Focusing on the positives of moving to a smaller home
Moving to a smaller home, commonly known as downsizing, can be challenging logistically and emotionally, but there are many reasons to keep a positive mindset. Here’s a reminder of some of the benefits.
There are over 100 laws governing a landlord’s behaviour and responsibilities in England and Wales, and several hundred further regulations. For most people, this is far too many to commit to memory, so you’ll need to consult the rule book from time to time.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed what we value about our homes?
This year, our homes have had to meet far more of our needs than we’re used to. For most of us, almost all our work, entertainment, relaxation, shopping, and even exercise has taken place there for months at a time – often all in a single space. Inevitably, this has changed what we value about our homes in several important ways.
New research places the Cornish town in the top spot
When buying a home in a new area, it’s always sensible to ask current residents how happy they are living there. Ideally, you’d seek a wide range of opinions and ask numerous questions but, of course, you won’t always have the time.
What should you consider if you’re buying a doer-upper?
When viewing properties, some buyers are drawn to newly built, freshly finished homes that are ready to live in, while others like the challenge and potential of a renovation project. There are certainly great advantages to buying a doer-upper but you should be sure you’re ready for the work involved. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider.
What could yoursurvey uncover before you purchase your home?
Home surveys typically cost upwards of £300 and can exceed £1,000, which is why not all buyers arrange one before completing their purchase. However, most experts would agree that they are worth the cost as they can unveil a wide range of structural issues and other problems with a property that would cost more than this to repair.
Top tips for successful viewings, remember not all buyers are animal lovers
Pets can be wonderful additions to family life, but when it comes to selling your home, they have a downside. Unfortunately, not all buyers are animal lovers, so signs of a pet in the property can accentuate the negative and mean that they’re less likely to make an offer. If they do make an offer, they might feel that they’re in a stronger position to negotiate on price.
How and why to release equity from your home after the age of 55
These days, our lives are longer – and in many ways more complex – than ever before. While you might have thought that you would live comfortably on a pension throughout your retirement years, this has become more difficult. You may have assets you can sell, but fortunately, there are also other options to raise the money you need.
A flurry of activity is expected early in the year
Though the property market was forced to close for several months this spring, we are reaching the end of the year in a far stronger position than many expected. According to recent research, 1.1 million home sales are likely to be completed this year. This is just 6% fewer than last year, compared with predictions of -15%.
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