One in seven young Brits would buy a house with a stranger – to get on the property ladder

More than one in seven young Britons (14 per cent) would be willing to buy a house with a TOTAL STRANGER in a desperate bid to get on the property ladder, according to nationwide research. A new study of 2,000 Brits (aged 18 40) by HSBC, has revealed the true extent to which buying a […]

House sellers ‘face £10k average price drop before a sale is agreed’

House sellers across England and Wales are typically agreeing sales at around £10,000 less than the asking price, according to a property website. On average, properties are selling for 3.86% less than the asking price – equating to £10,623 in cash terms – Zoopla found. Zoopla, which compared asking prices with selling prices using data […]

Woman offers six-bedroom Georgian mansion in Scotland for just £25

A mother is offering her £1.7 million six-bedroom Georgian mansion, with a nine-hole golf course and 32 acres, as a competition prize. Donna Pirie, 54, hopes sales of £25 tickets for her home, Johnston Lodge, in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, will raise £1m for charity. The fully-furnished home was built in 1780 and comes complete with snooker […]

How to get your garden ready for spring

Original article first published on Houzz Dreaming of a bright summer garden but the reality is a dreary plot of dead perennials, soggy grass and a lot of winter clutter? Take heart from the fact you’re not alone and follow these simple ideas to inspire you to plan ahead for the spring – and perhaps […]

How to hack Ikea products for a more unique look

Original article first published on Houzz Amanda Pollard, Houzz Contributor You may have heard that Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad passed away recently at the grand old age of 91. In tribute to the flat-pack phenomenon he founded in the 1940s, here are some Ikea hacks to inspire you. Photo by Violet & George Mix and […]

The tips you should know before selling your home

Why do some properties get snapped up in days while others languish for months? It’s easy to blame the market – but could it be that those slow-to-sell homes are overpriced or recent renovations are not hitting the mark? And what should you do if your home falls into that group? We asked a team […]