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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How many homes are sitting empty in the UK?

September 5, 2019
Did you know that there are now more than 216,000 homes sitting empty across England? According to figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government cited by the Guardian, that’s the highest level since 2012.

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How to maintain your holiday home

September 4, 2019
Are you among the one in ten – or 5.2 million – UK adults who own a second home? Research from thinktank Resolution Foundation, cited by the Guardian, shows that the number of adults owning multiple properties increased by 30% between 2000 and 2014.

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How can you remove a County Court Judgement?

September 3, 2019

Countries survive on it. So do organisations. Debt is a part of practically everyone’s life and, as individuals, we are all, to a greater or lesser extent, debtors. It’s very unusual for someone to enjoy all the trappings of modern life, including cars, homes and other necessities, without borrowing money at some point to finance these things.

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Where are the hotspots for subsidence risk homes?

September 3, 2019
Last summer, British insurers announced that claims on home insurance reached their highest level for 12 years after a very large rise in subsidence due to dry weather.

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What to do if your home is permanently unoccupied

September 2, 2019
Most homeowners will have buildings and contents insurance, but these standard home insurance policies will not provide cover you if the property is unoccupied for long periods of time.

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Top tips for renovating a home

August 28, 2019
Renovating a home can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but as with any big DIY project, there can be stresses, strains and unwelcome surprises that come along the way. No matter if you’re building an extension, remodelling your kitchen or going to the whole hog with a whole home renovation project, both can take up a lot of your time and could end up costing you money.

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How long can I leave my home unoccupied due to a long holiday?

August 27, 2019
When we reach retirement, we often decide to spread our wings a little. During our working lives, we spend all day at work before arriving home to look after our families or slump, exhausted, on the sofa. There’s precious little time for an extended holiday – even our annual two-week summer holiday seems to flash by at the speed of light!

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How to maintain an unoccupied home

August 21, 2019
There are times when you need to leave your home empty. It could be because you are moving but are yet to sell your house, you’re going away on an extended holiday, or you are carrying out major renovation works, which means the property is uninhabitable for a certain period of time.

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Getting insurance for a house with subsidence

August 20, 2019
When it comes to issues that can affect your home, subsidence is one of the more serious ones. It can have a negative impact on the structural safety of a property and its value.

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Will I be refused home insurance if I have a criminal record?

August 20, 2019
Finding affordable home insurance when you have a criminal conviction can be a challenge. But there are plenty of people who find themselves in that situation.

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How to protect and secure a vacant holiday home

July 23, 2019
It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario. You’ve had a hard week’s work and the weather looks like it’ll be good over the weekend, so you decide to drive up to your small holiday cottage that you fell in love with the first time you saw it.

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Where are the best locations to buy a holiday home in the UK?

July 23, 2019
Staycations are getting more popular in the UK. Uncertainty over Brexit, a weaker pound and the desire for more convenience have led many holidaymakers to stay put rather than jetting off for a break overseas.

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