Stamp Duty Holiday: What it means for sellers and buyers Posted On 09 July 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty for property sales in England and Northern Ireland.  As part of the government’s plans to boost the economy, especially the property market, Sunak yesterday announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty until next March starting from the 8th of July. In reality, what the …

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Sleep soundly all night, every night Posted On 08 July 2020

We all need a good night’s sleep. In fact, according to the Sleep Council, an 18 to 65-year-old needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night in order to properly recharge for the day ahead. So how do you get that good night’s sleep that you need? Mood Using aromatherapy is a good …

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Shore-fire winners Posted On 06 July 2020

As the pandemic restrictions start to ease, now’s the time to hit The Great Outdoors to shake off that lockdown lethargy So, with the softening of the Government’s health warnings, now’s the time to start planning where  to feel the sand between your toes, and relish the breeze soothing sunburnt skin in the UK this …

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Boss the BBQ! Posted On 03 July 2020

A barbecue is a social event. A time to get together with friends and family under the hot sun and enjoy a meal Alfresco. Whether you are a BBQ aficionado or a BBQ newbie, our guide will help you pick the right equipment and provide you with some useful hints and tips.   Charcoal or …

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New Property Trends emerging after Lockdown Posted On 01 July 2020

With the property market having been reopened for just over a month, new trends are starting to emerge…  The latest stats from Rightmove have revealed new property trends for Brits as we start to move out of lockdown. The pandemic has made potential buyers rethink their priorities when it comes to a property with an …

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The return of the cinema! Posted On 29 June 2020

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, many highly anticipated films have been pushed back, but with cinemas due to reopen this week, we thought we’d look at the latest release dates for some of the biggest blockbusters this year…   Mulan – 12th August  Disney continues to rollout live-action remakes of their classics. This time around …

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Make your own Ice Cream! Posted On 26 June 2020

Liven up your summer with these refreshing ice cream recipes. Something for the kids to get involved in! Sugar-free strawberry and banana ice cream Serves 8 Ingredients: 300ml double cream 300ml whole milk 6 large egg yolks 1 vanilla pod, cut in half lengthways, seeds scraped out (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste) 500g …

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Lockdown: Light at the end of the tunnel Posted On 24 June 2020

Yesterday, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a statement to the House confirmed that lockdown measures will be further reduced from the 4th of July onwards…   The government released plans to return life to normal for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS. The …

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Work from home in style Posted On 22 June 2020

With some companies seeing the benefit of homeworking moving forward, a high number of people will be regularly working from home, so it’s important to get the environment just right for doing so…   Choose the right space But what should you consider when converting a room into a home office? Choosing the right space …

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Put your stamp on your new home Posted On 19 June 2020

Just moved house? Here are some tips on how to decorate and put your own stamp on it. Whether you’ve just bought, or you’re renting and limited to what you can do to a property, these are great ways to add little personal touches and freshen up your home. Work room-by-room so you don’t give …

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Whole new ball game for Premier League return Posted On 17 June 2020

The English Premier League makes its return tonight after the season was suspended in mid-March because of the Coronavirus pandemic.   And so it resumes… Tonight, Aston Villa and Sheffield United will stride out at Villa Park to try to re-ignite the Premier League football season. At 6pm, two of the oldest clubs in England …

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DIY Knowhow… laying a patio Posted On 15 June 2020

With the warmer weather here, adding another area to your garden, in the shape of a patio, is perfect for long summer days. Usually, a job you would get a professional in for, laying a patio isn’t actually as difficult as you might expect, although it can be time-consuming – it could take up an …

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Places you can Visit from Monday Posted On 12 June 2020

As lockdown measures ease on Monday, we take a look at what venues will be reopening, with a little view into what kind of experience to expect in this lockdown era. Change is coming on June 15th, with all non-essential shops allowed to re-open. But in the past few days, the government has also announced …

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Easy ways to add value to your property Posted On 10 June 2020

Whether you are carrying out a home renovation project, remodelling or simply giving your home a bit of a makeover, our top tips will have you covered for boosting the value of your home   Even if you are not thinking of selling your house right now, it’s good to know how to add value …

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Become a virtual tourist Posted On 08 June 2020

The world is, quite literally, at your fingertips as technology gives you the chance to trek all over the world… without leaving your armchair The early-summer has turned grey, although we are all hoping for the sunshine to return. Until then, why not take a virtual tour? Destinations. Already one of the top tourist destinations …

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Our first line of defence Posted On 05 June 2020

To stand the best chance of beating harmful viruses, now’s the time to start strengthening your immune system  Every minute of our lives, we are bombarded by viruses, fungi and bacteria that can make us ill and, simplistically, it is the job of our internal network to sift through the trillions of micro-organisms in the body, working out which are …

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DIY knowhow… Tiling Posted On 03 June 2020

With many of us spending more time at home, why not try some DIY jobs that may be bigger than you would usually take on? The great thing about doing it yourself, is the pride you get after finishing the job. But remember, always consult a professional if the task at hand goes beyond your capabilities or involves electrics or gas. Tiling a …

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Get your property market-ready  Posted On 01 June 2020

With the property market open, now is the perfect time to get your property “market-ready.”   Tidy the Garden The garden is a huge selling point for most properties on the market. With the warmer weather having arrived, now is the perfect time to get into your garden to complete quick and simple jobs to make your property more sellable and …

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Government Update – Lockdown measures review Posted On 29 May 2020

Yesterday evening, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson led the daily news briefing with an update on the lockdown rules. Mr Johnson confirmed that the five tests that needed to have been met during lockdown have now been met. The five tests included: 1. Making sure the NHS could cope. 2. A sustained fall in the …

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Non-essential retailers to reopen Posted On 27 May 2020

Boris Johnson announced on Monday that all non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen in England from the 15th June. Retailers will have to adhere to new guidelines to protect their workers and their customers, and it is ‘contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus.’ This goes alongside outdoor markets and car showrooms which …

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