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How To Protect Your Home When You’re Taking A Vacation From It

We're fast approaching the holiday season. While television programs and greeting card companies like to project those images of getting cozy at home, the reality is that this is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Millions of Americans will be on the road and sometimes out of the country, often for extended periods of time. Why Your House Might Not Be Having A Happy Holiday While homeowners and their families are on the move, their homes very seldom go with them. And unless a resident Read more [...]
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Change the Look of Your Living Room with These Inexpensive Tips

Our living rooms go through a lot. After all, this is where you go to relax after a long day, entertain guests, hang out with the kids, and even watch TV. Naturally, the living space can begin to look a bit worn down and uninviting. Though you may have assumed that redesigning things was going to cost you an arm and a leg, this is not always the case. There are a lot of projects that you can complete on your own that will transform your living space without breaking the bank. Let’s look at a Read more [...]
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Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa with These Simple Tips

Do you think that it's time to renovate your bathroom? If you've got a bit of cash to splash, why not get creative, instead of sticking with the same old toilet, sink and bath/shower combination. A lot of people love spending time in the bathroom, especially if they have a bath or shower, so they can take a few moments to relax. Even when you live in a busy family home, you can shut yourself away for a few hours while you have a soak. So if you're going to change your bathroom around, why not turn Read more [...]
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4 Different Types of Property for Your New Home

There are hundreds of decisions you need to make when you're buying a new home. One of the major decisions to make is what type of house you should buy. There are several different options for the age and layout of your house, including new builds, period properties and bungalows. The home you choose will depend on your budget, your needs and of course your personal taste. Buying a house is a big event, and it requires a lot of consideration before you take the plunge. Think carefully about these Read more [...]
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Top Tips For Transforming Your Garden

There are many different ways you can transform  your garden into the perfect hang-out pad. When deciding what to do with the space you have, consider how much money you wish to spend, as this will ultimately impact on what you can afford to do. Make a plan   Begin by making an in-depth plan of what you want to do with your outdoor space. Obviously, what you are able to do will depend on how big or small your garden is. Ensure that when you are planning you also take into account your Read more [...]
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Interesting Ways To Use Your Hallway

We often neglect hallways when we come to decorate and improve our homes. We generally see them as a corridor that connects our more important rooms and a place to hang our coats, but rarely as anything more. The word ‘hall’ has connotations of a long, bare, echoed area. However, hallways are usually the first and last space we see when we enter our homes. They are at the centre of our household. If you live in an apartment in a densely populated city, then what space you have is precious and Read more [...]
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Parents: Here is How You Can Help Your Kids Get on the Property Ladder

Getting on the property ladder is tough for anyone. But, for our kids, it can be even more difficult. The banks are less willing to lend. But, kids don’t seem to be able to get the high deposits that are required. In steps Super Parents! There are some great ways that you can ensure that your kids are not stuck in the renting trap.   Of course, it may be difficult for you to buy them a house (they wish!). But there are some great tips and advice that you can use to help your offspring Read more [...]
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Crucial Features To Look For In Your First Home

The excitement begins to build within you from the moment that you make a decision to buy your first home. It usually starts when someone meets the love of their life, and they decide to spend the rest of their lives together. Just because it is your first home doesn’t mean you should be flippant about the purchase. The decisions you make now can impact your position on the housing ladder in years to come. Should you invest in a property that needs a lot of work or a new home that has everything Read more [...]
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Title: Buying a Family Home? Why An Executive House Could Be A Great Choice

When you are thinking about buying a new home, it is normal to have aspirations slightly beyond your budget, especially as a first time buyer. However, there are some tricks to finding what you dream of if you are savvy with the marketing speak of some estate agents. Many new-build housing estates describe some of their larger houses as executive homes. This creates the image of a successful business manager who rarely has time to spend at home, but needs a couple of extra reception rooms anyway.   The Read more [...]
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Getting on the Property Ladder: A How To Guide For First Time Buyers

The thought of committing your finances for the next twenty-odd years can be a terrifying prospect. But, the lure of home ownership for many is too much to bear. Owning your own home is a great way to ensure financial security. But, in a somewhat tenuous housing market, it can be difficult to know if you are making the right decision.   As a first-time buyer, you should be armed with nothing but the facts. Let’s cut through the financial jargon and give you a simplistic view of how to Read more [...]