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GARDEN GREMLINS - Green Fingered or Not - Get your Garden Sorted or Else…

Does the thought of having ‘Green Fingers’ make you go green around the gills? If so, like many of Britain’s gardens, chances are, yours is overgrown, uninspiring and neglected. But how your garden looks can impact on the value and security of your house. Even if you have no desire to make it look like a Chelsea Flower show exhibit, you should keep your patch neat and tidy.
(01-07-2013)

Heads on Beds - Martin’s Guidance on Adding an Extra Bedroom

If your family is growing or those youngsters that happily shared a bedroom are now brawling teenagers - you might consider adding an extra bedroom to your home. Given today’s sluggish property market, moving to a bigger house may not seem as attractive as modifying your existing home. Also by saving the expense of moving costs, the money could go a long way to paying for the room to be added.
(15-05-2013)

STOP THE ROT!

If ‘yer Granny always told you that ‘a stitch in time can save nine’, then you need to take note if you’ve got any signs of damp in your home. It’s one of the most common problems in property in the UK. Ignore it at your peril - it can quickly lead to mould and mould can lead to rot.
(06-03-2013)

Canny & Cosy – Martin’s Guidance on how to heat your home efficiently.

If you are worried about rising fuel costs and conserving the environment, you need an efficient central heating system in your home. In any case, nowadays, if you are selling or renting your house, you are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) showing how energy efficient your home is.
(23-01-2013)

What's the New Year Got in Store?

SO WOOPPEE! We haven’t all plummeted over the fiscal cliff then. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of feeling like a lemming, poked by world events out of my control to jump in to the icy unknowns of financial oblivion. And so the stock markets surge. Well that’s all right then. For now. But what will rattle the world economy next? Greece, Spain, The USA, the antics of an over enthusiastic trader focusing more on splashing out on a few bottles of Petrus than protecting his employers money??
(01-01-2013)

Lovin’ the Kitchen - tips on effective kitchen design.

I bet if I were to guess which part of your house you spend most time in, it would be the kitchen. And that’s not because you’re a budding Gordon Ramsay or Nigella Lawson. Kitchens nowadays have to serve many purposes - from family gathering places to kids play areas. Particularly during this colder months, the warmth and smells in the kitchen make it such a comforting place to be.
(04-12-2012)

What’s Cosmetic and What’s Costly

Most properties that I come across in the auction rooms of the UK need renovating to a greater or lesser degree. Being able to spot what is just a cosmetic problem and what is going to be costly to sort out, is a great thing to be able to do. Here is my Top 10 list of things to concentrate on when viewing a property and assessing its merits as a renovation project.
(03-10-2012)

Garages and how to build them

If you’re sick and tired of having your car vandalized or racing neighbours to the last remaining parking space on your road, then having a garage could be the answer. It’ll also add value to your house.Whilst modern properties tend to be built with a garage as standard, many older properties didn’t and the only way to get one is to buy a ready made garage or have one built.
(03-02-2012)

Buying a property abroad

If you’re thinking of buying a foreign property, don’t leave your brain at home when you step on the plane. Buying overseas can be a way of enjoying a holiday home as well as making a nifty investment - but you must research thoroughly and don’t let the sun, sea and sangria go to your head.Avoid the most common mistakes made by Brits buying abroad:
(03-02-2012)

Viewing Potential Renovation Projects

 My Top 10 Checklist
(14-12-2011)

SAFE AS HOUSES - Hints and Tips on how to protect your home

Here are my hints and tips on how to keep your home safe:
(14-12-2011)

SAFE AS HOUSES - Hints and Tips on how to protect your home

The clocks have gone back bringing an end to British Summer Time and it's now darker earlier in the evenings. Your property is more vulnerable to thieves and intruders. But there's lots you can to help deter opportunist thieves and keep your home secure.
(07-12-2011)

Top Tips on How to Assess A Building Plot

You can do some initial research to help assess the viability of a plot from the comfort of your own home:
(07-12-2011)

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Martin's Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
(07-12-2011)

Canny & Cosy – Martin’s Guidance on how to heat your home efficiently.

If you are worried about rising fuel costs and conserving the environment, you need an efficient central heating system in your home. In any case, nowadays, if you are selling or renting your house, you are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) showing how energy efficient your home is.
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