How to care for antique jewellery

April 9, 2020
Anyone who owns a piece of antique jewellery knows how special it is. Unlike newer mass-produced jewellery, antique jewellery has a story behind it, it has history, it’s romantic, and items have often been passed down through generations of a family. It is also highly collectable.

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How much rent should you charge?

February 3, 2020
If you’re a landlord, it’s understandable that you want to make money from your investment, but knowing what level to set the rent can be tricky. You don’t want to be a greedy landlord, but you also don’t want to be too generous either. It’s a fine line you need to tread.

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The best UK property investment locations for 2020

January 7, 2020
All property investors are keen to see what 2020 holds. But before we look to the year ahead, we need to take time to reflect on the current market. 2019 has revolved heavily around Brexit. Britain’s planned withdrawal from the EU has dominated the media for months and has had a major impact on the property market.

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Investing in watches – what to look out for

December 17, 2019
If you’re thinking about starting your own watch collection – of either vintage or new timepieces – you need to know what to look for in terms of brand, condition and age.

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The best coastal destinations in the UK for holiday homes

November 26, 2019
Perhaps you crave a little bolthole away from the hustle and bustle of the city life? Or maybe you already live in a coastal town or village and you want to make the most of the beautiful setting with a holiday home investment?
 

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How has architecture evolved over the generations?

November 25, 2019
Architecture has always been driven by humans’ requirements. The need for shelter, security and sanctuary. Today, architecture is also about the need for comfort, modernity, elegance, technology and its ability to capture and reflect the spirit of the time.

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What alternatives are there to holiday homes?

November 21, 2019
We’re big fans of holidays, too, so take a look at some of the best holiday home alternatives and consider your options – we’re here to help!

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How to protect your property if you live in a flood risk area

November 19, 2019
The UK is renowned for its rain. We get plenty of it and love to talk about it. But as climate change brings more extremes in our weather, we’re not just dealing with rainy days. There’s also an increased risk of flooding in the UK. And if you live in a flood risk area, this can be a real worry -– both emotionally and financially.

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Maintaining and repairing a thatched roof

November 15, 2019
Dating back to the Bronze Age, thatched roofs are a quintessential part of the English rural landscape. These roofs may have been around for centuries, but they haven’t always been adored.

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What is a listed building?

November 12, 2019
A listed building could be anything from a grand manor house to a tiny cottage. Size isn’t the defining factor, instead it’s whether a building has enough historical significance or architectural merit to make it of national importance.

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The best inland destinations in the UK for holiday homes

November 8, 2019
With staycations on the rise, owning a second home brings a whole host of benefits. What could be better than owning your ideal getaway, to enjoy with loved ones throughout the year?

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What do I need to consider when buying a holiday home?

November 5, 2019
We specialise in protecting investments, so we’re going to walk you through the key considerations all buyers should take before purchasing a holiday home.

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Where are the best locations to build a new home in the UK?

October 16, 2019
Location, location, location. It’s the age-old mantra of house buying and it’s just as important for anyone thinking of building their own home, too. Even if you know nothing about building a house, real estate, or DIY, it all starts with finding the right location.

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Our top tips for taking care of your estate

October 15, 2019
Here we’ll discuss the things that you should do to protect your family and your assets in the case of your own death, and then go on to talk about how you should go about settling a loved one’s estate if you’re named as an executor.

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How many privately owned listed buildings are there in the UK?

October 11, 2019
If you own a listed building, there’s a lot to take in – from maintenance and repairs to protecting your home for future generations. Whether you’ve inherited a property that has been in your family for generations or are looking to buy a listed manor house as a country residence, here’s everything you need to know about owning a listed property.

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Should you self-build or use a contractor for your home?

October 10, 2019
In this article, we’ll look at the self-build process and what it entails. We’ll outline the pros and cons of taking on a home construction project yourself, versus hiring a contractor to carry out the work. We’ll also discuss why it’s so vital to take out under construction home insurance so that you’re protecting yourself every step of the way.

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Building your own eco-friendly house

October 8, 2019
When you picture an eco-home, you might imagine a timber-clad structure complete with living roof and solar panels. But eco-homes come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and their green credentials might not be totally obvious at first glance.

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How to manage your property portfolio

October 7, 2019
It’s something that many of us dream about: being in the position to buy and let out properties. Securing a monthly income from rent that could eventually allow us to quit the 9-5 and retire early to somewhere in the sun.

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How to appoint the right valuer to value your estates and belongings

October 4, 2019
If you own a property that is worth a lot of money, it goes without saying that you’ll want to protect it. If you also own fine art, or jewellery that you know is of particularly high value, you’ll want insurance that covers those possessions, too. However, even though high-value estates and belongings are crying out for the right insurance cover, homeowners often struggle to find the high net worth home insurance they need.

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Our checklist and tips for maintaining your holiday home

September 16, 2019
Ever dreamed of buying a house in the country? What about at the beach, or in the mountains, or on the edge of a vineyard?

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How many homes are at risk of flooding in the UK?

September 13, 2019
Flood warnings being issued and sandbags being handed out are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in the UK.

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Why should you consider adding a hot tub to your holiday home?

September 9, 2019
Having a holiday home is one of life’s little luxuries and if you’re blessed enough to own a little safe haven that you can escape to for the weekend, then having a hot tub is an amazing addition.

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The pitfalls of building a home out of timber

September 9, 2019
For many years, stone, bricks and blocks were the staple materials of house building. They still are. However, timber-framed buildings are soaring in popularity, as a recent MTW report revealed – and for good reason.

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Airbnb regulations for renting out your holiday home to guests

September 6, 2019
These days, a trip away isn’t a trip until the Airbnb is searched for, paid for and fully booked. But, with short term lets becoming a much more popular option for modern travellers, what kinds of things do you need to know before throwing open your holiday home doors?

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Does bankruptcy affect home insurance?

September 5, 2019
Declaring yourself bankrupt can have serious implications for many aspects of your life – aspects you wouldn’t necessarily expect, including things like home insurance.

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