More than half of UK homebuyers (58%) did not change the locks when they purchased their property – meaning that they could not say for certain who has access to their home, according to research from Ocean Finance.
Ocean Finance’s research reveals that just one in three (30%) of us changed the locks on all exterior doors when we bought our property. A further 12% changed the locks on some of the exterior doors. Continue reading
With British Summer Time soon drawing to a close and the nights drawing in, now is the perfect time to start thinking about protecting your property.
Whether you are selling your house or preparing to move into a new home, safety and security are paramount. Continue reading
As Gas Safety Week takes place, research by the AA’s Home Emergency Response service reveals that fewer than half of households (42%) have a carbon monoxide alarm in their home that they check each year.
Every year in the UK around 50 people die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and 200 people are left seriously ill. The gas is known as “the silent killer” because it has no odour or taste and can kill quickly. Continue reading
Whilst approximately 150,000 visitors were expected at the world’s largest annual flower show at Hampton Court last week, research by Marsh & Parsons shows that Londoners value a garden and will pay at least a 20% premium for outdoor space.
The latest Marsh & Parsons research reveals that two comparable properties in the same area could vary significantly in price due to the impact of a garden, outside terrace, or proximity to a park. Continue reading
And with 15 million homeowners (85%) having some form of outdoor space around their property, £14billion was spent on gardens in the last year alone.
With the average UK garden now worth £1928, one in 10 Britons admits to spending money on their gardens as they can’t afford to move home, while a third of homeowners say spending a lot of time outside is the main reason for splashing out.
Garden Values is the first part of the bi-annual Britain at Home report from Lloyds TSB Insurance, designed to build a comprehensive picture of British home life and spending priorities by shining a Continue reading
This simple but life-saving task is often forgotten, and by linking it to the task of changing the time on clocks, cookers, heating systems and watches, we want to encourage more people to test their smoke alarm and give themselves the time they need to get out, stay out and call 999.
•you’re more than 4 times more likely to die in a domestic fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm
•15 children died in accidental fires last year, among a total 7,256 injuries and 187 deaths from dwelling fires across the country
•over half the people who Continue reading
The measures will also ensure that householders have a financial safety net in place such as a guarantee or insurance, to catch them if self-check installers fail to finish work properly or if they can’t be chased through the courts.
Around 85,000 complaints are made about building work in homes each year according to the Office of Fair Trading.
Current self-check schemes have conditions in place to keep the cowboys out. Today’s proposals will further protect people from shoddy work and raise the bar for self-check tradesmen.
Organisations running self-check schemes will now:
need to be accredited to an international quality standard in order to Continue reading
According to the findings of a study by Santander insurance, Britons spent a staggering £5.2 billon on garden improvements during the summer of 2010 – 2011.
This equates to £1,280 per average British garden lover, with the survey estimating the improvements have added an average of £3,300 to the value of their home as a result.
Whether you have a cosy courtyard or a generous-sized garden – making the most of any outdoor space could also increase your chances of selling.
A few simple and inexpensive tricks will help create a fabulous outdoor room, according to independent estate Continue reading
There was a fall of 17% in real terms (i.e. after allowing for inflation) from the total of £9.4 billion spent in 2010.
Suren Thiru, Lloyds TSB Housing Economist, commented:
“Consumers have been experiencing the biggest squeeze on their discretionary income for over a year. Couple that with a very subdued housing market, and it is unsurprising that so many are cutting back on home improvements. With economic conditions expected to remain challenging, the current squeeze on spending on both DIY and tradesmen is likely to continue for some time yet."
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Half of UK householders (52%) plan to spend time over the bank holidays this spring making home improvements.
The research, which questioned householders and property valuation experts, also revealed the smaller jobs around the house which can help homeowners to sell their property.
More than half (60%) of property valuers said that the number one way to increase a property’s chance of selling quickly, and for a healthy price, was to de-clutter. Cutting the grass and repairing paint chips will also improve house-selling prospects.
However, over two thirds (69%) of homeowners thought cleaning the windows would be worthwhile, compared to just 44% of the Continue reading