How to protect your home when renovating


Renovation is becoming more popular than ever. People are moving house half as many times in their lives and twice as many Brits are now planning to extend their home rather than move house. Renovation, big or small, normally means making structural changes to your home, so it’s important to think carefully about how to protect your home when work is underway. A recent report reveals that the most popular insurance claim for home renovations and extensions is theft of building materials, closely followed by escape of water.

Matt Poll, CEO at Neos, the UK’s first smart home insurance provider, shares his top tips for making your renovation plans are a success.

Make sure you choose the right professional help

Luxury apartments launch at Park Avenue in Sunbury

Park Avenue

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson has launched 24 new apartments at its Park Avenue development, located in the town of Sunbury. Birchwood House offers a collection of two-bedroom apartments situated amid natural scenery and carefully landscaped grounds. Aimed at first-time buyers looking to take their first steps and second steppers wanting to move up the property ladder, as well as those looking to downsize, many of the homes are available on the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

How to decorate your home with soft furnishings on a budget for Summer

How to decorate your home with soft furnishings on a budget for Summer

Wallpaper and paint can help to create a beautiful space, but it’s soft furnishings that make a house a home. Adding fragrance such as scented candles are a wonderful way of making your home feel cosy or more intimate.  In addition to fragrances, rugs and cushions in a variety of textures and colours add the finishing touches to your home and complement your space adding comfort and luxury. Picking the right soft furnishings for your home can be surprisingly simple with my top tips: 

Incorporate personality

Bickering Over Household Rules

Bickering Over Household Rules

When it comes to the home it seems we are a nation of rule-enforcers, but this could be at the expense of a harmonious household, according to new research. The survey of 1,067 UK and Irish adults conducted by heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil revealed how more than half (53%) have fallen out with a household member over rules in the home.

In fact, 1 in 3 (33%) of adults questioned wished they lived on their own because co-habitants don’t follow rules in the home.

When quizzed on the rules in the home, the most common rule was revealed as no shoes on the furniture (62%).

Meanwhile, no phones at the dinner table came in second place, with 46% admitting to implementing this rule.

An emerging interior design trend for displaying rugs on walls is elevating the humble rug to an ‘objet d'art’.

The Rug Seller

Daniel Prendergast, Design Director of The Rug Seller, explains more about the 2018 ‘rugs as wall art’ trend and highlights statement rugs to ‘get the look’

Homeowners are taking a different approach to rugs in home décor; more of our customers are searching for hand-crafted/ statement designs and even replacing ‘art’ by hanging rugs in the vertical space.

This new outlook is reflected in the fact that Pinterest searches for statement rugs have rocketed by 236% in 2018 (YOY).

Tips to sleep in the heat

Tips to sleep in the heat

When Britain’s temperatures soar it results in thousands of people feeling exhausted, restless and downright cranky as they struggle to get a good night’s sleep against stuffy bedroom temperatures. 

While most homeowners are prepared with blackout blinds to combat light entering a room in the battle for summertime sleep, it’s actually unusually high temperatures that Brits are most unequipped for. 

As experts in creating the optimum sleep environment, The Fine Bedding Company has looked at all of the key factors that can affect a quality night’s sleep – temperature being the main one.

Helen Johnson from The Fine Bedding Company offers this advice for sleeping in the heat.

Room temperature

The future’s bright – thank goodness for Apollo’s NEW blackout blinds

The future’s bright – thank goodness for Apollo’s NEW blackout blinds

One of the most popular practical features of a window blind, especially during the summer months, is its ability to darken a room and Apollo Blinds has added a new range of blackout blinds to its made-to-measure blinds collection - the BlocOut™ Blind that can achieve higher levels of darkness than ever before.

So why are blackout blinds a must-have for the home?

Mike Stephen from Apollo Blinds highlights how the UK is getting lighter, how darkness aids sleep and the benefits of new BlocOut™ blinds now available at Apollo Blinds.

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Generation Z Stepping Onto The Property Ladder

Generation Z Stepping Onto The Property Ladder

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 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: “We’ve both always been in the habit of building up our individual savings, so we’d actually been saving for a while before we decided to buy a house. We weren’t looking for very long - we started house hunting one Saturday in October, last year, and then reserved our home the very next day!

Couple use help to buy scheme to secure dream family home in Langford

Help to Buy scheme

Making effective use of the Help to Buy scheme, a Bedfordshire couple has been able to upsize to the perfect family home at David Wilson Homes’ Kingsley Manor development in Langford.

Alan Endersby and Cheryl Oswick-Endersby chose to move from a three bedroom mid-terraced property in Clifton to their new four bedroom detached Bradgate style home at the leading developer’s Station Road development.

The couple, a Chartered Accountant and a Pre-School Assistant, thoughtfully selected Kingsley Manor as the ideal location to raise their 13-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son.

Alan said:

Speed Up The Buying Process & Move Home In Just A Few Weeks Using Part Exchange

Speed Up The Buying Process & Move Home In Just A Few Weeks Using Part Exchange

Warwickshire second steppers who are looking to move to a larger home but need to sell their existing property are being advised that they can to speed up their buying process and minimise stress with David Wilson Homes’ popular Part Exchange scheme.

The scheme has helped hundreds of buyers in the county so far and is ideal for those who want to cut out the hassle of selling the property independently and move into their dream new home quickly.

David Wilson Homes’ development Poets Meadow, located on Harbury Lane, currently has a selection of properties available to reserve with the scheme. 

Jason Hearn, Sales Director for David Wilson Homes East Midlands is urging existing homebuyers to consider the many benefits of the scheme