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Top tips for first-time renters

Lockdown is easing and consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2008 ,according to the PWC consumer confidence index.  The housing market too is seeing an increase in demand – and that includes tenants.  If you’re looking to rent a property for the first time, you could be filled with a wealth of emotions as there are so many things to think about besides finding the right home.  To make sure you’re on the right path, we have put together some to...

Three bad reasons to kill the offer on the house you love

Buying a home is an emotional experience; you are borrowing an eye-watering sum of money against bricks and mortar and so you’re desperate to make the right decision.  The stress can sometimes cause people to have second thoughts and, in a busy market like we’re in right now, that could cost you the house of your dreams.  There are many legitimate reasons why you may not wish to make an offer: the property may require too much work, you’re not happy with the locati...

Are you still believing these four home selling myths?

Like old wives tales that have been passed down through generations, home movers are always eager to share their stories.  Whether it is the fantastic story of how they found their dream home, or the never-ending nightmare they had when it came to selling.  Amidst the tales of joy and woe is advice for that intrepid would-be buyer or seller, but often there can be a whopper of a myth that is sold as truth.  We know all advice is given in good faith and is meant to help, but if ...

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Manchester named in the top 10 post-lockdown staycation destinations

With the recently released plan for recovery, many of us have started to make our post-lockdown plans.  After a year of staying put, it is no wonder that we all want to break free this summer and travel.  Still, it is understandable that a staycation seems to be the most popular choice for 2021, and you couldn’t holiday anywhere better.  Not only will you be supporting all those hospitality businesses that have struggled hugely throughout the pandemic, you can also discov...

Lockdown renovations – has it been worth it?

When the first lockdown hit last year, to keep ourselves busy we turned to decorating our homes, renovating and getting creative.  According to a survey of 2,000 homeowners by the online tradesman directory Checkatrade, UK homeowners spent an average of £2,608 last year on home improvements. If you were trying to get a particular paint, or DIY supplies of any kind, you may have had difficulty – even local tradesman were often struggling to get what they needed to complete appr...

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