Homes & Gardens

A good time to gas about carbon monoxide safety

Sovereign Housing Association is supporting Gas Safety Week this week by reminding residents of having an annual gas supply check by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Nationally, one in six homes has an unsafe gas appliance.

A danger of not having your gas appliances checked...

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Devon and Cornwall are hotspots for invasive bamboo

Authored by Mary

Invasive bamboo is a growing problem for homeowners in Devon and Cornwall where a lack of awareness of the plant’s ability to spread has enabled it to become well-established, warns invasive plant specialist Environet UK .

Bamboo has been favoured by residents in the South West in recent years for its exotic appearance, rapid growth and general hardiness, yet homeowners may not...

Coastal hotel makes way for 'staycation' apartments in multi-million-pound re-development in Devon

Authored by Mary

A SEA-VIEW hotel on the South Devon coast is to make way for a series of modern 'staycation' apartments in a £3.3m re-development project.

Lantern Lodge Hotel, based in Hope Cove, Devon, will be replaced by 14 new modern apartments by Trinity Square Developments.

Nine of the new units – which will provide guests with uninterrupted views over the English Channel – will be...

New research shows the South West among the slowest savers for a mortgage

Authored by News Desk

FIRST TIME buyers in the South West are among the slowest to get onto the property ladder with one fifth saving enough for a deposit in just one year.

New research by UK mortgage advice company reveals the ideal home for first time buyers is a two-bedroom property (40%) with residents in the South West aiming to save an average deposit of £32,000. Although with 20...

Melling Hall

Two weeks left to win £930,000 mansion

Authored by Mary

Guy and Julie Vass are offering their beautiful country home, Melling Hall, which sits at the gateway to the Lake District in a prize draw because they want to support Lancaster charity St John’s Hospice, the NHS and other worthy charities.

Not only will the winner take the house, the prize also includes a generous £7,000 to cover the first year's expenses. Current owner of Melling...


South Brent set for affordable homes boost

Authored by News Desk

Plans to build 40 affordable homes in South Brent have been given the go-ahead.

The South West’s largest housing provider, LiveWest, have strengthened their partnership with leading partnerships business, Vistry Partnerships, to tackle the region’s housing shortage with this high-quality development which through working together will now all be delivered as affordable housing....

How on earth is the property market still busy?

Authored by Mary

There must be something very deep rooted in the British psyche that feels the need to own their own little piece of this fine country of ours.

Because on paper, the UK property market should be on its knees, wiped out, deceased, no more. Why?

Take your pick of reasons that almost anywhere else, would lead to massive price collapse and loss of confidence that would take years...

New electrical safety regulations come Into force for English landlords

Authored by Sarah Parker

New electrical safety regulations have just come into force across England. As always, landlords must familiarise themselves with the new rules and ensure that they are compliant going forward.

What Do Landlords Need to Know?

The industry has been lobbying hard to secure more time for landlords to ensure compliance. However, these protestations seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The...

Solar Panel group-buying scheme will save you money and help save the planet

Authored by Mary

Devon's householders have the chance to help the county become net-zero by joining Devon Climate Emergency's (DCE) solar panel group-buying scheme.

DCE is made up of Devon's principle public and private sector organisations, and they have joined forces to draw up a Carbon Plan, the county's roadmap to carbon neutrality.

The DCE's latest project is Solar Together and, with...

The biggest moving home fails revealed

Authored by Mike Page

Moving home is stressful at the best of times; you’re constantly trying to ensure that you’ve remembered to box everything, packed everything correctly and ensure that you don’t damage any of the new furniture.

If you think you’re the only one that’s suffered a big mishap on moving in day, arguable one of your biggest life events, then you’re wrong. A survey of 2,000 movers has shown...

Over a third of Plymouth homeowners have invested in renovations to increase its value during lockdown

Authored by Mary

With most of the nation stuck indoors due to lockdown restrictions, homeowners across the UK are investing in lockdown makeovers, new research reveals.

The 2020 Renovation Nation Report , by mortgage comparison site , has found that UK’s homeowners have invested an average of £4,035.70 each on home renovations, since the lockdown began in March. And it seems that Brits...