what needs to be done
  • Set yourself a budget and time frame to which you would like the updates to be finished by

 

Home Buyers Myth-Busters

Home Buyers Myth-Busters

You don’t need to get a home inspection – FALSE

It’s all too easy to forget that you should have someone (a professional) check a home is safe, especially before you move in with all of your worldly possessions. Astoundingly, only 1 in 10 homebuyers surveyed by CORGI HomePlan considered it to be important to get a professional inspection that to avoid nasty surprises later on!

 

Your home inspection is covered in the mortgage lenders survey – FALSE

28% of people believed that a home safety inspection was covered by the mortgage lenders survey. Sadly, it’s not. Set aside a budget for an inspection because let’s be honest, you can’t put a price on your safety.

 

Two In Three Home Buyers Carry Out No Gas Safety Checks

Two In Three Home Buyers Carry Out No Gas Safety Checks

Buying a house is the biggest investment anyone makes in their lifetime - yet two in three people don’t know if they are purchasing a potential death trap.

 New research carried out by CORGI HomePlan has uncovered a shocking lack of safety checks being carried out by home buyers.

 And with 1.2million property transactions taking place in the UK each year *, this means 800,000 homes are at risk of a life-threatening gas incident, such as a carbon monoxide leak, or expensive repairs to boilers, fires, radiators and cookers.

 

First time buyer? Don’t forget your last will and testament….

If you’re a first time buyer, you can be forgiven for not thinking of writing your last will and testament, but it’s incredibly important to do so.

It’s a given that as a first time buyer, you’ll face a steep learning curve. You have to make sense of mortgages, conveyancing, valuations, surveys and much else besides and all this amidst a skyrocketing property market. 

Given all this you might overlook preparing your will as well, but you are well advised not to; this article explains why and how to go about it.

Why bother making a will?