Category Archives: Home Improvements

House buyers count the cost of quick viewings

People looking to buy a house in a highly competitive market are spending less time on property viewings and potentially missing out on signs of maintenance issues that could cause them financial pain down the line, according to new research from Aviva.

Home buyers in the past year spent on average just over half an hour in total looking round a property before making what is likely to be the biggest purchase decision of their lives. Continue reading

Gardens can add up to 10% to price of a property

With the hottest summer on record underway, outside space is one of the key requirements for buyers in the Capital with 65% of property searches now requesting outside space.

The current shortage has created fierce competition and there is now a 5-10% premium on these properties, says leading independent London agent Greene & Co. Continue reading

Cutting the cost of keeping warm to tackle fuel poverty

Future governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes in England more energy efficient. Tackling this problem is a priority for government.

Since 2010 the number of households in fuel poverty has fallen every year, thanks to government energy efficiency schemes and the Warm Home Discount. However, the problem could rise again unless action is taken to tackle it. Continue reading

New website helps people steer clear of rogue electricians

A new website will provide an easy to use and single information point for people to find a registered, competent electrician in their area, or to check that a company they are planning on using is registered.

Similar to the ‘Gas Safe Register’ for boiler engineers the ‘Competent Person Electrical Register’ lists electricians who meet core technical standards required by government. Continue reading

Five tips for decorating your first home

If you’ve taken the plunge and put down a deposit on your house, then you’re in for an exciting roller coaster ride of emotions and big decisions.

Decorating your first home is a great opportunity for you to run wild with your imagination, but if it all seems a bit daunting, it can be broken down into manageable chunks. Here are a few tips on how you can make your first home project a success. Continue reading

Further price rise hopes spark home improvements

Homeowners are expecting UK house prices to rise by an average of 8.8% between now and September, almost twice the rate of increase predicted at the same time last year, according to the latest Zoopla Housing Market Sentiment Survey.

The survey of 4,972 UK homeowners by Zoopla found that a record 95% of homeowners expect house prices to rise over the next six months, up from 74% this time last year. Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers

Thanks to you, Propertytalk Live! has enjoyed another hugely successful year and seen exceptional growth in the number of people visiting the site.

And that’s not all – the number following us on Twitter alone has soared past 21,000 which we think is phenomenal. Continue reading