Homes & Gardens

Life Onboard: Mooring your houseboat out on the open water

Thanks to rising costs and skyrocketing rents, many UK residents are seeking alternative housing options.

One of the most popular has been moving onto a houseboat. Once exclusively for the wealthy who could afford them, they have become increasingly desirable for young people who want...

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Ways to Include Household Chores in Your Busy Weekly Schedule

Authored by Mike Page

Given how busy you are each week, you barely have enough time to deal with household chores. Between your kids and your work, your house gets sacrificed. You have no choice because others are a bigger priority. The problem is that if you live in a messy home, it could adversely impact your family’s health. These are the things you need to do to guarantee that you can still clean your house...

When to replace your house windows

Authored by Sarah Parker

No matter how well-maintained your home windows are, they don’t last forever. If they are more than 20 years old, chances are you need to replace them. There are other factors too, for example; windows in houses of coastal cities need replacement much sooner than in other cities.

Even if windows are in good shape, you may consider energy efficient replacement windows and modern designs...

How to move abroad without the stress

Authored by Sarah Parker

Moving to another town or city is already difficult enough, but moving to a completely different state, where you don’t know anyone can be very hard and tedious. The most common and important advice experts give is to make a list. It seems obvious and corny, but making a list gives you many benefits. You will see your move to be organized and stress free with a list as you won’t forget...

Home heating checklist to prepare for winter

Authored by Mike Page

What could be worse than having your sprinkler burst from frozen lines because you forget to purge the system before winter began?

This is just one problem. When fall hits, and if you don’t prepare for winter, you could be in messy situations later on. To avoid all the fuss, you should first perform a test run of your electrical central heating .

Turn the thermostat to heat...

What is Stamp Duty?

Authored by Mike Page

Buying property in the UK is rewarding, though not without its challenges. A common conundrum is stamp duty. A necessary evil by all accounts, this hefty tax can make or break a house sale. Working out if and how much you should pay isn't that hard, for the most part, but there are a few sticking points. Here's all you need to know about stamp duty.

Brief History of Stamp Duty...

Common problems with self-build projects and how to avoid them

Authored by Mike Page

Self-build projects are all the rage in 2019, but they’re not as easy to achieve as your favourite YouTuber might make them out to be. If not done correctly, a self-build project can encounter tons of problems that could have easily been avoided if you had either hired professional help or researched your project a little more thoroughly beforehand. To help you avoid any self-build mishaps,...

Seven Tips For a Stress-Free House Move in the Winter

Authored by Mike Page

House moving is a big event for anybody, and along with positive anticipation of moving to a new home, stress comes along. The worries revolve around the safety of the goods during transit. Hence, people always want to ensure that the packing materials used should protect the belongings from damage.

But the worries are intensified during adverse climatic conditions such as winter. The...

Why Engineered Wood is a Smart Choice for the Floors of Your New Home

Authored by Mike Page

Deciding the right flooring for your home can be a massive undertaking if not handled correctly. You need to make sure that you are taking into consideration your lifestyle and that of your families. If you are moving into a new home, the floors might need replacing after years under the other household. One of the best decisions you could make for your home is to use flooring made from...

What Type of Wood Flooring Would be the Best for You?

Authored by Sarah Parker

Wood floors are a classic, timeless option when it comes to flooring. However, modern technology has brought forth a wide array of options from bamboo floors that resemble traditional wood floors, to engineered wood floors containing recycled materials. Solid wood floors are often offered alongside laminate floors, while each has their own pros and cons. That is aside from the different...

3 Tips on Choosing the Perfect Living Room Rug

Authored by Sarah Parker

The right rug can make or break any room in your home, and you can often benefit from adding a stunning rug no matter what kind of flooring you already have. A thick, fluffy rug will add a touch of cosiness to a room with wooden flooring while a small, decorative rug can brighten up a room with plain carpets. There are many different rug sizes available, but how do you know which is the right...