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• Majority of British homeowners feel pressured to impress guests with their home at Christmas (55%) • Fear of judgement from friends and family cited as the biggest cause of pressure (50%) • In the last five years, 53% of homeowners have hired help in preparation for Christmas British homeowners are set to spend a...View Article
Despite a temperate climate, the UK still sees its fair share of harsh weather during the winter months – and this means it’s vital to prepare your home well ahead of the upcoming cold snap to avoid any unwanted issues that can arise when the bad weather arrives. However, it’s difficult to know precisely how...View Article
With Brexit around the corner, we conducted a piece of nationwide research to see how British homeowners are feeling about the prospect of moving home in an uncertain market. The stats showed that the majority of current homeowners (68%) are planning to stay put for the next year at least, with 51% planning renovations to...View Article
The government has announced plans to allow homeowners to undertake a double-storey extension without planning permission. We have asked the experts at the property advice website the HomeOwners Alliance to explain all. According to our 2019 HomeOwners Survey, one of the biggest barriers to undertaking home improvement projects is problems related to planning permission, which...View Article
If you want to sell your home before Christmas, there is still time – just. Prospective home-sellers will need to have their property on the market by Monday 21st October in order to sell their home before Christmas, according to a new study. Data from estate agent comparison website estateagent4me offers insight into the time...View Article
It’s been a busy year so far at Checkatrade, and we’ve teamed up with top creative agency Creature to kick off the Autumn with an exciting new campaign. Checkatrade is the best place to find a trade or service for the job you need. This new campaign is fast-paced and fun but it highlights how...View Article
Real Homes Show episode 13 is here. Laura Crombie’s invites you into her home to explain how to renovate and create an open plan kitchen to a budget. Checking It Out share some unusual cleaning hacks using baking soda, Join Anna Morley style editor who will be revealing how to bring a splash of mint...View Article
As the nights draw in and summer holiday memories fade, we’re spending more time indoors. And it’s at times like this we start hatching plans for home improvement projects, fuelled by the new series of Grand Designs and BBC2s Great Interiors Design Challenge. But if you’re living in a leasehold flat or leasehold property, then...View Article
Real Homes Show episode 11 is here. Checking It Out; Laura Crombie demonstrates the best way to remove stains from carpets. The Small Space Squad head to Wales to transform a semi-detached house with an open-plan kitchen and loft conversion. Join The Hub to find out how a smart fridge could change your life. Anna...View Article
On the 9th – 13th October 2019, the NEC will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home and design innovation to Birmingham. The event offers a great day out with hundreds of innovative ideas for the home, informative talks and demonstrations, with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event. Whether you are starting out on your first...View Article
Finally, you have found the house of your dreams, and you’ve decided to set a date to move. Homeowners really do prefer the drier summer months for moving home with August topped as one of the most popular months. There is no better time of year to safely transfer your valued possessions from one place...View Article
Five things you need to know to keep your project in budget / How to budget for a home improvement project The costs of home improvements can quickly get out of hand. So we’ve asked the property advice website HomeOwners Alliance for their top tips on budgeting for and funding your home improvement projects. Plan...View Article