A story of how one home owner restored a mahogany dining table and 12 chairs
A story of how one home owner attempted to recover antiques stolen from an elderly lady's home
From eco-shower heads to bathwater diverters and dual flushing loos, there are plenty of ways to save water and money too
Make every night movie night with your own home cinema. Private cinemas are the latest luxury feature in today’s homes.
What’s the difference between induction and conventional electric or gas hobs? We look at the pros and cons to help you decide if your next cooktop should be induction
A case study describing how one home owner commissioned a made to measure bookcase
As the cold weather bites, people are looking for ways to cut their heating bills while staying warm and toasty. Could an ‘intelligent heating system’ help?
Using and Improving a Conservatory - a case study!
A first time buyer shares their experiences with improving the kitchen in their new home
A first time buyer shares their experiences with improving their first home once they had moved in
Furnishing your first home is actually a lot easier than you think. Don't go crazy spending every last bit of money buying lots of brand new items of furniture. Lots of things will change in your life over the next few years and so will your furniture.
How to develop a shed into something useful and beautiful!
If you are looking to update your kitchen - it does not have to cost a fortune. Read our article to find out what you can do with a budget of only £25!
What is there to know about hanging pictures up on your wall? This can be fairly easy. You just mark a spot, bang in a nail, and then hang the said picture, end of story. Right?
It can be very exciting buying at home at auction. You can bag yourself a bargain but it requires careful preparation.
Graham Fisher, painter and specialist decorator, describes how to make your redecorating project as professional as possible.
Here’s our guide to stamp duty and special rules for first-time buyers, second homes and buy-to-lets.
In most cases, completion on a house sale should just be a formality. The main business of the sale will have been done at the exchange stage when a 10 per cent deposit is paid and contracts are exchanged.
Should you sell your home before your buy another one?
The most popular day to move house is a Friday. According to research 1 in every 4 moves in the UK is on a Friday. With the last Friday in August being the most popular day in the year. But is there a better day in the week to move house?
You have found the house of your dreams - but should you risk another visit to measure up before you exchange contracts?
Do you get stuck in with the bubble wrap and pack-it-yourself or will you trust the job to a professional house removal packer?
For some couples, the Chancellor’s announcement on stamp duty was perfectly timed and saved thousands of pounds.
Get a handle on your moving costs here
Most people know they need to save for a deposit to get a mortgage for their first home. But prospective property owners might not realise there are a raft of other fees, charges and taxes they also need to pay – running into thousands of pounds. Prices vary around the country from £20,000 to £30,000 in London but if you are in the north then your costs may only be between £5,000 and £10,000.
Increase your quality of living
When buying or renting property, people are rightly starting to think harder about noise issues that may affect them once they get to their new home. After all the house-hunting, stress and, at times, breathtaking expense, how must it feel to hear the first bark of the neighbour's dog in the back garden, or to be kept awake until the early hours on the first Friday night by a continuous stream of pedestrians on their way to a nightclub - or worse still, by the distant but persistent sound of the music from the nightclub itself?
Just keep calm and carry on
Let’s face it, no one enjoys moving day. Packing up your entire life into boxes can seem daunting but it really doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together some handy tips to make your moving day a relative breeze…